Defending Human Rights in a Post-9/11 World

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The September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington, DC have been followed by two catastrophic wars and growing pressures on human rights in Canada and around the world.

Public dissent has become riskier. A climate of fear has fostered discrimination against immigrants and newcomers. Peace and human rights activists have been presented with new challenges.

It is time to assess the impact of 9/11 and to share information on the best ways to promote peace, justice and human rights in Canada in this environment.

Public Forum: Defending Human Rights in a Post-9/11 World

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (doors open at 1:00 p.m.)
Place: Bulman Student Centre, University of Winnipeg (Lower Level, Riddell Hall)
Admission: Free. All are welcome.
Childcare: Childcare will be provided on-site. Please register ahead of time if possible by email:


Lesley Hughes, Moderator: Lesley is a well-known journalist and broadcaster with a long history of community activism in Winnipeg. A recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction award, Leslie is author of We Chose Canada, a columnist for Canadian Dimension magazine and host of Alert Radio.

Colleen Simard: Colleen is a filmmaker, a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and founder and publisher of Urban NDN – a newspaper she founded in 2008 that offers a fresh journalistic voice from, for and about Aboriginal people in Winnipeg.

Michael Welch: Michael is a peace activist who has shown leadership in organizing support in Winnipeg for American war resisters who are fighting deportation to the United States. He is active in Citizens Concerned About Deep Integration and Peace Alliance Winnipeg and is the local chapter contact for the Council of Canadians.

Shahina Siddiqui: Shahina is Executive Director of the Islamic Social Services Association – Canada, and a frequent commentator on Islamic and human rights issues in Canada and the United States. She sits on the Advisory Board of CAIR-CAN, the Canadian branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and principal author of Women Friendly Mosques and Community Centers: Working Together to Reclaim Our Heritage.

Anthony Hall: Anthony is founding co-ordinator and professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge and author of The American Empire and the Fourth World, which Naomi Klein has described as “an overflowing tool box, filled with little-known stories, legal arguments, and fresh ideas that, if used properly, could change the world.”

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