Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil disobedience actions in Toronto's financial district and at the Ontario Legislature, and participated in street protests at the Battle of Seattle and at UN climate summits. He supported cross-country activism at The Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in International Relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin nation.

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May 10, 2019
Mining in Kailo. Photo: Julien Harneis/Wikimedia Commons

Why mining justice must be central to the Green New Deal

Brent Patterson
Given that coal drove the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, we need to guard against the abuses that could come with the mining of rare earth minerals for the green industrial revolution.
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May 7, 2019
Age Is More: Image: Still from Murray Thomson/YouTube

Murray Thomson's lasting legacy

Brent Patterson
Murray Thomson, who passed away on May 2, co-founded a human rights group that has observed violations of Indigenous rights in Canada and protects human rights defenders around the world.
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Apr 28, 2019
Twitter photo by Extinction Rebellion.

The five elements of Extinction Rebellion's strategy

Brent Patterson
After two weeks of highly-visible occupations of landmarks in London, UK, what’s the theory of change behind Extinction Rebellion and can it be applied to calls for a Green New Deal?

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