On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:00AM PST (1PM EST), rabble.ca and Working TV will co-host a public discussion on the diversity of tactics of protest. The forum will take place on the first floor of the W2 Community Media Arts Centre in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and will be broadcast live online.
Canadians are abuzz about the protest methods employed over the last few days in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics. A major point of contention between activists, as evidenced on numerous rabble.ca blogs and comments, has been whether or not - or to what extent - to support a diversity of tactics.
Generally, those who criticize a diversity of tactics believe that such a philosophy fails to provide a critical analysis of protest strategies that may in fact harm the broader cause. Conversely, those who support a diversity of tactics generally believe that criticism of others' type of protest harms the unity of the movement by undermining solidarity to the benefit of those whose policies and actions the movement resists.
The forum will begin with a 30 minute discussion facilitated by The Georgia Straight's editor Charlie Smith. StopWar.ca activist and writer Derrick O'Keefe will question a diversity of tactics, while No One Is Illegal activist and writer Harsha Walia will speak to its benefits. The floor will then be opened for questions and comments from the audience, and from viewers who will be watching online.
Join in the discussion in person: at W2: 112 Hastings Street.
Or watch and join in via chat on our livestream: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv
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