activism

Welcome to transforming power

Welcome to the transforming power web site. Below is Judy Rebick's blog, which also appears on rabble.ca. I write mostly about social movements which today means a focus on Occupy.  My newest book is an e book Occupy This!

You can buy it on Kindle, Kobo and iBooks or you can find it in Google books and go from there. You can also try downloading it from Penguin.ca. It only costs $3.99

Below is an excerpt that appeared in rabble.ca

What is compassionate activism and how can we practice it?

by Judy Rebick and Velcrow Ripper

We have been great friends for the last ten years. Judy comes from a history of left and feminist activism, Velcrow is an activist film maker who has focused on environmental and spiritual activism. Over these ten years, we have learned a lot from each other, leading to collaboration on each of our projects.

Idle No More: A profound social movement that is already succeeding

I haven’t written about Idle No More yet because I am inspired by the plethora of Indigenous voices that we are finally hearing across the country, including of late in the mainstream media.  If I learned anything from the women’s movement it is that we have to speak for ourselves not be represented by others, however well meaning and supportive.  Instead I have devoted my support for the movement to sharing the many brilliant and informative articles, the announcements and reports of events and the beautiful graphics and photos from Idle No More to my rather large soc

2012: A Year of Activism from Maple Spring to Idle No More

I think we will look back at 2012 as the year that everything changed. The year began with what became a powerful strike of Quebec students against an intransigent government and ended with an historic movement of Indigenous peoples across the country declaring they will be Idle No More.

The common language of pots and pans

I am sitting in a cafe in Calgary crying while I watch another joyous and beautiful video of the pots and pans marches in Quebec - "The Sound Your Life Makes." I don't know if it is the inspiring music of ordinary people coming into the streets to defy an unjust law; the awesome courage and determination of the Quebec students; or the shifting sands of the global youth uprising, but for the first time in my lifetime there is a solidarity movement growing in

The common language of pots and pans

I am sitting in a cafe in Calgary crying while I watch another joyous and beautiful video of the pots and pans marches in Quebec - "The Sound Your Life Makes." I don't know if it is the inspiring music of ordinary people coming into the streets to defy an unjust law; the awesome courage and determination of the Quebec students; or the shifting sands of the global youth uprising, but for the first time in my lifetime there is a solidarity movement growing in

The common language of pots and pans

I am sitting in a cafe in Calgary crying while I watch another joyous and beautiful video of the pots and pans marches in Quebec - "The Sound Your Life Makes." I don't know if it is the inspiring music of ordinary people coming into the streets to defy an unjust law; the awesome courage and determination of the Quebec students; or the shifting sands of the global youth uprising, but for the first time in my lifetime there is a solidarity movement growing in

Understanding the Victory of Thomas Mulcair

Most of the mainstream media, with the help of the Mulcair and Topp campaigns, constructed the leadership battle at the NDP convention as a battle between those who wanted to move to the centre to win government and those who wanted to win maintaining the “traditional” social democratic values of the NDP.

Writing an e book

After I visited Occupy Wall Street in mid-October, I wrote my publisher Penguin and suggested that they re-issue Transforming Power as an e book since it covers a lot of elements that helped to build towards Occupy.  They came back with the proposal of a special E book that we could get out quickly with a mix of new material with some material from the previous book.  They said it would sell for $3.99.  What a great idea I thought.  Now five months later the E book is out called Occupy This! You can buy it on Kindle or Amazon.com, Kobo or Chapters and i

Beyond Resistance: Making better world in the here and now

The essay below is both parts of the essay that was published in two parts in rabble.ca

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

I have spent the last year mostly away from the mad activism that has characterized much of my adult life. After the G20 and its aftermath, I decided I needed a break. It was finally time to write the memoir that I had wanted to write for several years. So I decided to take three months totally off from activism. It turned out I needed more time. With some exceptions, I have stepped back from organizing, blogging and most speaking. You may be surprised that during that time, when Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto and Stephen Harper, prime minister, I have become more hopeful about possibility of actually making the world a better place.