APCOL SEMINAR: USE OF GANDHIAN NON-VIOLENCE BY POOR LANDLESS PEOPLE OF INDIA

With speaker Ravi Badri
Sept. 21
12:30 – 2:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 12-274
252 Bloor St. West (St. George subway), Toronto

Description: Ekta Parishad is a people’s movement that works on Ghandhian principles of non-violence on the issue of community rights over the commons like land, water and forest. They carry out large scale non-violent actions like foot-marches to convince the government on their agenda. In 2007, 25,000 landless people walked a distance of over 300 km over a 1-month period. We will watch a documentary that is based on this action and engage in discussion on the principles and strategies behind their organizing.

Bio: Ravi Badri, a member of the Catalyst Centre, a co-operative of popular educators, graduated with a M.Ed degree from Adult Education and Community Development from OISE/UT. He spent about eight months with Ekta Parishad as part of his graduate program and field experience and is returning in September to support the movement as it prepares for its next action in 2012 during which 100,000 people will walk once again to continue their efforts towards a just society.

The seminar is sponsored by APCOL (Anti-Poverty Community Organizing & Learning Project), OISE/UT.

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