from a very early age?
Banned in Israel, "Jenin Jenin" is dedicated to Iyad Samudi, the
producer of the film, who returned home to Yamun after the shooting of
the film was completed. On June 23, as Israeli forces besieged Yamun,
Samudi was shot and killed as he was leaving a military-closed area
with three friends.
check out this and other great films at www.arabfilm.com
The Red Pill
Surplus: Terrorized into being consumers
Why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today?
How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to
Why all this emptiness despite our wealth?
Surplus' approach is to portray this issue from an emotional rather than
a factual perspective: in the US, India, China, Italy, Sweden, Hungary,
Canada and Cuba. George W Bush's famous "shopping-speech"
calling for a war against terrorism that deters the nation from the fear of
consumption. Castro responding with hymns to the anti-consumerist,
advertising-free island of Cuba. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer preaching
that the computer will give us peace on earth 'bringing people together'
while Adbuster Kalle Lasn warns that advertising pollutes us mentally,
that over-consumption is unsustainable and that we are running out of
Surplus main man is John Zerzan, controversial anti-globalization guru,
whose call for PROPERTY DAMAGE has inspired many to take to the
"That is not violence. Sitting there doing dope and watching MTV . Then
you go and get a job. Just schlep along. To me that is violence," says
Zerzan. "We are terrorized into being consumers."
for more on Surplus, go here:
The Red Pill
'you've gotta see this!' - boiling frog
The Great Deception
Producer Barrie Zwicker asks 'What really happened on September 11?'
Why didn't the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA succeed in
stopping the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington? Have the
mainstream media failed in their responsibility to ask searching
questions about the events of that day?
The Great Deception
Media critic Barrie Zwicker, the host of the Canadian TV show, "VisionTV
Insight: Mediafile," is one of the few North American journalists to offer
an alternative viewpoint on the Sept. 11 tragedy. In this provocative
six-part series of Mediafile commentaries, he challenges the official
explanation for the attacks and considers the troubling implications of
America’s new war.
Poring over a wealth of published material, Zwicker finds much that has
gone unexamined -- from the apparent breakdown of American air
defenses on Sept. 11, to the longstanding ties between U.S. intelligence
and Osama bin Laden. He also takes a hard look at the actions of
ask what role U.S. oil interests may have played in these events.
This screening kicks off the Truth Tour, in preparation for Phase Two of
the International Inquiry Into 9-11.
Toronto, May 30 - June 20, 2004.
We will have a report back from Phase One of the International Inquiry,
which is taking place in San Francisco, March 26-28, 2004.
plus the latest news and developments on 911 activism.
[related links: www.planetfriendly.net/deception.html - ed]
All Screenings are Tuesday night at Celts Pub, in Toronto's west end.
2872 - Dundas St. W (dnstrs)
doors at 7, show starts 7:30
$5 or pay what you can
no-one turned away for lack of funds. Monies raised split between the
solidarity orgs and boiling frog's ongoing work.
Come early or stay late for a full menu and bar. (Celts Pub owners are
graciously providing the space for free!) The venue is unfortunately not
wheelchair accessable, but the main viewing lounge is non-smoking.
(Celts Pub is in The Junction, Toronto, just west of the Keele St. and
Dundas West* intersection. you can take busses north from either
Keele or Dundas West subways, or south from Keele and St. Clair Ave.
* NOTE: Dundas West is north of Bloor at this point.
follow the links at boilingfrog.ca for maps to help you find your way. clue:
look under coming events
Thanks and I hope to see you at the shows.
if you want more details, call me 416-766-0218
mmmm, it's warm in here! la la la
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 9:22 pm Post subject: We'll miss you Tooker Reply with quote
I was completely shocked to learn that Tooker had passed. I met Tooker two years ago at an environmental conference in Toronto geared towards youths. His speech was a turning point in my life. He was so inspirational in every way- because of him, I call myself an environmental activist. He taught me so much in the few moments that I knew him (he came back and we spoke one-on-one very briefly the following year). I became Pro bike and anti-car because of Tooker, and I will miss his weekly emails that kept me up to date with the "green" happenings in Toronto.
My condolences go out to his partner Angela, and to anyone who was touched by this great man. We'll miss you Tooker, but we'll never forget you. I will never stop fighting for this planet, because I know in my heart that you never did.
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 8:26 pm Post subject: Tooker having fun at OM, Killaloe, Cool Hemp Reply with quote
Tooker having fun at OM, Killaloe, Cool Hemp
Tooker told me that OM Festival -- especially the week of preparations, volunteering, camping out -- was what lifted him out of his first major depression. He said it was all the great, positive energy.
Such is the power of being outdoors, with people, participating, being positive.
Tooker, Angela and I drove and biked up to the Killaloe Fair later that summer. He was in good spirits. Tooker had a lot of fun helping out at the Cool Hemp icecream stand, and other aspects of their small, sustainable business. (Cool Hemp is based at Morninglory Farm in Killaloe, where Tooker & Angela lived for a while last year).
Both OM and Killaloe are primarily music festivals, but they both have a strong grassroots, activism, community feel. With the help of many volunteers and activists, they so far have avoided the corporate/commercial compromise that has happened to so many music festivals.
Last summer, Planet-Friendly did a special edition on "Green & Healthy Summer Festivals, Retreats & Grassroots Gatherings". We'll do one again this year, with a little help. If you hear of good events that are related to Planet-Friendly themes, please post them on our calendar. The Calendar serves as a source for the newsletter and special editions and is used by thousands of people.
The Planet-Friendly Calendar
Green & Healthy Summer Festivals, Retreats & Grassroots Gatherings
www.planetfriendly.net/summerfest.html (Follow its links to the event websites. Also, subscribe to the P&PF newsletter to receive the 2004 edition: www.planetfriendly.net - subscribe form at top left)
Killaloe Kraft & Community Fair (outdoors, grassroots, folk music)
OM Festival (mostly high energy and rave music, but I believe they also have an acoustic stage. They also have great, grassroots workshops, a community kitchen, and it's all done by volunteers)
Cool Hemp www.coolhemp.com
Morningglory Farm and other Intentional Communities
- peter blanchard
"A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror." - Ken Keyes
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 8:05 pm Post subject: Tooker goodbye Reply with quote
Tookers passing has helped me to redefine the necessity for positive ecological change. Most of the struggle we face involves rather depressing statistics in regards to the plight of the earth and I think it is essential to approach environmentalism from an extremely positive stance. Otherwise people wont be interested. People are drawn to the uplifting. Lets try.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 7:47 pm Post subject: Tooker, A Trickster of Many Disguises Reply with quote
I have so much to say about Tooker that I am almost afraid to begin. I spent a great deal of time with him last year and the year before. He is so dear to my heart and I miss him immensely. We were very connected. He was so revolutionary, I think. And he has left an incredible legacy of films, writing and spreading of the energy of critical mass.
One of the funnest memories of him that I have is one of the last times we hung out. I had a stash of clothing rescued from a movie shoot that had filled a dumpster full of designer clothes ( www.poetreekicks.com/clothinggraveyard -- follow the links to the part with Tooker) .... and we took these shoes from it down to queen street with us trying to meet up with some friends who weren't at fressen but had left a string of notes for us... we didn't find our friends but we made new ones walkingup to guys checking out their feet ... to see if they were the same size and if the shoes seemed they were their style... we were checking out the bouncers at bovine for example and it was just too hillarious... damn I am really going to miss his hillarious ways.... we shot a lot of good video though and I hope to have some of it at the OM festival to show. ( www.omfestival.com ) Tooker and Ang were at the last two OM festivals in Killaloe, ON and were very much a part of my picture of OM. And our community (electronic dance community) had also lost another great visionary this week so we are all getting hit with a double whammy of reality... What is this really?
.. I really think that part of this picture here is not just that activists get isolated but also that artists in this society, especially artist activists who have an anti-neo-colonialist economics message are castrated financially and given very little forum within which to celebrate their work. Zed is one of those forums however that we finally have, Tooker recently made a video about Buy Nothing Day that is posted there by the way http://static.zed.cbc.ca/users/k/Kairos/files/BND.mov
I also had the crazy vision of our other brother Mike D. and Tooker getting together on the other side to create some absolutely stellar after party for this life thing....
I will post more as it comes to me..
there cannot be enuff said...
I hope we can all get together soon.
I will not give up!!!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 3:38 pm Post subject: Good-bye and thanks for your part Reply with quote
You were a strong force that will be missed. I cannot pretend to know what lead to this final decision, only that this fight that many of us have shared with you can at times feel very discouraging. I'm very sad to hear that we have lost an important crusader and can only hope that others will follow your example and stand up for justice, and a happier future for all.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 3:22 pm Post subject: Tooker - A Cell Mate, Comrade and Friend Reply with quote
I first met Tooker in Orsainville jail in Quebec city during the 'Summit of the Americas' in 2001. It was during the last couple days of my stay there that I had the pleasure of sharing a cell block with him. Tooker was a very lively and charismatic personality. He had a flare for story telling and the many tales of his activist exploits made the long hours of incarceration much more tolerable for my cell mates and I.
In Orsainville, Tooker played a vital role in the informal solidarity network that had spontaneously sprung into action among the hundreds of isolated prisoners. Active in all the meetings and informal committees that took place in our cell block, Tooker's bi-lingual abilities and energy were essential for information sharing and collective activity that were so important to entire prison population. Tooker did not see his incarceration as a personal problem to be overcome independently - but as a collective predicament shared by all prisoners in the jail. This was a reflection of a personality that viewed the interests of all people as no more important than his own - despite of the powerful ideologies of 'self-interest' and 'competition' that we are all bombarded with.
Although I didn't agree with all of Tooker's politics, I have never doubted for a second his sincerity and conviction to struggle for a better world. The time and energy Tooker dedicated towards that end was truly monumental. I have encountered few people - if any, who were as willing to invest and sacrifice so much of themselves for what they believed.
What is saddest of all is that Tooker's death is not an isolated incident resulting from some extraordinary circumstances or (as some may presume) personal weaknesses. Rather he is just one more name to add to the billions of nameless casualties of this de-humanizing class society. The social relations of capitalism alienate not only human beings from one another - but also individuals from themselves. Capitalism is a system that destroys humans physically as well as mentally. It kills the strong as well as the weak. This time it claimed one of the strongest.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 2:42 pm Post subject: remember Tooker's Activist Elections course @ Free UofT Reply with quote
[this was a course that Tooker & Angela offered in 2000 - ed]
ACTIVIST ELECTIONS: JUST DO IT
Elections come around every year or two, and often many if not most people don't even bother to vote. But through the political process we can bring about enormous change for the good. Largely overlooked in elections is the opportunity to raise issues and ideas through low budget campaigns, guerilla tactics, humor, and direct activism. The course will explore possibilities for raising issues of concern to our community, e.g. smog, homelessness, healthy urban food production, racism, ecology and much more. Participants will learn how to run an election campaign, how to raise issues publicly and in the media, how to prepare and distribute leaflets, and much more. This is an action- oriented course. We will be talking about doing things, and we will be doing things. The course would alternate with one week in a classroom setting, the next in a campaign setting.
Angela Bischoff and Tooker Gomberg
Mondays, 7:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m.
October 2, 2000 - November 13, 2000
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2129
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 3:07 pm Post subject: Tooker, David & Angela at City Hall Reply with quote
[remembering another Tooker event, in 2001 - ed]
Protest the Summit of the Americas
... May.10.2001 A number of citizens including Tooker Gomberg, David Melville and
Angela Bischoff attended a speakout and flyer handout at Toronto City Hall. ...
www.interlog.com/~command/quebec.htm - 101k - Cached - Similar pages
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:42 pm Post subject: events/commemoration planning in Toronto Reply with quote
In Toronto, friends and admirers of Tooker are planning ways to "commerorate and celebrate everything that Tooker was, did, and loved".
For updated info, see:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:21 pm Post subject: Tooker Gomberg 1955-2004 Reply with quote
(By Randy Kay, recieved via e-mail, posted by Peter Blanchard)
----- Original Message ----- From: Randy Kay and Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko
Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2004 4:49 PM
Subject: Tooker Gomberg
TOOKER GOMBERG 1955-2004
The wind is whipping dark clouds across the sky, grainy beams of sunlight stab through like searchlights.
It's unseasonably warm for March 5, 18 degrees in these global warming times.
A full moon ascends to dominate the troubled night sky.
And the news comes to me, Tooker is dead.
Tooker Gomberg, 48, took his own life, jumped from a bridge in Halifax.
I knew Tooker, as anyone active in environmental issues in Canada might.
He was a dynamo, creative, funny, daring, inspirational.
He also suffered from depression.
Hard to believe for those who knew Tooker through his public actions.
He was a powerful force for good, for the planet, and god knows we need more like him.
But Tooker was one of a kind.
When local activists invited Tooker to speak at a sustainable transportation series at the public library, he wanted to come to town early to take part in a protest event. He wasn't one to merely talk, action was integral to his being.
A few of us quickly scrambled to pull together an event to commemorate victims of car culture in the city.
On the day (three years ago this month) we held a memorial march from Wellington and King streets to City Hall. Tooker walked down the left-hand lane of King Street with about 40 of us; at City Hall plaza he made a speech. We presented a list of cyclist and pedestrian "demands" to a city councillor, then staged a mock die-in.
Tooker had brought his ever-present bicycle with him on the GO bus from Toronto, having to argue his way past newly enforced regulations outlawing bikes from being carried in the storage compartment of the bus.
He brought a banner, blood red with bold white lettering: "Stop the Carnage"- he brought his own bull-horn. He could almost be a one man revolution.
That night at the library he gave an entertaining, passionate, inspiring talk.
Next time I saw him, he and his partner Angela were helping with a demonstration in Toronto against Ontario Power Generation (OPG), one of Canada's worst polluters - Tooker had his video camera with him at the meeting, helping to record the little actions that make a difference, the actions that don't always make it to the dailies or the network.
I knew he suffered from depression, had seen from a distance the terrible toll it took on him, sapping energy from his body, numbing his enormous vitality.
I'll remember him at his best. His public life was lived like a hammer crashing on an anvil, when Tooker got involved sparks would fly.
The sparks of his life have kindled smaller fires in the hearts of many others in places where he worked to save and protect our sick planet, to creatively confront power where it had gone unchallenged.
Whether it was the day he got arrested in Montreal for sitting on an abandoned couch which he dragged into a parking space at the side of the road, or his spirited run for the Mayor's chair in Toronto (he came second to Mel Lastman), his term in office as an Edmonton, Alberta councillor, the time he burned his passport in protest of Canada's shameful role in the UN Climate Change Conference in Den Haag, the Netherlands (then got himself arrested for trespassing at a nuclear weapons base and deported back to Canada), or delivering table scraps to Mayor Lastman's office after the cancellation of a city composting program, Tooker was an inspiration, always pointing the way to a more liveable future.
In an article he wrote about activism, Tooker found inspiration in Henry David Thoreau's timeless essay "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience."
Thoreau wrote "Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine."
Tooker answered "I take this as a license - indeed a duty - to push harder. To take chances. To be bold. To cross the line."
He certainly, without fail, gave it his all.
The last communication I saw from Tooker was a comment he posted to Hamilton Indymedia, October 30, 2003. I had just reported on arrests occurring in Red Hill Valley.
Tooker wrote:"Just want folks to know that there are people all over the place that are with you in spirit. Keep at it. Don't give up. The last thing this world needs is another expressway. In Halifax I'm with ya, -Tooker."
Tooker's death is of course a tragic loss for those who knew and loved him.
But patient, abused Mother Earth has lost herself a dedicated son, and for that we should all mourn.
May his spirit live on.
(by Randy Kay)
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:31 am Post subject: We will all missed him! Reply with quote
I truly believed that he has touched the heart of all of us. I was only 16 at the time when Tooker runned for Mayor of Toronto, although I was not allow to vote at the time, I plea to my parents to vote for him. I am very proud that I have generate 2 vote among 50,000+ for Tooker.
Thank you my dear friend, and may god bless you in heaven!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:00 am Post subject: i wish we could have shared more Reply with quote
tooker gomberg was an enigma, an inspiration, the greatest of men. this is extra remarkable becuase of his small stature but he more than compensated with the biggest of hearts.
perhaps it is those with such big hearts, who can't help but see - and feel - so many problems are perhaps most prone to depression. anyone who has really been depressed knows how consuming and hopeless it leaves; anyone who hasn't needs to know that it must have been really bad for tooker to choose this and that we can be thankful at least that the pain he felt is no longer.
i met tooker several times; each exchange was so meaningful, inspiring, uplifting. though we only spent a few hours together in the most seemingly random of places, a street festival, city council chambers, an outdoor rave... perhaps it was such diveristy and openess - searching for and spreading hte message everywhere to everyone, all the time - that defined who tooker gomberg really was. he truly embodied a better future, and that will be how i remember him.
his work and endeavours should push us all to be better, to one-up the king of walking the talk. the man behind parking meter parties, bringing grass to reclaim the streets, perhaps the person most responsible for catalysing a change with how we deal with our waste both now and into the future...
send your love to angela and to all those who knew tooker. and keep some for yourself to strengthen you for all your future battles, that he'd want i'm sure.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:52 pm Post subject: energized by Tooker Reply with quote