from a few
about Press for Conversion! (Issue #68)
Magazine of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
This issue is called
Renditions of the Peaceable Kingdom at War,
from Narratives of WWI and the Red Scare
to the Mass Internment of Civilians
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Cy Gonick is publisher and founder of Canadian Dimension magazine, Canada's oldest socialist and now ecosocialist magazine. Cy was the only avowed member of the Waffle (Movement for an Independent Socialist Canada) during his term as an NDP member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (1969-1973). He taught at the University of Manitoba and was program coordinator for the Labour and Workplace Studies Program, and retired in 2001.
“'Captive Canada' is a marvellous example of COAT's excellent magazine. Although I had long known of the similarity in the appalling treatment of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and Australia by their invading colonialists, I had never realised just how close those treatments were. It seems that the British must have distributed ‘plans for actions’ to all those who were setting up their colonies, so that they might overcome the original inhabitants and, through attitudes such as the Social Gospel, persuade the colonising communities that they are doing a great thing."
"Before the South Africans instituted Apartheid, they sent a delegation of
politicians to Australia to study the Queensland Aboriginal Acts, and included
much of what they found there in the Apartheid laws.
[Editor's note: They also sent a delegation to
Canada and learned
[Editor's note: They also sent a delegation to Canada and learnedfrom the system that was imposed here as well!]
“'Captive Canada' is so well documented and explained that it
should be used in History lessons to inform students of their true histories,
in all the countries which were invaded by colonialists. I warmly congratulate
Richard Sanders on producing this fine magazine. "
Irene Gale is the third generation of dedicated human rights activists, and has three more generations following her that are also joining activities that the world needs. She has worked as a clothing machinist and teacher, and has been involved in all the issues life has presented from child care, education, workers’ rights, Aboriginal rights, health and community support services, peace, anti-nuclear and environmental activism, as well as anti-Apartheid and anti-racism work. For the latter, Irene was awarded the Order of Australia, and also received an Equal Opportunity Award. She was National Convenor of the Campaign Against Racial Exploitation, Secretary/Treasurer of the Australian Peace Committee, and has belonged to a wide range of community organisations.
Larry Hannant is an author and historian at Camosun College, Victoria, BC. His work includes: The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada's Citizens (author); The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art (editor); Champagne and Meatballs: Adventures of a Canadian Communist (editor); The Spirit Wrestlers, a documentary film on the Doukhobors (script co-writer); "Explosion on the Kettle Valley Line: The Death of Peter Verigin" and "Death of a Diplomat: Herbert Norman and the Cold War" (The Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History) (research director).
"'Captive Canada' is a hair-raising but richly documented historical profile of what has long been kept under wraps – Canada's domestic history of attacks on poor, foreign-born, working-class and politically deviating people who are innocent of all wrongdoing but what is projected onto them by official propaganda. Those suspecting the worst of Canada's junior-imperialist actions of mass persecution and detention will find the repressed facts here – from Canada's pro-Nazi Ukrainian right joining with state forces to imprison thousands, to the imperialist anti-communism of the CCF/NDP hero J.S.Woodsworth and descendants, all of them oozing self-righteous cant.
"Sanders uniquely exposes 'the captivating mass psychosis' which sweeps across Canada again and again to the present day but is usually silenced in the public record."
John Philpot is an expert in international criminal law, a criminal defence lawyer and co-editor (with Sébastien Chartrand) of a book calledJustice Belied The Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice (2014). John has defended three cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and one case at the International Criminal Court. He is active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and in the International Tribunal for Rwanda prisoners network.
"Keep up the great work, Richard!"
Sid Shniad was the Research Director of the Telecommunications Workers Union for more than twenty years. A former public school teacher, Sid is a founding member of the Trade Union Committee for Justice in the Middle East and remains active in the antiwar movement. He is a member of the national steering committee of Independent Jewish Voices Canada, a progressive national association of Jewish Canadians who are critical of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians.
"I was very pleased to see the new issue of Press for Conversion, called 'Captive Canada.'
"I have been an admirer of Richard Sanders' work for many years and an avid reader of his meticulously researched and highly articulate magazine. He has the courage to tell it like it is and there is little hope for our species if we cannot listen.
"Bravo Richard! I am deeply thankful for your extraordinary tenacity."
Alan Scarfe is a Canadian actor, director and author. Alan began his career as a classical stage actor in the 1960s and has performed well over 100 major roles in theatres across Europe, the US and Canada, including two seasons at the Shaw Festival and eight seasons at the Stratford Festival. He has also been a familiar face on television and in film for nearly forty years. Alan has recently turned to writing novels under the pseudonym Clanash Farjeon, including The Vampires of 9/11, a political satire about America's blindness and inability to accept who the real culprits are.
Murray Thomson was born in China to United Church of Canada missionaries. After graduating in 1947 he worked in the adult education division of Saskatchewan's CCF government. As a pacifist and member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), Murray worked in Thailand and India (1956-1962) and for CUSO (1970-1974). He was the Peace Education Secretary for Canadian Friends Service Committee (1962-1969). Over the decades, Murray helped found groups such as the Quaker Peace Education Centre - Grindstone Island (1963), Project Ploughshares (1976), Peace Brigades International (1981), Peacefund Canada (1985), and Canadian Friends of Burma (1991).
"Kudos to Richard Sanders for the courageous work he has done with 'Captive Canada' revealing to Canadians their true sordid and violent history. Watch out, they do shoot messengers, especially when they don't like what they hear.
"With rights come responsibilities. We all have a responsibility to know our true shared history in this land. You need to know where you're coming from to know where you're going to. Canadians, in particular, have a lot of work to do unravelling their fabricated fantastical history."
"For Indigenous people engaged in many struggles, identity is one of the struggles that we face every day. I don't think there's anywhere in the world where your family tree is more scrutinized and modified than for Indigenous in what some call Canada. Many Indigenous do not feel a part of the Canada experiment though many are trying hard to find their place in it. The most important thing is our ties to the land to Mother Earth who cannot be bought or sold by anyone.
"All our Relations. Aho!"
Jennifer Tsun is a Kokum/Grandmother, Storyteller and Researcher. Her articles are published in the Eagle Watch, a free email newsletter. As she says: "I am a Human Being of so-called mixed ancestry. I am Anishnaabe, Ongwehonweh, Pictish, Slavic, Anglo walking the Good Red Road guided by my Ancestors." Jenn is currently investigating the history of the army of lawyers involved in the Big Land Grab, which is still unfolding.
"Over the years Richard Sanders has helped to rectify the delusion that Canada is a benevolent, peace-building nation. His articles are scrupulously researched.
"'Captive Canada' is a devastating documentation of domestic exploitation, racism, slavery, genocide, internment and work camps. It demonstrates how even sincere reform-motivated Canadians have been duped into supporting outrageously unjust government policies. Only by acknowledging the atrocities that we continue to support and profit from can we achieve a state of genuine social justice and moral leadership.
"Canadians owe Mr. Sanders a debt of gratitude for his brutally honest portrayal of the crimes against humanity that we have been guilty of, from the killing of Iraqi children to the savage segregation imposed on First Peoples. We also need to explore his insights into how current policies packaged as protecting human rights actually promote and support war and the arms trade."
Carol Winter is a social justice activist on the Peterborough Social Planning Council's Board of Directors. Epitomising the adage: "Think globally and act locally!" Carol is an outspoken community advocate for those oppressed by poverty, racism and war. She has, for example, been involved in many protests against Canada's indefinite detention of migrants awaiting deportation in Lindsay Ontario's high-security prison. Although named by a local newspaper as one of the "20 most influential people in Peterborough" and very foolishly heralded as "Saint Carol," she roundly rejects all such ridiculous honorifics, calling herself "crotchety, moody, stubborn and even pig-headed." Keep at it Carol!