Michael Riordon

the view from where I live

10. Essential voices

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Movement!  The people of Tunisia have expelled the tyrant, and now fight to expand the freedom they’ve gained.  The people of Egypt are moving against heavy odds to do the same, others too.

Palestinians have been struggling against tyranny for more than 60 years.  Longer than that – in 1936 they rose up against the British colonial regime, and before that….. Different faces, different uniforms, but to those who suffer under it, tyranny feels the same.

To us in ‘the west,’ these upheavals are only astonishing because the mainstream media keep us so badly informed.  Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that their habitual filters keep them so badly informed, they can’t offer much help for us in making sense of the world.

Fortunately other voices are being heard – none so loud as the tyrants’, but still, thanks to small presses and alternative media they are being heard.

Our Way to Fight is a gathering of such voices, voices of people struggling fiercely for peace, justice and human rights in Palestine and Israel.  As repression increases there, it’s essential that these voices be heard.

But:  Several vigilant readers informed me last week that local bookstores in Canada were saying the book wouldn’t be available until May.  What?? It is actually available right now.

I alerted the Canadian publisher, Between the Lines, and they moved quickly, tracking down a glitch in the computer software that provides most bookstores with their information.  Somehow it had listed the UK/international edition (now available) and the US edition (due in May), but omitted the Canadian edition.

That glitch has now been corrected, and Our Way to Fight can be purchased and/or ordered from bookstores across Canada, the UK and Ireland.

Essential voices, hot off the press.

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

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