Monday, November 21, 2011

A New Home for Edmonton Activist Resources Online

In 2005, I edited a book called the Edmonton Activist Resource and Contact Guide, written by local activist Radical Randy and published by the Edmonton Small Press Association. The Guide was a huge success, selling out regularly wherever it was sold at events or retail at places like Earth's General Store.

I hosted an online version of the Guide at It was updated regularly with new links, resources, and articles. Over the past few years, the site has expanded considerably and it was time for a home of its own and Radical Randy decided to learn how to make a website of his own. is the result. At the site you will find:

  • A "Quick and Easy Introduction" section for novices to the economic and political forces dominating our modern world;
  • Glossary and discussions of terms those new to these areas may not be familiar with;
  • Short descriptions of the "free trade" treaties and international financial organizations Canada belongs to which have drawn so many protests;
  • The business organizations, front groups, and corporate-funded "think tanks" that have been instrumental in advancing the neoliberal agenda in Canada;
  • Short downloadable articles dealing with a wide variety of subjects for a quick overview of these topics
  • A wide-ranging listing magazines, radio and tv programs, and websites as well as Edmonton Public Library books, dvds, and cds providing alternative information on these public policy matters from that presented by corporate mass media;
  • Websites and listservs of Edmonton organizations working on social and economic justice, environmental, peace and other issues for those interested in becoming involved;
  • And, perhaps most importantly, a means for those involved in one part of this work for a better world to network with those working in other areas.

    The description above was taken directly off the website.

    Although I am definitely biased, the Guide is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning about social issues and activist movements from a left-wing, often radical, perspective. It is not affiliated with any political party and is produced independently. I am proud to have been a part of it.
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