Tag Archives: activism

2
Jun

Racism In Canada

RACISM IN CANADA

A Personal Perspective
by Mani Amar

I was walking back from the park with my older brother, on our way home, we noticed one of our new neighbours had a small black dog. I was very happy. I insisted to my parents that my brother take me back to that house so I can give the dog a cookie. As we reached the neighbour’s house, the dog neared the fence. I gave the small black dog a cookie. The dog was happy. I was happy. A lady opened the door when she saw us.

“Don’t feed my dog you fucking hindus, next time I will call the cops” she yelled across the yard.

My brother grabbed my hand and ran me home. I didn’t know why. I was 3 years old.

It was a beautiful day, after school, I was riding my bike around the block with my brother and cousins. As we decided to call it a day and headed home, we cut through an empty city lot. As we got off our bikes to walk them through the fence, two older boys came in with their bikes.

2
Sep

Our Children Deserve Better

OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER

The Systematic Denial and Violation of Human Rights: The Government of British Columbia’s Vulgar Stance on Public Education

an open letter to the Government of British Columbia & Premier Christy Clark
by Mani Amar

 

September 2nd, 2014

Dear Premier,

I hope this letter finds you well.

My name is Mani Amar and I write to you today with respect and the intent that the merit of this letter is not lost or dismissed by you or the members of your cabinet. This letter is not intended to incite further discord between us, the people I write for, and you, the government, but to instead evoke a level of intellectual and emotional understanding.

I have been a proud Canadian for as long as I can remember. I was proud of what Canada stood for and how it stood for those who could not stand by themselves. Through my travels, I have asked many people from many walks of life, “If I could give you a chance to live anywhere, where would you choose?” The answer always came back the same, “Canada.”

24
Nov

Activistic Hypocrisy

I have longed to determine who I am. For I am, in my heart and in my mind, an activist. But if I truly was, then I also would truly be a hypocrite.

For an activist is someone who is fuelled to make social and political change. They by definition use vigorous action to accomplish their goals through protests and campaigns.

Here I stand, upon a crossroads. One direction leads me to abandon my ethics, but morally it remains right. The other direction leads me to abandon my principles, yet it too remains right.

For by definition, if I was an activist, then I would in all my vigour be willing to bring about social and political change. I would in all my wisdom, find logic in my actions, justify them because the future from these actions holds with it the resources to assist my beliefs.

This is not mysticism and I am not delusional, however it may seem… For these actions I know I must partake, I know will also make them hypocritical. Yet the onus is on me. It falls solely on my shoulders as I know that I cannot cower away from ridicule. I cannot cower away from a chance at the attainment of resources that can bring about the positive change that I see in my eyes for this beautiful future of the world.

“Let me tell you, at the risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.” – Che Guevara

29
Oct

A Reckless Proposal & Profiteering For Criminals

A Reckless Proposal & Profiteering For Criminals
by Mani Amar

Written April 11th, 2011
Released April 13th, 2011

Protest to Vancouver City Council against PavCo’s casino building attempt.
In part with VancouverNotVegas.ca 

The amount of gang activity that occurs in Vancouver, our small but beautiful major city, rivals massive metropolitan areas across North America. Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, & Chicago are well known throughout the world for gang activity, but another city has taken precedence on this list. Our city.

Vancouver generates billions of tax free dollars through its marijuana trade industry every year. Vancouver is geographically destined to be a major drug distribution hub. But instead of using resources to tackle such a drug issue, we are providing criminals with another reason to operate. Gambling.

29
Sep

Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of the House of Commons

Statement on Organized Crime
by Mani Amar

Presented April 30th, 2009

To the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
of the House of Commons (Vancouver)

Dear Committee and guests,

My name is Mani Amar, I am an independent filmmaker, writer, and activist based out of Vancouver, BC.

I have been invited here today to share my views on the state of Organized Crime and offer suggestions in order that the Committee may make recommendations in a report to the House of Commons.

I believe that my invitation was based on the film I have recently released, ‘A Warrior’s Religion.’ It is a documentary film which was my attempt to discover the root precursors on why so many South Asians were heavily involved in organized crime in Metro Vancouver during the last 19 years.

I hope that my experiences garnered in the production of this film, along with my ongoing research on this issue can help provide insight, in turn shedding some light on this dark situation.

About Me
In self-reflection; I can honestly say all that is good in my life has been a direct result of my artistic expression. Be it through writing poetry, prose, or philosophy, through painting or photography, or through filmmaking, art saved my life and it can save yours.
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