Calgary reaches out to Ferguson

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By Iman Bukhari

24 hours following the no-indictment verdict in Ferguson, Missouri, Calgarians met in solidarity to peacefully protest outside of City Hall. The theme of the demonstration was “Black Lives Matter,” and chants such as “The people united will never be defeated, the people united will never be divided” and “Being black is not a crime, we will not back down this time” were heard throughout the night.

About 200 attendees of various races came out to stand up for changing the fundamental way black people are treated in Ferguson and around the world. With national attention on Ferguson, Saima Jamal, a Calgarian activist, put together the event with support from the community.

“We gathered to tell the world Calgary believes Black Lives Matter!” said Saima. “In unison we called for an end to racism, police brutality, racial profiling in the USA, Canada and globally.”

Supporters of the protest showed up with signs, candles, and their voices.

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Films to Check Out at the MLJFF

If you enjoy watching documentaries, check out the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (MLJFF) this week. This year United Nations Association in Canada Calgary Branch is supporting two films—Seeds of Time and Suitable—and their post-film conversation leaders.

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival runs from November 18 – 23 at various locations throughout Calgary. This is an excellent opportunity to view a wide range of international and local films that cover current world issues, stay for the discussion and visit with local non-government groups and fair trade vendors .. Admission is free.  

Seeds of Time

Date/Time: Thursday Nov 20 at 7:15 PM

Location: River Park Church Auditorium, 3818 – 14A St. SW, Calgary

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Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival runs from Tuesday, November 18 until Sunday November 23 at various locations throughout Calgary. This is an excellent opportunity to view a wide range of international and local films that cover current world issues, stay for the discussion and visit with local non-government groups and fair trade vendors that will be onsite. Admission is free. To view the schedule, visit http://www.justicefilmfestival.ca/festival.php/loc%7Cmardaloop

About the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (MLJFF)

It’s a Different Festival—not only is everything is FREE to the public, MLJFF understand film is an important medium to convey a story. Film is a wonderful method to convey issues and concerns. MLJFF offers a very different experience.

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