BEST HU­MAN RIGHTS AC­TIVIST MATTHEW BEHRENS

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Activism -

This guru of non-vi­o­lent re­sis­tance has spent over two decades fo­ment­ing fun and frenzy while cam­paign­ing against cor­po­rate greed and mil­i­tarism. His lat­est org, Stop Se­cret Tri­als, is the main source of so­lace to five Mus­lim vic­tims of over­wrought post-9/11 se­cu­rity mea­sures, four of whom are still in­car­cer­ated on se­cruity cer­tifi­cates fol­low­ing a process we should all be ashamed of. Shock­ingly, Be­herns’s group is the only org do­ing full-time mon­i­tor­ing of a state lean­ing to­ward de­port­ing for tor­ture. But this is just the lat­est in his rebel re­sumé, which in­cludes hurl­ing fake blood at the Leg­is­la­ture, protest­ing war toys while dressed as the Easter Bunny, tak­ing on Loblaws as one of Santa’s elves for an anti-hunger cam­paign, and press­ing to turn Moss Park Ar­moury into digs for the home­less. The best news is that Behrens, who has had the most ar­rests of any Toronto ac­tivist at any time, does re­sis­tance train­ing for all who would learn his craft. It’ll be a bet­ter world with a raft of Behrens clones out there in de­moland.

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