BEST HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST MATTHEW BEHRENS
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.