NOW editors pick the week’s best news-related events: November 23-29

Debates, workshops, community meetings and more

Powerful PEN benefit

Sturla Gunnarsson’s documentary, Codename Sally, about novelist Salman Rushdie’s surprise appearance at the 1992 PEN Canada gala, screens Tuesday (November 28) at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, followed by a discussion with former premier Bob Rae, writer/producer Gunnarsson and others. 506 Bloor West. 7:30 pm. $11.50.

How to be an ally: Anti-Blackness at the Intersections

As Robyn Maynard’s recent book Policing Black Lives details, Canada has a long-history of anti-Black racism that stems back to the country’s history of slavery. In this panel, speakers discuss the diverse experiences of Black Canadians through the lens of race, sexuality, gender, faith, ability and class, as well as talk about approaches to combatting anti-Black racism via allyship and community organizing. Panelists include Toronto- and Montreal-based writer, Huda Hassan, artist Ian Kamau, Toronto rapper Just John (aka John Samuels), Burundian multimedia artist Kim Ninkuru and Rania El Mugammar, a Sudanese-Canadian artist, educator and writer. Thursday, November 23. 5:30-10 p.m. Pwyc. Pre-register. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E.

Stories of Home: National Housing Week 2017

As part of National Housing Week, at this storytelling event you’ll hear from six different Torontonians about what the idea of home means to them and their own journey finding it. Speakers include Jessie Thistle, a P.E. Trudeau and Vanier scholar, Claire-Hélène Heese-Boutin, an active member of the Dufferin Grove Housing Co-operative and Roz McLean, a member of the Toronto Foundation. Thursday, November 23. 6-9:30 p.m. $5 or pwyc. Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina.

Masc Off: Talking masculinity & ending gender-based violence

As NOW explored in our recent cover story on the #MeToo movement, we need to do more than participate in hashtag activism in the fight against sexual violence. In this roundtable, panellists Shad, Ian Campeau, Tiq Milan and Courtney Skye will speak candidly about consent, accountability, masculinity and how to end gender-based violence. Monday, November 27. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Ryerson University Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge.

50 years and counting: Legality of the Israeli occupation of Palestine

In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Michael Lynk as the special rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories. In this lecture, which takes place on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Lynk will speak about how international law should be used to end the occupation of Palestine. Wednesday, November 29. 7:30 p.m. $15 advance, $10 student/unwaged. Room 213. Victoria College Chapel, 91 Charles W. | @nowtoronto

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