UPDATE: Harjap just filed another “privacy complaint” with YouTube- if people like him get in any sort of power, the world will be ugly and filled with censorship…
On Friday I got an email from YouTube saying that an individual had made a ‘privacy complaint’ about a video I posted showing clips of an organization called the Native Youth Movement. The video contained two names in it- Harjap Grewal and Harsha Walia- two of the highest profile promoters of political violence in the country. No other names were mentioned in it, so it must have been either Harjap or Harsha who made the complaint.
They’re both leaders at the notorious anarchist revolutionary group called No One Is Illegal (NoII)- an organization notorious for it’s support of political violence and their radicalization of racialized communities. Harjap is also an employee of the Council of Canadians, an organization whose Executive Director has admitted that they were instrumental in enabling the violence that occurred at Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics.
The Native Youth Movement was founded in Winnipeg in 1990 as part of an effort to help guide indigenous youth away from gang violence. In 1995-1996 a chapter was opened in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Unfortunately, it didn’t take very long for the radicals to get involved. In 2006, Harjap became the person who took the money for them:
I’m sure you’re wondering by now why they’d want to censor the video. Well, it’s probably because it doesn’t look very good for Harjap that he was involved with this group. The video includes many clips from the protests against the 2010 Olympics, pictures of masked indigenous protesters carrying guns (including kids), racist hate speech, and classic lines like “take back the land, kill the white man” & “It’s our land, go home”.
Both Harjap & Harsha (they’re a couple) have some pretty messed up views on violence and racialized hate. Harsha is Canada’s highest profile promoter of it- after the Olympics, she put her support for violence on the record in a video recorded debate against Derrick O’Keefe- standing up for the people who smashed up the city. Curiously, NDP MP Libby Davies was in the audience and didn’t say a word to counter Harsha’s madness.
In 2011 Harjap appeared in end:civ, a film by Franklin López based on the teachings of the violent, transphobic end-of-the world cult Deep Green Resistance. Others in the video include militants like Macdonald Stainsby, Zoe Blunt, and Peter Gelderloos. Harjap’s appearance included explaining his views how Gandhi wouldn’t have been successful without other people using violence. Insanity.
This, of course, was all fine and dandy a few years ago when Harjap & Harsha were trying to establish their ‘cred’ as violence promoting revolutionaries. But, today, they’re trying to clean up their act a little and cover up who they really are. After all, now that they’re older, this sort of hate could negatively impact their political and professional ambitions.
Many of us have said and done things in our youth that could look badly on us as in our later years. Respectable people would simply apologize and explain that they had some pretty wild ideas in their youth. This is exactly the opportunity Harsha Walia was given during Occupy Vancouver- but, she steadfastly refused. As Macdonald Stainsby explained to me- “she can’t”. The truth of the matter is that some of their funders and supporters still believe violence is necessary- speak out against it and they’ll lose a lot of support.
This makes them part of the problem…
But, no matter how hard people like Harjap & Harsha try to censor the truth about their promotion of racial violence, it won’t work. Their attempts only make me, and others, even more determined to get the word out- teaching them the meaning of the Streisand Effect.
I’ve re-created the video, this time without Harjap & Harsha’s name on it. I invite all of you to help share this video as far-and-wide as possible- that’ll show ’em…