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Oct 30, 2016 - Chinese Workers' Uprising

When: Sunday October 30th, 2pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most underreported labor struggles of our time. But under China's labor management system, independent unionism is severely restricted, and the ACFTU official trade union body monopolizes worker representation for more than 800 million workers. Independent organizations are barred from agitating for their interests, despite growing wealth inequalities, and where long hours, safety hazards, and authoritarian management define life in the factories.

But this has not prevented the emergence of workers' resistance and fightbacks across almost all sectors of work. The China Labour Bulletin reports that the number of strikes has been increasing over the past two decades. At any given time, numerous strikes are taking place, and walkouts and slowdowns over work conditions and pay are a regular and growing occurrence. Workers' rights NGOs, while operating from a distinct disadvantage, have become increasingly involved and visible.

* Lu Zhang, Temple University, Author of Inside China's Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance.

* Eli Friedman, Cornell University Author of Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China.

Sponsored by: Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre at York University, Socialist Project, and the Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy | Facebook event
Oct 21, 2016 - Book Launch: A Propaganda System

When: Friday, October 21st, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

In A Propaganda System: How Canada's Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation, Engler reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.

The book details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada's foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers.
Oct 21, 2016 - 21st Annual Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day

When: Friday Oct 21st, 7:30pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Celebrating Fidel's 90th Birthday
Oct 22, 2016 - West Toronto Canvass for $15 & Fairness

When: Saturday, October 22nd, 12noon
Where: Corner of Dundas St W and Bloor St W

Do you live in the West End? Join us in the neighbourhood to spread the word and build a movement in the Fight for $15 & Fairness!

Our summer canvasses at Dufferin station and in Parkdale were a huge success (over 950 signatures on our petition!), so we're doing it again. And, this time we're taking the campaign to Dundas West TTC station!

Come out and bring a friend:) We'll have petitions and leaflets ready to go, and together we'll talk with passerbys about the fight for decent work for all.

For more information about the campaign, visit | Facebook event