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Jan 18, 2018 - Book launch: Precarious Employment

When: Thursday, January 18th, 5pm
Where: 297 Victoria St., 7th Floor Heaslip House, Ryerson University

Causes, Consequences and Remedies

Edited by Stephanie Procyk, Wayne Lewchuk & John Shields. Published by Fernwood

Please RSVP to Jessica Praznik at |
Jan 18, 2018 - Policing Bodies and Borders

When: Thursday, January 18th, 5 - 8pm
Where: University of Toronto - Scarborough (UTSC), 1265 Military Trail, Ralph Campbell Lounge (BV-380)
Note: This free event is open to students and members of the community.

The Students of Sociology, the Scarborough Campus Students' Union, and the Caribbean Solidarity Network present Policing Bodies and Borders, a panel event that will delve into past and present forms of policing, pinpoint similarities, and present alternatives. Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion lead by a diverse group of academics and community organizers. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A and Mix & Mingle. Food will be served!

The issues that characterize policing are too often minimized by the "bad apple" narrative, which tends to derail dialogue and quell the potential for meaningful change. In recent years, awareness-raising movements (e.g. Black Lives Matter and Idle No More) that openly recognize the harmful practices of policing as systemic and innate have made it increasingly clear that we need to move beyond individualistic narratives if we are to get to the root of the problem and rectify it. Understanding policing as a patterned and replicated institution will ultimately allow us to imagine new ways to address the various forms of racialized, classed, and gendered oppression that past and present law enforcement entities have facilitated.

Moderator: Dr. Shiri Pasternak: Associate Professor, Ryerson University's Department of Criminology. Panelists:
* Erica Violet Lee: Nehiyaw writer and Indigenous community organizer
* Dr. Rinaldo Walcott: Director, University of Toronto's Women & Gender Studies Institute
* Syrus Marcus Ware: Organizer, Black Lives Matter Toronto, Yes: Organizer, No One Is Illegal and the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network
Jan 18, 2018 - The Fight for Housing and Shelter

When: Thursday, January 18th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street (near Parliament and Gerrard)

Toronto is in the midst of a deadly crisis of homelessness. We know all three levels of government are responsible for creating the housing crisis and then refusing to deal with the consequences. But how exactly have they done this? What precisely is wrong with the Canadian housing policies? How to we make sense of the claims of "historic investments" in housing that the Liberals made when they announced the National Housing Strategy last November? Will the strategy help poor and low-income people?

Over the past month we've won the opening of the armouries to provide immediate respite to the homeless but the fight for shelter is far from over. How do we build on the gains made to win adequate shelter in the coming months and housing for all?

Join us as discuss these and other important questions to understand the current crisis and strengthen the fight for shelter & housing.

* David Hulchanski is a professor of housing and community development in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
* Gaetan Heroux is a long-time member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, a front-line worker who has worked in the downtown east neighbourhood for three decades, and author of Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History.
Jan 18, 2018 - American Imperialism in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

When: Thursday, January 18th, 6pm
Where: University College, 15 King's College Cir,

This event will be a short speech and discussion about American Imperialism in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

The event will be held in UC 67.

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