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Jan 9, 2021 - An Army Like No Other

When: January 9th, 2pm

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) was established in 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, who believed that "the whole nation is the army." In his mind, the IDF was to be an army like no other. It was the instrument that might transform a diverse population into a new people.

In an insightful new history of the IDF, An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defense Forces Made a Nation, Israeli author Haim Bresheeth-Zabner argues that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars. He also gives an account of his own experiences as a young conscript during the 1967 war, and shows how the IDF has used its military and scientific advantage at the expense of indigenous Palestinians and other perceived enemies.

Bresheeth-Zabner will be joined in conversation with Judith Deutsch. Their conversation will be moderated by Lia Tarachansky.

This event is organized by the IJV Anti-militarism Working Group in collaboration with Independent Jewish Voices Canada. |
Jan 9, 2021 - Venezuela After the Elections

When: Saturday January 9th, 9am
A suggested donation of $5 would be appreciated.

Our panel analyzes the political situation in Venezuela in light of the parliamentary elections of 2020, and dwells on the challenges ahead.

On January 5th, Venezuela's National Assembly takes office. On January 6th, Congress is set to confirm Joe Biden as the next President of the United-States. An international panel of experts, including frontline observers of the Venezuelan election itself, assess the implications of these events for the world of 2021.

- Vijay Prashad, Executive Director at the Tricontinental Institute
- Carlos Ron, Venezuelan Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Alicia Castro, Former Argentinian Ambassador to Venezuela
- Leonardo Flores, CODEPINK
Jan 7, 2021 - Defunding The Toronto Police: City Budget Edition

When: Thursday January 7th, 6pm

Join Showing Up for Racial Justice Toronto (SURJ TO) and community advocates on January 7th to learn more and plug into action taking up the call from Black Lives Matter Toronto to defund the Toronto Police Services by 50% in the 2021 City budget. Hear from Desmond Cole, Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP), and Idil Abdillahi about working towards an abolitionist future.

TPS is the single largest expense item in Toronto's budget. That means the largest portion of tax dollars are going to fund policing rather than meeting the direct needs of our communities. In 2020, the Toronto Police's net operating budget was approx $1.08-billion - more than the City's budget for Toronto Community Housing; shelters, support and housing services; transportation; employment and social services; and the Toronto Public Library COMBINED.

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Jan 2, 2021 - Protect Communities when Schools Shutdown!

When: Saturday, January 2nd, 1pm
Meet at Hart House Circle

The Ford government has let the second wave of Covid-19 spiral out of control and is shutting the province down without providing the supports we need to make it work.

As education workers, we've been on the front lines of this pandemic and know who it's hitting the hardest: those low-income and racialized students and families already abandoned by the government and its wealthy supporters. School closures will also result in mass layoffs of Occasional Teachers and other education workers who will need protection.

Join the Education Worker Car Caravan to demand the following:
- Barrier Free Benefits for anyone forced out of work due to closures,
- Immediate Rent Relief and a province-wide ban on evictions,
- Paid Sick Days for all.

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Dec 19, 2020 - No Federal Funds for Union Busters

When: Saturday December 19th, 12pm
Where: 48 Rosemount Avenue Unit B

The workers will be rallying in front of Minister Hussen's office to demand that the Federal government reallocate the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative fund to another leading Black organization in Toronto. Workers find it unacceptable that funds destined towards vulnerable communities should be stewarded by a board that wastes public dollars on strike-breakers, security guards, and anti-union consultants.

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