Apr 28, 2017 - MayWorks 2017
The 32nd annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts will take place from April 28 – May 7, 2017, at various locations in Toronto, and will feature multi-disciplinary events highlighting precarious work and collective struggle for decent wages and healthy working conditions. We invite you to download the Mayworks program here
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Apr 28, 2017 - Women, Children, and War
When: Friday, April 28th, 7pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave
Guest Speakers Dr. Gretchen Roedde and Dr. Reeju Ray headline this event organized by Science for Peace and Voice of Women for the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending. All are welcome!
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Apr 28, 2017 - Peoples Resistance Pachanga
When: Friday, April 28th, 7:30 PM
Where: San Lorenzo Church, 2981 Dufferin Street
You are invited to a MASQUERADE! Dress up to fight fear and oppression. Make a mask of your most loathed warmonger or fascist oppresor. Be creative!!
This pachanga/party marks the end of our official solidarity month. We have seen the people of Ecuador exercise democracy. People in Venezuela are growing strong and resisting the media attacks. Cuba is preparing to celebrate the first May Day since the passing of Fidel. People in Argentina continue to denounce and fight for freedom to political prisoners like Milagro Sala. In Guatemala we mourned the death of 43 young girls in a 'safe home' for children. El Salvador has led the way to stronger resistance against mining. The struggle for social justice, for self-determination, for equity and against human rights violation continues.
Apr 29, 2017 - Urban Worker Skillshare
When: Saturday, April 29th, 9:30am – 8:30pm
Where: Story Arts Centre, Centennial College, 951 Carlaw Avenue
Sliding scale: $20, $50 or Pay What You Can.
Calling all freelancers, contract workers and solopreneurs!
Join 150 other urban workers to share best practices and to learn from one another. You will connect with experts to get your most burning questions answered, share your hard earned lessons and build community. Together we’ll skill up while we envision how to make work and life more secure in this new economy.
Apr 29, 2017 - Climate March for The Planet, Animals, and People
When: Saturday, April 29th, 10am
Where: Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Sq
On Saturday April 29th, join us as we march in unity with Washington, and the World to stand up for this beautiful Earth we call home.
Together we have the power to keep safe the water we drink, the air that we breathe, the nature that surrounds us, and the wildlife we share this land with. Not to mention we can save our economy from being swallowed whole by human greed!
Let's march for justice. Let's march for our friends across the world, our families, our children. Our future. Let's fight for our Climate!
Apr 29, 2017 - Save our services, Respect our staff
When: Saturday April 29th, 10am
Where: Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street
Join us at the UTSU Board meeting to spread the word that the UTSU cannot go ahead with their plan to try to fire Vita and Maria. We must send a strong message that students need quality services and workers deserve respect!
The UTSU must respect the collective agreement with CUPE 1281, Vita and Maria’s union, and make quality student services a priority.
The University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) executive and board of directors are attempting to eliminate the positions of the Health and Dental Plan Coordinator and Clubs and Service Groups Coordinator; and the UTSU executive has failed to fill the position of Financial Coordinator after an almost 12-month vacancy.
Apr 29, 2017 - People's Climate Movement
When: Saturday, April 29th, 12 noon
Where: Allan Gardens, 19 Horicultural Avenue
Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Toronto and around the world to stand up for our communities and climate.
Plans are underway by labour, environmental, indigenous, and social justice groups for a People's Climate March in Toronto on April 29th. This will form part of a North American Day of Action initiated by The People’s Climate Movement. The U.S coalition is calling for a massive march in Washington D.C and sister marches across the world, and the Toronto organizing groups have coordinated with the Climate Convergence in Vancouver and other organizations across the country. We are organizing the march to be the anchor event to a week of education and mobilization in April and a week of actions in May.
On April 29th we will be in the streets across Canada to show the world and our leaders that we will resist fossil fuel projects and policies that attack our people, our communities and our planet.
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Apr 29, 2017 - For Justice, Peace, and Socialism
When: Saturday April 29th, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St.
All are welcome. Childcare provided. Admission free. Food and beverage will be for sale.
The United May Day Committee keeps alive the tradition of International Workers’ Day by organizing an indoor rally to complement the annual march on the streets of Toronto. We bring together labour, political, and international speakers with a rich array of talented dancers, singers, poets and musicians from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
This year's event, on Saturday, April 29th, is the seventh anniversary of our celebration at the Steelworkers Hall. We are again offering a program with powerful, relevant speakers and outstanding entertainment. Featured among the speakers will be labour activist and former President of the Ontario Federation of Labour Sid Ryan, Dave McKee, Leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario), and ant-racism activist Sarah Ali, of the Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia.
Artists in this year's cultural program include drumming ensemble Baro Dununba, Chilean-Canadian singer-songwriter Marcelo Puente, the duet of Tony Quarrington & Laura Fernandez, and DJ Mohammad Ali . O Puck will open the evening with a blessing from the First Nations tradition.
Apr 29, 2017 - Conscious Minds Co-operative
When: Saturday, April 29th, 8:30pm
When: Jam Factory T.O., 2 Matilda St., Toronto
$10 in advance / $15 at the door
Rebirth. Renewal. Emergence. Play!
Our CM community officially launches as a co-operative after 4 years of rooting down and organizing Conscious Minds Camp. Help us celebrate & see what we're about! We bloomin'!
Sounds + Vibes by
+ Char Aragoza
+ Bea Palanca
All funds go toward supporting Conscious Minds Camp 2017 -- an educational and healing space among the trees and stars | www.eventbrite.ca
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Apr 30, 2017 - Join the May 1 Rent Strike!
When: Sunday April 30th, 12noon
Where: Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen Street West
MetCap: Stop the above guideline rent increases! Do the repairs!
We will march to MetCap buildings on Tyndall and Jameson, then rally in front of the high school, Parkdale Collegiate Institute.
Live in a MetCap building? Join the rent strike May 1.
Live in Parkdale and rent from a landlord other than MetCap? Support your neighbours!
Apr 30, 2017 - Chernobyl Anniversary
When: Sunday, April 30th, 7pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.,
To commemorate the 31st Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, join us for a film screening of the 2012 documentary The Atomic States of America.
On April 26, 1986, a nuclear reactor in Pripyat, Ukraine suffered a catastrophic power increase, leading to explosions in its core. This dispersed large quantities of radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere and caused an open-air fire. Thousands got cancer, mutations, Chernobyl heart, and have died. After spending billions, it is still a disaster zone.
To honor the victims (and continue informing ourselves & others about nuclear risks), we will screen the film 'Atomic States of America' and have a discussion of current energy policy in Ontario. This excellent documentary covers all aspects of the nuclear scene: economic, political, safety, accidents, weapons, waste.
May 1, 2017 - May Day at YYZ
When: Monday, May 1st, 1pm
Where: Toronto Pearson International Airport, 6301 Silver Dart Dr, Mississauga
Spring is here and right around the corner is May Day, the day workers around the world come together to celebrate International Worker's Day.
Join us at Canada's largest workplace, Toronto Pearson International Airport, to celebrate our acheivements as co-workers. Together we power this huge workplace, sending people and their belongings across the country and out into the world. Our work also helps to welcome millions of travellers to Toronto and Canada.
Last spring thousands of you signed the TAWC "$15 and Fairness" petition calling for a living wage and improved working conditions for us at YYZ. Your incredible solidarity opened the door to meaningful discussions on the issues. Thank you!!!
May 1, 2017 - May Day
When: Monday, May 1st, 5pm
Where: Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Street
May Day was born out of militant working class struggle. First declared by the 2nd Internationale to commemorate the Haymarket Affair of May 1886, it is celebrated around the world as International Workers Day—not just in the centres of capital, but also in the peripheries (the so-called "Third World") where the contradictions between the exploiting class and the exploited are most often at their sharpest.
As the crisis of capitalism deepens, so increases the pressure, hardship, and violence upon the exploited and oppressed. Once again we find ourselves facing a resurgence of fascism. Let us gather this May 1st to affirm the unity of the international working class.
UP WITH THE PEOPLE! DOWN WITH THE BOURGEOISIE! WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE AGAINST WAR AND FASCISM!
May 1, 2017 - Art and Tomatoes
Opening Reception & Festival Party: Monday May 1st, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street
Art and Tomatoes is a visual exhibition and public installation that highlights and reflects on the Justice For Migrant Workers' Harvesting Freedom campaign. It was organized to mark the 50th year in which migrant farmworkers have come to Canada to feed our families yet have no access to citizenship. It was one of the most important workers' rights, anti-racist, migrant justice mobilizations of 2016. Exhibiting at three distinct spaces - a contemporary art gallery, an activist design studio and a workers union hall - this fluid intersection of art, design and activism carries a deep intentionality about the artworks and their impact. Art and Tomatoes also serves as a conduit for the unapologetic demand of its organizers - young, queer, gender nonconforming, Indigenous and people of colour - to be recognized as artists and leaders in their communities.
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May 1, 2017 - Training for Climate Action in Toronto
When: May 1st, 7pm
Where: Quaker House, 60 Lowther Avenue
Learn how to make a deputation, write a letter to the editor and talk to your city councillor about climate change in preparation for the TransformTO 2050 Climate Action Report.
May 2, 2017 - The Maribor Uprisings
When: Tuesday, May 2nd, 6pm
Where: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue
n the once prosperous industrial city of Maribor, Slovenia, anger over political corruption became unruly revolt. In THE MARIBOR UPRISINGS, which is part film, part conversation and part interactive experiment, you are invited to participate in the protests. Drawing on the dramatic frontline footage from a video activist collective embedded within the uprisings, you begin in Maribor as crowds surround and ransack City Hall under a hailstorm of tear gas canisters. As a group, you must choose which cameras you will follow and therefore how the events will unfold. Like those who joined the actual uprisings, you will decide between joining non-violent protests or following rowdy crowds towards City Hall and greater conflict.
These events stand as an example for any number of ideological stand-offs today. What sparks outrage? How are participants swept up in - and changed by - confrontations with police? Could something like this happen in your city? What would you do?
May 2, 2017 - Double Exposure: Art and Activism
When: Tuesday, May 2nd, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777 Bathurst Street
$5 donation (suggested minimum)
The co-editors of the recent groundbreaking anthology Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, will talk about their journey putting together this volume of seven plays that tackle the Palestine-Israel conflict. Written by Jewish and Palestinian playwrights in diaspora it offers perspectives that turn the political into the personal. The evening will include readings from their plays Tales of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi and Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov followed by a conversation about the role and power of art in activism and then open to Q&A.
May 3, 2017 - Queer Returns
When: Wednesday, May 3rd, 7pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Another Story Bookshop and Pages UnBound present the Toronto launch for:
Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies
by Rinaldo Walcott
Featuring a conversation with Rinaldo Walcott and Andrea Fatona.
May 4, 2017 - It Takes a Riot
When: May 4th, 6:30pm
Where: 350 Victoria Street, Room Lib 72
Race. Rebellion. Reform.
A documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Yonge Street Uprising.
The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project in partnership with the Social Justice Institute at Brock University, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Young Street Uprising. On May 4 we debut the long anticipated film “It Takes A Riot” followed by a panel discussion.
May 4, 2017 - Ottawa and Empire
When: Thursday, May 4th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
In June 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras was kidnapped and whisked out of the country while the military and business elite consolidated a coup d’etat. To the surprise of many, Canada implicitly supported the coup and assisted the coup leaders in consolidating their control over the country.
Since the coup, Canada has increased its presence in Honduras, even while the country has been plunged into a human rights catastrophe, highlighted by the assassination of prominent Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres in 2016. Drawing from the Honduran experience, "Ottawa and Empire:Canada and the Military Coup" in Honduras makes it clear that Canada has emerged as an imperial power in the 21st century.
Tyler Shipley is professor of Culture, Society, and Commerce at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He is an Associate Fellow with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). He has written for academic journals and local and mainstream media across North America and Europe.