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May 21, 2015


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May 18, 2015 - Tell your Senator to #RejectFear
Bill C-51, a bill so bad that the Globe and Mail warned it would create a "secret police" in Canada, has gone to the Senate.

Now the Senate has an opportunity to show the people of Canada that they can fulfill their responsibility to provide “sober second thought” when a government tries to pass a reckless bill with long-reaching consequences for our rights and freedoms.

Few issues have captured the attention and opposition of Canadians like bill C-51, and the bill has been broadly condemned by a wide range of experts and community leaders, including four former Prime Ministers, 60 business leaders, and the Canadian Bar Association.


May 19, 2015 - Aamjiwnaang Water Project
Aamjiwnaang First Nation surrounded by Chemical Valley is seeking support to test water samples

It is important to empower ourselves as stewards of the water, as government and industry have downplayed, ignored and actively worked to repress information about water pollution in Chemical Valley. By conducting our own water testing of pollutants in our territories, we build the knowledge, skills, and resources to get answers about long standing questions about the level and nature of contamination in Aamjiwnaang. We also have strong alliances with researchers who have expressed concern about the impacts they have seen, particularly given recent research into the impacts of pollutants on women in Chemical Valley.

The money raised with this fundraiser will help pay for tests for heavy metals, PAH’s, and PCB’s on water/sediment samples of creeks and ponds in Aamjiwnaang’s territories. One-third of chemical valley sits on lands stolen from the Aamjiwnaang people.



May 21, 2015 - March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate
When: Thursday, May 21st, 11am
Where: King & Bay (SW Corner), Toronto

Canada is ready for a transition to a just and equitable economy .

Join us on Thursday May 21st, as we gather for a launch rally and press conference announcing the upcoming March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. There will be an exciting line up of speakers at this rally, including Naomi Klein!

On Sunday July 5th, we will take to the streets of downtown Toronto to March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. This unprecedented mobilization will demonstrate massive and growing public support for a new economy that creates jobs, tackles inequality, honours Indigenous rights, stops runaway climate change, and ensures those most impacted and impoverished are the first in line to benefit.

We will gather on Bay Street, the financial engine of Canada's volatile fossil fuel economy, to remind the world that mobilizing to demand action on jobs, justice and the climate can change everything.

Can't make it? No worries. Save the date: the March for Jobs, Justice and Climate Action will take place on Sunday, July 5th.

Facebook event

May 21, 2015 - Stop Liberal Austerity and the War on the Poor!
When: Thursday, May 21st, 12:30pm
Where: Rally at office of Glenn Murray, MPP, 120 Carlton (at Jarvis)
Free meal served!

Join with OCAP and OPSEU as part of the Ontario-wide Raise the Rates week of action, as we send a message to Queen's Park that our communities won't accept their austerity agenda!

The Liberal Government's increasing austerity means an attack on public services and the workers who deliver them. Raise the Rates is holding a week of action across Ontario to build the fight back in communities against this agenda and the war on the poor that is at the heart of it.

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and the Greater Toronto Area Council of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) are contributing to this week of action with a rally at Liberal MPP, Glenn Murray's office.

ocap.ca | Facebook event

May 21, 2015 - Hudbay Minerals Hurts Us All
When: Thursday, May 21st, 6pm
Where: Quaker house Religious Society Of Friends, 60 Lowther Ave.

**an international forum with representation from communities near all of Hudbay's mines**

For the first time, communities from across the Americas impacted by Canadian company Hudbay Minerals are coming together. On the evening before Hudbay's annual shareholders' meeting, join us as we gather to share stories and hear testimonies.

From Guatemala to Manitoba, from Arizona to Peru, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities are mobilizing to seek justice and reparations for the crimes, violations and harms carried out by Hudbay Minerals, and are organizing in defense of their land and in favour of a fair and just development model.

On May 21st, in the Friends Quaker House, join us to hear their testimonies.

Facebook event

May 21, 2015 - Canadian Journalists and Coverage of The Gaza War
When: Thursday, May 21st, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham (Bloor and Bathurst)

Veteran investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica explores how the recent war in summer 2014 was covered by Canadian journalists.

Andrew Mitrovica is a writer and journalism instructor. For much of his career, Andrew was an investigative reporter for a variety of news organizations and publications including the CBC’s fifth estate, CTV’s W5, CTV National News — where he was the network’s chief investigative producer — the Walrus magazine and the Globe and Mail, where he was a member of the newspaper’s investigative unit. He is a columnist with iPolitics. During the course of his 23-year career, Andrew has won numerous national and international awards for his investigative work.


May 22, 2015 - United Against HudBay
When: Friday, May 22nd, 10:30am
Where: 150 King Street West, Toronto

For the first time, communities from across the Americas impacted by Canadian company Hudbay Minerals are coming together.

From Guatemala to Manitoba, from Arizona to Peru, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities are mobilizing to seek justice and reparations for the crimes, violations and harms carried out by Hudbay Minerals, for the acts of colonization carried out by their mines. They are organizing in defense of their land and in favour of a fair and just development model.

Join us as we gather outside of Hudbay's shareholder meeting to confront the company and hold Hudbay Minerals accountable! Let's make sure Hudbay knows that these visitors from impacted communities don't stand alone!

mininginjustice.org | Facebook event

May 22, 2015 - Spicing up the Conversation
When: Friday, May 22nd, 6pm
Where: York University, 140 Room, Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies (HNES) Building

Spicing up the Conversation: Talking Race in Toronto's Food Movement

Why is the mainstream food movement so white? What does racism in the food movement look like, and what is at stake when we fail to critically think about race in doing this work? What does anti-racism actually look like in the work of organizations struggling for food justice? What does the rest of the food movement still have yet to learn? These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring in this discussion by bringing together community organizers doing important food justice work and advocacy in Toronto (as well as rad organizers from Growing Power in Chicago!). Panelists include:

- Ama Amponsah from Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) and Black Creek Community Farm
- Asam Ahmad from It Gets Fatter
- Erika Allen from Growing Power
- Jacqueline Dwyer from the Black Farmers and Food Growers Collective
- Tzazná Miranda Leal from Justice for Migrant Workers (Justicia for Migrant Workers, J4MW)

Facebook event

May 23, 2015 - March Against Monsanto
When: Saturday, May 23rd, 11am
Where: Edward VII statue-Queen's Park

With over 3.5 million people in over 600 protests worldwide, the MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO is a global call to action aimed at informing the public and calling into question the health and environmental effects of genetically modified foods.

Last year, nearly 3,000 people took to the streets of Toronto, raising their voices in solidarity to reclaim our food system and unite against the corporations who are threatening our health, our children and our planet. Let’s double our voices this year!

TorontoNonGMOCoalition.org | Facebook event

May 23, 2015 - Toronto for Door to Door
When: Saturday May 23rd, 12:30pm
Where: 3300 Bloor Street West
(It's the Sun Life Financial centre building on the North East corner of Bloor and Islington). We'll meet at the Tim Hortons inside, near Entrance A of the building.
This location is directly outside of Islington subway station. If you are driving, there is parking right near Islington station.

Please send an RSVP to toronto4door2door@gmail.com so we can plan for an effective canvass. (And, if you are driving please let me know).

We will meet up for a brief canvassing training and then divide up into teams of two. We will be canvassing the area south of Islington and Bloor. We will finish by 3pm at the very latest.

What to bring: Yourself, friends, walking shoes, clipboards and pens if you got them.

Facebook event

May 24, 2015 - Carbon Markets and Neoliberal Capitalism
When: Sunday, May 24th, 1pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

In April it was announced that Ontario would be joining Quebec in implementing a cap and trade system on carbon emissions. While the Ontario government has presented this development as a positive step for the climate, critics of cap and trade point out that the mechanism often does not lead to lower green house gas emissions. Instead, it creates another market to commodify nature and allows corporations to continue profiting from environmental destruction for a small financial fee.

Please join us to hear an overview of the development of cap and trade systems, their track record in other parts of the world, an assessment of the Ontario plan, and ideas on other avenues we could be exploring to reduce emissions and limit climate change.

Guest Speaker:
* Romain Felli is a senior researcher in political science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and is currently a visiting fellow at York University. He works on environmental governance and the political economy of climate change.

The talk is free. The space is accessible by mobile ramp upon request in advance. Washrooms are downstairs and not accessible, unfortunately.

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Socialist Project | Facebook event

May 25, 2015 - Toronto Media Coop-New Contributor's Meeting
When: Monday, May 25th, 6:30pm
Where: Harvest Noon, 16 Bancroft Ave

What's happening? A fun and interactive orientation to grassroots media in Toronto, the work that the Toronto Media Co-op does and how you can contribute! Refreshments & snacks provided.

Don't let news fall through the cracks! Join us at our Toronto Media Co-op (TMC) new contributors meeting to learn what's happening in Toronto and collaborate on coverage for upcoming events and topics of interest. The meeting will start with a new members orientation including a talk about what exciting things we've covered in the past for those who aren't familiar with the TMC.

toronto.mediacoop.ca | Facebook event

May 26, 2015 - Rebels in Action
When: Tuesday, May 26th, 7pm
Where: Ryerson Communications Centre, 80 Gould Street, Room #204.

Workers in the Food Production Line Fight for their Rights!

Justicia 4 Migrant Workers (J4MW) invites you to attend this ground breaking film series of documentaries. Admission is free. Hear the stories of workers fighting for decency and respect in the workplace. Afterwards, please join us for a panel discussion to hear how we can link the stories of each documentary to migrant organizing in our communities. Please spread the word, share with others and engage in this very important conversation.

Food Chains (2014), about the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ boycott campaigns which have won remarkable improvements in wages and conditions for Florida farmworkers.

* Representative from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (via Skype);
* Representative from Justicia for Migrant Workers and
* Craig Berggold, PH.D. candidate, Cultural Studies, Queen's University, President of PSAC 901, former Canadian Farmworkers Union organizer.

Facebook event

May 27, 2015 - ART and ACTIVISM
When: Wednesday, May 27th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

From arpilleras, the appliques of Chilean women, to youth drama in the slums of Nairobi, from First Nations in Canada to Cambodian human rights activists, to the apartheid walls of Palestine and refugee camps in the Sahara, banners to murals, from buttons to bumper stickers; using visual art, theatre, music and poetry, art has the power to express the human passion for peace, rights, equality and dignity.

Theresa Wolfood takes us on a tour of many art forms created all over the world that show how creativity can inspire action and hope. Previous versions of this presentation have been given in Gernika, Spain, Calgary and Victoria to community groups and activists.



May 19, 2015 - Class Struggle in North America: A Discussion of Continental Crucible
Moderated by Ben Isitt. Presentations by Bill Carroll, Carlos Flores, and
Richard Roman.

* Ben Isitt is a historian, legal scholar, author, also is a city councilor and regional director in Victoria
* Bill Carroll is author of the prize-winning Corporate Power in a Globalizing World as well as The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class and other books and articles
* Carlos Flores is a Latin American by birth, a trade union and international solidarity activist by choice, and a survivor of 9/11/73
* Richard Roman is co-author with Edur Velasco Arregui of Continental Crucible and many articles on workers, unions and the Mexican regime

Source: LeftStreamed No. 267

May 20, 2015 - Hegemony in the Making
By Rainer Rilling

Germany is an economic giant but a political dwarf. Ever since the run-up to the First World War, this thesis has been firmly established in the conservative camp and it remains the basic assumption of a century of German foreign and security policy. In the end, it has come up against one problem in the tradition of the so-called realistic school of international politics: In the present world of states how does my state actually achieve more security and power? In the struggle to assert itself within capitalist competition and the anarchic, inhospitable international political order, how can it come out on top, how can it achieve, maintain, and extend hegemony or primacy?

Source: The Bullet No. 1114

May 20, 2015 - Alberta: A Perfect Political Storm
By J. F. Conway

Election outcomes like Alberta's do not come often: the total collapse of a four decade conservative dynasty and majority power for a party considered on the "left" in Canada. The reactions were typical: shock, elation, fear, uncertainty. No one saw it coming. Well, that's not quite true. If you followed the polls you knew a significant event was unfolding. The polls were not volatile, which says a great deal. They recorded a steady rise in NDP support and a corresponding decline in Tory support. Days before the election it was pretty clear the NDP would form a minority government. It was also clear the Tories were about to be tossed into the dustbin of history. On election day something more happened -- the yearning for change crystallized around the NDP just to make sure the change happened.

Source: The Bullet No. 1115

May 21, 2015 - South Africa's Xenophobia of a Special Type
By David Moore

In the past weeks a few South Africans -- possibly inspired by an artificially resuscitated Zulu ‘king’ who mused that it might be a good idea for foreigners to go home to till their fields -- murdered seven migrants, pillaged hundreds more and scared thousands into temporary refuge camps. The vast majority of their compatriots responded in shock and sympathy with the victims. Most South African interpreters of this carnage repeated a tendency typical to that corner of the planet: exceptionalism. It might be helpful to challenge this patriotic particularism with wider global and deeper historical comparisons.

Source: The Bullet No. 1116


May 14, 2015 - NoJetsTO Downtown Volunteer Coordinator
NoJetsTO is looking to hire a downtown based volunteer coordinator. Pay is $15/hour, with 20-40 hours available per week. If you know someone who has experience building a ground game for campaigns, pass this on to them! Send any questions or resumes to info@nojetsto.ca

This is a temporary, hourly-paid position for a three-month period, to be extended if necessary.

* Reporting to: NoJetsTO Steering Committee
* Weekly work hours: 20-40 hours
* Compensation: $15/hour
* Starting date: immediately




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