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April 16, 2015


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Apr 13, 2015 - Free Khalida Jarrar Now
In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 2, dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers raided the home of Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, a prominent leftist leader, feminist, and human rights advocate, arresting her, kicking down the door and holding her husband in a separate room. A leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Jarrar defeated an Israeli occupation attempt in September 2014 to expel her from Ramallah to Jericho for six months.

www.caiaweb.org | www.change.org

Apr 14, 2015 - Stop C-51
We have to stop C-51 because it is:

1. Reckless: It turns CSIS into a ‘secret police’ force with little oversight or accountability.

2. Dangerous: It opens the door for violations of our Charter Rights including censorship of free expression online.

3. Ineffective: It will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective.


Apr 15, 2015 - Split Up TDSB, Sell Schools?
The Ontario government has appointed a special task force to review “governance” of the Toronto District School Board. Many people believe the exercise will lead to the break-up of the TDSB, while others are demanding that Trustees be allowed to play their full role as the champions of communities. What do you think?

You can register for one of the consultation sessions at consultationsontdsb.ca/consultations-on-tdsb


Apr 1, 2015 - Shiver
When: April 1 to April 25
Where: The Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond St. Ste. 115, Toronto
Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 6:30 - 9pm

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Shiver, an exhibition by artist Elaine Whittaker.



Apr 16, 2015 - Closing the Gap on Energy Affordability
When: Thursday, April 16th, 9am - 4pm
Where: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West (corner Bathurst St)

A gathering for social service agencies, low-income and affordable housing advocates, environmental organizations, anti-poverty groups, community legal clinics, and representatives from government agencies and utility companies, to share information on low-income energy issues such as:

* The establishment of an electricity affordability program for low-income Ontarians
* Evaluating and improving the Ontario Energy Board's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
* Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income consumers

There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by April 9, 2015.


Apr 17, 2015 - Anti-Poverty Assembly
When: April 17th, 5:30pm to April 18th, 6pm
Where: OISE Building, 252 Bloor St. W., University of Toronto

The Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour are calling on you to join students, workers, retirees and community and anti-poverty activists at an Anti-Poverty Assembly on April 17 and 18 at the University of Toronto. Together, we will draft, develop and launch a “Solidarity Against Inequality” campaign, designed to put pressure on the governments of Ontario and Canada to take meaningful and immediate action to end poverty in all of its forms.


Apr 17, 2015 - Rally in support of all the Palestinian Political Prisoners
When: Friday, April 17th, 6pm
Where: Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor St West

* Free all Palestinian political prisoners
* Free all Palestinian children
* Stop administrative detention

As of February 2015, there were 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 454 administrative detainees, 23 women and 163 children.

Join the rally this coming Friday in support of all the Palestinian Political Prisoners!

www.caiaweb.org | Facebook event

Apr 17, 2015 - Inclusionary Zoning: Affordable Housing Now
When: Tuesday April 17th, 7pm
Where: The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street

Toronto needs housing it can afford! With rising rents and housing costs becoming affordable, we're facing a housing crisis in Toronto. We need the Liberal Government to make inclusionary zoning a reality in our cities. Come out and find out more about how we can make living in Toronto more affordable.

Call 416 461 9233, or email toronto@acorncanada.org with any questions. We are keen to work with everyone, and anyone, on this very important and growing campaign. If you have comments, want to be move involved, or have questions get back to me - toronto@acorncanada.org

The emphasis on the forum will be on action: How we all can push to get the Liberal government to pass this important legislation. Including the action component, we will go over what Inclusionary Housing is, and where the campaign is at in the Province.


Apr 18, 2015 - Toronto Day of Action to #StopC51 - Part 2
When: Saturday April 18th, 2pm
Where: various constituency offices (see FB page below, Google map)

In solidarity with other cities across the nation, we will be supporting a day of action on April 18th educating people on the bill, canvassing communities, postering, rallying outside of constituency offices and capping it all off with a fundraiser to sustain the growing movement opposing Bill C-51 and defending civil liberties.

The more Canadians learn about Bill C-51, the less they like it. That's why opinion is swinging rapidly against the government – they’ve finally been forced to admit the bill is fundamentally flawed and we need to now keep up the pressure.

Facebook event

Apr 18, 2015 - George Lakoff: Activism, Elections and Beyond
When: Saturday April 18th, Doors: 7pm, Event 7:30pm
Where: Bloor United Church, 300 Bloor St W, Toronto
General Admission: $20

Globally we are witnessing a time dominated by trends of growing inequality:

Runaway wealth to the wealthy | Runaway climate warming | Runaway privatization of public resources

Around the world, and in Canada, progressives are fighting to maintain long fought for wins, and struggling to communicate progressive values in a political sphere largely dominated by successful conservative messages.

Why are conservatives so successful in communicating their messages? What do progressives need to do to communicate their values to large populations?

It's a big year for Canadian politics and the stakes have never been higher electorally.

Lets make a new stand for the most important election in Canada's recent history and beyond, by Framing Progressive values to win.

Join George Lakoff for a unique opportunity to learn about the next winnable political frames—whether you are concerned about climate change, income inequality and privatization—or on how to in the next federal election the leading expert on political framing.

Q & A with Trish Hennessy, founding director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' (CCPA) Ontario office.

Presented by rabble.ca and Canadian Dimension magazine. | www.eventbrite.ca | Facebook event

Apr 18, 2015 - Femocratic Administration (Tammy Findlay)
When: Saturday April 18th, 7pm
Where: Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street, Toronto, ON

Femocratic Administration examines the gendered nature of public administration through a study of the Ontario Women's Directorate (OWD) between 1985 and 2000. Analysing the OWD from the perspective of feminist political economy, this book combines a detailed case study with a theoretical framework that reconceptualizes the meanings of state feminism, representation, and democracy.


Apr 14, 2015 - Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives
Stephanie Luce is Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education, CUNY School for Professional Studies; and Professor of Sociology in the CUNY Graduate Centre. Professor Luce's books include Fighting for a Living Wage and Labor Movements: Global Perspectives.

Low-wages are increasingly a problem for workers in many parts of the world. In the past two years, wages have remained flat in most wealthy countries and in others, average wages are still below the levels of pre-financial crisis. What do we know about the impact of minimum wage and living wage laws? What is the potential for these policies, and movements, to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of low-wage workers? In this talk, Luce reviews the situation for low-wage workers globally and discusses the increased mobilization to raise wages through legislation, worker organizing and strikes.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 258

Apr 14, 2015 - Bolivia: Burdens of a State Manager
By Jeffery R. Webber

In the opening salvos of Latin America's uneven lurch to the Left in the early twenty-first century, Bolivia distinguished itself as the region's most radical socio-political terrain. Left-indigenous movements in the countryside and cityscapes alike threw the state into crisis and brought two successive neoliberal presidents to their knees -- Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada in 2003, and Carlos Mesa in 2005. Evo Morales's party, the Movimiento al Socialismo (Movement Toward Socialism, MAS), leapt into the power vacuum opened up by this series of revolts, and there has been serious debate on the Left as to how best to button down the central political dynamic of the country ever since. In a country where 62 per cent of the population self-identified as indigenous in the 2001 census, Morales became the first indigenous president through the December 2005 elections with 54 per cent of the popular vote, assuming office in January 2006. He repeated this extraordinary electoral success in December 2009, with 64 per cent, and again in October 2014, with 61 per cent.

Source: The Bullet No. 1102

Apr 15, 2015 - 'There is no Alternative Unless We Build One': Reinventing Socialist Politics
By Ingo Schmidt

The varied left histories dating back to the long 19th century gained momentum during the tumultuous first decades of the 20th century and for some time after. They came to an end, at one point or another, between the military coup in Chile (1973), the elections of Margaret Thatcher (1979) and Ronald Reagan (1981), the political u-turns by Francois Mitterrand (1986) and Deng Xiaoping and the collapse of Soviet communism (1991). Since that time, communist parties in the West have shrunk to insignificance (with the partial exceptions of the French and Greek parties). Social democratic parties surrendered the countervailing power they had acquired during the long post-war boom to the imperatives of international competitiveness. New parties of the left that originally positioned themselves somewhere between social democracy and communism lost their points of reference and have proven, thus far at least, unable to invent a socialism for a world after Soviet communism and social democratic welfare-states.

Source: The Bullet No. 1103

Apr 16, 2015 - Neoliberal Violence and the Mexican state: Emerging community and class struggles
Presentations by:

* Hepzibah Munoz Martinez is professor in the History and Politics department at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus). She has done accompaniment work with the United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila since 2012. Her blog nomorebloodinmexico.org focuses on solidarity work between Mexico and Canada in the area of human rights.

* Maria de la Luz Arriaga Lemus is professor in the Faculty of Economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and founder of the Tri-national Coalition in Defense of Public Education (Mexico, the United States and Canada) in 1993, and the Network for Public Education in the
Americas in 1999.

* Richard Roman is associate professor emeritus in Sociology, University of Toronto, and an associate fellow of CERLAC, York University and the co-author of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America (2nd edition, 2015).

* Columba Gonzalez is a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto, and a founding member of WeAreAllMexico in Toronto.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 259


Apr 14, 2015 - Regent Park Film Festival
The Regent Park Film Festival is currently accepting applications for the position of Programmer for the 2015 festival. We are looking for an experienced individual who has demonstrated strengths in media arts programming, is knowledgeable in inner city issues and has knowledge and/or experience with not-for-profit organizations. The successful candidate will add value through excellent community building and programming skills.

* Position: Part time, Contract (May to November) with full time hours for two weeks in November.
* Please email your resume and letter of interest to jobs@regentparkfilmfestival.com Attn: Hiring Committee: Programmer Position
* Closing Date: April 17th, 2015


Apr 14, 2015 - Campaign Engagement Coordinator
Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is looking for a Campaign Engagement Coordinator, an evolving position that has at its core supporting TEA’s campaigns and projects. This person will coordinate key volunteers, TEA supporters, community leaders and the public to engage in our campaign and project activities, both online and in person.

TEA is looking for someone who is passionate about environmental issues, understands the importance of engaging people where they live, and can play a strategic and supportive role in our advocacy work. We also want someone who is an effective team player and takes the initiative to lead when required.

This is a full-time 6 month position, with a possibility of a 1-year renewal pending funding. Compensation will be based on the skills, experience and qualifications of the successful candidate and will be in the range of $36,000 to $42,000 per year, pro-rated. Flexible hours, evening and weekend work is needed. Travel throughout the city.

Application Procedure: Please submit a letter of interest and a detailed resume by May 1 to the attention of: Franz Hartmann, Executive Director | Campaignengagement@torontoenvironment.org



Apr 16, 2015 - Mobile friendly websites
It is no longer good enough to have a good website for desktop computers. Increasingly, people are using smartphones and tablets to surf the net, and websites must adjust their user experience for all posibilities.

Some useful resources:
* A good place to validate your website
* Test your website with Google's google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly test page
* Free advice from Google Developers
* More advice from Moz.com


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