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November 15, 2018


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Support Postal Workers!
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is currently on strike. After almost a year of talks, Canada Post refuses to negotiate in good faith. On October 22, postal workers began rotating strikes to minimize disruption while still putting pressure on Canada Post to negotiate a fair collective agreement.

Postal workers are demanding much needed improvements in wages and working conditions and gender equality. They're also bargaining for the public good by pushing for expanded services like postal banking.



Nov 15, 2018 - Peoples' Hearings on Bill 47
When: Thursday Nov. 15th, 12:30pm
Where: Queen's Park

The Ford government is rushing through the biggest roll back in workers' rights in a generation. They don't want to hear all the voices in favour of fair wages, paid sick days or equal pay. They want to ignore the fact that the majority of Ontarians support decent work. But that doesn't mean we won't be heard.

Join us for the People's Hearings in front of Queen's Park. While the government's corporate backers spread misinformation in the so-called consultation, we want to hear from those who are counting on the existing laws. Help us send a clear message to this Conservative government: Hands Off Workers' Rights! Withdraw Bill 47! $15 and Fairness Now!

Facebook event

Nov 15, 2018 - Support Hotel Workers
When: Thursday, November 15th, 4:30pm
Where: 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto

Help Unite Here Local 75 win a city-wide standard – come out to the contract fight rally at

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto on Thursday, November 15th at 4:30pm. Everyone deserves a decent job with benefits and a fair wage. This is a fight for justice with equity and equality for hotel workers in Toronto and you can help. Bring your union flags!

Go to uniteherelocal75.org for more info.

Nov 15, 2018 - The Communist Manifesto as Graphic Novel
When: Thursday, November 15th, 7pm
Where: Toronto Public Library (Beeton Hall), 789 Yonge St.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx.

Come see Martin Rowson, one of Britain's best known editorial cartoonists, present his graphic novel adaption of The Communist Manifesto, and discuss the enduring legacy of this work.

In conversation with Ben McNally.


Nov 16, 2018 - Politics of the Possible
When: Friday, November 16th, 2pm
Where: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place

Politics of the Possible consists of 8 speeches by experienced and award-winning activists in a variety of causes. Come out to hear their stories and learn more about how you can make change happen both locally and globally.

Keynote: Ray Acheson "Campaigning Globally to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”. Acheson is a recipient of a Noble Peace Prize for her activism in the field of nuclear weapons.

Six prominent activists will discuss their strategies. Socialist hip hop artist Mohammad Ali will perform.

scienceforpeace.ca | Facebook event

Nov 16, 2018 - WE are the People - Rally against Doug Ford
When: Friday Nov. 16th, 5:30pm
Where: Toronto Congress Center, 650 Dixon Rd

Since taking office, Doug Ford and the "Progressive" Conservatives have proven over and over that they are only for SOME of the people. From the insulting Bill 47, to the threat of using the "Notwithstanding clause" to get their way, they've proven to be nothing but glorified bullies. And they are just getting started. They will continue keeping the most vulnerable people down, while slashing the public services the people of this province rely on.

On November 16, at 7pm, the PCs are holding their Victory Party, at their annual convention. Let's be there to welcome them, and to remind them that there is NOTHING here to celebrate.

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Nov 16, 2018 - Artistic & Solidarity Action with Honduran Migrants/Refugees
When: Friday, November 16th, 5:30pm
Where: Workers Action Center, 2nd floor - Suite 223, 720 Spadina Ave.

We are concerned about the humanitarian crisis that many Central American migrants are suffering, which has forced thousands of mostly Hondurans in the last few weeks to leave their home country in exodus. We want to have a conversation with people in our communities about the many factors that influence people to migrate, and Canada’s role and responsibilities in face of this humanitarian crisis.

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Nov 17, 2018 - Toronto People's Assembly on Climate Justice
When: Saturday, November 17th, 9am - 5pm
Where: Multifaith Centre at University of Toronto

Join us November 17th. We’re co-creating a day-long climate justice event, in continuity with previous People's Climate Assemblies! Please see the theme statements below to see what we will be exploring.

The Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice asserts that climate change is not a future social and ecological crisis, but a current one and that those most impacted are those most marginalized. Rich nations like Canada contribute significantly to global emissions, though do little for harm reduction, adaptation or mitigation of the global climate crises. Over the past decades, governments and industries globally have inhibited real action on climate change and global emissions have continued to increase. To this end, we seek to center the voices and wisdom of those most impacted, and seek solutions from the grassroots.

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Nov 17, 2018 - Health Action Assembly & Annual Conference
When: Saturday, November 17 (10am - 4pm) and Sunday, November 18 (9am - 1pm)
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Please register as soon as possible for the Health Action Assembly & Annual Conference on Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18. Spaces are filling up fast so please let us know if you would like to attend.

With a new Doug Ford government and a federal election coming up, the Conference and Assembly will be our opportunity to regroup and plan our strategy to protect and expand public health care for all in light of the challenges ahead. Our members and affiliates, local health coalitions, and allies will gather to discuss the context, identify key issues and debate strategy. All members are welcome.

Note: you can register online.

Nov 17, 2018 - Stick it to Ford: Defend Our Communities
When: Saturday, November 17th, 1pm
Where: Deco Labels & Tags, 28 Greensboro Dr
Lunch Provided

On November 17, the Ford Conservatives will further their gruesome vision for Ontario at their party convention. Their government "for the (rich) people" has already attacked social assistance, job protections, minimum wage, healthcare, education, and environmental safeguards. They're not finished. In two weeks, they'll announce a series of sweeping cuts to Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program.

Ford's vision for Ontario is a grim one for ordinary people: where we are paid less but must pay more for services; where business executives and owners get richer by forcing the rest of us to work with fewer job and unemployment protections; where the rich unite in their quest to exploit and pit the rest of us against each other in a struggle to survive.

On November 17, we will demonstrate that attempts to "open Ontario for business" on this basis will be blocked. To make sure Ford gets the message, we'll start with an action at Ford's own business: Deco Labels and Tags.

ocap.ca/stick-it-to-ford | Facebook event | Register for Buses

Nov 18, 2018 - The Fight to Improve and Rebuild Public Healthcare
When: Sunday Nov. 18th, 3pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St.

On the campaign trail to the 2018 Ontario election, Doug Ford raised problems with the provincial health care system and promised his constituents that “help is on the way.” Now that Ford is Ontario’s conservative Premier, he is not helping the health care system, but putting it–and this vital public service–on the chopping block. Ford is placing our health and the health of our families in the hands of those whose primary concern is to profit, not to meet our needs. How do we stop this? How can we organize to collectively improve rather than privatize and destroy this public good? The last time anything threatening as this happened in Ontario, the labour movement responded with the Days of Action. What can we learn and creatively adapt from that experience?

Join Natalie Mehra and Michael Hurley for a discussion about Ford’s threat to the public health care system in Ontario, and what we need to do to secure, rebuild and improve public health care for all.

socialistproject.ca | Facebook event

Nov 19, 2018 - Getting to Work: Organizing against Climate and Labour Precarity
When: Nov 19th, 5pm
Where: Workers Action Centre, 720 Spadina Ave, Unit 223
A vegan dinner and snacks will be provided!

Join Fight for $15 and Fairness UofT and Leap UofT for “Getting to Work: Organizing against Climate and Labour Precarity.”

Yes, the end of the semester is approaching, and we’re exhausted—not just from midterms and final papers, but from the provincial government’s continual assault on all the structures that will make futures possible for our communities. From the cutting of the carbon tax to the attack on Bill 148, environmental and labour protections are under assault from all sides. How do we build the coalitions we need to fight back against Ford’s austerity logic?

Meet the Panelists:
* Carolyn Egan, President of the Steelworkers’ Toronto Area Council and Co-Chair of the Good Jobs for All Coalition
* Maya Menezes, Toronto-based organizer, Development Manager at The Leap, No One is Illegal Board of Directors
* Bruno Dubrosin, Coordinator of the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign at the Green Economy Network.
* Megan Whitfield, President of the CUPW Toronto Local 626


Nov 20, 2018 - Social Media – The Great Equalizer?
When: Tuesday, November 20th, 6:30pm
Where: Toronto Public Library / Deer Park (40 St Clair Ave E.)

New forms of communication such as memes and emojis, are being popularized through social media at a bewildering rate but clearly have great hold on the imaginations.

The implications of this ongoing shift will likely have a great deal to do with its origins. What is driving this shift? What forces are acting on our language and our relations with each other?

In this talk, Derek Hrynyshyn will discuss some sources of this move toward a new form of literacy and what it means for our future.

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Nov 21, 2018 - The War Against the Middle East Peace
When: November 21st, 7pm
Where: University College, Room 140, 15 King's College Circle

Returning from recent trips to the region, Toronto Star political columnist Martin Regg Cohn reconnects to the Middle East bureau he left behind as a foreign correspondent, when the peace process held out hope. Then as now, countries are in conflict. Today, people are at war with themselves, within their own countries. The Hundred Years War has evolved from territorial battles into internecine and sectarian strife. Not just Jews against Muslims or Christians, but all against all — not least pious versus secular. Even if the political path seems elusive, other pathways are opening up. How do Canadians connect the dots in a foreign minefield?

Speaker: Martin Regg Cohn is a political columnist for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper. A foreign correspondent for 11 years, he was Chief of the Star’s Middle East Bureau in Jerusalem and its Asia bureau in Hong Kong, reporting from more than 40 countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen. He has covered national politics from the Star’s Ottawa Bureau and Ontario politics from Queen’s Park. He was also Foreign Editor, ran the Comment section, and wrote a world affairs column.


Nov 21, 2018 - Challenging Canadian Mining Operations in Oaxaca
When: Wednesday Nov. 21st, 8pm
Where: University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2098, 100 St. George St.

A meeting with Human Rights Defenders Challenging Canadian Mining Operations in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Featuring Salvador Martínez Arellanes and Neftali Reyes Mendez, two prominent human rights defenders in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, the conference will be held in Spanish and English.

You will hear about their experiences with protecting land and territory rights in a context of widespread violence and insecurity, and about the actions of Fortuna Silver Mines, a Canadian public silver mining company, in the Santa Catarina Minas Community.


Nov 22, 2018 - National Housing Day
When: Thursday, November 22nd, 12:30pm
Meet at Masaryk Cowan Park; 1 pm - March to N of Queen on Brock, End 5pm.

Parkdale has had enough of the housing crisis. Let's stand in solidarity with our neighbours, those with lived experiences of homelessness, those who are being displaced through reno-victions, and those who are at risk of being displaced - let's keep people in their homes and demand deeply affordable housing be built in Parkdale now!

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Nov 22, 2018 - Defend Toronto
When: Thursday November 22nd, 7pm
Where: Church of the Holy Trinity, behind Eaton Centre

Our meeting Thursday November 22 will focus on this takeover: what Ford proposes; what the impact will be; what we can do to stop it. We’ll have speakers, including city councillors, on this issue.

The election is over and now is the time for us to get to work.

School Magazine


Brazil: Quilombo Campo Grande suffers threats from Fascism
We, the MST families of Southern MG, of Quilombo Campo Grande, denounce fascist action against our 20-year struggle. Here, families, after so many years, already have electrical energy infrastructure, houses and produce a great diversity of agroecological production, such as coffee, many varieties of corn, beans, vegetables, fruits, organic seeds livestock, chickens, pigs. These families generate, with their work, food sovereignty, not only for those who produce and live on the land, but for thousands of people who have access to a healthy and quality food, without poison.

Source: The Bullet No. 1699

The Google Walkout: An International Working-Class Movement
By Dan La Botz

Thousands of Google employees throughout the United States and around the world walked off their jobs on November 1, "to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace that doesn’t work for everyone." Beginning in Singapore and working its way around the globe the movement closed Google offices from Mountain View, California, in Boulder and New York, as well as in London, Dublin, Zurich and Berlin.

Source: The Bullet No. 1700

The Lesson of Brazil
By Pierre Beaudet

The catastrophe -- expected and foreseeable -- has happened. This immense country, with its 200 million inhabitants, is now in darkness. At best, it will take a decade or two to emerge. It is of course very early to predict what will happen, but the election of the fascist Jair Bolsonaro raises two possibilities. The "optimists," if one can put it that way, think that a kind of Colombian-style regime will emerge: authoritarian, militarized, using targeted repression against certain sectors of the popular movement with the consent if not support of a vast sector of the middle and popular classes.

Source: The Bullet No. 1701

Corbynism and the Labour Party
The leadership of the UK Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn continues to enjoy enormous popularity across the UK. This even despite continual attacks from the corporate press, the Conservative Party, and opposition from within the Parliamentary Labour Party itself. Indeed, under Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party has once again become a mass party, with a larger membership than any other social democratic party across Europe. Leo Panitch, who was in Liverpool to observe developments at the Labour
Party conference and to speak and participate in Momentum’s “The World Transformed” festival there, assesses the opportunities and challenges faced by Corbyn and his social movement supporters

Source: LeftStreamed

What is BDS?
Palestinian human rights lawyer, Jonathan Kuttab, explains the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign to a Toronto audience in October 2018. He calls on people of goodwill everywhere to support the campaign because it works.

Source: LeftStreamed



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