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June 25, 2015


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Jun 22, 2015 - Conscious Minds Camp
Spaces dedicated to youth empowerment are becoming fewer and fewer in this country. As youth, we face an unpredictable and scary future characterized by climate chaos and extreme inequality.

While Conscious Minds Camp will not solve these challenges, it will equip participants with the critical and creative thinking and resources they need to address them in a way that inspires hope and action.

The LIFT Youth Project is partnered with the Center for Social Justice. CSJ conducts research, education and advocacy on issues of equality and democracy.

We have raised $5,000 so far, and as long as we raise another $10,000, we will be able to make this camp happen! The budget we present to you here will make the camp an outstanding experience and we hope you will help us raise the full $25,000.


Jun 25, 2015 - Don't dump nuclear waste at Lake Huron
Environment Minister: don't let Ontario Power Generation dump nuclear waste at Lake Huron.

A federal review panel has just approved a ludicrous plan to dump nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron, key to the great lakes system supplying drinking water to 40 million people.

Ontario Power Generation wants to bury 7.1 million cubic feet of low level radioactive waste and discarded reactor core parts at the Bruce Power generating station near Kincardine -- just 1.2 kilometres from Lake Huron.



Jun 25, 2015 - Discussion with digital media Mexican activist Queso form Másde131
When: Thursday, June 25th, 6pm
Where: 720 Spadina Ave, suite 223

Justice for Migrant Workers invites you to join us for a discussion on the role of digital media activism and grassroots organizing featuring Queso, a Mexican activist part of the@Másde131 collective and a collaborator of the #YoSoy132 massive student movement. Másde131 is now a volunteer-run digital media collective that supports ongoing indigenous and peasant movements in Mexico through community-based journalism, photo journalism and documentary production- you can see some of their work here. Queso will discuss the role that digital media activism played during the last Mexican federal elections, some reflections on their organizing and some lessons learned for organizing here in Canada and our building of international and transnational solidarity.

Please RSVP to this event at j4mw.on@gmail.com

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Jun 25, 2015 - Community Strategy Meeting
When: June 25th, 6:15 to 8:15 pm
Where: Fairview Public Library, 35 Fairview Mall Drive (one short block north of Don Mills Subway Station)
The meeting is free. Refreshments will be provided. Participants will receive tokens upon request. If you have child care needs, please contact us by June 23.

Toronto releases its Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy on June 23. Executive Committee will debate it and vote on it on June 30, and City Council’s final vote will take place on July 7.

To RSVP, contact Rebecca at rphinnemore@socialplanningtoronto.org or 416-351-0095 ext. 216.

Hosted by Commitment to Community Coalition with the support of the Working Women Community Centre | More information? Visit: povertyreductionTO.ca

Jun 26, 2015 - Support. Don't Punish
When: June 26th, 12:30–3:30 pm
Where: South Riverdale Community Health Centre, 955 Queen Street East

As part of the Support. Don't Punish. Global day of action on June 26th, Torontonians are showing our support for an end to the criminalization, stigmatization, torture, detention, and execution of people who use illicit substances. This day is an opportunity to draw attention to local issues of harm reduction, human rights, and the injustices of criminalization and stigma. Come out for a day of food, music, networking, and education, and show your solidarity with the global movement to end the drug war and prioritize approaches to drug use that are centered around health rather than criminalization!


Jun 27, 2015 - Gaza: Spoken Songs for the Silent
When: Saturday, June 27th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St (Bathurst & Boor)
Tickets: $25 advance / $35 at the door

A fundraiser in support of Gaza Community Mental Health Program through the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)

Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) is pleased to present an evening of poetry performances by internationally renowned spoken word artists from across Southern Ontario (Guelph, Toronto and Ottawa), musical performances by local artists, as well as a silent auction of offerings donated by local community members.

The Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP) was established in 1990 by Dr. Eyad el-Sarraj to meet the mental health needs of people who were exposed on a daily basis to humiliation, loss of freedom, injury, detention, destruction of homes and the loss of family members. Much of GCMHP’s work is directed at helping traumatized children, women who are victims of violence, and the victims of torture.


Jun 29, 2015 - From Baltimore to Greece: Reports on Resistance
When: Monday, June 29th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St (Bathurst & Boor)

Join the Real News Network in a discussion about two recent uprisings: the mass protests in Baltimore in response to the murder of Freddie Gray, and the 2014 Greek elections, during which anti-austerity party Syriza came to power.

The Real News Network's senior editor and CEO, Paul Jay, will give an overview of their reporting and editorial vision. He will focus on Baltimore, where the network is based.

Joining Jay will be Leo Panitch and Dimitri Lascaris. Panitch is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University. Lascaris is a partner with the Canadian law firm, Siskinds, where he heads the firms securities class actions practice. Panitch and Lascaris are regular Real News correspondents on Syriza.

Hosting the panel will be Real News executive producer and journalist, Sharmini Peries.

Aug 14, 2015 - [Cobourg Scout Reserve] LIFT Conscious Minds Camp
When: August 14th-24th, 2015 (Application deadline: June 20th)
Where: Cobourg Scout Reserve, Ontario (1.5 hr east of Toronto)

What: A summer camp by and for youth and young adults who want to cultivate healthy and resilient communities. This is a camp for youth who care about social justice and climate change, who want to build up their communities and world, but don't necessarily know how.

Who can apply? This year, we are inviting 25 youth to join us in developing and testing camp programming. While our camp is open to youth from all backgrounds, priority is given to low income, newcomer, and native youth.

Age Ranges:
Seeds – 13-15 years old
Shoots – 16-18 years old
Roots – 19-29 years old – mentor seeds and shoots

www.consciousmindscamp.org | www.socialjustice.org/donate


Jun 22, 2015 - Kurds, Labour, and the Left in Turkey
By Erdem Yoruk

After Turkey's parliamentary elections last week, all eyes are on the Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) after its successes in contesting its first ever election as a party, rather than a coalition of nominally independent candidates: a momentous decision on the part of the party leadership, which stands to gain clout in parliament and solidify its position as the electoral standard-bearer of the radical Left. At issue is whether the party has succeeded at building a leftist coalition including, but not limited to, its base of support in the Kurdish national movement. At stake is whether or not the party will play a key role in a successful effort to block Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) from gaining the number of seats necessary to rewrite the constitution and transform Turkey into an executive republic with Erdoğan as its quasi-omnipotent head.

Source: The Bullet No. 1129

Jun 23, 2015 - What Greece's Creditors Should Know
By Vassilis K. Fouskas

Greece managed to make a recent payment of €750-million to the IMF by way of drawing down a special account Greece held at the fund. But early in June, a further payment of €300-million to the IMF is required, although the fund said that this can be met at the end of the month, allowing negotiators to strike a deal. It is almost impossible for Greece to meet further obligations to her creditors, given the fact that the most recent payments became possible after Greece's central government forced local authorities and public organizations to commit their reserves to servicing the country's debt.

Source: The Bullet No. 1130

Jun 24, 2015 - France: Changes in the Political Landscape
By François Sabado

The French situation has often been approached as an ‘exception’ in Europe. We speak of the French exception, referring to a history still marked by the French Revolution of 1789. This term covered, in fact: a certain type of social gains, a strong public service, a strong state, a strong and dynamic workers’ movement, a high level of class struggle, social rights and democratic and secular freedoms won through historic popular mobilizations. Although the strong state has been maintained, all the social conquests have been challenged in recent years.

Source: The Bullet No. 1131

Jun 25, 2015 - Beyond the Criticism of Religion
By Tadzio Muller

Over the last few years, religion has gained in socio-political importance. For example, although the Tea Party in the U.S. had seemed to be in decline due to a determined counterattack by the Wall Street-affiliated Republican establishment, the Tea Party clearly demonstrated its influence with the surprising defeat of Eric Cantor, the Republican former majority leader in the House of Representatives. The Tea Party's strength was further underscored by the subsequent burial of immigration reform, which had been promoted by major factions of capital.

Source: The Bullet No. 1132


Jun 23, 2015 - Festival Resources & Communication Coordinator
The Student Christian Movement (SCM) is looking to hire a student for the position of Festival Resources & Communication Coordinator. The position is for six weeks starting July 6th and ending August 14th, 2015. The Pay is $11/hour.

You must be a full-time student between the ages of 15-30 years old with the intention of returning to full time studies in the fall of 2015.

Send application to: sarah@scmcanada.org by Sunday June 28th.

Application Instructions: send 350 words min about why you want and are suited for the position and tell us about yourself! And send us your CV. We highly encourage students who identify as people of colour and “minority groups” to apply for the position. Please identify this in your application if you are comfortable doing so!




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