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August 16, 2018


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Right to Housing
At a press conference in Ottawa today advocates released an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau signed by over 170 organizations and prominent Canadians urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation.

The letter was penned by Amnesty International Canada, Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada, Canada Without Poverty, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, housing and homelessness researcher Emily Paradis, and the Social Rights Advocacy Centre. Supported by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, the letter outlines key requirements of right to housing legislation consistent with international human rights law.



Aug 16, 2018 - Defend Democracy
When: Thursday, August 16th, 7pm
Where: Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East

Important public meeting to raise the voices of Toronto in defense of democracy and a City that works for all its residents. Come find out about challenges to Bill 5, community organizing, and what you can do!

Asking EVERYONE from all walks of life who care about Toronto to come to this meeting to meet others who also want to defend democracy and say HANDS OFF TORONTO!

Reserve ticket | Facebook event

Aug 17, 2018 - Solidarity for IATSE 58
When: Friday Aug 17th, 9:15am - 12:30pm
Where: Meet at corner of Strachan Ave and Fleet St.

OFL Young Workers stand in solidarity with IATSE Local 58 workers locked out at Exhibition Place. Their fight to preserve decent work in Toronto is our fight.

Our contingent will meet at the corner of Strachan Ave and Fleet St at 9:15 am then march together to the solidarity rally at Princess' Gate.

We'll be joined by CFS Ontario // FCÉÉ Ontario, CWA Canada, labour and community! Bring your banners or flags!

Facebook event

Aug 18, 2018 - Run for Palestine
When: Saturday, August 18th, 9am
Where: Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd W

Run for Palestine (RfP) is a family-oriented, fun-filled day that welcomes all members of the community where participants can walk or run 5 Km or our newly introduced 10 Km walk or run to raise funds for much needed humanitarian projects helping the Palestinian people.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 18, along the beautiful scenery of Martin Goodman Trail (Sir Casimir Gzowski Park), located on the Humber River in Toronto. After the run, there will be food available, a bazaar, and entertainment. The trail accommodates wheelchairs and strollers.

Facebook event

Aug 18, 2018 - Frida Kahlo - Game Changers
When: Saturday, August 18th, 2:15pm
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street W.

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of celebrated Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Made during the height of the Mexican Revolution, Kahlo’s work was radical and deeply personal—reflecting the anguish she suffered following a brutal car accident, years of traumatic surgery, and endless heartache. Filmed at the Blue House in San Angel she called home and weaving together stunning archival images and soul-stirring music, this rarely-seen biopic offers an intimate portrait of one of the most astonishing artistic figures of the twentieth century.

Facebook event

Aug 19, 2018 - 10th Anniversary BBQ Party
When: Sunday, August 19th, 10am - 8pm
Where: Coronation Park, 711 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Plate of food - $12; Meat (or veggie option), rice, salad and drink

Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network invites you to come and celebrate the work of LACSN and its allies! Fun activities for the whole family, food, music and more.

Facebook event

Aug 19, 2018 - Christie Pits Community BBQ - 85 Years of Toronto Antifascism!
When: Sunday, August 19th, 11am - 4pm
Where: Christie Pits, Bloor and Christie

To commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Christie Pits riot, the Toronto IWW General Defence Committee Local 28, in partnership with other community members and antifascist organizations, is hosting a family-friendly community BBQ on Sunday, August 19th, from 11am to 4pm.

Join us in Christie Pits Park - the location of the baseball game where the uprising began - for food, friends, and solidarity against fascism.

Facebook event


The Days of Action w/ Sam Gindin
When the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris came to power in Ontario in 1995 and began implementing its agenda of cuts, the labour movement decided to organize a response. The response came in the form of the Days of Action – a series of rolling political strikes that involved hundreds of thousands of workers and community members across the province. We talk to labour activist Sam Gindin about how the Days of Action came to be organized, what their impact was, and the lessons they hold for us.

Source: Oats for Breakfast episode 3

Changes and Continuity: Four Decades of Industrial Relations in China
By Chris King-Chi Chan

China’s economic reforms started exactly forty years ago. Labour scholars today are debating the extent to which labour relations and the labour movement in China have changed, and where they may be heading. Positions are polarized between pessimists who emphasise the structural power of the market and the authoritarian state, and optimists who envision the rise of a strong and independent labour movement in China. In this essay, Chris King-Chi Chan advocates for a different approach.

Source: The Bullet No. 1649

Africa’s Black Star: The Rise and Fall of Kwame Nkrumah
“Africa’s Black Star” tells the political rise and fall of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s and Africa’s first independent president after colonial rule. The former President of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was dubbed “the Man of the Millennium” by BBC World Service listeners. The film covers Nkrumah’s phenomenal rise to power, Africa’s independence movement, his successes and losses, the internal and external enemies, the 1966 coup and the continuation of his legacy in Ghana and Africa.

Source: LeftStreamed

How Did Socialists Respond to the Advent of Fascism?
By John Riddell

The framework for this article is "Unity against the Right: A historical approach." There are in fact many histories of such united resistance, each with its own lineage. We could talk of how Louis Riel united Métis, First Nations, and many colonial settlers to battle for democracy and aboriginal rights. Or of how women debated how to find allies in their liberation struggle and the trade-off with partnerships with the sectors of the elite or of the subaltern masses. But I will not speak of this. I will also set aside the struggle of colonized peoples for unity against imperialism, so central to the socialist movement of the last century.

Source: The Bullet No. 1650


Research and Public Policy Senior Coordinator
Thank you for your interest in joining our team! With opportunities ranging from urban agriculture animation to student nutrition development, FoodShare has an opportunity for everyone. Our commitment to hiring persons of all cultural and racial backgrounds makes FoodShare a great place to learn and contribute. And a shared daily lunch doesn’t hurt at all. Come join us and help thousands of people who grow, eat and share via FoodShare every day.

Job Description:
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Development and Communications, the Research and Public Policy Senior Coordinator is responsible for producing primary research and collating secondary research to inform and advance FoodShare’s public information campaigns, advocacy activities and policy development.

Salary: $47,250 plus benefits
Deadline for applications: Friday August 24, 2018



OPIRG Toronto Action Group Application
Are you part of a social or environmental justice group, collective or project looking for resources and to take action in and around UofT campus and the Kensington Market/Chinatown area of Toronto? Our application period for social and environmental justice based action groups for the 2018 - 2019 year is officially open!

Please see the links below for online and downloadable application forms. Action Groups, on average, are eligible to receive between $400 - $700 per year

Deadline for submissions August 24th, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Online form | Facebook page | www.opirgtoronto.org


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