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March 22, 2018


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Will riders get a fair deal in the provincial budget?
Premier Kathleen Wynne and your Member of Provincial Parliament will soon be voting on the provincial budget. TTC riders are facing long wait times, overcrowding, and unaffordable fares because of chronic government underfunding. For too long, the Province has avoided paying its fair share of transit operating costs.

If the TTC was fairly funded we could have lower fares and more frequent, reliable service. Tell Kathleen Wynne and your MPP to vote for TTC funding in the 2018 budget!



Mar 22, 2018 - Saunders MUST Resign! Community Call for Accountability!
When: Thursday, March 22nd, 12noon
Where: Toronto Police Service, 40 College St.

After being backed into a corner with multiple failings in the investigation of the missing community members from Project Houston through Project Prism, after failing to respond to community questions about Alloura Wells and Sumaya Dalmar, after years of violence and neglect, Chief Saunders had the gall to blame the community for not being more cooperative with TPS when they continue to prove themselves an unsafe entity in our communities.

Saunders is not the first Chief to go completely unaccountable for his department's actions, but he will be the last. We must show that we can hold TPS to task. We say #NoMoreShit!!!

Join us at Toronto Police Headquarters in protest to call for Saunders’ resignation and for a real, transformative process of accountability!

Facebook event

Mar 22, 2018 - World Water Day Celebration
When: Thursday, March 22nd, 6pm
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinemam 506 Bloor St. W.

Join us on World Water Day (March 22) at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema for two FREE film screenings and a discussion. We will be showing two documentary films, a Toronto premiere and a North American premiere:

* WATER WARRIORS | USA | 2017 | 22 min | Toronto Premiere

* A FRACTURED STATE | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 24 min | North American Premiere

Panelists include:
- Jane Hammon, community organizer and filmmaker of A FRACTURED STATE
- Peter Tabuns, MPP Toronto-Danforth
- Tara Seucharan, representative, Council of Canadians—Toronto Chapter

waterdocs.ca/worldwaterday2018 | Tickets | Facebook event

Mar 22, 2018 - Project Drawdown: How we can reverse global warming
When: Thursday, March 22nd, 6:30pm
Where: University College, Rm. 244, University of Toronto, 15 King's College Circle
By donation - suggested: $5-20

Please join Science for Peace in collaboration with Pachamama Alliance for "An Introduction to Drawdown," led by Jon Love and Satya Robinson of JLS-Global.ca.

Imagine that we have succeeded in reversing global warming. Imagine that the strategies we employed have generated more employment, created greater equality, and that the quality of life of our city, province and country has improved in the process. Imagine that this process is not only eminently achievable in the present time, but is cost effective and practical, is already extant and can be scaled immediately.


Mar 23, 2018 - Provincial Strategy Meeting
When: March 23 and 24
Where: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St.

The Fight for $15 and Fairness is hosting a Provincial Strategy Meeting which will take place on March 23 and 24. Registration ends on March 15.


When: March 23rd, 6:30pm
Where: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St.

Join us at this FREE public forum to learn about the important labour law reforms we’ve won in Ontario, how we can protect our gains and extend our victories so that every single worker receives at least $15 an hour and fairness at work. With special guest Bhairavi Desai, founder of the New York Taxi Workers’ Alliance.

Bhairavi Desai knows firsthand that mobilization must go beyond elections. In response to the racist and Islamophobic immigration laws introduced by US President Donald Trump, New York taxi drivers’ shut down the JFK airport in January 2018.

www.15andfairness.org | Facebook event

Mar 23, 2018 - National Day of Action #Defend the Water
When: Friday, March 23rd, 12noon
Where: MP Carolyn Bennett's office, 40 Holly St.

On March 23rd, people across the country will take to the streets for a National Day of Action to Defend the Water. We'll gather outside our MP's offices, and then go inside to deliver samples of water collected from the coastline in BC threatened by Kinder Morgan oil spills. With the power of water from the frontlines of resistance, we'll demand that our MPs put pressure on Trudeau to stop pushing for the pipeline.


Mar 24, 2018 - March For Our Lives
When: Saturday, March 24th, 10am; 11:15 march to US Consulate (360 University)
Where: Maat at Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall

Please join Communities for Zero Violence as we march in Solidarity with our US neighbors in the March for Our Lives on Saturday March 24, 2018.

We will meet at 10 AM at City Hall (100 Queen St.W). We will have various community speakers at City Hall and Queens Park where our march will end.

The time for change is NOW! We need to let our Government know that we are fed up with our communities being shattered by guns and that we stand side by side with the US students and communities in their fight.

Facebook event

Mar 24, 2018 - Rally: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!
When: Saturday, March 24th, 1pm
Where: 360 University Ave.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, who spent almost 30 years on death row as the victim of a racist frame-up, has an important court hearing in Philadelphia on March 27, 2018. The former Black Panther and radical journalist is demanding the release of all evidence pertaining to the role of Ronald Castille, then Assistant District Attorney, in his case. Castille was later elevated to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where he turned down Mumia’s appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the “Williams decision” (also involving Castille), ruled it is unconstitutional for a judge who had previously been involved in a prosecution to subsequently hear an appeal of the same case.

If Mumia succeeds in getting the evidence released, he can have his appeal rights restored. That would open a legal path to overturning his bogus conviction. The demonstration planned to take place in Toronto on March 24 is part of an international day of protest to support Mumia in this important initiative. Mass protests stayed the hand of the executioner decades ago. Mass action now can win his freedom once and for all!

Sponsors: International Bolshevik Tendency, Socialist Action | Facebook event

Mar 24, 2018 - Canada Vs. Venezuela
When: Saturday, March 24th, 5pm
Where: Koffler House Auditorium, 569 Spadina Crescent, Room 108

With the participation of the panelists:

* Yves Engler has been described as "Canada's version of Noam Chomsky" (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), "ever-insightful" (rabble.ca). He wrote The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy and his latest book is A Propaganda System: how Canada's government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation.

* Maria Páez Victor joined the LCO Board of Governors as a member-at-large in 2012. Dr. Páez Victor is a sociologist, born in Venezuela, educated in Caracas, New York, Mexico City, England and Canada. She has twenty years national and international experience in policy analysis and environmental assessment, with particular focus in the areas of health and energy. She is an active member of the Latin American community in Canada.

* Yolanda Brito Consul of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Toronto, leader and indigenous activist.

Facebook event

Mar 25, 2018 - RadTO People's Assembly
When: Sunday, March 25th, 12noon
Where: Ryerson University, Library Building (LIB72), 350 Victoria Street

Our half-day weekend assembly will start-off with a public event spotlighting kick-ass local organizers and their experiences, stories, and guiding visions on uniting to fight for the city we need! Featuring speakers from Education Not Incarceration, JFAAP, OCAP, Toronto Overdose Prevention Society. Moderated by Desmond Cole.

Following this, we'll dig into a strategy session, discussing a draft manifesto and forming committees to begin our work together!

Sponsored by: Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University | eventbrite.ca

Mar 26, 2018 - Left Politics in South Asia: Past, Present, Future
When: Monday, March 26th, 9am - 7pm
Where: University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Rd.

South Asia is in crisis. Despite optimistic claims by ruling elites in the region, poverty has persisted in the subcontinent, inequality has increased, and ethnic, caste and gender discriminations have become increasingly prominent. Yet left political forces have not succeeded in countering the hegemonic narrative of populist forces or the economic policies that benefit rich and middle-classes at the expense of the poor majority. Indeed, in spite of significant past accomplishments, there exists on the left today a deficit of radical-political vision and strategy. This workshop therefore addresses the contemporary challenges faced by the political left in South Asia, with analyses of the present conjuncture in the light of past traditions, current practices and future possibilities.

Facebook event

Mar 26, 2018 - Unity Rally
When: Monday, March 26th, 4:30pm
Where: Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street W.

Our union is backed by 3.3 million members of the Canadian Labour Congress - Congrès du travail du Canada.

Join us as we show our strength at a Unity Rally on Monday, March 26 at 4:30pm in front of the Fairmont Royal York (100 Front Street West, Toronto)!

Hosted by UNITE HERE Local 75

Mar 26, 2018 - Die-in for Safe Streets
When: Monday, March 26th, 5:45pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

5:45 pm - Gather at the Peace Garden (see map below)
6:00 pm - Die-in: In solidarity for the victims of traffic violence
6:30 pm - Social at the Duke of Richmond (Queen and Bay)

Join us in front of City Hall for a die-in on Nathan Phillips Square. This is a demonstration that Torontonians are outraged about the ongoing traffic deaths in our city. We call on our leaders to stop the child killings. We call on them to stop the elder killings. We demand safe streets.

Next week, Mayor Tory and Council have a chance to vote on REimagining Yonge, a reconstruction project in North York that has the potential to dramatically improve road safety along the Yonge Street corridor. There's no denying that a vote to transform Yonge is a vote for safer streets, while a vote for the status quo is just a vote to continue the carnage.

It has been more than two years since City Council unanimously approved Toronto's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan: a plan to eliminate traffic related fatalities and serious injuries. Yet our streets remain as deadly as ever. Already, drivers have killed 15 people on Toronto's streets this year. We need to see bold action from our Mayor and Council to transform our streets. Without that, Toronto's Vision Zero plan is a failure.

Facebook event

Mar 27, 2018 - Sardine Ride and Rally
When: Tuesday, March 2th, 11:30am – 1pm
Start: Toronto City Hall (meet at 11:30am, then TTC to Queen's Park)
Finish: Queen's Park (rally at 12:15pm)

Sick of being sardined? Waiting too long for the bus?

You're not alone. Join TTCriders for a Sardine Ride and Rally!

It's time for Kathleen Wynne and our MPPs to fairly fund the TTC in the upcoming provincial budget, so riders get better service and lower fares. Join us!

ttcriders.ca | Facebook event

Mar 28, 2018 - Home is Toronto?
When: Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30pm
Where: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St.

This event will explore issues of neighbourhood gentrification, access to affordable housing, how cities change, who gets excluded when communities become less affordable and the effective and innovative ways that residents are organizing and forging change to keep Toronto’s neighbourhoods a home for all. Contrasts and comparisons will be drawn between Brooklyn and Toronto.

Presented by: Canadian Harm Reduction Network, Centre for Community Partnerships, City Studies at UTSC, Hart House Social Justice Committee, United Way Toronto & York Region | Register | Facebook event

Mar 29, 2018 - Book Launch: The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism
When: Thursday, March 29th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Kevin Skerrett (Research Officer for the Canadian Union of Public Employees) and Chris Roberts (National Director of Social and Economic Policy for the Canadian Labour of Congress) discuss the significance of their edited book, The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism (Cornell University Press, 2018). Heather Whiteside and Janice Folk-Dawson speak to the issues the book raises for the trade union and working-class movements today.

Book description: it is often hoped and assumed that union stewardship of pension investments will produce tangible and enduring benefits for workers and their communities while minimizing the negative effects of what are now global and intensely competitive capital markets. At the core of this book is a desire to question the proposition that workers and their organizations can exert meaningful control over pension funds in the context of current financial markets. Contributing authors review the recent experience of pension “austerity” by comparing the situations of Canada, the US, the UK and Australia. The concluding chapter argues that the central implication of this recent history is an urgent need for a re-orientation of trade union and working class movements to a demand for adequate, universal pension provision that is no longer embedded in financial markets.

Co-sponsored by Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre, Socialist Project


Four Theses on the Comrade
2018 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture presented by Jodi Dean.

Crucial to the global excitement generated by the October Revolution was the promise and possibility of new forms of relationship, new ways of being human. The Revolution heralded an end to relations of hierarchy and domination and the beginning of new relations of comradeship and solidarity. This paper focuses on the comrade as a term of address, figure of political relation, and carrier of expectations for action. It presents four theses on the comrade, emphasizing the genericity and interchangeability of the comrade. It argues that this genericity, the sameness of those on the same side, provides a way through the impasse of systems and survivors prominent on the contemporary left.

Source: LeftStreamed

Turkey’s Privatization of Sugar Factories
By Kubilay Cenk

On February 21, a notice was released in Turkey’s Official Gazette (Resmi Gazete) stating that bids will be collected for Turkey’s state-owned fourteen sugar plants. According to Directorate of Privatization Administration’s (OIB) announcement, sugar plants in the provinces of Afyon, Alpullu, Bor, Burdur, Çorum, Elbistan, Erzincan, Erzurum, Ilgın, Kastamonu, Kırşehir, Muş, Turhal and Yozgat will be privatized. The Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP – Justice and Development Party) government, which has looted and made benefits of public-enterprises available to both national and international capital, seeks new privatization opportunities.

Source: The Bullet No. 1569

No Fare Is Fair: A Campaign for Free Public Transit in Toronto
By Free Transit Toronto

Why Do We Need Free Transit?

Public transit should be a right for everyone in Toronto. Using subways, buses, and streetcars shouldn’t require paying fares, or user fees, that penalize riders with lower incomes. Like public education, libraries, clean water, and healthcare, public transit should be funded by government revenues. Regardless of income, which part of the city you live or work in, or if you have mobility challenges, transit should be easily accessible. Imagine how empowering free transit would be: No more barriers between you and your destinations. No more fare gates. No more harassment from “fare police.”

Source: The Bullet No. 1570

All Hands on Deck: The West Virginia Teachers’ Strike
By Jane McAlevey

Dignity and respect are the root cause of every serious labor struggle. This was certainly the case in West Virginia’s unprecedented nine-day statewide education strike. When the workers won this past Tuesday, singing and dancing erupted among the thousands who packed the state capitol. Their final chant before leaving the building was, "Who made history? We made history!" The strike produced a string of significant victories, not all of which are immediately tangible. Perhaps most significantly, it restored the dignity of 34,000 workers, rebuilding the pride of West Virginia’s working class and reinforcing one hell of a union that will carry the struggle forward.

Source: The Bullet No. 1571

Imperialism Today: A Critical Assessment of Latin American Dependency Theory
Brazilian economist and sociologist Ruy Mauro Marini (1932-1997) was a prime exponent of what became known as dependency theory, an attempt to explain the systemic unequal relations of the Latin American countries in particular with the developed economies of the imperialist "North." He was a close collaborator of, among others, Vânia Bambirra and the recently-deceased Theotónio Dos Santos. Marini’s best-known work, first published in Spanish in 1972, is Dialectics of Dependency.

Source: The Bullet No. 1572


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