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Social Justice News

October 19, 2017


CONTENTS

  1. CALLS TO ACTION
  2. EVENTS
  3. ARTICLES
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CALLS TO ACTION

I stand with college faculty #aBetterPlan
OPSEU College Faculty Stand Up for Quality Education, Fairness & Good Jobs

Despite 3 months at the bargaining table and a strong strike vote, 12,000 OPSEU faculty at Ontario’s 24 Community Colleges have had to set a strike deadline of one minute past midnight tonight (12:01 a.m. Monday).

The goal? To achieve a fair contract that addresses the damage to quality education done by years of government underfunding and the massive expansion of low-wage, part-time and contract teaching positions.

Key OPSEU demands include: i) Fairness and equal pay for contract faculty to create job security and improve the student experience. ii) A minimum 50:50 ratio of full-time to non-full-time faculty to maintain stability and improve quality iii) Academic freedom and a legitimate voice for faculty and students in the way our colleges are governed.

Email the 24 College Presidents, Kathleen Wynne & Deb Matthews Today! Just go to collegefaculty.org, click on the link to "send a letter of support," enter your email address and click to "Add Your Voice" to the call for quality education and a fair contract for community college faculty.
 

EVENTS

Oct 14, 2017 - OTHER SIDE of the GAME by Amanda Parris
When: October 14 – November 5
Where: Aki Studio, 585 Dundas Street East
Tickets: www.cahoots.ca/shows/otherside

Set before the rise of Black Lives Matter, OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME is a time-spanning work that tells the story of silenced Black women who organize communities, protect loved ones, battle institutions, and live each day by a ride-or-die philosophy. This first-time partnership between Cahoots and Obsidian also marks the professional playwriting debut for Amanda Parris.

Inspired by interviews conducted with individuals in Toronto and Halifax, OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME gives voice to Black women who support their men, their families and communities, even in the face of dire consequences. Set in Toronto, straddling modern day and the 1970s Black civil rights movement, the play is evocative and lyrical in its presentation of a population under siege.

Facebook event
 

Oct 19, 2017 - York Campus Solidarity Rally
When: Thursday October 19th, 12noon - 2pm
Where: York University, Keele Campus - Meet at OPSEU picket line, 70 the Pond Road;
York campus allies meet in Vari Hall

Senceca College has facilities at York University, and the same issues of precarity are facing York U employees. Join us for a Rally for Fairness, Good Jobs & Quality Education. Key issues include: 1) Fairness and equal pay for contract faculty to create job security and improve the student experience, 2) A minimum 50:50 ratio of full-time to non-full-time faculty to maintain stability and improve quality, 3) A legitimate voice for faculty and students in the way our colleges are governed. Bring your union flags & noisemakers!
 

Oct 19, 2017 - Radical Black Political Thought in the 20th and 21st Centuries
When: Thursday, October 19th, 4pm
Where: OISE Library, 252 Bloor Street West

Abstract: Working with and through a black radical/critical intellectual and political tradition, this talk will map another genealogy of critical theory which posits that the central issues of our time are our modes of production of the human and freedom. It will argue that contemporary black radical political thought (including the contributions of WEB DuBois, Sylvia Wynter, Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire) opens up spaces for the reframing of current critical theory.

Guest keynote speaker: Professor Anthony Bogues

Facebook event
 

Oct 19, 2017 - Canada 150 - Promise of Reconciliation or Ongoing Colonization?
When: Thursday, Oct 19th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street (near Parliament and Gerrard)
Free event with a meal, childcare, wheelchair access and tokens

Why are indigenous people disproportionately poor and homeless? What are the frontlines of indigenous struggle today? How do we fight colonialism?

Speaker: Denise Baldwin

Denise is the IDU Outreach Coordinator for the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Oahas IDU program is unique, as it is the only IDU program that is Indigenous based in the entire province. For the past 8 years, she has had the pleasure, along with her peers, of building the program from the ground up. Denise has over 20 years' experience working within the urban Indigenous and on reserve communities in several capacities. Denise currently resides in the Barrie area, and is a citizen of the Chippewa's of Nawash First Nation.

ocap.ca/speakers-series-oct2017
 

Oct 19, 2017 - An Evening with Lynn Gehl
When: Thursday October 19th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave

Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit

As a Peterborough Ontario resident Lynn Gehl has tirelessly been working on a form of sex discrimination that was created in 1985 during the time when Canada claimed it amended the Indian Act to eliminate the sex discrimination to bring it in line with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As a non-status Indian Lynn began her Charter work in 1985, applied for Indian status registration in 1994, and began her protest and litigation process in 1995. It was in April of 2017 when it was determined by the Ontario Court of Appeal that it was "unreasonable" to deny her Indian status registration. Although she won her position Indian and Northern Affairs Canada's Unstated Paternity Policy was struck, she was only granted the lesser form of Indian status: 6(2). Thus the second-generation cut-off rule was imposed on her where as such the next generation of her family are denied; and in this way Lynn is faced with a new form of sex discrimination.

While her effort challenging the Indian Act was arduous enough, Lynn is also an outspoken critic of Canada's land claims and self-government process that forces Indigenous Nations to extinguish or relinquish their land, water, and resource rights. Lynn argues this is cultural genocide which is a more dubious and insidious form of genocide in that all Canadians are complicit even though consciously they are unaware what Canada is doing.

Facebook event
 

Oct 20, 2017 - Policing Black Lives
When: Friday October 20th, 6:30pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St., Toronto

Join us for the Toronto book launch of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present, by Black feminist author and activist Robyn Maynard and also the launch of the 2016/2017 Freedom School Workbook by BLMTO Organiser and Educator Leroi Newbold and Illustrator Janine Carrington.

The launch will feature a reading of both books, art, food, and Freedom School children’s programming. 

fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/policing-black-lives | Facebook event
 

Oct 21, 2017 - Another Story Bkshp's 30th Anniversary Bash & Tribute to Sheila
When: Saturday October 21st, 11am - 10pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave

We have a fantastic line-up of author readings, lots of book giveways (all new books) thanks to our fantastic publishers and 20% OFF almost every BOOK IN THE STORE!

At 6pm there will be a New Orleans style procession (with brass band) down Roncesvalles to PARC (1499 Queen St West), where we will have a tribute to Sheila Koffman, founder and owner of Another Story Bookshop. She passed away on September 15th, 2017 and leaves behind a huge legacy that we will celebrate that evening. The tribute will begin at 7pm. There will be food and a cash bar.

Facebook event
 

Oct 22, 2017 - Southern African Solidarity Then and Now
When: Sunday October 22nd, 2pm
Where: Trinity/St. Paul United Church, 427 Bloor Street West

A Panel Discussion

Chair: Pablo Idahosa. Panelists: Shireen Hassim, Dale McKinley and John S. Saul

Book Launch:

* John S. Saul - On Building a Social Movement: The North American Campaign for South African Liberation
* Dale T. McKinley - South Africa’s Corporatised Liberation: A Critical Analysis of the ANC in Power
 

Oct 23, 2017 - 7th Annual Social Justice Week
When: October 23 - 27
Where: Ryerson University

Join us at the 7th Annual Social Justice Week, taking place from October 23 - 27, 2017 at Ryerson University. This year's multi-disciplinary program features 18 events ranging from daily roundtables, panel discussions, lunch & learn workshops, lectures, and a commemorative art installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women organized by Walking With Our Sisters -- Toronto. The events touch on the themes of Indigenous culture and solidarity, home and belonging, disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, and building skills to turn social justice passion to concrete action for social change.

www.ryerson.ca/socialjustice | Facebook event
 

Oct 24, 2017 - Keep Transit Public
When: Tuesday October 24th, 7:30am
Where: 97 Front Street W.

Metrolinx is doling out the big bucks on new transit projects across the province. But where is all this money going?

Join ATU's campaign to keep Ontario public transit public!

We will gather in front of Metrolinx HQ in Toronto, on Front St. between Bay and York in front of Union Station, at 7:30am, followed by a press conference at 8am.

After the press conference, we will be engaging morning commuters, handing out leaflets and gathering signatures.

www.keeptransitpublic.ca | Facebook event
 

Oct 25, 2017 - Words and Music for Justice
When: Wednesday October 25th, 6pm
Where: St. Stephen’s-In-The-Fields Anglican Church, 365 College Street

6pm - Social / Reception
6:30 - AGM
7pm - Words and Music for Justice, featuring slam poets

www.kbcls.org
 

Oct 25, 2017 - Ten Days That Shook The World
When: Wednesday, October 25th, 6:30pm
Where: Steelworkers' Toronto Area Council, 25 Cecil Street
$15 or pwyc. Refreshments. Proceeds to Socialist Worker newspaper.

Join us for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, an inspiration for millions of workers then and now. Featuring readings from journalist, John Reed's eyewitness account of the events of October 1917 along with other spoken word and live music.

Facebook event
 

Oct 25, 2017 - Beyond Crisis
When: Wednesday October 25th, 6:30pm - 9pm
Where: Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd

The Toronto Climate film festival presents ‘Beyond Crisis’, an exploration of what it means to be living in an era of climate change by local film maker Kai Reimer-Watts. Discussion in support of TransformTO, Toronto’s climate action plan will follow the film.

www.eventbrite.ca
 

Oct 26, 2017 - The Dialectics of Liberation in the Era of Neoliberalism
When: Oct. 26-28, 2017.
Where: York University, Toronto

Conference Fees:
$ 85 (Can) – Full-time faculty
$ 30 (Can) – Graduate Students and Contract/Adjunct faculty
Registration is free for undergraduate students, unwaged, members of the York community and the public.

In the summer of 1967 Herbert Marcuse gave a talk titled ‘Liberation from the Affluent Society’ at a London conference called The Dialectics of Liberation. The conference brought together a wide range of left and counter-cultural activists, thinkers, artists and poets – Herbert Marcuse, R.D Laing, Paul Sweezy, Stokley Carmichael, Allen Ginsberg, and Lucien Goldman, among others. It is in the spirit of that event, and to mark its 50th anniversary, that the International Herbert Marcuse Society is holding its 2017 biennial conference at York University in Toronto, Canada, Oct. 26-28, 2017. The theme is: “The Dialectics of Liberation in an Era of Neoliberalism.”

marcuseconference.wordpress.com | eventbrite.ca
 

Oct 26, 2017 - Trump's America and the Plague of Illiberal Democracy
When: Thursday October 26th, 6:30pm
Where: Senate Chamber - N940 Ross Building, York University

All over the globe, liberal democracy is losing its grip on the public imagination, and in the midst of this loss a toxic form of illiberal democracy is taking its place. As institutions that once provided public visions and proactive spaces are stripped of their authority and decay under the scourge of casino capitalism, the foundation is being set for the rise of new modes of authoritarianism. What they all share is both a hatred for democracy and a willingness to feed off the anger and rage of those who have suffered under punishing austerity measures and the restructuring of all aspects of society to the dictates of financial markets and a culture of cruelty imposed by global capitalism. In this lecture, Professor Henry Giroux posits that it is against this wider historical and social context marked by a mounting embrace of illiberal democracy that the authoritarian populism of Donald Trump and other demagogues can be both interrogated and challenged. It is also against this worldwide embrace of illiberal democracy that a debate must begin over rethinking politics outside of the discourse of capitalism.

www.eventbrite.ca
 

ARTICLES

The Neoliberal Danger of Basic Income
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has drawn up the following statement on basic income (BI). It makes the case that, progressive hopes to the contrary notwithstanding, BI is being developed as a measure of neoliberal attack that should be opposed. We invite progressive organizations and individuals who hold positions in agencies and academic institutions, who agree with our arguments, to sign onto the statement. We hope that it will raise a voice of opposition and help develop information sharing and forms of co-operation among those, internationally, who reject the notion that basic income represents any kind of realistic response to the neoliberal attack.

Source: The Bullet No. 1494

Catalonia's Paradox
By Josep Maria Antentas

October 1 has passed, closing a period of the shared history between Catalonia and the Spanish state and beginning an uncertain future. It was a day when all the tension building over the five-year independence process came to a head. The numbers speak volumes. 2,262,424 votes cast. With an electoral roll of approximately 5.3 million people, that represents 42.5 per cent turnout. We would have to include the votes seized by the police and from citizens who could not vote to calculate a final number. Of those votes counted, 2,020,144 (90 per cent) were in favor of independence, 176,566 (7.8 per cent) against, and 45,586 (2 per cent) left their ballots blank.

Source: The Bullet No. 1495

Costa Rica’s Banco Popular Shows how Banks can be Democratic, Green -- and Financially Sustain
By Thomas Marois

A decade on from the 2007-08 global financial crisis, the majority of private banks have changed very little. Most remain solely concerned with maximizing their returns, while sustainable or social goals remain subservient to this. For conventional economists, anything else remains an impossible or distant dream. But there is hope for a different kind of bank -- one that is run democratically and with sustainable principles at its core. Costa Rica’s cooperative Banco Popular and of Communal Development (or BPDC) illustrates a viable and desirable alternative to the average private bank. While not without its own challenges, it offers a number of lessons for the rest of the world.

Source: The Bullet No. 1496

1917: The October Revolution
It is now 100 years since the Great October Revolution of 1917, one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. An autocratic monarchy governing over an emergent capitalist economy was swept aside, in a series of revolutionary ruptures between February and October, and replaced by a socialist state under the leadership of the Bolsheviks. The trajectory, meaning, strategy and tactics, and, finally, the complete reversal of the Revolution has sparked sharp debate, and division, to this day. Here is only a sample, from Eisenstein to Mieville, to Lenin's classic text, The State and Revolution.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 364

 


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