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August 17, 2017


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Support abandoned workers
The sudden closure of a garment factory has left 208 workers in Cambodia without jobs, salaries, or their legally owed compensation. One year later these workers, mainly women, are still fighting for justice. The factory – Chung Fai Knitwear – was making clothing for Marks & Spencer (UK), Nygard (Canada) and Bonmarché (UK).


#MakeItFair #Bill148
From August 21 to August 25, the Ontario government will be reviewing Bill 148 and all political parties will have an opportunity to vote on the amendments during these hearings. Come out to the hearings at Queen’s Park starting Monday, August 21 at 9 am in Committee Room 151. Bring a piece of government issued ID and do not wear campaign shirts.

Bill 148 is not a done deal! Opposition to decent work is building, and if big business lobbyists have their way, changes that will benefit workers will be delayed, revised, or eradicated. After the clause-by-clause hearings, cabinet ministers will be meeting to discuss amendments to Bill 148. Call your MPP and cabinet ministers NOW and tell them you support decent work legislation and want to see greater improvements to Bill 148.

To make the call, visit makeitfair.ca/call


Aug 17, 2017 - [Montreal] Turbulent Times
When: August 17-19, 2017
Where: UQAM, Montreal

The People’s University is a forum for learning, teaching and debate that is open to people both within and outside the academic world, young and old alike. A wide range of global and local issues of current interest will be discussed in workshops, plenary sessions, movement assemblies and social events, all aimed at building bridges between students, community activists, trade union activists, workers, retirees, artists, and other participants in this stimulating event!

The 2017 program includes two parts:
1. Canada, from yesterday until today: capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism ... will allow us to look at the popular movements and their struggles in this year of the 150th anniversary of the Canada.
2. Digital revolution: the stakes for the 99% ... will help us define an inclusive and progressive program to imagine the use of technology for the 99%.

With the participation of: Kanahus Manuel (Standing Rock and Kinder Morgan), Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Dalie Giroux, Will Prosper, Paul Kellogg, Guillaume Hébert, Rose Brewer (Black Lives Matter), Jonathan Durand Folco, Fanny Theurillat-Cloutier, Alyssa Symons Bélanger, Robert Comeau, Cheolki Yoon (CTI), Nora Loreto, Alvin Finkel, Colette St-Hilaire, Frédérick Bastien and many more.


Aug 17, 2017 - $15 & Fairness Canvass at Scarborough-Centre
When: Thursday, August 17th, 4:30pm
Where: Tim Hortons, 2044 Lawrence East Ave (at Warden Ave)

In response to our growing movement, the Ontario Government tabled Bill 148 - The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act which, if enacted, would deliver a $15 minimum wage and other much-needed improvements in our labour law. This past week, the NDP promised to take the legislation even further by proposing additional amendments that would make Bill 148 even stronger.

Unfortunately, big business lobbyists are opposing this legislation and are launching a multi-million dollar campaign to stop these improvements in wages and working conditions.

That's why we must re-double our efforts to solidify these gains, spread the word. We know the majority supports $15 & Fairness, but we need to organize this sentiment to ensure that every elected representative knows it too.

Facebook event

Aug 17, 2017 - What's behind the new Six Nations blockade in Caledonia?
When: Thursday August 17th, 6pm
Where: Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave.

On Thursday, August 10th, Haudenosaunee people standing in support of their Confederacy blocked Plank Road (Hwy 6 - a major regional highway just outside of the town of Caledonia) and revived a continuous encampment at Kanonhstaton (the former Douglas Creek Estates). The people have been there ever since, and are requesting the support and awareness of their friends and allies.

If the situation seems eerily similar to the 2006 “Caledonia Conflict” which saw Highway 6 and the rail line and bypass shut down for over a month in one of the largest Indigenous freedom movements since the 1990 Oka crisis, that’s because it is.

The resumption of the barricade has occurred because the Provincial government has failed to keep the promises they put in writing that resulted in the Confederacy bringing the barricades down in May of 2006.

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Aug 18, 2017 - [Sarnia] Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering and Toxic Tour 2017
When: August 18th-20th ** Postponed **
Where: Maawn Doosh Gumig, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia

ATTENTION: To those that are planning on coming to the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering the weekend of August 18th- 20th we regret to inform you that it is being postponed to the fall due to a loss in the community. Thank you for being understanding and compassionate at this time. We will be in touch about the new date once we have more information.

aamjiwnaangsolidarity.com | Facebook event

Aug 18, 2017 - TPFF Party in the Pits
When: Friday, August 18th, 6pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave W

We're so excited to kick off our 10th year with a special edition of TPFF's most popular summer event: TPFF Party in the Pits. We will screen our very popular closing film from the first TPFF - SLINGSHOT HIP HOP! -- directed by Jackie Salloum.

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Aug 19, 2017 - Communities for ZERO Violence
When: Saturday August 19th, 12noon
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

If you have been affected by violence in the City of Toronto, whether you are a victim, a witness, a family member, a friend or you are just tired of the violence in your community. Zero Gun Violence Movement along with Kelly Whetter-mother to Gabriel Nikov, Brenda MacIntyre-mother to Quinn Taylor and Evelyn Fox-mother to Kiesingar Gunn invite you to speak up and walk with us to show the powers that be, that don't live in our communities that we want and need change for the safety of our children. We need changes to the Justice System that allows repeat offenders with serious crimes off with a slap on the wrist, we need witnesses to violent crimes to feel safe enough to come forward. We need programs and jobs that our youth can engage in that will promote a better lifestyle choice, we need the accessibility to guns to be dealt with immediately!!!

Please join us Saturday August 19th at City Hall and walk with us to Queens Park. Bring pictures of your loved ones, bring balloons, bring the love of the one you miss to help promote change in their honour.

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Aug 19, 2017 - BBQ & Rally for Shelters & Housing
When: Saturday, August 19th, 12noon
Where: Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Carlton)
Free Food -- Kids Welcome -- Music

The city tells us that emergency shelters aren’t the solution to homelessness and the escalating rates of homeless deaths, housing is. So shelters are kept underfunded and overcrowded. At the same time, the city is boarding up hundreds of public (Toronto Community Housing Corporation) housing units, at a time when the demand for them far outstrips supply. Thousands of families are facing displacement and thousands more languish on the subsidized housing waiting-list with wait-times that now stretch over a decade. Meanwhile market rents continue their upward spiral and upscale redevelopment projects continue pushing poor people out of the downtown core.

We intend to build a formidable fight capable of facing off against these marauding housing profiteers and their lackeys in government.


Aug 19, 2017 - West Toronto $15 & Fairness Outreach Blitz!
When: Saturday, August 19th, 12:30pm
Where: Northwest corner of Bloor & Dufferin

Are you ready for another fun outreach action to talk to local residents about the urgent need for $15 & Fairness in our communities?

Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 contains significant steps forward on all aspects of our campaign demands: from fairer wages to paid sick days, from decent hours to respect at work, and from rules that better protect us to the right to unionize. Now, we need to continue staying mobilized to make sure that the Bill passes with the strongest possible language despite the big business lobby`s resistance.

Come out on August 19 to talk to our neighbours about what is at stake with Bill 148, and how we can continue putting pressure on our elected representatives to make sure that we win the best possible labour law reforms.

We'll have petitions, leaflets & posters ready to go, and together we'll talk with passersby about the fight for decent work for all. Join us, and feel free to bring a friend!

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Aug 19, 2017 - Free Zeenat Shahzadi!
When: Saturday, August 19th, 1pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.Zeenat Shahzadi is a 26 year old Pakistani journalist who was kidnapped off the streets of Lahore on August 19th, 2015, and has been missing ever since. The brazen, daylight kidnapping of a young female journalist was the first of its kind in Pakistan.

Join us August 19th in Nathan Phillips Square as we gather on the second anniversary of Zeenat's kidnapping to recognize her bravery and to call on the Canadian government to intervene with the Pakistani government. Canada must urge them to immediately order a full investigation of Zeenat's kidnapping, and to prioritize her safe return home.

Zeenat’s family and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan believe Pakistan’s Special Forces are responsible, because she fearlessly pursued an explosive story the spy agencies didn't want told.

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Aug 20, 2017 - Run for Palestine
When: Sunday August 20th, 9am - 2pm
Where: Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd W

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

The event will take place on Sunday Auguest 20, 2017 along the beautiful sceneries of Martin Goodman Trail (Sir Casimir Gzowski Park), located on the Humber River in Toronto. After the run, there will be food trucks available, a bazaar, and entertainment. The trail accomodates wheelchairs and strollers.


Aug 20, 2017 - Christie Pits Riot Commemorative BBQ
When: Sunday August 20th, 12noon
Where: Christie Pits, Bloor and Christie

To commemorate the 84th anniversary of the Christie Pits Uprising against racism and fascism, the Toronto IWW General Defence Committee Local 28, in partnership with the United Jewish People's Order, International Socialists and the Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia is hosting a family-friendly community BBQ on Sunday, August 20th, from 12pm to 5pm. Join us in Christie Pits Park - the location of the baseball game where the uprising began - for food, baseball, and solidarity against fascism.

In 1933, six months after Adolf Hitler took power in Germany, the effects of this administration could be felt across the world. In Toronto, Jews were institutionally excluded from summer resorts outside of the city. The Jewish population at the time was predominantly working-class, and would spend their summers making use of the city’s various amenities. This sparked a backlash from the more racist and xenophobic residents of Toronto, who formed “Swastika Clubs,” whose purpose it was to marginalize Jews and others, and threaten them with violence.

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Aug 20, 2017 - 10th Annual Kurdish Heritage Festival
When: Sunday, August 20th, 4pm
Where: 5100 Yonge St, North York

The Greater Toronto Kurdish House is proud to introduce the 10th Annual Kurdish Heritage Festival. As an organization, we have been hosting this festival for a decade now and it is a perfect opportunity to experience the essence of Kurdish Culture. The past few years the Kurds have gone through such unimaginable pain and suffering, therefore we would like to use this festival to bring unity among the Kurds. Your attendance would be a support to your community, and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you there. This particular celebration is mainly to support the decision of the referendum of an Independent Kurdistan. We hope that next years festival will be themed “The Independence of Kurdistan.”

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Aug 22, 2017 - The France of Macron, the ‘New’ Neoliberal Reforms and the Left
When: Tuesday, August 22nd, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777 Bathurst St. (South of Bathurst subway stop)

Analyses and Reportbacks from the 2017 Election with Stefan Kipfer and Nathan Rao

The 2017 Presidential and Parliamentary elections produced a paradoxical result: the victory of a youngish Emmanuel Macron who is a pure product of the discredited social democratic François Hollande presidency (as well as the typical institutions of the French ruling class) and a leader of a brand-new political formation (La République en Marche) that managed to marginalize the parties (the Républicains and the Parti Socialiste) that have, under different names, governed France since 1958. Macron's victory blocked the advances of the neo-fascist Front National, the President of which, Marine Le Pen, garnered a record 10.5 million votes in the Presidential election. In turn, Macron threatens to deepen the very conditions that have led to the recurrent surge of neo-fascist politics in France. He wants to radicalize the policies of the Hollande government by making the state of emergency a permanent feature of French law, implementing a new set of neoliberal labour reforms, entrenching austerity to shrink public sector employment and deconstructing the French welfare state all the while defending a central and aggressive role for the French military sector Euro-American imperialism. A force of ‘continuity-in-discontinuity’, Macron's En Marche thus expresses the ongoing crisis of rule in France as well as the wider systemic uncertainties about French capitalism and the future of the European Union. What are the political implications of the French elections for the future of left and popular forces in France?

* Stefan Kipfer just returned from a sabbatical year in France doing research on fascism and anti-fascism. He teaches politics and urban questions at York University.

* Nathan Rao is a writer and political activist living in France.

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project | Facebook event


GE's Switch
By Stephen Maher

The resignation of General Electric (GE) CEO Jeff Immelt last month is the latest sign of the broad restructuring of political and economic power currently underway in the United States. His departure, and John Flannery’s arrival, reveals a lot about the new phase of financialization that has emerged from the Great Financial Crisis. As financial markets and institutions became a more important part of the economy in recent decades, so too did they take on a larger role within corporations themselves, even ostensibly nonfinancial enterprises. This fundamental reorganization of corporate power eroded the institutional foundations of the New Deal’s so-called corporate liberalism, contributed to growing state authoritarianism, and allowed for the deepening penetration of financial markets and logics into every aspect of daily life.

Source: The Bullet No. 1459

The Summer of Fear for New York Subway Riders
By Natalia Tylim

After months of increasing delays at all times of the day and night, a series of incidents have now raised an even more urgent question: about the daily safety for those who ride and work on New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). On July 17, the Monday morning commute ground to a halt for anyone in need of the A, B, C or D lines when a track fire trapped two trains full of people underground and disrupted service for tens of thousands trying to get to work.

Source: The Bullet No. 1460

The Duplicity of Law and the Cowardice of Capitalists
By Harry Glasbeek

Capitalism is ugly. The major villains at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Barclays Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, AIG, were not impelled by any desperate need they had to meet, or by their lack of education and opportunities, the circumstances that lead the poor to commit crimes. They were acting as self-seeking, greedy, venal individuals who do not care for anyone but themselves. They were acting as capitalism expects capitalists to act. Their manipulations of financial markets led to the evictions and impoverishment of millions and ravaged sovereign states. None of the most heinous miscreants have been prosecuted for their crimes. Spineless, supposedly Rule of Law- loving governments, hid behind the slogan that these corporations and their avaricious leaders were ‘too big to fail, too big to jail’.

Source: The Bullet No. 1461

Reviving the Strike
By Jane McAlevey

Barb Tiller is a mother of four boys, a wife, and a highly skilled operating-room nurse who has been working at Tufts Medical Center in Boston for 27 years. On July 12, for the first time in her life, she walked off the job along with 1,200 other nurses -- almost all women -- in the largest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts’s history, and the first in Boston for 31 years. "Nurses don’t stand up for ourselves," says Tiller. "We stand up for our patients; we stand up for our families when we go home. We stand up for everyone else. But we can’t work under these conditions anymore -- like being locked in the operating room with no water, no bathroom break, no meal break, for 12 hours at a time."

Source: The Bullet No. 1462


TTCriders Executive director
TTCriders is hiring a new executive director. Are you an experienced organizer who wants to make a difference in getting better and more affordable transit in Toronto? Apply by email to info@ttcriders.ca.

Hours: Full time contract. Position starts Oct. 1 or Oct 15, 2017.
Pay: $30/hour.
Duration: 9 months, possibility for extension.
Please send cover letter and resume in one document by August 25, 2017.




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