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October 30, 2014


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The CSJ is co-sponsoring a forum: “The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left” this Sunday, November 2nd, 2:30pm, at the Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto.

 We've created a new group page on Facebook that is easier to follow and more conducive to creating events. Please "like" us, invite people to like the group, and post to your wall to notify your friends of the new page! We have many exciting events and workshops coming up, thanks for your support!


Oct 28, 2014 - Digital Access to Opportunities
Homework, government forms, looking for work -- its all done online BUT many low income families can't afford internet at home. HELP Close the Digital Divide. HELP put pressure on PM Harper! HELP fight the industry lobby!

ACORN Canada is demanding $10/month high speed internet for people below the low income measure.

How to Get Involved: We are doing actions across the country on November 19th! Go to our website to get involved www.acorncanada.org

Oct 29, 2014 - Minimum wage bill in 2nd reading
We need your help to strengthen Bill 18!

Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) returned to Queen’s Park on October 20 after the summer recess and resumed debate on Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act. Among other things*, Bill 18 fulfills Premier Kathleen Wynne’s commitment to indexing the minimum wage so that it keeps up with rising prices. Indexing the minimum wage is an important step in ensuring workers’ wages don’t fall further behind the cost of living each year, and is a key demand of the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage. However, at $11.00 an hour, Ontario’s minimum wage still leaves full-time workers 16% below the poverty line. The minimum wage should bring all full-time workers at least 10% above the poverty line.

We expect Bill 18 to pass 2nd reading within the next 24 hours, at which point it will be sent to a Standing Committee for discussion. Any changes to the bill will be made at this stage — and that’s where you can help strengthen Bill 18.

Take action: Let us know if you can tell your story, visit your MPP or make a deputation to the Standing Committee. Email us at raisetheminimumwage@gmail.com or call us at 416-531-0778 x230 | raisetheminimumwage.ca

Oct 30, 2014 - Call for Nominations
Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is inviting nominations for the 2014 Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards. The awards are given by Mayworks to recognize significant contributions to the arts and labour movement in four categories:

* Labour Unions who have used the arts to engage their membership in different ways. For example unions might have used artistic methods in strike preparations or on picket lines or campaigns.
* Labour Activists who have used the arts to promote the values of the labour and social justice movements
* Artists who have captured the values of the labour and social justice movements in their art
* Outstanding Contribution to the Labour Movement those who have captured the values of the labour and social justice movements in their art or through their activism over many years



Oct 30, 2014 - What the Public Thinks About Unions and What the Labour Movement Should Do About It
When: Thursday, October 30th, 11:30am
Where: Global Labour Research Centre; Ross S701, York University

In this public talk, which is part of the ongoing Global Labour Speakers Series, Professor Juravich uses Gallop poll data from the US, as well as polling data collected in Wisconsin during recent labour struggles in that state, to examine public attitudes towards unions and the implications for labour movement strategy. For more details, visit our website.

Tom Juravich is a Professor of Labor Studies and Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1984 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 1984 to 1993 he was on the faculty of the Department of Labor Studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he directed a workers' education program in the greater Philadelphia area. Juravich joined the UMass Labor Center in 1993, and from 1996 to 2007 served as Director of the Center.

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Oct 30, 2014 - "Big Numbers": Climate Change Is Spooky
When: Thursday, October 30th, 5:30pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Toronto 350.org invites you to participate in an exciting and iconic event!

Join us as we use our bodies (and FREE bike lights courtesy of our generous sponsors) to spell out the most important number in climate science for our newly elected Mayor and Council.

Bring your scariest climate-change themed costume and get ready for a climate action "spook-tacle" at city hall.

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Oct 30, 2014 - Captive Revolution
When: Thursday, October 30th, 6:30pm
Where: Beit Zeitoun, 612 Markham St

Palestinian Women's Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System (Pluto Press)
by Nahla Abdo

Joined in discussion by Professors: Himani Bannerji, David McNally, Alan Sears.

Women throughout the world have always played their part in struggles against colonialism, imperialism and other forms of oppression. However, there are hardly any academic books on Arab political prisoners, fewer still on the Palestinians who have been detained in their thousands for their political activism and resistance.

Nahla Abdo’s Captive Revolution seeks to break the silence on Palestinian women political detainees, providing a vital contribution to research on women, revolutions, national liberation and anti-colonial resistance. Based on the stories of the women themselves, Abdo draws on a wealth of oral history and primary research in order to analyse Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle, their agency and their treatment as political detainees.


Oct 31, 2014 - Looking Into the Corporate World
When: October 31st, 9:30am-4:30pm and November 1st, 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Technology Enhanced Learning Building 2114 and 2116, York University, Toronto
Cost: $150 with institutional support, $50 without institutional support

The Global Labour Research Centre and the Toronto & York Region Labour Council are pleased to present a two-day workshop for union, community-based and environmental activists to learn the basic tools for how to look inside the corporate world. We will identify and explore public sources of information on a wide variety of firms, and how to use this information to build innovative and creative campaigns. There will be plenty of hands-on experience using major databases and working collaboratively to deepen our understanding of the corporate world.

The workshop will be taught by Tom Juravich, Professor of Labor Studies and Sociology at UMass Amherst. Juravich has been conducting strategic corporate research for unions, community-based and environmental organizations for over two decades and teaches regularly on the topic. He is also the creator of StrategicCorporateResearch.org, a comprehensive web site for conducting corporate research.

Deadline to register: October 24, 2014


Nov 2, 2014 - The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left
When: Sunday, November 2nd, 2:30pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto

Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, will present his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war. The presentation will discuss questions of revolution, nationalism, fascism, imperialism and the strategy which has been raised in political and academic discussions in and around the Ukraine.

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the deputy director of the Center for Social and Labor Research, a member of the editorial board of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism and LeftEast web-magazine, and a teacher at the Department of Sociology in the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He authored a number of comments and interviews about Ukrainian Maidan, particularly, for the Guardian and the New Left Review.

Sponsors: Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly (GTWA) | Facebook event

Nov 4, 2014 - Save Our Community Hospitals
When: Tuesday November 4th, 1pm
Where: Seniors' Organizations Planning Meeting, Older Women's Network Co-op, 115 The Esplanade, Toronto

The government of Ontario is undertaking an aggressive plan to dismantle community hospitals and contract-out hospital surgeries and diagnostics to private clinics across Ontario. After five years of cuts they plan to close all of the outpatient services that they can and hive them off to private clinics, cut acute care beds, maternity and local care services and cut chronic care beds by as much as 50% even though there is nowhere for these patients to go. Every piece of hospital care that is being cut from our local community hospitals is being privatized and subject to new user fees for patients when they are sick and elderly and least able to pay.

Enough is enough.

We are organizing a giant rally at the Ontario Legislature to stop this and we are organizing and planning events in every community that we can. It is time for regular Ontarians from every part of our province to stand up and tell our government to stop the destruction of our community hospitals that we have funded and built for a hundred years.


Nov 4, 2014 - Occupy Now!
When: Tuesday, November 4th, 5pm
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave, 4th floor, Toronto

Three years after Occupy took over our national conversation, what has changed? How has the movement grown? Join rabble.ca and THIS magazine for a panel moderated by Judy Rebick (activist and author of Occupy This!) to discuss Occupy's effects today: the gains it has made challenging the one percent, ongoing displays of protest and activism, plus its role in inspiring other, modern movements. Panellists will also discuss threats to Occupy's success, and to today's activism in general, and how we can sustain momentum.

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Nov 5, 2014 - The Israel-Palestine Conflict: How will it end?
When: November 05th, 7pm
Where: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St W,
Tickets: Students: $10 in advance (available below), and $12 at the door
Non-students: $15 in advance (available below), and $20 at the door.

CJPME is delighted to invite you hear Israeli human rights journalist for Haaretz Gideon Levy for his talk, "The Israel-Palestine Conflict: How will it end?", an event co-sponsored with the U. of Toronto Department of Near and Middle East Civilizations.

Mr. Levy is the author of two books available in Canada: Twilight Zone – Life and Death under the Israeli Occupation, 1988–2003 and The Punishment of Gaza. Levy was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize in 2008, the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001, the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997, and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996.



Oct 28, 2014 - Radical Political Poetry
Poetry allows us to rethink violence, justice, resistance and revolution. It opens up the possibilities for radical imagination and allows us to think new ways of being into existence.

Introduction by Robert Massoud from Beit Zation. Moderated by Ayesha Basit. Poetry readings by Kaushalya Bannerji, Cheran and Himani Bannerji.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 236

Oct 29, 2014 - The War Against the Islamic State
By J. F. Conway

Stephen Harper finally got his war in Iraq, something he demanded while in opposition when Bush's ill-fated “coalition of the willing” was inveigled by the U.S. to bomb, invade and occupy Iraq, all contrary to international law. Harper's war in Iraq will be a rather sad and inglorious affair, hardly up to the excesses of his war-mongering rhetoric. Only six CF 18 jet fighters have gone to join the new crusade. The number of sorties to be flown is uncertain since these rather rusty fighters are not always reliably air worthy. The jets join the latest American imperialist military adventure, carrying out bombing runs against Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq. The catastrophic wreckage of the Middle East continues, now with Canada's help. The U.S. and its allies will continue to destroy the Middle East in order to save it.

Source: The Bullet No. 1049


Oct 28, 2014 - MiningWatch Canada
Do you want to be an integral part of a dynamic and creative initiative, dedicated to promoting social justice, human rights and protection of the environment, with great opportunities for learning?

MiningWatch Canada works with environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organizations to support communities affected by mining, do research on issues pertaining to mining, environment, and health, and advocate for accountable mining practices. Our mandate includes mining in Canada and the international operations of Canadian mining companies.

Position: Canadian Program Coordinator
Organization: MiningWatch Canada
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Application deadline: December 5, 2014 at midnight EST
Starting date: On or before March 2, 2014
Salary: $61,000/yr. (full time), four weeks holidays, December break, benefits package

TO APPLY: Email your resume and covering letter to Jamie Kneen at: jamie@miningwatch.ca. Please include "Canada Coordinator" in your subject line.


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