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September 20, 2018


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Stop Ford's attempt to overrule the courts!
To the Attorney General of Ontario, The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

I am outraged by your defence of the Ontario government’s intention to use the notwithstanding clause to enact Bill 5. As Attorney General you are mandated to act as the guardian of the rule of law and thus to safeguard personal liberties and society as a whole. Bill 5 is an attempt to subvert democracy in Ontario’s largest city where the Conservative party did poorly in the provincial election. Ontario Supreme Court Justice Belobaba’s ruling was unequivocal and direct – Bill 5 is unconstitutional and an abuse of power.

Ontario has never before used the notwithstanding clause to suspend Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Trumping our rights is shameful beyond measure.

Elected officials must uphold the rights and freedoms for all their constituents. If you value our rights, democracy and laws, I ask that you condemn the use of the notwithstanding clause immediately and do everything in your considerable power to oppose it.



Sep 20, 2018 - Toronto Palestine Film Festival
When: Sept 20 - 23
Where: Toronto

TPFF was conceived in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Al-Nakba.

The 2018 installment of the TPFF features features the finest Palestinian cinema, thought-provoking discussions, and delicious cuisine.

Check out our official trailer for highlights of our strongest film program yet.

www.tpff.ca/program-2018 | Facebook event

Sep 20, 2018 - Rent Strikes, Expropriations & More: Resisting Gentrification
When: Thursday, September 20th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street
Free event with a meal, childcare, wheelchair access and tokens

Bringing together struggles against gentrification unfolding in neighbourhoods in Toronto and Hamilton, this Speakers Series will profile successful models of resistance people are using to push back and win. Join us!

Speakers: Julia Manzo, Linda Habibi, Bjarke Risager, and Gaetan Heroux.


Sep 20, 2018 - Book Talk on Iran with Medea Benjamin
When: September 20th, 6pm
Where: OCAD University, 100 McCaul S.

Join Medea Benjamin the eve before the annual World Beyond War conference to discuss her brand new book Inside Iran; the Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic. The book tackles the contradictions in Iran’s system of government, traces the history of its stormy relationship with the United States, and presents a realistic and hopeful case for the two nations’ future. And with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal, this conversation could not be more important!

Co-Sponsored by: World Beyond War | www.codepink.org

Sep 20, 2018 - Organize to Fight Ford’s Assault on Workers, Now!
When: Thursday September 20th, 7pm
Where: WAC, 720 Spading Ave, 2nd floor, Suite 202

Doug Ford's conservative government is preparing for an attack on public sector and minimum wage workers. We need to start building resistance to Ford within and outside of our workplaces, NOW. If you are interested in participating in the fightback against Ford, please join the Toronto Labour Committee (TLC) for a strategic discussion.

Please RSVP at torontolabourcommittee@gmail.com | socialistproject.ca

Sep 20, 2018 - [Waterloo] When would Capitalism end?
When: September 20th, 7pm
Where: 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo

Full Title: When would Capitalism end? Marx's changing conception of the Critique of Political Economy

In recognition of Karl Marx's 200th birthday, WCGS is honoured to welcome distinguished Professor Gareth Stedman Jones for the Grimm Lecture 2018. He is Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary, University of London and author of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (2016).


Sep 21, 2018 - No War 2018
When: September 21 and 22, 2018
Where: OCAD University, 100 McCaul St

At #NoWar2018 we will explore how the rule of law has been used both to restrain war and to legitimize it — and how we can re-design systems to abolish the institution of war and uphold human and ecological justice.


Sep 21, 2018 - We The Students Do Not Consent
When: September 21st, 1pm
Where: Ontario

This will be a student-led protest, in which multiple actions are expected to be held in response and revolt against the injustices being committed across Ontario classrooms at the hands of the {dis}honourable Doug Ford, including cuts to the Truth and Reconciliation actions and the health curriculums being offered.

Many students across Ontario ranging in ages are looking to fight against this and stand their ground.

Those organizing this day have many available resources and will readily and eagerly assist students in planning their respective actions.

We are working on holding walk-outs between 1-3 on Friday September 21st, as well as encouraging those participating to wear the colour purple and use the hashtag #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent

Facebook event

Sep 23, 2018 - Inspirational Women Brunch: Shaping Peace Through Feminism
When: Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10am-12pm
Where: Metro Hall, Room. 308 - 55 John Street
General admission $30; Students $20

Since 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace has passionately and tirelessly worked towards creating a peaceful world. As Canada's oldest national feminist peace group, VOW fights for a world that is free from violence, war, nuclear weapons, and gender inequality.

Join #WomenShapingPeace for brunch on September 23 and learn how you can take action to make our feminist vision of peace a reality!

We are very excited to have two prominent peace activists, Ray Acheson and Medea Benjamin, as our special guests! Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange


Sep 23, 2018 - [Oshawa] We Are Oshawa
When: Sunday, September 23rd, 2–4pm
Where: UOIT Downtown Campus (Room DTA 220), 61 Charles St., Oshawa

We Are Oshawa is at an exciting time of renewal. It's time to refocus our efforts, to expand our reach, to communicate more widely, to have an even greater impact in making this city a better place to live and work. We can't do that alone. We need thinkers and doers; energy and ideas. We need you!

Please come to the meeting where we will discuss the direction of our organization. We also need to elect two new Executive members.


Sep 23, 2018 - Book Launch: Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada
When: Sunday Sept. 23rd, 2pm
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5-230

A compelling presentation by Yves Engler as he launches his latest book Left, Right — Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada in Toronto.

Left, Right — Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada shows how the Left has failed to confront Canada for supporting empires and for promoting corporate interests abroad. For example, the social democratic NDP has backed unjust wars, while Canadian unions supported the creation of NATO, the Korean War, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the coup in Haiti.

Engler charges commentators on the left with conceding too much to the dominant ideology- from Stephen Lewis praising Canada’s role in Africa, to Linda McQuaig turning Lester Pearson into an anti-US peacenik, to others mindlessly demanding more so-called peacekeeping. The question is, Why?

Engler feels that nationalist ideology, both Canadian and Quebecois, has warped foreign policy discussion. Progressives’ view of their country as a semi-colony struggling for independence has blinded them to our long history of supporting imperialism. Happily, Engler tempers his criticism with ideas that would help Canada achieve a just foreign policy.

beitzatoun.org | Facebook event

Sep 23, 2018 - Journalist on the Fascist Trail
When: Sunday, September 23rd, 5-7pm
Where: Ryerson University, Room 358, Podium Building, 350 Victoria Street
(entrance on north-west corner of Victoria and Gould streets)

Discussion with investigative journalist Niranjan Takle on his exposé of the culpability of the highest leadership of India's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP in the murder of a judge, and on the challenges for independent and critical media under its increasingly fascist rule.

Organized by: India Civil Watch & Jamhoor

Sep 23, 2018 - The NDP on Palestine and the “Palestine Resolution”
When: Sunday, September 23rd, 6pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.
$5 donation (suggested minimum)

Before Israel’s creation Canada’s social democratic party took a sensible, humanist position toward Zionism, but soon after it began echoing Israel’s justification for ethnically cleansing Palestinians and invasions of neighbouring countries in 1956 and 1967. Through the 1970s and ’80s NDP luminaries such as Tommy Douglas, Ed Broadbent and Stephen Lewis made stridently anti-Palestinian statements. More recently MPs from NDP have participated in the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs trips to Israel, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conferences and Jewish National Fund events.

At their convention in February 2018, the NDP leadership nakedly suppressed debate on a widely member-endorsed “Palestine Resolution”. That incident highlighted the party hierarchy’s anti-Palestine stance as well as the growing support for Palestinian rights among the larger membership.

Our panelists discuss the NDP position and history on Palestine with an eye to offering a roadmap to help those who oppose racism and colonialism to push the NDP into supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people.

Panelists include: Aminah Sheikh, David Heap and Yves Engler.

beitzatoun.org | Facebook event

Sep 24, 2018 - The Toronto Purchase Revisited
When: Monday September 24th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St.

Indigenous History in Toronto and negotiations between the British / Canadian state and First Nations

Presentations by:
* Zachary Smith, Indigenous history historian
* Margaret Sault, Director of Lands, Research and Membership, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

Toronto Workers History Project (TWHP) | Facebook event

Sep 25, 2018 - Where Do We Start? A Civic Engagement Series
When: Sept 25th, 6pm doors; 7pm discussion begins
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

Do the ongoings of Provincial and Municipal politics lately have you wondering if the world is ending, and asking on a practical level, what can I do?

Do you need a place to ask what seem like questions you should know the answer to without being judged? Questions like: What does a city councillor do? Why is the TTC frozen in time? Why is my rent so high and will it ever go down? How do I know if I am “progressive”? Am I gentrifying my neighbourhood?

September 25th: Mayoral Roast with Gavin Crawford.

Facebook event

Sep 26, 2018 - Transit Ride to the Mayoral Debate
When: Wednesday, September 26th, 5:15pm
Where: TTCriders.ca, 720 Bathurst Street
We're leaving from Bathurst Station at 5:30pm SHARP. Meet us outside the Bathurst Station entrance at 5:15pm.

Are you coming to the 2018 Mayoral Transit Debate on Wednesday September 26? Ride to the debate with TTCriders from downtown to the University of Toronto - Scarborough Campus!


The debate will start at 7pm at:
University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail (SY110 - Science Research Building)


Sep 26, 2018 - Inaugural Peace Lecture
When: Wednesday, September 26th, 7 - 8:30pm
Where: University College, Room 140 at the University of Toronto

Professor David Welch inaugurates this series with a lecture on “Empathy and Threat Perception: North Korea and the South China Sea”

Professor Welch holds the CIGI chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of seven books in the area of war and peace, two of which have won book awards, and the editotr of several more books.

Facebook event

Sep 26, 2018 - Book Launch: The Constant Liberal
When: Wednesday, September 26th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Come and enjoy the launch of Christo Aivalis' new book, The Constant Liberal: Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Social Democratic Left. There will be paperback copies for sale on a special early release, light refreshments, and brief remarks by the author about his book and the relevant lessons it has for today's Canada.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Toronto Workers' History Project and the University of Toronto's Department of History.

Facebook event


Europe in a Vortex of Crisis
More than a decade after the global financial meltdown, Europe is in the midst of a series of crises that is even difficult to enumerate: the rise of far right and fascist forces; the inequalities and welfare state cuts from unending austerity; migration flows without a strategy for integration with numerous states in violation with the EU’s own policies; tariff wars with the USA; severe internal current account imbalances; an incoherence of the EU’s macroeconomic policies; and a list that could easily be extended.

Moderated by Greg Albo. Presentations by: Stefan Kipfer, Parastou Saberi, Nathan Rao.

Source: LeftStreamed

Demeaning Democracy
Turning Doug Ford’s Attack on Toronto into a Movement for Democratic Renewal: An Open Letter About Bill 5 Better Local Government Act

We, the undersigned group of scholars and teachers, deplore the autocratic and arbitrary reduction of ward representation for Toronto city council contained in Bill 5 being rushed through the Ontario Legislature by the just-elected Doug Ford-led Conservative provincial government. There are numerous problems with this initiative – both in terms of policy and process – that cannot be squared with democratic values or procedures.

Source: The Bullet No. 1663

Reflections on Prison National Strike Against Slave Labour
By Barry Sheppard

Prisoners in many states in the U.S. began a coordinated National Strike on August 21, the anniversary of the killing of Black Panther member and prison activist George Jackson by guards in an escape attempt, in 1971, at San Quentin prison in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the context of the times, a mass radicalization led by Blacks and youth, the incident became a cause celebre.

Source: The Bullet No. 1664

The U.S.-Turkey Stand-off in Context
By Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bulent Gokay

Turkey was thrust into a full-blown currency crisis when U.S. President Donald Trump hoisted tariffs on Turkey’s steel and aluminium exports to the USA, the country’s most serious crisis since Recep Erdogan’s AKP came to power 16 years ago. The Lira lost more than 40 percent of its value, albeit its most recent humble recovery. The pretext for Trump’s punishing attack on Turkey is the continued detention of the evangelical American Presbyterian missionary Andrew Brunson, described by Trump as a "fine gentleman and Christian leader," who was arrested in October 2016 on charges of espionage accused of involvement in the attempted coup of July the same year.

Source: The Bullet No. 1665

Carceral Capitalism and Anti-Capitalist Politics
By Dillon Wamsley

Jackie Wang’s Carceral Capitalism (MIT Press, 2018) is arguably one of the most wide-ranging, critical, and theoretically nuanced examinations of the political economy of the carceral state in the USA to date. While there has been a substantial growth in writing on the criminal justice system in recent years, particularly following critical engagement with Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow (2010), there remains important theoretical gaps in understanding the political and economic dynamics of mass incarceration under neoliberalism. Wang helps to fill those gaps by taking seriously the relevance of radical political economy to understanding the foundations of the carceral state and outlining the limitations of these approaches in acknowledging the centrality of anti-black racism which, as Wang notes, is "at the heart of mass incarceration."

Source: The Bullet No. 1666


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