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February 14, 2019


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Support Ontario Health Coalition
We have excellent public health care in Ontario. The nurses, the health professionals, the doctors, the vital patient support staff -- they are world class. In fact, international rankings show that we have among the most highly educated health care workforce of any country. When past governments have tried to privatize our public health care we have fought back and we have always stopped them. Ontarians do not support mega-mergers. They do not want privatization. We all know that what we need is to rebuild our local health care services -- reopen and restore services, move money to front-line care. The last thing we need is another round of chaos and restructuring. It may take some time, but I am confident that we will prevail.

We need to gather resources sufficient to mount this fightback campaign to safeguard public health care for all.

If you can, the best support is monthly donation directly from your bank account. It is simple, stable, and it provides predictable funding that makes a huge difference. I give $10 per month. You can give $5 or $20 or more as well. Or, if that doesn't work for you, you can send a membership or donation. If you lead an organization, your organization can donate based on the number of members you have.


Tell the Ontario government to STOP their attack on students!
The Ford government is launching an attack on students’ unions.

Instead of focusing their efforts on improving the quality of education in this province, Doug Ford and Minister Merrilee Fullerton are determined to mislead the hard-working people of Ontario and destroy students’ unions.

Don’t be fooled:
* The Ford government has levelled an unprecedented attack on our independent, democratic students’ unions.
* The changes to OSAP Ford wants to make will mean more debt for students.
* The cuts to college and university budgets will mean larger class sizes, more deferred maintenance and even greater exploitation of workers on campus.


Stop Mohamed Harkat’s deportation to torture
No one should be deported to torture. Ever.

Please join us and send the letter below to Prime Minister Trudeau and the Ministers of Public Safety, Justice and Immigration to urge them to stop the deportation to torture of Mohamed Harkat.

Your letter will now also go to your Member of Parliament. If you've sent a letter already, please send a new one so more MPs are aware and can raise concerns to protect Moe's rights and end deportation to torture.



Feb 14, 2019 - 14th Annual February 14th Strawberry Ceremony for mmiwg2s
When: Thursday Feb. 14th, 12:30pm
Where: Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College St.

Please leave your agency, institutional and organisation banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, trans and two-spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.

Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. Drummers from the organising committee, with the direction of Wanda, will be leading songs. Jingle dress dancers are also called to join on the march. Please contact us if you can participate so protocols can be observed.

We recognise that February is out of season for a ceremony involving strawberries, but the violence we are experiencing is also a disruption in our traditional ways of life.

Facebook event

Feb 15, 2019 - OPSEU: Black History Month
When: February 15th, 6pm
Where: Toronto Regional Office, 31 Wellesley St.
Snacks and Refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, contact Patrick Riley Treasurer of the R5 Coalition of Racialized Workers, email: userpdar@yahoo.ca

Following the sold-out screening of Migrant Dreams at OPSEU’s Human Rights Conference in December, the Coalition of Racialized Workers invites all members to an extended discussion of migrant justice issues.

OPSEU events

Feb 15, 2019 - Conversations Around Pan-Africanism
When: Friday Feb 15th, 7:30pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst St.

Dr. Hakim Adi is professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester. Dr. Adi has written widely on the history of Pan-Africanism, Africa, and Black Britain.

A prominent public intellectual, Dr. Adi is the founder of the History Matters initiative, a group of black historians and teachers who work to increase representation of students and teachers of African and Caribbean heritage within the discipline of history in the United Kingdom.


Feb 16, 2019 - NWIA First Annual Round Dance
When: Saturday Feb 16th, 6pm
Where: Kerr Hall West Gym, 379 Victoria St.

NWIA is pleased to announce its first annual Round Dance to honour and celebrate Indigenous women in our communities.

The Round Dance is being presented in partnership with Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services.

NWIA’s Round Dance will include a special showcase with legendary singer Delia Waskewitch, a pipe ceremony, feast, giveaway, and 50/50 draw.

This event is free and open to the public including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of all ages.

Facebook event

Feb 19, 2019 - We The Students: Week of Action
When: Feb 19 – Feb 22

We The Students will not back down! Students across Ontario have made it clear that the Provincial government picked a fight with the wrong people.

We The Students call on the government to:
- Provide More Grants NOT loans
- Eliminate Tuition Fees for ALL Students
- Increase Public Funding for Public Education
- Protect ALL Independent Student Voices, and,
- Defend the Right to Organize

Join us for a Week of Action from Tuesday, February 19 to Friday, February 22 to welcome back Members of Provincial Parliament as they head back to Queen’s Park to remind them that We The Students will NOT accept their cuts to OSAP and their attack on student autonomy!

Tuesday, February 19: Rally at Queen’s Park – 12noon to 3pm Facebook event
Thursday, February 21 – Friday, February 22: Social Media Day of Action

Facebook event

Feb 19, 2019 - Film Screening: City Builders: Immigrant Construction Workers
When: Tuesday, February 19th, 7pm
Where: 25 Cecil St.

This film focuses on the labour organization of Italian immigrant workers in the residential construction sector, known at the time as “the jungle” due to its terrible working conditions and widespread exploitation by developers and (sub)contractors. Led by the charismatic Bruno Zanini, a petty criminal and aspiring opera-singer-turned-labour organizer, and the thundering Charles Irvine -- a shillelagh-wielding Scottish immigrant who was once a banana boat worker -- bricklayers, plasterers, carpenters, cement masons and labourers, organized as the Brandon Union Group, and engaged in two major strikes in 1960 and 1961 – the latter being one of the largest and most violent in the city’s post-war history.

The film will be introduced by its producer and director, Gilberto Fernandes, director of the Portuguese Canadian History Project and post-doctoral fellow at the Robarts Centre at York University.

Facebook event

Feb 20, 2019 - No to U.S.-Led Intervention
When: Wednesday, February 20th, 6:30pm
Where: OISE, Rm 3310, 252 Bloor Street W.

An Emergency Community Forum: Join us for a public forum with representatives from the Caribbean, African and Latin American community organizations, discussing the deeply inconsistent, hypocritical and dangerous ways the Canadian government has historically approached matters of humanitarian intervention - and why this matters today when it comes to Venezuela.

Speakers confirmed:
* Cristiol Lopez - Venezuelan lawyer and public sector worker
* Runako Gregg - Caribbean Solidarity Network
* Cikiah Thomas - Global Afrikan Congress

Facebook event

Feb 21, 2019 - The Responsibility of Academics
When: Thursday February 21st, 5pm
Where: TBA

Speaker: Prof. Len Findlay, U of Saskatchewan.

Organized by Science for Peace

Feb 21, 2019 - Ending The Deadly Housing Crisis
When: Thursday, February 21st, 6pm
Where: CRC at 40 Oaks, 40 Oak St.

The lives of 6 homeless people came to a gruesome end this January. Their lives were cut short not because of choices they made, but because of the choices made for them by John Tory, Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau. It is clear all three levels of government need to act urgently to end these preventable deaths, alleviate suffering in cramped facilities, and build rent-geared-to-income housing. Yet, neither government is willing to do so.

They disorient us by blaming refugees, mental health issues, and addictions for the housing crisis. They hope we'll take the bait and attack each other as we get reeled out of housing and dumped onto the streets. The battle ahead is difficult, but it's one we must win. So join us to take inspiration from ongoing battles, learn from past ones, ask questions, and build connections with struggles outside Toronto.

Facebook event

Feb 21, 2019 - Reclamation: Feminism, Labour and the (Un)Learning Of (Radical) History
When: Thursday, February 21st, 6pm
Where: 519 Kaneff Tower, York University

Global Labour Research Centre's John Eleen Annual Lecture in Global Labour

Over the past decade, dynamic and visible social movements have brought many to the streets in protest: Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, #MeToo, The Women's March.

While these movements have garnered attention and action, deep, vital, transformational change remains elusive. This talk will explore past and contemporary manifestations of feminist and anti-racist struggles for economic justice, human rights, and an end to violence. 

Lecturer: Kiké Roach, Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University | www.eventbrite.ca


Hospital Overload: Ford Government Begins Its Assault on Ontario Hospitals
By Ontario Health Coalition

The advisor on healthcare to the Ontario Conservative Government of Doug Ford, Rueben Devlin, released his report on January 31 with the headline that “more hospital beds will not solve hallway medicine,” subtly twisting – and contradicting – the Ford government’s election pledge. The Ontario Health Coalition immediately called the report out. Mr. Devlin, it should be noted, has a long history of driving cuts in the health sector and neoliberalizing delivery. He is the former CEO of Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto, where, under his leadership, three entire hospitals were closed and replaced with one privatized P3 hospital that had too few beds to serve its catchment population.

Source: The Bullet No. 1756

The American Left Resurgent: Prospects and Tensions
By Rafael Khachaturian and Sean Guillory

The American political system is experiencing a crisis of hegemony. The moderate, bipartisan center that had been the mythical linchpin of American politics during the “long Cold War” is facing the possibility of a terminal decline. Donald Trump’s election has put this crisis into stark relief, having turned the Republican Party’s decades long flirtations with white ethnonationalism into an overt endorsement.

Source: The Bullet No. 1757

With López Obrador In, Workers Have the Confidence to Walk Out
By David Bacon

The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) as president of Mexico has raised the hopes and expectations of millions of Mexican workers. There could be no better evidence of this than the strike of tens of thousands of workers in Matamoros, a city at the eastern end of the U.S.-Mexico border, across the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo in Mexico) from Brownsville, Texas. During the past month, between 30,000 and 40,000 of the 70,000 maquiladora workers in Matamoros plants have walked off their jobs. The maquiladoras are factories, mostly foreign-owned, that manufacture goods destined for sale in the United States.

Source: The Bullet No. 1758

A Short Guide for Canadian Anti-Imperialists on the Current Crisis in Venezuela
By Laura Avalos and Susan Spronk

With the Lima Group meeting in Ottawa, on February 4 the news of the crisis in Venezuela has hit Canadian headlines. This short guide intends to provide some key talking points for progressives who might not be ready to comment on what is happening in Venezuela, but are critical of the interventionist stance of the Canadian government.

Source: The Bullet No. 1759


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