CALLS TO ACTION
Mar 2, 2014 - Kill Keystone: the Carbon Mega-Bomb
Right now, the US government is mulling over the defining climate decision of Obama's presidency -- whether to approve a monstrous pipeline that will transport up to 830,000 barrels a day of the world's dirtiest oil from Canada across the US.
If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline will help pump billions of dollars into the pockets of a few companies... but also millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. It's been called "a fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet". Bold public action has delayed it once, and a court ruling last week has dealt a serious blow to the project. Now, if we act fast and in massive numbers, we can help kill it for good.
The US Secretary of State, responsible for the US's relationship with the world, has opened a final round of comments from the public. Let's flood the consultation with a million signatures and messages from every country calling on Kerry to kill Keystone and save the planet. We only have days until it closes - sign now!
Mar 3, 2014 - National Inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada
The Native Women's Association of Canada has documented over 582 occurrences of missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls. We know that there are more cases that have not been documented. We also know that this epidemic of violence is continuing to claim more lives and irreparably harm more families every month.
Addressing this issue requires that the factors causing it are correctly identified, and that those individuals, pro- cesses and policies responsible for maintaining the status quo – and the subsequent harms to Aboriginal women and girls are remedied.
Recommendations and ACTION for change are needed to increase the safety of Aboriginal women and girls in all walks of life across Canada. I support holding a National Inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. I also ask that you involve those most affected by this tragic issue – Aboriginal women – in the design, decision- making, process and implementation of this inquiry. Such an inquiry would be a crucial step in implementing a comprehensive and coordinated national action plan to address the scale and severity of violence faced by Aboriginal women and girls.
Mar 5, 2014 - Let's defend our rights at work
Unions and the Importance of Workers’ Rights in Ontario
The Ontario Federation of Labour has partnered with the Canadian Labour Congress, local labour councils and affiliates across the province to launch a campaign to educate workers about Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak's plans to strip worker rights and advance a low wage economy.
The campaign will begin with a series of Urgent All Unions, All Locals Regional Meetings directed at labour council delegates, all local union leaders, local executive board members, committee members, stewards, activists, retirees and staff. These meetings will give labour leaders the tools to engage an active campaign in their workplaces and neighbourhoods about the threat that Hudak’s plans pose for the livelihoods of every worker in Ontario, whether unionized or not.
Mar 5, 2014 - Stop the Private Clinics Campaign
The Ontario Health Coalition has developed two main materials for the Ontario-wide door-to-door campaign and vote to stop the dismantling of our local public hospitals and the contracting-out of their services to private clinics. Essentially, OHC is holding a referendum and doing a door-to-door campaign across Ontario.
1: "Tabloid" style newssheet: a colourful and popular newssheet the size of a tabloid (like the National Enquirer) to hand out door-to-door, in workplaces and to distribute around the community. The tabloid newspapers come in bundles of 200 and will be mailed a minimum of 50 or more (estimating that if you distribute on your street, you will need approximately 50).
2: A Postcard/Mail In Ballot: it can be filled in and sent to the Ontario Health Coalition directly or you can collect them to ensure that they are returned to the OHC. The postcards can be used to cast votes in the cross-province referendum.
Please email your tabloid and postcard order for these materials ASAP to the Ontario Health Coalition at 15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305, Toronto Ontario M3C 1Y8, Tel: 416-441-2502 or email@example.com. We must receive your order by Friday March 14 at the very very latest.
Mar 6, 2014 - Towards Collective Liberation
When: Thursday, March 6th, 3-5pm
Where: Room 313 Student Centre, York University
Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy with Writer/Activist Chris Crass
At York on March 6th, Crass will draw on the long legacy of white anti-racist organizing, to explore anti-racist organizing vision, strategies and lessons with the goal of deepening our understanding and commitment to anti-racist organizing as a key element in building larger movements for the liberation of all people.
Mar 6, 2014 - Irvin Jim, General Secretary of NUMSA
When: Thursday, March 6th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
Come and hear NUMSA's General Secretary, Irvin Jim, on:
"New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa."
The dramatic upsurge of popular grass-roots protest in South Africa's townships and rural areas in recent years has been well-termed as marking a virtual "rebellion of the poor" in that country. The working class itself has also been assertive there, prompting the ANC-led state's orchestration of an horrific massacre of dissident mine-workers at Marikana in 2012. Until recently, however, leading trade unions have themselves been cribbed and confined within the tri-partite governing coalition of the ANC, the South African Communist Party and COSATU, the country's largest trade union central body. Now NUMSA -- the country's National Union of Metalworkers with over 340,000 members -- has begun to break that mould, under the leadership of its General Secretary, Irvin Jim, a longstanding socialist militant in the union. At its Special National Congress in December it heralded a new socialist political direction for South Africa.
As Irvin Jim pit it in a recent speech: "Our people are protesting because they have no water -- that most basic of necessities. And the State... that very same state which failed to supply them with water... kills them for their protest. Underneath all of this is a harsh material fact. The South African economy has not fundamentally changed. The structure remains the same as it was under apartheid... the same dependence on exporting raw minerals, the same enslavement to the Minerals Energy Finance complex. Far from an increase in the manufacturing sector - the sector which can really produce jobs - we have a rapid process of deindustrialization. We are not gaining jobs, we are losing them. In 2004 there were 3.7 million unemployed people in our country. Last year that had risen to 4.1 million. More unemployed, not less.This will not stop until we fundamentally change direction. We, as a union, have understood that the ANC and SACP will not lead that change."
Sponsored by: Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project, and BASICSnews.ca | Facebook event
Mar 7, 2014 - Anti-Racist Organizing for Collective Liberation
When: Friday, March 7th, 6:30pm
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue
Chris Crass is a longtime organizer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. Throughout the 1990s, he was an organizer with Food Not Bombs, an economic justice anti-poverty group, strengthening the direct action-based anti-capitalist Left. In the 2000s, he was an organizer with the Catalyst Project, which combines political education and organizing to develop and support anti-racist politics, leadership, and organization in white communities and builds dynamic multiracial alliances locally and nationally. He has written and spoken widely about anti-racist organizing, lessons from women of color feminism, strategies to build visionary movements, and leadership for liberation. His book, Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy was recently published by PM Press.
Mar 7, 2014 - Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood
When: Friday, March 7th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto
Another Story Bookshop and University of Manitoba Press Celebrate the launch of Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood
Featuring Sam McKegney. With Special Guests Lee Maracle and Daniel David Moses
Between October 2010 and May 2013, Sam McKegney conducted interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood. In offices, kitchens, and coffee shops, and once in a car driving down the 401, McKegney and his participants tackled crucial questions about masculine self-worth and how to foster balanced and empowered gender relations.
Mar 8, 2014 - International Women's Day
When: Saturday, March 8th, 11am
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W.
* Women Taking Power
* $14 Minimum Wage Now!
* Public Services are Women's Services!
* GenSqueezed: We Demand our Future!
Fair: 1:30pm (@ Ryerson, 55 Gould St.)
Rally + March organized by Women Working with Immigrant Women + IWD Organizing Committee. Fair organized by Ryerson Women + Trans* Centre | iwdtoronto.ca
Mar 9, 2014 - Resisting Patriarchy through Revolutionary Lyrics
When: Sunday, March 9th, 6:30pm
Where: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto
Come out to OPIRG-Toronto’s first spoken word/art night, “Poetic Justice: Resisting patriarchy through Revolutionary Lyrics”! Are you an artist, veteran or first timer, who wants to share your artistic pieces centered on resistance, feminism, gender violence, healthy masculinity, love, friendship, rage, and revolution? Are you an art lover and revolutionary? Whatever your artistic background, experience, and political know-how, this is the poetry night for you! Poems and performances around social justice and environmental justice are all welcome, no need to be a U of T student!
Mar 10, 2014 - Reaching the Tipping Point?
When: Monday, March 10th, 7pm
Where: University of Toronto, Ramsay Wright Lab, Room 110, 25 Harbord St.
Anti-Normalization and Academic Boycott from South Africa to Canada
* Salim Vally - Professor at University of Jonnesburg, Founding member of Congress of South African Trade Union and the Palestinian Solidarity Committee.
* Linda Tabar - member of Faculty 4 Palestine. She will speak about the significance of the academic boycott, and will offer insights on perspectives from Palestine.
* Sue Ferguson – Faculty for Palestine.
| Facebook event
Mar 13, 2014 - Ukraine: What's Happening? Who's Responsible?
When: Thursday, March 13th, 7:30pm
Where: GCDO Hall, 290 Danforth Ave. (just west of Chester Stn.)
A discussion on the grave crisis and danger of war in Ukraine, the roots of the current conflict, and the role of Canada, U.S., Germany and other Western imperialist powers in fomenting regime change. With Wilfred Szczesny - editor of the Ukrainian-Canadian Herald.
Feb 28, 2014 - The UAW at Volkswagen: Workers, Unions and the Left
By Sam Gindin
For a number of reasons, U.S. unions are on the defensive -- from concerted attacks by employers, the political and cultural effects of 30 years of neoliberalism as well as their inability to build resistance in workplaces and communities. The unionization rate in the private sector is down to 6.7 per cent and a central pillar of union strategy has been to organize the unorganized. The United Auto Workers (UAW) -- which lost tens of thousands of members in the past decade -- has emphasized the centrality of organizing non-union foreign-owned auto plants, recently located in the almost completely non-union and politically conservative south. The strategy was to make a breakthrough in one plant, and build from there.
Source: The Bullet No. 939
Mar 2, 2014 - A Revolution on the Periphery of Europe
By Mate Kapovic
On 7 February, government buildings were on fire all over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, silent for a long time, finally decided to speak their minds. And when they did, those were not words -- it was a roar. It was fire, stones and heavy fighting with the police. The picture that was the most impressive and symbolic in the first few days of the rebellion was the one of a burning government building in Tuzla, the city where it all began, with the graffiti "death to nationalism" written on it. Since nationalism was a favourite refuge of all the political elites in Bosnia and Herzegovina, used to justify their political and economic oppression, this was indeed a powerful message.
Source: The Bullet No. 940
Mar 5, 2014 - Time for Changes
By Esther Kuperman
"Nothing should seem natural. Nothing should seem impossible to change." — Bertolt Brecht.
Brazil is not an easy country to understand. Over the past 20 years, despite the apparent changes in the relationship between state and society, there has not been in fact a substantial disruption in economic, social, and policy structures.
The rise of the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT) and its election in 2002 have created an expectation of great changes in the political direction of Brazil. However, despite the criticism of the economic model and the immense debt to the poorest sectors of the population, after the election, the Workers’ Party proved that it was as pragmatic as its predecessors: it tried to ensure "good governance," i.e. the support of Parliament and its continuation in power.
Source: The Bullet No. 941
Mar 5, 2014 - February Traumas
By Jeffery R. Webber and Susan Spronk
The Third Insurrectionary Moment of the Venezuelan Right
"Today the counter-revolutionary Right is reactivating itself," according to long-time Venezuelan revolutionary Roland Denis, "taking advantage of the profound deterioration that this slow revolutionary process is suffering. Its reappearance and interlacing with ‘democratic civil society’ is a clear signal to the popular movement that we either convert this moment into a creative and reactivating crisis of the collective revolutionary will, or we bid farewell to this beautiful and traumatic history that we have built over the last 25 years."
Source: The Bullet No. 942
Mar 5, 2014 - The Coup D'État in Haiti: Ten Years Later
Canada was a party to the 2004 coup in Haiti against the democratically elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Many of us are not aware of this assault on the self-determination of the Haitian people.
Moderated by Kevin Edmonds. Presentations by Mario Joseph and Dr. Melanie Newton.
Source: LeftStreamed No. 207
Mar 6, 2014 - Interim Executive Director
The Board of Directors of Greenest City is seeking a dynamic, passionate and results-oriented Executive Director to guide and build on its recent growth and success. The ideal candidate will possess the skills and interest to continue to build a strong organizational foundation, to lead and develop staff, and fulfill the strategic vision for future growth and development.
GreenestCity is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to creating solutions that inspire diverse communities to green Toronto. Greenest City has four integrated program streams: Urban Agriculture/Food Security, Education, Community Engagement, and building a green work force.Our innovative programs connect people to local food, to each other, and to opportunity.
Application deadline: March 31, 2014 before 5:00pm. Contract (mat leave): June 2, 2014 - July 3, 2015. Salary $42,500-$47,500