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September 30, 2015


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Act on Poverty Reduction
The implementation plan for the Poverty Reduction Strategy is going before committees and Council in the next few weeks. Though the Poverty Reduction Strategy was approved in principle, it won't be implemented until Council approves action on the plan this fall.

The plan focuses on having well paying, stable jobs with benefits; accessible, affordable and improved transit; available and affordable housing and childcare; as well as healthy food and recreation.



Oct 1, 2015 - International Day of Older Persons
When: Thursday, October 1st, 11am
Where: Queen's Park, Toronto

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Casa Verde Inquest. A coroner's jury recommended sweeping changes into the operation of Ontario's long-term care homes after the deaths of two residents at the hands of another in the Casa Verde home. Since 2001, 24 long-term care residents in Ontario have died as a result of violence from other residents and thousands have been attacked by other residents.

Today, 10 years later, the Ontario Government still has not implemented these recommendations. Join us to remember those who have died due to homicide, and to highlight the need for Ontario's government to take action to meet the care needs of residents in long-term care and to protect against harm.


Oct 1, 2015 - Russia in the Global Crisis: Geopolitical Dilemmas, Strategic Responses
When: Thursday, October 1, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. (Bathurst and Bloor)
Admission is free. Donations welcome.
Space is accessible by mobile ramp. Washrooms are downstairs and not accessible.

Geopolitical conflict produced by NATO expansion is a product of an economic and social process taking place in Europe. In fact, it is the logic of the neoliberal model that stimulates NATO expansionism. This is very similar to what we saw in the late nineteenth century with the new wave of colonialism produced by the so-called Late Victorian Depression: to stabilize the system without changing it.

The dream of Russian elites is to have good relations with the West. The elite’s money is in the West, their children are at Oxford and Harvard, their property is in Switzerland and England. They are ready to make almost any concession that will not destabilize Russia itself. But the West is not accepting these offers. Ruling circles in the EU prefer to speak of a Russian threat instead of cooperation with Russia. This is all complicating the wider geopolitical setting around the Black Sea, in the conflicts in Syria and the Middle east and in Russia's relations with China and East Asia. These are all crucial issues for understanding the new political divisions between west and east shaping global politics.

* Boris Kagarlitsky, coordinator of the Transnational Institute Global Crisis project and Director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements (IGSO) in Moscow.
* Sergei M. Plekhanov, Associate Professor of Political Science at York University and a former Deputy Director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies in Russia.

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project, and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Politics, York University | Facebook event

Oct 2, 2015 - Conflict and Historical Memory in Colombia
When: Friday, October 2nd, 6:30pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther, Toronto

Conflict and Historical Memory in Colombia
Launch of Historical Memory Centre final report, “Basta ya! Colombia: Memorias de guerra y dignidad” ("Enough! Memories of War and Dignity”)

Conflicto y Memoria Histórica en Colombia
Presentación y discusión de: “¡Basta ya! Colombia: Memorias de guerra y dignidad.”

Main Speakers
* Martha Nubia Bello, Technical Director of the National Memorial Museum National Centre for Historical Memory
* Andrés Suárez, Advisor to the Director General National Centre for Historical Memory
* Weildler Guerra Curvelo, Wayuu Anthropologist, Universidad de los Andes, "An Indigenous Perspective of Peace: its Aesthetic and Ritual"

* Adam Isacson, Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)


Oct 3, 2015 - Working For Each Other, Working For Ourselves
On October 3rd-4th 2015, the Industrial Workers of the World’s Toronto General Membership Branch will be hosting Working For Each Other, Working For Ourselves: A Revolutionary Worker-Organizer Summit, an event which will draw together grassroots workplace organizers from around North America.


Oct 3, 2015 - Disability Pride March
When: Saturday, October 3rd, 1pm
Starting at Queens Park (111 Wellesley Street West) and marching to the
School of Disability Studies at Ryerson (99 Gerrard Street East) from 1 to 4pm

Please note: accessible washrooms are not available at Queen’s Park. Please see information on accessible washrooms on the route page.

Check out this year’s exciting speakers, including David Lepofsky!


Oct 5, 2015 - Ryerson Social Justice week
When: October 5th - October 9th
Where: Ryerson University, Toronto

October 5, 2015 marks the beginning of the 5th annual Social Justice Week. Under the theme of “Social Justice and Democracy: Arts, Activism and the Academy”, the Week features some amazing speakers, lectures and workshops on issues related to Indigenous solidarity, decent work, migrant worker’s rights; and Black Lives Matter.


Oct 5, 2015 - Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs Them
When: Monday, October 5th, 5:30pm
Where: Centre for Social Justice - Annex, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

What if our interactions with those different from us are strongly influenced by things happening below the radar of awareness, hidden even from ourselves? Deep Diversity explores this question and argues that "us vs. them" is an unfortunate but normal part of the human experience due to reasons of both nature and nurture.

Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning educator and consultant with twenty years experience working with thousands of leaders across four continents on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is co-founder of Anima Leadership and lives in Toronto, where his children are teaching him about fatherhood.

Oct 6, 2015 - An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
When: Tuesday October 6th, 1:30pm
Where: Moot Court Rm 1005, Osgoode Hall, York University, 4700 Keele Street

The Culture of Conquest and the Doctrine of Discovery: The U.S. as a Colonial Settler-State

Featuring author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (California State University). Chaired by Lee Maracle (University of Toronto). With discussants: Boyd Cothran (History, York), Bonita Lawrence (Equity Studies, York) and Victoria Freeman (History, York)

"Roxanne-Dunbar-Ortiz has defined the term engaged intellectual through a life spent on the frontlines of the past four decades of social struggles. She has never abandoned her roots through the process of becoming one of the most respected Left academics in the United States." - James Tracy.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a feminist, historian and revolutonary activist who has been involved in Indigenous rights movements and social struggles for many years. This panel discussion, lead by acclaimed writer and scholar Lee Maracle, will enable leading York scholars who study Indigenous peoples to dialogue with Roxanne and draw out comparisons between the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the USA.

This event is made possible with generous support from: Department of History (York), Department of Political Science (York), Department of Social Science (York), Indigenous History Network, Socialist Project, Dean’s Office Faculty of Graduate Studies (York), Faculty of Environmental Studies (York) and the Centre for Social Justice | Facebook event

Oct 6, 2015 - The Economics of Real Life
When: Tue Oct 6th, 6:30pm
Where: Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

A Common Sense Approach to Economics -- Speaker: Dr. Jim Stanford, Economist, Unifor

Most people think economics is a dull, technical subject- filled with math, graphs, and complicated financial concepts. In other words, it's a subject best left to the "experts". But in fact, economics is something we all experience, every day, in our own lives. And it turns out that our economy depends more on concrete, "mundane" forces like work, family, and care, than on the frenetic paper chase of financial markets. Join Jim Stanford, economist for Unifor and author of Economics for Everyone, as he describes a more accessible and democratic vision for economics.


Oct 6, 2015 - GAZA: New Dynamics, Future Prospects with Dr. Sara Roy
When: Tuesday, October 6th, 7:30pm
Where: Trinity St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street West (by Spadina station)
Tickets: Online: $10 regular / $5 student or unwaged
At the Door: $15 regular / $10 student or unwaged

NECEF Sabeel Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Roy of Harvard University will be speaking in Toronto on her extensive experience in Gaza for the 2015 James Graff Memorial Lecture.

This lecture will examine the unprecedented dynamics that have emerged in Gaza in the aftermath of last summer's devastating war and its future implications. Dr. Roy will also explore how we can move beyond fear and militarism to envision something different: a world where dissent is mandatory and our capacity to witness is restored.

Sara Roy (Ed.D. Harvard University) is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies specializing in the Palestinian economy, Palestinian Islamism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is the daughter of two holocaust survivors.

More Information: www.necefsabeel.ca | Facebook event

Oct 7, 2015 - Women and Work
When: Wednesday October 7th, 6pm
Where: Rexdale Community Hub, 21 Panorama Court
Refreshments available | Child minding & interpretation by request

Join us in a community action discussion on women, work, and how good jobs can create prosperity in our city. For more information contact Beverley at btrought@bigongreen.ca or 647.655.1729.


Oct 7, 2015 - Palestine: A Political Travelogue
When: Wednesday, October 7th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto

From The International Conference of Critical Geography in Ramallah, Palestine – July 2015

Palestine has long been central to colonial and anti-colonial imaginaries–of the Ottoman and British empires, and Zionist and Arab nationalisms, before becoming a key site of inspiration for left and anti-colonial internationalism and recent scholarship on decolonial resistance. The International Conference of Critical Geography in Ramallah, Palestine, in July 2015, extended this trajectory of anti-colonial internationalism by enriching our historical and political understandings of Palestine–especially by way of tours of the West Bank and conversations with Palestinian academics and activists. The panelists of this event will reflect on their experiences of this international conference and what it suggests for global left solidarity and decolonial activism.

* Kanishka Goonewardena was trained as an architect in Sri Lanka and now teaches critical theory and urban design at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto.
* Kevin Gould is a geographer who teaches at Concordia University as well as a member of Independent Jewish Voices.
* Punam Khosla is a scholar-activist and member of the organizing team for ICCG 7 in Ramallah.
* Stefan Kipfer researches and teaches social theory, politics, urbanization and planning in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.
* Karen Wirsig is a labour organizer and sometime journalist who lives in Toronto.

The panel will be chaired by Norma Rantisi, who teaches urban studies and geography at Concordia University (Montreal) and recently started a project on cooperatives in Palestine.

This event is supported by the Socialist Project and the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto | Facebook event


Syriza Before and After the Elections: To Fight Another Day
Michalis Spourdalakis interviewed by Pavlos Klavdianos

The historical victory of the Left in January marked a change in the system of political representation which outlines a new dynamic for the political forces. However, the way in which this victory was achieved and the difficulties that the first government of the left faced, led after the referendum of the 5 of July, to a big fallback, a big defeat. This defeat needs to be understood as a turning point in a long and large war for the victory of the left in the struggle for the control of state power.

Source: The Bullet No. 1164

Global Issues: Bringing Class Back In
The new unionism of the 1930s brought dramatic new tactics such as the sit-downs, new strategies that included industry-wide bargaining, and spread new forms of in-plant democracy based on the shop steward system. Today union structures are again in crisis, but nothing comparable to the labour explosion of the 30s has yet emerged or is even much talked about. When those of us who support labour by silencing ourselves out of sensitivity to the assault it's facing, we do labour no favour. Nothing is more important to the renewal of the labour movement than to soberly confront the mess it's in and encourage the most open and creative discussion of how it might move on.

Sam Gindin argues that bringing class back in must stand at the center of such discussions.

Download: Global Issues

Let's Develop a Plan B for Europe!
By Oskar Lafontaine

Many in Europe had put great hopes in the election of Alexis Tsipras as Greek Prime Minister. When, after long and exhausting negotiations, the Syriza leader signed the European diktat, the disappointment was great. It would be unjust and presumptuous to want to give moral lessons to Alexis Tsipras and Syriza. After these experiences for the European left, it would be better to reflect on the conditions in which a democratic and social politics (and thus a left politics) is possible in Europe. We have learned one thing: while the European Central Bank, which claims to be independent and apolitical, can turn off the financial tap to a left government, a politics that is oriented toward democratic and social principles is impossible.

Source: The Bullet No. 1165


GrantBook is hiring two Talented Implementation Specialists
* The Implementation Specialist, Support Lead is responsible for researching, recommending and assisting with the implementation of cloud solutions for grants management and related functional areas that meet individual client needs. The successful candidate will also manage GrantBook's support queue across a range of projects and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products. The role reports to GrantBook's Director of Client Services and has no direct reports. Compensation in the range of $52,500 - $57,500.

* The Implementation Specialist, HTML/CSS/Javascript Lead is responsible for researching, recommending and assisting with the implementation of cloud solutions for grants management and related functional areas that meet individual client needs. The successful candidate will also participate in GrantBook's growing portfolio of front-end design and coding projects as a HTML/CSS/Javascript programmer. The role reports to GrantBook's Director of Client Services and has no direct reports. Compensation in the range of $52,500 - $57,500.

We would like to fill the position by November 1, 2015 and will be reviewing applications as they come in. The deadline for applying is Friday, October 9th at 5:00 pm ET.




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