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July 28, 2016


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Prime Minister Trudeau: Reject Kinder Morgan
This December, Justin Trudeau will either approve or reject the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. However, before he does, he has appointed a new review panel to listen to people across Canada and determine if the pipeline is in Canada's national interest.

If built, the Kinder Morgan pipeline will steamroll over Indigenous rights and make it impossible for Canada to meet the global climate change commitments made in Paris. It would make an oil spill in the Pacific Ocean almost inevitable.



Jul 28, 2016 - Brexit
When: Thursday, July 28th, 7pm
Where: 290 Danforth Ave, Toronto

Much controversy surrounds the Brexit vote even amongst the left. At this forum, our speakers will be discussing the context and key reasons why Leave won, arguments for Remain, the response by the capitalist class and that of the left, and propsects.

* Tim Heffernan (Socialist Alternative)
* Migiel Figueroa (Communist Party of Canada)

Facebook event

Jul 30, 2016 - No More Prisons!
When: Saturday July 30th, 12pm
Where: U.S. Embassy, Toronto

Join the students of BLMTO Freedom School for their closing action as they demand:
* No more political prisoners!
* No more prisoners!
* Support hunger strikes by incarcerated people across Ontario!
* Overturn all charges against BLMPasadena Freedom Fighter Jasmine Abdullah!

Performance by Ubuntu Drum and Dance Theatre

Around 60 men are on hunger strike in three different prisons in Ontario. They started the hunger strike to demand a meeting with MP Ralph Goodall and apparently they have gotten that, so they’re continuing until the meeting actually happens and he makes concrete steps to implement their demands which you can see at endimmigrationdetention.com | Facebook event

Jul 30, 2016 - Moncada Celebration
When: Saturday July 30th, 7pm
Where: 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto (1 block west of Dundas West Subway Station)

* Music, dance, cash bar, raffle, door prize
* Words from the Cuban Consulate
* Special Video presentation of Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

On July 26, 1953, 135 young revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro boldly assaulted the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second-largest military fortress, while two smaller groups led by Abel Santamaria and Raúl Castro targeted important adjacent buildings. Though the Moncada Barracks did not fall, the revolutionary action was highly significant. It signalled the future battles that were to triumph in 1959 when the Cuban people celebrated the defeat of Fulgencio Batista’s brutal dictatorship. As Fidel declared later, “Moncada taught us to turn setbacks into victories.”

Organized by: Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto, Juan Gualberto Gomez Association of Cubans in Toronto, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Friends of Cuba against the US Blockade, Toronto Forum on Cuba | Facebook event

Jul 31, 2016 - Blockobana 6
When: Sunday, July 31st, 5pm
Where: Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church Street, Toronto

Friends & fam we have Great news!! Blockobana will be in the park again this year (weather permitting). We began this celebration of queer and trans love in 2010 and we are thrilled to be back for another year!

We aim to spend the day celebrating Caribana weekend and the Caribbean and African diaspora! All are welcome!

Please feel free to bring picnic items, beverages (non alcoholic) and lime with us in the sun but please be aware that all trash must be cleared from the park before we leave.

We hope to grow blockobana through the years as a corner stone to a queer caribana weekend. Facebook event

Jul 31, 2016 - 2016 Emancipation Day
When: Sunday July 31st, 10:45pm
Where: ticket booth at Union Station, Toronto

The Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train Ride is on the move again on July 31, 2016. All aboard to Downsview station as we welcome in Emancipation Day August 1st.

Join us w/ poet @dwayne_morgan

For more information: 416-538-0889, or adifferentbooklist@gmail.com

Facebook poster | twitter.com/freedomtrainTO

Aug 2, 2016 - Fight for $15
When: Tuesday, August 2nd, 5:30pm
Where: 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223, Toronto

Join students, community and labour activists for the next Toronto-wide Fight for #15andFairness organizing meeting! We've got lots to plan for, including: summer outreach blitzes, the Scarborough-Rouge River by-election, the August 28 skills-sharing workshop, post-secondary students' orientation week, the Labour Day Parade (thank you OPSEU Region 5 for hosting our contingent), and the October 1 mobilization for decent work!

5:30 pm - Refreshments (please RSVP)
6:00 pm - Meeting starts
8:00 pm - Meeting finishes

For more information visit: www.15andFairness.org or email: Fightfor15andFairness@gmail.com | Facebook event

Aug 2, 2016 - Rally against the Liberal's sell-off of Hydro One
When: Tuesday, August 2nd, 5:30pm
Where: 4651 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough

Join Neethan Shan and Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath in Scarborough—Rouge River for a short rally and community outreach to fight the Liberal's privatization of Hydro One!

Facebook event

Aug 3, 2016 - Picket for Union Rights!
When: Wednesday, August 3rd, 5:30pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto

Legal Aid Ontario Lawyers have been fighting for collective bargaining rights for more than 3 years. Our employer is an agency accountable to the government and has been ignoring our requests for voluntary recognition of the union of our choosing. We need Premier Wynne to take action and tell Legal Aid Ontario to stop denying us our democratic rights and grant us voluntary recognition immediately.

Please join our picket to tell Kathleen Wynne's Liberals to stop blocking Legal Aid lawyers' right to have the union of their choosing. The ON Liberals will be hosting a fundraising Patio Party on the 6th Floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox on August 3rd - let's remind them what democracy looks like.

Allies welcome - please join and support us by sharing! Facebook event

Aug 4, 2016 - Support the Toxic Tour
When: Thursday, August 4th, 7pm
Where: 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto

Canada’s petrochemical industries are concentrated in Chemical Valley, which surrounds and poisons Aamjiwnaang First Nation. August 21 is the annual Toxic Tour, organized by activists from Aamjiwnaang to invite people to experience Chemical Valley, learn about environmental racism and support front-line communities.

On August 4 join a documentary screening and discussion about Canada’s chemical valley, and contribute to organizing buses for the upcoming toxic tour. Featuring guest speakers Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Gray from Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP).

Facebook event


A Question of Leadership
By Hilary Wainwright

‘He's a decent man, with great integrity -- but he's not a real leader’ is the constant refrain from Jeremy Corbyn's critics, questioning his electability. At the same time, half of the voting population has railed -- in the Brexit vote -- against the establishment, jam packed with would-be and retired leaders of the kind that critics want to put in Corbyn's place. Isn't it time we put the idea of leadership as we know it under scrutiny? Let's start by distinguishing Jeremy Corbyn's electability from his credibility as prime minister on the model required by our present unwritten constitution, under which immense and mostly invisible powers are concentrated on Her Majesty's First Minister.

Source: The Bullet No. 1282

Rethinking Recovery: Poverty Chains and Global Capitalism
By Benjamin Selwyn

Contemporary global capitalism is characterized by extreme wealth concentration and a rapidly expanding and largely impoverished global labour force. Mainstream institutions such as the World Bank and International Labour Organization encourage integration into global value chains as a development strategy that, they claim, will reduce poverty. In reality, employment within these chains generates new forms of worker poverty and contributes to global wealth concentration. That is why they should be labelled global poverty chains.

Source: The Bullet No. 1283

Implementing Austerity By Downloading Responsibility
By AJ Withers and Yogi Acharya

Laura Bardeau had bedbugs and lost all of her furniture. A single mother with two children, trying to survive on social assistance, she applied for emergency housing support from the City of Toronto's Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF). In doing so Laura was one of over 30,000 people annually who try to access this fund. As per her eligibility, Laura requested the maximum $1500 the City allots for replacing necessary furniture. That was in April. Much to her surprise, she was denied; not once, but twice. The City told her she made too much money and should have the resources to pay for furniture herself.

Source: The Bullet No. 1284


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