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December 11, 2014


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Dec 8, 2014 - Bottles Not Cans
Day of Action on December 13, 2014

One hundred and twenty workers at Crown Metal Packaging in Toronto have been on strike for over 15 months, fighting back against harsh concessions demanded by their profitable employer. Instead of negotiating a fair deal with the strikers, the company is using scab labour to produce cans of Molson, Coors, Labatt, Budweiser and many other beers. Crown now says that even if the workers agree to huge cuts to settle the strike, the company will keep the scabs it hired and only take back 26 of the strikers, leaving the remaining 94 out of a job.

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Steelworkers and supporters across Ontario will be at their local Beer Stores and LCBOs to ask people to buy their beer in bottles instead of scab cans!


Dec 9, 2014 - Poverty Reduction Strategy Questionnaire
The City of Toronto is developing a framework to reduce poverty in our city and you can help. We want to hear from you about good ideas for creating and sharing greater wealth in Toronto. Right now, across Toronto, Torontonians are sharing their thoughts, experiences and ideas.

We will be using results of this questionnaire to help us create the first of two reports to City Council on poverty reduction.


Dec 10, 2014 - Tell Benetton to Pay Up
On December 10, International Human Rights Day, our friends at the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) are calling on their members and supporters to increase the pressure on Italian brand Benetton to pay US$5 million in compensation to the Rana Plaza Donors’ Trust Fund for the victims and survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

The urgency and need has never been so great. Justice and accountability, ideals that should form the cornerstone of any society, are at stake if Benetton is simply allowed to ignore their responsibility.


Dec 11, 2014 - Remove Mexico from the refugee list of safe countries
The Canadian government considers Mexico, its North American Free Trade Agreement partner, a safe country for refugees.

Since the 2012 Refugee Exclusion Act, Mexico and forty other countries have been placed on the "Designated Countries of Origin" list. Refugee claimants from these countries face a different legal system: they have fewer rights and the timelines for their claims are shorter. This enables Canada to fast-tracks deportations to these countries.

Given the immense violence transpiring everyday in Mexico, including the violence of Canadian capital, we demand the Canadian government remove Mexico from the list of safe countries for refugees.



Dec 3, 2014 - Youth Receptiveness Assessment Initiative
Mammalian Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario this winter, from December 3 to February 8. We're taking our new research wing, Methods for Mammals, out for a spin and running The AGO Youth Receptiveness Assessment Initiative, an assessment of the gallery's potential permeability to young people according to the principles we've developed in our Mammalian Succession Model for Youth Engagement.

The Mighty Research Wall and Video Screenings
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 – February 8th, 2014
McEwan Gallery (west wing)

Mammalian Diving Reflex presents a selection of recent video works including High School Health (2014), and Sleeping with Family (premiere, 2014). Additionally, an evolving research wall illustrated by Director of Creative Production, Eva Verity, will detail the findings of The AGO Youth Receptiveness Assessment Initiative as they emerge throughout the residency period - stop by and check out the wall at any point during our residency for the most up-to-date findings. Research wall by Darren O'Donnell and Eva Verity; Vids by Dineer Ali, Irina Rouby Apelbaum, Nicole Bazuin, Phat Le, Darren O'Donnell, Mohit Rai, Sanjay Ratnan, and Nerupa Somasale.


Dec 11, 2014 - Day of action for more service, lower fares
When: Thursday, December 11th, 9:30am – 12pm (approximately)
Where: 97 Front St West, Toronto

We need your help to make sure the Union Pearson line is electrified, has lower fares, and more stops.

On December 11, Metrolinx and the Province will be deciding the fare price of our new 23km-long Union Pearson train line. That’s less than 30 days away! It could cost an outrageous $20 to $30 to ride the train, making it completely unaffordable. Metrolinx will also be announcing a new timeline for electrification at its next December 11 meeting.


Dec 11, 2014 - A Tribute to Leslie Feinberg
When: Thursday, December 11th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue (at Grenadier)
Free- all welcome. Regrettably the bathroom is not wheelchair accessible. This is a scent-free event.

Leslie Feinberg: revolutionary communist, class warrior, ground-breaking activist for trans liberation, lifelong champion for social justice, writer. Another Story Bookshop invites you to join in celebrating Leslie Feinberg's life, to mourn hir passing, and to read hir work.

This will be a celebration of Leslie Feinberg’s life and work. If you are interested in reading a selection of hir fiction or essays, or would like to offer your own tribute to
hir (3 minutes max) please contact Anjula Gogia at anjulagogia@hotmail.com.

Facebook event

Dec 12, 2014 - Partners in Crime: The Mexican state, North American Capitalism, and the 43 Missing Students
When: Friday, December 12th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto

The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement came with the promise of prosperity and jobs for all and the extension of human rights. These are, it needs hardly saying, promises unkept.

On September 26th 2014, over 100 students from a rural teacher’s college were passing through the nearby town of Iguala in Guerrero en route to a demonstration in Mexico City. Three were killed along with three bystanders and 43 are still missing. The families of the students continue to demand that their children be returned alive.

The search for the students has unearthed a number of mass graves and has lead to an eruption of protests across the country. The parents of the missing students have traveled throughout the country meeting with communities that have also experienced killings and disappearances. The family insists it was not simply a local occurrence but something that happens in many places, and that the responsibility lies with the state.

* Anna Zalik, Associate Professor at York University, writes extensively on the oil sector and capitalist development in Mexico, Nigeria, and Canada.
* Richard Roman, co-author of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers, and Unions in the Transformation of North America.
* Judith Adler Hellman, Professor of Political Science at York University and author of The World of Mexican Migrants (2008), Mexican Lives (1999) and Mexico in Crisis (1988).
* Ricardo Bocanegra, student at Seneca at York, activist, and organizer of Mexico solidarity actions in Toronto

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Common Frontiers, Socialist Project | Facebook event

Dec 12, 2014 - Poetic Justice: What's Your Creation Story?
When: Friday December 12th, 7pm
Where: St. Simon's Church - 525 Bloor St. E. (3 minute walk from Sherbourne Station)

A night of p o e t r y / s p o k e n w o r d / m u s i c / d a n c e / m o r e, exploring themes of social and environmental justice.

What do you care about? What makes you come alive? What kind of world do you envision for the future?

We invite you to share your story through this Open Mic!

Come by, grab a snack, and learn more about Conscious Minds Camp - a camp by and for youth who want a resilient, healthy, and equitable future.

Facebook event

Dec 13, 2014 - We Can't Breathe
When: Sat Dec 13th, 12pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Once again, another black life is taken in state-sanctioned violence. Eric Garner was mercilessly murdered by the NYPD, and a grand jury believes that his death does not even warrant a trial (even with multiple video footage as proof). Join a global movement of Black folks & allies rallying for an end to state-sanctioned violence against Black bodies.

This action will focus on centering and focusing on our local stories of how anti-black violence and police brutalility affect communitites and individuals in Toronto. We invite black folks to share their stories to us on twitter with #AliveWhileBlackTO. Our stories will be the narrative that will capture this entire action.

Facebook event

Dec 14, 2014 - Confronting Apartheids, Challenging Racisms, Building Solidarity
When: Sunday, December 14th, 3pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

As 2014 draws to a close, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) invites you to join us for a public forum to mark annual International Human Rights Day where we will critically address key issues of injustice that have prevailed over the past year. Through a film screening and speakers panel, the year will be examined through the lens of confronting apartheids and racisms while also connecting across forms of popular resistance and global solidarity movements. From the Israeli state massacre in Gaza last summer, to the resurgence of Islamophobia and "anti-terrorism" laws after the October shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to the non-indictment of the police officer responsible for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson it is increasingly urgent to share analysis, make connections across these events, understand the histories they are located in, and to build effective and collective ties for solidarity and change.

For updates on speakers, film detaiils and more follow the event on our public Facebook page.

Dec 17, 2014 - Fightback: Sex Workers Respond to C36
When: 17 December, 6:30pm
Where: Queen West Community Health Centre, 168 Bathurst St., Toronto

December 6th, 2014 marks the date that Bill C-36 becomes law. This Bill was introduced by the Harper government in response to the unanimous supreme court decision that deemed the contested prostitution related provisions as UNCONSTITUTIONAL as they create MORE harms to sex workers and those that love them.

This year on December 17th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers we are recognizing the violence that will be recreated and that it will increase state violence and cost more sex workers lives.

In response, a coalition of sex workers and sex worker organizations including: Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, COUNTERfit Women's Harm Reduction Program, Queen West Community HealthCentre, Bad Date Coalition, Sex Professional of Canada and others, have come together to share information and to support each other as Bill C36 becomes law.


Dec 9, 2014 - The 10th Asia-Europe People’s Forum Call to Action
The 10th Asia Europe People's Forum (AEPF), representing citizens, people and social movements from Asia and Europe (which met on 10th to 12th of October 2014 in Milan, Italy), urges the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and its member Governments to recognize the following issues and priorities and to take forward our recommendations.

Source: The Bullet No. 1060

Dec 9, 2014 - Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green
Ian Angus discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist and ecological principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Ian Angus is editor of Climate and Capitalism, a founding member of the Ecosocialist International Network, co-author of the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration, and editor of The Global Fight for Climate Justice.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 241

Dec 10, 2014 - Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism
Canada is (again) intervening in the Middle East with fighter jets, logistics, forward bases, and other supports. This is another escalation in the 'new militarism' that is dominating Canadian foreign policy and increasingly, society. Can the intervention succeed even on its own militarist terms? What are the alternatives for the anti-war movement?

Presentations by: Tyler Shipley, Judy Deutsch, Sabah Alnasseri, Sardar Saadi.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 242


Dec 11, 2014 - Security in-a-box
This toolkit was created by the Tactical Technology Collective and Front Line Defenders.

Tactical Tech is an international NGO helping human rights advocates use information, communications and digital technologies to maximise the impact of their advocacy work. We provide advocates with guides, tools, training and consultancy to help them develop the skills and tactics they need to increase the impact of their campaigning.

Front Line Defenders was founded with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk, people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders aims to address some of the needs identified by defenders themselves, including protection, networking, training and access to international bodies that can take action on their behalf.




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