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December 1, 2016


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Tell Trudeau: Privatization is a Dead End
To Justin Trudeau and senior Liberal advisors:

Public Private Partnerships and other forms of privatization mean that we pay more and get less; they are corporate cash grabs at our expense. We demand that you renounce privatization and support efficient, quality public services that work in the public interest.


Urge your MPP to vote “NO” on the anti-BDS Private Member's Motion
An Anti-BDS motion will be presented in the Ontario Legislature this Thursday December 1, 2016.

The motion, presented by MPP Gila Martow, asks the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to stand firmly against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and falsely equates it to anti-Semitism and racism.

Please ask your MPP to vote “NO” on the Private Members’ Notice of Motion Number 36. We have provided a sample model letter below for you to cut-and-paste and/or to modify as you wish. It is important that MPPs hear opposition before the vote on Thursday, December 1.



Dec 1, 2016 - Take action for a low income pass
When: Dec. 1st, 12:30
Where: inside City Hall. 100 Queen St W.

“If I paid $50 instead of $141.50 for my monthly TTC pass I could pay rent.”

Your councillor has a big decision to make. Will your councillor say yes to the low income pass and help make transit more affordable for low income riders and people on social assistance so they can easily travel to work. Or will your councillor ignore transit riders and keep the TTC too expensive for so many of us.

Send a message to Mayor Tory, the TTC Commission, and the leaders of the Provincial Political Parties now to call for a low income pass.

The meeting starts at 9.30am and is located at 100 Queen St West. We will let you know more information as soon as it is available.


Dec 1, 2016 - Not Our Dollars TO: in solidarity with Standing Rock
When: Thursday, December 1st, 3pm
Where: 55 King St W, Toronto

The folks at Standing Rock are calling on all of us to make December a month of action in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and to the brutality that the water protectors have faced in their fight against it. We can start by moving our money away from this project.

TD bank is financing the Dakota Access Pipeline to the tune of $365 million. The Royal Bank of Canada is financing it with $341 million. Scotiabank is providing $100 million.

Let's come together and show solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock by CLOSING OUR ACCOUNTS with these banks. We will meet at 3pm in front of TD's main branch and make noise while we close our bank accounts there, before moving to RBC and Scotia to do the same.

Bring signs, and bring noisemakers. Let's make it clear why we're leaving. Facebook event

Dec 1, 2016 - No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age
When: Thursday, December 1st, 7pm
Where: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

Income inequality has reached levels not seen since the 1920s. Labor unions’ membership is in decline, and popular opinion has turned against them. Promising movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter lack an organized base, and therefore are unable to build the power to effect meaningful change. Why do progressives in the United States keep losing on so many issues, and what is to be done?

* Jane McAlevey - Author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, and Raising Expectations and Raising Hell: My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement

* Stephanie Ross, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University
* Michal Rozworski, OCUFA, and blogs at Political Eh-conomy

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre at York University, Socialist Project, York University Departments of Geography, Social Science, Political Science | Facebook event

Dec 2, 2016 - Put Food in the Budget
When: Friday, Dec 2nd, 10:30am
Where: Friend's House, 60 Lowther Ave
Community members free; Allies $45

This is your invitation to Put Food in the Budget campaign meeting on December 2 at the Friend's House on 60 Lowther.

We will develop strategy on how to push for immediate increase in social assistance in the face of Liberal delaying tactics like the Basic Income Pilot and Income Security Reform Working Group. In addition there will be presentations and discussion on poverty through an anti-racism lens and organizing initiatives happening in different communities around increased hydro, limits of food bank charity, overcrowded shelters and lack of affordable housing.


Dec 2, 2016 - End of year party
When: Friday, December 2nd, 6pm
Where: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
Tickets: $15 for TTCriders member admission; $25 for Supporter admission

Celebrate our awesome year with TTCriders, the Fair Fare Coalition, Scarborough Transit Action, and friends at our end of year party.
Keynote speaker, NDP Ontario Deputy Leader, Jagmeet Singh
Delicious food. Cash bar.

act.ttcriders.ca/end_of_year_party | Facebook event

Dec 4, 2016 - C-51 & National Security
When: Sunday, December 4th, 2pm
Where: 9 Dawes Rd, Toronto

We'll be joined by a panel of experts, including:

- Professor Kent Roach from the University of Toronto
- Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association
- Ziyaad Mia, counsel for the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association

Our discussion will be focused on the changes that the government should make to improve our national security laws, including C-51. Come raise your questions and concerns, and be a part of the consultation process.

Based on the town hall feedback, we will submit a report to the Minister of Public Safety and National Security.

Facebook event

Dec 4, 2016 - Farewell to Fidel Castro
When: Sunday, December 4th, 3:30pm
Where: 1482 Bathurst St

Come say farewell to Fidel Castro, sign book of condolences, read a poem, sing a song, watch live coverage of Fidel's Funeral.

This event is organized by: Communist party of Canada, Juan Gualberto Gomez Association, Cuban Canadian Frienship Association, Hugo Chavez People Defense Front, Victor Jara Cultural Group, Siglo XXI, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Casa Salvador Allende, FMLN Toronto | Facebook event


Dec 6, 2016 - Remembrance Ceremony for the 14 Women Killed in Montreal
When: Tuesday, December 6th, 11 am - 1:15 pm
Where: George Brown College, St James Campus, 200 King Street East, Main Lobby, Toronto
Wheelchair accessible, ASL interpretation provided

Sponsored by the Assaulted Women's Counsellor/Advocate Program, and Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Services George Brown College

Dec 7, 2016 - The Divide
When: Wed, December 7th, 7pm
Where: The Royal, 608 College Street

Join Wellesley Institute on December 7th as we host a screening of the much-anticipated documentary "The Divide".

"The Divide" tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in modern day US and UK - where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor.

This isn’t based on real life. This is real life.


Dec 8, 2016 - Toronto's Poor
When: Thursday, December 8th, 6:30pm
Where: St. Luke's United Church, 353 Sherbourne Street, Toronto

Join Bryan D. Palmer and Gaétan Héroux for the launch of Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History.

Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s to the present. It is about men, women, and children relegated to lives of desperation by an uncaring system, and how they have refused to be defeated. In that refusal, and in winning better conditions for themselves, Toronto’s poor create the possibility of a new kind of society, one ordered not by acquisition and individual advance, but by appreciations of collective rights and responsibilities.

ocaptoronto.wordpress.com | Facebook event


Solidarity With the People of Syria! Build the Antiwar Movement!
By Richard Fidler

David Bush's article "Syria and the Antiwar Tradition," in the November 3 issue of The Bullet, is a commendable attempt to debate what antiwar activists in Canada and other "Western" countries should be saying and doing about the current war in Syria.

In that country, the rebel cities that rose up four years ago in revolt against the brutal Bashar al-Assad dictatorship are now under a genocidal siege, bombed and assaulted from the air by Assad's military, aided and abetted by Russian fighter jets and bombers. Their desperate fight for survival, if unsuccessful, will put paid to the Arab Spring and with it the potential for building a democratic, anti-imperialist governmental alternative in the Middle East for an extended period to come. Socialists everywhere have every interest in supporting the Syrian people and opposing that war.

Source: The Bullet No. 1332

Bursting at the Seams
A short video on the crisis of brutal overcrowding in Toronto's homeless shelters and a call to action. This video had it's premiere outside the building where Toronto's Mayor John Tory lives in somewhat better circumstances. Created by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), Sanctuary and a group of activists and filmmakers.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 330

Turning It Around: Long-Term Organizing in the U.S.
Just about everybody is using the slogan "Don't mourn, organize" -- good solidarity with the martyr for the working class, Joe Hill. But it seems particularly apposite after the recent Trump election in the USA. International Viewpont interviewed Joanna Misnik, leading activist in Solidarity, about the election, the reaction and prospects for long-term organizing.

Source: The Bullet No. 1333

Climate Change and the Struggle Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline
Thousands have been pouring onto Vancouver streets, as well as protesting across Canada, against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been attempting to square the impossible – expanding oil sands production and building pipelines while addressing climate change. The Liberal governments of BC and Canada have ignored theses issues, as well as wider questions about First Nations consultations and sovereignty claims, already in the cases of the Pacific Northwest LNG, Woodfibre LNG and the Site C Dam in BC.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 331



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