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May 17, 2018


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Speak up for child care
Women need to be able to go to work knowing their children are safe and well cared for, but most families are struggling to find and pay for the child care they need.

Right now, there are only enough regulated child care spaces for about 25 percent of kids under five and the cost of those limited spaces is astronomical. On average, single parents spend 32 percent of their income on child care – that’s often more than they spend on housing.

More women in Canada are working than ever before, and 70 percent of kids under five have moms working outside the home. In 2017, nearly 300,000 women who wanted to work full-time weren’t able to because they couldn’t find the child care they needed.


Find Zabia
Zabia has been missing since May 10th. Her friends and family are requesting help in bringing her back. Any support would be greatly appreciated.

Last seen Woodbine Beach
Description: South-Asian Female
Age: 30
Height: 5', 5"
Hair: Black, straight
Build: slender

If you have seen her or have any information, please call: 1-866-876-5423 ext 7441.

Latest news on her Facebook page.


May 17, 2018 - Rally: Hands Off Venezuela!
When: Thursday May 17th, 5pm
Where: corner of Bloor & Spadina, near the office of Chrystia Freeland.

The Venezuela Solidarity Committee in Toronto, the Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle, and other solidarity and community organizations will participate in a rally – Hands Off Venezuela! – at the corner of Bloor and Spadina, near the office of Chrystia Freeland. Please spread the word and join in if you can. The importance of worldwide solidarity right now with the peoples of Venezuela and all of Latin America cannot be overstated.


May 17, 2018 - Defeating Doug Ford
When: Thursday, May 17th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street, Toronto

The upcoming June provincial election could put Doug Ford in power. If that happens, attacks on poor and working class people will escalate sharply. Defeating his aggression is possible with planning, appropriate actions, and by drawing lessons from our past.

There are obvious comparisons to be made to the Harris Tory regime that held power from 1995 to 2003. When they first took power, there was a kind of stunned demobilization that lost us time and momentum and, when the Days of Action strikes and mass protests got underway, as impressive as they were, there were serious limitations in how they were conducted.

Let's talk now so we are prepared to #FightToWin, no matter who takes power. Join us!

Speakers: John Clarke and Megan Whitfield.

ocap.ca | Facebook event

May 18, 2018 - Emergency Action for Palestine
When: Friday May 18th, 12noon
Where: Freeland's office, 344 Bloor Street (near Spadina), Toronto

Since its founding 70 years ago, Israel has established a brutal apartheid regime, which privileged Jews over non-Jews, as outlined by a recent landmark UN report, (Falk and Tilley 2017). Under this regime, native Palestinians have been denied basic rights, such as their right of return, as stipulated by UN Resolution 194. Since 1967, Israel has also maintained an illegal military occupation over the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.

We are holding an emergency action outside Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's office in order to urge the government to condemn Israel's latest massacre of at least 60 Palestinians and its injury of 2,700 more, including Palestinian-Canadian Dr. Tarek Loubani. We will be providing flags, banners, and leaflets, staging a die-in, and delivering a petition to Minister Freeland's Office.

We call on the Canadian government to launch an investigation into the injury of Canadian-Palestinian Dr. Tarek Loubani by the Israeli army.

Facebook event

May 19, 2018 - March Against Monsanto
When: Saturday, May 19th, 11am
Where: Queens Park North to Old City Hall on Yonge Street

Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products. Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

Facebook event

May 19, 2018 - Fight for $15: Outreach Blitz in Weston
When: Saturday May 19th, 12:30pm
Where: Jane and Lawrence, 1690 Jane St

We'll be canvassing to make sure everyone knows about Doug Ford's plan to stop the $15 minimum wage. We'll be asking our neighbours to pledge to vote for candidates who support $15 & Fairness and put up lawn signs.

Join researcher Anton Guz for a presentation and Q&A on recent Ukrainian history and what we in Canada can learn from the experiences of Ukrainians.

Facebook event


Where Are the Riots of Yesteryear? Remembering May 1968
By Richard Greeman

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the wave of radical revolts and revolutionary uprisings that startled the world in 1968 and which -- although ultimately crushed by the forces of reaction that dominate the world to this day -- left in its wake rights so fundamental that we tend to take them for granted today -- for example sexual freedom, civil rights for African-Americans, and women’s equality. Yet a half-century later these hard-won rights are under attack, and people are once again rising to defend them.

Source: The Bullet No. 1599

The Communist International: Its Relevance Today
By John Riddell

Thirty-five years ago I undertook to translate and publish the record of the Communist International in Lenin’s lifetime, covering the preparatory years from 1907 to its foundation in 1919 and through 1923. Ten books totalling 7,000 pages are published or in preparation. This has been a team effort of more than 100 collaborators in several continents backed up with a broad community of readers, critics, and supporters.

Source: The Bullet No. 1600

French Railworkers on Strike
Étienne Balibar

There are (at least) two reasons for them to do so, and indeed these reasons overlap. The first reason is that the railworkers who are today defending fundamental social rights are also fighting to stop the rail service itself being dismantled. This is not just any company. It is an essential public service, and now we see various attempts to privatize it (opening it up to competition and aligning its rules of functioning with the managerial norms of private businesses). This is part of a general offensive, which we might call a "neoliberal" offensive. After the attacks on the post office and telecommunications, they are trying to get rid of an essential public service. And other important sectors are also in the firing line.

Source: The Bullet No. 1601

Free and Accessible Transit Now
By Free Transit Toronto

Transit is a critical issue for many people in Toronto, as in all major urban areas. More is at stake than reducing traffic congestion and gridlock. Transit and general mobility are intimately related to larger issues in capitalist society: how goods and services are produced and delivered; the location of and nature of jobs; where and how we live and travel; issues of class, inequality and oppression related to race, age, gender, and sexuality; climate justice; and the very shape and nature of our democratic institutions.

Source: The Bullet No. 1602

The Family-Party-State Nexus in Nicaragua
By Trevor Evans

In 1979 a popular uprising led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) overthrew the U.S.-backed Somoza-family dictatorship which had ruled Nicaragua since the 1930s, and in 1984 the Sandinistas and their presidential candidate, Daniel Ortega, decisively won the country’s first free elections in decades. The Sandinistas introduced a major programme of land redistribution and a significant expansion of public health care and education services. However, initial gains were undermined under the impact of an armed opposition (‘the contra’) organized and promoted by the U.S., a collapse of international raw material prices in the early 1980s, and Sandinista policy errors, including an over-ambitious programme of large-scale investments.

Source: The Bullet No. 1603


Short-Term Student Summer Jobs
The Centre for Social Justice will be hiring for two short-term positions through the Summer Job initiative.

All applicants must be: between 15 and 30; be registered as a full-time student during the past academic year; and returning in the fall to full-time student status at a university or college.

Starting date is June 4th and the duration is for 8 weeks for 30 hours per week.

The positions are as research assistants on studies related to public services and access for low income and equity groups. In particular, we want to examine access to public transit for low income and other groups in Toronto. The student will also organize, attend, and provide administrative support to the planning committee meetings; work with the planning committee to develop and monitor the project budget; develop a communication plan; and do outreach to various riders' groups engaged in transit issues.

Send resumes to office@socialjustice.org. Deadline is midnight Sunday May 27th.


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