Oct 20, 2016 - A Future Without Hate or Need: The Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada
When: Thursday, October 20th, 4pm
Where: OISE, Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor
A Future Without Hate or Need
brings to life the rich and multi-layered lives of a dissident political community. Many of the women in this secular Jewish community were activists who attempted to weave together their ethnic particularity – their identity as Jews with their internationalist class politics. They created, lives filled with song, dance, literature, culture, politics, and concern for working people all over the world in their commitment to a just world and lasting peace.
Ester Reiter is a Senior Scholar in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.
Sponsors: Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto; Centre for Feminist Research, York University; School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University | oise.utoronto.ca
Oct 20, 2016 - Out in the Cold
When: Thursday, October 20th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street (near Parliament and Gerrard)
Free Event with a meal, childcare, wheelchair access and tokens.
OCAP's monthly Social Justice Speaker Series continues with our tenth event on -- this month's topic is: Out in the Cold: The Crisis in Toronto's Homeless Shelters.
As the dangerous levels of overcrowding in Toronto's homeless shelters worsen, the City is moving in to close one of the largest shelters in the downtown in an effort to clear the area for upscale redevelopment. What happens next depends on us. Join us at our October Speakers Series to find out!
* Cathy Crowe, Street Nurse & long-time organizer against homelessness, along with
* Lindsay Windhager, long-time OCAP organizer and drop-in worker.
Oct 20, 2016 - Hearts and Mines: The US Empire's Culture Industry
Oct 21, 2016 - A Propaganda System
When: Thursday October 20th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre
, 612 Markham Street, Toronto
* Tanner Mirrlees
, Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and
* Scott Forsyth
, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Arts, York University.
From Katy Perry training alongside US Marines in a music video, to the global box-office mastery of the US military-supported Transformers franchise, it's clear that the US national security state is a dominant force in global media culture. How and why is this so?
Please join us for a discussion about the production, profit and power of US Empires culture industry -- a nexus between the US state and globalizing media firms and the source of entertainments that promote US Empire as a way of life around the world.
Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Free.
The event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, the Global Labour Research Centre, the Socialist Project, and Union for Democratic Communication | Facebook event
When: Friday, October 21st, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto
In A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation, Engler reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.
The book details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada’s foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers.
Oct 21, 2016 - 21st Annual Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day
When: Friday Oct 21st, 7:30pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street
Celebrating Fidel's 90th Birthday
Oct 22, 2016 - West Toronto Canvass for $15 & Fairness
When: Saturday, October 22nd, 12noon
Where: Corner of Dundas St W and Bloor St W
Do you live in the West End? Join us in the neighbourhood to spread the word and build a movement in the Fight for $15 & Fairness!
Our summer canvasses at Dufferin station and in Parkdale were a huge success (over 950 signatures on our petition!), so we're doing it again. And, this time we're taking the campaign to Dundas West TTC station!
Come out and bring a friend:) We'll have petitions and leaflets ready to go, and together we'll talk with passerbys about the fight for decent work for all.
For more information about the campaign, visit 15andfairness.org
| Facebook event
Oct 22, 2016 - Ethnocracy – Israel’s African Refugees
When: Saturday October 22nd, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre
, 612 Markham Street, Toronto
Ethnocracy tells the story of African refugees in Israel during the last 10 years culminating in their deportation. It shows how the government of Israel ended African refugee migration to the country in the name of Jewish ethnocracy. Using imprisonment, deportation, and constant harassment, it encouraged the remaining refugees to self-deport to Uganda and Rwanda after striking deals with those countries. Finally, it built a massive 240 km fence that for the first time in history, cut off Africa from Asia. Followed by conversation with the Toronto-based filmmaker, reporter and activist, Lia Tarachansky.
Oct 23, 2016 - Talk on Palestine
When: Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 12:45 pm
Where: Quaker House, 60 Lowther Ave.
Elizabeth Block will talk about her trip to Palestine with Christian Peacemaker Teams, illustrated with photos and perhaps a song.
Oct 23, 2016 - Belongings: The Fight for Land and Food
When: Sunday, October 23rd, 4pm-6pm
Where: Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue
Belongings: The Fight for Land and Food
by Sally Miller.
Land used to produce food is at the core of disputes, violent conflicts and despair across the world. As farmers increasingly can no longer afford to grow food and as one in ten Canadians faces food insecurity each year, it is clear that our culture-specific land systems lie at the heart of the current food and farm crises. Solutions must be implemented to ensure food security and food sovereignty in Canada and the world.
In Belongings, Sally Miller illustrates how food and farm crises result from adherence to the rules of private property. Miller looks at the state of farmland and farmers in Canada and across the world as a way of understanding ownership, land regulation and the dire situation of our ability to produce food. Hundreds of acres of prime farmland are lost each day to residential development, further restricting the ability of farmers to supply our food needs. Farmers face ever-increasing financial risks and often have to sell farmable land for commercial development to make ends meet.
Oct 24, 2016 - Migrant Dreams
When: Monday, October 24th, 7pm
Where: OCAD University, Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul Street
A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Herman’s House), tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. Under the rules of Canada’s migrant labour program, low wage migrants are tied to one employer.
Post Screening discussion with Director: Min Sook Lee, and Justice for Migrant Workers: Evelyn Encalada Grez.
Oct 24, 2016 - Confronting the State: Dissent and Advocacy in Healthcare
When: Monday, October 24th 7:30pm
Where: Carrot Common Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Room # 212, 348 Danforth Ave. (Chester Station, Entrance next door to Book City)
Free Admission, but donations appreciated! Coffee/Tea provided
A far-reaching conversation with Dr. Philip Berger, Medical Director, Inner City Health Program, St. Michael’s Hospital
Dissent, advocacy and a citizen’s responsibility have historically played a pivotal role in bringing about social and political changes. We are delighted to have Dr. Berger share with us 40 years of experience, which show how health care workers can confront and remedy inequities and unfairness in the health care system.
Monthly thematic Conversation Circles are organized by volunteer labour, supported by the Seeds of Hope Foundation, to generate discussion on issues of interest to wider Danforth neighbourhood under thematic topics. For Further information, please contact: Organizer and Facilitator: Khan Rahi | Conversation.Circles@gmail.com | (416) 406-5517
Oct 25, 2016 - Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) XLIV
When: Tuesday, October 25th, Doors open: 6:15pm, Open-mic sign-up: 6:30pm, Show: 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto
The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto.
At Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) we don't just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it.
Featured poets: Aparna Halpé & David Clink; Host: Bänoo Zan
Oct 26, 2016 - Time to stand up for affordable TTC fares
When: Wednesday Oct 26th, 12noon
Where: City Hall, 100 Queen St West
Fares are too expensive. We’ve had six fare hikes in six years, and City Council wants to hike fares for the seventh time. No one should have to choose between travelling and buying food or paying rent. But thousands of Torontonians are making this tough choice every day. Cities across Canada have cheaper fares for low income riders, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, and more.
After over a year of delays, the City will be releasing its recommendations on October 19, and the City Executive will be voting on a plan to make the TTC more affordable on Wednesday Oct. 26. This is our chance to fight for free fares for people on social assistance, $50 monthly fares/$1 a ride for people on low incomes, including low income seniors and students, and more.
Oct 26, 2016 - When Elections Fail and Democracy Wobbles
When: Wed, October 26th, 12:30 – 2:30pm
Where: Ryerson University, 340 Church Street/60 Gould Street, Kerr Hall East Room 119, Toronto
Wondering if the world has gone mad? Anxious to know how the US elections will turn out or if Brexit has signaled the end of the EU?
Join faculty and representatives from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, The New School for Social Research, and Ryerson University as they discuss income inequality and its discontents, the rise of the Alt Right and Black Lives Matter in the US, violence and mobilization in the Arab Middle East, the decline of democratic capitalism in Europe, and the struggle here at home for social, economic, and environmental justice.
* Benoit Challand, Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research
* Bryan Evans, Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
* Trish Hennessy, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
* John Shields, Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
* Deva Woodly, Professor of Politics, New School for Social Research
Brought to you by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, New School for Social Research | www.eventbrite.com
Oct 26, 2016 - Pickering Nuclear Station: 12 more years or time to call it quits?
When: Wed. Oct. 26th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham, Toronto
Pickering is one of the world's oldest, largest and highest-cost nuclear stations. Its 6 operating reactors are surrounded by 2.2 million people (within 30 kms). Designed to last 30 years, it's now 45, and OPG is applying for a licence to run it till it's 57. To add insult to injury, Pickering's power is surplus energy, and we subsidize the station $900 million per year to keep open. Meanwhile, it has a long history of accidents.
What are the safety, health and economic concerns of running Pickering to the ground? Why would we risk an accident when we have lower-cost renewable options including conservation and water power from Quebec? What about thyroid cancer and the KI pills issued by OPG?
With speakers: Ian Fairlie, expert on radioactivity; Jack Gibbons, energy economist with Ontario Clean Air Alliance; and John Coo, Green Cross Canada.
Learn more and sign our petition to close Pickering
Hosted by Durham Nuclear Awareness and Ontario Clean Air Alliance | Facebook event
Oct 26, 2016 - Art Creates Change: Black Lives Matter Toronto
When: Wednesday, October 26th, 7pm
Where: OCAD University, (Room 190) 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
BlackLivesMatter - Toronto is a platform upon which black communities across Toronto can actively dismantle all forms of anti-black racism, liberate blackness, support black healing, affirm black existence, and create freedom to love and self- determine.
* LeRoi Newbold - a community organizer, parent, educator and art curator for BlackLivesMatter - Toronto (BLMTO). LeRoi is the director of BLMTO Freedom School teaching children about Black Pride and resistance through art based programming.
* Syrus Marcus Ware - visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus' work explores social justice frameworks and black activist culture. He is the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program, part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective and co-produces Blockorama at Pride.
Oct 26, 2016 - What’s in it for Parkdale?
When: Thursday, October 27th, 7pm
Where: 201 Cowan Ave, Toronto
Join us for a panel discussion and workshop the ways in which residents can influence the development process. Presented in collaboration with the Parkdale Residents Association.
Big development is coming to Parkdale. In the past year, 4 large condo buildings (totalling over 900 luxury units) have been proposed in Parkdale. While residents demand affordable housing and community spaces, these projects offer zero community benefits! This begs the question: what’s in it for Parkdale? How can we assure low-income and vulnerable community members are beneficiaries rather than the victims of neighbourhood development?
Speakers include community leaders from Kensington Market and West Queen West, who have successfully fought and won community benefits for their neighbourhoods.
Guest Speakers: Dominique Russell, Michelle Gay, Charles Campbell, Steven Wood.