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November 20, 2014


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Nov 17, 2014 - Sign On to Our Open Letter to John Tory
You may already have heard about the November 25 action that OCAP is organizing to demand that the City of Toronto deal with the dangerous crisis of overcrowding within its homeless shelter system. As part of this action, we'll be sending the included open letter to Mayor elect John Tory; Organizations that wish to to sign onto the letter please email us at ocap[at]tao.ca and we'll include you as a signer. INDIVIDUALS PLEASE CLICK HERE to SIGN the online petition: www.ipetitions.com


Nov 18, 2014 - Stop the Budget Bill from Denying Refugee Claimants Social Assistance
Bill C-43 is the Conservative Budget Bill which includes provisions to deny access to social assistance to refugee claimants. These provisions come almost directly from a Private Member's Bill, Bill C-585, whose express purpose was to institute this policy. Social assistance is a crucial lifeline for individuals who have often escaped war and persecution when newly arrived. Frequently, refugee claimants cannot access work permits for months on end, and rely on social assistance to survive. We cannot support such a cruel and unusual policy.

Sign petition at www.change.org.


Nov 20, 2014 - Discussion of This Changes Everything
When: Thursday, November 20th, 6:45pm
Where: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., Toronto

Naomi Klein's prizewinning new book on climate change is gaining praise and provoking controversy among all those concerned with the environment.

The Canadian writer and activist presents a vision of a movement to end our national petroleum addiction, develop a renewable energy economy, and halt global climate change.

Come to talk about these issues at an introductory discussion of Naomi Klein's book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.

Everyone welcome. Sponsored by East End Against Line 9 | tcan.ca

Nov 20, 2014 - Orchestrating Austerity
When: Thursday, November 20th, 7pm
Where: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto

Edited by Donna Baines and Stephen McBride.

The economic stimulus which followed the 2007-08 global financial crisis have been succeeded by what we now call "austerity" measures -- characterized by a renewed assault on public spending and further restructuring of social and labour market policies.

Claiming no viable alternatives exist, neoliberal politicians are selling austerity to the public as a virtuous necessity in the face of government deficits. With insights and insirational stories of resistance, from a range of scholars, as well as labour organizers and activists, Orchestrating Austerity tries to determine if there is something new in this era of austerity or if it is a continuation and intensification of earlier forms of neoliberalism.


Nov 20, 2014 - Candle Light Vigil
When: Thursday Novemebr 20th, 7:30pm
Where: Mexican Consulate, 11 King Street West

For the 43 Mexican students. Bring flowers, candles and flowers.

Nov 21, 2014 - STOP private clinics
When: Friday November 21st, 12pm
Where: Ontario Legislature, Queen's Park Toronto

The most aggressive plan ever to dismantle community hospitals is underway.

Ontario’s government is forging ahead with the most aggressive plan ever to systematically strip local community hospitals of services and cut or privatize them. They are already closing down outpatient services: physiotherapy, labs, pain clinics, fertility clinics and so on. They are planning to cut as many surgeries and diagnostic tests from local public hospitals as possible and contract them out to regional private clinics. Draconian cuts to chronic care (complex continuing care) beds are planned — in some areas, the government is planning to cut 50% of the remaining beds. (Note: Ontario already has the fewest hospital beds left of any province in Canada, having undergone two decades of cuts.)

www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca | Facebook

Nov 21, 2014 - National Housing Day Rally
When: Friday November 21st, 12pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

We have a housing and homelessness crisis in Canada. November 21st: We will be heard.

HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT! Speak up for an end to the housing crisis! Speak out for an end to homelessness!

The Toronto rally is part of a National Day of Action taking place across Canada to send a message to the Federal government that we are calling for a national housing strategy and a stop to the cuts now!

For more information or to endorse the rally as a group or organization (see list of endorsers below): righttohousingcoalition@gmail.com

For flyers you can download and print, visit our website: righttohousing.wordpress.com

Nov 22, 2014 - Justice for Caregivers!
When: Saturday November 22nd, 3pm- 4pm
Where: 150 King street West (outside of federal MPs office - at University Avenue)
Info: Caregivers' Action Centre (647-996-6771 or caregiversaction@gmail.com)

The recent government changes to the caregiver program will do little to protect caregivers from abuse; some changes will make it worse. Caregivers will continue to work for better protection.


Nov 23, 2014 - United Against Raids & Detentions
When: November 23rd, 3:30pm
Where: 385 Rexdale Boulevard. (buses leave at 2:30pm from Christie Pits Park)

The Canadian immigration system is a pipeline of exclusion. Many are forced to leave their homes around the world, then are denied permanent residency and dignity here. Those of us who stay without papers are denied services. Our families are racially profiled, as we saw in the August raids enabled by the Ontario government -- adding to the 100,000 people who have been deported by this government. Fearing their deportations, some like Lucia Jimenez Vega, are forced to their deaths. A report launched in June revealed that in 2013, thousands of detainees were locked up in 146 prisons across the country with no end in sight, and every year they have fewer chances of getting released (www.truthaboutdetention.com). One of the biggest detention prisons in the country is right here in Toronto.

So on November 23rd, we gather to show our solidarity with people imprisoned and deported, with their families and our communities. We raise our voices and fists as one: No One Is Illegal! Dignity over Deportation! Worker Control Not Immigration Controls! Access Without Fear! Status for All! Struggle and Solidarity Not War and Austerity!

Facebook event

Nov 23, 2014 - Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF)!
When: Sunday Novemeber23rd, 4:30pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West (across from the CBC and Simcoe Park)

The JNF covers up Israel’s historic injustices and war crimes against the Palestinians by planting forests and building recreational parks and over the ruins of depopulated and demolished Palestinian villages. One particularly egregious example is Canada Park, which was constructed on the ruins of Imwas, Yalu, and the lands of Beit Nuba. These villages were located in the West Bank, not in Israel; they were occupied and depopulated by Israel in 1967 and subsequently destroyed. The JNF Canada continues to raise funds to maintain this park on stolen land.

Please join us on Sunday 23rd at 4:30pm as we protest the JNF’s annual “Negev Gala.” No to Ethnic Cleansing, Settler Colonialism, Annexation, and Land Theft!

Co-sponsored by Stop the JNF Canada and Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) | Facebook event

Nov 24, 2014 - What's the Plan for Ontario's Aging Nukes, and the Alternatives?
When: Monday Nov. 24th, 7pm
Where: Metro Hall (King and John St.), Rm. 310

Did you know Ontario plans to rebuild 10 of our aging nuclear reactors, locking us into nuclear for another 4 or more decades? This will cost taxpayers upwards of $60-billion, to say nothing of the radioactive waste and risk of catastrophic accident on one of our Great Lakes. Did anyone ever ask you if you'd rather your $$ go to a renewable future? Conservation, water power, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, biogas - the options are endless, more affordable, and infinitely safer. Join Angela Bischoff and Jack Gibbons of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance to find out more, ask questions, and learn how you can get involved.

www.cleanairalliance.org | Facebook

Nov 25, 2014 - Safe Space Now! Shelter and Housing for All!
When: Tuesday, November 25th, 12noon
Where: George Hislop Park north end: Charles St (between Yonge and Church)
*Rally, Meal and Action

Join the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and allies this coming November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to fight for:
* 24 Hour women and trans drop-ins NOW
* Open Shelters: real beds, not flex beds!
* Safe, affordable, and accessible HOUSING FOR ALL!

November 25th marks one year since we launched the demand for 24 hour women and trans drop-in spaces following the brutal sexual assault of a homeless woman twice in one night at Dundas and Sherbourne. After continued action, Toronto City Council agreed to move forward with 24hour drop-ins. But despite the recommendation for at least one space to be opened in 2014, we are now facing a delay until later in 2015. This comes at a time when shelters, especially women and family shelters, operate at nearly 100% full every night and turn people away with nowhere to go.


Nov 26, 2014 - Saying NO to War
When: Wednesday, November 26th, 7:30pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, 60 Lowther (enter by side door please, NOT front door!)

A Double Book Launch of Anti-War Titles and Discussion on a Century of Conscientious Objection

* Stephen Dale, author, Noble Illusions
* Sarah Hipworth, co-editor, Let Them Stay
* Frank Showler, 95, lifelong Conscientious Objector
* Jo Vellacott, on World War I Conscientious Objectors

Presented by Homes not Bombs, Toronto Action for Social Change and Peace and Social Action Committee, Toronto Monthly Meeting; Co-sponsored by Science for Peace

Nov 27, 2014 - Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism
When: Thursday, November 27th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

In 2003, the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq on false pretenses and left the country in ruins almost a decade later, creating the conditions for ISIL's ascension in the region. Now the U.S. is spearheading a campaign to return to Iraq and enter Syria to fight off ISIL. Canada has heeded its neighbour's call for support and is already on the ground "helping" with the mission. Canadian reinforcement for U.S. imperial endevours around the world is standard procedure, but Canada has its very own imperial strategy as well. A new foreign policy stance has led to interventions in Afghanistan, Haiti, Libya, and Mali, among other places.

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?

In the midst of the conflict is the besieged city of Kobane, part of the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. Two years ago Syrian Kurds declared autonomy and set up a system of direct democracy called "Democratic Confederalism." What is happening on the ground and how can the Left support the Rojava Revolution and Kobane?

* Sabah Alnasseri, Professor of Political Science, York University
* Judy Deutsch, Science for Peace, Canadian Dimension Magazine
* Tyler Shipley, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humber College
* Sardar Saadi, PhD Student at UofT, Toronto-based activist

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Science for Peace, Socialist Project | Facebook event | PDF poster

Nov 29, 2014 - A Line in the Tar Sands
When: Saturday November 29th, 1pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. , Toronto

Join contributors, an editor, and Line 9 activists for a celebration of A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice.

Tar sands "development" comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents -- fighting a powerful international industry -- are likened to terrorists; government environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are concealed and rushed.

Yet, despite the formidable political and economic power behind the tar sands, many opponents are actively building international networks of resistance, challenging pipeline plans while resisting threats to indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation.

* Toban Black, Editor
* Lana Goldberg, Rising Tide Toronto
* Lindsay Gray, Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines
* Myeengun Henry, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
* Lilian Yap, Contributor

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice and Between the Lines. Thank you to our online media sponsor: rabble.ca | Facebook event | PDF poster

Jul 6, 2015 - The 2015 International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School
Since 1991, the International Political Economy and Ecology (IPEE) Summer School has offered a course each year on a salient issue within the IPEE field. We are pleased to announce that we are now inviting applications for the 2015 IPEE Summer School course from graduate students, activists and other interested individuals. The application deadline is Monday April 13, 2015.

Mean Streets: Class Struggle, Capital Circulation and Public Space

Instructor: Don Mitchell -- Distinguished Professor, Syracuse University
Date: Monday July 6 to Friday July 17, 2015
Time: 10:30 am -- 1:30 pm, Ross S674, York University



Nov 18, 2014 - Harper's Iraq War Plan: Save People by Killing Them?
By Gregory Shupak

The Harper government's plan to send Canadian air power to help combat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, and possibly Syria, and for Canadian special forces to continue operating there is homicidal, won't achieve its supposed goals and needs to be opposed. Legislation tabled by the federal government on October 3 says that "unless confronted with strong and direct force, the threat ISIL poses to international peace and security, including to Canadian communities, will continue to grow." There is plenty of evidence to suggest that exactly the opposite is true.

Source: The Bullet No. 1054

Nov 18, 2014 - Crisis and Class-Struggle in Slovenia
By Jaša Lategano

For many liberal spectators, Slovenia was for a long time considered a success story of transition from a ‘socialist dictatorship’ into a ‘parliamentary democracy’ based on a market economy. In the winter of 2012, however, mass popular uprisings swept through the larger cities and eventually brought down the far-right neoliberal government of the Slovenian Democratic Party. What followed was more or less a continuation of the same policies under a nominally ‘centre-left’ government. In a similar way that Tony Blair could be considered Margaret Thatcher's greatest achievement, the technocratic approach to dealing with the manifold crisis devastating Slovenian society in general and the historical achievements of labour movement in particular, has become the universal language spoken by all political forces, often including those of organized labour.

Source: The Bullet No. 1055

Nov 19, 2014 - How Can We Change the World, If We Can't Change Ourselves?
By Panagiotis Sotiris

The anti-capitalist Left in Europe is in crisis. From the crisis of the International Socialist Tendency, to the political implosion of the New Anticapitalist Party in France, and from the fragmentation of the left-tendencies of Rifondazione Comunista in Italy to the inability of ANTARSYA in Greece to broaden its appeal despite the immense political shifts in Greek society. Most tendencies that refer to a revolutionary critique of socialist and communist reformism and reclaim the legacy of May 1968, are today facing a deep political crisis.

Source: The Bullet No. 1056



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