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Sep 26, 2019 - The Use and Abuse of Identity in Public Life

When: Thursday, September 26th, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst Street

The question of identity has become urgent for activism in the West though the issue has been important in many other parts of the world as well in a variety of forms. Political Identities form in opposition to oppression (or, reactively, as perceived victimization) and demand recognition, rights, and equity (or aggressively promote their denial). They also divide, become separated in privilege, get co-opted, and become instruments of domination. Can identity struggles lead to fundamental social transformation or must they necessarily be limited to the horizon of recognition and reform? Can the empowerment of identity be woven into solidarity or must it necessarily be doomed to fragmentation and the sustenance of the status quo?

Samir Gandesha has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley (1995-97) and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Universitat Potsdam (2001-2002). He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

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Sep 19, 2019 - Rally for Locked-Out Janitors

When: Thursday, September 19th, 8:30-9:30am
Where: 250/270 Wellington Street W.

The janitors who keep 250 & 270 Wellington Street clean are close to ending the lockout that has kept them from working for over two months. They have struck a deal with their employer, Luciano Janitorial Services, but the agreement can't go forward without the approval of the condominiums board of directors. Stand with SEIU Local 2 janitors to end the lockout!

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Sep 19, 2019 - TTCriders Volunteer Afternoon

When: Thursday September 19th, 1pm
Where:, 720 Bathurst Street

Volunteer with TTCriders to support our campaigns for a fairly funded public transit system. Snacks provided and tokens available.

What to bring: phone and laptop (If you don't have a phone or laptop, please email us at so we can borrow one for you).

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Sep 19, 2019 - [Oshawa] Future Possibilities for the GM Plant

When: Thursday Sept 19th 7pm
Where: Unifor Local 222, 1425 Phillip Murray Ave., Oshawa

We believe that Oshawa could be the manufacturing centre for battery electric vans and other vehicles, anchored by production for Canada Post and other government bodies. Government action and a public ownership model would be required. There is growing support for this proposal from unions, community activists and environmentalists. It would keep good jobs for the community, maintain manufacturing capacity for the province and country, and help us move towards a green economy.

On September 19 we will be releasing an independent feasibility study into the possibilities of electric vehicle production in Oshawa under public ownership. Please come out and join us - we can imagine and create a better future for workers and the community.

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