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August 13, 2020


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Toronto COVID Evictions
Have you received an eviction notice, notice of a hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board, or an eviction order?

Fill out and submit the form on this website to report your notice, hearing, or order and it will appear on this site.


Labour Day 2020
Just because we can't march – doesn't mean we can't celebrate and speak up!

Our Labour Day celebrations this year may be a little different – but the spirit of action and celebration will not be dampened. A bold transit and digital ad campaign, accompanied by a virtual parade, will show our city that we are strong, determined and proud of our labour movement and community.

What: A virtual celebration featuring the faces and fans of our movement.
Who: Organized by your Toronto & York Region Labour Council.
How: Featuring musical performances, celebratory videos from our affiliates and members.



Aug 13, 2020 - Book launch: Challenging the Right, Augmenting the Left
When: Thursday August 13th, 7pm

2020 has seen an amplified struggle against the right and capitalism generally. This volume suggests it is essential to rethink longstanding assumptions, jettison wishful thinking and dated ideas, and recover wisdom from the past. The authors of Challenging the Right, Augmenting the Left put forward a range of approaches to help strategize the work that awaits the left in the 2020s

Working within five major thematic areas, the contributors examine how to engage working class people in anti-capitalist struggles, oppose ethno-nationalism, build power inside and outside the state apparatus, find new strategies of environmental resistance, and promote solidarity and ecological responsibility. This book provides suggestions for working with popular disaffection by taking the left's history of refusals and defeats as a starting point for next steps in the struggle against capitalism and the far right, rather than as the basis for more conflict or defeatism.

Brief presentations will be delivered by Niko Block, Gary Kinsman, Elise Thorburn, Sabrina Fernandes, David Ravensbergen, and Robert Latham.

Facebook event | Follow this link to join the event on zoom.

Aug 15, 2020 - Capitalism and COVID-19
When: Saturday August 15th, 12noon

Did capitalism cause the pandemic or exacerbate its impacts? Are capitalism and health contradictory? How can we fight inequities from both?

We are living through a period of social, political, ecological, and economic unrest. This conjuncture gives rise to both radical uncertainty and radical opportunity.

The intensification of distress calls for reflection, dialogue, and action. With this in mind, the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) offers a forum for people to engage in a dialogue about contemporary issues in order to build the progressive future we want.


Aug 15, 2020 - Rally for Free Public Transit
When: Saturday August 15th,  4pm 
Where: South-east corner of Hurontario and Dundas Streets, Mississauga-Cooksville

- Simran Dhunna, Climate Justice Peel
- Stefan Kipfer, Free Transit Toronto
- Nabeela Irfan, Socialist Action, Peel
- Tynan Liebert, CUPE Local 2, Transit Workers
- Herman Rosenfeld, TTC Riders and the Socialist Project


Aug 17, 2020 - Fix TTC crowding! Phone event
When: Monday August 17th, 5pm

Premier Ford can fix crowding. The TTC needs more funding to increase service before September, so we can be physically distant on buses, streetcars, and subways during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join our campaign for permanent provincial TTC funding! At our phone bank, we will call our supporters and patching them through to their local provincial rep (MPP) to leave a message.
You'll need: A phone (cellphone or landline), a computer or tablet, and an internet connection.

RSVP here so we can send you the Zoom meeting link

Aug 20, 2020 - Racial Justice in Scarborough's COVID-19 Recovery
When: Aug 20, 2020 5pm (register by August 18)

A discussion on COVID-19 and its impacts on racialized communities in Scarborough.

Racialized groups make up 67.4% of the population in Scarborough, and are largely responsible for the vibrant and diverse community that has been flourishing over the years. The widespread COVID-19 pandemic, however, has magnified already existing socioeconomic and health inequities impacting Scarborough residents, most of whom are Black, South Asian, Chinese, and Filipino. An equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will require rebuilding racial justice into the centre of our recovery process.



Oil and Alberta Politics: Who's Funding the United Conservative Party?
Matthew Corbeil

The case can easily be made that Alberta's United Conservative Party (UCP) is Canada's most dangerous political formation. Led by former Harper-era cabinet minister and far-right evangelical Christian Jason Kenney, the UCP government is currently taking a sledgehammer to Alberta's provincial state, gutting the province's fiscal and regulatory capacities, attacking its public servants, privatizing its healthcare system, undoing basic labour protections, suppressing dissent, and eliminating any and every barrier to the fossil fuel industry's profits -- the climate crisis notwithstanding.

Source: The Bullet No. 2162

Trump's Withdrawal From WHO: A Cover-Up for His Abject Failure on COVID-19
Prabir Purkayastha

Microbes do not recognize borders. We are all safe only when everybody is safe. In a pandemic, to attack the only body we have for global cooperation endangers everyone. That is why the US withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) is dangerous not only for the United States, but for all of the world. Trump's decision to withdraw from the WHO is a continuation of his wielding a wrecking ball to the international framework of treaties and organizations.

Source: The Bullet No. 2163

From Unorganized Street Protests to Organizing Unions
Anita Chan

For several months in 2019, the world's news media was front-paging the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill movement almost on a daily basis. However, toward the end of the year, with the street violence subsiding and the fierce battles at two universities ending in the defeat of the students and their supporters, the international media seemed to lose interest. As global attention shifted elsewhere, one might have assumed that the movement had died a natural death. It did not.

Source: The Bullet No. 2164

What Would the NHS Look Like If It Took Health Promotion Seriously?
Collective 20

On Sunday, July 5, 2020, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wished it a happy 72nd birthday. Spitfires flew over in celebration and buildings were lit up in blue as people poured out into the streets at 5 p.m. to clap in appreciation of Britain's favorite institution. We're talking, of course, about the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS, it seems, is loved by everybody. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the public have consistently shown their appreciation for the NHS staff with public displays of "thank you NHS" art and coordinated nation-wide rounds of applause. More generally and consistently, the NHS is also celebrated by the Left.

Source: The Bullet No. 2165

Systemic Racism in the US and Israel: Analogies and Differences
Nahla Abdo

A most relevant analogy between the US and Israel lies in the principal rationale for the force of their establishment as settler-colonial states. Imperialism, which is the driving force of the settler colonial project, is inherently racist and racializing. With the establishment of the state, racialized capital becomes structural and institutional; it becomes systemic. The differences between the two regimes are also there, based on the fact that each case is historically specific.

Source: The Bullet No. 2166

Another World is Podable /w Tanner Mirrlees
Created and hosted by Peter Bloom, “Another World is Podable” is a podcast that explores the most radical social experiments and ideas today. Episode 23 is a discussion with Tanner Mirrlees about his coming of age as a socialist at the “end of history,” the current work of the Socialist Project, US media imperialism in the digital age, and the limits and possibilities of socialist politics on social media platforms.

Source: LeftStreamed

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