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July 18, 2019


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Call Justice Minister Lametti on July 18 and 19
Dear Friends and Supporters of Hassan Diab,

It's been almost two months since Murray Segal submitted to the Minister of Justice his "external review" of Hassan Diab's wrongful extradition to France in 2014. Up till now, the findings of the review have not been shared with Hassan or anyone outside of government. We are very concerned and disappointed about the extensive delays in making Mr. Segal's report public.

Please help by phoning Justice Minister David Lametti on Thursday July 18 and Friday July 19, 2019, urging him to release Murray Segal's report immediately and without redaction, and asking him to launch an independent public inquiry into the role that the Department of Justice played in Hassan Diab's extradition to France.

When you call, please give your name and where you are calling from. It is likely you will be talking to an answering machine. You can leave a message to this effect:

"Minister Lametti, It has been nearly two months since Murray Segal submitted his report on Hassan Diab's wrongful extradition to France in 2014. I am disappointed by the lack of transparency and the delay in making the report public. I urge you to make Mr. Segal's report public as soon as possible, and without redaction. I also urge you to launch an independent public inquiry into Hassan Diab's extradition and the failings of the Extradition Act. We need full transparency and accountability to ensure that the injustice that happened to Hassan never happens again."

Please call:
* Minister Lametti's House of Commons Office: (613) 943-6636 or
* Minister Lametti's Constituency Office: (514) 363-0954



Jul 18, 2019 - Unsettling the Myths of the 1969 Criminal Code Reform
When: Thursday July 18th, 6pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Omnibus Bill, which led to the so-called “decriminalization” of homosexuality in Canadian law. In conjunction with the Intimate Encounters ~ Animate Histories project, historian-activist Gary Kinsman will present his research around the mythologies of the 1969 Criminal Code reform, considering the broader contexts of the bill and the subsequent histories of policing downtown Toronto’s queer communities.

Inspired by local queer ‘cruising’ histories of nearby Queen’s Park, artist Abdi Osman of Intimate Encounters ~ Animate Histories leads a walking excursion around the park grounds. Thinking through how the park’s extensive re-gentrification project obscures histories of queerness in the city, this outdoor activity also considers how urban practices like landscaping, architectural design, surveillance, and policing have been employed for these same purposes.


Jul 18, 2019 - No Freedom to Hate: Resisting Racism
When: Thursday July 18th, 6pm
Where: CRC at 40 Oaks, 40 Oak Street

The resurgence of the far-right has intensified existing racism in society. Violence and hate crimes against Jews and Muslims have been particularly notable in their brazenness. The perpetrators of this hatred draw inspiration from, and in turn, form the enthusiastic base of, politicians like Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Andrew Scheer, Maxime Bernier and others.

Such politicians favour dog-whistles over explicit racism to signal their support for racist ideas while trying to remain acceptable to the broader public. The result is a bizarre reversal where the incitement of hate is justified as free speech and opposition to it is panned as intolerance.

Our best shot at defeating the escalating attacks on everything from our income and housing, to our very existence lies in unity. But in order to build it, we must understand how hate is being mobilized to grow division, recognize how it infiltrates our lives, and learn to challenge it effectively.

Speakers: Azeezah Kanji, Daniel Karasik, and Cedar Hopperton.

Facebook event

Jul 20, 2019 - Decolonizing the Heart Workshop
When: Saturday July 20th, 9:30am – 5pm
Where: Toronto United Mennonite Church, 1774 Queen Street E.
For Pay What You Can registrants we ask you pay the minimum $25.00 to guarantee your attendance - we'll make adjustments with you at the end of the day of the workshop.

Deep Learning for Deep Change

So, you’ve done a KAIROS Blanket Exercise, now what?

You feel helpless at how messed up the world is, what do you do?

You want to work with people – but they seem so different. Where do you begin?

This is a workshop to address questions like these. Reconciliation requires building relationships; building relationships requires more than coming together over issues; decolonizing our own hearts is necessary before we can work together for transformation.


Jul 20, 2019 - Rally Against OSAP Cuts
When: Wednesday July 20th, 2pm
Where: Queen's Park

On January 25th, over ten thousand students rallied at Queen's Park for the March Against OSAP Cuts. Months later, as students across Ontario apply for the funds they need to pursue their education, it is clear; the Doug Ford Government's cuts to OSAP are worse than anyone predicted.

Half a year later, we're returning to Queen's Park, to continue the fight to save education in Ontario. Whether you're a student, a teacher, or a parent, now is the time to stand with your community. On July 10th, join us at Queen's Park, and help #SaveOSAP!

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Jul 20, 2019 - Songs of Struggle & Vintage Jazz with Red Moon
When: Saturday July 20th, 8:30pm
Where: 2050 Danforth Ave.
PWYC $10+ suggested

Red Moon returns to the Hirut Cafe, Saturday, July 20th. The band's members are saxophonist-singer Wally Brooker and guitarist-singer Tony Quarrington. The two perform songs of struggle from around the world, as well as vintage jazz and original compositions. The name Red Moon comes from a poem by Norman Bethune, the world-famous Canadian physician and anti-fascist. The Hirut is a music-friendly cafe with great vibes, good food and affordable drinks. Hope to see you at the Hirut on July 20! Stay tuned for announcements of special guest performers!

Facebook event

Jul 25, 2019 - Payday Lending
When: Thursday July 25th, 6pm
Where: North York Civic Centre Member's Lounge, 5100 Yonge St.

The City of Toronto's Municipal Licensing and Standards Division is reviewing the licensing and cap of payday loan establishments in the city of Toronto, and wants to hear from you. Payday loans fill a gap in credit for some consumers, but they are an expensive way to borrow money. They are defined as short-term, unsecured, small-dollar loans. A public consultation meeting is being held on Thursday July 25, at North York Civic Centre Member's Lounge. You can also submit feedback to mlsfeedback@toronto.ca by August 9, 2019.

You can read more about the licensing of payday loan establishments on the Public Consultation website.

Aug 9, 2019 - Conscious Minds Camp 2019
When: Aug 9-16th (Family weekend - Aug 9-11th)
Who: Weekend is all ages welcome, 7 days youth, ages 13-30 encouraged.
How Much: Approx $51/day - work trade available.

Seven-day Summer Camp and Homestead living, to learn and practice to positively adapt to climate change as individuals and as a global community.

Register on our website consciousmindscoop.ca.

Can't make it this year? Consider donating, to allow us to offer camping experiences for all peoples.


Sneak peek: Second segment on building socialism in Canada
Sadia Khan, Corvin Russell, and Sharmeen Khan continue their discussion on how we can work to build socialism in Canada. They talk about the role of disruptive tactics, the logistics of organizing something on the scale of a general strike, and the need to assess whether the work we’re doing is having any impact.

Source: Oats for Breakfast

Canada Joins Campaign to Stifle Criticism of Israel
By John Clarke

On June 25, Canada’s Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism announced that the Trudeau government’s new anti-racism strategy would include the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The Co-Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) proudly noted that: "the IHRA definition also explicitly recognizes that anti-Zionism -- that is the delegitimization and demonization of the Jewish state -- is a clear and unequivocal expression of antisemitism."

Source: The Bullet No. 1860

Greece: 39 Months at City Plaza for Refugees Ends
By Economic and Political Refugee Solidarity Initiative

On July 10th, 2019, the keys of squatted City Plaza, Athens, Greece, were handed back to the former employees of the hotel, to whom the mobile equipment in the building belongs. All refugees living at City Plaza have been moved to safe housing within the city. On 22 April 2016, the Economic and Political Refugee Solidarity Initiative squatted the empty City Plaza building with a two-fold goal: to create, on the one hand, a space of safety and dignity in which to house refugees in the centre of the city and, on the other, to create a centre of struggle against racism, borders, and social exclusion; for the freedom of movement and for the right to stay.

Source: The Bullet No. 1861

On the Democratic Character of Socialist Revolution
By John Riddell

Under the headline "Why Kautsky was right," Eric Blanc wrote: "Leninists for decades have hinged their strategy on the need for an insurrection to overthrow the entire parliamentary state and to place all
power into the hands of workers’ councils." When I read these words, my mind went back to a day 40 years earlier when this formulation was hurled at me by members of Canada’s security police. They used it as justification for their illegal disruption and harassment directed against me and fellow members of the Revolutionary Workers League (RWL).

Source: The Bullet No. 1862

Stir It Up: From Whitman to Marx w/George Elliot Clarke
George Elliott Clarke reads his poems: Spirituals; Whitman Compiles His Leaves; On Queen Victoria, By Karl Marx; Paul Robeson Salutes the USSR; Damn.

George Elliott Clarke is a Canadian poet, playwright and literary critic who served as the Poet Laureate of Toronto from 2012 to 2015 and as the 2016-2017 Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. His work is known largely for its use of a vast range of literary and artistic traditions, its lush physicality and its bold political substance.

Source: LeftStreamed

HBO’s Chernobyl
Lina Nasr, Brent Toye, and Olena Lyubchenko offer their takes on the recent HBO miniseries Chernobyl. They talk about the political commentary the series is trying to offer, the fact that historical inaccuracies were a major part of telling a story whose ostensible purpose was to highlight the importance of the truth, and why liberal centrism is not necessarily an objective standpoint from which to look at the world.

Source: Oats for Breakfast


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