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September 24, 2020


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Reinstate $100bn in green spending for the recovery
Wildfires are ravaging the West Coast and suffocating cities in smoke.

The climate crisis isn't just around the corner — it's here. And if we don't act now, apocalyptic skies could become our new norm.

But a leaked memo said that the federal government could be shelving a proposal from the Environment Minister for $100 billion in green spending for our recovery from COVID-19 - because they're afraid the public isn't on board.

Prime Minister Trudeau and cabinet ministers are meeting right now to set the agenda for our economic recovery. This is our last chance to speak up — and show them that the public backs a recovery 100% that invests in a green future.



Sep 24, 2020 - Extractivism, State and Socio-Environmental Struggles
Thursday, September 24th, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

This is the first webinar as part of a virtual series, "Contested Reproduction of States and Societies in Financialized Capitalism: Comparative Views from Turkey," in partnership with Dr. Pınar Bedirhanoğlu (Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey) and Dr. Ali Rıza Güngen (Visiting Professor, York University, Canada).

Chaired by Çağlar Dölek. Presentations by:
- Dr. Coşku Çelik: Extractivism in the Countryside of Turkey: Coercion, Containment and Struggle
- Dr. Duygu Avci: The Remaking of the State and Possibilities for Socio-Environmental Struggle in Ecuador

This event is open to all. Register for free on Eventbrite.

Sep 25, 2020 - Global Day of Climate Action
When: Friday September 25th, 12noon
Where: Bay and Wellesley West

Join us on September 25th for a Global Day of Climate Action! The action, organised by the #FridaysForFuture movement, will be a mass sit-in to demand climate justice and a just, green recovery from COVID from all levels of government.

The meeting place will be Bay and Wellesley West, and once folks arrive there, they will be directed toward seating areas. Masks will be mandatory, and our action will enable everyone attending to stay 6 feet apart.

www.fridaysforfutureto.org | Facebook event

Sep 25, 2020 - Work After the Pandemic
When: Friday September 25th, 3pm

Join us for the first talk of the PhD Policy Studies Virtual Speaker Series, featuring Jim Stanford.

Launch speaker Jim Stanford is Economist and Director for the Centre for Future Work. Jim is one of Canada's best-known economic commentators. This talk will explore how COVID-19 is shaping the future of work. After Jim's talk there will be a Q&A period.


Sep 25, 2020 - Bike for BLMTO
When: Friday, September 25th, 5pm
Where: Queen's Park

Vision: To firmly align the Toronto Cycling Community in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Mission Statement: To assemble a critical mass of cyclists in support of BLMTO, their demands, and that of our community partners working to end systemic racism in Toronto and to Defund the Police.

Facebook event

Sep 28, 2020 - Racial Justice Summit - online sessions
When: Sept 28 - Oct 2

At the online sessions, we hope to create a forum where racial justice advocates from various backgrounds can engage in dialogue and learn from one another. They can build relationships and collaborations to enhance their work in the field.

This inaugural year's summit will include themes of anti-black racism, islamophobia, and xenophobia. Over the course of the week, we will explore various sub-topics such as education, labour, justice, and health.


Sep 29, 2020 - Algonquin 101 with Lynn Gehl
When: Tuesday September 29th, 7pm
Tickets: $20/person

While many people know they exist on Algonquin land, due to the inadequacies of the colonial education system these same people only know a little bit about the Algonquin Anishinaabeg of the Ottawa River Valley. This talk, delivered in a story-telling format, is intended to give the listener a foundation about the Algonquin land and waterscape, who the Algonquin were at contact, and who the Algonquin are today. Items discussed will be where the Algonquin were located at contact, the imposition of the 1763 Royal Proclamation, how the Algonquin have been divided through the overlay of the Canadian confederation on their territory and were never treatied with, the controversial Algonquin of Ontario land claims process, and the Quebec Algonquin First Nation assertion of title. This story will also discuss the lumber industry and Algonquin sacred places such as Akikpautik (Chaudière Falls).


Sep 30, 2020 - Racial Justice Summit
When: September 30th, 8:30am – 4pm
Where: United Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St.
Tickets: $0 – $100

Bringing Together Racial Justice Advocates from Diverse Fields to Strategize Collectively.

At this event, we hope to create a forum where racial justice advocates from various backgrounds can engage in dialogue and learn from one another. They can build relationships and collaborations to enhance their work in the field.

This inaugural year's summit will include themes of anti-black racism, islamophobia, and xenophobia. Over the course of the day, we will explore various sub-topics such as education, employment, justice, and health.


Sep 30, 2020 - Fall Training Series
When: Sept. 30 to Dec. 2
Next session #2 (Sept 30): City Council Online Watch Party and Discussion

Progress Toronto is offering 10 free trainings and workshops for our 2020 Fall Training Series! Due to COVID-19, all of our trainings are happening online.

Workshops this Fall include digital campaigning, how to meet with your local politician, City Budget 101 with Councillor Mike Layton, using your personal narrative to move people to action, and more!

We offer our trainings for free so that cost isn't a barrier. If you can, support our work by chipping in $10 to our Training Fund or by donating when you sign up.


Sep 30, 2020 - All Out - Virtual Strike
When: September 30th, 11am - 7pm

All Out #S30Strike & #OrangeShirtDay! We have seen a wave of organizations, corporations, and institutions claim to support Indigenous and Black lives, and “pride” themselves on equity, diversity, and inclusion while simultaneously targeting, harassing, and oppressing Indigenous, Black, and Racialized bodies on their campuses. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We have led and organized many campaigns, actions, and protests against racism over the years - but now we believe it is time to STRIKE. Join us for an Orange Shirt Day Commemoration and Virtual Strike.


Sep 30, 2020 - International Defend Cordillera Campaign
When: September 30th, 8pm

ICHRP Canada is supporting the launch of a global campaign in support of the Cordillera peoples' struggle in the Philippines to defend their ancestral domains, their assertion of self-determination and from the fascist attacks by the Duterte regime amid COVID-19.



The Police and Racist Vigilantes
By Sonali Kolhatkar

Police in America, whose mottos claim to "protect and serve" us, have been openly declaring allegiance with the forces of white supremacy. It is no coincidence that this has become a hallmark of Donald Trump's presidency. Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old white suspect in the shooting deaths of two activists in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the days following the police shooting of a Black man named Jacob Blake. Implying that the suspected shooter was acting in self-defense against Black Lives Matter protesters, Trump said, "He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like… He probably would have been killed."

Source: The Bullet No. 2193

Popular Radicalism in the 1930s
By Chris Wright

At a time when unemployment is skyrocketing in the US and millions of out-of-work Americans have been abandoned by the federal government, it may be of interest to consider how an earlier generation responded to an even greater crisis, the Great Depression (1929-1936). In particular, we might draw inspiration from the remarkable story of the now-forgotten Workers' Unemployment Insurance Bill that was introduced in Congress in 1934, 1935, and 1936.

Source: The Bullet No. 2194

Trade Unions Need New Strategies
By Asbjørn Wahl

Trade unions are on the defensive all over the world, under immense pressure from strong economic and political forces. We are facing a multiplicity of crises. Employers are attacking on all fronts, and the pandemic is being used as an excuse further to undermine unions, wages and working conditions. Since the neoliberal offensive began around 1980, we have experienced an enormous shift in the balance of power, from labour to capital.

Source: The Bullet No. 2195

Lessons from the Gig Economy for Transforming Public Services
By Ursula Huws

Even before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, major upheavals were taking place in the UK labour market. Between 2016 and 2019, the number of people working for online platforms such as Deliveroo and TaskRabbit doubled from 4.7% of the adult population to 9.6% – the equivalent of 5.5 million people. Lockdown caused these trends to escalate still more sharply as a housebound population switched en masse to ordering goods online.

Source: The Bullet No. 2196

The Scarlet Standard: Episode 2 – Canada in The World w/ Tyler A. Shipley
In this episode we speak with Tyler A. Shipley about his new book Canada in The World: Settler Capitalism and the Colonial Imagination. We dive into the juxtaposition between Canada's performance as a well-intentioned peacekeeping force on the international stage, with its original sin of colonial genocide and its continuing behaviour as a settler colonial power.

Source: The Scarlet Standard Episode 2

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