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July 2, 2020


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Stop Mohamed Harkat's deportation to torture
No one should be deported to torture. Ever.

Please join us and send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair, urging them to stop the deportation to torture of Mohamed Harkat.

- Your letter will also go to your Member of Parliament, along with the ministers of Justice & of Immigration.
- And don't hesitate to also sign and share this petition!


COVID-19 Response & Recovery Must Ensure Migrant Rights
The Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic has not affected us all equally. Migrant, poor, and racialized communities have been excluded from many response measures while being the worst affected by the economic downturn. We must demand collective responses that leave no one behind, including migrant workers, undocumented people, low-waged students, poor people, and refugees. Pandemics know no borders, neither should our solidarity. Groups from across the country call on federal, provincial and municipal leaders to ensure worker & migrant justice is central to the COVID-19 response and recovery.



Jul 2, 2020 - Fix the long-term care crisis
When: July 2nd, 10am
Where: Queen's Park, Main Legislative Building

The Ontario Health Coalition will hold a press conference outside Queen's Park (Main Legislative Building) on Thursday, July 2 at 10 a.m. Our members and supporters are invited to join, with safe social distance, face masks, and signs that highlight the key issues. Contact: Natalie Mehra at 416-441-2502 or ohc@sympatico.ca

We have a week to stop Bill 175 and we have to push the Ford government to address the emergency staffing & care crisis in long-term care urgently.

The Legislature will reconvene next week on Monday, July 6 when it is expected that they will try to push through Bill 161 which limits the ability of Ontarians to bring class action suits against corporations such as the for-profit long-term care homes that have been negligent and caused so many unnecessary deaths during the pandemic and Bill 175 which guts the existing home and community care legislation, eradicates oversight in home and community care, and moves vital protections to new regulations that set up a regime to privatize currently publicly delivered home and community care.


Jul 2, 2020 - Staying Safe on Public Transit Webinar
When: Thursday July 2nd, 7pm

Jane Finch Action Against Poverty and Free Transit Toronto are partnering to invite you to a webinar on the topic of 'Staying Safe on Public Transit'.

As the global health crisis continues, racialized and economically marginalized people face the twin threats of violent fare enforcement and Covid-19 infection. Both of these risks are statistically heightened for BIPOC individuals, who comprise a disproportionate percentage of essential workers, and who are travelling greater distances on public transit from neighbourhoods that have been hit the hardest during the outbreak.


Jul 4, 2020 - StatusForALL Rally
When: Saturday July 4th, 3pm
Where: Marco Mendicino (Minister of Immigration), 511 Lawrence Ave W.

Farmworkers have been facing dangerous working and living conditions for years but cannot speak out because of the threat of deportation. All migrants need FULL immigration status now to be able to protect themselves.

Help us deliver this urgent message to MP Marco Mendicino who is the Minister of Immigration. Join us for a socially distanced rally outside his office on Saturday, July 4, to say not one more death and full status for all: undocumented migrants, temporary foreign workers, careworkers, international students, refugees. Young or old, working or not, criminalized or not. End the systemic racism! Equal people means equal migration status!

workersactioncentre.org | Facebook event

Jul 4, 2020 - DAY of RAGE - No to Annexation Rally
When: Saturday July 4th, 3pm
Where: Israeli consulate at Bloor and Yonge

Please come out to support this Palestinian and youth-led demonstration of rage and rejection. There is a broad call for a "Day of Rage" by Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and the Palestinian diaspora living in Toronto is answering to the call.

On July 1st, Israel is set to begin the formal annexation of 30% of the West Bank. The West Bank has been occupied since 1967 and the settlements that exist there already are illegal by international law. These further encroachments on Palestinian land are unacceptable. Annexation is nothing new in Occupied Palestine; the entire Zionist project has depended on land and resource theft, the displacement of indigenous Palestinians, military occupation, imprisonment, and colonial violence. The continued expansions of Jewish-only settlements on occupied land, the US embassy move to Jerusalem, the so-called "Deal of the Century", and the formalization of annexation are the latest manifestations of Zionist colonial rule.

Facebook event

Jul 6, 2020 - Capitalism, Socialism and the Pandemic
When: Monday July 6th, 2pm

Leo Panitch is Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto and co-editor of the Socialist Register whose annual volumes he has edited for past 35 years. His latest books are Searching for Socialism; The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn with Colin Leys (Verso); and the expanded and updated American edition of The Socialist Challenge Today: Syriza, Sanders, Corbyn with Sam Gindin and Steve Maher (Haymarket).

Livestream on YouTube

Jul 6, 2020 - Davenport Defund the Police Rally
When: Monday July 6th, 7pm
Where: Dovercourt Park

Residents of Davenport have made it clear. We want to defund the police! Now we invite to you join us at the Defund the Police Rally at Dovercourt Park, to make it clear to Councillor Ana Bailão that we want answers!

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of folks in Davenport have reached out to Councillor Bailão through phone calls, e-mails, and social media to ask her to commit to defunding the police. But instead of answering our questions, she remained silent on the issue.

This rally is being organized by a group of Davenport residents who want to see our City Councillor take responsibility and be held accountable. More details will be announced in the upcoming days.

Facebook event

Jul 7, 2020 - Bus Lanes Training: Speak at a City Committee
When: Tuesday July 7th, 6:30pm

The TTC Board will soon be voting on a plan to fast-track 5 bus-only lanes in Toronto! Sign up for this training to learn about bus lanes and get ready to make a speech at an upcoming City meeting.

Making a 3-5 minute speech to the TTC Board or other City of Toronto Committees (also known as a "deputation") is one way to share our opinions and experiences with City Councillors. When enough transit riders speak on an issue, it shows strong public support and can influence decisions.



Justice Is Indivisible /w Angela Davis
The University of Toronto's Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement and CUPE 3902's Racialized Caucus are deeply honoured to have hosted legendary freedom fighter and renowned intellectual, Dr. Angela Davis, for the opening keynote of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2020 on International Women's Day, on “Justice Is Indivisible.”

It is hard to imagine a more fitting time to share her radical, anti-imperialist vision of abolition and internationalism than in this moment when the movement for Black Lives is pushing forward, at great sacrifice, the program of defunding the police and ending the prison-industrial complex and state-sanctioned violence. Dr. Davis explores the connections between movements and struggles in the Global South and how we can build toward liberation based on her experience in the struggle over many decades. Her words inspire us, as do the social uprisings against anti-Black racism now taking place globally.

Source: LeftStreamed

Meng, Huawei and Canadian Law: Soap, Rinse and Dry-Laundered
By Harry Glasbeek

One of the graver risks for big-time criminals is that investigators will be able to identify them and their deeds by ‘following the money'. The criminals have to hide the proceeds of their crimes. This is done by depositing their monies into legitimate finance houses and businesses. It often requires some fancy book-keeping tricks and intricate transactions. This is called layering by the afficionados of this dark art. Once it is done, the criminals can draw on the accounts created and mix the ill-gotten gains with legally garnered capital. The term for this is ‘integration' and it makes the investigators' tasks much harder. The rotten fruit of crime will have been laundered.

Source: The Bullet No. 2132

All of Us Began with Marta Harnecker
By Miguel Enrique Stédile

During an interview, then-Bolivia Vice-President Álvaro García Linera and Spanish state parliamentarian Pablo Iglesias were exchanging ideas on classic texts and their own initiation into politics when the Spanish activist proclaimed: “All of us began with Marta Harnecker.” This statement is not only true for today's young leftists but for thousands of people who have defended Marxism and socialism in the past four decades.

Source: The Bullet No. 2133

Three Measures Against Racist Policing
By April M. Short

Protesters against police brutality and racism have gathered to demand systemic change since the end of May, holding events in all 50 US states and around the world. Impelled by the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, the protests amplify a long-standing call by social justice organizations, Black civil rights leaders like Angela Davis and many others for decades: dismantle, defund and/or abolish America's racist and heavily militarized policing systems -- and replace them with community-led safety programs and public health initiatives. The movement's leadership has made it clear that the protests, many of which have been non-violent due to community participation, are calling for more than updates to existing police training programs or reforms within existing police departments.

Source: The Bullet No. 2134

A Year for Fare-Free Transit
By James Hutt

When I made the case last year for fare-free public transit in Ottawa, it seemed like a longshot. What a difference a year can make. Since then, we've seen mass-organized fare evasions, fare-free campaigns launched in major cities, and, last April, Victoria's city council even passed a motion to make municipal transit free (although the BC NDP rejected the idea and spending the funds it would require). Fare-free transit is an essential part of the solution to the combined crises of climate change and inequality. However, we can and should dream much bigger.

Source: The Bullet No. 2135

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