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January 16, 2020


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Mayor Tory: Declare Homelessness An Emergency
This past month there have been eight reported homeless deaths in the City of Toronto.

The City has failed to shelter the most vulnerable. All seven Respite Centres are full, the two 24-hour women’s drop-ins and the Out of the Cold program are over capacity on many nights. The Assessment and Referral Centre on Peter Street is unable to operate as a referral centre as there are insufficient beds in the system.

In order to prevent more deaths and suffering, we request that you enact the City of Toronto Emergency Plan immediately.



Jan 16, 2020 - Divestment and Beyond
When: Thursday January 16th, 6pm
Where: 55 St George St.

Join us for an inspiring conversation about the future of climate justice at U of T! Come hear from speakers who have already won major fossil fuel divestment victories and those currently working hard to achieve climate justice at our University. Share your ideas, ask questions, and get involved in building a movement and a future!

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Jan 16, 2020 - [Oshawa] We Are Oshawa General Meeting
When: Thursday January 16th, 7pm
Where: Storey Park, 101 Mill St, Oshawa

Join us for our next General Meeting of Members on January 16th at Storey Park. We will be giving an update on the campaign, talking about our next steps to win zero fare transit, and taking care of some outstanding issues from prior GMMs.


Jan 17, 2020 - Sidewalk labs debrief
When: Friday January 17th, 1pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St.

Sidewalk labs - Google's plans for Toronto's waterfront.


Jan 17, 2020 - Book Launch: Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race
When: Friday January 17th, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St.

Join and hear from Co-authors:
*Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Politics of Citizenship and Human Rights, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta.
* Abigail B. Bakan, Professor, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto.

* Sedef Arat-Koç – Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
* Chandni Desai – Equity Studies, New College, University of Toronto
* Dan Freeman-Maloy – Postdoctoral Fellow, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal
* Joe Kelly – History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca University

Moderator: Alan Sears, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University.

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Jan 18, 2020 - Being Salmon, Being Human
When: Tuesday January 28th, 7pm
Where: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
Suggested $20 or PWYC

Storytelling performance offer surprising and evocative insights into the vital relationship between humans and the larger living world.

Inspired by Martin Lee Mueller’s award-winning book by the same name, and drawing on salmon stories from Sami and First Nations peoples of Scandinavia and North America, the performance takes us on a journey through the extraordinary lives of wild salmon – sentient beings who are born in rivers, traverse the oceans, and return towards the end of their lives to their birth rivers to spawn and gift forward more life. The performance explores what becomes of this awe-inspiring creature and her journey in the face of an expansive, profit-driven feedlot industry.


Jan 20, 2020 - Everyday Ubuntu
When: Monday January 20th, 6:30pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St.
$40 includes book

A fundraising evening and reception with Author Mungi Ngomane


Jan 22, 2020 - Occupying Schools, Occupying Land
When: Wednesday January 22nd, 1:30pm
Where: Global Labour Research Centre, 4700 Keele St., Kaneff Tower – Room 626

The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) are pleased to present: Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education.

With Guest Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Tarlau, Assistant Professor of Education and Labour and Employment Relations, Pennsylvania State University.

Discussant: Dr. Leo Panitch, Professor Emeritus, Department of Politcis.

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Jan 22, 2020 - Unequal Orders
When: January 22nd, 2:30pm
Where: Kaneff Tower, Room 519, York University

Immanuel Wallerstein and the Global South

Jan 22, 2020 - Leap Team Meeting
When: Wednesday January 22nd, 5pm
Where: Wilson Hall, Room WI 2006

Open to EVERYONE, new and returning members alike! Passionate about climate justice? Ready to get to work?

Leap UofT had an action-packed first semester, from helping organize campus actions in solidarity with September's global climate strike and land defenders at Mauna Kea, to escalating the fossil fuel divestment campaign at Victoria College and extending it to SMC and the UofT administration as a whole, to contributing to the fight for a Green New Deal in the federal election. The work continues this semester! Join us at our weekly strategy meeting to get involved with planning events, actions, and outreach, and learning the basics of divestment organizing.

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Jan 22, 2020 - Book Launch: Socialist Register 2020 - Beyond Market Dystopia
When: Wednesday January 22nd, 7:30pm
Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W.

Join us for the Toronto launch of the Socialist Register 2020: Beyond Market Dystopia, New Ways of Living, edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo.

Doors open for food and drink at 6:30pm, and presentations begin at 7:30pm, with:

* Amy Bartholomew: Beyond the ‘barbed-wire labyrinth’: migrant spaces of radical democracy

* Michelle Chen: A new world of workers: confronting the gig economy

* Stephen Maher and Sam Gindin: Class politics, socialist policies, capitalist constraints

Chaired by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo

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Statement on Assassination of Qasem Soleimani and its Aftermath
By International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran

The US military’s assassination of Qasem Soleimani, one of the top military commanders of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI) expansionist regional policies and its proxy wars in the Middle East, can lead to retaliation by the Islamic regime. Such retaliation, the threat of further US retaliation and a chain reaction could further destabilize the region and endanger the lives of thousands of Iraqis, Iranians and other ordinary people in the Middle East. IASWI strongly condemns the Trump Administration’s military adventurism in Iraq, which is a continuation of the catastrophic US invasion of this country.

Source: The Bullet No. 1970

The Limits of Capitalism
By Laurie E. Adkin

At this point in human history, the limits of capitalism and the limits of our species’ life on Earth have converged. We have never been here before, and we cannot go back. The political activism of my youth was largely in solidarity with anti-colonial movements in Africa and Palestine, anti-US imperialist movements and dictatorships in Latin America, and solidarity-building between the labour and other social movements around a broad program of democratic, anti-capitalist reforms. In those struggles, there was always an assumption that social transformation could draw upon the resources of a reasonably intact natural world.

Source: The Bullet No. 1971

India's Democracy Is Facing an Existential Threat
By Vijay Prashad

India’s Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu made a curious comment on 28 December. "Express dissent in a democratic way," he said. Before he became the Vice President -- a largely symbolic role -- Naidu was the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the far-right political organization that now governs India. Naidu made his comment in the context of nation-wide protests against an exclusionary set of laws and policies pushed by his party. These laws and policies include the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Population Register (NPR), and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). These laws and policies deeply discriminate against India’s 200 million Muslims.

Source: The Bullet No. 1972

We Should Be Free to Say ‘Fuck You’ to the Boss
By Ingar Solty

Those of us who’ve had our fair share of shitty jobs (which is most jobs) know this feeling of wanting to say: Fuck you, boss. The tweet was funny because we have the same words on the tip of our tongue but don’t dare say them. But why not? After all, in modern societies, we all are equals, right? We have the same right to vote or be elected, the same right to speak, the same right to choose whichever job we want. This is capitalism, after all, not feudalism -- or the dark ages.

Source: The Bullet No. 1973

Living Wages for Airport Workers?
By Steven Tufts

The 2018 increase in Ontario’s hourly minimum wage to $14 was perhaps the most substantial victory for low-wage workers in decades, including workers at Pearson International Airport. In a recent survey, it was found that 1 in 5 of the airport’s 50,000 workers earns minimum wage. The Fight for $15 and Fairness continues the struggle, confronting a Conservative government that cancelled the scheduled increase to $15 per hour and froze minimum wage for a decade when last in power.

Source: The Bullet No. 1974

Will Boeing Survive as a Civilian Aircraft Maker in 2020?
By Marshall Auerback

The dismissal of Dennis Muilenburg as CEO of Boeing might have looked like an early Christmas present to the employees and shareholders of Boeing, but the company’s disease has gone way past the point where any single corporate surgeon can save the patient. For those who bothered to look (and this evidently did not include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)), Boeing’s increasing degeneration has been evident for decades, even as the stock price continued to rise, as a consequence of quirky accounting practices that masked the company’s deteriorating cash flow position.

Source: The Bullet No. 1975


Job Fair and Info
When: January 23rd, 10am
Where: Labour Education Centre, 15 Gervais Drive

A representative from Realm Canada Ltd. will be sharing valuable insights about hiring, the application process, and job responsibilities.

Labour Education Centre is proud to host a job fair for Toronto residents to learn more about opportunities at Realm Canada Ltd.

This information session will help individuals learn more about the positions available at Realm Canada and how to apply to openings.

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