CSJ Newsletter

October 14, 2021


Disney, Pay Your Workers

In El Salvador, workers at the Industrias Florenzi factory sewed Grey’s Anatomy scrubs for more than 15 years. At the start of the pandemic, after the Salvadoran government ordered nonessential businesses to temporarily shut down operations, the factory began laying off workers. And then, in July 2020, Industrias Florenzi closed permanently. More than a year later, the workers are still waiting for the $1.3-million in unpaid wages and severance they’re owed under Salvadoran law.

These workers have been protesting for months to call for an end to this wage theft. In early 2021, desperate for funds to support their families, workers went on a hunger strike for seven weeks.



Adult Secular B’Mitzvah

When: October 12th – May 2022
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Are you an adult seeking a Jewish learning experience? Did you miss the opportunity to have a bat/bar mitzvah? Were you unable to have a bat/bar mitzvah because of gender or were you misgendered at your bat/bar mitzvah? Did you have a bat/bar mitzvah but are seeking a different experience? Do you have a Jewish family member and want to learn more?

Welcome to this opportunity to build your personal relationship to Jewish life! We’ll explore our unique, progressive (Jewish) identities in the twenty-first century as responses to what came before us and the kind of world we want to build.

This course will be held on Zoom. Each class meeting will include learning activities that invite you away from the screen for breaks, to help counter our collective Zoom fatigue. Study of texts, artworks, and historical documents will be accompanied by creative, mindful, and collaborative prompts that will get you making digital co-creations, art, writing, stretching, and possibly cooking apart together!

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Climate Code Red

When: October 12-17th

Join the Climate Code Red week of action from October 12-17th to demand the federal government implement just transition legislation in the first 100 days of Parliament.


Black and Caribbean Book Affair

When: October 14 to 17

Join us for a virtual hybrid of award winning authors/international guests/tributes/panels and sidewalk parties. To learn more and register for your ticket(s), click here.

Most events will be live streamed via Zoom. Once you have registered on Eventbrite, the meeting link for your chosen event will be sent to you via email.

Disability Without Poverty

When: October 14th, 3pm

Disability Without Poverty is a grassroots movement led by people with disabilities with room for all Canadians to join us. We want people with disabilities to be prosperous, realize our power, pursue our passions and participate in every aspect of society. The Monthly RoundUps will be a time to share stories and ideas from people with disabilities all across the country.

If you didn’t get a chance to join our previous RoundUps, these are fun, hour-long sessions, full of art, music, poetry and more.

Together we’ll ensure the Canadian Disability Benefit remains a national priority. Your contribution is welcome no matter how small or big and we are so excited about our growing connections.

Register online

Book Launch: Class Action

When: October 14th, 7pm

Join us for the launch of Class Action: How Ontario’s Elementary Teachers Became a Political Force, with author Andy Hanson and guests!

Class Action is the first independent history of how the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) came into being, a merger of the women’s and men’s elementary teachers unions in 1998, a time of massive labour mobilization. But the story goes much beyond what happened that year, and the implications are still being felt today.


Climate Caucus Summit

When: October 15th, 9am

Our summit provides a unique opportunity for you to network with local government elected officials, NGO representatives and climate advocates from across Canada, learn from Indigenous leaders, and collaborate on climate action at the local government level. As climate emergencies increase in intensity and frequency, we would like to take the time to come together and collaborate on a safe, healthy, and resilient future for everyone. Our intended outcome is for attendees to leave feeling supported and inspired.


Labour Confronts the Climate Crisis

When: Friday October 15th, 7pm – 9pm; Saturday October 16th, 10am – 2pm

When it comes to the climate crisis what’s at stake? What’s the science? Where do pensions fit in?

Join the Ontario Federation of Labour for this free virtual conference that will address the role of pensions in working towards environmental justice.


[Oshawa] Time for a Just Transition!

When: October 16th, 2pm
Where: 103 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa

Scientists have issued a “code red for humanity” to tackle the climate crisis, but governments continue to let corporations call the shots. Together, we can break the grip of corporate influence. Organize our communities to pressure MPs to support just transition legislation.

Green Jobs Oshawa is organizing in support of a just transition here in town and across the country. Part of this just transition must include harnessing the potential of the manufacturing sector in Canada to produce socially beneficial products that can bring about a decarbonized economy, rather than allowing manufacturing to be done only for private profit.

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Black and Caribbean Book Affair

When: October 16th, 5:15 pm – 6:15pm

Join us for our first sidewalk party on Oct 16th, as Dr Afua Cooper and Habiba Cooper present and sign their new books. Stay tuned for our weekly webinars, neighbourhood tours and updates on our ongoing fundraising campaign for the permanent home of The People’s Residence.


2 Anos del Estallido Social

When: October 17th, 3:30pm

Saliendo desde Christie/Bloor rumbo al City Hall de Toronto.

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Beyond Nature: Animal Liberation, Marxism and Critical Theory

When: October 21st, 12 pm

Originally published in Italian in 2011, Marco Maurizi’s Beyond Nature: Animal Liberation, Marxism, and Critical Theory was one of the first books to deal with the intersection of Marxism and animal liberation and remains indispensable for understanding the problems of animal liberation in the context of Marx, Hegel and the Frankfurt School.

Animal Liberation Currents is pleased to host the book launch of the new English translation with author Marco Maurizi!


Rally to Raise the Rates

When: October 21st, 4pm
Where: 438 University Ave

Join Ontario Coalition Against Poverty/ OCAP to deliver a letter and demand to meet with the minister for Children, Community and Social Services, Merrilee Fullerton.

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GM Silao Workers Reject Protection Contract

By Maquila Solidarity Network

In a precedent-setting test of Mexico’s labour justice reform, workers at the General Motors (GM) truck assembly plant in Silao, Guanajuato, have voted to reject a protection contract between their employer and the Miguel Trujillo López union, an affiliate of the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM). This second vote held on the existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA) took place over a two-day period on August 17 and 18 with observers present from the Ministry of Labour (STPS), the National Electoral Institute (INE), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Source: The Bullet No. 2476

What Does India Get Out of Being Part of ‘The Quad’?

By Prabir Purkayastha

The recent Quad leaders meeting in the White House on September 24 appears to have shifted focus away from its original framing as a security dialogue between four countries, the United States, India, Japan and Australia. Instead, the United States seems to be moving much closer to Australia as a strategic partner and providing it with nuclear submarines. Supplying Australia with US nuclear submarines that use bomb-grade uranium can violate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) protocols.

Source: The Bullet No. 2477

Afghanistan: Our Struggle for Freedom Continues

By Malalai Joya

Twenty years after the US launched their invasion and war, the people of my long-suffering country are right back where we started. After trillions of dollars spent, and hundreds of thousands killed and displaced, the Taliban flag is once again flying over Afghanistan. As the youngest woman elected to Afghanistan’s Parliament back in 2005, my experience reflects the failure of the US and NATO war – a policy that used women’s rights as a pretext for occupation but only managed to empower the most corrupt forces in our society.

Source: The Bullet No. 2478

Winning the Case for Transformative Left Economics

Facing environmental breakdown and a global pandemic, the need for a radical overhaul of our economic system has never been clearer. But following Labour’s defeat in the 2019 general election, the route to winning the changes needed has looked more uncertain. What bold new proposals and policies should the left be making in these unprecedented times, and how can we win them in Britain?

Source: LeftStreamed


OPIRG York Hiring

OPIRG York, the Ontario Public Interest Group at York University, a student based social justice, environmental education and action organization is seeking a full-time, permanent Programming and Volunteer Coordinator.

Deadline to apply October 22, 2021
Position Start Date: November 2021
Wage: $24.64/hour (with annual cost of living adjustments and scheduled salary increases), plus health benefits

Position: This is a full-time permanent position, reporting to the Board of Directors at OPIRG York, with an initial 6-month probationary period. Staff at OPIRG York are union members of CUPE Local 1281 and work within terms outlined by a Collective Agreement.

Hours of work: 30 hours / week, office hours 4 days a week, plus occasional evening and weekend work.

Please send your resume, cover letter, three references, and a brief statement (approx. 250 words) on power and oppression by the application deadline of Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:59pm to the attention of the OPIRG York Hiring Committee at opirgyorkhiring@gmail.com. Please no phone calls.

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