CSJ Newsletter

October 28, 2021

CALLS TO ACTION

COP26: Pass a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

The record breaking heat waves, extreme weather events, and catastrophic wildfires we’ve seen over the past few years are nothing compared to what’s coming if the global community doesn’t come together to keep fossil fuels in the ground and initiate a just transition to clean energy.

To stave off the worst of the climate crisis, we need a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty based on the principles of no new exploration, a managed wind down of existing production, and a just transition must be a major topic of conversation.

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EVENTS

Tackling Homelessness in Canada

When: October 28th, 10am

Three activists call for real change to end homelessness in Canada: Alex Nelson, Cathy Crowe and Charlie Burrell. Alex introduces us to advocacy through their research at Western University, exploring who unhoused people are and dispelling some of the myths. Cathy advocates for policy changes on housing and homelessness both locally and nationally. She discusses the Trinity-Bellwoods encampment evictions. Charlie shares how the town of Moncton, NB, feeds precariously housed individuals and offers ways to return to a more normal life.

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UNITE HERE Day of Action at Hilton

When: Thursday October 28th, 5-6 pm
Where: Hilton Toronto Downtown (145 Richmond St. W.)

Hospitality workers have been the first and worst hit by COVID-19. Now employers are taking advantage of the pandemic to cut thousands of jobs by eliminating daily room cleaning and other important amenities, shortchanging guests and workers alike.

On October 28, 2021, Hospitality Workers across North America will come together and fight for our recovery! As the industry recovers, workers must recover along with it! Join UNITE HERE 75 at Hilton Toronto Downtown.

RBC Day of Action

When: October 29th, 2pm
Where: 181 Bay St

Following Wet’suwet’en Leadership and Land Defenders in Gidimt’en Checkpoint, as well as participating in this Global Day of Action, we will shine a spotlight on the planet-killing investments RBC continues to make, and articulate the need for a united front against those who profit from human rights abuses and climate destruction.

We are calling for defunding of CGL and all other fossil fuel expansion projects.

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Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World as if People Mattered

When: Friday October 29th, 3pm

Join us for the first talk of our virtual speaker series, Building Back Better: An Agenda for Progressive Public Policy, ft. Linda McQuaig.

This event will be hosted online using Zoom. A Zoom link and password to access the event will be sent via email to all folks registered.

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Save Square at the ROM

When: October 30th, 1pm
Where: 100 Queen’s Park

Join us to raise awareness about animal agriculture, deforestation, animal exploitation, by showing the public video footage and engaging in conversations

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Slavery and Reparations

When: Nov 1st, 3pm

Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College, together and in partnership with the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, is pleased to announce an online pre-conference event ahead of the 2023 Universities Studying Slavery Conference, which will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This online event will focus on the theme of Slavery and Reparations: African Nova Scotia, Canada and Beyond. The event will begin with a panel discussion at 3 p.m. featuring Cikiah Thomas, Delvina Bernard and Andrea Douglas. The keynote lecture will begin at 6 p.m. AT and will feature Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.

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Organizing for Disability without Poverty

When: November 3rd, 7pm

Would you like to collaborate with others living in Canada to pressure politicians to enact a Canada Disability Benefit?

Please join us on November 3rd at 7pm ET to learn more! You will join in a lively and informal dialogue to talk about and plan the steps we can take together to make sure politicians take action!

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ARTICLES

Striketober and the Gig Economy

By Ben Wray

What does ‘Striketober’ mean for the gig economy? Is something stirring among the workers? There are signs of a noticeable uptick in strikes internationally. In the US, where trade unions have been shattered by decades of neoliberalism, an October strike wave, dubbed ‘Striketober’, includes John Deere manufacturers, Hollywood film workers, nurses, building engineers, auto parts workers and Instacart gig workers.

Source: The Bullet No. 2485

Record Numbers of Workers Are Quitting and Striking

By Sonali Kolhatkar

On September 14, a young woman in Louisiana named Beth McGrath posted a selfie Facebook video of herself working at Walmart. Her body language shows a nervous energy as she works up the courage to speak on the intercom and announces her resignation to shoppers. “Everyone here is overworked and underpaid,” she begins, before going on to call out specific managers for inappropriate and abusive behavior. “I hope you don’t speak to your families the way you speak to us,” she said before ending with “f**k this job!”

Source: The Bullet No. 2486

Ecosocialism, Not Extinction!

By Ecosocialist Alliance

COP 26 unfolds against a backdrop of growing climate chaos and ecological degradation, after an unprecedented summer of heatwaves, wildfires, and flooding events. Climate change is upon us, and we face multiple interlinked and inseparable crises – of climate, environment, extinction, economy and zoonotic diseases. As ecosocialists, we say another world is possible, but a massive social and political transformation is needed, requiring the mobilization of the mass of working people across the globe.

Source: The Bullet No. 2487

Fossil Fuel and Meat Producing Countries Lobbying Against Climate Action

By Lawrence Carter and Crispin Dowler

Some of the world’s biggest coal, oil, beef and animal feed-producing countries are attempting to strip a landmark UN climate report of findings that threaten those domestic economic interests, a major leak of documents seen by Unearthed has revealed. The revelations – which show how this small clutch of countries is attempting to water-down the International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) major upcoming assessment of the world’s options for limiting global warming – come just days before the start of crucial international climate negotiations in Glasgow.

Source: The Bullet No. 2488

COP26: Trade Unions Must Fight for a Socialist Transition to Renewables

By Chris Baugh

The UK government is hosting the 26th United Nations Climate Change “Conference of the Parties” (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was formed in 1988. Its latest report to the UN in August of this year contains even starker warnings for the Earth’s climate than previously, unless decisive action is taken to cut greenhouse emissions. Without this, there is little prospect of keeping an average global temperature increase below the 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius target in the 2015 COP21 Paris Agreement.

Source: The Bullet No. 2489

EMPLOYMENT

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 extended to apply October 29, 2021 at 11:59pm.
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.

Progress Toronto is hiring

Progress Toronto has received funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Summer Jobs program to hire five people, each for 8 weeks full time. Three positions begin Monday January 3, 2022 and end Friday February 25, 2022 (deadline to apply is Thursday November 25, 2021, 5pm).

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