CSJ Newsletter

January 6, 2022


End the Criminalization of Indigenous Land Defenders

Indigenous Land Defender, Vanessa Gray, was targeted at her home by Toronto Police Services who charged her in connection to a solidarity action in Toronto attended by hundreds of people on November 21st in response to a violent raid on Wet’suwet’en Territory. Vanessa has been released with conditions, but her targeted arrest must be condemned.



TTCriders Book Club

When: January 6th, 13th, 20th, 7pm

Join TTCriders as we read Ed Levy’s Rapid Transit in Toronto: A Century of Plans, Progress, Politics & Paralysis.

Each week will start with a brief re-cap followed by discussion questions. You should come even if you haven’t completed the reading!

Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.

The TTCriders book club is a friendly place to learn more about transit and from each other so we can better organize for public transit improvements.

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First Friday Film and Discussion

When: January 7th, 7:30pm EST

A 38-min frontline documentary on the efforts to stop the fossil fuel expansion and encourage real energy security. The predatory tar sands industry hijacked the US regulatory system in 2019, placing ancient food systems and a fifth of the world’s freshwater in imminent danger. LN3 features indigenous firebrands Winona LaDuke, Tara Houska, and poet-hip hop artist ThomasX, as they lead an alliance to take on Big Oil and their enablers at the institutional level, and on the frontlines. This is the battle for Earth.


History of Toronto ATU Local 113

When: Tuesday January 11th, 7pm

Bill Reno has worked in the Canadian Labour Movement for 45 years as an educator, public campaign architect, sough-after speechwriter, founder of Union Calling, historian, and senior government policy advisor in areas ranging from workers’ compensation, urban mass transit, colleges and universities, public power systems, public libraries, occupational health and safety, labour law and much more.



Working Class Struggles Against Climate Change

Union Stories From the Frontline. Part of the “Just Transition Hub” at the People’s Summit, Glasgow. Introduction by Irene HongPing Shen (TUED), and Moderated by John Treat (TUED).

Source: LeftStreamed

Increased US Military Spending Means More Militarism, Imperialism, and War

By Dan La Botz

The US Congress is completely divided, Republicans versus Democrats. Except when it comes to the military. Bills for working people can’t be passed. But there’s always money for the generals and the arms-makers. Last week the US Congress passed and President Joseph Biden signed the military spending bill for 2022 at a cost of $768-billion, $24-billion more than requested! The bill pays for ships, submarines, aircraft, and all sorts of weapons, as well as the pay for military personnel.

Source: The Bullet No. 2532

Averting Disaster: Declaration of the 5th European Forum of the Left

We are holding this 5th Forum at a time when cooperation and collaboration between Green, Progressive, and European Left forces is more necessary than ever. The crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 across the planet, in fact, has revealed all the contradictions, limitations and deficiencies of a neoliberal, predatory and unsupportive model of society, which is unable to cope with such a profound challenge like the consequences of a pandemic, which has ravaged the world for almost two years.

Source: The Bullet No. 2533

Bringing Precarity Home: Digitized Piece Work and the Fiction of Flexibility

By Bama Athreya

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a global transition to digital mediation of work. For some, this has meant work previously done at office desks can now be performed remotely. However even before COVID-19, a shift to fragment, automate and outsource work that could be performed remotely and online had begun. This work, sometimes called ‘gig work,’ has been hyped as ‘flexible,’ and promoted as a ‘lifestyle’ option. In reality much gig work is simply piece work, benefitting from a captive global workforce locked into unpaid care burdens.

Source: The Bullet No. 2534

Free Transit Movement Making Inroads

By Alistair Steele

Late afternoon on December 9th, volunteers with the advocacy group Free Transit Ottawa stood near the doors of St. Laurent Shopping Centre, thrusting leaflets into the hands of people hurrying to catch a bus at the platform outside. “Fare free now, fare free forever,” the leaflets demanded in bold letters. The very idea of free public transit for all may seem bold, too, but most of the commuters who took time to stop and talk greeted it with enthusiasm. Having been granted a taste of fare-free service this month – a gesture of appreciation from the city for having endured one disruptive LRT (light rail transit) foul-up after another – the long-suffering public seems primed for some lasting relief.

Source: The Bullet No. 2535


Publishing intern

Between the Lines is seeking a politically minded publishing intern to assist staff in each department at our nonfiction press, including: sales, distribution, and marketing; editorial, rights, and permissions; publicity and promotions; and production and design. This paid full-time position is typically 28 hours per week for 12 weeks (336 hours total). We are open to part-time arrangements for the right candidate. The intern will receive $6,300 over the span of the internship.


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