CSJ Newsletter

July 7, 2022



Protect Hassan Diab from further injustice

We call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government to protect Dr. Hassan Diab from unjust prosecution and an unfair trial in France for a crime he did not commit.

In 2014, Hassan was wrongfully extradited from Canada to France. After spending more than three years in a French prison, French investigative judges found strong evidence that he was not in France at the time of the 1980 crime. He was released in 2018 and cleared of all allegations.

In a politically motivated appeal by French prosecutors, and despite no evidence against him, Hassan was ordered to stand trial in France; the date of the trial has been set for April 2023. This shocking disregard for facts raises fears that a show trial will lead to a wrongful conviction based on unreliable material and unsourced intelligence.



Disarm, Defund, Dismantle

July 6, July 20 and August 3, 7-8pm

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) will be meeting online for one hour every second Wednesday to read and discuss the newly released book Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada.

You’ll put your learnings from the book to practice by engaging in collective action towards defunding Toronto Police Services!


Literature and Revolution

When: July 8th, 8am

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Ghassan Kanafani, we honour his life of resistance and revolution and welcome the launch of the new English-language edition of Kanafani’s “On Zionist Literature.”

With Louis Allday — Series Editor of Liberated Texts, Publisher of On Zionist Literature
Omar Zahzah – Palestinian Youth Movement, Ghassan Kanafani Anthology Committee


#NoWar2022: Resistance & Regeneration

When: July 8-10

Hosted virtually through the Zoom Events platform, #NoWar2022 will facilitate international solidarity by bringing together speakers and attendees from around the world. As we resist the institution of war worldwide, from crippling sanctions and military occupations to the network of military bases that encircle the globe, how can we simultaneously “regenerate,” building the alternative world that we want to see based on nonviolence and a culture of peace?


Taste of the Lawrence outreach

When: July 9th, 1-5pm
Where: Lawrence Avenue East between Warden Ave and Birchmount Rd

Join TTCRiders at the Taste of the Lawrence to push for better transit service and more bus lanes in Scarborough! We will be canvassing for 8 hours; however, you can drop-in or drop-off whenever necessary. This counts for high school volunteer hours!


Protest Against Wage Thieves

When: Saturday July 9th, 5pm
Where: 224 Rutherford Rd S, Brampton

The owners of Sukh Auto (Sukhdeep Hunjan) and Baba Dhaba (Mahabir Bhaath) have refused to pay their former workers thousands of dollars in wages. Join us to demand what we are owed! #StopWageTheft #LuttBandKaro

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Memorial Mass for Shireen Abu Akleh

When: July 10th, 10:30am

Mass in honour of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, killed in Jenin (West Bank) on May 11, 2022. Event will stream on St. Joseph’s Facebook page.

Kindly note that the mass will follow a regular format and, hence, no at-length tributes (speeches, homilies, etc.) for the beloved journalist are expected to take place. Attendees are nonetheless invited to keep Shireen’s memory close in mind and heart.

Emergency phone zap

When: July 12th, 5:30pm

On July 31, the Workers Income Protection Benefit (WIPB) which provided Ontario workers with 3 temporary paid sick days is set to expire. The WIPB was already inadequate and far from what workers need.

As we brace for a possible seventh wave of COVID-19 in the fall, workers will once again be left with zero protections against illnesses.


River Run 2022

When: July 21st, 12pm

Walk with Grassy Narrows youth and community members to show that we are with them on their path to achieve mercury justice and freedom!

This is a family friendly event. Rain or shine!



Who Needs the War?

By Alexandra Kollontai

The war (First World War – 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918) had not yet ended. Indeed, its end was still not even in sight, but the number of disabled was multiplying: the armless, the legless, the blind, the deaf, the mutilated. They had set off for the bloody world slaughter-house young, strong, healthy. Their lives still lay ahead of them. Then only a few months, weeks, even days later, they were brought back to the infirmaries, half dead, broken.

Source: The Bullet No. 2645

Colombia: After Decades of Reaction, A Turn Left

By Sonali Kolhatkar

For the first time ever, Colombia has chosen new leadership that is not conservative. Voters in the third-most populous nation in Latin America narrowly elected the former mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, in a runoff election against his conservative opponent Rodolfo Hernández, with 50.47 percent of the votes. Petro, who ran on a platform to tackle inequality, is a former rebel soldier who, at the age of 17 joined a now-defunct guerilla group called M-19 and was briefly imprisoned and tortured.

Source: The Bullet No. 2646

Ford’s Hallway Medicine: Declining Hospital Beds in Ontario

By Doug Allan

The massive cut in the number of hospital beds in Ontario in the 1990s is, by now, well known. Community and labour movement campaigns over the last fifteen years stopped the decline in the number of beds, but the push for cuts is relentless. Hospital beds per capita have continued to decline right up until the most recent data reported. Moreover, Ontario remains a low-capacity outlier – with far fewer beds per capita than other provinces.

Source: The Bullet No. 2647

We seek lasting peace while NATO prepares for perpetual war

ByProgressive International

Between 28 and 30 June, the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) met in Spain in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine. But rather than seeking to secure collective survival, NATO presented a dangerous vision of a polarised world that reasserts its role as a global policeman. Over years and decades, NATO’s mandate has stretched to accommodate the expansionist ambitions of its founders.

Source: The Bullet No. 2648

A Union Brews at Starbucks

Starbucks workers across the country have been self-organizing an expansive and exciting new organizing campaign that has caught the national imagination. Hear from workers who’ve organized their own stores, gone on strike, built public support, and are changing the labor movement.

Source: LeftStreamed


Sales, Marketing, and Distribution Manager

Between the Lines is seeking a Sales, Marketing, and Distribution Manager to market our books, manage our sales and distribution accounts, and contribute to the general administration of the press.

This is a full-time permanent position at four days per week (Mon–Thurs). The gross annual salary is $45K per year, and this rate increases for cost of living annually each November.


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