CSJ Newsletter

June 9, 2022



Council should build Eglinton East LRT

Councillors are voting soon on whether to advance the Eglinton East light rail transit line to 10% design. That means we still have time to have a voice in the project and convince them to make it as fast, high-capacity, and reliable as possible.



Basics of a Bill webinar

When: Thursday June 9th, 4pm ET

On June 2nd, the bill regarding a Canada Disability Benefit was tabled. This is just the first of many steps for the Benefit to become reality and for money to arrive in people’s bank accounts.

Learn more about the process and to find out how we can ensure our voices lead the conversation every step of the way!


Mobilize Against NATO

When: Thursday June 9th, 7:30pm

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is hosting a Canada-wide call to strategize and mobilize against NATO. We are planning actions across the country from June 25-June 30 to protest the transatlantic alliance during the NATO Summit in Madrid. We call for Canada to withdraw from NATO and for the alliance to be abolished. Join us to plan solidarity actions!


When is ending a blood ban not ending a blood ban?

When: June 11th, 2pm

With Dr. OmiSoore Dryden and Christopher Karas. Introduced and moderated by Gary Kinsman.

On April 28, 2022, it was announced that the blood ban against men who have sex with men was to be lifted. This was not the case.

Facebook event

[Windsor Essex] Solidarity Action with Migrant Workers

When: June 12th

On Sunday, June 12, from 1pm-4pm, Justicia for Migrant Workers along with community organizers and groups will be holding an action in support of migrant farmworkers at farms across Windsor Essex. Migrant workers continue to allege concerns regarding working and living conditions. On Sunday June 12th, join us in this solidarity action to amplify their voices and tell employers and our elected officials that enough is enough. Sign up at Google doc.

Reframing Black Creek Pioneer Village Through Indigenous History

When: Tuesday, June 14th, 7pm

Working with the administration of Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Mississaugas of the Credit, Six Nations of Grand River, Mississaugas of Scugog, Chippewas of Rama, and Chippewas of Georgina Island, a research team of public and Indigenous historians from York University is collaborating to decolonize the 19th century settlement history depicted at this heritage site.

Historians Jennifer Bonnell and Victoria Freeman will discuss the development of the “Changing the Narrative” project, which researches the interconnected histories of Indigenous and settler peoples in the area of the Humber/Black Creek watershed and, more generally, in the region north and immediately west of Toronto – the first step in the creation of new installations and interpretations at the village.

They will be joined by research team member Marcel Fortin, head of the Map and Data Library at the University of Toronto, who will share some of the powerful mapping tools supporting this research.


Online Book Launch for Peggy Nash

When: June 15th 7pm

Women Winning Office: An Activists Guide to Getting Elected, by Peggy Nash, is a practical handbook for how to open doors and get involved in the political process. In it, the former NDP Member of Parliament draws on her experience in five federal campaigns, as well as the stories of many inspiring Canadian women who have run for office at all levels of government. If you want to find out how to take your desire for a better world into elected office, this book is for you!

At the launch, Peggy Nash will be joined by MP Leah Gazan, former Vancouver city councilor Andrea Reimer, with award-winning journalist Fatima Syed moderating.


Book launch: Rehearsals For Living

When: June 16th, 7pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street (at St. Clair)

Another Story Bookshop, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto and Scholar Strike Canada present:

In-person Toronto book launch for Rehearsals for Living, with Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Hosted by Beverly Bain.



Corporate Capital and the Integral State

Steve Maher’s new book, Corporate Capitalism and the Integral State: General Electric and a Century of American Power, develops an original conception of what Gramsci called the ‘integral state’. It shows how state power has been critical for the development and evolution of corporate organization and American capitalism. This thesis is illustrated through the relationship between the American state over the centuries stretching from the 1880s to the 1980s.

Source: LeftStreamed

Fund Public Transit, Not a New Highway

By Nick Grover

During a press conference in Ottawa on Monday (May 30), Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford focused on his plan to “help” commuters by widening a five-kilometre stretch of Highway 417 from six lanes to eight because this is, clearly, the defining election issue for Ottawa voters. Reviving this plan, originally drafted in 2016, is puzzling since construction of the city’s LRT Line 2 is now underway on that exact stretch. But there’s a more fundamental problem with highway expansion: it doesn’t work.

Source: The Bullet No. 2629

Hundreds Protest North America’s Largest Weapons Fair

By World Beyond War

Hundreds of people have blocked access to the opening of CANSEC, North America’s largest weapons and “defense industry” convention at the EY Centre in Ottawa. Forty-foot banners saying “Blood On Your Hands,” “Stop Profiting From War,” and “Arms Dealers Not Welcome” obstructed driveways and pedestrian entrances as attendees attempted to register for and enter the convention centre immediately before Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand was slated to give the opening keynote address.

Source: The Bullet No. 2630

Reasons to be Hopeful: Reflections on the Second SAFTU Congress

By Stephen Faulkner

The second congress of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has just drawn to a close. More than 700 delegates from all of its affiliates gathered to discuss how best to address the challenges presented by the crisis in the global economy and in South Africa. A summary of the decisions that were taken, and the issues to be addressed, are encapsulated in the SAFTU 2nd Congress declaration.

Source: The Bullet No. 2631

How Unions Are Backing BDS

By Olivia Katbi

Major unions and labor federations in Oregon recently passed unprecedented resolutions calling for divestment from an Israeli company over its human rights abuses. In March, both the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), collectively representing more than 300,000 workers in the state, passed a resolution calling for the state of Oregon to divest from the fund that owns Israeli spyware firm NSO. The resolution also calls on the state to implement a human rights screening for all future investments.

Source: The Bullet No. 2632

Armagideon Time – mashup (2022)

The B-side of the Clash’s “London Calling.” Peace, still relevant, today.

Source: YouTube – Epi Zodes

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