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December 14, 2023

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CALLS TO ACTION

CUPE HCCSS workers deserve fair wages now!

Home and community care workers are united in their efforts to negotiate a fair wage increase. Wages have fallen far behind inflation, yet the Progressive Conservative government and its Home and Community Care Support Service agencies propose to deepen this loss of real wages. This will further undermine and destabilize a home care system already under tremendous stress.

Please add your voice and demand Premier Ford, your MPP, President of the Treasury Board Caroline Mulroney, and Ontario Health President and CEO Matthew Anderson listen to your concerns. Your signatures will be brought to Queen’s Park.

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EVENTS

Deep Violence, Anti-Palestine Repression

When: December 14th, 2pm

Join this conversation between scholar-activists and movement-builders, Fred Moten, Diala Shamas, Loubna Qutami, and Kris Manjapra. As we continue to stand with the movement for a Free Palestine in the face of settler colonialism, empire, genocide, and the wars of the Israeli and American States, we gather to talk about how we safeguard our consciousness, and how we organize in community. In the midst of the long history of coordinated anti-Palestine repression, this event serves to expand the space for imagining and enacting liberatory responses to deep violence, and to the intensifying maneuvers to destroy life, command land and labor, impose carcerality, and suppress resistance.

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Critical Reflections on COP28

When: December 14th, 4pm

On the heels of the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28), join this online conversation to critically examine the progress and failures of these annual global climate talks. Hear from Royal Roads faculty members and thought leaders Robin Cox, Leslie King, Julie MacArthur, and Thomas Homer-Dixon as they discuss not only the challenges of climate negotiations, but where they find cause for optimism.

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Gaza: Genocide and Resistance

When: Thursday, December 14th, 6pm

Join Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi and The People’s Forum to discuss the current struggle for Palestinian liberation, its history and context, as well as future possibilities.

YouTube livestream

Palestine Coffeehouse

When: December 15th, 6:30pm
Where: Studio 89, 2520 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga

As the crisis in Gaza worsens, join us in amplifying local Palestinian voices while connecting with allies.

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Film: Salt of this Sea

When: December 15th, 8:30pm
Where: 468 Queen St W
Pay what you can $15 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Join us, Palestine Postering Toronto, and It’s OK* Studios for a film screening and print sale to fundraise for the Toronto Palestine Solidarity Community Defence Fund!

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Support Migrant Workers! Status for Al

When: Saturday, December 16th, 11am
Where: Christmas Tree, Toronto City Hall

Join migrants and supporters to unite for status for all. This will be a fun holiday action where we will deliver letters to the Prime Minister.

You can also write a letter with this guide and send it to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demanding Status for All!

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Justice for Soli

When: December 16th, 6pm

Soleiman Faqiri died while temporarily housed at an Ontario correctional facility on Dec 15, 2016. We are seeking answers about his death and #JusticeForSoli.

Join us on Saturday December 16th at Yonge and Dundas Square at 6pm for the 7th annual Justice for Soli vigil.

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Ceasefire Now!

When: December 17th, 1pm
Where: Nathan Philips Square

Join us on December 17 to tell Justin Trudeau and Pierre Poilievre to demand an immediate and permanent #CeasefireNow in Israel Palestine.

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Canadian Foreign Policy Hour with Yves Engler

When: Mondays at 6pm

Join author Yves Engler on Mondays for a weekly news roundup and interactive discussion about Canada’s role abroad. This weekly session will delve into the latest developments on subjects ranging from military affairs and Canada’s role in Ukraine to its contribution to Palestinian dispossession, and the exploitation of African resources. Join Yves for a critical take on Canada’s foreign policy. Questions, comments, and criticisms are all welcome.

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Queers 4 Palestine

When: December 18th, 7:30pm
Where: Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street W

Calling all queer, trans and gender diverse people to join in an evening of building community solidarity for Palestine in Toronto. Join us to hear about the long history of queer Palestine solidarity activism in Toronto, sexual and gender diversity in Palestine, and current actions to demand an immediate ceasefire, an end to the siege on Gaza and to stop Canada’s military aid to Israel. As queer and trans people, we resist all forms of oppression and pinkwashing, because we know that our liberation is tied to the liberation of Palestinians and all people. We refuse to be complicit in genocide.

The evening will include speakers, performances, and an opportunity to connect with groups working for the liberation of Palestine here in Toronto.

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Every Prisoner is a Political Prisoner

When: December 21st, 6:30pm
Where: 25 Cecil Street

Tara Alami is a Palestinian writer and organiser from occupied Jerusalem and occupied Yafa. This conversation touches on prisoner struggles in Palestine, exploited prisoner labour, and police suppression of solidarity work. Together, we will interrogate criminalization and envision abolitionist futures from Turtle Island to Palestine.

Throughout the teach-in, Tara will provide prompts that can be used towards making protest placards, poems, and holiday cards for prisoners. This event is a part of a series of forthcoming Mayworks events combining internationalist political education with art-making.

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ARTICLES

Ontario Hospital Crisis: No Capacity, No Plan, No End

By Doug Allan

While Canada has achieved universal public healthcare coverage, that does not mean conservative forces have given up trying to erode that coverage and expand corporate care where it does not currently exist. The battle has become particularly intense in Ontario under the Ford Progressive Conservative government, which is implementing serious cuts to the level of care and moving to bring in for-profit mini hospitals. Inadequate Staffing. Less and less of hospital spending in Ontario is on staffing. Employee compensation as a share of hospital expenditures has consistently shrunk in Ontario.

Source: The Bullet No. 2921

Ending #GazaGenocide is a Climate Issue

By Palestinian BDS National Committee

Indigenous Palestinians in Gaza have been enduring a horrific genocide. Israel’s pace of killing of Palestinians has had “few precedents in this century.” Entire neighbourhoods have been flattened; hospitals targeted; 1.7 million have been displaced; and starvation has been used as a weapon of war. Instead of holding apartheid Israel accountable, the West has continued to arm it and provide political cover for its genocide.

Source: The Bullet No. 2922

Art Gallery of Ontario versus Freedom of Speech and Palestine Solidarity

Canada’s public art institutions have reversed course on their much lauded, highly publicized and commodified commitments toward decolonization and Indigenization. Cultural practices are the lifeblood of our Indigenous communities. Our cultural world and creative practices extend back to our very origins across our lands and bring us to this day and into tomorrow, beyond the current moment of colonialism in which we find ourselves. We continue to endure systematic oppression strategized through settler colonial aspirations, worldwide. Our practices, powerful and central to articulating our relation to one another and the land, have been targeted, commodified and suppressed.

Source: The Bullet No. 2923
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