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December 21, 2023

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CALLS TO ACTION

Call for a Ceasefire

Canada voted in favour of a non-binding United Nations resolution calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza.

A massive wave of pressure from experts, everyday people taking to the streets, and some politicians across the globe demanding a ceasefire has finally gotten us to this place. Now that Canada has finally put human rights front and center in this conflict, we must keep the pressure up – and continue to demand that Canadian politicians join the national call for a permanent ceasefire.

Call on your local Mayor and Council to demand a ceasefire.

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EVENTS

Action Day for New Subway Trains!

When: Thursday, December 21st, 8am-9am

Join TTCriders and allies at subway stops across Line 2 to ask federal MPs to fund TTC operations and new Line 2 trains. Without new trains, subway service in Toronto will become more crowded and less reliable.

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Journalists Killed

When: December 21st, 8:30am
Where: CBC Building, 250 Front St W.

100 journalists have been killed. Very little has been reported. The truth must be told. This calls for a demonstration outside CBC. Join us and let others know.

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Kensington Market Winter Solstice

When: Thursday, December 21st, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Where: Kensington Market

Free festival with puppets, music, theatre, candlelight.

All are welcome to celebrate on the longest night of midwinter—the winter solstice! In collaboration with community partners, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts presents a Street Festival program of fire warming stations, live music, theatre, roaming tall puppets, and fire arts all within Kensington market!

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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Solidarity Vigil with Gaza

When: December 22nd, 6pm
Where: Grange Park

There is so much to mourn about this brutal genocide. Join Jews who say #NotInOurName as we mourn the more than 20,000 lost in Gaza. Jewish led action. All are welcome.

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No Xmas as Usual

When: December 23rd, 1pm
Where: Rally at Yonge-Dundas Square

Ceasefire Now! Lift the Siege on Gaza

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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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ARTICLES

Workers For Palestine: Blockading BAE Systems in Glasgow

Palestinian solidarity activists blockaded BAE Systems factory in Glasgow’s Govan District on 7 December 2023. The blockade at the entrances to the BAE Systems site in Glasgow was organised by a local group in co-ordination with Workers for a Free Palestine. The blockade was in protest over the defence company’s ties to Israel, a call for a ceasefire, and an end to the Israeli occupation.

Source: LeftStreamed

The Transit Equity Movement Wins Their Biggest Zero Fare Victory Yet

By Liam Crisan

It’s happening: the city of Albuquerque (population 1 million) is permanently eliminating public bus fares, becoming the largest US city to embrace this critical step toward racial and economic equity. A coalition headed by Together for Brothers – a community-organizing and power-building group led by and for young men of color – made the victory possible.

Source: The Bullet No. 2924

Censorship and Civil Terror in Canada

By Judy Haiven

These days, the pro-Israel establishment and the political class of almost every western country are trying to silence Palestinian voices, and their supporters. The suppression doesn’t end there because it’s not just the voices that are being stifled. The powerful in western countries, including Canada, are resorting to threats, arrests, suspensions, and firing of people who dare to stand up in support of Palestinian human rights.

Source: The Bullet No. 2925

Toronto Picketers at Pratt and Whitney

By Labour Against the Arms Trade and World Beyond War

On Tuesday morning of December 12, more than two hundred workers and union members from across the Toronto area picketed the Mississauga manufacturing plant of defence contractor Pratt & Whitney Canada. As Israel pursues its deadly assault on Gaza for a third month, the picket lines interrupted business as usual at an aerospace giant that makes engines for aircrafts that the Israeli military is using to carry out its bombing campaign against Palestinian lives and infrastructure. Encountering banners that read “Stop Arming Apartheid” and “Arms Embargo on Israel Now” as they arrived for morning shift, cars were turned away from the entrance to the factory.

Source: The Bullet No. 2926
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