CSJ Newsletter

June 29, 2023



Our Lives Are Not for Profit

No matter the circumstance, everyone deserves access to medical treatment. Injuries, hospital stays, and surgeries should never result in an invoice.

But the unfortunate truth is that right now the Ontario government is privatizing our public healthcare system. It’s causing irreparable harm, and putting us all at risk.



Canada in the World /w Tyler Shipley

When: June 28 to August 30

Tyler Shipley will be offering a free, online course from June 28-August 30 (nine weeks) on Canada’s colonial history and present, both at home and abroad, following the structure of his book Canada in the World.

All are welcome. Please message him (tyshipley@gmail.com) if you’d like to be added to the email list!


Making Peace with Russia

When: June 19th to July 4th
Where: various locations
Tickets: $10, Students/seniors $5

Making Peace with Russia: One Handshake at a Time. Dimitri is reporting back! This is his official Hamilton stop.

In April 2023, Dimitri embarked on a self-financed trip to Russia where he lectured to students, presented at a think tank, gave interviews, met officials and peace activists, appeared on Russian media, wrote articles, and tweeted daily about what he saw and heard.

Now you can hear about Dimitri’s citizen diplomacy in person or online. Tour information. Final stop on zoom (July 4).

Why Are We Still Going Nuclear?

When: June 29th, 8pm

After 78 years under the mushroom cloud threat of nuclear weapons to end human life on earth, the United States of America, which now spends more on annual military expenditures than the combined expenditures of the next eight world militaries combined, still maintains nuclear weapons as the dominant centerpiece of our national “security” strategy.

Alfred Meyer is a social activist who has worked with a number of non-profit organizations addressing various aspects of the nuclear enterprise and its threats to life on earth. They include Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in Wisconsin, Washington DC, and New York; the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and Peace Action in Washington DC; the Manhattan Project for a Nuclear Free World in New York City; Friends of Chernobyl Centers United States in Madison, Wisconsin.


Guatemala Never Again

When: Friday June 30th, 6:30pm
Where: Matt Cohen Park, Spadina and Bloor

Guatemala NUNCA mas!

Join this gathering to honour the missing and dissappeared war victims in Guatemala.

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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.


Finding Your Role in Social Movements

When: July 4th, 5:30pm

Are you new to social movement activism/organizing and not sure where to start? Are you shifting roles and energies in social movement spaces and looking for guidance?

It can be hard to figure out what actions + roles you can take on in the fight for climate and social justice. In order to build the critical mass necessary to pose a threat to the status quo, we’re going to need many people with a diverse set of experiences, skills and gifts to build the world we need.


FilmSocial Presents: BACURAU

When: July 5th, 6:30pm
Where: Eyesore Cinema, 1176 Bloor St W

“Bacurau, a settlement in rural Brazil, is shaken by its matriarch’s death. But something strange is happening, the water supply has been cut off, and the village has disappeared from satellite maps completely. Under threat from an unknown enemy, Bacurau braces itself for a brutal fight for survival.”

The Leo Panitch School for Socialist Education and the Socialist Project are thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited return of FilmSocial! FilmSocial is a long running public film series that seeks to interrogate the social problems produced under capitalism through popular films.

Limited seating. Register now at eventbrite.com


Will Israel’s Offensive Against Jenin End Palestinian Resistance?

By Motasem A. Dalloul

Israeli occupation forces and border police carried out a broad offensive on Monday morning against the occupied West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp. The Israeli troops killed at least five Palestinians and wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 91 others, 23 of whom are in a critical condition. According to the Israeli military, the occupation forces detained two wanted Palestinians, but they were caught in an ambush on their way out of the refugee camp. Apparently eight soldiers and border police were wounded in roadside blasts and gunfire.

Source: The Bullet No. 2841

Political Crisis in Peru

By Jan Lust

Since the impeachment of Peru’s president Pedro Castillo on 7 December 2022, Peru has attracted the attention of policy makers all over the world. The massive protests that followed Castillo’s detention resulted in dozens of deaths, mainly caused by bullets from the army or the police. In this article, we discuss the origin and evolution of the political crisis in Peru and its economic effects. The victory of the Left in the Peruvian presidential elections of 2021 was a historical electoral result for the progressive forces which is only comparable with the electoral successes in the 1980s.

Source: The Bullet No. 2842

Replacing the Capitalist Dream of AI-Driven Profits

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Artificial intelligence (AI) and how it’s going to change the world is a popular topic of conversation these days. There is concern that it will generate ever-more deceptive imagery that can upend people’s lives or create propaganda that can fuel mass fear. There’s the ultimate fear of human extinction from the increasingly sophisticated evolution of AI. These are valid worries. Then there’s the seemingly more mundane threat that AI poses to employment. It is expressed in the form of countless stories that have some iteration of the headline: Which jobs are at most risk of being lost to AI?

Source: The Bullet No. 2843

Putting the Squeeze on Hope: Ford Government Hacks Toronto School Budget

By William Paul

One hundred and twenty kids are sitting in the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) Brookview Middle School auditorium listening to Mohamed Ahmed talk to them about possibility and hope. It’s happened this way for a few years as his group, Success Beyond Limits (SBL), makes its pitch to students who are considering high schools in the area like Westview Centennial from which SBL operates its program to guide young people through the tough years of secondary school. It’s a time – especially post-COVID, that’s fraught with tough personal decisions and the likely realization that opportunity is written with dollar signs when there is little money around.

Source: The Bullet No. 2844

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