CSJ Newsletter

October 26, 2023



Stand with Palestine

We, the undersigned, residing as settlers in so-called Canada, urge Canadian political leaders to end their complicity in the ongoing massacres and genocide in Gaza, Occupied Palestine. The letter, demanding accountability and action from political leaders, is as follows:

Dear Members of Parliament,

You have called on Canada to urge for an “immediate ceasefire” in the face of unimaginable devastation. Yet, all Canadian political parties dehumanize Palestinians, facilitating Israeli-led genocide against them. If you truly value Palestinian life and international law, we thus call on you to resign now. Consider the recent resignation of 23 Labour councillors in the UK in response to Starmer’s support for collective punishment: “In a choice between serving our parties or justice, we have chosen justice”…


Ontario NDP reinstate Jama

NDP MPP Sarah Jama has just been expelled from the NDP caucus for opposing Israel’s genocidal policies in Gaza. Two weeks ago Jama called for an end to Israeli violence, which has cost more than 5000 Palestinians, including 2000 children, their lives.

In response to her call for a ceasefire, the scandal plagued Ontario Conservative government and corporate media have attacked Jama. In fact, the anti-Palestinian lobby has been hounding Jama since even before she was elected to the legislature.

In response to the legislature’s bid to censure her, Jama repeated her call for a ceasefire and labelled Israel an apartheid state. If Sarah Jama is not reinstated we urge members of the caucus to withdraw in protest.



Different Shades of Red

When: October 26 to 28
Where: 3200 Rue Jean-Brillant, Montréal (in person and by zoom)

Socialism and communism were radical democratic projects that aimed at providing a comprehensive solution to the economic, political, and social issues brought about by the fast development of industrial and finance capitalism in the 19th century against the background of the rise of mass society. These projects put forward a vision of the common good championing universal equality, freedom, and social justice, whose flourishing would result from a revolution overthrowing capitalism and establishing collective property and people’s self-government and self-management. Today, however, socialism and communism are discarded as failed ideologies and reduced to the paradigmatic forms they embodied in history.


Palestine: “Women and Children” and the Politics of Appeal

When: Thursday, October 26th, 7pm

Join this broadcast for the lecture on Palestine justice by Mohammed El-Kurd cancelled by the University of Vermont.

Mohammed El-Kurd is an award-winning poet, writer, journalist and organizing from Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine. He is the Palestinian correspondent for The Nation and a Civic Media Fellow at the University of Southern California. Mohammed will talk about the representation and misrepresentation of Palestinians in the US.


Defend Sarah Jama! Stop the Attack on Gaza!

When: October 27th, 12pm

This event is taking place in response to the Ontario legislature censuring Ontario MPP Sarah Jama and Ontario NDP leader Marit Stiles’ decision to expel Sarah Jama from the caucus over her opposition to Israeli violence in Palestine.

Speakers include Desmond Cole, Judy Rebick, Anjali Appadurai, Anthony Marco, Khaled Mouammar, Beisan Zubi, Rima Berns-McGown, Beyhan Farhadi and Tom Baker among others.


Tenant Rights Workshop

When: October 28th, 9am
Where: Wellesley Community Centre

Know your rights! ACORN’s Downtown chapter is hosting a Tenant Rights workshop with Neighbourhood Legal Services. We’re here to empower you and make sure that you have the skills and the tools you need to stand up for your rights. Contact tofield1@acorncanada.org or 416 461 9233 for more details.

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[Hamilton] Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women

When: Saturday October 28th, 10am
Where: Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Reading Club offers physical, virtual, and mental space to engage with thought-provoking writing about contemporary issues. Drop in for one or all five discussions about books exploring gender, capitalism, police abolition, colonialism, the housing crisis, class and more. Sara Swerdlyk, Publicity and Promotions Manager at Between the Lines, will join us for our first meeting to discuss Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women by Sylvia Federici.


Let’s talk about peace and rights

When: October 28th, 2pm
Where: 720 Spadina Ave, WAC

Building Solidarity with Colombian Social Movements. Berenice Celeita Alayón, activist, human rights defender, and director of Nomadesc.

Con Berenice Celeita, Comunicadora Social Periodista con especialización en Antropología Forense, quien coordina la Universidad Intercultural de los Pueblos, una propuesta pedagógica impulsada por la Asociación NOMADESC para comunidades Negras, Indígenas, Campesinas y Urbanas del Sur occidente de Colombia.

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End the Genocide in Gaza

When: October 29th, 2pm
Where: US Consulate, 360 University Ave.

Join this rally against the complicity of Canada in the genocide against Gaza.

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Seeking Justice Through Coffee

When: Sunday October 29th, 6pm
Donation $10

A driving force behind Guatemala’s Café Justicia, Leocadio Juracán Salomé tells the living story of how to seek social justice through coffee.


Empowering Feminists for Peace

When: October 30th, 1pm

WILPF Canada is excited to announce a webinar with WILPF International president Sylvie Ndongmo!

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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.


[Montréal] Nakba: The Struggle to Decolonize Israel

When: October 30th, 7pm
Where: 251 Avenue des Pins Ouest, Montréal

Join Eitan Bronstein Aparacio and Éléonore Merza Bronstein, on the final stop of their Canadian book tour.



An Urgent Call from Palestinian Trade Unions: End all Complicity, Stop Arming Israel

Israel has demanded that 1.1 million Palestinians evacuate the northern half of Gaza, whilst subjecting them to constant bombardment. This ruthless move is part of Israel’s plan, backed by unwavering support and active participation from the US and majority of European states, to carry out unprecedented and heinous massacres against 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza and to ethnically cleanse it altogether. Since Saturday Israel has indiscriminately and intensively bombarded Gaza, and cut off fuel, electricity, water, food, and medical supplies. Israel has killed more than 2,700 Palestinians – including 614 children – leveling whole neighbourhoods, wiping out entire families and injuring more than 10,000 people. Some international law experts have begun warning of Israel’s genocidal acts.

Source: The Bullet No. 2890

Cementing Neo-Colonial Relations: the EU–Mercosur ‘Free’ Trade Deal

By Andreas Bieler

“EU and Mercosur leaders ignore the voice of the people to push forward with toxic deal,” declared the Stop EU-Mercosur campaign alliance, a coalition of more than 450 organisations from Latin America and Europe, including trade unions, farmers’ organisations, social movements, animal activists, and environmentalists. The alliance held a two-day meeting in Brussels on 17 and 18 July in parallel to the summit of EU leaders and leaders from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), at which a conclusion of the highly controversial EU-Mercosur ‘free’ trade agreement was also discussed.

Source: The Bullet No. 2891

Ending Apartheid Is the Only Path to Peace

By Ronan Burtenshaw

For over 75 years, Palestinians have been subject to occupation and apartheid. Condemning the latest violence but remaining silent about that injustice only exposes the West’s staggering hypocrisy. Things couldn’t stay as they were – and so, they didn’t. After almost a year of escalation, which was largely ignored by the international media despite near-daily death tolls, Israel and the Palestinian territories have erupted into a brutal and devastating war.

Source: The Bullet No. 2892

The Guatemalan Spring (1944 and 2023)

Protests in Guatemala supporting President-elect Bernardo Arévalo suggest efforts by officials to derail his presidency awakened a new will to defend democracy. In 1954, the US government, Guatemalan oligarchs and army overthrew the social democratic government of Guatemala, and a military-backed regime was re-installed. Now, Guatemalans are in the streets across the country, fighting for a new Guatemalan Spring.

Source: LeftStreamed

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