CSJ Newsletter

February 1, 2024

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CALLS TO ACTION

Tell City Council to Invest in Housing

Right now, Mayor Chow and City Council are deciding on the 2024 budget and it’s their opportunity to invest in solutions to help address the housing crisis. We need the Mayor and City Council to be bold to prevent renovictions, protect affordable homes, and provide adequate services to those experiencing homelessness.

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TTC seeking customer feedback

The TTC has drafted three proposed policies relating to Special Constable and Fare Inspector enforcement activities. The policies were developed in response to recommendations made by the Ombudsman Toronto in their report on April 20, 2017, called “An Investigation into the Toronto Transit Commission’s Oversight of its Transit Enforcement Unit.”

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EVENTS

Defund genocide

When: February 1st, 12pm

Given several North American and European governments’ unconscionable decision to defund the UN aid agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) – even as the International Court of Justice has ruled that Israel is plausibly committing genocide in Gaza, including through deprivation of humanitarian aid – we are organizing a global online rally to demand: Defund genocide.

Join Ronnie Kasrils, Roger Waters, Michael Lynk, Gabor Mate, Shawan Jabarin, Vijay Prashad, Gayatri Spivak, Susan Abulhawa, and many others.

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Confronting Anti-Palestinian Censorship

When: Feb 1st, 6:30pm

This panel invites workers, including arts workers, to reflect on tactics for undertaking Palestinian liberation solidarity actions at and outside the workplace. Moderated by Hassan Husseini of Labour for Palestine – Canada, with panelists: artist Rana Nazzal Hamadeh, filmmaker John Greyson and labour lawyer Wassim Garzouzi, the discussion will touch on anti-Palestinian censorship, the Palestinian Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), legal issues, rights and more.

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Unsettling Anthropology

When: February 2nd, 4pm

The upcoming “Unsettling Anthropology: violence, terror & resistance” speaker series, featuring Dr. M. Muhannad Ayyash.

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Settler Colonialism is a Crime

When: February 3rd, 10:30am

Almost four months into the war on Gaza, the International Court of Justice has directed Israel to prevent genocide in Gaza, yet refrained from ordering a ceasefire. In December 2023, the Supreme Court of India rubber-stamped the government’s unilateral abrogation of Article 370, which previously afforded Kashmir a special status that included the right of self-determination. Discussions of the international rule of law, settler colonialism, and its violence have taken the center stage. At this dark moment in history, we must address the connections, parallels, and distinctions between Palestine and Kashmir, for as the Indigenous Peoples in North America remind us, the settler colonial project and genocide is ongoing.

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Join the fight against Ford’s agenda

When: February 3rd, 12pm
Where: 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls

Welcome to Ford’s Ontario in 2024: corruption, closures and a cost-of-living crisis! Since 2018, Ford’s policies have made life harder for Ontario workers, while making his developer and donor buddies richer.

Enough is enough. Join us on February 3 in Niagara Falls.

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Lift the Siege

When: Sunday February 4th, 1pm
Where: Front and Bay St

Let Them Breathe | 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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Be A Revolution

When: February 5th, 7pm
Where: Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St W

Hot Docs and HarperCollins present #1 New York Times bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo for an exclusive Toronto debut in which Oluo will discuss her eagerly anticipated book, Be A Revolution.

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OCHU/CUPE Bargaining Rally

When: February 6th, 11am
Where: Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St W

Hospital workers from Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) are currently at the bargaining table, and they’re holding a rally to show support for the team! Show your support for hospital workers and the fight for good jobs, decent wages, and better public health care for all.

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The Fascist Threat and What it Means for Working Class Politics

When: February 9th, 7pm
Where: Eastminster Church, 310 Danforth Ave

Amidst unfolding environmental disaster, ongoing genocide, and a lack of faith in public institutions, fascist and anti-democratic movements continue to gain political ground, both at home and abroad. How can working class movements respond to these fundamental threats? How can we build a real alternative that can challenge the dominant politics of division and distrust?

To speak to this pressing topic, The Leo Panitch School for Socialist Education is thrilled to host Adolph Reed Jr. for his re-scheduled special guest lecture, THE FASCIST THREAT: What it Means for Working Class Politics.

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ARTICLES

Trade Unions Block Arms Exports to Israel

By Ivana Peric

Around the world, trade unions and workers are refusing to participate in the production and transportation of arms intended for Israel. Particularly notable are the actions of port workers’ unions, who have demonstrated in line with their tradition that the struggle for workers’ rights is inseparable from the fight for human rights, equality, and freedom. On the other hand, almost all unions in Croatia have remained silent on the call for solidarity from their Palestinian colleagues and international union centers.

Source: The Bullet No. 2940

We Are in a Fight for Life

This talk was given by Avi Lewis as the opening keynote at the Parkland Institute’s 27th Annual Fall Conference “Alberta at the Crossroads: Building the World We Want,” in Edmonton on November 17, 2023. The original intent was for Lewis to address the role of inspiring political visions to build momentum for transformative change. After October 7, the talk took a different turn.

Source: The Bullet No. 2941

A Call for Peace

The state of Israel, which has been illegally occupying the Palestinian territories for 56 years and has been besieging Gaza since 2006 in violation of international law, as also stated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, is today committing another crime against the Palestinian people in front of the eyes of the whole world. On October 7, 2023, the “Joint Room for Palestinian Resistance Factions” consisting of a total of 12 Palestinian organisations with diverse political orientations – often reported in the media only as Hamas – crossed the Gaza border and killed more than 1400 people, most of them civilians, with air and ground attacks.

Source: The Bullet No. 2942

Direct Action Shuts Down Israeli-Owned Weapons Factory

By Rivkah Brown

In August 2014, Adie Mormech got a Facebook message he will never forget. It was from Wafaa, one of his former students in Gaza. “Adie do u remember Huda that was in your class in Afaq she was my friend.” Of course he remembered Huda: her humour; her quirkiness; how she’d come to class early to tell him stories; the gifts she gave him when he left; her excitement about her upcoming wedding. Huda, Wafaa wrote, was dead.

Source: The Bullet No. 2943
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