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February 15, 2024

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CALLS TO ACTION

Non-Public Funds – Take Action

Nearly 500 workers who provide critical support services to Canadian Forces members, their families, and veterans in Ottawa, Petawawa, Kingston, Valcartier, Montreal-St. Jean, and Bagotville are currently on strike for fair wages, equal pay for equal work, and better job security.

Despite the critical work they do, these workers are still some of the lowest paid workers in the federal public service. For too long, they have been denied decent wage increases and suffered from inconsistent pay grids.

They deserve fair wages, good working conditions and inclusive workplaces.

Tell the government to come to the table with a fair offer.

EVENTS

Sit-in for Palestine

When: February 15th, 8am
Where: U.S. Consulate, 260 University Ave

Toronto! #AllOutForGaza we want to see you! #FreePalestine #HandsOffRafah

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Antisemitism in the Current Moment

When: February 15th, 12pm

Join this panel of Jewish faculty in Canada to consider antisemitism in the context of the recent moment in Israel and Palestine. We are deeply alarmed about how claims of defense of Israel and Jewish rights are being used to justify genocide against Palestinians in Gaza and unprecedented repression against solidarity with Palestine by university administrators, governments, and other institutions. This repression is often couched in false allegations of antisemitism or of supporting terrorism.

Facebook event | zoom.us

We Keep Us Safe

When: February 15th, 7pm

For over 4 months, we have taken to the streets in solidarity with Palestinians to demand a ceasefire and end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. For some of us, this was our first time attending protests! Yet, while we march, chant and build community, we are met with increasing police aggression. We know that police do not keep us safe at protests and instead have a long history of increasing violence and harm. As more people join the Free Palestine movement, we must collectively work to ensure that we reduce interactions with police and keep each other safe!

Join us for an online community conversation where we will skill-share and collectively build our capacity to keep each other safe at protests.

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Solidarity With Tenants at 1465 Lawrence Ave W!

When: Friday February 16th, 12:45 pm
Where: 1465 Lawrence Avenue W

Tenants at 1465 Lawrence Ave W are asking for your support and solidarity. They’re holding a tenant speak-out against AGIs and disrepair! ACORN Tenant Union members must come together to fight back against this injustice!

Can we count on you? Reply to fieldto1@acorncanada.org if you can make it!

P.S. Ontario Cities Need Renoviction Protections NOW! Sign ACORN’s online action here.

Vigil for Palestinian Journalists

When: February 16th, 4:30pm
Where: 250 Front St W

Stand with us as we commemorate the brave jornalists who have sacrificed their lives to bring us the truth.

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Decolonizing Reproductive Justice

When: February 17th, 1pm

Learn from our all-Indigenous panel about the colonial history of abortion and reproductive health care in Canada, and the need for reproductive health and justice for Indigenous people of all genders.

Our speakers will individually share some knowledge and experience, engage in a discussion together, and answer audience questions.

www.arcc-cdac.ca

Global March for Rafah

When: February 17th, 1pm
Where: Union Station, Front and Bay St

Join #T4P on Feb 17th at 1pm at Union Station for the Global March for Rafah. Demand:
– Arms embargo on Israel
– Reinstate funding to UNRWA
– Lift the siege and end Israeli occupation

The global movement for Palestinian liberation is stronger than ever.

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Film screening: Israelism

When: Saturday, February 17th, 4pm and 7:30pm
Where: Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St E
$15+ Benefit for Islamic Relief Canada.

Powerful groundbreaking film exploring the changing relationship of North American Jews with Israel and Zionism. Followed by Q+A with director Erin Axelman and a panel of local Jewish activists.

Presented by Independent Jewish Voices Toronto and IfNotNow Toronto.

www.israelismfilm.com | theredwoodtheatre.com

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

Academic Freedoms in Canada and Critical Speech on Palestine and Israel

By Academic Alliance Against Antisemitism, Racism, Colonialism & Censorship in Canada (ARC)

We are gravely concerned about the widespread suppression of critical speech on Israel and Palestine in the past week not only in Canada, but across much of the West. As scholars whose research is based on questions of antisemitism, colonialism, racism, Islamophobia, queer theory, and related topics, we are concerned that our university administrations are ill-equipped to address the pressures being placed on them by various third parties (including governments, the media, and organizations) to suppress academic freedom.

Source: The Bullet No. 2947

MST’s Commitment to the Struggle and to the Brazilian People

The Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra) launched on Saturday, January 27, its “Letter of Commitment to the Struggle and to the Brazilian People.” The letter was presented during the Political Act in Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the organization which took place following the the meeting of the National Coordination of the Movement. “We reaffirm the commitment we made forty years [founded January 1984] ago: we will fight until the evils of the latifundio (large land holdings) are extinguished from our society and with them all oppression, misery, environmental destruction and hunger,” highlighted part of the letter.

Source: The Bullet No. 2948

What Kind of Holocaust Education? Preventing Racism and Antisemitism

By Larry Haiven

As we mark the 19th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day [27 January], the call to make Holocaust teaching “obligatory” in Canadian public schools has risen to fever pitch. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario have responded with firm promises to do so. The Montreal School Board has requested that Quebec copy the idea. And B’nai Brith Canada is demanding that other provinces follow suit. Why the current panic about Holocaust education?

Source: The Bullet No. 2949
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