CSJ Newsletter

January 4, 2024



Help Archive OCAP’s History

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) was a direct action organization that achieved numerous victories over its impressive 30-year history. OCAP has inspired groups around the world. Preserving this impactful legacy is of paramount importance – a testament to the past that fuels the ongoing fight for a better future.

The OCAP Archive Project has undertaken the essential task of meticulously documenting OCAP’s history, and the aim is to create a comprehensive digital and public archive. Although we secured $10,000 as the organization concluded its operations, we find ourselves needing another $10,000 to complete this project and sustain the archive for the next decade.


Stop Hwy 413

Premier Ford has done everything in his power to undermine provincial environmental assessments and ignore the climate impacts of his destructive infrastructure projects.

For many projects, a federal Impact Assessment is the only proper environmental review that will ever be conducted. But now, because of a recent Supreme Court ruling which found flaws in the Impact Assessment Act, the Premier is trying to force through several catastrophic and expensive projects — including Highway 413 — before the Federal government has time to revise the Impact Assessment Act.

Tell Minister Guilbeault, Minister Wilkinson and your local Federal MP to stand up to Premier Ford in court!



All Out for Palestine

When: January 4th, 4pm
Where: NW Corner of Bay and Front Streets

Jews Say No To Genocide is inviting Jews and allies to join in demanding an immediate ceasefire, end to Canadian complicity and arms trade with Israel and end to the Israeli occupation.

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Shutdown Sobeys Greed

When: Saturday January 6th, 12pm
Where: 2451 Danforth Ave

Standing up for Fair Wages and Against Corporate Greed.

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Genocide No More!

When: Sunday January 7th, 1pm
Where: 100 Front St W.

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.


Worker to Worker Solidarity

When: January 13th, 2pm

Join Labour for Palestine Canada for panel presentations and discussion with labour activists and organizers from Palestine, Europe, US and Canada on building a worker-led movement against Israel apartheid.


The Fascist Threat and What it Means for Working Class Politics

When: February 9th, 7pm
Where: CSI, 720 Bathurst St

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.



The Case of Platform Workers in the Philippines

By Yvan Ysmael Yonaha

“Grab Philippines, Respect Our Rights! Recognise Our Union and Negotiate With Us!” rang out in Angeles City during the public launch of the National Union of Food Delivery Riders (formerly known as United Delivery Riders of the Philippines; henceforth, the riders’ union) on January 25, 2023. In attendance were the Grab riders who formed it, foodpanda riders sympathetic to their cause, a representative from the Department of Labour and Employment of the Philippines, and various unions under the umbrella of the Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Mangagawa (SENTRO – Center of United and Progressive Workers).

Source: The Bullet No. 2927

Killing Children, the Burdens of Conscience, and the Israel-Hamas War

By Henry A. Giroux

War breeds depravity, and vague appeals to morality give way to a politics soaked in blood and destruction. Too often it is the most innocent who pay the price. The most recent and tragic example is the death and violence that has been waged on the children of Israel and Gaza. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, when violence first erupted on October 7th with Hamas’s brutal and heinous attack on Israeli soldiers and civilians, 29 Israeli children were killed. The killing of innocent children has continued in shockingly accelerated numbers with Israel’s policy of collective punishment.

Source: The Bullet No. 2928

Obstacles to Palestinian-Israeli Peace

By Saeed Rahnema

If Al-Qaeda and ISIS were the indirect products of the policies of US imperialism, Hamas is a direct product of Israel. A glimpse into the painful history of 75 years of conflicts and confrontations between Israel and Palestinians helps one better understand the latest Hamas/Israeli fighting that started on October 7, 2023.

Source: The Bullet No. 2929

From Gaza: The Diary of “Aisha Hussein”

By Judy Haiven

Aisha Hussein is not a real person; she is a composite. To underscore the dire situation in the midst of the destruction and bombing of Gaza, the occupation, sense of imprisonment and the unbelievable insecurity of daily life, Gazans have been living with, I have interspersed some imaginary diary entries of Aisha with some real diary excerpts by Anne Frank. I’ve taken real, indisputable facts of the last few weeks of Israeli genocide in Gaza to paint a picture of what a 13-year-old Palestinian girl of today might note in her diary. Just in case you are doubting any of these facts, I’ve included some hyperlinks. I’ve also interspersed some quotations from Anne Frank’s diary. See if you can spot them.

Source: The Bullet No. 2930


Senior Bookkeeper

CUPE Ontario is seeking a Temporary Full Time Senior Bookkeeper

External applicants are invited to apply for the position by January 10, 2024, at 4pm.

CUPE Ontario’s mission is to advance the lives of 290,000 members across the province, both at work and in their communities, by mounting campaigns for political mobilization, facilitating the coordination of collective bargaining, and fighting for social justice, equality, and against all forms of discrimination.

The Senior Bookkeeper provides support to CUPE Ontario’s Secretary Treasurer’s office and all aspects of CUPE Ontario’s bookkeeping needs. The Senior Bookkeeper is detail-oriented; and demonstrates considerable initiative and a drive to get things done. The Senior Bookkeeper works as a part of a team with the Officers, a part-time Accountant, Political Staff, and Administrative Staff.

Start Date: Immediately. The anticipated term of this position is until April of 2025.
Weekly Salary: $1,883.83 per week. Benefits, pension and conditions of employment are set out in the Collective Agreement between CUPE Ontario and COPE Local 343.


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