CSJ Newsletter

June 27, 2024

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CALLS TO ACTION

END to anti-Palestinian racism in our schools

Tell Toronto School Board Trustees: Put an END to anti-Palestinian racism in our schools

The TDSB has failed to meet its own stated commitments to equity, decolonization, and human rights by allowing anti-Palestinian racism at a time when Palestinians are experiencing a genocide at the hands of the Israeli state. At least 14,000 children have been killed in Gaza and 90 percent of schools there have been damaged or destroyed. No child in Gaza has been in school since October 2023. The United Nations has called Gaza a “graveyard for children.”

But Canada’s largest school board has been utterly silent on this suffering. Worse, students have been sanctioned and intimidated for simply wearing the keffiyeh or clothing with the words ‘Free Palestine’.

Instead of support and care, the TDSB has refused to publish student writing that discusses Palestinian history and struggle in school newspapers.

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EVENTS

Cuban Women: Politics, Culture and Revolution

When: Thursday, June 27th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St

The launch of the newest issue of the journal Canadian Women Studies. Readings, food, music, cash bar.

RSVP: brendacranney@inanna.ca | inanna.ca

Palestine Speaks

When: Thursday June 27th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave

Join an evening of Palestinian solidarity and expression. Whether you’re a seasoned writer, performer, or poet; or you simply want to share your musings in a welcoming atmosphere, you are invited to share your own (or others’) writing, poetry, music – published or unpublished.

Let’s gather as performers and listeners to connect, express and support one another through the art of words. Interested in speaking? Please fill out their registration form here.

Gaza Square

When: Every Sunday, 11am to 1pm
Where: 371 Wallace Ave

We’ll be at Gaza square once again this Sunday morning with hot chocolate and coffee, buttons and posters, lawn signs and colourful chalk! Come say hi and meet your fellow neighbours/organizers as we make our presence known and continue to build safety in our community!

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Abolitionist Pride

When: June 30th, 2-7pm
Where: Grange Park (near Dundas St W/ John St)

NPPC invites you to attend Abolitionist Pride: From Tkaronto to Palestine and Beyond at Grange Park on Sunday, June 30th from 2-7pm.

We will meet at 2PM at the corner of Stephanie and John St. Folks not participating in the march are invited to hang out in Grange Park, where we will gather afterwards.

Pride March begins at 2pm.Opening Ceremony with speakers, drumming, chants and DJ.

Picnic follows from 4-7pm. We look forward to seeing you there! Masked event. ASL provided.

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Movie Night & Social

When: Tuesday, July 30th, 6pm
Where: Community Organizing Space, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd Floor

Join decent work activists from across the city for a Movie Night and Social.

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Weekly Phone-zap for Palestine

When: Mondays at 12pm

Week after week, we’re keeping the momentum going with our Monday lunchtime zaps.

Our collective action is making waves, but we need to ensure our elected officials continue to feel the pressure until real change happens.

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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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From Genocide in Gaza to Decolonizing Palestine

When: July 4th, 7pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave

While our attention and hearts are focused on Gaza, civil society cannot abandon the wider fight for Palestinian rights and a better future for everyone between the River and the Sea.

Jeff Halper is a Jewish Israeli-American peace activist and author, co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and a founding member of the Palestinian-led One Democratic State Campaign.

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ARTICLES

The Anti-War Left Makes Inroads in Israel

Omdim be’Yachad-Naqef Ma’an, or Standing Together, is a Jewish-Arab social movement in Israel that organises against racism and occupation, and for equality and social justice. Federico Fuentes interviewed Standing Together’s national field organiser, Uri Weltmann, to discuss the growing peace movement inside Israel, how activists are confronting far-right extremists seeking to disrupt humanitarian aid going to the Gaza Strip, and the left’s recent electoral breakthroughs.

Source: The Bullet No. 3006

Framing Palestine

By Adam Hanieh

Over the last seven months, Israel’s genocidal war in Gaza has generated an unprecedented wave of global protest and awareness around Palestine. Many millions of people have taken to the streets, encampments have spread across universities throughout the world, courageous activists have blocked ports and arms factories, and there is a deep-seated recognition that a global campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel is needed now more than ever. The strength of these popular movements has been reinforced through the enormous attention brought by South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Source: The Bullet No. 3007

Break the Silence, Free Congo

By Alexandria Shaner and François Kamate

There are deadly links between war, the plunder of resources, and climate breakdown. Blood red stains follow their concurrence across the map from Iraq, to Amazonia, to Gaza – no inhabited continent is unmarked. And nowhere are these links more devastatingly clear than in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where M23 militias financed by the Rwandan government, which is in turn funded by the EU, UK, USA, and others, are committing mass murder and ecological destruction.

Source: The Bullet No. 3008

EMPLOYMENT

Health and Safety director

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers and is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation. The OFL is seeking an Interim Director of Health, Safety & Environment (Leave), directing policy and action in a provincial organization committed to social and economic justice. The successful candidate will begin in July 2024, and report to the President of the OFL, through the OFL’s Executive Director.

Full-time, 6-month contract to cover a maternity leave, working out of the Federation of Labour office in North York, Toronto. The successful candidate is covered under the COPE 343 Collective Agreement, with a competitive weekly salary, including COLA plus benefits.

Deadline: 5 July, 2024.

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Communications and Political Action

The Canadian National Office of the United Steelworkers (USW) is seeking to hire a full-time staff person, to work in our Etobicoke office as part of our Communications and Political Action Department, starting as of late July.

The United Steelworkers union works to develop every aspect of our communications with our members, government decision makers, the media and the general public. We are therefore looking for someone who is trained and experienced in current communication methods and who has media experience, political knowledge and a strong grounding in writing, editing and digital media.

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