CSJ Newsletter

March 7, 2024

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CALLS TO ACTION

Support good jobs at York

Tell President Lenton and six members of the York University Senior Administration to support wages, job stability and protections that provide an accessible, high quality education to all!

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EVENTS

Anti-RBC Indigenous Solidarity Action

When: March 7th, 11am
Where: York Univ, Sentinel and Pond Rd

SCM York is once again participating in action against RBC on our campus with a coalition of students and groups organized by Banks Off Campus YorkU. Take action in solidarity with Indigenous land defenders and against capitalist-funded climate destruction and militarism around the world.

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Know Your Rights Workshop

When: March 7th, 6pm

Can you be paid in cash? Can your boss ask for a doctor’s note if you take a sick day? How far in advance must your boss give you your schedule? Learn about this and more at our upcoming Know your Rights at Work workshop taking place Thursday, March 7, via Zoom! Together, we’ll discuss what our rights are, how we can protect ourselves at work, and what we can do to push for more in our workplaces and across Ontario.

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Teach-in on Palestine

When: March 7th, 6pm
Where: Toronto Metropolitan University

Join the Palestinian Youth Movement and Students for Justice in Palestine at Toronto Metropolitan University as part of PYM’s campus tour teach-ins!

We’ll cover a crucial lineup of topics to empower you with the knowledge you need to speak up and out for Palestine, on and off-campus. Whether you’re a student, educator, faculty member, staff or community member, this event is open to everyone willing to learn. Bring your friends and family for a night of learning and teaching!

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Right-Wing Populism and the Working Class

When; Match 7th, 7pm

Right-wing populism is on the rise around the world. In Canada and the U.S., right-wing populist politicians have made direct appeals to workers, including union members and organized labour. This has even yielded some high-profile union endorsements, particularly in the building trades. Donald Trump is the most famous example, but Pierre Poilievre and the Conservative Party have adapted right-wing populism to a Canadian context.

In this free, virtual discussion, David Moscrop and Bill Fletcher Jr. will speak about how organized labour and the left in Canada and the U.S. can respond effectively to right-wing populism.

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Israeli Apartheid Week March 8th Panel

When: March 8th, 2pm (doors 1:30)
Where: 427 Bloor St W

Join the Students in Solidarity with Palestine from March 4th to 8th at the University of Toronto St. George campus to observe the 18th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).

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Women & War

When: March 9 to 23

Marking International Women’s Day (March 8), this year’s “Women & War” virtual film festival from March 9-23, 2024 explores the intersection of women, war, and militarized masculinity. Each week, we’ll host a live Zoom discussion with key representatives from the films and special guests to answer your questions and explore the topics addressed in the films. Scroll down to learn more about each film and our special guests, and to purchase tickets!

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March on Ottawa for Gaza

When: March 9th, 1pm
Where: Parliament Hill, Ottawa

For over 150 days, Palestinians in Gaza continue to undergo genocide and ethnic cleansing. Canada’s support of Israel makes it complicit in the ongoing genocide against Palestinians. Demand an end to Canadian complicity with Israel:

– Arms Embargo on Israel
– Economic and Political Sanctions on Israel
– Immediate reinstatement of UNRWA funding

Busses available from Mississauga, Toronto, Scarborough, and Hamilton. Round trip included. Buy tickets and endorse the March at linktr.ee.

Int’l Women’s Solidarity and the Movement for Peace

When: March 10th, 1pm
Where: 1237 Queen Street West and YouTube

Celebrate this IWD with an afternoon of of speakers in solidarity with the diverse voices of the women’s movement in Canada.

Special guest speakers include Toronto & York Region Labour Council President, Andria Babbington, Mohawk activist and film maker Layla Staats and more!

A Call to Action

When: March 10th, 4pm

Join us to talk about the impact of our work on the Royal Bank of Canada and the power that we have built.

RBC holds investments in:
– The Coastal GasLink pipeline, which violates Wet’suwet’en rights and has led to militarized RCMP violence.

– Tar sands extraction and pipelines, which violate Indigenous rights, cause devastating health impacts, and have led to ecocide.

– Weapons and surveillance technology used to advance the genocide in Palestine, where 30,000 people, including 10,000 children, have lost their lives since October.

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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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Palestine: Is There a Role for Non-violent Action?

When: March 13th, 5pm
Where: 15 King’s College Circle- Paul Cadario Conference Centre

Jonathan Kuttab was the head of the legal committee that negotiated the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO. He is the co-founder of several important organizations that are committed to human rights protection or non-violent action: the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq, Sabeel in Jerusalem and North America, and Non-violence International, with its headquarters in Philadelphia. He is also President of Holy Land Trust. He is the author of Beyond the Two-State Solution.

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ARTICLES

Governance, Race, Property, and Profit

By Stephen Joseph Scott

The subjugation and forced enslavement of Black bodies seized from the continent of Africa had been fundamental to the expansion and growth of the Atlantic domain since the early sixteenth century. In fact, African enslavement had been a mainstay throughout the Spanish Atlantic world for more than a generation prior to English colonization in the Americas. Seeing the Spanish not only as rivals for land, wealth, and resources, the English (not having yet invented their own legalized system of slavery) could also view them as a model concurrent with their French equivalents.

Source: The Bullet No. 2956

Tell Ministers Joly, Hussen, and Miller to Stop Genocide or Resign!

Canada has ignored repeated warnings from UN experts and the World Court on the risk of Israel committing genocide in Gaza, and Canada’s response to developments have even worsened the crisis. In particular, Ministers Joly, Hussen, and Miller have each mismanaged their ministerial portfolio:

– Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly resisted calls for a ceasefire, refused to condemn Israel’s violence against Palestinians and ignored the World Courts finding of a “plausible” genocide in Gaza.

– Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen cut funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) on the very day that the World Court called for assurances of aid to Palestinians.

Source: The Bullet No. 2957

Arms Embargo on Israel Now! Canadians Ramp Up Pressure on Trudeau and Joly

As the UN is calling for an immediate arms embargo and reminding Canadian officials involved in arms exports that they may be “individually criminally liable for aiding and abetting any war crimes,” people across the country are taking action to stop Canadian-made arms from being used by Israel to commit genocide in Gaza. Community members began blocking access to major weapons company facilities in Kitchener-Waterloo and Victoria at dawn this morning, following blockades in Toronto, Peterborough, Calgary, Québec City and Vancouver earlier this week.

Source: The Bullet No. 2958

Lenin on the Centenary of His Death

By Michael Brie

The Left has tossed Lenin’s corpse to the victors of history – both the Stalinists and their liberal opponents. One group mummified him into an idol for the worship of their own power, while the other demonized him as an enemy of democracy and human rights. The New Left viewed itself primarily as an anti-Leninist Left, and celebrated its break with his legacy. With the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, seemingly consigning it to the dustbin of history, it seemed that the final word had been spoken on that state’s founder. The leaders of the very party he founded and shaped buried his work.

Source: The Bullet No. 2959

An Ode to Israel’s Genocide

Dear Friends and Fellow Activists,

News of the horrors in Gaza seems to worsen by the day. I, like so many others, have found it increasingly difficult to absorb the horror. It is impossible to unsee what one has seen. It is devastating. If only to temper my anguish and frustration, my rage and sense of powerlessness, I composed an ode to Israel’s Genocide. Set to Mozart’s “Lacrimosa,” the ode takes the form of a video.

Source: LeftStreamed

EMPLOYMENT

Basic Computer Skills

LEC’s Computer Basic Skills online training is returning. Join on Wednesdays and Thursday and discover new ways to build your confidence using computers.

– Wednesdays at 10:30 am
– Thursday at 1:30 pm

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