January 25, 2011

Social Justice News (OT)

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In my email from; 

January 15 2011

CONTENTS
 

* * * CALLS TO ACTION * * *

1.1 – TDSB Budget Hearings

1.2 – City Budget Hearings

1.3 – People vs U.S. Steel: Hamilton Day of Action

* * *EVENTS* * *

2.1 – Launch of the Socialist Register and Global Slump!

2.2 – Key Union Struggles: Building the Fightback

2.3 – GTWA Coffehouse: Municipal Elections

2.4 – Report Back From Cancun

2.5 – Angela Davis, Ward Churchill in Toronto

2.6 – Defying the Tomb

2.7 – Economic Recession, Climate Change and War: Conference

2.8 – Never Again For Anyone – Hajo Meyer in Toronto

2.9 –

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3.1 – Hart-Landsberg – What’s Happening on the Korean Peninsula?

3.2 – LeftBanker – Portugal: Bailout and More Austerity Looms

3.3 – Fanelli & Meades – Opening Ontario and Constraining Collective Bargaining

3.4 – Stanford – Halo Came Off Canadian Recovery in 2010

3.5 – Husson – A Strategy for the Eurpoean Left

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[None at This Time]

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CALLS TO ACTION

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1.1
TDSB Budget Committee Meeting
4 PM
Monday, January 17 2011
5050 Yonge St.
The Coalition for Public Education (CPE) urges you to try to attend the public session of the January 17th 2011 meeting of the TDSB Budget Committee at 4:00 p.m, 5050 Yonge St, TTC Subway: North York Centre.
The agenda will include:
— revised Capital Funding Alternatives presentation for submission to the Ministry of Finance, so as to enable the alternatives to be considered by the province in development of the 2011 Ontario Budget and the associated 2011 Grants for Student Needs;
— 6 case studies of 3 elementary and 3 secondary schools showing under funding of operations and renewal;
— update on progress of motion passed November 10, 2010 including articulation of school renewal needs and operating funding needs for presentation to the Minister of Education and Minister of Finance.
Please let us know if you would like e-copies these 3 documents:
– Board Motion [2011 budget info request] of Nov 10th, 2010;
– Expanded Mandate of Budget Committee approved by Board Dec. 15/10;
– Analysis of Grants versus Operating Expenditures based on 2010-2011 Budget
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1.2
City Budget Hearings
All eyes will be on the first budget of the Rob Ford regime.
There will be four evening meetings for budget consultations :
Wednesday, January 19, 6:00 p.m.at North York Civic Centre and East York Civic Centre;
Thursday, January 20, 6:00 p.m. at Scarborough Civic Centre and the York Civic Centre.
Come out to see if this is a budget based on service cuts and outsourcing.
To address the Budget Sub-Committees, please notify the City Clerk, Budget Committee, by calling 416-392-1032 or 416-397-7768, or e-mail buc@toronto.ca , indicating your preferred date and location.
If you are going to make a deputation, please let us know by contacting David atdkidd@labourcouncil.ca
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1.3
Hamilton Day of Action: The People vs U.S. Steel
Saturday January 29, 2011
1 PM
Hamilton City Hall,
71 Main Street West, Hamilton.
USW Local 1005 and its 900 members and 9,000 pensioners are waging a battle on behalf of ALL of us. Foreign-owned companies think we’re just bod parts to be thrown away at the end of our working lives.
The OFL, CLC, USW Local 1005 and Hamilton and District Labour Council are calling for a massive province-wide mobilization to stop U.S. Steel and other foreign-owned companies from wrecking our communities and stealing our futures. Let’s get going!
More information www.uswa1005.ca

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EVENTS

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2.1

LAUNCHING the SOCIALIST REGISTER 2011 & Global Slump!

Announcing the LAUNCH of two books:

SOCIALIST REGISTER 2011: The Crisis This Time and David McNally’s GLOBAL SLUMP The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance

Thursday January 20, 2011
7 PM
Lula Lounge,
1585 Dundas St. West, Toronto.
David McNally will speak and there will be a panel discussion with local SR contributors:
Greg Albo, Bryan Evans, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch.
Doors open at 6pm, dinner and drinks available.
Sponsored by: York University Book Store, Brunswick Books, the Socialist Project, the Socialist Register and PM Press.
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2.2
Key Union Struggles – Building the Fightback
A Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly Forum on Critical Labour Struggles
With:
Gary Howe, USW Local 1005
Mark Ferguson, CUPE Local 416
Stacy Mills, CUPW Toronto
Introduced and Moderated by Carolyn Egan, USW Local 8300
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
7:00 PM
Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto
Panel Discussion, Q & A, and Interactive Discussion
As the economic crisis continues, governments and employers are bringing in austerity measures, lowering our living standards and working conditions. A number of unionized workplaces are particular targets, and have the potential to become key centres of resistance.
In this forum we will:
•           Explore what key labour struggles tell us about the general strategy of business and
governments
•           Look at their potential for building resistance across the labour movement and working class as a whole
•           Consider strategies and political approaches that can build to win
•           Build for the January 29th/30th Workers’ Assembly Labour Conference
Listen to and engage with: Gary Howe, Vice-President of, Local 1005 Hamilton Steelworkers – facing a lockout and concession demands at US Steel; Mark Ferguson, President of the City of Toronto Municipal Workers, CUPE Local 416 – bargaining with the new Ford administration in Toronto who has threatened to privatize garbage services; and Stacy Mills, 3rd Vice-President, CUPW Metro-Toronto – facing significant concession demands in current round collective bargaining.
Participate in smaller group discussions, providing a space to analyze, strategize and build.
The forum will be introduced by Carolyn Egan, President of USW Local 8300.
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This forum is organized by the Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly, as part of the lead-up to Solidarity Resistance Change: Building the Working Class Movement, January 29 & 30, Toronto.
For more information please visit www.workersassembly.ca/callout2011/
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2.3
Workers’ Assembly Coffeehouse: Anti-Capitalist Organizations
Experiences and Debates
Friday January 21, 2011
7 PM
Regal Beagle Pub,
335 Bloor St West, Toronto.
For our 5th coffeehouse, speakers will talk about local and international experiences in left political projects. As per the usual format, we’ll have moderated discussion and debate in an overheated room.
* Xavier Lafrance – Quebec solidaire
* Sean Smith – the United Left Alliance in Ireland
* Abbie Bakan – the Workers’ Assembly

We will meet in the back room of the pub. Regal Beagle is a fully accessible space

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2.4

Report Back from Cancún: Eyewitness Report and Discussion

Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m.

Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street

(East of Spadina, South of College)
• Andrea Harden, Council of Canadians
• John Dillon, KAIROS
• Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, JustEarth, Toronto Climate Campaign
• Statements by Bolivia’s Ambassador, Pablo Solòn, and Gerry LeBlanc, USW
Injured Workers program
See video footage of Cancún protests
While world powers backtracked on global warming at the Cancún conference in
December, vigorous protests inside and outside the conference spoke for the
world’s peoples in our struggle for climate justice. Over 190 countries met in
December 2010 to come up with an agreement to respond to the world climate
crisis. Come and listen to the reports of Canadians who went there to witness
the negotiations.
Co-organizers: Toronto Climate Campaign; Council of Canadians (Toronto Chapter);
Toronto Bolivia Solidarity
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2.5
Keynote speakers for the 2011 eXpression Against Oppression Week:
***ANGELA DAVIS AND WARD CHURCHILL***
As part of UTSU’s 2011 eXpression Against Oppression (XAO) Week (Feb 1-4), back by popular demand is Professor Angela Davis, and new this year, UTSU is honoured to host writer and activist Ward Churchill, as XAO’s keynote speakers.
The evening will feature a presentation from both speakers followed by a panel discussion, and potential Q+A.
If you have a question for either or both speakers, please email them in advance of Friday, January 28 to xao@utsu.ca.
DETAILS:
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
6:30 PM
Convocation Hall,
University of Toronto
31 King’s College Circle
TICKETS
Single Tickets
$16.50 student (with valid student ID)
$29.50 non-student
Group Rates (10 or more people)
$13.50 student (with valid student ID)
$26.50 non-student
*Tickets are General Admission
*Available in advance, by phone or in person
Visit the UTSU office at 12 Hart House Circle or www.uofttix.ca for tickets.
ACCESSIBILITY
Please note that Convocation Hall has a powered accessible entrance door on the North side of the building. Designated accessible parking is available on the north side of the building on the street, additionally in front of Alumni Hall on the street and in the Simcoe Hall / Galbraith Lot.
Accessible washrooms are located in the hallway of the main rotunda. Floor seats in the main hall are wheelchair accessible.
For map/picture information, please visit: http://osm.utoronto.ca/conhall/accessibility.html
ASL Interpretation will be available for this event.
If you have any accessibility requests, please email them to xao@utsu.ca by January 14, 2011.
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2.6
Defying the Tomb
Book launch / panel discussion / hip-hop party
On the life, work, art & thought of revolutionary prisoner Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter
Thursday, January 27, 2010
Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham St.
Bathurst / Bloor, Toronto
7pm – Speakers and discussion
9pm – After party with hip-hop show
Wasun performing tracks from his new album PRISON NOTEBOOKS
w/ DJ’ing from Revolutionary Love
$20: book, panel, hip-hop show, party
$5: panel, hip-hop show, party
Drinks will be served after 9:30
PANEL
Dr. Chris Harris (a.k.a. Wasun) – Discussing the history of the Black Panther Party and communist politics in the black working class in U.S. and Canada.
Sara Falconer – Introducing Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson and the dire situation he’s facing at Red Onion State Supermax Prison, Virginia.
Steve da Silva – Introducing Defying the Tomb, the thought of Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson and the ideology of the NABPP.
Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johson: From a gangster to prison house lawyer to revolutionary artist, theorist, and leader in the New Afrikan Black Panther Party – Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC) for the past five years Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson has been advocating for and rebuilding the United Panther Movement in the spirit of the original Black Panther Party, which was an internationalist, anti-imperialist, and communist organization.   The NABPP sees its role as organizing the black proletarian masses and urban poor, alongside other oppressed nationalities and proletarians in Amerika. The Prison Chapter sees its role as creating the nucleus of the United Panther Movement, and turning Amerika’s concentration camps into schools of liberation.
Dr. Chris Harris, a.k.a. Wasun is a long-time community organizer, a former member of the Black Action Defense Committee, a leading revolutionary rapper in Toronto, and has just attained his PhD from OISE on the topic of the history of communist politics in the African-Canadian working class.
Sara Falconer is a Toronto-based journalist and social media specialist. She is part of the collective that produces the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar (www.certaindays.org). As a member of the Toronto Anarchist Black Cross, she helps producewww.4strugglemag.org, an online and print zine of writings and analysis by and for political prisoners and their supporters.n editor of 4Struggle Mag, Certain Days Political Prisoners Calendar… Karen Emily has been working with Rashid for years.
Steve da Silva is the Education Officer of and a people’s journalist with BASICS Community News Service as well as radio show host with the program Radio Basics at CHRY 105.5 FM. Steve has been following, working with and popularizing Rising Sun Press and the NABPP since discovering the work of Rashid two years ago.
Organizers: BASICS Community News Service, Anarchist Black Cross – Toronto
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2.7
ECONOMIC RECESSION, CLIMATE CHANGE & WAR: HOW CAN WE MAKE SENSE OF A WORLD IN TURMOIL? 

A One-Day Conference
Sunday, February 6, 11am
Bahen Centre
40 St. George Street
Cost: $10 or pay what you can
11:00am Registration
11:30-12:30pm Opening plenary:
Economic recession, climate change and war: how can we make sense of a world in turmoil?
12:45-2:00pm Workshops
Islamophobia and the war on terror
Economic crisis and austerity: the case for socialism
Sexism and women’s oppression: why does it continue?
2:15-3:30pm Workshops
The working class: the power to change the system
The ideas in our heads: alienation and consciousness under capitalism
How do we stop capitalism from killing the planet?
11:30-12:30pm Closing plenary:
How do we build a revolutionary movement?
Organized by International Socialists—Toronto District
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2.8
Never Again For Anyone
Dr. HAJO MEYER
In TORONTO WITH: LEE MARACLE, GINA CSANYI, KHALED MOUAMMAR and ALAN SEARS
The details:
Dr. Hajo Meyer, Gina Csanyi, Alan Sears, and speaker TBA
31 January 2011 7-10 PM
Friends House: 60 Lowther Avenue
St. George subway stop, Bedford St. exit, 2 blks. north of Bloor
Wheelchair accessible via side entrance from parking lot, and two accessible washrooms
Dr. Hajo Meyer, Lee Maracle, and Khaled Mouammar
1 February 2011 7-10 PM
The Winchevsky Centre:
585 Cranbrooke Avenue
HOW: Bathurst bus north of Lawrence,
Cranbrooke off east side of Bathurst Street
Not wheelchair accessible
Both events are $10 or PWYC
No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Over the 2011 international Holocaust Remembrance Day, please join us in welcoming Dr. Hajo Meyer, who will be sharing the lesson of his experience in Auschwitz: Never Again for Anyone. Dr. Meyer will be on tour in the U.S. and Toronto is his only Canadian stop.
In Toronto Dr. Meyer will be joined by Gina Csanyi from the Roma community, Lee Maracle, acclaimed writer and member of the Sto: Loh nation, Khaled Mouammar, president of the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), and one other speaker (TBA) to discuss the urgency of this message in Canada and the US today.
In the face of the on-going ethnic cleansing of Palestine, attacks
and persecution of Muslim and Arab communities in Canada and the US, the repression of dissent on campuses, the continued military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the on-going struggles of People of Colour, Immigrant, Indigenous, Queer, and Disabled communities for their rights, we assert a commitment to collective humanity against the application of “never again” to only a few.
For more information, contact
Tour sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), and the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
Local co-sponsors include: IJAN, Toronto and the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO)
Endorsers include: Canada Boat Gaza; Canadian Arab Federation (CAF); Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA); Codepink, Canada; Educators for Peace and Justice (EPJ); Faculty For Palestine; Gaza Freedom March, Canada; Greater Toronto Workers Assembly; Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Toronto; Labour For Palestine; Not In Our Name (NION): Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism; Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP); People for Peace, London (ON); Salaam: Queer Muslim Community; Science For Peace; Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA); Women in Solidarity with Palestine (WSP)
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ARTICLES
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3.1
What’s Happening On The Korean Peninsula? 

By Martin Hart-Landsberg, Bullet No. 448, January 3 2011
What’s happening on the Korean peninsula? If you read the press or listen to the talking heads, your best guess would be that an insane North Korean regime is willing to risk war to manage its own internal political tensions. This conclusion would be hard to avoid because the media rarely provide any historical context or alternative explanations for North Korean actions. For example, much has been said about the March 2010 (alleged) North Korean torpedo attack on the Cheonan (a South Korean naval vessel) near Baengnyeong Island, and the November 2010 North Korean artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island (which houses a South Korean military base). The conventional wisdom is that both attacks were motivated by North Korean elite efforts to smooth the leadership transition underway in their country. The take away: North Korea is an out-of-control country, definitely not to be trusted or engaged in negotiations.
Continue Reading:
3.2
Portugal: The Prospect of a Full Bailout And More Austerity Looms in 2011
The LeftBanker, Bullet No. 449, January 4 2011
A full financial bailout of Portugal involving the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) looks set to happen in the first half of 2011. This will involve severe austerity conditions being imposed on the Portuguese people by the ECB and IMF.
Continue Reading:
3.3
Opening Ontario and Constraining Collective Bargaining: The Case of Carleton’s Capitalist University
By Carlo Fanelli and James Meades, Bullet No. 450 January 5 2011
As austerity measures intensify around the world, the axe has come down particularly hard on post-secondary education.[1] So-called education ‘reform’ has shown itself to be a lightning rod for confrontation. Throughout the U.K., in cities like London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, Belfast and Glasgow, student protests and university occupations have erupted over draconian cuts to benefit programs and the trebling of tuition fees. Over 130,000 protestors, joined by student, trade union and community activists, have taken to the streets to demonstrate against £1-billion in cuts to education, including wage restraint measures, new user-fees, furloughs and a host of public sector spending restraint measures. Despite the otherwise peaceful protests, the state and its police force have responded in the most aggressive of ways: mass arrests, kettling, preemptive overnight raids, tear gas and excessive use of their batons. Britain’s most senior police officer has recently warned: “The game has changed” and “disorder” will be dealt with accordingly.
3.4
Halo Came Off Canadian Recovery as 2010 Drew to Close
By Jim Stanford, Bullet No. 451, January 6 2011
Canada’s recovery from the 2008-09 recession ground to a painful halt during the second half of 2010. The economy created no net new jobs from the summer onward, economic growth slowed to a crawl, and the nation’s current account deficit reached a record size. And all of that was while federal-provincial stimulus efforts (said to provide a boost equivalent to over 2 per cent of GDP) were still in full swing. What will happen this year once deficit-obsessed finance ministers start to unwind those stimulus measures? Unless some components of private sector spending suddenly surge, a major reduction in public spending can only accelerate the evident slowdown, perhaps inducing another contraction.
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3.5
A European Strategy for the Left
By Michel Husson, Bullet No. January 10 2011
The global effects of the crisis have been made even worse by what is happening in Europe. For thirty years the contradictions of capitalism have been overcome with the help of an enormous accumulation of phantom rights to surplus value. The crisis has threatened to destroy them. The bourgeois governments have decided to preserve them claiming that we have to save the banks. They have taken on the banks’ debts and asked for virtually nothing in return. Yet it would have been possible to make this rescue conditional on some assurances. They could have banned speculative financial instruments and closed the tax loopholes. They could even have insisted that they take responsibility for some of the public debt that this rescue increased so dramatically.
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VOLUNTEER

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EMPLOYMENT

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Please Note: All events and announcements above are listed as a service to our members and friends. Unless specifically stated, CSJ does not necessarily endorse these events.
SOCIALIST REGISTER 2011: The Crisis This Time and David McNally’s GLOBAL SLUMP The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance
Thursday January 20, 2011
7 PM
Lula Lounge,
1585 Dundas St. West, Toronto.
David McNally will speak and there will be a panel discussion with local SR contributors:
Greg Albo, Bryan Evans, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch.
Doors open at 6pm, dinner and drinks available.
Sponsored by: York University Book Store, Fernwood Books, the Socialist Project, the Socialist Register and PM Press.
For more information please contact: fpeters@yorku.ca
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