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Bullet #1401: SAFTU – This Is What We Stand For

| April 25, 2017

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has been born. We have passed a milestone in the history of the South African trade union movement at this Launching Congress held in Boksburg from 21-23 April 2017. 700,000 workers represented by 1,384 voting delegates from 24 unions and other non-voting unions have taken the first decisive step to building a new, vibrant, independent, and democratic workers’ federation, leading the struggle against exploitation, mass unemployment, poverty, inequality and corruption and taking up the struggle for the total emancipation of the working class from the chains of its capitalist oppressors.



What's New: OCAP Pay it Back: Post Sleep Out Delegation to City Hall

| April 24, 2017

Join us on Tuesday to deliver the Toronto Robs from the Poor report to Mayor John Tory. In addition to revealing how the city has siphoned away or otherwise withheld $18 million dollars from homelessness programs, the report also documents a troubling pattern of misreporting by the City. We will demand that the money diverted away from homelessness programs be returned immediately and be used to provide much needed respite to the homeless.



Bullet #1400: In the Shadow of Social Democracy: Right-Wing Challenges and Left Alternatives

by Ingo Schmidt | April 24, 2017

We live in a paradoxical world. Much debate on the radical left revolves around multitudes of discontented groups - sometimes lumped together as the 99%, sometimes rebranded as precariat - struggling against an abstract empire and its 1% rulers. Capitalism and class - once serving as a compass to navigate left politics through the apparently chaotic sees of everyday life - have turned into subjects of theoretical debate with little to no connection to political praxis.



LeftStreamed: South Africa, a Dream Betrayed

April 23, 2017

The current government of President Jacob Zuma is witness to major brawls between rival elite factions, amidst growing corruption scandals. The historical alliance between the ANC, the SACP and COSATU is fracturing. Protests and demonstrations calling for Zuma to resign are growing. Out of this ruin, a new South African working class movement may yet emerge. Forum with Eli Kodisang, recorded in Toronto, 20 April 2017.



What's New: Top 10 books about the Russian Revolution

by Tariq Ali | April 22, 2017

A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, history, according to most historians, had pronounced its judgment. October 1917 had been relegated to a past that would never be repeated, just like the tumbrils in Paris in 1793 or Charles I’s public execution outside the palace at Westminster. History doesn’t repeat itself, not even as a farce, but its echoes remain.



Mike Constable cartoonWhat's New: Science vs Trump

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What's New: Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons

by Marwan Barghouti | April 22, 2017

Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.



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7:00pm, Saturday April 29, 2017
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.

All are welcome. Childcare provided. Admission free. Food and beverage will be for sale.

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Celebrate MAY DAY: For Justice, Peace, and Socialism

For Justice, Peace, and Socialism
The United May Day Committee keeps alive the tradition of International Workers’ Day by organizing an indoor rally to complement the annual march on the streets of Toronto. We bring together labour, political, and international speakers with a rich array of talented dancers, singers, poets and musicians from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

This year's event, on Saturday, April 29th, is the seventh anniversary of our celebration at the Steelworkers Hall. We are again offering a program with powerful, relevant speakers and outstanding entertainment. Featured among the speakers will be labour activist and former President of the Ontario Federation of Labour Sid Ryan, Dave McKee, Leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario), and ant-racism activist Sarah Ali, of the Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia.

Artists in this year's cultural program include drumming ensemble Baro Dununba, Chilean-Canadian singer-songwriter Marcelo Puente, the duet of Tony Quarrington & Laura Fernandez, and DJ Mohammad Ali . O Puck will open the evening with a blessing from the First Nations tradition.

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12:00pm, Saturday April 29, 2017
Allan Gardens, 19 Horicultural Avenue, Toronto.



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March: People's Climate Movement

People's Climate Movement
Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Toronto and around the world to stand up for our communities and climate.

Plans are underway by labour, environmental, indigenous, and social justice groups for a People's Climate March in Toronto on April 29th. This will form part of a North American Day of Action initiated by The People’s Climate Movement. The U.S coalition is calling for a massive march in Washington D.C and sister marches across the world, and the Toronto organizing groups have coordinated with the Climate Convergence in Vancouver and other organizations across the country. We are organizing the march to be the anchor event to a week of education and mobilization in April and a week of actions in May.

On April 29th we will be in the streets across Canada to show the world and our leaders that we will resist fossil fuel projects and policies that attack our people, our communities and our planet.

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April 28 - May 7, 2017
Toronto.



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: 2017 MayWorks Festival

2017 MayWorks Festival
The 32nd annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts will take place from April 28 – May 7, 2017, at various locations in Toronto, and will feature multi-disciplinary events highlighting precarious work and collective struggle for decent wages and healthy working conditions. We invite you to download the Mayworks program here.

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All Mayworks events are free of charge. To guarantee a seat, get your tickets via Eventbrite now.

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For more information on this year's Festival, please visit www.mayworks.ca.
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