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What's New: Once Upon A City: Homeless battled unsafe shelters during the Great Depression

by Gaetan Heroux and Bryan D. Palmer | July 28, 2017

For more than 150 years single unemployed men looking for work have been coming to Downtown East Toronto, one of the city’s oldest working-class neighbourhoods. Once known as 'Skid Row,' the area surrounding Dundas St. E. and Sherbourne Ave. has long been a locale where the poor found shelter and support in flop houses and hostels, accessing soup kitchens, drop-in centres and other social services.

Bullet #1457: Against NAFTA: Resolution to Support Workers in Canada, Mexico and the USA

by Autoworkers Caravan | July 28, 2017

The following resolution calling for the repeal of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is the work of the Autoworkers Caravan. It is an organizing, educating and mobilizing group of current and former autoworkers, largely located in the USA, but with some Canadian Unifor members as well. The resolution, in the words of one of the Caravan activists, Scott Houldieson, 'will be broadcast to as many local and international unions as possible. One of the goals will be to rally opposition to another corporate trade deal that sacrifices our environment and our standard of living.

Bullet #1456: Questions and Implications of the French Elections: Mélenchon, La France Insoumise, Populism

by Pierre Rousset | July 27, 2017

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s presidential and legislative campaign this year was different from the previous ones. There was a huge change in the relationship to political parties in general and to his former Left Front allies in particular. It’s important to understand the reasons for this change, as well as the implications and the specific context in which it took place. First, let’s take a quick look at who Mélenchon is. He called on voters to 'get rid of' traditional politicians, successfully skirting over the fact that he himself is a rather caricatural example of such figures.

What's New: The Point is to Change It

by Mel Evans | July 26, 2017

When President Trump announced the US departure from the Paris Climate Accord on 1 June 2017, his enjoyment at walking over the efforts of national delegations and hundreds of pressure groups across the world who fought for that deal was palpable. I was in Paris in December 2015 during the negotiations, when the possibility of a global agreement was merely that, a fragile potential.

Bullet #1455: Militant Particularism and Ecosocialism: Harvey, Klein, Smith, Foster

by Brad Hornick | July 26, 2017

In 'Militant Particularism and Global Ambition,' David Harvey discusses the challenges presented by moving from place out across time. In the midst of his involvement in a participatory research project within a high-stakes local struggle against the closure of an automotive plant, he was accused of being a 'free-floating Marxist intellectual,' an outsider, and he was given the 'evil eye' and asked to explain 'where his loyalties lay.' This is in an environment where people were losing jobs, and families and communities were being destroyed.

What's New: Corporations are beating us up; can we develop a more just system?

by Nick Fillmore | July 25, 2017

Aggressive capitalism is kicking the crap out of us, so we should see if we can start a public conversation about the need for an alternative political and social system. It’s shocking that capitalist businesses have become so dominant. They literally rule the world. In Canada, the low-profile Canadian Council of Chief Executives is all powerful when it comes to influencing government. Unfortunately, even when many people know about the damage caused by capitalism, they feel a totally alternative political system is such a distant possibility, that they don’t bother discussing it.

What's New: Resistance Rising: Socialist Strategy in the Age of Political Revolution

| July 25, 2017

2016 was a game changing year for leftists and progressives. We are finally reemerging as a vital and powerful force after an extended period of stagnation and demoralization, and we face a political landscape more favorable than perhaps at any time since the 1960s. For roughly 30 years after the end of World War II, the United States and non-Communist Europe experienced solid economic growth, declining inequality, expanding social services and increasing working-class power, coupled with landmark advances toward racial, gender and sexual equality.

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7:00pm, Tuesday August 22, 2017
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777 Bathurst Street, Toronto.

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twinkle starForum: The France of Macron, the ‘New’ Neoliberal Reforms and the Left

The France of Macron, the ‘New’ Neoliberal Reforms and the Left
Analyses and Reportbacks from the 2017 Election with Stefan Kipfer and Nathan Rao

The 2017 Presidential and Parliamentary elections produced a paradoxical result: the victory of a youngish Emmanuel Macron who is a pure product of the discredited social democratic François Hollande presidency (as well as the typical institutions of the French ruling class) and a leader of a brand-new political formation (La République en Marche) that managed to marginalize the parties (the Républicains and the Parti Socialiste) that have, under different names, governed France since 1958. Macron's victory blocked the advances of the neo-fascist Front National, the President of which, Marine Le Pen, garnered a record 10.5 million votes in the Presidential election. In turn, Macron threatens to deepen the very conditions that have led to the recurrent surge of neo-fascist politics in France. He wants to radicalize the policies of the Hollande government by making the state of emergency a permanent feature of French law, implementing a new set of neoliberal labour reforms, entrenching austerity to shrink public sector employment and deconstructing the French welfare state all the while defending a central and aggressive role for the French military sector Euro-American imperialism. A force of ‘continuity-in-discontinuity’, Macron's En Marche thus expresses the ongoing crisis of rule in France as well as the wider systemic uncertainties about French capitalism and the future of the European Union. What are the political implications of the French elections for the future of left and popular forces in France?

* Stefan Kipfer just returned from a sabbatical year in France doing research on fascism and anti-fascism. He teaches politics and urban questions at York University.

* Nathan Rao is a writer and political activist living in France.

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12:00pm, Sunday August 20, 2017
Christie Pits park, Bloor and Christie, Toronto.

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: Christie Pits Riot Commemorative BBQ

To commemorate the 84th anniversary of the Christie Pits Uprising against racism and fascism, the Toronto IWW General Defence Committee Local 28, in partnership with the United Jewish People's Order, International Socialists and the Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia is hosting a family-friendly community BBQ on Sunday, August 20th, from 12pm to 5pm. Join us in Christie Pits Park - the location of the baseball game where the uprising began - for food, baseball, and solidarity against fascism.

In 1933, six months after Adolf Hitler took power in Germany, the effects of this administration could be felt across the world. In Toronto, Jews were institutionally excluded from summer resorts outside of the city. The Jewish population at the time was predominantly working-class, and would spend their summers making use of the city’s various amenities. This sparked a backlash from the more racist and xenophobic residents of Toronto, who formed “Swastika Clubs,” whose purpose it was to marginalize Jews and others, and threaten them with violence.

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