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What's New: Climate Change Is About Power

by | April 29, 2017

We need to take back the power that the fossil fuel industry has over society. Their core business model threatens all of us.



What's New: How Definancialization Could Save Greece -- and the World

| April 29, 2017

The word 'financialization' accurately captures a prominent aspect of contemporary capitalism: Over the last few decades, the lucrative financial sector has grown exponentially, to the point of dominating economies in the US and around the world. In this episode of Smart Talk, Andrew Mazzone and economist Costas Lapavitsas discuss how the profound effects of financialization have been felt in Greece, throughout Europe and here in America.



What's New: We Just Breached the 410 PPM Threshold for CO2

by Brian Kahn | April 29, 2017

On Tuesday, the Mauna Loa Observatory recorded its first-ever carbon dioxide reading in excess of 410 parts per million (it was 410.28 ppm in case you want the full deal). Carbon dioxide hasn’t reached that height in millions of years. It’s a new atmosphere that humanity will have to contend with, one that’s trapping more heat and causing the climate to change at a quickening rate.



What's New: People's Climate March 2017

| April 28, 2017

Now, more than ever, we have to stand up for our climate and our communities.To change everything, it’s going to take all of us. We march for our families. We march for our air, our water, and our land. We march for clean energy jobs and climate justice.



Bullet #1404: NAFTA Redux

by Ernie Tate | April 28, 2017

The new Trump administration has made the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States, a major issue in its relations with its two neighbours. Recently, Trump has threatened to tear it up. With his standard nationalist demagogy, he claims 'previous bad trade deals,' have cost the United States many jobs as a result of American manufacturers moving plants off-shore. He is now in the process of telling Canada and Mexico the new administration is prepared to bully its way to a new and more favourable arrangement for itself.



Bullet #1403: Climate Struggles and Ecosocialism

| April 27, 2017

The hard right U.S. administration of Donald Trump has widened the terrain of struggle over climate change and, indeed, the entire array of environmental issues facing the ecology of North America and the working class movement. Climate change deniers, big oil executives, and finance capitalists now occupy pivotal positions in an array of state agencies and apparatuses directly impacting these portfolios. Some of the first decisions of the new administration have been to expand pipeline development, further open spaces for fossil fuel extraction, and gut the Environmental Protection Agency.



Bullet #1402: Basic Income and the Left: The Political and Economic Problems

by David Bush | April 26, 2017

Should the Left and labour support a demand for a Basic Income (BI)? This simple question has provoked a fervent and confusing debate. The discussion over BI touches on real political and economic anxieties. The attack on the social welfare state, the depreciating power of organized labour and an economy producing increasingly low-wage precarious jobs have led many to search for alternative mechanisms and policies to address these problems.



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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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