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► U.S. Election and the Left ◄

► Durban II ◄

► CLC Convention ◄
Daily updates from the floor of the CLC convention by Roger Annis, delegate from IAM Local 11. Roger maintains a blog at rogerannis.blogspot.com.

► Russian Left ◄

► German Left ◄

► Kosovo ◄

► Pakistan ◄

► Venezuela and the Boliverian Revolution ◄

► CAW and Magna Agreement ◄

► Ontario Election 2007 ◄

  • Toronto & York Region Labour Council: "Take A Stand For Strong Democracy"

  • Socialist Project Public Forum: From Faith-Based Schools to MMP to Poverty: The Left and the Ontario Election Presentation by Bryan Evans. MP3 Audio (32mins)
    Bryan Evans

  • Toronto & York Region Labour Council press release (Aug 24, 2007):


    Vote for MMP Campaign gearing up!

    On October 10th, Ontario voters have the chance to make history. The referendum on electoral reform could bring an end to the “first-past-the-post” system that gives unwarranted majorities to political parties without the support of the majority of voters.

    The Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform has recommended that Ontario should change its voting system to a mixed member proportional (MMP) voting system similar to those used in New Zealand, Germany, Scotland and Wales. You can watch a great short video by diverse members of the Citizens Assembly explaining their work by going to www.voteforMMP.ca or www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca

    This system combines strong local representation while ensuring that parties win seats in proportion to their overall voter support. Ontario would have 90 ridings plus the legislature would have another 39 at-large seats which would be filled from a list depending on the portion of votes their party received. The Assembly picked this system because it gives voters more choice, fair results and true majority rule, and has tended to produce legislatures with more women and diverse representation.

    This is a crucial issue for working people. Given that few voters are even aware that this referendum will happen in October, we have a huge task ahead to educate and mobilize both union members and the public. For material or information, contact Judy Persad at 416-441-3663 X224 or the VoteforMMP office at 416-644-1034

► Stop the SPP ◄Stop The SPP

In March 2005, Paul Martin, George W. Bush and Vicente Fox met in Waco, Texas to ratify the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). The next meeting is scheduled for August 20-21, 2007 in Montebello, Québec. WikiPedia entry about the SPP.

Organizations working to stop SPP:

Council of Canadians Canadian Peace Alliance
No War/Paix No SPP
Common Frontiers Collectif Échec à la guerre
Rassemblement Outaouais Contre la Guerre No One Is Illegal (Vancouver)
Toronto Coalition To Stop The War Toronto Video Activist Collective
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives People's Global Action-Ottawa
Block the Empire-Montreal Réseau Anti-Capitaliste de Montréal
Canadian Labour Congress Outaouais Ottawa Stop SPP coalition
PGA Bloc Ottawa

Events/Articles:Oppose The SPP

► Minimum Wage $10 - Second Phase: RESPECT People. Work. Communities! ◄

On Tuesday, May 22nd 2007, Labour Council and community allies launched the next phase of the $10 Minimum Wage campaign – the fight for RESPECT! It encompasses six key issues that were raised time after time in the town hall meetings with low wage workers across Toronto. Events in the campaign:

  • Jane-Finch, May 29th at 7:30pm, Driftwood Comm. Centre, Driftwood/Jane - POSTPONED
  • Thorncliffe, June 11th at 6:30pm, East York Town Centre, 45 Overlea Blvd # 108
  • Rexdale, June 18th at 7:00pm, Microskills, 1 Vulcan Drive
  • Scarborough, June 23rd at 2:00pm, Location TBC – The campaign for RESPECT will be supporting this community meeting being planned by the Workers' Action Centre
  • Weston-Mt Dennis, June 25th at 7:00 pm, Location TBC

See also www.amillionreasons.ca.

► May Day ◄

“What you need to know about May Day” - by Leo Panitch: HTML (with soundtrack) | PDF

► Labour for Palestine ◄ Labour for Palestine

Palestinian trade unions recently issued an urgent call for international solidarity calling for a boycott of Israeli apartheid and the racist Histadrut. Labour for Palestine, a group of cross-union rank and file activists active in the Coalition Againt Israeli Apartheid, has just produced an exciting new volume on the nature of the BDS campaign within the labour movement. On March 25th, the new book Labour For Palestine: A Reader for Unionists and Activists was launched at the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto. To obtain a copy of this invaluable resource for your union, local, workers' resource center, campus, congregation or community center contact Labour for Palestine at labour@caiaweb.org or visit the Toronto Women's Bookstore.

March 25, 2007: Book Launch - Labour for Palesine
Introduction - Rafeef Ziadah (3:47),
Adam Hanieh - (20:24),
Katherine Nastovski - (9:36),
Lynda Lemberg - (20:30),
Herman Rosenfeld - (18:52),

► Minimum Wage $10 ◄

The Ontario NDP, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council and many other organizations are working together to get the minimum wage in Ontario raised to $10 per hour. A report published in the Toronto Star (Jan 25, 2007) "You just can't live on $8".

January 24, 2007: YouTube Video: $10 Minimum Wage Campaign Kick-off (Parkdale Library).

February 11, 2007: SP Forum: The Living Wages Challenge to Neoliberalism. Featuring John Cartwright, Toronto and York Region Labour Council PDF poster

Herman Rosenfeld: Introduction (2:09),
John Cartwright:
part i: setting the stage for the current campaign - the journey begins - (7:00),
part ii: early victories (Proud Union City) - (7:33),
part iii: more victories (2003 Municipal Elections) - (7:11),
part iv: a framework for the campaign - (8:51),
part v: the present campaign - (10:48).

March 1, 2007: CCPA report: The Rich and the Rest of Us

► January 1, 2007: Happy New Year

► December, 2006: Municipal Politics ◄

December 3, 2006: Measuring the Miller Regime: Toronto Politics, Unions and the Left .
Introduction - Greg Albo (2:37),
David Kidd - CUPE (27:11),
Stefan Kipfer - York University (17:29).
Andrea Calver - UNITE-HERE (15:07).

► November, 2006: Oaxaca ◄

November 6, 2006: YouTube Video: Oaxaca - A Victory in The Streets.
This video is of the events in Oaxaca on Nov.2 in front of the university of Oaxaca when the federal police tried to break in and destroy the radio station, the people's main communication tool to each other, and to the outside world. The whole town came out to defend and fight back and they won a great victory.

November 5, 2006: The Oaxaca Uprising, the Crisis of the Mexican State and the Left.
Introduction - Peter Graham (2:49),
Dick Roman - Professor of Sociology and frequent writer on Mexico (25:46),
Rogelio Cuevas Fuentes - Oaxacan-born political activist currently living in Toronto (24:42).

► October, 2006: Peace ◄

October 28, 2006: Pictures of the Oct 28th Peace Rally in Toronto.

► July/Aug, 2006: Mid-East ◄

Feb, 2007: ISR interview with Gilbert Achcar "Lebanon and the Middle East crisis."

Aug 12, 2006: Pictures of the Aug 12th Rally in Toronto.

Aug 6, 2006: interview with Gilbert Achcar "The Middle East in Flames."

July 22, 2006: Pictures of the July 22nd Rally in Toronto.

July 19, 2006: Animated cartoon by Mike Constable (requires Flash player)

June 19, 2006: Support from Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions for CUPE Resolution.

June 19, 2006: Support from Steelworkers for CUPE Resolution.

June 7, 2006: About CUPE's popular booklet "The Wall Must Fall" (download PDF booklet-1.3Megs)

June 6, 2006: CUPE Ontario delegates support campaign against Israeli “apartheid wall”

► July, 2006: Mexico ◄

July 10, 2006: Mexico: view movie: "Atenco: Breaking the Siege"

► May, 2006: Colombia ◄

The May 15 Mobilizations in Colombia

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