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Demanding Real Change

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Since our founding, the BCCLA has pushed for police accountability and limiting the scope of police powers. It’s a big task, and we take it on today by tackling the problem of policing on many fronts.

We’re a small organization, undertaking big legal actions against powerful institutions. Will you make a donation today to help us challenge this big power?

Join us in demanding change

Time and time again we hear stories from individuals and families impacted by police violence. They experience violations of their rights, and have difficulty getting justice afterwards.

When I hear these stories, I feel so enraged that this is the nature of policing and that police are not held to account for acting with impunity.

This is a time of reckoning for criminalizing systems. The system is...

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March 2021 Update

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Activists Block General Dynamics Armoured Vehicles Bound for Saudi Arabia

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Activists Block General Dynamics Armoured Vehicles Bound for Saudi Arabia:
Demand Canada Stop Fueling War in Yemen

World Beyond War

On March 26, Members of anti-war organizations World BEYOND War, Labour Against the Arms Trade, and People for Peace London blocked railway tracks near General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, a London-area company manufacturing light armoured vehicles (LAVs) for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The activists are calling on General Dynamics to end its complicity in the brutal Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and calling on the Canadian government to end arms exports to Saudi Arabia and expand humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen.

This marks the sixth anniversary of the...

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SR 2021: The Time of Our Lives /w Bryan Palmer

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SR 2021: The Time of Our Lives /w Bryan Palmer

For socialists, time and its meaning and organization have always been a central concern, if only because capitalism has placed such a premium on controlling time and subordinating it to its imperatives. At the current conjuncture, time has become the challenge for socialists to address, not only because it defines what does and does not constitute the working day, but because it is increasingly obvious that time and its organization defines life itself. Will time continue to be compressed into capital’s needs, or will it be reimagined as liberation, struggled through and over in ways that enhance the project of human emancipation?

What follows presents an argument about time that: 1) outlines how class struggles over time have been essential...

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Amazon under attack!

The Indigenous People of the Amazon are under attack! Brazilian President Bolsonaro wants to open up some of the most fragile rainforest to predatory mining companies.

Let’s pressure the Brazilian Congress to vote down Bolsonaro’s plan and protect the Amazon!

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Bolsonaro says it’s his ‘dream’ to open up the Amazon rainforest for mining but for the Indigenous People who call it their home, it’s a nightmare.

Ripping up the land to mine for gold and diamonds will devastate the precious ecosystems and the Indigenous communities who have protected these sacred lands for years.

Bolsonaro wants to rush his plan through a vote in Congress in the next few weeks, so we have to act fast.

If we can show Brazil’s politicians that the whole world is watching as they’re deciding the Amazon’s fate, we can stop this senseless destruction.

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Council This Week

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Dont be fooled, Paov

The truth prevailed yesterday, and that’s something to celebrate, but we can’t mistake the carbon tax for the bold climate action we need. r1

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I’m sure you saw the news yesterday: the Supreme Court affirmed that the federal carbon tax is constitutional.1 What’s more, the court joined scientists and social movements in calling climate change “an existential threat to human life in Canada and around the world.”

The truth prevailed yesterday, and that’s something to celebrate, but we can’t mistake the carbon tax for the bold climate action we need. Remember: climate scientists give us less than a decade to cut global carbon emissions in half. That requires massive economic transformation, paid for by the multibillion dollar corporations that got us into this mess.

Take a moment to ask your MP to support the Just Transition Act, a vital first step on the road to a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.

We’re glad the Supreme Court pushed back against the Conservative premiers yesterday but, if we let this legal battle turn carbon pricing into a stand-in for real climate action, then we’re still having the debate on Big Oil’s terms. Just look at the other big news that broke yesterday: the American Petroleum...

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Visibilizing the struggle

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A few weeks ago, we asked you and SumOfUs members around the world to share what inspires you to be a part of our global movement -- and we’re blown away by the incredible response. You give us hope that real change is possible if we come together!

As we continue to fight big corporations this year, we’re so grateful for your voice and support. We couldn’t do this without you!

Here’s a small snapshot of our amazing global community.

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Thanks for all you do,
Andrea, Laura, Deborah and the team at SumOfUs


SumOfUs is a community of people from around the world committed to curbing the growing power of corporations. We want to buy from, work for and invest in companies that respect the environment, treat their workers well and respect democracy. And we’re not afraid to stand up to them when they don’t.

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Capitalizing on the COVID Crisis: the Ford Governments Move to Privatize Public Education for EdTech

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Capitalizing on the COVID Crisis:
the Ford Government’s Move to Privatize Public Education for EdTech

Natalie Coulter

In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein demonstrated how neoliberalism was not always advanced in society through democracy, but was instead pushed on society by powerful elites behind the public’s back in times of crisis. As Milton Friedman put it, “Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.”

Recently, Klein coined the term “disaster capitalism” to describe how corporations profit from crises with help from the right-wing governments that pick up and implement the...

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The Limits of Co-ops /w Dr. Sharryn Kasmir

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The Limits of Co-ops /w Dr. Sharryn Kasmir

In a time where the Left is desperately searching for a viable alternative model to global capitalism, rather than merely critiques of it, co-ops have emerged as an easy reference to a potential future system. As the co-op model has staked a place in the popular leftists imagination, it is necessary to consider it’s short-comings, and the limits it imposes on socialist movements. To discuss these issues we are joined by Dr. Sharryn Kasmir of Hofstra University.

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You're invited: Get to know two young Friends, Rachel & Christina

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You're invited!

Tomorrow, March 25th at 7 pm Eastern

Brew some tea and join us for a conversation with two young Friends, Rachel Singleton-Polster and Christina Tellez.

This is the third installment in our on-going series all year long on the last Thursday of...

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Slaves for chocolate

Children as young as 11 are being trafficked into slavery harvesting cocoa for giants like Nestle, Mars, and Hershey.

But a group of former child labourers is fighting back with a lawsuit that could crush this practice for good -- will you chip in CA$87 and help them end the chocolate slave trade?

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Tenimba was just 11 when a trafficker lured him from his home in Mali to a cocoa plantation in Ivory Coast. He was promised good pay and care. Instead, he worked every day for two years with no pay, no medical care, and no safety measures.

Today there are over 1.5 million child slaves like Tenimba, losing their childhood to supply cocoa to some of the world’s wealthiest brands, like Nestle, Mars, and Hershey.

But Tenimba and 7...

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Hardships and Authoritarianism: Understanding Politics in the Philippines

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Hardships and Authoritarianism: Understanding Politics in the Philippines

Ben Reid

On Sunday March 7, nine human rights activists were killed and six others arrested in coordinated police and military actions in the Philippines. This was an escalation of the state repression and targeted assassinations that have become a common occurrence under the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte since his election in 2016 under the rubric of a ‘war on drugs’. Bloody Sunday is another incident in the state violence deployed by Duterte’s regime. But the state violence also marks a new phase in a so-called ‘whole of nation’ approach to combating the insurgency of the Communist Party of the Philippines,...

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Reform of Quebecs Workplace Health-and-Safety Regime

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Reform of Quebec’s Workplace Health-and-Safety Regime
“Social Partnership” or Class Struggle?

David Mandel

Last January, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ – National Institute of Public Health) published a report on non-traumatic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These are pains and other symptoms that affect muscles, tendons, joints and other tissues in the back, neck and other members. Some examples are tendinitis, bursitis, back pains, carpal tunnel syndrome. Their causes are bad posture, excessive loads, repetitive tasks, as well as psychological demands related to work.

Every year over a million Quebecers – one in four, and a majority of women – are afflicted with MSDs, which are associated with...

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It's World Water Day!

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Biden Continues the US Conflict With China Through the Quad

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Biden Continues the US Conflict With China Through the Quad

Vijay Prashad

On March 12, the heads of government of four countries, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and the United States President Joe Biden, met for a virtual meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the Quad. Modi’s opening remarks illustrate the emptiness of the public agenda; he called the Quad “a force for global good” with no details beyond a list of areas of collaboration (“vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies”). There was no direct mention of China during the meeting.

In the details relating to the...

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Voices Beyond Borders: A Poetic and Musical Tribute to Paul Robeson

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Voices Beyond Borders: A Poetic and Musical Tribute to Paul Robeson

An evening of poetry and music to commemorate Paul Robeson’s fight against racism and contribution to workers’ internationalism. In celebration of Black History Month, featuring presentations/performances by George Elliot Clarke, Lillian Allen, Evie Shockley, Michael Fraser, Honey Novick, Jim Phelan, and Giovanna Riccio.

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The human right to water

The human right to water r1 PBI-Mexico accompanied FPDTA-MPT mobilizing on World Water Day in defence of the Cuautla and Metlapanapa rivers … Read more... PBI-Guatemala congratulates fishers and lawyers defending the Champerico estuary from corporate shrimp farming … Read more... ...

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