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Precarity U

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Precarity U

“Precarity U” is a documentary film presented by the United Steel Workers (USW, Local 1998) as part of an awareness campaign on it’s Casual Unit employees at the University of Toronto. Local 1998 is currently in bargaining with the University of Toronto. Members tell their stories of working under contracts with no guarantee of hours of work, no paid sick days, and no benefits – the reality, good and bad, of working on casual contracts.


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Key moments in 2021

Key moments in 2021 r1 PBI-Canada begins to plan for the COP26 climate summit in Scotland this November … Read more... 2021 will see the 10th anniversary of the Guiding Principles and the 7th session on a Binding Treaty … Read more... ...

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Council This Week

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How we respond to threats against democracy

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Attempted coup in the US

Trump loyalists just attempted a coup on live television.

Demand that corporations immediately stop donating to the leaders behind the attack on US democracy.

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We all watched in horror as Trump loyalists in Washington, DC broke into the US Capitol building to stop Congress from certifying the results of the US presidential election.

But the truth is, the disturbing scene that played out at the US Capitol has been four years in the making.

Since taking office, Trump and his cronies in the US Republican party have fanned the flames of racism and xenophobia to make themselves more powerful. And some of the world’s biggest corporations have helped them do it.

Multinational corporations including Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have donated millions of dollars to the Republican politicians who instigated the attack on US democracy.

Tell Google, Microsoft, and Amazon to stop bankrolling hate, and condemn the attempted coup.

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COVID-19 Crisis Situation In Ontario: Deadliest Day of the Pandemic

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COVID-19 Crisis Situation In Ontario: Deadliest Day of the Pandemic

Ontario Health Coalition

January 7th is the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, 89 people died in the last 24-hour period. By every measure the situation is critical, and there can be no question remaining that stronger measures are needed to control the devastation the virus is wreaking. At the same time, stronger supports for people who are the most impacted need to be an integral part of the strategy.


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Left Coast Events Bulletin is retiring

Hello wonderful activist friends,
After countless years (I think it all started around 2000?) I’m retiring the weekly Left Coast Events Bulletin. A big thanks to Chris Cook and Gorilla Radio for airing it at CFUV all these many years.
The world has changed … when I started the project email was a brand new thing, most people were still getting their activist event information from posters on bulletin boards. All these years later we’re all plugged in and event bulletins are plentiful, depending on our area of focus we can meet with people all over the world to learn and share and strategize and activate.
Now, Covid is shining a bright light on the horrors of animal exploitation and I’m now fully focussed on animal activism. Interestingly I find that working to liberate our animal cousins, and build a compassionate vegan world, offers much hope and optimism in these dark times.
Honestly until Covid I didn’t know that Flu, and HIV, and Sars, and Mers, and now Covid, and most other infectious diseases only exist because of our exploitation of animals and their environment. Now, after the virus has been injected into many many innocent...

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Riots at the Capitol

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Dear friend,

The violent riots which unfolded yesterday at the Capitol were a deeply concerning display of white supremacy in action.

On the day that Georgia elected its first ever Black Senator and Jewish Senator, rioters barged into the Capitol bearing racist symbols such as the Confederate flag, an Auschwitz hoodie, and nooses.

This was not an isolated incident. White supremacy in this country is systemic and being fueled by many in power. For years, we’ve watched Donald Trump—alongside other politicians—fan the flames of hatred that emboldened rioters to incite yesterday’s violence and take hold of a democratic institution by force.

Witnessing this violence, even from afar, was scary. And yet the police didn’t seem to see the rioters as a threat. Instead of standing in their way, the police opened the gates. There is footage of officers taking selfies with violent white domestic terrorists while they freely roam the halls of our nation’s Capital. It is impossible not to see the clear double standard in police response, when disproportionate use of force...

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Democracy Will Prevail

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Overnight we have watched astonishing scenes as hundreds of thugs incited by a criminal president invaded a country’s legislative chambers and caused mayhem and death in an effort to overturn the result of a democratic election.

As we know, this was not anywhere. It happened in Washington, D.C., the capital of one of the world’s oldest democracies, the United States. Until four years ago I suspect few at the Open Society Foundations would have expected to use such words of condemnation about America. Founded to promote human rights and justice around the world, Open Society has never been blind to the mote in America’s own eye—a society with its brutal share of racial injustice and economic exclusion—but we, like so many, had counted on the authority of America’s democratic process to provide a way forward.

And it will again, as on the same day as mob violence in Washington, an African American pastor from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s old church, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Georgia. The Reverend Raphael Warnock is the first African American Democrat ever elected to the Senate from a state of the old Southern Confederacy. And together with Jon Ossoff, the other senator elected yesterday, he will give incoming President Biden the narrowest of Senate majorities.

The violent attempt to overturn an election is not erased, however, by such a contrasting moment of democratic triumph. America’s moral leadership has been seared by the flames of what happened yesterday.

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Ban Trump permanently

Yesterday far-right extremists stormed the US Capitol, and now four people are dead. Trump used social media to incite this horrific incident. Facebook and Twitter have temporarily suspended Trump's account -- let's call on the platforms to ban Trump permanently!

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Yesterday violent far-right extremists stormed the US Capitol, and now four people are dead because of it.

This was an attempted coup in action, and Trump inspired it. He fanned the flames by tweeting about the "fraudulent" election and for his supporters to "stay strong".

Twitter temporarily suspended Trump's account for 12 hours, and Facebook for 2 weeks. But after yesterday's horror, the platforms must ban him permanently:

Click to tell Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump permanently -- then share this call across social media

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India Can Already Afford a Welfare State: It Just Needs to Tax Its Wealthiest Citizens

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India Can Already Afford a Welfare State:
It Just Needs to Tax Its Wealthiest Citizens

Prabhat Patnaik

It is often believed that the ability to pass on property to one’s progeny is an essential element of capitalism, without which the capitalists’ incentives will dry up and the system will lose its dynamism. Nothing could be further from the truth; the acquisition of property through inheritance is, in fact, contrary to the bourgeois justification for acquiring the capitalist property.

This justification is built on the claim that the capitalists have some special quality that is rare, whose employment makes the nation prosperous and for which they must be rewarded. But there...

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Failure to Protect Essential Prisoner Workers Undermines Public Safety

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Failure to Protect Essential Prisoner Workers Undermines Public Safety

Jordan House and Asaf Rashid

The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading through federal prisons. As of December 30, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has reported 1093 positive cases and three deaths among federal prisoners. The outbreaks show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Prisoners and advocates have called for action to combat the spread and keep prisoners and surrounding communities safe, including demands for decarceration and the placement of prisoners as a priority group for receiving COVID-19 vaccines. But prisoners are not only experiencing the pandemic as incarcerated people, they are also essential workers facing many of the same health...

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Lower Fares, More Service! Public Transit Struggles In and After the Pandemic

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The work ahead of us in 2021

The work ahead of us in 2021 r1 Another year over, a new one just begun …
Read more... Tolupan leader Adán Mejía assassinated, the second Indigenous leader killed in Honduras in less than 48 hours …
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Trumps Final Act: Snuffing Out the Promise of Democracy in the Middle East

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Trump’s Final Act: Snuffing Out the Promise of Democracy in the Middle East

Vijay Prashad

Ten years ago, a hawker in Tunisia set himself on fire, which spurred on people along the entire Mediterranean Sea – from Morocco to Spain – to rise up in revolt. They took to their squares indignant at the terrible conditions in which they had to make their lives.

Little of their agenda has been advanced in the past decade. Governments of the southern European states have one by one betrayed the aspirations of the people; the most dramatic such failure was of the Syriza government in Greece, which won a mandate against austerity and...

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2020: Beard in Review


2020: Beard in Review

In this episode we explore Politico’s obsession with how Trudeau the Politics Dad grew a quarantine beard. Touching on news topics throughout the year like the Wet’suwet’en protests, CERB rollout, and the BLM uprising, this episode serves as our review of the dumpster fire that has been 2020.

Happy New Year!


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In 2021, let's fight for what's right

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Hi Friend,

As one of our supporters, we know you care about many different issues.

Whether it’s ending police harms or protecting our democratic rights - we’ve likely secured victories on an issue you care deeply about.

Thank you so much for supporting our work this year, and helping us secure victories for our collective rights and wellbeing.

When someone’s rights are violated, they deserve justice. Not everyone has the ability to challenge the government on their unjust actions.

But we do. We’re a small organization, but we want to have a big impact in the fight for justice.

Every day, our lawyers are fighting for what’s right.

Legal processes can be long and complicated. It takes creative tactics and resources to fight these battles. Our lawyers dedicate hundreds of hours to building strong legal arguments. They stand up for justice with conviction and a fighting spirit.

As we close out the year, I invite you to make a donation to support our...

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I am writing to ask if you would please make your first $3.50 contribution before our critical fundraising deadline ends at midnight. - May

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In just a moment, I am going to ask you to make a contribution to 350. I hope that you will give me a chance to explain why this request — especially today — is so important.

Here is the truth:

Tonight at midnight, we close the books on our end of year fundraising deadline.

When that happens, we are going to quickly update our budget based on how much we raised. And then, we are going to get to work using those donations to launch campaigns targeting the fossil fuel industry in virtually every corner of the globe.

So our job between right now and midnight tonight is not just to raise as much money as we can, but to generate as many donations as we possibly can as well. Because when you are taking on the climate crisis on this scale, it means everyone has a role to play.

So with the clock racing toward midnight, I have to ask:

Can you add your first $3.50 contribution before our critical fundraising deadline ends at midnight? This is a hugely important deadline, and I would not be asking if it were not so important for our movement.

Our movement...

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Hi there A,

Wow, our community is truly incredible.

I sent the email below only a couple of days ago, and already thousands of people have made one last gift to our work this year.

Together, we can make sure 2021 will be a historic year to save our rainforests, protect the bees from toxic pesticides, and stop the flow of corporate money into politics.

I won’t lie, it won’t be easy to push back against corporate bullies like Bayer, Facebook and Co. But with your help, anything is possible.

That's why I'm asking you: will you make your final gift of the year so we’re ready for 2021?

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I wish you and your loved ones a happy New Year!

Thanks for all that you do,
Anne and the rest of the team at SumOfUs

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