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Left Coast Events - December 17th - 23rd

CUBA: United Action Plan and Timeline to Defeat the Blockade in 2021!

Resolutions: This Action Plan continues to organize and mobilize our forces and allies to pass anti-sanctions, pro-normalization Resolutions in city and state elected bodies, as well Labor Councils, faith-based, and other representative and mass organizations.

  • 17th day of each month: We support the initiative of the Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba and growing participation in solidarity actions taking place on the 17th of each month against the U.S. blockade on Cuba, organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba
  • December 27, 2020: Solidarity Caravan Against the US Anti-Cuba Blockade. Last Sunday of every month.
  • January 3, 2021: The date new U.S. Congress convenes. There may be activities called by our allies and others around this time that we will want to support and participate in with information, signs, literature,...

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We made it through 2020

Every single contribution, big or small, makes a huge difference. r1

Dear PAOV,

It’s been a tough year but we made it. 2020 is almost over. I want to express my gratitude for everything that you’ve done to support 350 and the movement for climate justice this year. Despite a global pandemic, an economic recession, and many other unexpected challenges, we’ve accomplished so much together.

Early on in the year, we got some good news. People power stopped the Teck Frontier Mine — the largest tar sands expansion project ever proposed. When the pandemic hit, we worked with hundreds of groups, unions, and organizations across the country to build a mass movement for a just recovery that sets us up to build back better. And, through the year, we kept up momentum for a Green New Deal that re-tools our economy to tackle the climate crisis.

Today, I’m asking you to make a contribution to keep building on everything we’ve accomplished. We’ve got some big plans for 2021 and we need your help to make sure we can see them through. Here’s what we have planned for the year ahead:

Green New Deal: Big Oil is already doubling down on their efforts...

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Charmin

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Hey friend,

Not long ago, 68% of Procter and Gamble (P&G’s) shareholders voted in favour of a resolution calling on P&G to do more to protect forests. Turns out that even investors don’t want to wipe their butts with destroyed forests. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Despite this win, we can’t sit by and trust that P&G will take action to protect forests if we don’t keep the pressure up.

So, we’re hosting a huge digital day of action on December 22nd on social media called, #greenout22. Youth activists across Turtle Island are creating fun and sassy TikTok videos, and posting on social media with the hashtag #greenout22 calling on P&G to do better. And we’re calling on you to support this day of action by...

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Vaccine Rollout

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Vaccine Rollout

In this episode we discuss what is currently known about Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans, the privatization and closure of Canada’s own vaccine producer Connaught Labs, the potential for electoral blowback from a delayed vaccination schedule, and our general displeasure with the NDP.

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Seriously good news

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Last week, we celebrated the victories across the globe that SumOfUs members like you won in 2020. And these were huge victories -- you got Apple to publish its first ever policy on human rights and Procter and Gamble, the world’s biggest consumer goods company, to stop importing palm oil made with forced labour.

We've loved receiving all of your kind messages of support and love for the work we do together.

So today, we’re reaching out again to keep the celebration going. We’d like to share a few exciting Canadian victories that you helped win this year.

A win to keep health care public in Canada

In a landmark decision this fall, Justice Steeves dealt a huge blow to the efforts of Brian Day, aka Doctor Profit, to undermine Canada’s publicly-funded medicare system and turn it into a U.S.-style profit driven system. This decision ensures that access to health care in Canada will continue to be based on need and not on ability to pay. And you were there since the first week of the trial when we made a big splash outside the BC Supreme Court.

Since 2016, members like you chipped in to make sure top lawyers were able to...

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Resisting Amazon Is Not Futile

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Resisting Amazon Is Not Futile

Jonathan Rosenblum

It seems eons ago, the youth-led climate strike of September 20, 2019 that brought four million people onto the streets worldwide. I was on the sidewalk outside Seattle City Hall, watching thousands of school-skippers march by. And then behind the teens came waves of exuberant people, no more than a decade or two older, their homemade signs held aloft: tech workers, including hundreds of Amazon workers who had stepped out of their comfortable cubicles and palatial glass towers to join the global walkout.

They had every right to step lightly. Just a day earlier, the budding Amazon Employees for Climate Justice had forced...

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Council This Week

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Climate & water justice = human rights

Climate & water justice = human rights r1 Please support PBI's work with a year-end donation … Read more... Canada “believed to have missed out” on speaking slot at Climate Ambition Summit this Saturday … Read more... PBI-Honduras accompanied COPINH...

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Breaking: Trudeau announces $15 billion for climate action but remains silent on TMX

Will you take a minute now to tell Trudeau to choose people and the planet over this climate wrecking pipeline? r1

Friends,

Today, Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Wilkinson made a major announcement committing $15 billion to reduce emissions and create two million green jobs.1

This is huge. The government is finally making a concrete commitment to deliver components of a Green New Deal that puts people and the planet first.

Of course, today’s commitments also leave a lot to be desired. Trudeau has kept the woefully inadequate Harper-era climate targets, and at least $3 billion of the funding announced today is slated to be handouts to Big Oil.

But, even if you set these problems aside, something doesn’t add up. According to Trudeau’s own agencies, the Canada Energy Regulator and the Parliamentary Budget Office, these plans are incompatible with building the Trans Mountain pipeline.2

We can’t have both -- a bold plan to act on climate and a federally funded climate-wrecking pipeline. Will you take a minute now to tell Trudeau to choose people and the planet over this climate-wrecking pipeline?

5 years ago, I attended the UN climate talks as part of the Canadian Youth Delegation. I was in the room when...

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My favourite part of 2020


How #LandBack and #ShutDownCanada changed 2020 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Dear PAOV,

If there were any bright lights dotting the bleak landscape of 2020, for me, it was the Indigenous uprisings! A series of powerful actions resisting extractive projects and defending land and livelihoods across Turtle Island. This wave of resistance popularized powerful slogans like “Land Back” and #ShutDownCanada that reshaped the political moment.

That’s why I’m delighted to share that The Leap is partnering with Tiny House Warriors and Yellowhead Institute to host a webinar digging into the deeper legal, economic and political context of Indigenous uprisings in this extraordinary year.

  • What: The Ransom Economy: a conversation about #ShutDownCanada
  • Who: Naomi Klein, Kanahus Manuel, Molly Wickham and Skyler Williams
  • When: Wednesday December 9th, 2020
  • Where: Register here and a zoom link will be emailed to you

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A Country Is Entitled to Refuse to Repay a Debt

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A Country Is Entitled to Refuse to Repay a Debt

The following interview, given by Éric Toussaint to the Argentine review Mugica, has been adapted to make it accessible to readers who are not necessarily aware of the details of what is going on in Argentina.

The arguments used in the article are supported by the realities of the situation in Argentina. They can be applied to many countries around the world as they are based on a series of concrete experiences, jurisprudence and concepts linked to international law.

Mugica Review (MR): In 1927 Alexander Sack claimed that for a debt to be defined as odious, the nature of the political regime is irrelevant. In other words, it is irrelevant whether it is a dictatorship or a democracy, since the decisive...

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Pfizer

Pfizer will rake in billions from its new Covid vaccine but refuses to lower the price of the vaccine for the poorest countries.

Tell Pfizer to put people’s lives over profits!

Sign the petition

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Pfizer is already set to rake in billions from its expensive new Covid vaccine, pricing out low-income countries, leaving them to battle the virus alone.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Pharma giant Astra-Zeneca has already promised to supply lower-income countries with its Covid vaccine at a huge discount.

If Astra-Zeneca can, why can’t Pfizer?

Add your name, and tell Pfizer execs to treat this pandemic like the humanitarian disaster it is -- not their personal piggy bank.

Pfizer: make the vaccine affordable for low-income countries!

AstraZeneca’s commitment to selling its vaccine at cost is great news but no company alone can make enough vaccines for everyone - that’s why we need companies like Pfizer and Moderna to make Covid vaccines affordable for low-income countries.

Experts...

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Going viral for the wrong reasons

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Join us for an evening with Dan and Mary Lou Smoke

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An Evening with Dan and Mary Lou Smoke

Thursday, December 17th at 7pm EST

Join Canadian Friends Service Committee for a free evening of stories, music, and learning with long-time partners Dan and Mary Lou Smoke. For many years CFSC has been a financial supporter of Dan and Mary Lou’s award-winning radio show Smoke Signals. We provide annual grants in order to help Dan and Mary Lou’s important education and bridge building work to continue. Join us as we hear their stories, music, and teachings this holiday season.

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A Strategic Perspective for Uniting Ecosocialists in Québec

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A Strategic Perspective for Uniting Ecosocialists in Québec

Ecosocialist activists in Québec have formed a new organization, Révolution écosocialiste (RE). Interviewed by the magazine Nouveaux Cahiers du Socialisme, Benoit Renaud explained that he and the other signatories felt that an earlier networking group, the Réseau écosocialiste founded in 2013, was no longer the activist organization they had originally envisaged, and instead functioned as little more than a “talk shop” (lieu d’échange). The new organization, he said, would succeed the Réseau, which will now be dissolved. “The mass mobilizations of recent years over climate change and the emergence of more radical groups within this movement (like Extinction Rebellion) indicate to us that the future of the struggle for socialism will probably unfold to a large degree through the political development...

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Sneak peek of Canadian Perspectives

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Amazon under attack!

A, I just wanted to make sure you saw this before it’s too late.

Ruthless logging companies want to destroy the ancestral home of Brazil’s Tupinamba people, just to make a quick buck.

The Tupinamba are halfway through a gruelling mission to save their land, and they need your help to make it a success.

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The Tupinamba people are locked in a desperate fight to save their home, the Amazon rainforest, from greedy logging corporations.

They’ve got a plan to protect their land from the loggers, but they need your help.

Can you chip in to save the Amazon and stand with the Tupinamba?

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In Defence of Democracy and the Farmers Movement in India

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In Defence of Democracy and the Farmers’ Movement in India

The widespread farmers agitations against the pro-business and anti-farmer legislations passed undemocratically by the Indian Parliament in September 2020, has been met with a predictable insensitive and muted response from the government. At the meeting called by the Union Minister of Agriculture on 1 December 2020, ostensibly to break the deadlock arising out of these mass protests, the government defended the laws and offered to setup a panel to defuse and kill the protests and play politics of divide and rule. The Joint Action Committee, representing over 500 farmers organizations working across the states and at an all India level, has rightly rejected the proposal of the government to set up a committee to presumably educate the farmers,...

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Patrick Gaspard Announces Decision to Step Down as President of Open Society Foundations


Dear Friends of Open Society:

I am writing to let you know of an important development at the Open Society Foundations. Our president, Patrick Gaspard, announced at an all-staff meeting this morning that he will be stepping down at the end of the year. And Mark Malloch-Brown, former UN deputy secretary-general and UK minister of state and current member of Open Society’s Global Board, will succeed him, effective January 1.

I want to take this opportunity to recognize the enormous impact that Patrick has had during his three years at the helm of our foundations. During his tenure, he led our rapid response to the profound challenges presented by COVID-19, supporting domestic workers, caregivers, the undocumented, those in the informal and gig economies, and others left out and left behind by government policy. Under his leadership, we offered protections for refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers, who face COVID-19’s many risks with virtually no structural support. We are investing in the push to make emerging vaccines and treatments available and accessible to all.

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BREAKING: Canadas Budget Officer says Trudeau must choose between climate and TMX

Send your letter to Trudeau and tell him to make the right choice. r1

Friends,

You’ve probably heard Prime Minister Trudeau’s favourite talking point that we don’t have to choose between tackling the climate crisis and building the Trans Mountain pipeline. For years, we’ve been saying this isn’t true, but now it’s not just our movement saying it, it’s Justin Trudeau’s own government.

This morning, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) released a report that makes it crystal clear that the only way Trans Mountain makes sense is if Canada doesn’t take any further action to tackle the climate crisis.1 So, we want to know, what will Justin choose: building Trans Mountain or taking action on the climate emergency?

We set up a simple tool to ask him this exact question. Send the Prime Minister a letter asking which side he's on: climate action or pipeline expansion?

The PBO was crystal clear, the only way Trans Mountain works is if we lock in our current level of climate inaction. That means not even meeting the weak, Harper-era targets that Trudeau is still using, let alone making a plan to get to net-zero by 2050.2

In other words, it’s a clear...

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