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Your Heart's On The Left

Jesse McLaren is a physician, activist and blogger, who like Virchow believes that if medicine is to accomplish its great task, it must intervene in political and social life. He blogs at www.yourheartsontheleft.blogspot.com, and tweets @HeartsOnTheLeft.

Blog - Your Heart's On The Left February 4
Jesse McLaren | Dr. Romalis risked his life to provide the life-saving procedure of abortion. The anti-choice failed to stop him and the movement.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left January 13
Jesse McLaren | Inequality makes us sick, and mobilizing for higher wages is part of the cure. The campaign to raise the minimum wage is part of a broader struggle to change the world and ourselves.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 6
Jesse McLaren | While most are mourning a freedom fighter and symbol of international solidarity, others are using his death to hide the history of anti-colonial struggles
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left November 18
Jesse McLaren | There is growing labour opposition to Line 9, out of solidarity with indigenous communities and as part of a green jobs strategy to rebuild the labour movement and avert climate catastrophe.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left November 4
Jesse McLaren | We should remember why he was elected, how he was challenged, and the real scandal of the Ford agenda if we want an alternative.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left October 3
Jesse McLaren | Toronto is entering a two-week calendar of environmental justice events, culminating in the October 19 rally against Line 9.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left August 28
Jesse McLaren | While King and his "I have a dream" speech are universally known, the origins and organizer of the march have largely been written out of history.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left June 14
Jesse McLaren | Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care are organizing a second day of action against the Harper government's cruel and costly health-care cuts.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left April 24
Jesse McLaren | Despite Harper's majority inside Parliament, the pro-choice majority outside Parliament defeated his latest motion.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left March 10
Jesse McLaren | On Saturday, March 9, thousands marched through Toronto for International Women's Day.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 7
Jesse McLaren | On Monday, Ontario teachers will start rolling walkouts across the province against the draconian Bill 115, the "Putting Students First Act."
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left November 26
Jesse McLaren | Ford’s imminent departure from office does show that the austerity agenda is vulnerable to pressure from below, and should give confidence to rank-and-file movements to keep organizing.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left November 24
Jesse McLaren | The Conservative government is denying chemotherapy to refugees and imposing carcinogenic tar sands on indigenous communities, but there are growing movements of resistance and solidarity.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left October 7
Jesse McLaren | On October 6, 800 people marched through the streets of Toronto to oppose the looming war on Iran, rebuilding the movement that stopped Canada from joining the Iraq War
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 7
Jesse McLaren | The historic Quebec student strike has generated a number of lessons we can all take forward in the fight against austerity
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 6
Jesse McLaren | The Harper government is trying to deport U.S. Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera and her family September 20. But there is a campaign to support the Riveras and stop the deportations.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left June 18
Jesse McLaren | People across Canada rallied today against a looming healthcare catastrophe: cruel and costly cuts to refugee health.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left May 11
Jesse McLaren | Today doctors across the country took action against cuts to refugee health that will be cruel, costly and a threat to public health.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left April 2
Jesse McLaren | On March 31, 8,000 people -- including striking students, workers from across Quebec, and contingents from Toronto to South Africa -- converged in Alma, Quebec to support locked-out workers.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left March 4
Jesse McLaren | By uniting women and men from across the city in defence of good jobs, public services and dignity, IWD left a strong message for Ford, Harper and the rest of the one per cent: expect resistance.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left February 17
Jesse McLaren | Organized in just a week, hundreds of people representing a broad layer of the University of Toronto community united for the rally Defend our education: Support teaching assistants.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left February 2
Photo: Jesse McLaren
Jesse McLaren | The February 1 Day of Action showed the strength and solidarity of the 99 per cent on campus, which will be crucial in the weeks and months ahead to win accessible, high quality, public education.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left January 18
Jesse McLaren | A year of mass organizing has saved millions in budget cuts, and now needs to protect the jobs on which public services depend.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 23
Jesse McLaren | The 10,000-strong women's march two days ago and mass rally today show that the Egyptian revolution is ongoing, and women continue to play a central role.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 21
Jesse McLaren | By imposing health-care funding cuts on the provinces, the Harper government is putting its own brand on a familiar prescription for privatization. Time to occupy health and health care.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 13
Jesse McLaren | Like Hurricane Katrina, the tragedy in Attawapiskat shows that the major threat is at home -- in the form of poverty, racism, environmental destruction, cut-backs and militarism.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left October 22
Jesse McLaren | Today marks one week of the movement across Canada and Quebec. Like all movements, there are a series of debates emerging that will determine its direction and success.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 27
Jesse McLaren | On September 26, thousands of Torontonians joined the Rally for Toronto to save public services and defend good jobs.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 21
Jesse McLaren | With cracks appearing in Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's austerity agenda, the September 26 Rally for Toronto can magnify the movement to save services and defend good jobs.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left August 29
Jesse McLaren | More than 10,000 people united to honour the life of Jack Layton. The chalk messages and mass gathering show a determination to continue Jack's legacy.

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