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WHY was the Sudbury Women's Centre des Femmes (SWC) CLOSED?

Why is the Sudbury Women's Centre (SWC) Closed? ...

It's a sad day in the voluntary sector -- when a handful of women --- can continue to operate without openness and transparency, in violation of policy and procedures (not to mention labour laws) and an apparent disregard for feminist practices, the SWC Collective, and the women they serve in the community,

... and when they can close down a Women's Centre, change the locks, cancel the AGM, and lockout workers (of 19 yrs & 13 yrs)  as they have in Sudbury.

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DisOrientation 2010 @ York University

Political and Social Justice - Radically Different, Politically Progressive

DisOrientation 2010 @ York University ::Taking Back OUR Campus!::

- Keele Campus: September 23 to October 1
- Workshops :: Actions :: Film Screenings :: FREE Concert
- ALL Welcome :: ALL Events are FREE & ACCESSIBLE :: Child Care Available


Striking against the cuts: Lessons from the Mike Harris Years

Oct 1, 2010 to Oct 2, 2010
Asteria Restaurant
679 Danforth South side of Danforth, east of Pape
M4J 1L2 Toronto , ON
43° 40' 44.0544" N, 79° 20' 41.1504" W
Ontario CA
Sharing experiences of the 1997 teachers' strike against the Tory cuts, and their lessons for today.

The Urban Worker Forum

Oct 3, 2010
Gladstone Library
1101 Bloor St. West
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 36.432" N, 79° 26' 2.7636" W
Ontario CA
Andrew Cash's Urban Worker Forum brings together contract workers, freelancers, part-time workers and the self-employed to talk about our shared strengths and struggles, and to look for solutions.

Film screening: Bananas!*

Sep 16, 2010 to Sep 17, 2010
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street (by Bathurst subway)
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W
Ontario CA
In the suspenseful documentary BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.
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OFL Power Struggle

There's been a showdown building at the OFL between recently elected president Sid Ryan and five of the affiliated unions that fund the labour federation and have all cut their dues payments forcing the OFL to layoff several of its staff. It also appears that there's a power struggle between Ryan and his two deputies, Marie Kelly and Terry Downey .

All in all, this amounts to an attempted coup that would either force Ryan to resign or force him to all but resign by becoming President in name only and ceding all operational authority to Secretary-Treasurer Marie Kelly and the unions that are backing her.

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Advocacy group plans to file health and safety complaint against Flynt Publications (California)


An advocacy group that has been campaigning for more government protections for porn performers plans to file a complaint Thursday against mega-producer Larry Flynt Publications, publisher of Hustler.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-based group that has advocated for condom use and increased testing among porn performers, plans to file a worker safety complaint with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The group takes issue with film shoots that depict sexual acts without condom usage, which the group said is unsafe and potentially life-threatening.

The group plans to submit 100 adult entertainment DVDs along with their complaint to the state agency.

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New Version: On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Ok all you babblers,

I have heard from many people who read the original version of this piece. In response to all your thoughts, I significantly reworked it to include new ideas that people shared with me and to clarify the most important ways we need to build solidarity right now.

Given the ongoing need for unity as we continue to work to get our friends out of jail, get all the charges dropped, and build the movement from within, seems like a good time to post this new and updated version.


Toronto and Vancouver: On legitimate and illegitimate protest

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Read, Share, and Endorse the Vancouver G8/G20 Solidarity Statement!

See the full statement, updates on arrests and charges, additional comments, and how you can help at:  

We, a broad-based network of Vancouver and BC civil society organizations and individuals, call for the immediate release of all those currently being held as part of the G8/G20 Summit police operations, and for all charges against community organizers to be dropped.

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Can "tough on crime" populism be progressive? [Re. labour]

Hi all,   Most of the time, "tough on crime" populism is reactionary. However, can there be instances where it is progressive, in that it separates us politically from liberal "restorative" views on crime, and that the nonetheless Utilitarian basis for the separation - the greatest good for the greatest number of working-class folks - is not Hedonistic?

I'm looking at things like outright wage theft, other labour law violations, and the usual canard of corporate crime. Very rarely is wage theft punishable by jail time, let alone longer sentences (as opposed to fines and even class action lawsuits). Ditto with other labour law violations. Meanwhile, not enough corporate crime is met with practically lifelong jail time.

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On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass, 1857


This page grows out of dialogue with many community members between the Vancouver Olympics in February and the Toronto G8/G20 in June. It needs saying.


Make history with Hotel Workers!

Jul 22, 2010
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard St
49° 17' 5.8956" N, 123° 7' 13.1484" W
Join hotel workers across North America in a historic protest against global hotel corporations.
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The Soviet Union Versus Socialism by Noam Chomsky


I'd like to know some thoughts that people have on this article by famous anarchist/linguist/activist Noam Comsky.


"The Soviet leadership thus portrays itself as socialist to protect its right to wield the club, and Western ideologists adopt the same pretense in order to forestall the threat of a more free and just society. This joint attack on socialism has been highly effective in undermining it in the modern period."


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Help wanted -- unemployed need not apply

Peter May, of Atlanta, said he was hoping Orlando-based recruiter "The People Place" would help him find a job with Sony Ericsson. The company is moving its headquarters to Buckhead, which is located outside Atlanta.

May said he was mortified when he read the message on the website. In all caps, and bold type, it said, "No unemployed candidates will be considered at all."

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Asian Canadian Labour Alliance turns 10!


Spotlight on Resistance

The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) is celebrating our 10 year anniversary

Come celebrate with us on Wed. June 9 6 pm to 8 pm Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street West Peace Lounge 7th floor


The event will feature music, film screenings, music and speakers as we
commemorate the work of Asian labour activists fighting for racial and
economic justice.



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