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Toronto Socialist Action Presents

– Toronto Socialist Action Presents –
Rebel Films
Friday, May 18 – 7 p.m. A River of Waste, 92 minutes, 2010 This documentary exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in the modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. In the U.S., the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the catastrophic impact on the environment and public health. Tom Baker, a former Ontario government food safety veterinarian, will lead off the discussion, looking at similarities and differences in the system in Canada compared to that in the USA.

Friday, May 25 – 7 p.m. A Multi-media introduction to the Communist Manifesto, 2011, 83 minutes A video by Carl Davidson and Zachary Robinson, With graphic arts, cool video clips, moving songs and powerful speeches by Martin Luther King, Michael Moore, Florence Reece, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Paul Robeson, Joseito Fernandez and others, the presentation linked below sets the most famous tract on social change, the Communist Manifesto, in a cultural and historical context. Barry Weisleder, federal secretary of Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste, will comment on the video, with discussion to follow.

Each of the films in this series will be preceded by a brief introduction,
and will be followed by a commentary, and an open floor discussion period.

OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
at the St. George Subway Station. Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.
Please visit: or call 416 – 535-8779.
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#DearLaureen Harper,

​Citizens for Social Justice would like to thank you for taking the time to visit the City of Oshawa and recognizing the plight of homeless youth in our community. While you’re in town to attend a fundraiser for The Refuge, a homeless youth drop-in centre, we’d like to offer some practical policy proposals to combat poverty and homelessness.
​We’ve been told you are bringing a couple of neck-ties belonging to your husband and Minister Baird for auction at the fundraiser. With skyrocketing youth unemployment, good jobs leaving our community, and a lack of youth shelters and affordable housing, we think it’s going to take more than a couple of neck-ties to address the problems of youth poverty and homelessness.
​In return for the neck-ties, we’d like to offer you some practical poverty reduction strategies to bring back to Ottawa:
1) Create a comprehensive national housing strategy to bring good, affordable housing to our community;
2) Ensure all homeless youth have access to social services regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender;
3) Increase funding for addiction and mental health services;
4) Implement a job creation strategy to bring back good paying jobs to our community; and
5) Re-open the Youth Employment Centres that were recently cut in the federal budget.
Again, we’d like to thank you for recognizing the need to address youth homelessness in our community. Now, it’s time for this government to make poverty reduction and youth homelessness a priority through social policy at the federal level. We need less neck-ties and more action.

Citizens for Social Justice:

For Labour and community groups:

We want to initiate a twitter/Facebook campaign to coincide with this press release. We would like to use the hashtag #DearLaureen and use it to offer poverty reduction solutions one tweet at a time. Please spread this widely to your network of social justice, labour, and poverty reduction activists and ask them to post a tweet with the hashtag “#DearLaureen”!
Here are some examples:
#DearLaureen, while neck-ties are nice a National Housing Strategy would be better.
#DearLaureen, neck-ties may raise some money but re-opening Youth Employment Centres reduces youth poverty.
#DearLaureen, neck-ties don’t put youth to work or create jobs.
#DearLaureen, tell Steve to keep the neck-tie – our community needs mental health and addiction counselling.
#DearLaureen, please ask your husband to create a REAL job creation strategy!

So who votes for the Conservative Party of Canada?

  • not parents that had national daycare taken from them
  • not aboriginals that saw two treaties rescinded and killed
  • not scientists that had their work muzzled by the government
  • not economists or social planners that were against tampering with the census
  • not women’s groups that had their funding pulled for supporting a woman’s right to choose or abolishing the gun registry
  • not anyone believing in freedom of information
  • not environmentalists
  • not anyone that protested at the G20 and watched the CONs squander a billion public dollars
  • not anyone that thinks political parties shouldn’t use government funds to spread their propaganda – 45 million and counting
  • not anyone that wanted fiscal responsibility and transparency
  • not anyone that sees the CONs spending more to deliver less
  • not anyone that wanted to see the CPP improved despite millions of Canadians calling for public pension improvements
  • not anyone who lost money in the income trust funds
  • not anyone who lost their job when the CONs cut funding to the arts, public sector or dismantling of manufacturing thriving communities
  • not civil servants that saw anyone of their members who pointed out abuse vilified in the media
  • not watchdogs that saw their power weakened until they could no longer do their job
  • not those that shook their head at terms like “ethical oil,” “cancer is sexy” “build more jails to deter unreported crime” and “Hitler theory”
  • not many nations when it came time to fill a UN Security Council seat

The international community has turned its back to Harper, Canada should too… a pair of glasses does not make the PM any wiser.

Stephen Harper plans to run on his “Tough on crime” “Family Values” and his “Business friendly agenda”

Go for it Steve. Your crime policies are a joke and are going to end up costing more money, and will not reduce crime or make society and safer. Your business friendly policies are an even bigger joke after the debacle with the UAE, and as for “Family Values” I can look after my own damn values and I don’t need you to do that for me.

Why don’t you run on your real agenda:

You will continue to run up accumulated debt which is more of a danger to the economy than anything else. You will continue your shameless self promotion, you will continue to waste tax payer dollars like water running through a sieve, and you will continue to embarrass Canada internationally, and you will continue to repeat the lie that you are an economist, and you will continue to be a fiscally reckless and incompetent leader.

Sounds like a plan, and at least it would be the truth. That would be a first for Stephen Harper.

Did you know Harper and Flaherty have a  dirty little secret.

The sub-prime mortgage fiasco they enable by de-regulating the Banks.

A Globe and Mail investigation in 2010 into more than 10,000 foreclosure proceedings has uncovered a burgeoning subprime mortgage problem that many, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, have insisted does not exist in Canada.

The last five years under the Harper, Refrom regime has been a nightmare. They do not represent 68% of the electorate, but they keep ramming the ideologically driven Tea Party policies through government while ignoring parliamentary procedure.

Their boorish, arrogant, self-centred, big spending leader is an abomination to the majority of Canadians who did not vote for his condescending bills on law and order, corporate tax deductions, environment, and, in your face abuse of public funds to promote the Reform Party.

So if the Conservative party is testing the water and on-the road promoting their plans for Canada we may want to enact some real alternatives to what good government is all about.

Voting for the Cons or Libs reminds me of people who go into a bar looking for a meaningful relationships, get f–ked over, whine and complain about it, and yet, go back into the bar the very next night.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

The government of Bolivia has passed a new pension law that reduces the retirement age for most men to 58 from 65, in stark contrast to many other countries which are seeking to hike the retirement age in order to deal with climbing life expectancy rates.

Signed by President Evo Morales, the new measure will also nationalize pension funds.

In addition, the law, which will come into force next year, will for the first time grant pensions to the 60 percent of the workforce who work in informal jobs, including market traders, bus drivers and taxi drivers, as long as they make contributions. It is estimated that 3-million Bolivians (or 60 percent of the workforce) are employed in the “informal sector.”

The retirement age for miners was reduced to 56.

For women, will be able to retire at age 55 if they have three or more children. (Women currently retire at age 60).

In a symbolic gesture, Morales signed the new law at the headquarters of Bolivia’s main trade union federation, accompanies by miners, peasants and other workers.

“What is most important to highlight is the fact that, when we bring together workers with their experience and our ministers and our experts, it is possible together to formulate, propose, and develop a law for the benefit of the Bolivian people,” Morales said in a speech at the Bolivian Workers’ Center .

In response to the reduced pension ages, Bolivian ministers explained that many poor Bolivians work in difficult jobs in harsh conditions which older workers cannot reasonably be expected to do. Moreover, the nation’s life expectancy rate is only 62 years for men and 65 years for women.

However, Bolivian business leaders have criticized the new laws, saying they are unsustainable.
Thirteen years ago, Bolivia privatized pension funds after a state-run system collapsed.


Thanks to Palash R. Ghosh for this information.

The Real News 200k Challenge

The Real News Network is running a fundraiser over the next three days.

The LIVE broadcast runs December 7th -9th 2010.
8:00p.m.-12-p.m. Eastern US time

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The Real News Network is a television news and documentary network focused on providing independent and uncompromising journalism. Our staff, in collaboration with courageous journalists around the globe, will investigate, report and debate stories on t

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There are two important developments you should know about. We have an agreement with the McClatchy Newspapers Washington Bureau that delivers The Real News stories to millions of viewers who visit McClatchy papers’ websites. Here is a recent screen grab from the McClatchy DC bureau website that shows what this collaboration looks like.

We also have a contract with Tivo that puts The Real News channel in one million households across the USA. Other content partnerships (including dedicated apps for cell phones) will push our video news service to millions of people. Soon, we expect to establish a presence on cable TV on-demand services and on radio. We are working on similar arrangements in Canada.

Over the next 12 months, The Real News Network is expanding its news and current affairs programming to more directly target a mass TV and Internet audience. We will enhance our news coverage and introduce innovative, interactive programming that enables citizens to engage in the process.

The Real News will develop a “beat” system with production units dedicated to:

  • Solutions, models for change and visions of a better future
  • The economic crisis and daily life
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The Real News Network will produce branded segments on specific issues, including:

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