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Celebrating July 26th CUBAN REVOLUTION DAY! | 26 July 2010 – 5:30pm to Midnight
July 21, 2010, 11:19 am
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Monday, July 26th
5:30 to Midnight

United Steelworkers’ Hall 25
Cecil Street (one block southeast of College & Spadina)

On July 26th, 1953 the Cuban people attacked the Moncada and the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes garrisons, symbols of the tyranny and occupation of Cuba under the U.S. puppet regime of Batista. Although the attack was defeated, it raised the banner of struggle, which would lead to the victory of the Cuban Revolution. We celebrate with the added joy of seeing Fidel Castro, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, in an ever combative but convincing exchange of ideas on international issues live.

A POLITICAL/CULTURAL EVENING WITH:

MASTER OF CEREMONIES – Fidelito
WELCOMING REMARKS – Raúl Delgado Concepción, the Honorable Consul of Cuba in Toronto
MUSIC & POETRY
Poetic Voices/Voces Poéticas – Indigenous/Hispanic
Zuviri – Top finalist in the “Toronto Latin Star” talent contest
Arnold H. Itwaru – Poet, Former Director, Caribbean Studies-University of Toronto
…and last but not least! Live Cuban Band – The Clave Kings

Home-made Halal Food! and more… Admission: $1

While remembering the Cuban Five anti-terrorist political prisoners of the U.S. since Sept. 12th, 1998 who are heroically enduring their imprisonment with dignity for their beloved Cuba; this year’s July 26th is dedicated to Alicia Alonso, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba for her untiring commitment to the universal understanding of culture and the realization of Jose Marti’s saying that “Homeland is Humanity“.

ORGANIZED BY:

TORONTO FORUM ON CUBA – www.torontoforumoncuba.tyo.ca, torontoforumoncuba@rogers.com
LA ASOCIACIÓN DE CUBANOS JUAN GUALBERTO GÓMEZ – http://asociacioncubatoronto.blogspot.com, asociacion.jgg@gmail.com

SPONSORED BY:
LATIN AMERICAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK (LASN)

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Defend Civil Liberties | 10 July 2010 Rally and March @ Queen’s Park – 1pm
July 3, 2010, 11:58 pm
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Jul 10 2010 – 1:00pm
Jul 10 2010 – 4:00pm

Location(s)

Queen’s Park

Toronto, ON

Canada

During the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 26 and 27, more than $1.2 billion was spent on a reported 20,000 police and security officers, a five metre fence, and new weapons designed to stifle dissent and silence public opposition.

Despite threats of new crowd dispersal weapons and dubious claims that police were granted extraordinary powers of search and arrest, over 25,000 people peacefully marched to question the legitimacy of the G20 and call on Canada to take action on the economy, jobs, public services, global poverty, climate change, Indigenous rights, migrant and undocumented workers’ rights, women’s rights, human rights, peace, inequality and social justice.

Under the pretext of stopping vandalism, the police descended upon peaceful protesters and confused passers-by with force that was disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive, and included raids, rubber bullets, tear gas and pre-emptive detentions. In total, more than 900 people were detained based on dubious charges, in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history.

Demonstrate your opposition to the excessive use of police force and the unprecedented curtailment of civil liberties. Demand an independent public inquiry. Join the Day of Action for Civil Liberties in towns and cities across Canada and Québec on July 10, 2010.

Mass demonstration & march

Community members and organisations in other regions are encouraged to organise their own local events on the same day, to pressure all levels of government to support civil liberties.

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ORGANISATIONS ENDORSING THE DAY OF ACTION
(this list will be updated regularly)
Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP)
Canadian Arab Federation (CAF)
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)
Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA)
Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario (CUPE Ontario)
Council of Canadians
Greenpeace Canada
Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)
Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)
Steelworkers’ Toronto Area Council
Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Contact name:
For information or to endorse
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Jail Solidarity Rally: People of Toronto Condemn Police Violence | 28 June 2010 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
June 28, 2010, 3:44 pm
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JAIL SOLIDARITY RALLY!

Toronto Condemns Police Violence

Monday, June 28th
5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Police Headquarters,
40 College Street (at Yonge Street)

Speakers:

Naomi Klein
Ben Powless
David McNally
Abeer Majeed

Testimonies from people who’ve been brutalized by police

Over the past two days, police have rounded and arrested up hundreds of people. They have been denied access to lawyers, telephones, food and water, and held in deplorable conditions in makeshift steel cages. Many have been beaten in the streets and in their homes; shot at with rubber bullets and tear gas; some have been sent to hospital with severe injuries. Hundreds are still in custody as of Sunday night.

We need to get our people out. We need to take our city back from the armed fortress that it has been turned into.

We will let the police know that we will not tolerate the arrests, beatings and attempt to intimidate the people of Toronto. Our community stands with the people whose lives have been disrupted by the G20, and by police violence. We will demand that all those arrested be released, and released now!

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The 3rd Annual Decolonizing the Spirit Conference: Rebuilding the Community & Re-claiming our Histories | Friday, April 16th & April 17th, 2010
April 7, 2010, 7:39 pm
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Friday, April 16th & April 17th, 2010

9 am to 6 pm

OISE – 252 Bloor Street W (at St George Subway)
Fifth Floor Room 280

Registration: General $50, Students/Non Profit/Community Agencies $30

$10 for Community presentation by Dr. Molefe Asante on Saturday, April 17th at 4:30 pm.

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The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racist Studies (CIARS)/ U of T will be presenting the 2 day conference on “Decolonizing The Spirit” – Re-building the Community and Re-claiming our histories.  Over the years the conference has provided a safe space in which radical scholars, activists, workers and other community members have discussed the possibilities of spirituality as a body of transformative knowledge, discourse of study, and anti-colonial resistance.  Featuring panel discussions and communivercity reasoning. In addition, the conference will also feature well renowned Afrocentric Scholars and authors: Dr. Molefe Kete Asante and Dr. George Sefa Dei.

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For more info, contact:

Aman Sium –  (647) 966-7486  /  amansium@hotmail.com

Sistah Donna – (416) 347-5623 /  donna.outerbridge@sympatico.ca

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Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Research Conference of the Department of Sociology and EquityStudies in Education, OISE/UT | Contested Spaces: The (Re)Organization of Schooling under Neoliberalism Saturday | April 3rd, 2010
March 24, 2010, 8:01 pm
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Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Research Conference of the Department of Sociology and EquityStudies in Education, OISE/UT

Contested Spaces: The (Re)Organization of Schooling under Neoliberalism
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

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Program

8:40am to 9:00am – Registration and Coffee/Tea, Treats (5th Floor)

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9:00am to 10:30am – SESSION A

A1:Labour & the Workplace
Room: 5‐230
Moderator: Zahir Kolia

Neo‐liberalism and its Implementation at York University
Xavier Scott, Social and Political Thought, York University

Studies on Female Migrant Workers in China: Enhancement of Social Equity and Security
Yongfang Jia, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, ‘Anomalous Zones’ and Inscriptions of Degeneracy
Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW)

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A2: Rethinking Relationships of Inclusion and Exclusion
Room: 5‐240
Moderator: Ricky Varghese

Building Inclusive Conformity
Michael Ross, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Afrocentric‐Alternative Education: Building a Subaltern Counterpublic Against the Eurocentric Model of Education
Patrick Radebe, Society, Culture and Politics in Education, University of British Colombia

Race Discourses in the Canadian Public School System
Rebecca Nava, Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ryerson University

Transnational Feminism: Its Response to the Call of Indigenous Women
Rose Ann Torres, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

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A3: Alternative Epistemologies
Room: 5‐250
Moderator: Colleen McLay

What We’ve Lived and What We Can Know About It, As Teaching and Research
Chris Chapman, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Michal Er‐el, Social Work, York University

Research in Anti‐Poverty Organizing and Learning in the GTA: A Participatory Approach
Joseph Sawan, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Rakhat Zholdoshalieva, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Israt Ahmed, APCOL Community Researcher

“Living the Indigenous Ways of Knowing”: The African Self and a Holistic Way of Life
Ahmed Ilmi, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

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A4: When Governments Intervene
Room: 5‐260
Moderator: Anthony Briggs

Governing Mentalities of the Ontario Works Literacy Screening Assessment
Tannis Atkinson, Adult Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Funding Public Institutions with Private Investment: Canadian Federalism and Post‐Secondary Educational Institutions
Katrina Pollock, Public Policy and Public Administration, Concordia University

Recognizing International Medical Graduates’ (IMGs) Informal Learning in the Context of Medical Residency Retraining Programs
Cindy Sinclair, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Shifting the Discourse Around Undocumented Students and the Deficiencies of Implementing a Policy of Access
Francisco Villegas, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

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10:40am to 12:10pm – SESSION B


B1: Performing Bodies, Performing Spaces
Room: 5‐260
Moderator: Chelsey Lichtman

(Trans)gressive Bodies, Queer Movements: Resisting Imperialist Mappings of the Body Through Performance
Johannah Black, Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ryerson University
Inextricable
Alexis Mitchell, York University

Musical Exclusions: Indigenous Musical Knowledge in the Academy
Juliet Hess, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

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B2: “The Dilema of the Black Intellectual”: The Threat and Imperative of Blackness in the Canadian University
Room: 5‐250
Moderator: Christopher Smith

White Feminist Supremacy: An Autoethnography
Samantha Peters, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Symbolic Proximity: The Contradictory Condition of Black Female Conformativity for Survival
Laurianne Wade, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Moving Beyond Gossip: Disciplining the Threat of the Black Feminine
Onyinyechukwu Udegbe, Toronto‐based Scholar and Artist

Doing Blackness Without Black People: Blackness as Intellectual Commodity at the University of Toronto
Darcel Bullen, Women and Gender Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto

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B3: In the Classroom
Room: 5‐240
Moderator: Jamil Kalim

Playing The Real Game: Reflections on Studying Neo‐Liberalism and Schooling
Kate Cairns, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

If You Think Schools Are (Re)organized Equally, Guess Again!
Jennifer Clarke, Social Work, Ryerson University

Schools as Obstructions: The Hidden Curriculum of Age‐Segregation Within Conventional Schooling
Jana Miller, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

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B4: White Civility
Room: 5‐230
Moderator: Alisha Ticku

Tree Planting as Pedagogy: The Jewish National Fund’s Twinning Programs at Toronto’s Downsview Park
Corey Balsam, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

U.S. Education Reform: A Neoliberal Lesson in Civility
Mairi McDermott, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

White America and Post‐Racialism
Brandy L. Jensen, Michigan State University

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LUNCH 12:10pm – 1:00pm

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1:00pm to 2:30pm – SESSION C


C1: Accessing Education and Building Accessibility
Room: 5‐240
Moderator: Nancy Spina

Mothers in Schooling: Neoliberalism and the Enforcement of Inclusion
Patty Douglas, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Education Not Deportation: Neoliberalism and Citizenship
Ryan Hayes, No One is Illegal

Integration or Assimilation? Advocating for Socially Just Learning Environments in Quebec’s “Classes d’Accueils”
Gabrielle Breton‐Carbonneau, Concordia University

Experience of Racism in Social Work Education: A Critical Examination of Anti‐Oppressive Practice
Uppala Chandrasekera, M.S.W., RSW

Lahoma Thomas, M.S.W., RSW

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C2: Policing and Schooling
Room: 5‐230
Dicussant: Jason Kunin, Secondary Teacher, TDSB

Niraj Joshi, NOCOPS

Alok Premjee, NOCOPS

Ayderus Alawi, Osgoode Hall Law School, Beyond the Lyrics Youth Resource Centre (BTL)

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C3: Academic UnFreedoms: Repression and the (Neo)Liberal Policing of Praxis
Room: 5‐250
Moderator: Faraz Vahid Shahidi

Melanie Newton, History, University of Toronto

Noaman Ali, Political Science, University of Toronto

Yavar Hameed, Lawyer, Carleton University

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C4: The Struggle for Status under Neoliberalism: Building A Sanctuary City Ground‐Up
Room: 5‐260
Moderator: Omme‐Salma Rahemtullah

The Struggle for Status: Building a Sanctuary City
Fariah Chowdhury, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Food Committee Panel Participation
Yogi Acharya, No One is Illegal, Food for All

Shelter Sanctuary Status
Farrah Miranda, No One is Illegal

Migrant Health and Social Justice: Challenging the Discourse on Healthcare Research for the Undocumented and Uninsured & Movement Building
No One is Illegal, Health For All

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2:40pm to 4:10pm – SESSION D


D1: Security, Surveillance and Containment
Room: 5‐260
Moderator: May El‐Abdallah

Where Neoliberalism and Cynicism Meet: La Police du Quartier Reforms
Max Silverman, McGill University

Branding Security
Julie Gregory, Sociology, Queens University

Things Fall Apart: A Critical Examination of Human Rights Failures at the University of Windsor
Andrew Langille, Lawyer, Researcher and Activist

The “Walking Wounded”: The Crisis of Youth, School Violence, and Precarious Pedagogy
Jennifer Fisher, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University

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D2: Disposability and the Production of Disposable Bodies
Room: 5‐250
Moderator: Omisoore Dryden

Learning to Loathe: Orientating Affect Through ‘Fake Fat’
Kristen A. Hardy, Social and Political Thought, York University

H1N1 and Aboriginal Others: Disposability, Disease and the Making of the Canadian Nation
Lindsay Muir, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Raising the ‘Red Flags’ of Autism: Discipline, Development and the Education of the Human
Anne McGuire, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

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D3: Assemblages of Power
Room: 5‐230
Discussant: Dr. Tanya Titchkosky

Accessibility Assemblages: Problematizing Solution
Laura Thrasher Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Eliza Chandler, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

The Legacy of the Enlightenment Thought: Some Reflections on Knowledge Production in the Academy
Tabassum Fahim Ruby, Women’s Studies, York University

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D4: Responsibilities of the Settlers: Building Solidarity with the Six Nations
Room: 5‐240
Moderator: Niki Thorne

Anti‐Native Organizing & the “Caledonia Crisis”: Countering Right Wing Backlash and Building Indigenous Solidarity in Settler Communities
Kate Milley, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto, OISE

Tom Keefer, Political Science, York University

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4:30pm to 6:00pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Contested Spaces: The (Re)Organization of Schooling under Neoliberalism
Room: 5‐250


Moderator: Dr. Rachel Berger, Department of History, Concordia University

Dr. Radhika Mongia
Department of Sociology
York University

Dr. Justin Podur
Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University

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All Out November 5th: No More Band-Aids or Bail-Outs For The Rich | OCAP
October 26, 2009, 5:01 pm
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All Out November 5th: No More Band-Aids or Bail-Outs For The Rich

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As part of the Campaign for a Poverty Free Ontario Province-Wide Day of Action

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
1:30 pm
St. James Park (King St. East and Jarvis St.)

For years, they have been telling us no money exists for decent wages, proper housing, childcare, education or health care and, certainly, no money to ensure that poor people on assistance can pay the rent and eat properly. Yet when the banks and corporations ask for help, public money suddenly becomes available to them. This bail-out money is lining the pockets of CEOs, while thousands of workers are either laid off or forced to take devastating concessions.

For poor people in Ontario, this economic crisis has rubbed salt in our wounds. We’ve been living with too little for far too long. This downturn is unfolding in a context where social supports have already been cut back and devastated. All three levels of government have already made clear they will not put resources into social programs crucial to our survival. In fact, they will try to do the very opposite. As the downturn cuts into revenues, governments will try to cut vital programs in order to balance their books.

As this system moves into crisis, those in power move to profit once again at our expense. This is capitalism’s crisis – they broke it, and we’re not paying to fix it! For the needs of poor people, nothing will be provided unless we fight together. We will become a priority when we pose enough of a problem that that they have to treat us as one. Otherwise, we will be the ones paying for this crisis. Public money must be put into the hands of the people who need it. Join us on Thursday, November 5th!

We demand:
-Affordable and Accessible Housing: increased social housing and access to proper shelter supports
-Decent Income: Increased Social Assistance by 40%, Increased (Un)Employment Insurance and Minimum Wage
-Status for all immigrants and refugees: access to services without fear
-Justice For First Nations: stop economic warfare and recognize sovereignty

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INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY WEEK – TORONTO | OCTOBER 26 – NOVEMBER 1, 2009
October 4, 2009, 12:14 pm
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PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!  MARK THE DATES!!

Indigenous Sovereignty Week – Toronto

Forums, art, performances and discussions supporting and celebrating the
Indigenous struggle for land and sovereignty on Turtle Island

http://www.defendersoftheland.org/toronto

OCTOBER 26 – NOVEMBER 1, 2009

Invitees include
* Arthur Manuel, Secwepemc Nation
* Shawn Brant, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
* Ellen Gabriel, Kanesatake Mohawk Territory
* Vickie Monague, Beausoleil First Nation
* Grafton Antone, Oneida

Featured events
* Opening Ceremonies with Men’s and Women’s Drum Circle, youth slam poetry
* How we got to Now: (***or Yes Harper, a Candian History of
Colonialism)- Stories of local Resistance Movements
* Redefining Restorative Justice- Untangling impacts, and a way forward.
* Struggles for the Land- stories from communities drawing the line
* In Our Language- Haudenosaunee Storytelling with Interpretation to English
* The Great Indian Bus Tour- get on the bus! A real tour of the Indigenous
history of  Toronto
* Building the Circle Stronger- Traditional feast,  Sharing Circle and Next
Steps meeting
* and more .

Full schedule will be updated shortly. Please visit our website often.

Email iswtoronto@gmail.com for more.

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