wmtc: from the front lines, day eight (signs!)

wmtc: from the front lines, day eight

Another amazing day!

wmtc: from the front lines, day eight

Another amazing day!

wmtc: from the front lines, day five

I have been staring at my computer screen, trying to figure out how to describe the amazing day we had, and how to express my feelings about what we’re creating together. Not an easy task. Plus, you all keep posting awesome pics and vids to Facebook and YouTube and getting me distracted!! Good Morning, City ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day five

I have been staring at my computer screen, trying to figure out how to describe the amazing day we had, and how to express my feelings about what we’re creating together. Not an easy task. Plus, my members keep posting awesome pics and vids to Facebook and YouTube and getting me distracted!! Good Morning, City ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day four

Every day, more and more members are coming out on the line! At least 250 people were at Thursday’s morning rally and lunch-time barbecue with CUPE Ontario. Spirits were very high, and we were NOISY! We were joined by members of many other unions: – Ryan & Evan, CUPE 3902, University of Toronto– Sandra & ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day four

Every day, more and more members are coming out on the line! At least 250 people were at Thursday’s morning rally and lunch-time barbecue with CUPE Ontario. Spirits were very high, and we were NOISY! We were joined by members of many other unions: – Ryan & Evan, CUPE 3902, University of Toronto– Sandra & ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Feeling the Bern-Out? Feel the Movement

To put it briefly, it’s the movement that matters. The office of the President is secondary to the movement, and almost, but not quite, peripheral. Winning the presidency is significant. It can be a rallying point which inspires the people to further action, and to greater goals and greater victories. But it is secondary to ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Death of the Democratic Party

  Let’s start with some basic facts about Hillary Clinton, the darling of Wall Street and the Democratic party establishment, and why her credibility is both threadbare, and also collapsing. From there, after establishing a basic reality check, we will move on to examine why this stark contrast and contradiction between public sentiment and the ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day three

Here are some highlights of the incredible support our strike action is generating: 1 – A customer called this morning. “Good morning, I am a library patron, just calling to say we support you. It is so hot today, would a donation of water be acceptable?” When we said yes, he said “OK, I will ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day three

Here are some highlights of the incredible support our strike action is generating: 1 – A customer called this morning. “Good morning, I am a library patron, just calling to say we support you. It is so hot today, would a donation of water be acceptable?” When we said yes, he said “OK, I will ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day two

We had another great turnout on Tuesday. When I arrived at 8:30 AM, there were already 100 people making noise at our favourite corner, and another 40-50 waiting to sign in. So what did we learn today…? The labour community rocks! Folks from the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Peel Regional Labour Council, York Region ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day two

We had another great turnout on Tuesday. When I arrived at 8:30 AM, there were already 100 people making noise at our favourite corner, and another 40-50 waiting to sign in. So what did we learn today…? The labour community rocks! Folks from the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Peel Regional Labour Council, York Region ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day one

About 200 of us were on the picket lines today. Despite the blazing temperatures, our spirits were high. We waved our signs and our flags, showing our pride to every passerby. Media I did interviews with the Toronto Star, CBC (we were at 6:00 PM), CTV, CP24, the Mississauga News, and the labour newspaper Rank ...

wmtc: mississauga library workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

Yesterday, the members of CUPE Local 1989, Mississauga Library Workers Union, voted overwhelmingly to strike. Amid massive turnout in three separate meetings, 96% of the members in attendance said they are willing to take strike action in order to win a fair contract for all members. The July 4th strike deadline coincides with the start ...

wmtc: we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

What it takes to be an effective activist: 1. Hopefulness 2. Persistence, perseverance 3. Reliability 4. Enjoyment of teamwork 5. Willingness to take direction from others 6. Willingness to make space and time in your life for your cause 7. Good listening skills 8. A long view 9. Boundaries 10. Passion for your cause

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Neil Irwin writes about the White House Council of Economic Advisers’ study of employment policy which found that superior protections for workers (rather than the undermining of employment standards in the name of “flexibility”) correlate to improved workforce participation. – MaxSpeak discusses the value of universal social ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal Election

Brigette DePape was right when she vowed that “despite the Harper government making it harder for us to vote, young people are going to be the game-changers nobody saw coming” during the 2015 federal election. Elections Canada’s 2015 National Youth Survey confirms it. The post Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

I am reminded of December 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. I am reminded of February 5, 1981 – Toronto’s bath house raids, the catalyst for my coming out. I am reminded of stolen innocence as a child at the hands of a stranger. I am reminded of the “flu” I couldn’t shake in May ...

The Canadian Progressive: Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists

The late Muhammad Ali “was much bigger than boxing. He came, from the late 1960s onwards, to symbolise resistance to racism, militarism and inequality.” The post Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

A Puff of Absurdity: Avoiding the Lesser of Two Evils

It’s not my country, but what happens in America affect the world. And we’re right next door. The Left Forum had a panel discussion a couple weeks ago with Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, and Jill Stein, chaired by Linda Thompson, that’s worth a listen. It’s two hours long, and a feat of tolerance for all the chattering and ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Avoiding the Lesser of Two Evils

It’s not my country, but what happens in America affect the world. And we’re right next door. The Left Forum had a panel discussion a couple weeks ago with Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, and Jill Stein, chaired by Linda Thompson, that’s worth a listen. It’s two hours long, and a feat of tolerance for all the chattering and ...

The Canadian Progressive: What if activists could more accurately predict political events?

Brian Martin on how “activists could be more effective in targeting their campaigns” if major political events had been easy to predict. The post What if activists could more accurately predict political events? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize

Canadian social activist, journalist and award-winning author of numerous bestsellers, Naomi Klein, is the the winner of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize. The post Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan”, Pipelines

A new report outlines the “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan” and the energy giant’s proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The post “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan”, Pipelines appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.