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Queers in solidarity with Palestine

“Are you gay? You know, they’d fucking rape you up the ass.”

As Israel bombs Gaza to rubble, some supporters of Israel are resorting to a frequently used tool in their discursive arsenal: pinkwashing. This involves characterizing Arabs and Muslims as irredeemably homophobic, while simultaneously upholding Israel as an oasis of gay rights in the Middle East. In doing so, they exalt Israel as beyond moral reproach and dismiss Palestinians as unworthy of liberation from the Israeli military occupation.

Montreal marches for Palestine

Photos from the Montreal contribution to the massive day of action on November 4th
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.
March in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Montreal on November 4, 2023. Photo: Jahanzeb Hussain.

As the Israeli onslaught on Gaza continues, protests against the military operation and the occupation of Palestine have gathered pace across the world. In Canada, November 4th was the largest day of action since the start of the war last month.

Canadian Police-Involved Deaths in October 2023

Police killings in October 2023.
Calgary Police Statue

At least 7 people were killed in police actions in October 2023. This means that at least 77 people have had their lives taken through police actions so far this year. This includes people who were directly killed by police, as in police shootings, or died during police deployments or in police custody. In 2022, there were at least 117 police-involved deaths in Canada.

Statement of Unwavering Support for Palestinian People

Déclaration de soutien indéfectible au peuple palestinien

En français ci-dessous

Statement of Unwavering Support for Palestinian People. Stand in solidarity with Palestine!

Toronto Rallies for Palestinian Liberation

On Monday, October 9, 2023, the Palestinian Youth Movement called for a rally outside Toronto City Hall in support of Palestinian liberation. The mayor of Toronto, Olivia Chow, labeled this rally as “unsanctioned, without a permit” even though the public requires no such permit for people to gather and express themselves. Supporters of Palestinian liberation joined together in the streets to demand freedom for people in Gaza who are being killed by the Israeli apartheid state. These photos were taken during the rally.

 

Tenants' lawyers successfully argue for joint hearing

Some of the striking tenants from 71, 75 and 79 Throncliffe Park Dr. Photo credit: Thorncliffe Park Tenants

TORONTO – Dozens of Toronto tenants facing eviction hearings at Ontario's Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) will have their cases heard jointly. Their lawyers successfully argued this will be the most judicially efficient way to proceed because they all have "the same common issues and the same defense."

Op/ed: The free market will not fix our housing crisis

Only sustained public sector investment in non-profit housing can create the affordability we need
An apartment building that is under construction. (Public domain, from PXHere.)

Canada’s distorted debate about housing risks costing the public far more than most of us realize.

Nearly all attention is placed on the supposed lack of supply, which has enabled right-wing politicians and pundits to falsely blame the crisis on excessive “red tape,” foreign students, new Canadians, or some combination thereof.

Open letter: Protesting symbolism of "Rath Yatra" event in Toronto

Over 130 people associated with post-secondary institutions urge condemnation of the use of the “rath yatra,” a symbol of hate, for the event

Over a 130 academics and people attached to post-secondary institutions have signed this open-letter in 48 hours with the aim of educating about the harmful symbolism behind the "Rath Yatra" event taking place in Toronto on 30th September.

Analysis: Standing Against the Far Right, Transphobes

From culture war to class war?
Counter demo against the far right, transphobic 1 Million March
Anti-Fascist Counter Demo
Anti-Fascist Counter Demo
Anti-Fascist Counter Demo
Anti-Fascist Counter Demo
Fascist signage
Anti-Fascist Counter Demo
Anti-Fascist Counter Demo
Fascist signage
Fascist signage
Fascist signage
Fascist signage
Fascist signage
Anti-Fascist Counter Demo

On September 20, 2023, a hodgepodge of far-right forces organized hate fests under the “1 Million March 4 Children” banner in dozens of cities across so-called Canada. Organizing groups and individuals represented a who’s who of fascist, far-right, transphobic, anti-2SLGTBQIA+ operations in the country.

OP/ED: Status for All Actions in Surrey and Vancouver

Status for all actions in Surrey and Vancouver on the day of action.
Status for all posters on migrant detention sign in Surrey.
Status for all posters on migrant detention sign in Surrey.
Status for all posters on migrant detention sign in Surrey.
Status for all posters on migrant detention sign in Surrey.
Vancouver rally with banners.
Vancouver rally with banners.
Vancouver rally with banners.
Vancouver rally with banners.
Vancouver rally with banners.
Vancouver rally with banners.
Vancouver rally with banners.
Vancouver rally with banners.
Smashing the border pinata.
Smashing the border pinata.
The border pinata.
Smashed pinata.
Status for all posters on migrant detention sign in Surrey.

Migrants — from undocumented people, to refugees, to foreign students — have been made scapegoats in Canada, with panics over migration ramping up along a variety of fronts, including housing, employment, and education. Over the last few weeks there has been a moral panic around foreign students, blaming them rather than housing profiteers for the country's lack of affordable housing and of shelters for unhoused people.

Canadian Police-Involved Deaths in August 2023

Police killings in August 2023.
Vancouver police car at night.

At least 8 people were killed in police actions in August 2023. This means that at least 62 people have had their lives taken through police actions so far this year. This includes people who were directly killed by police, as in police shootings, or died during police deployments or in police custody.

Tenant organizing played crucial role in stopping renoviction

Tenants of 1570 Lawrence Ave. W. gather for a potluck to celebrate their victory at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board

Tenants who fight together, win together.

That's what tenants from 1570 Lawrence Ave. West in Toronto want other tenants around the city to know, after the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) recently dismissed their landlord's application to evict them in order to complete renovations.

Migrant worker fights for health coverage in Nova Scotia

Burnett's case highlights both the flaws in the temporary foreign worker system as well as the need for community organizing in the face of government inertia
Kerian Burnett (left), Stacey Gomez (centre) from NOII-NS, and Thiago Buchert from the Halifax Refugee Clinic (right) speak at Monday's press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photo credit: Kaley Kennedy, sourced from Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=601005592186235&set=a.554057570214371

With the help of her community, a Jamaican migrant worker in Nova Scotia who was diagnosed with cervical cancer last September has finally been approved for the federal government's interim health care program.

Protest calls out growing fascism in India & Hindu supremacist groups in Canada

The demonstration organized by 20+ groups took place in Ottawa

Protesters from the Montreal and Toronto areas joined locals in Ottawa for a protest on Sunday, August 20th, in Canada’s capital city as part of an ongoing grassroots effort to bring attention to human rights violations in India and resist the rise of Hindutva – or Hindu supremacist – ideology in Canada.  

The protest was supported by twenty organizations, and the accompanying letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was signed by over eighty.