Fighting for a world beyond war
World Beyond War is a vital force in the global anti-war struggle, helping organize campaigns against military bases, the arms trade, and imperialist trade shows. Canadian Dimension spoke with Rachel Small, the Canada Organizer for World Beyond War, about Ottawa’s escalating funding for the military, recent direct actions against weapons manufacturers, and the upcoming global #NoWar2022 conference.
A wildfire of organizing: Sparks from Labor Notes 2022
Trade unions in the US still face incredible obstacles and attacks from employers and their allies in government. Yet one thing is clear after Labor Notes: workers are challenging complacent leaders, defying labour laws, and finding new ways to build power, both on and offline. There are countless sparks that could easily spread and erupt into a wildfire of organizing and worker militancy.
UN urges Canada to end criminalization of land defenders
On April 29, 2022, the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) released a letter—their third in total—urging the Canadian government to respect the rights of the Indigenous Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en communities resisting the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia.
Trudeau silent on police crackdown in Ecuador
While Ecuadorians rise up in protest of a mercilessly cruel economic system, the Trudeau government has stayed silent while the Canadian embassy degrades them as violent rioters. It should come as no surprise that the leader of a global mining superpower should react this way toward a protest movement demanding social and economic change within Latin America.
Filibustering death-dealing ableism
Despite dedicated organizing by the disability justice community, Bill C-7, which expanded “medical assistance in dying” to people whose death is not “reasonably foreseeable,” became law on March 17, 2021. CD spoke with Catherine Frazee and Gabrielle Peters about the meaning of C-7, the implicit ableism of pro-MAiD narratives, and the involvement by the left in disability justice.
The Ontario election: Hopes and realities
Elections are important and this one is significant. In the current period, however, a preponderant focus on electoral politics is misplaced. We need rejuvenated powerful unions and a strong sense of unity and solidarity among communities under attack. Such a social mobilization would actually generate the conditions where a serious left electoral force could make enormous gains.
This election, let’s reimagine public transport for people and the climate
Elections are often dominated by flashy announcements about new subway lines, but the immediate future of public transit depends on something else: keeping buses running. Yet ridership on many Ontario transit systems continues to lag. Without major investments in transit improvements, like more frequent service to win back previous riders and encourage new ones, we risk a car-led recovery.
First we take Staten Island: Lessons from the unionization of Amazon’s JFK8
The Amazon Labor Union (ALU) defeated Amazon and Jeff Bezos through sheer commitment, will, and an approach to workplace organizing shirked by large business unions. Its organizing tactics and spirit of grassroots labour renewal, spearheaded by the most marginalized sectors of the working class, prove decisively where the energy and efforts of labour need to focus.
Fairy Creek: a tree planter’s account of the blockades
Instead of accepting an industry that acts in lockstep with other resource-based industries in Canada by destabilizing our environment and furthering a history of systemic racism at the whim of multinational corporations, we can organize as a workforce—empowering workers, advocating for scientifically grounded environmental planning, and fighting against a legacy of colonial violence towards Indigenous peoples.
Let us now praise Amazon unionists
Amazon’s vast machinery, as I write, is no doubt plotting to destroy the union in Staten Island. It cannot allow it to be a successful example. It has 109 “fulfillment centers” it is determined to keep nonunionized. But, if we do not become complacent, if we continue to organize and resist, if we link our arms with our unionized allies across the country, if we are able to strike we—and they—have a chance.
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