Some resources for Ontarians:
First off, come to the Rally for Decent Work that’s happening outside the Ministry of Labour in Toronto on Saturday, June 16th! Speakers include author Naomi Klein, Black Lives Matter Toronto’s Sandy Hudson, and many others.
The Fight For $15 and Fairness campaign is the most dynamic grassroots movement I’ve come across in Toronto. Drawing in people of plural races, genders, ages, classes, and regional backgrounds to organize in defence of workers’ rights — especially low-wage workers, who are disproportionately racialized, female, or both — $15 and Fairness has regular city-wide open meetings. Sign up to the mailing list for details.
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has been organizing opposition to Doug Ford since well before the election. They’re a massive force for left unity in Toronto, with an on-point socialist analysis; they were equally prepared, e.g., to hold an NDP government accountable with popular mobilizations should that party have come to power. Their speakers’ series features Robyn Maynard, who wrote Policing Black Lives, on June 21st. Showing up to that event would be a good way to plug into their work, and/or follow them on Facebook for updates.
E-mail me if you want to learn more about the New Socialists, a small left group I’m part of, with strengths around anti-fascism, social reproduction theory, and labour rights. Check out the International Socialists’ Canadian chapters. Check out Fightback’s Facebook page. Socialist Project does good work. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) does great anti-racism organizing. No One Is Illegal is at the forefront of migrant justice work. There are lots more.
I’ve foregrounded movement-based organizing here because it’s my sense that this is where mass mobilization can happen in Ontario right now. We’re longer on movement than on party. But those energies, built at the grassroots, can be channeled back into parties. Want to see an NDP majority next time round, provincially and federally? And an NDP with its prow tipped towards a socialist horizon? Get in the streets, do it with organized comrades, dive into Toronto’s vibrant movement ecology, educate, polarize, build leadership among the demoralized, broker coalitions, clarify vision, consolidate, and win.