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Sudbury Social Justice News - May 10, 2015

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1) Throughout May: Workplace Rights Workshops in Sudbury's Libraries
2) Wednesday, May 13: Night March to Confront Police Terror in Sudbury
3) Thursday, May 28: Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury AGM
4) Saturday, May 30: Fierte Sudbury Pride Garage Sale Fundraiser
5) Monday, June 15: reThink Green Annual General Meeting
6) Thursday, June 25: Council of Canadians Meeting


1) Petition: Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump


Throughout May: Workplace Rights Workshops in Sudbury's Libraries
In the month of May, the Sudbury Workers Education & Advocacy Centre will be hosting a series of workshops across multiple libraries in town.

Do you work part-time? In a contract? For a temp agency? Non-unionized workplace? Starting a new job? Questions about a workplace issue? This is for YOU!

Here are the workshops remaining in the rest of May. Please join us as you are able to learn about your workplace rights:

May 12 @ 1pm New Sudbury Library
May 13 @ 6:30pm Downtown, Main Library
May 20 @ 6:30pm Lively Library
May 21 @ 6:30pm Garson Library
May 25 @ 6:30pm Dowling Library
May 26 @ 1pm Coniston Library

Questions? Call us at 705-470-3323 or like us on Facebook:


Wednesday, May 13: Night March to Confront Police Terror in Sudbury
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Outside Sudbury Courthouse (155 Elm Street, Sudbury)

Bring: Flags, signs, drums, torches, megaphones and banners

A new wave of discussion, energy and action around police racism and brutality is sweeping across the continent. We have yet to see a manifestation of this movement locally, but that is not for a lack of cause. In Sudbury the cops disproportionately target First Nations people and especially women, racialized workers and youth, sex workers, the unemployed, and other oppressed groups. Greater Sudbury Police is beefed up each year while ever more people sink into poverty and misery. Recently tasers were made standard-issue for even the lowliest officer on the force.

Over the past few weeks the Sudbury Revolutionary Network (SRN) has been talking about these problems with people in the working class neighbourhoods of Sudbury. Harassment, bullying, eviction, assault and surveillance are reported as a daily reality on their streets and at their door-steps, on top of all the other struggles of proletarian life in capitalist society. One woman commented: "Once they find out you’re Native, you're screwed. They're really mean to you."

ONE PARTICULARLY CRUEL PIG, CONSTABLE CHRISTOPHER LABRECHE, COMES UP AGAIN AND AGAIN. Labreche is best known for smashing local youth Tanner Currie face-first into a window while Tanner was in police custody, cracking the glass with the force. This time Labreche happened to be caught on video, allowing his victim to leverage the bourgeois media and legal system, so the State could not pretend nothing had happened. There was no choice but to charge one of their most faithful servants, but at the same time the larger issue of police terror and occupation of our communities was narrowed to one cop alone.

Labreche will be in court on May 13 for “assault causing bodily harm”. However an internal police investigation has already set the tone for the coming farce: the pig was merely suspended, and with pay! Even if the courts find him guilty, this isolated conviction can never deliver true justice to the communities he has terrorized for so long. It would only deflect popular anger away from the institution of police itself. The justice we deserve will be denied unless and until we shake our misplaced faith in bourgeois institutions and leadership, clearly identify the cops as the street-level protectors of a barbaric socio-economic system, and organize the independent power of the people to liberate their communities from the capitalist class and their armed forces.

AS THE FIRST STEP IN THIS STRUGGLE, SRN HAS BEEN AGITATING ON THE STREETS FOR A MASS ACTION THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, AT 7:30PM. Labreche’s court appearance is a chance to launch a broader campaign for unity among all organizations and individuals in Sudbury and Manitoulin region who are opposed to police tyranny. Gather with us outside the Sudbury Courthouse, WITH THE RECOGNITION THAT:

1. The courts and prisons are a necessary part of the same settler-colonial capitalist system that sees oppressed peoples brutalized and killed by the police daily.

2. This system protects the interests of the wealthy ruling class and their allies at the expense of everyone else. Without money, power and privilege, no level of the legal system serves you.

3. Therefore it can never hold its repressive arm accountable to the very people whom it is meant to suppress. The only way to ensure the long-term safety and livelihood of the people is by organizing mass action against the whole system.

Stand with us in rejecting false bourgeois “justice”, and help to convene a PEOPLES' COURT outside the courthouse of the ruling class (where we clearly have no say). Let’s begin to define a new justice based on the interests of the proletarian and popular masses, and build our capacity to enforce it as part of the revolutionary struggle to end all oppression and exploitation, for complete justice and total liberation!

The proceedings will be followed by a DETERMINED MARCH through streets and neighbourhoods that will one day be reclaimed by the people!

This event on Facebook:


Thursday, May 28: Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury AGM
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: LAL classroom, St. Andrews Place (111 Larch Street, Sudbury)

Doors open at 6pm.

Check out this link for a PDF file of the agenda:

And fill out this short online survey to help guide the work for the coming year:

All are welcome!


Saturday, May 30: Fierte Sudbury Pride Garage Sale Fundraiser

Time & Location: TBA

Spring Cleaning? Don't know what to do with your old stuff? Fierte Sudbury Prides is hosting our second annual yard sale fund raiser in May. We are now accepting donations. Please contact to arrange pick up or drop off.


Monday, June 15: reThink Green Annual General Meeting
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: The Green Room (3rd floor, 176 Larch Street, Sudbury. Please note that this venue is not wheelchair accessible.)

Agenda to be announced!


Thursday, June 25: Council of Canadians Meeting

Time: 6:30pm
Location: South End Library (1991 Regent Street, Sudbury)

This will be a general meeting of the Sudbury Chapter of the Council of Canadians. All are welcome!



Petition: Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump

To sign the petition, go to this link:

Petition Background (Preamble):

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a multi-billion dollar power generation company, is seeking approval to build a nuclear waste dump (a Deep Geological Repository or DGR)
1 km from the shores of Lake Huron.

The Dump will extend underground to approximately 400 meters below the lake level. Some of this nuclear waste remains toxic and lethal for over 100,000 years.

Approval is anticipated within the next 120 days.

This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the GREAT LAKES, relied upon by 40 million people in two countries.

Any risk of buried nuclear waste entering the largest body of fresh water in the world is too great a risk to take, and need not be taken.

We can and must deliver an overwhelming wave of opposition to OPG's plan. Tell Minister Aglukkaq and the Canadian federal government to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes.

Tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter and email.


“We call on you to refuse Ontario Power Generation’s application to build an underground Deep Geological Repository for radioactive nuclear waste within the Municipality of Kincardine on the shores of Lake Huron that would threaten the drinking water of 40 million Canadians and Americans.

We stand with concerned citizens in opposition to the building of an underground nuclear waste dump anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin.”

To sign the petition, go to this link:


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