In the face of the Land Day massacre, Canada must impose economic sanctions on Israel

On March 30, 2018, Israeli soldiers massacred at least 17 Palestinian civilians engaged in peaceful protest, and wounded 1400 others… as the world community stood by, aghast. And yet, this was “Just another day at the office” according to the IDF: Today, over 40 community groups and civil society organizations, including CUSJ, delivered an open … Read moreIn the face of the Land Day massacre, Canada must impose economic sanctions on Israel

CUSJ requests changes to Canada’s flawed extradition laws

NOTE: CUSJ President Margaret Rao sent this letter to the PMO on February 20th 2018. Copies were sent to Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Global Affairs, and Jody Wilson Raybould, Minister of Justice.   Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ), I would like to thank you and Minister Freeland, and the staff at … Read moreCUSJ requests changes to Canada’s flawed extradition laws

Basic income: a simple solution to myriad problems. Just do it!

On March 14 2018, the Québec Chapter of the CUSJ attended Myron Frankman’s talk on Basic Income, which was hosted by Citizens in Action. Frankman’s talk was wide-ranging, and included an appeal for true global community as a panacea to climate change and catastrophe. Basic income can be seen as one step in the journey … Read moreBasic income: a simple solution to myriad problems. Just do it!

“We will never give up!” Thousands protest Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project

Saturday, March 10th 2018 was a day for the history books, as thousands marched in an indigenous-led protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members raised a traditional Coast Salish Watch House* near the pipeline route, which will act as a base for resistance to the project. In addition … Read more“We will never give up!” Thousands protest Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project

Vancouver UUs host event for wild salmon and for indigenous defenders

Mary Bennet of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver reports: What an event we hosted last night [Feb 19 2018] at UCV. Thanks to the Environment Committee, the Board, the musicians, the speakers, the artists and groups who donated items for the silent auction.. and Tamiko Suzuki – our great emcee for the evening.  I was … Read moreVancouver UUs host event for wild salmon and for indigenous defenders

“Have a heart” rally for First Nations kids’ education

Above: (left to right) Bob Stevenson, Marlene Campbell, Jane Lindsay and Bill Van Iterson holding the CUSJ banner. Did you know that First Nations children on reserve receive far less funding for education, child welfare and health services than all other Canadian children? On Wednesday, February 14th over 500 schoolchildren gathered on Parliament Hill for … Read more“Have a heart” rally for First Nations kids’ education

Montréal UUs learn about the UNDRIP and Canadian law

Top photo: CUSJ Québec Chapter members Susan Czarnocki, Cym Gomery, Genevieve Patterson and Christina Duvander with the speaker, Elisabeth Patterson. On February 11, 2018, I made my way through the icy streets of Montréal to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, to attend Elisabeth Patterson’s talk on the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of … Read moreMontréal UUs learn about the UNDRIP and Canadian law

CUSJ Bill C-59 recommendations: Amend vague wording and improve transparency

CUSJ was one of several of social justice organizations that submitted a brief in response to Bill C-59, “An Act Respecting National Security Matters.” The bill sets out the scope of powers of the Intelligence Commissioner, makes amendments to the criminal code, and much more. To weigh in on every provision of the act would … Read moreCUSJ Bill C-59 recommendations: Amend vague wording and improve transparency

CUSJ Partners

We also connect Unitarians to larger coalitions who share our values and work to increase our impact on the issues we care about. Over the years we have actively supported: Aboriginal Rights Coalition Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now (ACORN) Canada without Poverty (formerly the National Anti-Poverty Organization). Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Canadian Council for … Read moreCUSJ Partners

Hassan Diab is finally freed–this time unconditionally

Thanks to the French justice system, Hassan Diab is finally free today, January 12, 2018. Tim McSorley of International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group states, “This time is different. The other times were orders to release him on bail, not to end the charges. This decision actually ends the charges and orders his unconditional release. Apparently … Read moreHassan Diab is finally freed–this time unconditionally

An interview with JUSTnews editor Philip Symons

I chatted with our outgoing editor Philip Symons, to explore what it has been like being editor of JUSTnews all these years. The questions, and Philip’s answers, appear below.  How did you come to be Editor of JUSTnews? I took on the job of editor of JUSTnews when I retired as president of CUSJ at the … Read moreAn interview with JUSTnews editor Philip Symons

Philip Symons – A Man For All Seasons

Editor’s note: Margaret Rao’s letter has been updated to correct the date, as per Christine Johnston’s comment. This season of ‘extreme’ cold weather from coast to coast to coast is just one version of the “climate of change” that Canadians are facing, in every season, and every sense of the phrase. No doubt, there will … Read morePhilip Symons – A Man For All Seasons

CUSJ’s ‘Academic’ awards for progressives in 2017

What a year 2017 was. As we contemplate the events of the past 12 months, what fun it is to pretend that we progressives could have our own Social Justice awards, a bit like the Oscars, minus the glitz and glamor, and with the understanding that the awards in this case are, virtual. Drumroll, please! … Read moreCUSJ’s ‘Academic’ awards for progressives in 2017

UN vote on Jerusalem: Canada disappoints

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. – Desmond Tutu On December 21, 2017, an historic vote took place in … Read moreUN vote on Jerusalem: Canada disappoints

Site-C dam decision leaves Canadians feeling betrayed (again)

Two-thousand seventeen has been a roller-coaster year for progressives (and I write this as someone who dislikes amusement parks). We started the year on a high note, eager to usher in electoral reform, only to learn that  Liberal PM Justin Trudeau was backing out on his electoral reform promise. A big lie. However, we took … Read moreSite-C dam decision leaves Canadians feeling betrayed (again)

Peacemakers gather to celebrate ICAN’s victory for peace

(above: Hosts Steven Staples and Anne-Marie Grondin) On December 7, 2017, politicians, peace organizations and others gathered in Center Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to celebrate Setsuko Thurow and ICAN, days before the latter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. CUSJ’s Québec chapter was invited in its capacity as an International Peace Bureau member, and Board … Read morePeacemakers gather to celebrate ICAN’s victory for peace

CUSJ joins the call for an end to fossil-fuel subsidies

You are busy divesting, exploring alternative energies, signing petitions to end megaprojects, and generally doing what you can as a citizen to promote a fossil-free future. Meanwhile, did you know that, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Canadian government is subsidizing fossil fuel industries to the tune of $3.3 billion? As the … Read moreCUSJ joins the call for an end to fossil-fuel subsidies