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A World To Win

SOUNDINGS 45

Soundings 45 is now out

Although the cuts are coming, there has been an eerie political calm and sense of inevitability about all that is in store for us (carefully nurtured by the Coalition and their allies in the media). But the storm will break – people are going to start seriously suffering and we need to ensure that there is a political battle against the assault planned by the government. Can Labour lead this battle?

CONTENTS

The political struggle ahead
Doreen Massey

Labour in a time of coalition
Sally Davison, Stuart Hall, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Rutherford

What comes after New Labour?
Gerry Hassan

The SNP and the ‘new politics’
Richard Thompson

Rebuilding social democracy
George Irvin

Greek myths
Duncan Weldon

Money manager capitalism and the global financial crisis
L. Randall Wray

Carbon trading: how it works and why it fails
Oscar Reyes and Tamra Gilbertson

Why I am a socialist
Ruth Levitas

Smile till it hurts
Laurie Penny

Lives on the line
Vron Ware

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Karl Marx

MARX AND PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS – UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2010

New reviews just published online in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books:

· Tom Steele on Edward Carpenter
· David McLellan on Marxism and religion
· Alexander Marshall on Mészáros
· Jeremy Spencer on Rancière
· Clara Fischer on Engels and feminism
· Meade McCloughan on Benjamin and Brecht

And a new list of books for review: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

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Professor Sean Sayers,
Editor, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books
School of European Culture and Languages
University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
Tel +44 1227-827513; Fax +44 1227-823641
http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 13th SEPTEMBER 2010

 

 

EVENTS

WORKSHOP: NO ONE IS ILLEGAL TORONTO – EDUCATION NOT DEPORTATION!

Mon. September 13
2 pm – 4 pm
OISE (252 Bloor West), Room 5150
University of Toronto

Canadian corporations and military interventions push people out of their homes and off of their lands. Many people travel across borders and checkpoints to build a better life, for justice and dignity. Most recently, almost 500 Tamil migrants came to Canada fleeing war and violence. Yet many migrants face exploitation, racism and abuse. Those without full status live without full access to education, healthcare, childcare, good jobs, social services or basic freedoms. Grassroots communities in Toronto have organized to fight back against temporary work programs, against security certificates and deportations and for access to basic services.

Watch our short documentary on Education Not Deportation: http://vimeo.com/7698225

For more information: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

with Eric Plato, Director of Finance and Administration, Frontier College

Friday, September 17
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Social Economy Centre, OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West (ROOM TBA)

Do you find it difficult to put together a budget for a proposal?  Do you ask yourself ‘What am I looking at?’ When someone gives you financial support?  Are you responsible for managing the finances for a project, but not sure what that means?

If so, join us in this workshop to learn:

* How to put together a budget for an organization or project
* Methods to deal with overhead costs
* How to read financial statements
* How to monitor a budget

Eric is a Certified Management Accountant who has worked in the non-profit sector for over 17 years.  He has had years of experience training non-financial people in the basics of budgeting and financial management.
 
Cost: $140 + HST
Student rate available. Refreshments, coffee & tea served, but lunch not provided.

To register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com or 416-978-0022

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MAYORAL DEBATE:  BUILDING A FAIR TORONTO FOR ALL

Tues. September 14
7:00 to 9:00pm
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue

Moderated by John Tory–we have to make our voices heard because this is a huge opportunity!!!

Hamlin Grange will be the Keynote Speaker for the evening.

Questions to be asked:

– How can all Torontonians have a say in how City Hall makes decisions?
– How can we tackle the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots in our city?
– What is the plan for creating good public sector and other jobs for all, including good green public jobs?
– How will you make sure we all have access to good public services, such as childcare, public transit, recreation and housing?

Find out where our mayoral candidates stand on building a fair city, and ensuring good public services and good jobs are available to all.

Make an informed choice when you vote for Toronto’s Mayor this October 25.

Please note: Doors open at 6:30 the day of the debates.

For more details: http://www.equitytoronto.org or contact Jessica Bell, (416) 937-0076, jbell@labourcouncil.ca

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VIDEO: POWER IN COALITION BOOK LAUNCH

Moderated by Steve Watson, CAW staff

Part 1:

* Amanda Tattersall – is an Australian researcher, union and community organizer and the founder of the Sydney Alliance, a diverse coalition of unions, community organizations and religious organizations. Amanda spent three years in Canada, Australia and the United States researching some of the most successful coalitions from around the world. The book includes a chapter on the Ontario Health Coalition’s campaigns to save Medicare and against P3s; author of Power in Coalition.

Part 2:

* Natalie Mehra – director of the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC). The OHC has been at the centre of taking on the Ontario government’s plan for hospitals – Public-Private Partnership (P3) – privatization, contracting out and funding Medicare with her partners in the major unions.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls66.php

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THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND ITS DIRE AFTERMATH: GETTING READY FOR THE LEAN YEARS

Speaker: Manfred Bienefeld (Carleton University)

Friday, September 17
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
108N – North House, Munk School
1 Devonshire Place
University of Toronto

Sponsored by Munk Centre for International Studies

Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Centre for Comparative, International and Development Education at OISE/UT

Free. Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=9081

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SARA MARLOWE & THE PROGRAM – BENEFIT FOR WAR RESISTERS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN

Friday, Sept. 17
8:00pm – 11:00pm
The Free Times Cafe
320 College St.
Toronto, ON

Cover: $5 or PWYC

Partial proceeds will go to the War Resisters Support Campaign – http://www.resisters.ca

with special guests:

Urban Flute Ensemble – http://www.myspace.com/UrbanFluteEnsemble

Pamela Brennan – http://www.pamelabrennan.com

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SYMPOSIUM: COMMON GROUND – SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS: THE VISION, THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY

Friday, September 24
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre
20 Toronto Street,(wheelchair accessible)

Advance registration is required. To register, please register online (link below) or send a completed registration form (link below) to Social Planning Toronto, 2 Carlton St, Suite 1001 Toronto, ON M5B 1J3. Call 416-351-0095 ext. 251 for more information. All registrations will be confirmed by e-mail.

* Conference registration is free
* Refreshments, lunch and post-conference reception included
* Space is limited. Please register early.
* Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Online registration:
http://socialplanningtoronto.org/news/register-for-common-ground-schools-as-community-hubs-the-vision-the-challenge-the-opportunity/

Mail-in registration:
http://socialplanningtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Registration-Form-Schools-as-Community-Hubs.pdf

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NEWS & VIEWS

MARTIN SHEEN JOINS HOTEL WORKERS ON ROYAL YORK HOTEL PICKET LINE

by Jasmeet Sidhu, Toronto Star

It would seem like there’s no natural alliance between the glitzy lifestyle of celebrities in town for the Toronto International Film Festival, and the struggling workers running the hotels they stay in.

But as Hollywood star Martin Sheen reminded striking hotel workers outside the Royal York, actors are union members too.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/859167–martin-sheen-joins-hotel-workers-on-royal-york-hotel-picket-line

For more about the Hyatt hotel workers’ struggle: http://www.hotelworkersrising.org/hyatt/

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NEW BOOK – STRATEGIC ALLIANCES: COALITION BUILDING AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Strategic Alliances: Coalition Building and Social Movements
Nella Van Dyke and Holly J. McCammon, Editors
University of Minnesota Press | 376 pages | 2010
ISBN 978-0-8166-6734-5 | paperback | $27.50
ISBN 978-0-8166-6733-8 | hardcover | $82.50
Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series, volume 34

Strategic Alliances provides pioneering analysis of the circumstances leading to movement alliances. Contributors investigate coalition dynamics among social movements, including antiwar, environmental, and labor movements, as well as ethnic organizations and women’s groups. While many of the essays examine coalition formation in the United
States, others consider coalitions in Britain, the former East Germany, East Asia, and Latin America.

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s webpage: http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/V/vandyke_strategic.html

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MICHAEL MOORE TEACHES RAHM EMANUEL A F**CKING ECONOMICS LESSON

Alternet

Moore responds to Obama’s chief of staff, quoted as saying he didn’t care that tens of thousands of jobs would be lost if GM and Chrysler collapsed.

http://www.alternet.org/story/148106/michael_moore_teaches_rahm_emanuel_a_f**cking_economics_lesson
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WHAT ARE THE GAME CHANGERS?

by Marc Lee, rabble

Here are 12 steps to create a movement for change that will excite people about the world that could be, and put our ruling class on the defensive.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/09/what-are-game-changers

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TORONTO & YORK REGION LABOUR COUNCIL – THE CITY WE WANT

The summer of 2010 has already served up more than the usual share of drama and excitement. Most people haven’t focused yet on the upcoming municipal elections, but the jockeying for position is already taking place. Is there a surprise in the level of support for Rob Ford’s simplistic tax cuts message? We know it goes beyond hard-core conservatives to include some union members and residents who feel alienated from City Hall. But we also know what happens when that kind of right-wing populism prevails – the devastation and turmoil of the Mike Harris years were ample proof.

If it is clear what we don’t want, why aren’t more people raising their voices about the kind of city we do want?

Read more: http://www.labourcouncil.ca/citywewant.pdf

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

A LITERATURE REVIEW OF EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF PHILANTHROPY: EIGHT MECHANISMS THAT DRIVE CHARITABLE GIVING
René Bekkers and Pamala Wiepking
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 10 September 2010
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010380927v1

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SOCIAL UNIONISM IN WESTERN NEW YORK: THE CASE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Charles J. Whalen
Labor Studies Journal, September 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10379645v1

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CO-OPTING PRECARIOUSNESS: CAN WORKER COOPERATIVES BE ALTERNATIVES TO PRECARIOUS EMPLOYMENT FOR MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS? A CASE STUDY OF IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE WORKER COOPERATIVES IN CANADA
Amanda Wilson
Just Labour,Vol. 16, September 2010
http://www.justlabour.yorku.ca/volume16/pdfs/06_wilson_press.pdf

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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It starts tomorrow,

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Higher Education Crisis

NEW ACTIVISM OR OLD POLITICS? SOUNDING STUDENT REACTION TO HIGHER EDUCATION’S CRISIS

Society for Research into Higher Education

Free Day Event

The Student Experience Network

New Activism or Old Politics? Sounding Student Reaction to HE’s Crisis

30th September 2010, 11am – 4:00pm

University of Aston, Birmingham

Room 404D, Main Building

This day event will discuss likely student reactions to the impending cuts and rising fees in higher education. It is free to staff and students in UK Higher Education/ anyone else interested, but please register below.

Timetable

10.30 Registration

11.00 Welcome by Patrick Ainley, Network co-coordinator and co-author of Lost Generation? Continuum 2010

11.15 Ben Little, University of Middlesex, talking on and around his free edited e-book: Radical Future – Politics for the Next Generation. Please read at http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/ebooks/radicalfuture.html

12.15 Jonathan Ward, Studentforce for Sustainable Development – Brown Dystopia or Green Hope?

1.15 Lunch

1.45 Jim Dickinson, Director of Campaigns and Strategy, NUS

2.45 Queen Mary College London University Countermappers and/or members of the Really Open University

3.45 Plenary discussion as and when.. tea and depart

Chairs am Joyce Canaan, Birmingham City University; pm Sarah Amsler, Aston University

A full guide to travelling to Aston, including campus maps, is available at http://www1.aston.ac.uk/about/directions/. The campus is a short walk from all Birmingham train stations. The university does not have visitor parking, but visitors with special needs can request a pass by emailing Dr Sarah Amsler (s.s.amsler@aston.ac.uk) and there is paid parking nearby.

Next meeting: 2 – 4 on November 24th November at University College London: Dr. R.T.Allen The Value of the Inexact, Michael Polanyi’s philosophy of tacit integration in relation to teaching and assessment (further details to follow).

New Activism or Old Politics is free, but please confirm attendance with Patrick at Patrickjdainley@aol.com

Nicola Manches, Administrative Assistant, Society for Research into Higher Education, 44 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4LL

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7447 2525

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7447 2526

www.srhe.ac.uk

SRHE Annual Research Conference 2010

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LIBRARIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE

The Association of Independent Libraries

Libraries in a Digital Age 

A one-day conference on the problems and opportunities facing libraries in the age of the Internet 

To be held at the Royal Astronomical Society, 

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ 

Thursday 14 October 2010 

10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. 

Programme 

10.30 Coffee and Welcome 

10.45 Social networking: just a lot of twittering?  Gwyneth Price

Gwyneth Price is Head of Collection Development Services at the Institute of Education (London) and is particularly interested in information literacy and the use of social networking software in libraries.  Her presentation will focus on some examples of Web 2.0 technologies and how they impact on libraries in the digital age. 

11.30 A plan for the future of our public library service.  Tim Coates 

Tim Coates is an author and was head of Waterstone’s bookshops in its early years. For the last decade he has become widely known for his pursuit of the improvement of the public library service. For his address to the conference on libraries in the digital age Tim has indicated his intention to use this opportunity to make a major statement on the state of libraries in England and what needs to be done for them to survive and fill a role for future generations.

12.15 The Oxford-Google Book Digitization Partnership.  Michael Popham

Michael Popham is Head of the Oxford Digital Library, a core service of the Bodleian Libraries, serving the University of Oxford. Michael has been working in the fields of digitization and electronic text creation for more than two decades, and co-ordinates Oxford’s collaboration with Google Books. The Bodleian Library was one of the first five libraries to began collaboration with the Google Books Library Project (see http://books.google.com/googlebooks/partners.html). This presentation will outline the Partnership’s efforts to digitize the Bodleian’s entire holdings of out-of-copyright C19th material, and the lessons we have learned from this challenging endeavour.

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Merchants of Culture: the publishing industry in the 21st century. Professor John B Thompson 

John B. Thompson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His publications include Books in the Digital Age (2005) and Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century (2010). The book publishing industry today is facing some of the greatest challenges it has known since Gutenberg. Caught in the pincer of an economic downturn and a digital revolution, everyone involved in the book business – publishers, agents and booksellers – is being forced to rethink what they do. Based on ten years of in-depth research on the publishing industry, Thompson analyses some of the key changes that have transformed the industry in recent years and shows how publishers are seeking to rethink their practices in the face of an uncertain future. 

14.45 Copyright and the Knowledge Commons.  Martyn Everett

Martyn Everett, writer, historian, former librarian and Chairman of Saffron Walden Town Library Society. The internet and digitisation provide the opportunity to create a knowledge and information Commons in which libraries could play a key role.  Yet the combination of new technology, commercialisation, and changes in the nature of ‘copyright’ threaten to constrict and regulate access to information as never before. Which side are you on?

15.30 Tour of the Royal Astronomical Society Library including a short talk about the Library’s digitisation programme by Librarian Peter Hingley. 

16.30 Concluding remarks 

Timings are approximate and the organisers reserve the right to change the programme without notification 

Cost £40 per person including lunch. 

Please make cheques payable to “The Association of Independent Libraries’ and send to: 

The Association of Independent Libraries, c/o The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL 

Tel: 0113-245-3071 

enquiries@theleedslibrary.org.uk

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