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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 1st DECEMBER 2012

EVENTS

FIGHTING FORWARD – A LABOR & WORKING-CLASS SUMMIT

The 2013 conference of the Working Class Studies Association (WCSA)

June 12-15
Madison College – Downtown Campus
Madison, Wisconsin

Join us at the epicenter of the “Wisconsin Uprising” for a gathering of working people, community and labor activists, students and educators focused on building a revitalized movement in support of labor and the working class. Since the start of the Uprising, we have witnessed an historic response by working people to the decades-long assault on our rights and livelihoods. Now is the time to reflect, strategize, and build connections, as we not only continue to fight back against this assault but also move forward in building a better future for labor and working class people. It is time for Fighting Forward!

The Summit will provide an opportunity to celebrate, educate, strategize, share experiences and best practices, and build connections and relationships. The program will incorporate a broad array of activities, including workshops, panels, training sessions, roundtables, cultural exhibitions and performances, strategy sessions, tabling and exhibits, and social activities aimed at building and strengthening connections among participants.

To register or submit a proposal: http://www.fightingforward.org/

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MOVIE: SPECIAL FLIGHT (VOL SPÉCIAL)

Tuesday, December 4
6:45 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Suggested donation $2-10

Fernand Melgar / CH / 2011 / 100 min / French with English s.t.

This special screening is co-presented by No One is Illegal – Toronto.

Synopsis: Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence. Simply because they stay in the country illegally, they may be deprived of liberty for up to eighteen months before being deported.

After The Fortress (awarded with the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival), which dealt with the reception conditions for asylum seekers in Switzerland, Fernand Melgar takes a look at the other end of the chain, i.e. at the situation towards the end of the migrants’ journey. The filmmaker immersed himself for 9 months in the administrative detention centre Frambois in Geneva, one of the 28 deportation centres for the paperless in Switzerland.

For more info: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/bloor/vol-sp%C3%A9cial

Watch the trailer: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/emvideo/modal/4080/800/600/field_trailer_url/youtube/9vL1PgyL0lk

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TOOLS FOR CHANGE WORKSHOP: ONLINE ORGANIZING & MAKING SOCIAL MEDIA COUNT

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Toronto, Ontario

This workshop explores how to do effective online campaigning & maximize social media strategies in your projects and campaigns. Participants will explore the benefits and challenges of different online and social media tools, be given useful information about managing online campaigns & social media platforms as well as mobilizing different audiences and tracking results Location: University of Toronto, St. George Campus.  Exact campus room location given to registrants a week before the event.

Trainer: Anil Kanji works as the Supporter Communications Coordinator for Greenpeace Canada, with a focus on digital mobilisation, storytelling, and fundraising. Anil has over 16 years of communications and marketing experience in both the for-profit and no-profit sectors. He has trained with the New Organizing Institute, SmartMeme, and is part of the global Web of Change community.

To register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/4808754113/eorg#

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: TAX THE RICH

Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8- minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes any more. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.

For more info, go to http://www.cft.org

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6ZsXrzF8Cc

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VIDEO: THE CONCEPT OF “FAIRNESS”: POSSIBILITIES, LIMITS, POSSIBILITIES

Critical Social Research Collaborative (CSRC) – the Fourth Annual Conference in Critical Social Research: Faultlines of Revolution!

Keynote address by Michael A. Lebowitz: The Concept of “Fairness”: Possibilities, Limits, Possibilities. The talk draws on Lebowitz’s latest book, The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”. Moderated by Gulden Ozcan.

For more info about the CSRC see http://www.csrcproject.ca

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls152.php

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AFTER BLACK FRIDAY’S DAY OF ACTION, WHAT’S NEXT FOR WAL-MART?

by John Logan‚ Beyond Chron

So the day of action at Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has passed at least for the time being. And it turned out to be much larger than the company’s executives in Bentonville had predicted or care to admit.

Thousands of Wal-Mart workers and their allies protested for better wages, affordable healthcare benefits, full-time jobs and an end to management retaliation for speaking out in at least 100 cities, including in Dallas and Lancaster, Texas, Miami and Kenosha, Wisconsin, and several other locations not known for their activism. Although the final tally will not be clear for some time, “open-source” actions of some kind took place at Wal-Mart stores in 46 different states across the nation, with major demonstrations in California, Washington, New York and Massachusetts.

Read more: http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=10728#more

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BANGLADESH – 100 PLUS WORKERS BURNT TO DEATH. WALMART AGAIN?

from Facts for Working People

Over 100 people died in a fire in a garment factory in Bangladesh recently.
At least 111 people died and scores of others are missing or injured.
Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of clothing after China. Since 2006 more than 500 workers have died in fires in Bangladesh according to Clean Clothes Campaign an anti-sweat shop group based in Amsterdam. The industry employs more than three million workers in Bangladesh, most of them women.

Outfits like Walmart, Tommy Hilfiger and Gap get clothing produced in these sweat shop death traps. A spokesperson for the Clean Clothes Campaign says that these profit addicted companies “have known for years that many of the factories they choose to work with are death traps. Their failure to take action amounts to criminal negligence.”

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/11/bangladesh-100-plus-workers-burnt-to.html

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

THE MEDIA CO-OP WANTS TO DOUBLE YOUR RADICAL READING THIS WINTER!

Between now and December 5 choose from three great packages for you or for that special radical reader in your life and they (or you) will receive the Dominion magazine before the holidays! If you are giving a gift just make sure to email the name and address of the recipient to our National Sales Coordinator at membership@mediacoop.ca after you make your payment.

– Radical Reading Package – $40 – You get year-long subscriptions (6 issues) to both The Dominion and Briarpatch magazine. This is a saving of 25% over the normal subscription rates.

– Buy Nothing (But This) “Cyber Monday” Sustainer Package – $60 one-time payment or $5/month – Sign up as a sustaining member and you will receive 6 issues of both the Dominion and the Briarpatch and one entry into a draw to win two great prizes!

– Smash the System Sustainer Package – $120 one-time payment or $10/month – Sign up as a sustaining member and you’ll receive 6 issues of both The Dominion and Briarpatch, 3 entries into the aforementioned draw, and you will also be the first person on your block to own one of the awesome newly designed Media Co-op t-shirts we will be launching publicly in Winter 2013.

For more info: http://www.mediacoop.ca/holidaypromo

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SHAKE THINGS UP THIS HOLIDAY WITH THE CCPA!

This holiday season, give a gift that inspires ideas and gives hope for a better world—of peace, justice, democracy, and respect for the planet. Support our work by giving a gift from CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) to friends, family, or ask for one yourself! You’ll be contributing to the work we do—and together we’re powerful enough to influence change.

You can support the CCPA’s work in several ways:

– Give a gift membership ($35). This is the perfect gift for the socially concerned citizen. Your gift will directly fund the CCPA’s critical work. The recipient of your gift will receive a one-year membership to the CCPA and10 issues of The CCPA Monitor (Canada’s leading progressive journal).
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/gift-membership

– Make a year-end donation (amount of your choice). Your year-end donation directly supports important new research toward economic, environmental, and social justice. You can make a one-time donation or set up a monthly contribution charged to your credit card. You will receive a tax receipt for 100% of your donation early in the new year.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/year-end-donation

– Give a calendar ($25). A great gift for everyone, the CCPA’s 2013 Calendar: An Agenda for Social Change is not only beautifully illustrated, but also identifies and describes key dates in Canada’s social justice history. Each day provides an opportunity to explore how debates about equality, gender, environment, First Nations, labour, trade and social programs helped shape our development and identity.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/gift-calendar

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HOLIDAY JOY AT UFW STORE

Why shop at UFW (United Farm Workers) online store this holiday:

– No repair bills from 9 reindeer stomping on your roof.
– No lines, no crowds, no parking, no zombie sales clerks.
– Shop online all night long.
– Your purchase helps farm workers win good union jobs.
– We don’t sell fruitcake and everything we do sell is zero-calorie.

Visit the site: http://www.ufwstore.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=HOLIDAY&Store_Code=IS0005

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TROUBLEMAKERS ON YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT LIST?

Check out our special holiday packages. The Labor Notes store is stocked with T-shirts for kids and adults, pint glasses, Troublemakers Union knit caps and Troublemakers Union hoodies, now available in red.

Visit the site: https://store.labornotes.org/

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

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 this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com

The Individuality Pr♥test: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcontinental/the-individuality-prtest

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