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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 9th DECEMBER 2012

EVENTS

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS, AND PAPERS: PACIFIC NORTHWEST LABOR HISTORY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Portland, Oregon
May 3-5, 2013

Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future

2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, whose organizing in the Northwest resulted in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia being one of the most strongly unionized regions of the US and Canada by the end of World War II.

How will we preserve the gains of the CIO era, and build a new labor movement? What are the connections between the CIO and progressive political movements, and our own unions and popular movements like Occupy? This year’s 45th PNLHA Conference in Portland gives workers, unionists, scholars and community activists an opportunity to reflect on some of these themes and examine the prospects for a revitalized labor movement in our time.

We invite proposals for presentations, panels, workshops and papers related to this theme. The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association strongly encourages participatory methods for program presentations, including popular education exercises, panel discussions, oral history, and the arts, as well as traditional scholarly presentations. Proposals dealing with Canadian themes are strongly encouraged.

For more information contact:
Laurie Mercier
PNLHA Program Co-Chair
Washington State University Vancouver
lmercier@vancouver.wsu.edu

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LIVE WEBINAR – SUPPORTING ACCESS TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

December 10, 2012
12:00-13:00 EST

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa and Canada Without Poverty invites you to the interactive webinar:

“Making Rights Real: The Implementation of International Human Rights In Canada”

This webinar will address the following questions and more on the implementation of human rights in Canada:

Did you know that Canada has committed itself to ensuring that everyone has a right to an adequate standard of living? How would you go about claiming this right in Canada? What does this right mean in times of fiscal restraint? Does it mean different things for different groups of people?

Join us on Human Rights Day to explore strategies to implement social and economic rights in Canada.

To take part in the webinar, visit: http://www.cdp-hrc.uottawa.ca/?p=6106#main-content and then log on as a guest at http://137.122.181.180/hrrec/

No registration is required; free and open to the public.

Moderator: Leilani Farha, Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty and economic and social rights expert.

Panellists:
Bruce Porter, Social Rights Advocacy Centre (Ontario) Steve Estey, Council of Canadian’s with Disabilities, Chair of the International Committee (Nova Scotia)

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ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM WORKSHOP

Thursday, December 13th
6:30pm
Centre for Social Justice/CSI Annex
Second Floor, Meeting Room #1
720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Presenters: Manuel Larrabure and Thomas Ponniah

One of the central tasks of remaking socialism for the 21st century is insisting upon and exploring alternatives to capitalism. This has been the importance of the Venezuelan Revolution, and the politics emerging in the Bolivarian bloc of states. The recent re-election of Hugo Chavez has led to further radical proposals for socialization. But these require careful study and debate given the experience of Venezuela and the balance of class forces inside the country and the region. One of the central theorists of the new theory of the transition to socialism has been Michael Lebowitz, who draws extensively on the developments in Venezuela in his thinking on ‘real human development’. This meeting will for discussion of these issues in light of the new Venezuela programme.

Suggested readings:
* Venezuelan Programme for the Transition to Socialism (http://links.org.au/node/3079)
* Michael Lebowitz, The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010) or
* Michael Lebowitz, The Path to Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism?, Socialist Project, 2009 (http://www.socialistproject.ca/documents/ThePath_letter.pdf)

Sponsors: York Institute for Political Economy Initiative, Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project

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NEWS & VIEWS

NEW BOOK – DIGITAL LABOR: THE INTERNET AS PLAYGROUND AND FACTORY

Digital Labor asks whether life on the internet is mostly work, or play. We tweet, we tag photos, we link, we review books, we comment on blogs, we remix media, and we upload video to create much of the content that makes up the web. And large corporations profit on our online activity by tracking our interests, affiliations, and habits, and then collecting and selling the data. What is the nature of this interactive “labor” and the new forms of digital sociality that it brings into being?

The international, interdisciplinary contributors to Digital Labor suggest that there is no longer a clear divide between the personal and work, as every aspect of life drives the digital economy: sexual desire, boredom, friendship and all become fodder for speculative profit. They argue that we are living in a total labor society and the way in which we are commoditized, racialized, and engendered is profoundly and disturbingly normalized by the dominant discourse of digital culture.

More info: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415896955/

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THE BURNING FLAME OF LABOR IS BEING EXTINGUISHED BY PEOPLE WHO DON’T GIVE A DAMN

By Jamie Sanderson, Daily Kos

Twenty three states in the United States of America don’t give a damn about the working people living within them. And Republicans in those states are snuffing out labor with so-called right-to-work laws.

Michigan would make No. 24 in this country, a country built and protected by labor.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/07/1168143/-The-burning-flame-of-labor-is-being-extinguished-by-people-who-don-t-give-a-damn

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NEW VIDEO ON INCOME INEQUALITY AND PUBLICATION “THE 1% VERSUS FAIRNESS AND YOU”

Video: http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/new-video

Publication: http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/sites/alltogethernow.nupge.ca/files/documents/The_1percent_vs_Fairness_and_You.pdf

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FOODIES GET WOBBLY – FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN WORKERS ADOPT THE IWW’S RADICAL ACTIONS TO FIGHT ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS

By Michelle Chen, Common Dreams

Once upon a time in the labor movement, a rebellious vanguard emerged at the margins of American industry, braiding together workers on society’s fringes—immigrants, African Americans, women, unskilled laborers—under a broad banner of class struggle.

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or Wobblies, raised hell in the early 20th century with unapologetically militant protests and strikes.

Their vision of a locally rooted, globally oriented anti-capitalist movement was eclipsed by mainstream unions, which had more political muscle. But grassroots direct action is today undergoing a resurgence in the corners of the workforce that have remained isolated from union structures.

Such alternative campaigns have a special resonance in today’s food industries, which employ the roughly 20 million people (one-sixth of the total workforce) who harvest, process, distribute and sell the food we eat.
More info: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/12/04

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WEBINAR: THE COMMISSION’S REPORT AND FUTURE DIRECTION FOR SOCIAL ASSISTANCE REFORM

Brighter Prospects, the final report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, was issued October 24, 2012.

In this webinar, Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) provides an understanding of

– the content of the report and recommendations;
– an analysis of the impact of the recommendations;
– the policy and political context surrounding the report; and,
– thoughts on opportunities for action over the short, medium, and longer term.

This webinar was conducted for members of the community legal clinic system and their community-based partner groups; however, we recorded the webinar for other interested individuals and groups to watch.

Watch the video: http://sareview.ca/isac-resources/webinar-the-commissions-report-and-future-direction-for-social-assistance-reform/

The PowerPoint slides used in this presentation are available for download in PDF at: http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/SAR-Final-Report-webinar-slides-Dec-2012.pdf

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

SHOP WITH UNION PRIDE

Union Pride is your one-stop source for custom-made:
– branded products delivered on time & within budget
– professionally decorated apparel that you will be proud to wear
– premium gift ware, awards & recognition – you can never say thank-you enough
– Organic & Fair Trade Certified goods
– Lots of other options from the pulse of the industry

Union Pride is a promotional products & advertising specialty distributor that showcases union-made and fair-trade goods from Canada and other countries — your best guarantee of high-quality, safe products and fair pay for the workers who make them. We have been providing customized items for Canadian unions and community groups since 1997.

More info: http://www.unionpride.ca/About-Us-2.html

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SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAY PLEDGE

The holiday season is arguably our greatest cultural paradox. Tradition, family, and faith are obscured by the pressures to spend. We all want to show our loved ones that we care about them, but we don’t want to go broke in the process. And isn’t it possible to celebrate without leaving a trail of trash that will stay in the landfills long after the season has passed?

http://www.newdream.org/programs/beyond-consumerism/simplify-holidays/pledge

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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

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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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/