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MOSCOW ECONOMIC FORUM

Moscow Economic Forum                                

Moscow, 20-21 March 2013

In response to an initiative from the Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University, director of the Institute of Economics of the Russian

Economics

Economics

Academy of Sciences, president of the association Rosagromash, and a number of other academic and business organizations, the Moscow Economic Forum will take place in Moscow on 20 and 21 March 2013 at Moscow State University.

 

The goals of the Forum will be as follows:

to analyze the contradictions and potential for development of Russia within a context that features a continuing drawn-out depression; that presents new problems and opportunities associated with the knowledge revolution and the increasing inclusion of our country in global processes; and that also involves the danger that Russia will be irreversibly de-industrialised;

developing constructive economic and social alternatives to the extensive, resource-dependent and in many respects asocial model of economic evolution that has become established in this country;

bringing Russian citizens together with socially responsible business and with intellectuals in order to discuss and help implement these alternatives.

Participants in the Forum will include:

leaders of the “real sector” of the Russian economy including Presidents of the biggest Russian corporations in transport, manufacturing and other spheres, notable invitees are leading figures from from Rosagromash and the Russian railway system (Konstantin Babkin, Vladimir Yakunin and so on);

prominent scholars from Russia and other countries – members of the Russian Academy of Sciences and distinguished professors from Moscow State University; scholars from all the major centers of research and analysis in Russia and other countries of the CIS; (adviser of President of Russian Federation, academician Sergey Glaziev, director of Institute of Sociology, academician Michael Gorshkov and so on);

MPs, representatives of civil society and of state bodies.;

prominent economists from China, Western Europe, the US and other parts of the world.

 

These speakers will address the Forum in support of regulated, socially oriented development, based on the priority status of the real sector.

 

The main imperatives of the Forum will be:

an active industrial policy aimed at ensuring the priority development of Russia’s real sector, along with favorable social outcomes;

generally accessible and primarily free health care, education, science and culture; a reduction of social differentiation (the ratio between the incomes of the richest and poorest deciles should not exceed 6-7 times);

active participation by civil society in developing and implementing economic and social policy;

rejection of the policy and ideology of “market fundamentalism”.

The Forum will see the presentation of papers addressing the main parameters of such questions as:

the relationship between the market and social (in particular, state) regulation;

the formation of a system of property relations and rights able to ensure the integration of economic freedom and social justice;

the economic bases for implementing social, humanitarian and environmental priorities;

the relationship between the processes of reindustrialisation and post-industrial development in the real sector (including industry, transport and agriculture);

the economic foundations for ensuring universally accessible, high-quality education, health care, culture and science, working effectively and responding to the needs of society as well as those of the market;

a selective, regulated and just integration of Russia into the global economic system;

a financial system serving the goals of development of the real sector and of the social sphere.

 

The work of the Forum will take the form of the presentation and discussion of particular papers in plenary sessions, and also the conducting of a wide range of initiative seminars, round tables and discussions on topical questions of Russia’s economic development in a global context.

The materials of the Forum will be published in a series of monographs.

To participate in the Forum on an individual basis, please apply to the Organising Committee of the Forum before 1 February 2013 with full name, place of employment and position held; academic degree and title; contact details (e-mail); and also the desired status of the participant (audience member, participant in discussion, presenter). For inclusion in the Congress program it is also necessary to send the topic of your address or paper, together with related notes indicating its points of originality.

Business organisations, academic and educational bodies and institutions of civil society are invited to present seminars (for 15-30 participants, with 5-8 presenters) or round tables (up to 20 participants) within the framework of the Forum. To this end, the Organising Committee should be provided before 1 February 2013 with the following information: the overall topic of the seminar (round table) and the main issues (3-5) to be addressed; the initiating organisation; the names of the head of the institution and ofits academic secretary; the presenters (full names and positions held, together with the topics of papers and accompanying notes); and the number of participants expected.

Please address correspondence to the Forum at: info@me-forum.ru

For information: www.me-forum.ru; +7 (495) 781-37-15

The Forum will be held at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorobievy Hills, Moscow, Russia.

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-moscow-economic-forum-20-21-march

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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China

China

CHINA’S RISE: STRENGTH AND FRAGILITY

By Au Loong-Yu with contributions from Bai Ruixue, Pierre Rousset and Bruno Jetin

Published by Merlin Press in association with Resistance Books and the IIRE.
RRP: £15.95, 326 pages,  ISBN. 978-0-85036-637-2
 
This book is a collection of essays which look at the inherent contradiction in the rise of China from a class perspective. It argues that China is a bureaucratic capitalist state which is a special kind of state capitalism. Only with bureaucratic capitalism does the merging of the bureaucracy and the state reach a point where the bureaucracy privatizes the state in its entirety and makes the latter a vehicle for underpinning the accumulation of bureaucratic capital.

Combining the coercive power of the state and the power of money, the bureaucracy enjoys all the advantages of state capitalism in promoting both neck-breaking industrialization and taking anti-cyclical measures in the midst of the current Great Recession. Its strength, however, is only the result of a special alignment of class relations conditioned by the 1949 revolution and its later development, combined with China’s particular characteristics and its backwardness. The combined results of all these factors keep the working class docile.

Paradoxically, the rise of capitalist China has also fundamentally changed the conditions which have led to the rise of the absolutist state. It has modernized China to the point that the working class now accounts for nearly 40 percent of the labour force and half of the Chinese population now lives in urban areas. It has led to new perspectives, raised self-esteem and created higher expectations among the new generation of the working class, as is shown in recent struggles.

Meanwhile the deep demoralization among the people since the defeat of the 1989 democratic movement is beginning to recede. On top of this, Chinese state capitalism is beginning to exhaust its strength as it increasingly relies on rapidly expanding public debt.  A new page for China may begin to turn.

What they say about the book

 Au Loong Yu provides the most thorough account of the extent and nature of the transformation of the Chinese state into authoritarian capitalism. This book is essential reading for all those who seek to understand and grasp the dynamics of Chinese-style capitalism and working class resistance to the despotic system. – Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College; editor, International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, 1500 to the Present.

This collection of essays on China brings a rare and much needed perspective to the literature on the rising star of the global economy. Most are authored by Chinese Marxist critics of the regime. This “insider” Marxist perspective translates into a discussion of issues rarely covered in the existing literature,including a special focus on the workers movement. Very useful. – Gilbert Achcar, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London

A collection of lucid and enlightening essays. Au Loong Yu leaves no doubt that China has become capitalist to the fullest extent – with the party bureaucracy as the new bourgeoisie. This leads to old and new contradictions, not to the end of history. – Bodo Zeuner, Professor in political science, Berlin

A fascinating analysis of contemporary struggles in China situated in a rich theoretical overview of Maoism and class relations, as well as the country’s position in the international system. A powerful and provocative challenge to many misconceptions on the Left that deserves to be widely read and debated.– Adam Hanieh, School of Oriental and African Studies; member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism.

 
Chapters 

PART 1 – Analysis

On the rise of China and its inherent contradictions: Au Loong Yu
China going global: Au Loong Yu
China – unavoidable rise or possible decline: Bruno Jetin
China – globalization and nationalist responses: Au Loong Yu

PART 2 – Resistance

Labour resistance in China – 1989-2009: Au Loong Yu and Bai Ruixue
From ‘master’ to ‘menial’ – state workers in China today:Au Loong Yu
Disposable labour under social apartheid: Au Loong Yu
The role of the All China Federation of Trade Unions – implications for workers today: Bai Ruixue
New signs of hope – resistance in China today: Au Loong Yu and Bai Ruixue 

PART 3 – Discussion

Maoism: contributions and limitations: Pierre Rousset
How socialist is the Chinese party-state? Au Loong Yu reviews Wang Hui’s The End of Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity
Liu Xiaobo and the Chinese liberals:Au Loong Yu
Voluntary union or forced assimilation –  the CCP’s policy on Tibet: Au Loong Yu
Alter-Globo in Hong Kong – Interview with Au Loong Yu by New Left Review

How to get hold of a review copy of the book

For a complimentary review copy, email contact@socialistresistance.org or tz@merlinpress.co.uk with your name, address and the name of the publication which will print the review. 

Socialist Resistance, PO Box 62732, London, SW2 9GQ, Tel. 020 7346 8889. 

Merlin Press Ltd., 6 Crane Street Chambers, Crane Street, Pontypool NP4 6ND, Wales, 
Tel. 01495 764100

 

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/china2019s-rise-strength-and-fragility-by-au-loong-yu-with-contributions-from-bai-ruixue-pierre-rousset-and-bruno-jetin

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Books

Books

NEW BOOKS FROM BOOKMARKS PUBLICATIONS

**Coming soon from Bookmarks Publications***

Marikana: A View from the Mountain and a Case to Answer

Peter Alexander, Thapelo Lekowa, Botsang Mmope, Luke Sinwell and Bongani Xezwi

978 1 909026 25 4

£7.99, out in January 2013

On 16 August 2012 near Marikana, South Africa, striking miners from the Lonmin company were fired on by police, resulting in 34 deaths. The heart of this book is a series of interviews with strikers, most of them recorded on “the mountain” close to where their comrades were killed. Also includes a narrative and analysis by Peter Alexander of the University of Johannesburg.

“The book provides a bottom-up account of the Marikana story, to correct an imbalance in many official and media accounts that privilege the viewpoints of governments and business, at the expense of workers.” Professor Jane Duncan, chair of Media and Information Studies at Rhodes University

“Well written, extremely scrupulous in its research and forceful in its argument.” Professor John Saul, Canadian political scientist, one of the world’s top experts on liberation struggle in Southern Africa

 

***Out now from Redwords***

 

Poems of Protest by William Morris

with an introduction by Michael Rosen

978 1 909026 05 6

£6.99 SPECIAL OFFER £5

Though most know him for his design work, William Morris was also an accomplished writer whose poetry was used as songs and chants for the socialist movement. This volume includes work that has not been published since first appearing as propaganda in The Commonweal, the paper of Morris’s Socialist League. Michael Rosen argues that his socialist poetry was part of a long tradition of protest writing and a signpost for future struggles.

Also included are “How I Became a Socialist” by William Morris and an afterword, “The Communist Poet-Laureate” by the Morris scholar Nicholas Salmon.

 

Crossing the ‘river of fire’: the socialism of William Morris

by Hassan Mahamdallie

978 1 909026 04 9

£9.99 SPECIAL OFFER £8

The ravages of industrial capitalism, imperialism and war, the destruction of the environment and above all, the enslavement of human labour to the machine, appalled William Morris. Hassan Mahamdallie shows that the socialism of Morris grew out of his view of the past and his hatred for a system of “shoddy” production and that during the last decades of his life he threw all his energy into the struggle to change the world.

 

Shostakovich: Socialism, Stalin & Symphonies

by Simon Behrman

9781905192663

£9.99 SPECIAL OFFER £8

His struggle to maintain artistic integrity as the Russian Revolution was replaced by a cruel dictatorship made Shostakovich a  tragic figure, but also a hero to his contemporaries, fellow musicians and audience. This book describes the importance of Shostakovich in transcending the artificial divide between popular and classical music. 

 

***All available from Bookmarks the socialist bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE. Tel: 020 7637 1848  

Bookmarks Publications: http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-bookmarks-publications

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Unemployment

Unemployment

THE FUTURE AND PRACTICE OF DECENT WORK

International Center for Development and Decent Work, KasselUniversity, 14 – 15 February 2013

The Financial and Economic Crisis: A Decent Work Response report prepared by the International Institute for Labour Studies and the Employment Sector and Policy Integration and Statistics Department Geneva in 2009 indicates that the Decent Work Agenda should provide a policy framework to stem crises by placing employment and social protection at the heart of ‘extraordinary fiscal stimulus measures’ which can both protect vulnerable people, and reactivate investment and demand in economies.

The International Labour Organisation’s World of Work Report 2012 forecasts a global unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent in 2012, with total world unemployment rising from 196 million in 2011 to 202 million in 2012. In this context, and with the rise in austerity measures which cannot guarantee growth but which have already triggered social disruption and harm, this conference will explore the concept of decent work and search for a praxis of decent work in all countries, all contexts, and for all people.

Guy Ryder, an experienced trade unionist, was elected as the ILO’s new Director General on 28th May 2012, to take office in September, and he has stated his commitment to prioritise people and the world of work (Ryder, 2012).  In June 2012, India, Brazil and South African signed a long term Declaration of Intent in a number of areas including development and cooperation, and labour, which is explicitly designed to further the Decent Work Agenda, aiming toward creating jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection and the promotion of social dialogue, with gender equality as a core objective. These types of initiatives indicate a continuation of the relevance of a concept that was coined by Juan Somavia, Director General 1999 – September 2012, but the global climate of strained governance continues to challenge the possibilities for decent work in developed and developing countries alike.
 
The ILO’s new Director General faces a Eurozone crisis, rising unemployment, a spate of emergency crisis-driven labour policy deregulation that has often not been passed with consent from relevant social partners, and the dramatic rise in precarity and nonstandard employment which impacts lives in all corners of the world. Several governments across the European Union, including Portugal, Spain, Hungary, and the United Kingdom, have recently passed emergency labour motions and reforms using the rationale of austerity to decentralise collective bargaining, disempower temporary workers, and increase working time for less remuneration, in many cases via Memoranda of Understanding passed in consultation and consent with the Troika (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF) (Clauwaert and Schomann, 2012). Nonetheless the ‘international consensus’ remains committed to securing ongoing decent work, and labour law is expected to provide the theatre for appropriate labour standards and rights despite labour law modernisation (Faioli, 2010).

The conference involves papers dealing with questions around the legitimation and the tripartite structure of the International Labour Organisation, questions about the world of work in the current context of global recession, issues surrounding social unrest as linked to rising unemployment, and the nature of international labour standards in this context. The concept of decent work is in crisis and this conference is a call for praxis around these issues.

Please email decentworkconference@gmail.com to express interest in attending this event. 

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-future-and-praxis-of-decent-work-international-center-for-development-and-decent-work-kassel-university-14-2013-15-february-2013

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Global Economy

Global Economy

GEPGRAPHIES OF LABOR

CALL FOR PAPERS

GEOGRAPHIES OF LABOR

35th Annual North American Labor History Conference

October 24-26, 2013

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference invites proposals for sessions, papers, and roundtables on “Geographies of Labor” for our thirty-fifth annual meeting.

Over the last several centuries, transformations in technology and in economic, social, political, and cultural practices have created new spatial regimes within and across geographic boundaries.  Whether negotiating the changes around them or taking advantage of new possibilities to shape alternatives, workers have been central to remapping this emergent environment.

Inspired by the “spatial turn” in the social sciences, this conference will explore the myriad ways in which workers have interacted with a variety of geographic categories.  We welcome projects that seek to understand these interactions through a number of lenses, including, but not limited to: empire, globalization, uneven development, mobility, and migration/immigration at the transnational, national and/or local level.  We invite proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, especially history, geography, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, and cultural studies.

Submissions of proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should include a one paragraph abstract and a brief biographical statement per each participant by March 29, 2013 to:

Professor Francis Shor, Coordinator

North American Labor History Conference

Department of History

WayneStateUniversity

3157 FacultyAdministrationBuilding

Detroit, MI48202

Phone: 313-577-9325; Fax: 313-577-6987

Email: nalhc@wayne.edu

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-geographies-of-labor-wayne-state-university-detroit-24-26-october

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORK OF PIERO SRAFFA

CAMBRDIGE JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS SPECIAL ISSUE

 

Vol.36 Issue 6

November 2012

 

This Special Issue is concerned with the work of Piero Sraffa and with recent developments in its interpretation, occasioned by the opening of the Sraffa Archives in late 1993. It brings together some of the contributions to a workshop on this theme that was sponsored by the Cambridge Journal of Economics and held in July 2010 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Piero Sraffa’s major work, Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities (PCMC).

Read the issue online at: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4975/2 

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cambridge-journal-of-economics-special-issue-new-perspectives-on-the-work-of-piero-sraffa

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

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

Educating from Marx

Educating from Marx

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM NEW YORK CONFERENCE 2013

‘CONFRONTING CAPITAL’

https://sites.google.com/site/2013hmny/

HMNYC 2013: Confronting Capital

April 26-28, 2013

New York University

 

Critical investigations into the present moment quickly reveal that the current crisis of capitalism shows no sign of abating. The failure of austerity to restore growth has sent ruling class politicians scrambling, as the assault of capital on all fronts of life—ecological, economic and social—grows exponentially. 

This is not without resistance however. From the ongoing Arab revolution, to Occupy and Greece, confrontations of capital and regimes of power continue to proliferate, push forth new political horizons and sustain influence on a global scale. 

HMNY 2013 is an intervention into the present to provide a theoretical space for debate and discussion, urgently needed on the left at this juncture. Moments like this are especially fertile for new looks at old debates, from the history of capitalism to new modes of resistance. HMNY 2013 will be a venue where figures representing the breadth of current leftist thought will convene to exchange ideas.

Historical Materialism (HM) is one the foremost journals of Marxian theory. HM’s London-based conferences have long drawn hundreds of scholars from around the world. Since 2006, North American HM conferences have been organized in Toronto and New York City (which will now alternate with bi-annual Spring conferences). HMNY 2013 will begin with a reception on the evening of Friday April 26th, and will take place on April 27th-28th at the New YorkUniversity in downtown Manhattan. All participants are encouraged to stay for the whole duration of the conference.

 

The themes for this year’s conference will include:

* Politics of socialist planning and utopias

* History and future of social democracy

* Political economy of capitalism

* History of international communism

* Political philosophy of feminism

* Debt, austerity, and finance

* Ecology and climate change

* Law, punishment, and incarceration

* Queer studies and sexuality

* Theories of the state and politics

* Race and capital

* Empire and the third world

* History of capital and labor

* Feminism and Marxism

* Critical philosophy

* Socialist strategy today

* Education under capitalism

* Aesthetic ideologies

* Culture and the crisis

 

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2013.

To contact organizers, email organizers@hmny.org.

Also join us on Facebook to stay updated on any further announcements.

You can visit HMNY 2011 for the audio recordings of past conference sessions.

 

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/hmnyc-2013-confronting-capital.-april-26-28-new-york-university

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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Hydra

Hydra

THE MANY HEADED HYDRA / VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS

NEW TITLES FROM VERSO:

THE MANY HEADED HYDRA: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ATLANTIC

By Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker

AND

VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS: ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE

By Marcus Rediker

Published: January 2013

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THE MANY HEADED HYDRA: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ATLANTIC

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would for ever change history.

Distinguished historians Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker reveal the lost stories of the dispossessed and their role in shaping the modern world. From a history littered with Kings, Queens and conquest, the authors offer an account from the bottom up, asking, as Brecht had in his poem A WORKER READS HISTORY – “by whose hands and misery were empires built?”

Linebaugh and Rediker navigate the dreams of the downtrodden, whose rebellions across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and North America are described in rich detail from initial spark to brutal repression. They look to a time that proposed a radical alternative to the development of globalized capitalism.

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Praise for THE MANY HEADED HYDRA

“A landmark in the development of an Atlantic perspective on early American history. Ranging from Europe to Africa to the Caribbean and North America, it makes us think in new ways about the role of working people in the making of the modern world.” – Eric Foner

“This is a marvelous book. Linebaugh and Rediker have done an extraordinary job of research into buried episodes and forgotten writings to recapture, with eloquence and literary flair, the lost history of resistance to capitalist conquest on both sides of the Atlantic.” – Howard Zinn

“More than just a vivid illustration of the gains involved in thinking beyond the boundaries between nation-states. Here, in incendiary form, are essential elements for a people’s history of our dynamic, transcultural present.” – Paul Gilroy, author of THE BLACK ATLANTIC

“THE MANY-HEADED HYDRA is a wonderful book. Its passion and commitment encourages its readers to think associatively, to make progressive connections” – Sukhdev Sandhu, GUARDIAN

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VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS; ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE

Pirates have long been stock figures in popular culture, from Treasure Island to the more recent antics of Jack Sparrow. VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS unearths the thrilling historical truth behind such fictional characters and rediscovers their radical democratic challenge to the established powers of the day.

Concentrating on the years 1716-26, Rediker paints, in bold colors, a picture of a loose-knit band of rebels united under the dreaded Jolly Roger against oppressive treatment at the hands of naval and merchant captains alike. The black flag symbolized an anti-nation, a brutal but egalitarian society where decisions were taken democratically, booty shared and outcasts of all races and both sexes were treated equally – provided of course they could stand the tough and often very short life of a sea dog.

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Praise for VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS

“Rediker’s brilliant study illuminates every aspect of life on the high seas.”– NEW STATESMAN

“Marcus Rediker’s social and cultural history of the “golden age” of Atlantic piracy in the early 18th century dispels some of the romanticised myths and makes claims for a proto-democratic, egalitarian and multi-ethnic society.” – FINANCIAL TIMES

“Rediker’s work on piracy … has revolutionised not only the way we see pirates, but also the way we understand the history of political institutions in the West. This is his fullest account to date of the democratic, egalitarian, multi-racial and utterly ruthless pirate communities of the early 18th century.”– LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

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Peter Linebaugh is Professor of History at the University of Toledo. He writes extensively on British history, Irish history, labor history and the history of the colonial Atlantic. His books include THE MAGNA CARTA MANIFESTO, THE MANY-HEADED HYDRA and THE LONDON HANGED, and he contributes frequently to COUNTERPUNCH.

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and author of THE SLAVE SHIP: A HUMAN HISTORY and VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS: ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE.

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THE MANY HEADED HYDRA:

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault

FOUCAULT AND THE CRITIQUE OF OUR PRESENT: REWORKING THE FOUCAULDIAN TOOL-BOX 

Seminar 4

Workshop organised with the support of the Department of Politics, Goldsmiths University of London and mf / Materiali Foucaultiani

 

Saul Newman (GoldsmithsUniversity of London) 

‘”Critique as the art of voluntary inservitude”: Foucault, La Boetie and the problem of freedom’

January 24th, 5-7pm, Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) 355
Goldsmiths College, University of London

New Cross, London, SE14 6NW    

 

Contacts:

Yari Lanci: yari.lanci@gmail.com 

Martina Tazzioli: martinatazzioli@yahoo.it 

 

Next events: 
Mark Neocleous – February 6th – “War, Police, or War-Police? Foucault and the Drones”

Orazio Irrera – February 20th

Judith Revel – February 28th – “The History of Our Present”

Sophie Fuggle – March 6th 

Silvia Chiletti – March 13th

Tiziana Terranova – March 19th

Michael Dillon, March 26th, 4-6pm – “Foucault: Political Spirituality and the Courage of Truth”.

Description: “What is this present which I belong to?”. This was the question asked by Foucault recalling Kant’s writing on the Enlightenment. This is also the interrogation that a Foucaultian gaze on the present specific context/spaces should pose again. In Foucault’s view, the practice of a history of our present is primarily conceived as a critical attitude towards the configuration of power relations given at a certain time, that is as an effective challenge of  the ways in which our lives are governed. Then, the history of the present and the critique are (in turn) grounded on a genealogical posture, aiming at making all evidence unacceptable. In this way, as Foucault remarked in 1978, the critique can be conceived as “the art of the voluntary disobedience, of the reasoned indocility. Therefore, the function of the critique would be the disassujettissement in the play of what could be named a politics of truth”.

Related to the couple critique-history of our present a broad Foucaultian vocabulary has emerged: governmentality, counter-conduct, and biopolitics are only some of the Foucaultian notions closely linked to the question of our present and to the will of “not to be governed in such a way”.

The aim of this seminar will be to trace out and to “update” this range of notions, reworking them in the light of postcolonial challenges, new practices of struggle and political technologies. Thus, the aim is neither to test the viability of the Foucaultian grid in our present, nor to undertake a philological route exploring Foucault’s concepts, but rather to put these notions at work in present and heterogeneous contexts. Secondly, it’s through the twofold axis of space and knowledge that we will try to highlight the spaces for critique that a Foucaultian vantage point could open and make visible today. However, in the place of a coherent Foucaultian grid/approach to take on, we also claim the ‘right’ to a partial and instrumental use of Foucault’s tool-box: consequently, the very concept of “use” needs to be rethought not in terms of an application of methods and concepts to our diagram of analysis but instead as a way of ‘playing with’ some of Foucault’s perspectives, also pushing them up to their geographical/historical/political limits and making them resound in different spaces.

Related to that, it’s the very meaning of critique which should be reframed: what does it signify today to put into practice an effective critique of the regime of knowledge and truth which shapes our conducts? If according to Foucault the first step consists in “making visible what is visible”, now perhaps we should ask whether this is enough or if the task of the critique becomes most of all the capacity to spur us to act, shaking what is given as unquestionable evidences.

Among the notions that we will tackle: Counter-conduct, Critique, Government and Governmentality, History of the present, Regime of truth, Subjectivation.

 

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/seminar-4-foucault-and-the-critique-of-our-present-saul-newman-goldsmiths-24-january

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Rouge Forum

Rouge Forum

ROUGE FORUM DISPATCH – 20 JANUARY 2013: REASON Vs OPPORTUNISM

Dear Friends, The Dispatch is updated here http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

Please remember: Rouge Forum 2013, Winning the Class Struggle Against Corporate Education Reform, May 16-19, 2013, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Rouge Forum 2013 Call for Proposals

The core issue of our time is the clash of the real promise for perpetual war and booming inequality met by the potential of connecting reason to power with organized mass class conscious resistance in schools, on the job, in communities, and in the military… and what you do counts!

The Rouge Forum brings together academic presentations and panel discussions, performances, community building, and cultural events. This conference will center on such questions as:

* Overall, what do we need to know and what do we need to do to win against corporate education reform in our classrooms?

* In what ways are our classrooms, schools, universities, unions, etc. occupied by capitalism, the military, racism, inequality?

* And what do these occupations demand from us pedagogically?

* What are the obstacles that must be overcome to achieve democratic education?

* What can we learn from Wisconsin 2011, the Occupy Movement, and the Chicago Teacher’s Strike to make us smarter and stronger in our struggle against corporate education reform?

* How do we educate to liberate ourselves from the impact of empire?

* How  do we push back against the imperializing of our classrooms and communities?

* How do we occupy our classrooms, schools universities, and unions and communities in an effort to create education that is in the public interests?

Calling on artists … Pop up radical art gallery would be for artists to submit 2-3 D pieces that they can bring with them to the conference to display as part of an opening or Friday/Saturday night reception activity.

SUBMISSIONS: Papers, Panels, and Performances. Proposals for papers, panels, or performances should include title(s), no more than a 500 world description, and names and contact information for the presenter(s).
http://rougeforumconference.wordpress.com/rouge-forum-2013/call-for-proposals-rf-2013/
Email proposals to Greg Queen: rumbagarden@ameritech.net by February 15, 2013

Good luck to our side,
RICH GIBSON

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Higher Education and the StateHIGHER EDUCATION AND THE STATE: CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS IN EUROPE AND EAST ASIA – A NEW BOOK EDITED BY ROGER GOODMAN, TAKEHIKO KARIYA & JOHN TAYLOR

Higher Education and the State: Changing Relationships in Europe and East Asia

Edited by ROGER GOODMAN, TAKEHIKO KARIYA, JOHN TAYLOR

2013 paperback 270 pages US$56.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-76-2

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The relationship between the state and higher education institutions has always been a complex one. The ‘state’ itself in this context is a heterogeneous mix of elite people – bureaucrats, politicians, committees of co-opted academics and business leader – and it increasingly faces pressures from diverse stakeholders, including students (themselves an increasingly diverse community), staff, families, employers and businesses (local, regional and multinational).

This volume explores the rapidly evolving relationship between the state and higher education in Europe and in East Asia through a combination of empirical studies, secondary analyses and personal observations from many of the leading scholars in the field of comparative education studies. A scenario emerges where the state seeks to encourage stakeholder influence, while, at the same time, acts to moderate such influence in order to ensure that wider objectives are satisfied; markets are controlled, elements of demand and supply are manipulated and funding is targeted to meet particular policy priorities through a model that is described as ‘controlled stakeholder steering’ which offers a new explanation of the relationship between the state and higher education, certainly in the countries addressed in this book. 

 

Contents

INTRODUCTORY SECTION

John Taylor. The State and Higher Education Institutions: new pressures, new relationships and new tensions
Roger Goodman. The Changing Roles of the State and the Market in Japanese, Korean and British Higher Education: lessons for continental Europe?
Fumi Kitagawa. Universities, the State and Geography: perspectives from the United Kingdom and Japan

UNITED KINGDOM
Ivor Crewe. State–Academy Relations in the United Kingdom, 1960-2010
David Watson. United Kingdom Higher Education and the Binary Dilemma: whatever happened to public sector higher education?

CONTINENTAL WESTERN EUROPE
Christian Galan. What Japan Tells us about the State and the Future of Higher Education in France
Hubert Ertl. German Higher Education and the State: a critical appraisal in the light of post-Bologna reforms
Paola Mattei. Reforming Italian Universities: dynamic conservatism and policy change, 1989-2010

JAPAN AND KOREA
Motohisa Kaneko. Japanese Higher Education and the State in Transition
Aya Yoshida. The State and Private Higher Education in Japan: the end of egalitarian policy?
Takehiko Kariya. The State’s Role and Quasi-Market in Higher Education: Japan’s trilemma
Terri Kim. The (Un)changing Relationship between the State and Higher Education in South Korea: some surprising continuities

Ronald Dore. Afterword

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational TheoryCENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 19th JANUARY 2013

EVENTS

WORKPLACE LEARNING AND SOCIAL CHANGE COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM WINTER COLLOQUIUM

“Made in Lesotho: Examining clothing workers’ perceptions of compliance with labour standards”

Speaker: Kelly Pike

February 6, 2013
5:45 – 7:15pm
Room: 7-105
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Kelly Pike did her PhD in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her dissertation focused on examining the factors that lead to variation in workers’ perceptions of compliance in Lesotho’s clothing industry. As part of her fieldwork, she spent two years living in Southern Africa and, a Canadian, has recently returned for post-doctoral research with Leah Vosko at York University. There, she is working on building a global employment standards database, comparing employment standards enforcement across Canada, the US, UK and Australia. Kelly also teaches the Negotiations course at Woodsworth College, and works as a part-time consultant for the World Bank, doing comparative research on labour standards compliance in Lesotho and Kenya’s clothing industries.

Sponsored by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/UT.

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ROXANA NG, 1951-2013

Roxana Ng, PhD
Professor
Adult Education and Community Development Program Head, Center for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
May 28, 1951 – Jan 12, 2013

Roxana Ng passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital after a short and courageous fight with cancer. She leaves behind her father Evan and mother Katherine, and brothers, David and Calvin and their partners, Gio and Katherine. Roxana was generous of spirit, committed to activism and social justice, and dedicated to Emma, Bella and Bijela. She will be deeply missed by a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues.

Roxana was born in Hong Kong in 1951. She immigrated with her parents and two brothers to Canada in 1970. She received a BA from University of British Columbia, and a PhD from University of Toronto. Since 1988, she has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). Roxana’s extensive scholarship on race, gender and class; immigrant women and garment workers; and embodied learning and decolonizing pedagogy is a legacy to be cherished and celebrated.

On Tuesday May 28, 2013, a celebration of Roxana’s life and work will be held in the Library at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor St W from 5pm-8pm. For more information, visit http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cwse/

To honour Roxana’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Inter Pares (http://www.interpares.ca/en/giving/index.php).

Online Condolences at http://www.newediukfuneralhome.com

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UNITED ASSOCIATION FOR LABOR EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2013

“Across Boundaries: What are Workers Saying and Doing?”

April 17-20, 2013
Metropolitan Hotel
108 Chestnut Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Make reservations with the hotel:
Use access code 18176
416-599-0555 or 1-800-668-6600
Email: reservations@tor.metropolitan.com

Courage, my friends; ’tis not too late to build a better world. – Tommy Douglas, founder of Canada’s New Democratic Party and father of Canadian Medicare.

In a world which sometimes divides us, the world of work affects us all. It is a world in which working people face trying economic times, inequitable labor policies, and systemic attacks on workers and their human rights. Dedicated to progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement, the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators and those who value labor education to look beyond the boundaries we may perceive and come together in Toronto, Ontario Canada for a conference that values workers and worker education.

UALE welcomes proposals for paper presentations, panels, research projects, workshops, demonstration teaching sessions, and other activities which value what workers are saying, what workers are doing, and that generally support the labor movement or contribute to the art of labor education.

For more info: http://uale.org/conference/conference-2013

Download the Conference brochure here: http://uale.org/component/docman/doc_download/156-2013-conference-brochure?Itemid=

For questions about registration:
– In Canada and outside the U.S., contact D’Arcy Martin at darcymartin111@gmail.com
– In the U.S. contact UALE Treasurer Dawn Addy at addyd@fiu.edu

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AGAINST AUSTERITY AND WAR: FIGHTING FOR A PEOPLE’S AGENDA

Sunday, Jan. 20
2:00pm until 5:00pm
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 5-260
Toronto

Speakers:
Miguel Figueroa, head of the Communist Party of Canada Johan Boyden, head of the Young Communist League

As 2013 starts with drums of protest, revolutionary & progressive activists have much to reflect on. Last year was the fourth full calendar year of the global economic crisis which erupted in the fall of 2008, and there is no end on the horizon.

Everywhere in the “developed” capitalist world, austerity is the only item on the menu for the corporate elite and their parties, including social democratic politicians who were elected on platforms to defend working people.

Resistance is not limited to Europe. The working class internationally is clearly at the centre of an emerging world-wide movement for fundamental social transformation.

Many Canadian working people share this hunger for a better future for our families and communities. Come hear the proposals of the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League for the way forward!

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE CONGRESS OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

University of Victoria
British Columbia
June 1-8, 2013

Register today and benefit from our Early Bird rate. The online registration system is simple and easy to use. Go to http://www.congress2013.ca/register

Congress 2013 promises to be an inspiring and exciting experience, featuring:
–  A stellar line-up of Big Thinking speakers including Louise Arbour, Dany Laferrière, Joy Kogawa and more!
– 68 association meetings.
– A variety of cultural activities at UVic, including Indigenous celebrations.
– North America’s largest interdisciplinary book and trade show: Congress Expo.
– New professional development workshops at Career Corner.
– The picturesque setting of Victoria, B.C. with its lush gardens, heritage architecture and stunning ocean views.

Start planning your trip to Victoria. Book your flight and your accommodations here: http://www.congress2013.ca/plan-your-trip/travel

New programs and events are being added daily to the online calendar of events! Check it out at http://www.congress2013.ca/calendar

The Early Bird rate is available until March 31, 2013. We look forward to seeing you at Congress 2013!

The 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an initiative of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and is hosted by the University of Victoria.

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INCLUSION INSIGHTS: THE 12TH ANNUAL YORK GRADUATE CONFERENCE IN EDUCATION

April 12-13, 2013
York University, Toronto

The Faculty of Education at York University is home to a range of diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives of education ranging from humanities to ethnography, technology, and arts-based research, across both global and local domains. The Annual Graduate Conference in Education brings together students, faculty, teachers and practitioners to share conceptual and methodological perspectives, practices, experiences and ideas in a collegial learning environment.

Topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:
– Community-situated learning, social justice education, diversity & equity;
– Experiential education, participatory methods;
– Indigenous ways of knowing, (de)colonizing practices;
– Urban education, disability studies, early childhood education;
– Trends in K-12 and post-secondary education;
– Psychoanalysis, sexualities, feminist studies, queer theory, cultural studies;
– Arts-based education, literacy, and linguistics;
– Global and International education, sustainability, environmental studies;
– Mathematics, science, media and technology education;
– Alternative education.

In addition to paper presentations, we welcome proposals consisting of already formed panels. We encourage both debate-style panels that include representatives advocating several positions on a topic of disagreement, and emerging-area style panels that consolidate and explain recent work on a subject of interest to education. Submissions for non-textual artifacts or performance-based presentations (dance, videos, photographs, artwork, technological resources, etc.) are also welcome. All submissions should be emailed to gradconf@edu.yorku.ca by Friday, February 15, 2013.

For more details, visit: http://yugsc.info.yorku.ca/

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INNER ACTIVIST PROGRAM

Be radically more effective in your change-making initiatives.

Leading social change demands you understand your relationship with yourself. Join fellow change leaders at Building Personal Mastery, March 21 – 27, 2013. Gain a new perspective. Start leading from your best self!

For more info: http://www.inneractivist.com/

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NEWS & VIEWS

NEW BOOK AND ONLINE RESOURCE: RETHINKING LABOUR

Rethinking Labour was founded by professors Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, who in 2012 published Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada (http://rethinkinglabour.ca/projects/rethinking-the-politics-of-labour-in-canada/).
The book asks how and why workers were able to exert collective power in the postwar era, how they lost it, and how they might re-establish it in the future.

Rethinking Labour includes both scholars and activists who undertake research on these issues to further the cause of workers’ rights, equality and democracy, both in Canada and around the world.

More info: http://rethinkinglabour.ca/

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WELFARE TO WORK

The Income Security Advocacy Centre’s Latest Media and Policy News bulletin covers the topic “Welfare to Work,” with Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s white paper on social assistance reform as its top story. In addition to the white paper and press release of January 17, there are links to Canadian coverage of this story, as well as related news from international sources.

Read more: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=db1f153741&e=05f1d95616

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BUS STEWARDS WIN MORE ROUTES THROUGH ALLIANCE WITH RIDERS

by Nick Bedell, Labor Notes

New York City transit workers ran a winning campaign when we turned to community organizing in our fight against cuts in service.

The cuts to bus service were severe: 38 routes eliminated and 76 with shorter routes or shorter hours. Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 fought the Metropolitan Transportation Authority every step of the way, protesting at board meetings and in front of the director’s house. And we managed to get our laid-off workers back over the course of a year.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2013/01/bus-stewards-win-more-routes-through-alliance-riders

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PROTECT THE GLOBAL DOMESTIC WORKER: REPORT

Canada yet to ratify UN safeguard for 53 million who toil in others’ homes.

by Tom Sandborn, TheTyee.ca

Working in other people’s homes is no guarantee of safety and dignity, according to a new report that finds domestics all over the world are vulnerable to economic exploitation, overwork, rape and other forms of physical abuse.

In the wake of that new UN sponsored research, local advocates say that Canada should be doing more to protect those who tend our children, clean our houses, cook our meals and care for the ill and the dying.

Read more: http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/01/16/Domestic-Worker/

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CAN LABOR HELP SHAPE AN EFFECTIVE CLIMATE CRISIS STRATEGY?  YES.

Canada’s largest energy union says no to the Keystone XL pipeline

by Dave Coles, President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP)

The speech below was delivered by the President of the CEP, Dave Coles, to the labor breakfast titled “Confronting the Climate Crisis: Can Labor Help Shape an Effective Strategy?” held at the City University of New York on 17 January 2013.

The obvious answer to the question is yes and the voice of energy workers is a particularly important one to hear while talking about labor’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  As Canada’s largest energy union, the CEP represents 35,000 members employed in oil and gas extraction, transportation, refining, and conversion in the petrochemical and plastics sectors.

CEP believes that it is necessary to transition away from fossil fuels by reducing consumption and investing in green energies while ensuring a just transition for energy workers and their communities.

Read more: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2013/coles180113.html

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TEACHERS’ STRIKES AND THE FIGHT AGAINST AUSTERITY IN ONTARIO

by Murray Cooke, The Bullet

On January 3, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten announced that she will be imposing concessionary contracts on the province’s teachers. This is a drastic attack on collective bargaining rights that the teachers have said they will fight. It follows on the heels of the Liberal minority government’s Bill 115, “An Act to Implement Restraint Measures in the Education System,” passed last September with the support of the Conservatives.

A province-wide illegal strike across Ontario’s public education system in response to the latest attack is a real possibility. To begin to turn back the austerity agenda and defend trade union rights, a determined fightback, including a province-wide walkout, is a necessity. A wider movement of support and solidarity also needs to be built. Unfortunately, there is not much hope that the provincial NDP will be an effective player in such a movement.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/758.php

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S.A.M.E. RELEASES 4-PART MINI-SERIES ON MIGRANT WORKER EXPERIENCES IN CANADA

A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release

As another year passes, The S.A.M.E. continues to break new ground in engaging youth and their communities about the plight of migrant workers in Canada. The newest effort by The Students Against Migrant Exploitation, or The S.A.M.E., is a four-part mini-series on the experiences of migrant agricultural workers in Canada.

The mini-series highlights the experiences of several workers who are among the tens of thousands of people who migrate temporarily to work in fields and greenhouses across Canada.

The four-part series is aimed at providing the broader public with an insider’s look at the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program – a program that has been bringing tens of thousands of migrant workers to Canada every year since 1967.

The videos include first-hand accounts of migrant workers and their real-life experiences. The series is divided into the following episodes:

–  Why They Migrate (PART I)
– Their Living/Working Conditions (PART II)
– Injuries on the Job (PART III)
– What Migrant Agricultural Workers Themselves Would Like to Change (PART IV)

Part One of The S.A.M.E. mini-series, “Why They Migrate”, is now showing on YouTube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmTXZIk2lcg&list=UUMS-_INTQQT0HZAduSWscA&index=3
and the other episodes will soon be available for viewing and sharing.

Stay tuned to the YouTube channel for Canada’s leading voice for workers: http://www.youtube.com/ufcwcanada

To find out more about the The Same, go to http://www.thesame.ca

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JOBS

FIELD EDUCATION & TRAINING COORDINATOR

The Oregon Education Association is looking for a Field Education & Training Coordinator for their Union School.

The OEA Union School is an education and training center established as part of OEA’s Strategic Action Plan. The Union School plays a central role in the transformation of OEA to a more member-driven, strategic, organizing-action union.

The FEC will have responsibilities in OEA organizing. S/he will participate in planning, implementing and assessing activities and actions at the state, regional and local levels. The FEC will share responsibility for the education and training components of various organizational campaigns actions. This is a statewide position that will require a great deal of travel.

Deadline for applications: Jan. 25, 2013

For full job description and how to apply, see the posting on the UALE website: http://uale.org/forum/13-job-listings

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ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR IN CONTINUING AND COLLEGE EDUCATION

The Woodring College of Education invites dynamic and innovative educators to apply for a tenure-track position (open-rank) in the Master of Education Continuing and College Education (CCE) Program, beginning September 2013.

The successful candidate will be visionary and collaborative with other professional educators, students and alumni. She/he will maintain a strong record of scholarship and will be a leading educator. Additionally, she/he will support student professional development projects and assist students to be competitive in the market for teaching in higher education, directing training and staff development for business, industry, government and professional associations and as administrators of programs for adults, especially in colleges, technical schools and university settings.

For more information, please visit https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=3860

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RESEARCH & EVALUATION COORDINATOR, PATHWAYS TO EDUCATION, REXDALE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline January 23, 2013
Permanent Full-Time Position

For more information, including application guidelines, please visit: https://charityvillage.com/jobs/search-results/job-detail.aspx?id=266692

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COMMUNICATIONS AND FUNDRAISING INTERN

The Bhutan Canada Foundation is currently looking for a Communications & Fundraising Intern to join us for about 10 hours a week for a minimum of 8 weeks.

We’re looking for an energetic communicator that thrives in social media, has great organisational skills, and can work independently to join our small team.

Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Closing date is Jan. 23, 2013. More info on us here: http://www.BhutanCanada.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

 

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