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Education

PISA, POWER, AND POLICY

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OXFORD STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE EDUCATION

PISA, Power, and Policy: The emergence of global educational governance

Edited by HEINZ-DIETER MEYER & AARON BENAVOT

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Over the past ten years the PISA assessment has risen to strategic prominence in the international education policy discourse. Sponsored, organized and administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA seems well on its way to being institutionalized as the main engine in the global accountability regime.

The goal of this book is to problematize this development and PISA as an institution-building force in global education. It scrutinizes the role of PISA in the emerging regime of global educational governance and questions the presumption that the quality of a nation’s school system can be evaluated through a standardized assessment that is insensitive to the world’s vast cultural and institutional diversity. The book raises the question of whether PISA’s dominance in the global educational discourse runs the risk of engendering an unprecedented process of worldwide educational standardization for the sake of hitching schools more tightly to the bandwagon of economic efficiency, while sacrificing their role to prepare students for independent thinking and civic participation.

 

Contents

Heinz-Dieter Meyer & Aaron Benavot. Introduction. PISA and the Globalization of Education Governance: some puzzles and problems

Taya L. Owens. Thinking beyond League Tables: a review of key PISA research questions

THE FINLAND PARADOX
Janne Varjo, Hannu Simola & Risto Rinne. Finland’s PISA Results: an analysis of dynamics in education politics

Tiina Silander & Jouni Välijärvi. The Theory and Practice of Building Pedagogical Skill in Finnish Teacher Education

Paul Andrews. What Does PISA Performance Tell Us about Mathematics Teaching Quality? Case Studies from Finland and Flanders

PISA, INSTITUTIONS, AND THE GLOBALIZATION OF
EDUCATION GOVERNANCE
David H. Kamens. Globalization and the Emergence of an Audit Culture: PISA and the search for ‘best practices’ and magic bullets

Daniel Tröhler. The OECD and Cold War Culture: thinking historically about PISA

Marlaine Lockheed. Causes and Consequences of International Assessments in Developing Countries

Sam Sellar & Bob Lingard. PISA and the Expanding Role of the OECD in Global Educational Governance

NON-EDUCATIONAL INFLUENCES ON PISA OUTCOMES
Heinz-Dieter Meyer & Kathryn Schiller. Gauging the Role of Non-educational Effects in Large-scale Assessments: socio-economics, culture and PISA outcomes

Xin Ma, Cindy Jong & Jing Yuan. Exploring Reasons for the East Asian Success in PISA

Jaap Dronkers & Manon de Heus. Immigrant Children’s Academic Performance: the influence of origin, destination and community

Yong Zhao & Heinz-Dieter Meyer. High on PISA, Low on Entrepreneurship? What PISA Does Not Measure

Stephen P. Heyneman. The International Efficiency of American Education: the bad and the not-so-bad news

POLICY
Alexander W. Wiseman. Policy Responses to PISA in Comparative Perspective

Notes on Contributors; Index

 

Related and Recent Titles:

Globalisation and Europeanisation in Education ROGER DALE & SUSAN ROBERTSON

Education in the Broader Middle East: borrowing a baroque arsenal GARI DONN & YAHYA AL MANTHRI

Globalisation and Higher Education in the Arab Gulf StatesGARI DONN & YAHYA AL MANTHRI

Higher Education and the State: changing relationships in Europe and East AsiaROGER GOODMAN, TAKEHIKO KARIYA & JOHN TAYLOR

Comparing Standards Internationally: research and practice in mathematics and beyond BARBARA JAWORKSI & DAVID PHILLIPS

An Atlantic Crossing? The Work of the International Examination Inquiry, its Researchers, Methods and Influence MARTIN LAWN

Europeanizing Education: governing a new policy space MARTIN LAWN & SOTIRIA GREK

 

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Please see our online catalogue at www.symposium-books.co.uk for bibliographical details, contents pages, and a secure order form.

 

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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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Karl Marx

RETHINKING MARXISM 2013

RETHINKING MARXISM 2013: SURPLUS, SOLIDARITY, SUFFICIENCY

Call For Papers

RETHINKING MARXISM: a journal of economics, culture & society is pleased to announce its 8th international conference, to be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on the evening of the 19th through the 22nd of September 2013.

RETHINKING MARXISM’s seven previous international conferences have each attracted more than 1000 students, scholars, and activists. They have included keynote addresses and plenary sessions, formal papers, roundtables, workshops, art exhibitions, screenings, performances, and activist discussions.

See: http://rethinkingmarxism.org/conferences/2013/registration.html

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-rethinking-marxism-2013-surplus-solidarity-sufficiency-22-september-university-of-massachusetts-in-amherst

 

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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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Neil Whitehead

Neil Whitehead

‘MEMENTO MORI’ – NEIL WHITEHEAD’S FINE ART PIECE IN EXHIBITION

NEIL WHITEHEAD’s fine art piece, Memento Mori will be exhibited at:

PrintSpace, London
74 Kingsland Road
London E2 8DL
See: http://www.timeout.com/london/art/the-printspace

Exhibition: 3rd June to 14th June, 2013
9am to 7pm

Directions to PrintSpace:
From Old Street station.Take bus 243 toward Wood Green from Stop K
From Liverpool Street: station.Take but149 towards Edmonton from Stop E
On Foot: from Old Street station (10 mins), Liverpool Street Station (15mins), or Hoxton Station (4 mins).

Neil Whitehead: Designer of ‘The Flow of Ideas’ website – www.flowideas.co.uk and
‘I Love Transcontiental’ –
https://www.facebook.com/IHeartTranscontinental and
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcontinental/the-individuality-prtest

I Love Transcontinental

I Love Transcontinental

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Protest

Protest

WORKERS OF THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON STRIKES AND SOCIAL CONFLICTS

See below for Volume 3 Number 3 of the Workers of the World International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts.

There is a special issue, edited by Christian Devito, on global labour history, and an interview on conflicts and the archives of the labour movement in Argentina.

See: http://www.workersoftheworldjournal.net/index.php/current-edition2

Workers of the World International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflict aims to be innovative. This journal aims to stimulate global studies on labour and social conflicts in an interdisciplinary, global, long term historical and non Eurocentric perspective. It intends to move away from traditional forms of methodological nationalism and conjectural studies, adopting an explicitly critical and interdisciplinary perspective. Therefore, it will publish empirical research and theoretical discussions that address strikes and social conflicts in an innovative and rigorous manner. It will also promote dialogue between scholars from different fields and different countries and disseminate analyzes on different socio-cultural realities, to give visibility and centrality to this theme.

Home page: http://www.workersoftheworldjournal.net/

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/workers-of-the-world-international-journal-on-strikes-and-social-conflicts

 

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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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 22nd MAY 2013

EVENTS

ROXANA NG MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM
May 28, 2013
12:30—7:30pm
OISE Library (main floor, 252 Bloor St. West).

Join us to celebrate the academic and activist contributions of Professor Roxana Ng, who taught at OISE/UT for 25 years and passed away earlier this year.

Keynote Address: Himani Bannerji
Panel Discussion: Alison Griffith, Tania Das Gupta, Renita Wong
Performance: Pantayo

Schedule
12:30-1:00: Light Refreshments
1:00-3:00: Opening Remarks, Video Essay, Panel Discussion
3:00-3:30: Break
3:30-5:30: Circle Discussion
5:00-6:30: Reception and Performance
6:30-7:30: Keynote and Closing Remarks

Sponsored by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education and the OISE Dean’s Office

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FILM – MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING: ANGELA DAVIS & YURI KOCHIYAMA

Directed by C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Doors open at 7:30 pm (film at 8:00 pm)
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St.
Toronto, ON
TTC: Bathurst subway stop on Bloor line (exit Markham St.)  
Admission: – PWYC

Mountains That Take Wing (2009) puts iconic African American scholar-activist Angela Davis in conversation with Yuri Kochiyama, revered grassroots community activist, confidant of Malcolm X and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Filmed in 1996 and 2008, when Kochiyama was 88 years old, these longtime friends discuss their shared experience as political prisoners and their enduring passion for social justice. They reflect upon topics ranging from Jim Crow laws, Japanese American internment camps, Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements to campaigns for political prisons and prison reform.

Winner of St. Clair Bourne Award for Best Feature Documentary, San Francisco Black Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Some Prefer Cake Lesbian Film Festival, Bologna, Italy

Presented by the Yuri Kochiyama 92nd Birthday Celebration Committee
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Auto Workers union and Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun olive oil+za’atar dipping.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu3sHunAmt8

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LABOR AND WORKING-CLASS HISTORY ASSOCIATION (LAWCHA) NATIONAL CONFERENCE

June 6-8, 2013
New York City

Meeting in a year in which surging corporate power has threatened both unions and democracy as we know it, the 2013 LAWCHA conference in New York City focuses on how varied groups of working people have built the solidarity needed to challenge their employers, each other, their communities, and the state to seek justice and improve their lives. Historically and today women, immigrants and people of color have often been at the forefront of these struggles. Many have seen the revitalization of their organizations—unions, cooperatives, mutual aid societies, and political movements—as critical to their struggles for equality and democracy in and beyond the workplace. In the present moment, faced with obstacles to organizing that evoke earlier centuries, workers and their allies are creating innovative organizational forms and strategies in the U.S. and around the world.

For more information: http://lawcha.org/wordpress/annualmeeting/nyc2013/

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BOOK LAUNCH: RETHINKING THE POLITICS OF LABOUR IN CANADA

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Octopus Books
116 Third Avenue
Ottawa, ON

In the face of relentless attacks on organized labour, there is a clear need and desire for both union renewal and for unions to fight back against the anti-worker austerity agenda.

Within this context, a confrontation looms on the horizon as the Conservative government is poised to eliminate the automatic dues check-off (the “Rand Formula”), which has been a cornerstone of union security for decades. As unions gear up in defence of automatic dues-checkoff, some labour activists are questioning their efforts.

They believe that the Rand formula has created bureaucratic unions that are disconnected from their memberships. Losing Rand could in fact contribute to the process of union renewal, they argue.

Join us on May 28 for the Ottawa Launch of Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada and to discuss the Rand Formula, and the larger question of union renewal in a time of austerity.

Panelists:
-Stephanie Ross (York University) – Editor of Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada
-Donald Swartz and Rosemary Warskett (Carleton University) – contributors to Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada
-John Hollingsworth – member/activist with COPE Local 225 and the Ottawa-Outaouais Industrial Workers of the World

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RAINBOW OF DESIRE WORKSHOP SERIES

Tuesdays, May 28-June 11, 2013
6:30pm-9:00pm
CSI Annex, 2nd floor, Meeting Room 1
720 Bathurst St.
Cost: $120, Students: $95 Drop in rate: $45 per workshop, $35 for students per workshop. Some sliding scale spots available

Join us for this self-reflexive and participatory workshop series and experience Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques. These dramatic games and exercises are creative tools for self empowerment and personal growth.

During this workshop series you will be supported in learning to identify and transform the internal voices-the ‘cops in the head’ and fears that block you from being true to yourself, achieving your goals and standing up to internalized and socio-political oppression. Join us in uncovering your Rainbow of Desire in a supportive and inclusive environment.

For more Information: branchouttheatre@gmail.com or 416-910-4972, http://www.branchouttheatre.com

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CANADIAN CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION: CONGRESS 2013

June 26-28
Edmonton, Alberta

Five great reasons to come to Congress!

1 – Explore the issue of sustainability, government relations or capitalization with NEW co-op learning labs – mobile workshops showcasing innovative projects from Edmonton-based co-operatives.
2 – An Alberta-flavoured welcome reception will give you the opportunity to unwind and mingle with co-operators from across the country.
3 – The chance to hear from MP Mauril Bélanger – driving force behind the creation of the House of Commons Special Committee on Co-operatives – with thoughts from other great co-op leaders.
4 – An interactive discussion panel will help Canadian co-operators build a strategy around the global Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade.
5 – Annual general meetings of CCA, CCCM and the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association, featuring key topics from within the co-op sector.

For more information: http://coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/congress2013

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40 DAYS OF BRIARPATCH! WE’RE GIVING AWAY DAILY PRIZES AND A BIKE!

Briarpatch has never been like other magazines. We don’t rely on government grants, wealthy benefactors, or corporate advertisers. We’re sustained by our readers, who know we don’t just report on social movements: we help build them. When you give to Briarpatch you build a platform for independent journalists, activists, and above all, social movements. Briarpatch is a forum where the vexed and the visionary come together as we build our shared capacities to understand and transform the world.

Briarpatch Magazine is celebrating 40 years of radical publishing with a 40-day campaign to step things up. From May 15 to June 23 we’re giving away daily prizes culminating in a grand prize draw. We’re looking for 40 new Sustainers who will donate $10 or more a month to keep Briarpatch thriving.
Every new Sustainer gets the goods:
– a self-renewing subscription to Briarpatch
– a printed thank you in every issue of the magazine
– entry in the day’s prize draw for new CDs, books, artwork, and more.

And it gets even better. Every new Sustainer is entered in the grand prize draw for an Electra Ticino 7-speed bicycle (retail value $800). The winner will be drawn on June 24th.

Read more: http://bit.ly/12U8HvM
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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: YOU’RE A SOCIALIST!

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMLgEnDGkG4

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ONTARIO SACRIFICING NURSES’ HEALTH IN QUEST FOR BALANCED BUDGETS

(Ontario Nurses’ Association) TORONTO – In the quest to cut costs and balance hospital budgets, Ontario hospitals are sacrificing the health of registered nurses, according to new research.

Registered nurses (RNs) are the most injured workers in Ontario, facing more dangerous workplace conditions than even construction or manufacturing workers. RNs filed more Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims in 2012 than all other hospital occupations, three times more claims than made by construction trades workers and 12 times more than all chemistry industry occupations.

“These statistics show exactly the effects of understaffing and workloads that are far too heavy to be safe for nurses or consistent with the provision of the quality patient care Ontarians need and deserve,” says Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “As much as we love our profession, we sacrifice our health each and every day.”

Haslam-Stroud says that RNs are working short-staffed regularly in Ontario’s health care system, including in hospitals, community care, public health and long-term care.

The full research paper can be found here: http://www.ona.org/documents/File/politicalaction/ONA_NursesHealth_20130509.pdf

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AUSTERITY AGENDA TARGETS THE DISABLED

By John Clarke, The Bullet

The recent Ontario provincial budget did not do very much to uphold Kathleen Wynne’s claim to the title of ‘Social Justice Premier.’ Most of those on social assistance received an increase in their benefits that was below the rate of inflation while no increase whatsoever was provided to those subsisting on the minimum wage. Modest improvements in the amount of part time earnings and assets that can be kept without having them clawed back will not come close to preventing those on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) from falling even deeper into poverty this year.

The utter absurdity of the Liberal assertion that they have shown any commitment to ‘poverty reduction’ can be seen in the fact that single people on OW are living on benefits that have lost 56 per cent of their spending power since 1993. Even those on ODSP, who were not subject to the Mike Harris 21.6 per cent benefit cut in 1995, are at an income level that is 22 per cent below where it was twenty years ago.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/821.php

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: “BROWN BAG LECTURES” IN HONOUR OF ROXANA NG

The Brown Bag series at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education is a semi-formal space to present complete research or work-in-progress for discussion and feedback. Brown Bag seminars are held on weekday afternoons in the CWSE’s seminar room 2-227, at OISE, 252 Bloor St W. For examples of CWSE Brown Bags and other events, go to: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cwse/Events/index.html

We are looking for submissions for presentations in a series of Brown Bag events related to the work of Roxana Ng, Head of the CWSE, who passed away January 2013. Her work focused on:

• Qi Gong and alternative and holistic health and healing;
• Globalization, migration, and labour relations;
• Immigrant women and Canadian institutions;
• Institutional Ethnography;
• Critical Feminist Pedagogy;
• Anti-Racism;
• Embodied Learning.

If your work falls under these topics or was influenced by Roxana, we encourage you to submit to present in this series.

Guidelines
Please submit
• a one-page overview of the work you wish to present, including relevant websites
• a one-paragraph summary of your intended presentation structure (lecture? screening? etc.)
• a one-paragraph biography of yourself as related to your work
• your preferred time frame for presentation (possibilities are September to early December 2013, and January to early March 2014).

Submit your materials to cwse@utoronto.ca by July 8, 2013.  The series will commence September 2013 and run through March 2014.

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VIDEO: MANITOBA GOVERNMENT PRAISES UFCW CANADA FOR “SOLIDARITY” IN MIGRANT FARM WORKER VICTORY

A United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada Human Rights Department Release      
May 21, 2013 – Watch Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Christine Melnick thanking UFCW Canada for its “working on behalf of seasonal agricultural workers” in helping migrant farm workers to gain access to public healthcare.

On May 16, the Manitoba NDP government announced that effective this summer seasonal agricultural workers – who work in some of the most dangerous jobs in the country – will be eligible for public health coverage while they work in the province. You can watch the Minister’s full comments courtesy of YouTube.

To read UFCW Canada’s full statement about this victory for Canada’s farm workers and migrant worker rights, visit: http://bit.ly/13GzEBW

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=o3J72Uo4D_w

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MILWAUKEE MAKES FIVE (CITIES SO FAR): FAST FOOD WORKERS STRIKE FOR HIGHER PAY AND UNION RIGHTS

By Laura Clawson for Daily Kos Labor

Fast food workers in yet another city have walked out for a one-day strike, seeking better wages and the right to form unions. Milwaukee is the fifth city hit by such a strike in the past six weeks; there as in Chicago, retail workers are also joining the strike. The strategy is the same as in New York, Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit: A one-day strike by as many workers in any given store are ready to walk out, with community support not just at the time of the strike but the next day as workers return to their jobs.

Read more: http://bit.ly/19tUFTA

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PUBLIC ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT WORKERS IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY

Your action can help make a difference for garment workers everywhere.

In the aftermath of the devastating building collapse in Bangladesh in which 400 people died and many more were injured, people around the world are looking for ways to take action or show their support to ensure a tragedy like this is never repeated.

Everyone has a role to play in creating safer environments for workers: governments, retailers, apparel brands, consumers and investors.

Labour rights are human rights

The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights has been working with Canadians and the international community to recognize that labour rights are human rights. The right to legally organize to have a voice in the workplace is a fundamental right that many around the world still do not have. By speaking out, you can make a difference: http://labourrights.ca/

International campaigns

IndustriALL Global Union and IndustriALL Bangladesh Council, through LabourStart campaign, are demanding that the government of Bangladesh reform its labour laws to remove roadblocks to freedom of association and collective bargaining in the garment industry. Add your support to this important campaign: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1813

The International Labor Rights Forum is also calling on Walmart, H&M, and Gap to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement before the next factory fire or building collapse takes the lives of more garment workers. Please send a message to three of the largest buyers of apparel from Bangladesh: http://action.laborrights.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6280

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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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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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Postcolonial

Postcolonial

POSTCOLONIAL THEORY AND THE SPECTER OF CAPITAL

By Vivek Chibber

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Published April 2013

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A provocative intellectual assault on the Subalternists’ foundational work.

Postcolonial theory has become enormously influential as a framework for understanding the Global South. It is also a school of thought popular because of its rejection of the supposedly universalizing categories of the Enlightenment. In this devastating critique, mounted on behalf of the radical Enlightenment tradition, Vivek Chibber offers the most comprehensive response yet to postcolonial theory. Focusing on the hugely popular Subaltern Studies project, Chibber shows that its foundational arguments are based on a series of analytical and historical misapprehensions. He demonstrates that it is possible to affirm a universalizing theory without succumbing to Eurocentrism or reductionism.

POSTCOLONIAL THEORY AND THE SPECTER OF CAPITAL promises to be a historical milestone in contemporary social theory.

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“With its focus on cultural identities and mixtures, postcolonial theory ignored the larger context of capitalist relations and thus limited its scope to Western academia where it excelled in the game of growing and profiting from the liberal guilt feeling. Chibber’s book simply sets the record straight, bringing postcolonialism down from cultural heights to where it belongs, into the very heart of global capitalist processes. The book we were all waiting for, a burst of fresh air dispelling the stale aroma of pseudo-radical academic establishment.” – Slavoj Žižek

“In this scrupulous and perceptive analysis, Vivek Chibber successfully shows that the ‘universalizing categories of Enlightenment thought’ emerge unscathed from the criticisms of postcolonial theorists. He shows further that—perhaps ironically—Subaltern Studies greatly underestimates the role of subaltern agency in bringing about the transformations that they attribute to the European bourgeoisie. Chibber’s analysis also provides a very valuable account of the actual historical sociology of modern European development, of Indian peasant mobilization and activism, and much else. It is a very significant contribution.” – Noam Chomsky

“In this outstanding work—a model of clarity in its architecture and argumentation—key theorists of the ‘Subaltern’ and of postcoloniality have met their most formidable interlocutor and critic yet. Chibber’s critique of postcolonial theory and the historical sociological studies associated with it is, at the same time, a vigorous and welcome defense of the enduring value of certain Enlightenment universals as an analytical framework to both understand and radically change the world we live in.” – Achin Vanaik

“Vivek Chibber has written a stunning critique of postcolonial theory as represented by the Subaltern Studies school. While eschewing all polemics, he shows that their project is undermined by their paradoxical acceptance of an essentially liberal-Whig interpretation of the bourgeois revolutions and capitalist development in the West, which provides the foundation for their fundamental assertion of the difference of the East. Through a series of painstaking empirical and conceptual studies Chibber proceeds to overturn the central pillars of the Subalternists’ framework, while sustaining the credibility of Enlightenment theories. It is a bravura performance that cannot help but shake up our intellectual and political landscape.” – Robert Brenner

“POSTCOLONIAL THEORY AND THE SPECTER OF CAPITAL is a must-read book for students of comparative politics and social theory. Vivek Chibber presents a forceful challenge to the Subaltern Studies school and to postcolonial theory more broadly. Arguing with great clarity, Chibber raises fundamental objections to their ideas about capitalism, power, and agency, and presents an alternative account of these ideas. Most fundamentally, he rejects the fundamental division between ‘East and West’ associated with postcolonial theory and defends the ‘universalizing categories of Enlightenment thought.’ This is a major contribution that is bound to reshape debate on these important issues.” – Joshua Cohen

“In this book, Vivek Chibber has carried out a thoroughgoing dissection of Subaltern Studies. Like a highly skilled anatomist, he lays bare the skeleton, the nervous system, the arteries and veins of this school … In the process the reader is also exposed to the nitty-gritty of a materialist historiography.” – Amiya Kumar Bagchi

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Not Even Marxist? Paul M. Heideman examines Chris Taylor’s critique of Vivek Chibber:

http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1297-not-even-marxist-paul-m-heideman-examines-chris-taylor-s-critique-of-vivek-chibber

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-verso-postcolonial-theory-and-the-specter-of-capital-by-vivek-chibber

 

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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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Religion

Religion

IN THE VALE OF TEARS: ON MARXISM AND THEOLOGY, V

New from the Historical Materialism Book Series

‘In the Vale of Tears: On Marxism and Theology, V’ by Roland Boer

ISBN: 9789004252325

Planned Publication Date: 

July 2013

 

http://www.brill.com/vale-tears

In the Vale of Tears brings to a culmination the project for a renewed and enlivened debate over the interaction between Marxism and religion. It does so by offering the author’s own response to that tradition. It simultaneously draws upon the rich insights of a significant number of Western Marxists and strikes out on its own. Thus, it argues for the crucial role of political myth on the Left; explores the political ambivalence at the heart of Christianity; challenges the bent among many on the Left to favour the unexpected rupture of kairós as a key to revolution; is highly suspicious of the ideological and class alignments of ethics; offers a thorough reassessment of the role of festishism in the Marxist tradition; and broaches the question of death, unavoidable for any Marxist engagement with religion. While the book is the conclusion to the five-volume series, The Criticism of Heaven and Earth, it also stands alone as a distinct intervention in some burning issues of our time.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction
Of Old Timber and Lovers
On Theology
Relativising Theology
Theological Suspicion
Synopsis

1. Atheism
Banishing the Gods?
Marxism and Theology
Conclusion

2. Myth
Prolegomenon
Political Myth
Anticipation, or Utopia
For Example 
Conclusion

3. Ambivalence
Scandal and Folly
Folly to the Rich
Towards a Marxist Theory of Political Ambivalence
The Unwitting
The Witting
By Way of Conclusion

4. History
Method: Search for an Anti-Fulcrum
Paul’s Shaky Transitions
The Fate of Christian Communism

5. Kairós
At the Crossroads of Time
Eschatology
Ákairos
Measure and Immeasure (Negri)
By Way of Conclusion: Political Grace

6. Ethics
Ethics, Morality and Moralising
Care of the Self
Greasing the Other
Towards Ethical Insurgency
Conclusion

7. Idols
That Hideous Pagan Idol: Marx and Fetishism
On Graven Images: From Liberation Theology to Theodor Adorno
Conclusion

Conclusion: On Secularism, Transcendence and Death
Secular and Anti-Secular
Transgressive Transcendence
Death

References
Index

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/in-the-vale-of-tears-on-marxism-and-theology-v-by-roland-boer

 

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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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HarvestingCONFRONTING THE CLIMATE CRISIS

A conference bringing together climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental activists

11am – 5pm Saturday 8 June 2013
London Metropolitan University, 277-281 Holloway Road, LondonN7 8HN

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have passed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. This means we are facing an environmental crisis of the most serious magnitude. Despite this threat, action from governments is limited. Unwilling to challenge the profits of the largest corporations, politicians would rather see the world burn than take serious action on climate change.

At the same time working people are facing an unprecedented assault on their jobs and services. In the name of austerity governments are trying to make ordinary people pay for the crisis caused by the bankers. We are told that we can no longer afford public services and our jobs, pay and conditions are under attack.

The Campaign Against Climate Change is campaigning for One Million Climate Jobs as a solution to the climate and economic crises. Their trade union group is hosting a conference to bring together leading climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental campaigners to discuss how best we can fight to stop global warming and create jobs.

The conference is also designed to brief trade unionists on the latest climate science. It will address questions such as “what is the significance of the Arctic ice melting” and “why is our weather strange”? Other workshops will discuss the fight for climate jobs and how trade unions can work with other campaigners over these issues.

Speakers include world renowned scientists Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr. Richard Allan. They will be joined by Joan Walley MP, the chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, Manuel Cortez, Gen. Sec. of the TSSA, Chris Baugh, Ass. Gen. Sec of the PCS, Andreas Ytterstadt, Chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists Norway and Dr. Lara Skinner of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy in America.

This is a unique opportunity for trade union activists to discuss the threat of climate change and get involved in the wider environmental movement. The conference is supported by the FBU, CWU, TSSA, PCS. UCU and UNITE unions.

Registration is £10 waged, £5 unwaged. You can book online at: www.climatetradeunion.eventbrite.com

More information at www.campaigncc.org or contact 079 585 35231

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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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Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci

INTERNATIONAL GRAMSCI SOCIETY – CALL FOR PAPERS

International Gramsci Society 

Rethinking Marxism 2013 Conference
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
19-22 September 2013

The International Gramsci Society (USA) is organizing a number of panels for the Rethinking Marxism 2013 Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

As part of the RM 2013 Conference, we invite members of the IGS community to submit paper proposals on topics related to Gramscian studies and to the application of Gramsci’s ideas.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Proposals for papers should include:
* Paper title
* Presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information (email, phone)
* Brief abstract (no more than 200 words)

Please send proposals to:
Marcus E. Green (marcusgreen@gmail.com)
Subject: RM-IGS Proposal

Deadline for proposal submissions: 31 May 2013.

For more information on the Rethinking Marxism 2013 Conference, see: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/RM2013

Rethinking Marxism is a journal of economics, culture & society: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/

Best wishes,
Marcus E. Green
Secretary, International Gramsci Society
Co-Chair, Rethinking Marxism 2013 Conference

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/call-for-papers-igs-panels-for-rethinking-marxism-2013-deadline-31-may-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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McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark

THE SPECTACLE OF DISINTEGRATION: SITUATIONIST PASSAGES OUT OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

By McKenzie Wark

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Published May 2013

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Following his acclaimed history of the Situationist International up until the late sixties, THE BEACH BENEATH THE STREET, McKenzie Wark returns with a companion volume which puts the late work of the Situationists in a broader and deeper context, charting their contemporary relevance and their deep critique of modernity. Wark builds on their work to map the historical stages of the society of the spectacle, from the diffuse to the integrated to what he calls the disintegrating spectacle. THE SPECTACLE OF DISINTEGRATION takes the reader through the critique of political aesthetics of former Situationist T.J. Clark, the Fourierist utopia of Raoul Vaneigem, René Vienet’s earthy situationist cinema, Gianfranco Sangunetti’s pranking of the Italian ruling class, Alice-Becker Ho’s account of the anonymous language of the Romany, Guy Debord’s late films and his surprising work as a game designer.

At once an extraordinary counter history of radical praxis and a call to arms in the age of financial crisis and the resurgence of the streets, THE SPECTACLE OF DISINTEGRATION recalls the hidden journeys taken in the attempt to leave the twentieth century, and plots an exit from the twenty first.

The dustjacket unfolds to reveal a fold-out poster of the collaborative graphic essay combining text selected by McKenzie Wark with composition and drawings by Kevin C. Pyle.

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“Wark’s readable explanation of the movement’s ideas is the best I have read. ” – Edwin Heathcote, In praise of BEACH BENEATH THE STREET, FINANCIAL TIMES

“A playful, smart and occasionally epigrammatic study of the Situationists … this brilliant account is not only an essential work for our own times; it also comes with a cover that, with the minimum of manual dexterity, folds out into a collaborative graphic essay. ” – John Burnside, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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ISBN: 9781844679577 / Hardback / $26.95 / £16.99 / $28.50CAN / 256 Pages

For more information on THE SPECTACLE OF DISINTEGRATION or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1162-the-spectacle-of-disintegration

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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

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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Precarious Education

Precarious Education

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION – VOLUME 11 NUMBER 2 (2013)

Now available at: www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION
Volume 11 Number 2  2013  ISSN 1478-2103

 

CONTENTS:

Cornelia Gräsel, Inka Bormann, Kerstin Schütte, Kati Trempler & Robert Fischbach. Outlook on Research in Education for Sustainable Development

Mike Cole. Racism, the Left and Twenty-first-century Socialism: some observations on the Gur-Ze’ev/McLaren interchange

Ruben Gentry. Roles for Educators in Helping the USA Form a Real Global Society

Deb J. Hill & Lynley Tulloch. Can Market Capitalism be Greened? Environmental Education Revisited

Ariful Haq Kabir. Neoliberalism, Policy Reforms and Higher Education in Bangladesh

Paul Miller, Kemesha Kelly & Nicola Spawls. Getting Past the Gatekeeper: safeguarding and access issues in researching HIV+ children in Jamaica

Herner Saeverot. On the Need to Ask Educational Questions about Education: an interview with Gert Biesta

Jan Vanhoof & Paul Mahieu. Local Knowledge Brokerage for Data-Driven Policy and Practice in Education

Chuan-Rong Yeh. Existential Thoughts in Fanon’s Post-colonialism Discourse

REVIEW ESSAY
Ricardo D. Rosa. European Higher Education and Corporate Designs of Utopia

 

Access to the full texts of current articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription. PLEASE NOTE: to accommodate the increasing flow of high quality papers this journal will expand to 8 numbers per volume/year as from Volume 12, 2014.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION (single user access) Subscription to the January-December 2013 issues (including full access to ALL back numbers), is available to individuals at a cost of US$54.00. If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribePFIE.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (institution-wide access) If you are working within an institution that maintains a Library, please urge them to purchase a Library subscription so access is provided throughout your institution; full details for libraries can be found at www.symposium-journals.co.uk/prices.html

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Michael A. Peters: mpeters@waikato.ac.nz

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the articles, please contact the publishers: support@symposium-journals.co.uk

 

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Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include:

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178 http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=1&issue=1&year=2003&article=9_Rikowski_PFIE_1_1&id=195.93.21.68

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=2&issue=3&year=2004&article=10_Rikowski_PFEO_2_3-4_web&id=195.93.21.71

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=4&issue=4&year=2006&article=7_Rikowski_PFIE_4_4_web&id=205.188.117.66

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/validate.asp?j=pfie&vol=6&issue=5&year=2008&article=11_Rikowski_PFIE_6_5_web

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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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 12th MAY 2013

EVENTS

BRIEFING ON P3S AND AUSTERITY
Thursday, May 9
10:30am
OFL Building, Toronto
15 Gervais Drive, 8th floor boardroom

You are invited to join a briefing by health policy expert Dr. John Lister on the P3 disasters in England, the austerity agenda and the response of the unions and civil society organizations.

Dr. Lister will provide a briefing on the latest news as six large hospital trusts face bankruptcy due to their P3 payment obligations, the British government has moved to underwrite the P3 schemes to keep them afloat and the fight-back against austerity continues.

Dr. Lister is a professor of health policy and health journalism at Coventry University in the U.K. He is also the executive director of London Health Emergency — the British equivalent to the Health Coalitions — and one of the founders of Save Our NHS. Dr. Lister is the author of two books on international health reform. He is an expert on P3s and health policy reform. He has written a number of reports and analyses on British health reform for media, unions and civil society organizations.

Please let us know if you intend to attend this briefing at ohc@sympatico.ca
Ontario Health Coalition – http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca

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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY GENERAL MEETING

Saturday May 11
10am
Steelworkers’ Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto

The goals of the Assembly are:
* To bring together activists within the broad working class movement, to explore the experiences and approaches to struggle that both unite and divide us as a starting point for overcoming divisions and building greater collaboration, exchange, strategic discussion and action amongst us.
* To share our understanding of the problems created by capitalism and the current economic crisis and the need to develop alternative visions that challenge the logic and power of private corporations, and the states that back them, over our lives.
* To identify and develop concrete strategies and organizational forms of struggle which defend working-class people’s immediate needs and lay the groundwork for an equitable and democratic alternative to our present economic and political system.

http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/219

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FILM: BUTTERFLIES ON THE SCAFFOLD / MARIPOSAS EN EL ANDAMIO (DRAG CULTURE IN CUBA)

1995, 75 min. film on transgender life in Cuba

Wednesday, May 22
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The 519 Church Community Centre, Room 301
Toronto

Discussion to follow screening of film.
All welcome, free of charge, light refreshments served, donations welcome, TTC tokens available.

Sponsored by LGBTI/Allies Rainbow Sea of Red Open Collective and endorsed by CUPE and CAW locals in Toronto, Canada-Cuba Friendship Association and other social justice groups in the GTA.

You are welcome to attend our meetings every 4th Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. at The 519 Community Centre.

For more information: seaofredopencollective@gmail.com

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CONCERT: SONGS OF LOVE, HOPE, AND OPTIMISM WITH COMMON THREAD CHORUS

Saturday, May 25
1:30 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre
750 Spadina Avenue (Spadina subway)
Toronto

Local social justice choir Common Thread Community Chorus celebrates late NDP leader Jack Layton’s parting message of love, hope and optimism in its annual fundraiser concert.

The choir will be commemorating its 14th year by selecting songs that strongly reflect Layton’s letter to the Canadian public two days before he passed away on August 22, 2011.

Ticket Info:
In advance: $18 Adults, $13 Seniors/Students, Kids 8 and under FREE
At door: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students
Pay What You Can
Group rates available

Advanced tickets through PayPal at info@commonthreadchorus.ca

PH: 416-410-5022   http://commonthreadchorus.ca/

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URBAN WORKER CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Thursday, May 23
7:00 pm
The Common
1080 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Join MP Andrew Cash and MPP Jonah Schein at the launch of the Urban Worker campaign.

There will be music from great local musicians and refreshments.

It used to be that when you started your working career you could work the same job until you retired, usually with a workplace pension. Today’s reality of work has fundamentally changed yet our policies, especially Employment Insurance and pensions, remain stuck in the past.

Nearly 50% of Torontonians can’t find permanent, full-time jobs that provide benefits and job-security. I hear about this all the time in our community because so many of us work part time, on contract, freelance or are self-employed. We are a city of web designers and roofers, musicians and consultants, office cleaners and waiters, service sector workers and contract professors. We all face the same issues.

I’m proud to announce that this spring I will introduce a bill in the House of Commons that lays out measures to protect, among others, those who have no pension, those who have never been able to qualify for EI, and those who are working unpaid internships. On May 23rd, I’ll be launching this bill at the Common on Bloor. I hope you can stop by to show your support, hear more about the bill and share your experience as an Urban Worker.

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: MEXICAN WORKER-RUN TIRE FACTORY A SUCCESS

By Oscar León, The Real News

Union wins years long struggle against vulture capitalists and now helms one of Mexico’s most successful tire factories

Watch the video: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10179

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PRIVATE MONEY, PUBLIC PROGRAMS? THERE WILL ALWAYS BE STRINGS

By Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute

In response to the perpetual shortage of funding for a wide range of social needs, Ottawa just announced its commitment to the use of social impact bonds.  The emerging sphere of social finance throughout the world opens many new fiscal doors. Social finance is a term that refers to a range of instruments, including social impact bonds, which blend public and private money to tackle tough social problems.

The potential problem with social impact bonds is not the fact that they bring private capital into the social equation.  The primary concern with this instrument is the obsession with quantifiable performance outcomes. These expectations can lead to perverse outcomes, such as selecting the
participants most likely to succeed in a program rather than the ones who need most help.  The question of whose benefits are being measured must also be considered.  Finally, patient capital is required in order to achieve real social change.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1010ENG.pdf

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POVERTY FREE ONTARIO ON THE 2013 ONTARIO BUDGET

Budget provisions inadequate but . . . community gets government attention on single adults

After several years of community advocacy, the Ontario Government finally acknowledged in its 2013 Budget that single adults on social assistance are living in especially severe conditions of hardship and hunger. Once again, the Government adjusted social assistance rates by 1%, the current rate of inflation, but added a $14 top-up for single adults without children on Ontario Works.

Community advocates for a poverty-free Ontario have been campaigning since 2009 for benefit increases that would begin to relieve the tremendous deprivation of single adults living in deep poverty at less than 40% of the official Ontario poverty line. They can finally claim a clear breakthrough with the Government on the plight of single adults, even if the actual rate increases this year are not at the level needed.

Contending that the Government was taking a “balanced approach” to achieving “prosperity” and “fairness,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa actually tips the balance in the direction of continuing austerity.

Read more: http://www.spno.ca/latest/poverty-free-ontario-on-the-2013-ontario-budget

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CHICAGO WORKERS OPEN NEW COOPERATIVELY OWNED FACTORY FIVE YEARS AFTER REPUBLIC WINDOWS OCCUPATION

By Democracy Now!
Almost a year to the day after their window factory closed, a group of former workers have launched their own window business without bosses. They successfully raised money to buy the factory collectively and run it democratically. In 2008, some of the workers were involved in a famous six-day sit-in after Republic Windows and Doors gave workers just three days’ notice before closing the factory. The sit-in drew national attention and union workers reached a settlement where they each received $6,000. About 65 workers occupied the factory after their jobs came under threat
again in 2012, refusing to give up their jobs.

Read more: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/9/chicago_workers_open_new_cooperatively_owned

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FERNWOOD PUBLISHING SPRING OVERVIEW

Happy spring everyone! And of course, Happy May Day! Things have been incredibly busy here at Fernwood, and we’ve even added some new staff members to our family. Aside from making new personnel feel at home, we’ve been working hard at getting our Spring 2013 books out on the shelves (most of which are available now), organizing author speaking tours, attending conferences and, of course, getting prepared for our Fall 2013 line-up.

And oh, while we’ve got you, our Spring and Fall 2013 Catalogues are available to download right here, or if you’d like physical copies, get in touch with us at info@fernpub.ca and we’ll get them out to you right away.

Visit the website: http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/
Download the catalogues: http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/page/Catalogues

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JUST PUBLISHED – THE GLOBAL LABOUR MOVEMENT: AN INTRODUCTION

A short guide to the Global Union Federations, the ITUC, and other international bodies

Authored by Edd Mustill, introduction by Eric Lee

Tens of millions of workers around the world are affiliated, through their union membership, to one of the global union federations (GUFs). These international unions cover every industry, from transport to finance to public services. They work to support their affiliates throughout the world, providing support during industrial disputes, training union members, and bringing pressure to bear on multinationals and governments.

This book serves as a short introduction to the GUFs, as well as the International Trade Union Confederation, and a starting point for union members who want to learn more about the international dimension of our movement.

Publication Date: Apr 25 2013
ISBN/EAN13: 1484165764 / 9781484165768
$5.99

Order from the publisher: https://www.createspace.com/4252731

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800 DEAD IN BANGLADESH: FIGHT GLOBAL CAPITALISM WITH INTERNATIONAL WORKING CLASS UNITY

By Richard Mellor, Facts for Working People

I’m having a hard time figuring out where to start this morning.  I need to control my anger after reading the introductory paragraph to this article in Bloomberg Businessweek, a major journal of the US capitalist class.

“Bangladesh’s billion dollar garment industry provides opportunities for millions of poor, illiterate women,” BW writes.  Indeed it does.  The death toll from last month’s catastrophe when a building housing several factories collapsed has topped 800. When opportunity knocks it knocks hard in Bangladesh. It also has its dangers the article confesses.  The nation is a “paradox” BW argues. Is that what you call it?

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2013/05/800-dead-in-bangladesh-fight-global.html

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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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