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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

 

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

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

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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

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