CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 7th JULY 2013
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SYRIA?
Friday, July 12
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
612 Markham St, Toronto (walking distance from Bathurst subway station)
A public forum on the nature of the Syrian government and the opposition, and on the aims of world powers and regional countries in Syria.
Elias Asad is a Syrian-Canadian and a member of the Communist Party of Canada.
Ali Mustafa is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and photographer who has recently returned from Syria.
Organized by Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly
WORKSHOP – ACTIVE HOPE: HOW TO FACE THE NUCLEAR AND CLIMATE MESS WE’RE IN WITHOUT GOING CRAZY
Monday July 8
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Please arrive at 6:15 to begin at 6:30 sharp.
Friends House, 60 Lowther, Toronto (St. George subway)
Suggested donation: $2 – 20 (sliding scale)
This workshop is designed to help us in this time of planetary emergency and the resulting overwhelm and despair that many of us feel. Join us for an evening of dialogue and experiential exercises based on teachings and practices developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy and colleagues. You will come away with a sense of the bigger picture and a context for action.
Facilitator: Natalie Zend, M.A., CTDP is a training and facilitation consultant with 14 years’ experience in international development and human rights. She is a member of the Work that Reconnects Facilitators Network and offers the Awakening the Dreamer symposium, compassionate communication, Open Space and other social technologies internationally and in her local community of Toronto.
For more info on the Work that Reconnects: http://workthatreconnects.org/
Sponsored by: Greenspiration, Toronto Climate Action Network, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Voice of Women for Peace, PeaceWorks
HAS THE GIANT AWOKEN? UNDERSTANDING THE MASS PROTEST MOVEMENT IN BRAZIL
Thursday, July 11
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
612 Markham St, Toronto (walking distance from Bathurst subway station)
Brazil is currently witnessing the largest mass protests to hit the country in over 20 years. Originally organized by the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paulo against a planned 10 cent public transit fare hike, the protests quickly spread to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and other major cities across the country. At its peak, over 1 million people in over 100 Brazilian cities took to the streets to protest a long list of grievances ranging from political corruption to human rights abuses to World Cup spending.
Who exactly are the protesters taking to the streets? What are the root grievances they want addressed? Why has Brazil erupted now?
Join us for a public forum with four Brazilian activists who will share their perspectives about this exciting moment in Brazilian history.
Mariana Faraz Duarte is a community development and health practitioner concerned with social justice and participatory decision-making mechanisms. She is doing her PhD in Public Health at University of Toronto.
Rubem Silva is a youth activist involved in housing and students’ social movements in Brazil. Currently, he is doing an exchange program in Public Health and Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto.
*We will also hear (via Skype) from two activists in Rio de Janeiro who are involved in the protest movement on the ground.
Endorsed by: Greater Toronto Workers Assembly, Centre for Social Justice, Toronto New Socialists, Socialist Project, Socialist Action
THEATRE, PEDAGOGY AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY: BOOK LAUNCH AND PLAY READING
Friday July 12
Aluna Theatre studio
1 Wiltshire Ave. Unit 123, Toronto
Aluna Theatre in partnership with Latin American Researchers of Ontario (LARO) is pleased to invite the public to the book launch of Como Integrar Artes Escénicas y Ciencias Sociales en el Aula / How to Integrate Scenic Arts and Social Sciences in the Classroom: A Pedagogic Experience Based on Historic Memory, written by Jorge Arcila.
The event will also feature a reading and bilingual (English/Spanish) performance of “Real Mother” a scene from the play Harriet’s House/La Casa de Harriet, by Tara Goldstein. Harriet’s House is a play about love, loss, and adoption in a Canadian lesbian family.
The book, “How to Integrate Scenic Arts and Social Sciences in the Classroom” analyzes the research journey of a group of 16 teenagers who collectively explored historical memory through practices of process drama.
Jorge Arcila holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Political Studies from La Pontifica Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. Tara Goldstein is a professor at the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto.
This event is dedicated to the memory of OISE/UT Professor Roger Simon and Arlan Londono, Colombian artist, curator and scholar who recently passed away.
SEMINAR: ABLEISM AND THE QUESTION OF THE HUMAN
Tuesday, July 30
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George subway), Toronto
5th Floor, Room 5-280
This conversation promises to provoke questions regarding the meaning of “human” that can be revealed in everyday assumptions of ability. How, for example, do medical, legal, or educational forms of engaging those who are typically excluded do more than confirm the normative order of ableism or, worse, reproducing human degradation?
This free, public, accessible seminar brings us together with Drs. Dan Goodley from Sheffield University, UK; James Overboe, Waterloo University; Anne McGuire, New College, University Toronto along with Rinaldo Walcott and Tanya Titchkosky from OISE with Lead Discussant Dr Kirsty Liddiard, Post-Doc fellow from Ryerson University.
NEWS & VIEWS
By Mark Brenner, Labor Notes
The sight of tens of thousands of striking teachers and their allies marching through the streets of Chicago last fall had a back-story, a little-discussed trend in organized labor—reform movements.
LABOUR IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA AND CANCER
By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson, The Bullet
A recent book, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills, makes the reasonable point that, “the price of austerity can be measured in human lives.” Austerity programs have obvious negative impacts on well being when public health programs are cut but it also creates poor health in less obvious ways through the stress of a labour market involving high unemployment and a decimated safety net. A quick glance at the history of the United States can help demonstrate that it is not only recent austerity programs that kill but, rather, that when economic policies favour the business community, death and disease will follow. In fact, a reasonable case could be made that ill health and early death are more a result of economics and politics than germs and genes.
SHORTAGE OF PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS IN ONTARIO HOME CARE FEARED
By Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun
TORONTO – For 28 years Millie Hickson has risen at 4 a.m.
She dresses in her scrubs and gets into her truck and hits the road. She visits her first client at 6 a.m.
Millie is a personal support worker, the glue that holds Ontario’s troubled home care system together. She will spend the next 10 hours bouncing from client-to-client.
But Millie says there is never enough time. Not for anyone.
NEW REPORT – IT ALL BEGINS WITH SPACE: MAXIMIZING USE OF PUBLIC ASSETS FOR ENGAGED AND HEALTHIER NEIGHBOURHOODS
The SPACE Coalition and Social Planning Toronto present new research on the importance of having access to safe places for youth (and all residents) to gather and play.
Access to space connects the pieces with regard to human development from 0 to 20 years old (and beyond). When you provide the space for children and youth to learn, play and build their resilience you provide the space for them to grow into Toronto’s healthy, self-reliant, dynamic leaders of tomorrow. Much has been accomplished through the provision of community use policies and programs. However, many barriers to accessing space still exist and service provision remains a patchwork, unable to meet complex neighbourhood needs due to escalating costs and an overall lack of space in neighbourhoods that need it most. The report release coincides with that of the City of Toronto’s Toronto Youth Equity Framework, which also notes that the provision of space is central to meeting the needs of Toronto’s youth.
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE STANDARDIZED
By Owen Davis, Waging Nonviolence
The ground under education reform is beginning to shift. Families, chafing under years of state and mayoral control, are demanding a return to democratic processes. There’s the feeling of something lurching under the public education system, and with it our understanding of how resistance should look in the years to come. As high school students take to the streets, unions must do the same or fade into irrelevance.
VIDEO: DEMOCRACY AGAINST CAPITALISM
Toronto — 24 June 2013.
A presentation by Brian Roper, author of The History of Democracy – A Marxist Interpretation.
Brian Roper is a long-time activist on the socialist left in New Zealand and an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Otago. He is the author of Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand since 1935 (Cengage, 2005) and The History of Democracy — A Marxist Interpretation (Pluto Press, 2012). He maintains a blog at http://briansroper.blogspot.ca
Moderated by David McNally.
Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls181.php
HOW ONE CITY’S GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS DID THE ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ AND PUSHED BACK THE POLITICIANS’ AUSTERITY AGENDA
By Mark Vorpahl, Alternet
On June 20, Oregon’s Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory.
Weeks earlier, in a vote to approve the framework of this budget on May 29, the City Council’s long-maintained show of consensus was broken when Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted “No.” (More on her vote later). However, by the final budget vote last Thursday she had been compelled to change her mind.
So what worked in Portland to move things towards a better outcome? For starters, Mayor Hales and the City Council’s pursuit of austerity was met with a public outpouring of opposition at public budget hearings. The resistance culminated on April 11 when over 400 protesting participants surprised the City Council and overwhelmed their staff.
LABOUR BEAT REPORTER, RABBLE.CA
In partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers union, rabble.ca is pleased to announce our second annual Labour Beat Co-op Placement. The placement will provide the successful candidate with unique opportunities to develop a grounding for reporting on national labour issues. The internship will involve access to meetings, conferences, media briefings and interviews with leaders in the labour movement, and may include shadowing rabble’s Parliament Hill reporter to committees and scrums.
Applications for the Labour Beat reporter are due July 23rd and the position is for 12 hours a week for 26 weeks. This is a paid internship, sponsored by the Canadian Auto Workers.
For more info and to apply: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabble-staff/2013/07/announcing-co-op-placement-opportunity-labour-beat-reporter
FRENCH-LANGUAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANIMATOR(S), FOODSHARE
FoodShare Toronto is seeking one full-time, or two part-time, French Language Community Development Animator(s) to implement the community development work plan of the Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition, made up of Toronto Public Health, the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and Conseil scolair Viamonde, Toronto Foundation for Student Success, the Angel Foundation for Learning, FoodShare Toronto, and St. Felix Centre. The Community Development Animators are promoters of healthy eating in the school and community environments, with a strong understanding of student and youth nutrition programs. They establish new and support existing sustainable student nutrition programs through community development and engagement.
For more info and to apply: http://www.foodshare.net/careers#animator
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
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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