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Daily Archives: September 14th, 2013

Negative CapitalismCENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 9th SEPTEMBER 2013

EVENTS

MEETING FACILITATION SKILLS FOR CHANGE MAKERS
Saturday, September 28, 2013
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7756789767

Learn and practice key tools, techniques and approaches that will help you understand the facilitation process, effectively facilitate meetings and make great decisions.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice their facilitation skills and receive critical feedback.

Trainer: Jessica Bell, M.Ed. is a facilitator and trainer. More info at: http://www.jessicabell.org

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55th ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE (AERC) – CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS

The 2014 AERC Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the 55th Adult Education Research Conference scheduled for June 5-7, 2014 in Harrisburg, PA. Preconferences are scheduled for June 4th. The full call for proposals is available online at: http://adulterc.org. We are pleased to announce that Penn State Harrisburg will host AERC next spring.

We are accepting proposals for three types of presentations:
1. Papers
2. Research Roundtables
3. Symposia

All proposals must be RECEIVED by email on or before September 23, 2013.
Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email.

Please feel free to distribute this call widely. We look forward to seeing each of you in Harrisburg!

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FORUM FOR ABORIGINAL ACADEMIC STAFF – ROLE OF ABORIGINAL ACADEMICS IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGE

November 1-3, 2013
Courtyard Marriott
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) is sponsoring its 4th Forum for Aboriginal Academic Staff which will be held November 1-3, 2013 at the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown. Organized with the guidance of CAUT’s Working Group on Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education. This will be an opportunity for Aboriginal academic staff from across Canada to get together to share information, discuss issues of common interest and provide advice to CAUT and our member associations.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Forum, please contact Rosa Barker at barker@caut.ca or visit http://events.caut.ca/aboriginal-2013/

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CAFÉ DISSENSUS ISSUE 8 (JULY-AUGUST 2014): INLAND LABOUR MIGRATION IN INDIA – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Guest-Editor: Soma Chatterjee, Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto

Café Dissensus, an online magazine dedicated to discussing and analysing social and political issues in India, is planning an issue focusing on precarious labour migration within India. Please consider contributing if your work is relevant to this and share the following call for contributions with your respective networks. Please note contributions can take the form of articles and also interviews with workers, worker/activists, policy makers etc.

For more info: http://cafedissensus.com/forthcoming-issuecall-for-contributions/

As well, if you have engaged in issues of precarious labour migration within India and would like to be interviewed please contact Soma Chatterjee at rupsa29@gmail.com

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HELP US FIGHT FOR $14! JOIN THE SEPTEMBER 14TH DAY OF ACTION

September 14th is coming soon — the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage’s second province-wide day of action for a $14 minimum wage!  This month we’ll be carrying out creative actions outside corporate targets who are board members of powerful lobby groups fighting to keep wages low.  You may be surprised to hear who’s on the list!  Stay tuned as we announce the full list next week!

Actions are being organized in Halton, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peterborough, Sudbury, York Region, Cornwall, London, Toronto and more.

For more info: http://raisetheminimumwage.ca/updates/join-the-september-14th-day-of-action/

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Ontario Campaign 2000, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and the Workers’ Action Centre.

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UALE SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH GRANTS

The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) is pleased to continue awarding grants to fund research related to workers, unions, and employment policy. Preference will be given to UALE members in determining award recipients. UALE has allocated $5,000 for this purpose. We will select a maximum of two award recipients.

Applications for the 2013 awards are due by November 15, 2013. The recipients will be announced by December 15, 2013.

For more information, including how to apply, see our website at: http://www.uale.org

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NEWS & VIEWS

UNIFOR’S FOUNDING CONVENTION: THE PREDICTABLE AND THE UNEXPECTED

By Lindsay Hinshelwood

Over the Labour Day weekend two of Canada’s largest industrial unions, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP), merged to become the country’s largest private sector union, Unifor.

At this founding convention, facilitated by retiring CAW President Ken Lewenza, the new union leadership moved forward by engaging in exactly the same kind of rhetoric it engaged in the day before when the CAW held its final convention: the usual “we fought for this, we fought for that.” So if
we ask the question “what kind of union is Unifor likely to be?” I’m going to say it will be just a larger, more tightly controlled Old Boys’ club.

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2013/09/canada-unifors-founding-convention.html

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UNION WORKERS RATIFY NEW AGREEMENT AT TORONTO PLAZA HOTEL ENDING 13-WEEK STRIKE

Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9466 have ratified a new two-year agreement at the Toronto Plaza Hotel thus ending a bitter 13-week strike.

The new agreement was approved by a margin of 80% and removes all the draconian concessions demanded by hotel management and even provides a wage increase. Also removed from the final settlement was management’s insistence on new language that would have gutted basic protections and rights of union workers.

“Our members stood strong and their spirits were uplifted by the support they received from the labour movement, Toronto area steelworkers and the public throughout the GTA and across Canada,” said Mohamed Baksh USW Staff Representative.

Read more: http://www.usw.ca/media/news/releases?id=0900

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL CHANGE: LESSONS FROM THE OIL TRAIN DISASTER AT LAC MÉGANTIC, QUEBEC

By Roger Annis, The Bullet

As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town center’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused the disaster and have been keeping a low profile are beginning to assert themselves anew.

Irving Oil, the company that brought the ill-fated oil train through the town in the crazed oil-by-train scheme it launched in 2012, says it’s concerned to get the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MM&A) fully operational again. The line is severed at the explosion site in center of the town. The railway was threatened with closure by federal transportation authorities several weeks ago for lack of insurance and then okayed to continue provisionally. There still looms its eventual and inevitable insolvency.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/869.php

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QUEER STRUGGLES ARE CLASS STRUGGLES

By Shay Enxuga, Halifax Media Co-op

This article uses the single gender-neutral pronoun “they”.

“Queer struggles are class struggles,” says Charlie Huntley, a 25 year old coffee shop worker, “and should never be addressed as if they are isolated issues.”

On the heels of a successful union drive at Just Us on Spring Garden, and in the midst of an ongoing battle at Second Cup on Quinpool, the Baristas Rise Up (BRU) campaign was initiated as – “a worker-led union movement that is fighting to improve working conditions and industry standards in precarious and low-waged café jobs.”

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/2013/09/05/queer-struggles-are-class-struggles/

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WITH NOTHING TO LOSE AND A LIVING WAGE TO WIN, FAST-FOOD WALKOUTS SPREAD

By Peter Rugh, Waging Nonviolence

Fast-food workers walked off the job in about 50 U.S. cities, the latest show of force from a unionization campaign that began with a one-day strike involving 200 people in New York City last November. Since then, the union drive has taken root in several East Coast and Midwestern cities including Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Milwaukee. The actions on Thursday marked new territory for the campaign with picket-lines going up in West Coast and Southern cities — Los Angeles, Seattle, Tampa, Fla., Raleigh, N.C., and Houston among them.

Read more: http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/with-nothing-to-lose-and-a-living-wage-to-win-fast-food-walkouts-spread/

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JOB POSTINGS

TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy
College of Education
The University of Georgia

The Qualitative Research program at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce an open rank tenure-track position to be filled at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, commensurate with qualifications and scholarly record. Typically, within the open-rank classification, candidates with no prior work experience following the earning of a doctorate would be hired at the assistant professor rank; candidates with a minimum of 6 years of work experience after earning a doctorate would be considered for the associate professor rank; and candidates with a minimum of 10 years of work experience after earning a doctorate would be considered for the full professor rank. The area of qualitative methods specialization for the candidate’s research and teaching assignment is open. The ideal candidate will be well prepared in the broad range of theoretical frameworks for qualitative inquiry, have sound knowledge of the history and variety of qualitative research methodologies, as well as expertise in a methodological area that would complement the range of existing faculty areas of expertise.

For more information: https://apps.itos.uga.edu/ach/position/21844

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WORK FOR LABOR NOTES!

Labor Notes is accepting applications for two positions as we expand staff in our New York office. We are looking for people with experience in the labor movement and demonstrated capacities as organizational leaders. Start date is in October. A commitment to rank-and-file unionism is a must.

– Organizer

Initial duties will focus on organizing Labor Notes’ biennial Conference April 4-6, 2014. Possible assignments include recruiting individuals and groups to attend, coordinating workshop speakers, dealing with venue and vendors, organizing volunteers, soliciting program book ads, giving scholarships, coordinating interpretation, entertainment and culture, childcare, fundraising before and during, and AV needs onsite.

See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs#sthash.Rhmt7Bps.dpuf

– Assistant Director

Work with Director Mark Brenner to oversee strategic planning, budgeting, project management, staff coordination, and general administration. Lead fundraising, including development of new foundation grants and major donors. Plan and execute promotional campaigns for Labor Notes publications and events, and maintain connections between staff and Labor Notes off-staff leaders. Coordinate with website and database vendors. Coordinate and sometimes facilitate stand-alone trainings and workshops for local unions and caucuses. Build and maintain connections with rank-and-file activists
across the country and key Labor Notes supporters. Travel for organizing and Labor Notes events.

See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs#sthash.Rhmt7Bps.dpuf

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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

 

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

HOW TO THINK ABOUT SYRIA? ANTI-IMPERIALISM, ASSAD REGIME BARBARISM, AND THE SEARCH FOR AN ALTERNATIVE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at rear door to get into room

Culver City (LA area)

 

Introducing the discussion:

Mike Pugliese, longtime left observer

Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins: On Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Non-Western Societies

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

 

The situation in Syria cries out for a comprehensive, dialectical response, not just a knee-jerk anti-interventionism that fails to mention the nature of the Assad regime.  For this reason, the International Marxist-Humanist Organization’s August 30 statement has a long title:

Against U.S Attack on Syria! Against the Assad Regime and Other Reactionary Forces!  For the Grassroots Syrian Revolution!

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/articles/u-s-attack-syria-assad-regime-reactionary-forces-grassroots-syrian-revolution-international-marxist-humanist-organization

 

These are the kinds of questions that we will address, followed by a free and open discussion:

Can the left fight imperialism at the same time as opposing the Assad regime?

Can it support the Syrian uprising while also opposing fundamentalism?

What effect would a U.S. bombing of Syria have on Iran, including on the reform currents inside that country? 

 

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Books

Books

THE LEFT HEMISPHERE: MAPPING CRITICAL THEORY

By Razmig Keucheyan

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Published July 2013

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A panoramic account of the world’s leading writers and thinkers

As the crisis of capitalism unfolds, the need for alternatives is felt ever more intensely. The struggle between radical movements and the forces of reaction will be merciless. A crucial battlefield, where the outcome of the crisis will in part be decided, is that of theory.

Over the last twenty-five years, radical intellectuals across the world have produced important and innovative ideas. The endeavour to transform the world without falling into the catastrophic traps of the past has been a common element uniting these new approaches.

This book—aimed at both the general reader and the specialist—offers the first global cartography of the expanding intellectual field of critical contemporary thought. More than thirty authors and intellectual currents of every continent are presented in a clear and succinct manner. A history of critical thought in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is also provided, helping situate current thinkers in a broader historical and sociological perspective.

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“Explains the key ideas, and the contradictions within them, of authors who are often cited but rarely read.” – Le Monde diplomatique

“A precious tool permitting us to escape the whingeing about the mediocrity of thinkers today and to help us anticipate the tremors yet to come.” – Le Nouvel observateur

“Written with intelligence and clarity.”– Libération

“In this courageous and audacious work, the sociologist Razmig Keucheyan offers a robust . . . panorama of contemporary critical theories.” – Nonfiction.fr

“An impressive tour de force, providing us with a summary of contemporary critical theories that is both rigorous and clear.”

– Philosophie magazine

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Hardback / ISBN: 9781781681022 / $29.95 / £20.00 / $34.95CAN / 382 pages

 

For more information on LEFT HEMISPHERE: MAPPING CRITICAL THEORY or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1156-against-world-literature

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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