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We Are the Crisis

SPRINGTIME: THE NEW STUDENT REBELLIONS

Edited by Clare Solomon and Tania Palmieri
OUT NOW in the UK; Published September 2011, USA

Book launch and party on: Thursday 7 April, 2011, 6.30pm – 11pm
At The Venue & Gallery bar @ ULU, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
Free entry / All ages / All proceeds to PalestineConnect http://www.palestineconnect.org
Come early for drinks reception
Books available for purchase at discounted price of £7

With talks and readings from:

Clare Solomon, (President of ULU)

Jody McIntyre, (Equality Movement)

Dr Nina Power, (Roehampton)

Jo Casserly, (UCL)

Ashok Kumar, (LSE SU)

Kanja Sesay, (NUS Black Students Officer)

James Meadway, (SOAS)

& more tbc

And open mic, poetry, live graffiti wall, music and projections by: Noel Douglas, (Globalise Resistance), Tyler Perkin, (Havering Sixth  Form College), DJ Steaz, Logic MC, (The Peoples Army & We are Dubist), Zain (Words Apart poetry group)

The autumn and winter of 2010 saw an unprecedented wave of student protests across the UK in response to the coalition government’s savage cuts in state funding for higher education, cuts which formed the basis for an ideological attack on the nature of education itself. Middle-class students, teenagers from diverse backgrounds and older activists took part in marches, teach-ins and occupations, and also creative new forms: flashmobs, YouTube dance-offs, and the literal literary resistance of colourful book blocs.

The protests spread with wildfire speed, mainly organised through the unprecedented use of social media such as facebook and twitter. Web-savvy, media-literate students developed Sukey, the anti-kettling phone app, publicise their demands through online and traditional media outlets and continue to build ever-denser international networks of solidarity.

The winter of discontent now gives rise to the new spirit of rebellion this spring with a broader, stronger resistance to austerity measures. We have already seen the astonishing events in the Arab world, trade union rallies in Wisconsin on a scale not seen in America since the Vietnam protests, direct-action by tax-justice campaigners UK Uncut – and 26 March will see ‘March for the Alternative’ the largest national anti-cuts demonstration yet. SPRINGTIME is both an inspiring chronicle of and companion to this movement: “the formulation of an experience” of a generation.

Rather than considering them a series of isolated incidents, this new book locates the student protests in the movement spreading across the entire western world: ever since the financial crash of 2008 there has been growing social and political turbulence in the heartlands of capital and beyond. From Athens to Rome, San Francisco to London – and the stunning events in Tunisia and Egypt that captured the world’s imagination – students are playing a key role in developing a strong, coherent social and political movement.

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CLARE SOLOMON is President of the University of London Union and has been centrally involved in the student protests.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 740 5/ $14.95 / £9.99 / Paperback / 296 pages
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Gaza

BDS: BOYCOTT, DISINVESTMENT, SANCTIONS

Omar Barghouti, founding member of Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, to Release New Book

BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights 

by Omar Barghouti (available for interview)

Book Release at the London Review Bookshop Monday, March 7th at 7:00 pm, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL.

“This is a book about the political actions necessary to hinder and finally to stop the Israeli state machine which is operating every day to eliminate the Palestinian people. It is like an engineer’s report, not a sermon. Read it, decide and then act.” —John Berger

“Barghouti’s lucid and morally compelling book is perfectly timed to make a major contribution to this urgently needed global campaign for justice, freedom and peace.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

“Essential reading for all who care about justice and the plight of an oppressed people.” —Ken Loach

INTERNATIONAL BOYCOTT divestment, and sanctions (BDS) efforts helped topple South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime. In this urgent book, Omar Barghouti makes the case for a rights-based BDS campaign to stop Israel’s rapacious occupation, colonization, and apartheid against the Palestinian people. This considered, convincing collection contributes to the growing debate on Israel’s violations of international law and points the way forward to a united global civil society movement for freedom, justice, self determination, and equality for all.

OMAR BARGHOUTI is an independent Palestinian commentator and human rights activist. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University.

Barghouti is AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW in London March 4-7, and by phone or email prior. To request, contact Sarah Macaraeg, sarah@haymarketbooks.org

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Praise for Omar Barghouti and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights:

“I warmly welcome the publication of Omar Barghouti’s book. It is timely and responsibly written by a man who will understand that creative and relentless nonviolence is the only way out of the dire situation in which Palestine, and our entire world for that matter, finds itself.” —Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, M.M., Former president of the UN General Assembly

“No one has done more to build the intellectual, legal and moral case for BDS than Omar Barghouti. The global Palestinian solidarity movement has been transformed and is on the cusp of major new breakthroughs.” —Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo

“I have been to Palestine where I’ve witnessed the racially segregated housing and the humiliation of Palestinians at military roadblocks. I can’t help but remember the conditions we experienced in South Africa under apartheid. We could not have achieved our freedom without the help of people around the world using the nonviolent means of boycotts and divestment to compel governments and institutions to withdraw their support for the apartheid regime. Omar Barghouti’s lucid and morally compelling book is perfectly timed to make a major contribution to this urgently needed global campaign for justice, freedom and peace.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

“Once again Omar Barghouti delivers a conceptually lucid argument for the BDS movement that is difficult to refute. He offers a principled position accompanied by nuanced and thorough analyses, and though one may not agree with all of his claims, one is fully persuaded by the passionate clarity of his appeal. Barghouti reminds us what public responsibility entails, and we are lucky to have his relentless and intelligent analysis and argument. There is no more comprehensive and persuasive case than his for boycott, divestment, and sanctions to end the Israeli occupation and establish the ethical claim of Palestinian rights.” —Judith Butler, Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California at Berkeley

“The ABC for internationalist support for Palestine is BDS. And the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israeli cruelty and injustice is gaining in significance and scope. Like the anti-apartheid movement against racist South Africa, BDS is helping to make a tremendous difference in what has been a most difficult struggle for human rights and the right of a colonized and dispossessed people to national self-determination. This inspiring book is a weapon in a noble struggle in which all right thinking people can play a part.” —Ronne Kasrils, former South African government minister

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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

By Omar Barghouti

Releasing Apr. 1, 2011 from Haymarket Books

Distributed in the UK by Turnaround Publisher Services

ISBN 9781608461141

320 pages

www.haymarketbooks.org

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THE RETURN OF THE PUBLIC – DAN HIND BOOK LAUNCH

NEW BOOK AND LAUNCH EVENT: THE RETURN OF THE PUBLIC

By Dan Hind

Published October 11th, 2010

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“A book marked by a sombre and scathing rhetoric that recalls the Frankfurt School critique of thinkers such as Adorno and Marcuse… Pointed, eloquent and forceful.”  Boyd Tonkin, INDEPENDENT

“If there is a future to look forward to, it will come from the invigorated public domain pictured by Dan Hind … This is a handbook for a very modern liberation struggle. Buy it and help set yourself free.“ — Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation and author of Tescopoly

“A brilliant, provocative and sweeping assessment of our current predicament … this is a book that deserves widespread attention and debate.” — Robert W. McChesney, Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and author of Communication Revolution

“Dan Hind provides us with the strategies we will need to reinvigorate the public debate and, in so doing, re-empower the people. Go to Mapquest and ask for directions to the next and better society; the response will be Dan Hind’s The Return of the Public.” — John Nichols, political correspondent of the Nation and author of The Genius of Impeachment

“As the official culture of politics limps from scandal to corruption, Hind turns to the only thing that can save democracy: the people. Dan Hind has produced one of those rare books that transcend the world of “discourse” and become essential levers of historical change.“ — David Miller, co-author of A Century of Spin and professor of sociology at the University of Strathclyde

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AUTHOR EVENTS

Monday 25 October, 7pm at Kings Place, London:

The Return of the Public: Journalism and Democracy in the 21st Century:

Dan Hind in conversation with Professor Natalie Fenton, chaired by Tony Curzon Price, editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy

For decades, the public has been told to leave democracy to the experts. But is it not apparent that our politicians have ever-decreasing legitimacy? Even as they amass ever more riches our financiers are now morally and intellectually bankrupt. In their different ways politicians and those who control the private economy system claim to be acting in the public interest.

Yet we, the public, have little say in decision-making and almost no power to change the terms of a series of increasingly absurd debates about economic and foreign policy. How have we been excluded from so many discussions about the public interest?

Dan Hind is in conversation with Professor Natalie Fenton about public commissioning: a controversial way forwards for a new participatory politics and a regenerated public sphere, one based on the wholesale reform of the media.

For more information and to book: http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/spoken-word/words-on-monday/the-return-of-the-public-journalism-and-democracy-dan-hind-in-conversati

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Eloquent exploration of the public’s exclusion from political participation

Our politicians have ever-decreasing legitimacy. Even as they amass ever more riches our financiers are now morally and intellectually bankrupt. In their different ways politicians and those who control the private economy system claim to be acting in the public interest. Yet we, the public, have little say in decision-making and almost no power to change the terms of a series of increasingly absurd debates about economic and foreign policy. How have we been excluded from so many discussions about the public interest?

Dan Hind traces how, historically, political and intellectual elites constructed deeply ambiguous ideas of the public, designed to serve their own ends and preserve the status quo. After the Second World War, as women, ethnic minorities, the young, and the working majority became more assertive and self-confident, the propertied and their allies in the state made fresh attempts to deny most of us a public identity. The financial crisis, and the ability of those who caused it to preside over policy-making in its aftermath, have made it impossible to ignore what has long been obvious: the institutions on which most of us rely for our knowledge of the wider world have become radically and demonstrably unaccountable and unsafe.

For decades, the public has been told to leave democracy to the experts. Now, Hind outlines a way forwards for a new participatory politics, one based on the wholesale reform of the media. After the failure of the private, now is the time for the return of the public. 

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DAN HIND was a publisher for ten years. In 2009 he left the industry to develop a program of media reform centred around public commissioning. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New Scientist, Lobster and the Times Literary Supplement. His first book, The Threat to Reason, was published by Verso in 2007.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 594 4 / £14.99 / $24.95

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Higher Education

HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE MARKET

Higher Education Policy Network

Book launch and seminar: ‘Higher Education and the Market’

Monday 8th November 2010, 4.00-6.30 pm

Room GCG-08, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

Market forces are increasingly central to the higher education sector and this event marks the launch of a very timely new book: ‘‘Higher Education and the Market’ edited by Professor Roger Brown. The book examines the role and impact of the market in HE in a number of countries across Europe as well as in the USA and Japan, and this event offers an opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the context of major challenges to the future of the higher education sector.

The event will take the form of a presentation by the editor and key author:

Professor Roger Brown, Co-Director for the Centre of Higher Education Research Development (CHERD) at Liverpool Hope University. 

Followed by responses from:

David Palfreyman, Fellow and Bursar New College Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies

Dr Kelly Coate, Lecturer in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, National University of Ireland, Galway and a member of the SRHE Governing Council

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion and a wine reception.

For further details about the Higher Education Policy Network, please contact the network convenor, Professor Carole Leathwood, Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University, c.leathwood@londonmet.ac.uk.

Higher Education Policy Network – 8th November

Network Events are free to SRHE members as part of their membership package.

Delegate fees for non members: £25 (students £20)                                                                                                                   

To register for this event please contact nmanches@srhe.ac.uk

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Gaza

NEW YORK CITY

BOOK LAUNCH: MIDNIGHT ON THE MAVI MARMARA

Book Reading & Discussion on the Impact of Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Please join us for the launch of the Haymarket Books edition of

Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict
Moustafa Bayoumi, Editor

Panel Discussion with editor Moustafa Bayoumi and contributors Max Blumenthal, Arun Gupta, Adam Horowitz, Rashid Khalidi, Alia Malek and Phil Weiss on the Impact of Gaza Freedom Flotilla Attack

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
7:00 pm
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street
New York

http://www.alwanforthearts.org/event/587

Free and Open to the Public

This event is sponsored by OR Books (http://www.orbooks.com/) and Haymarket Books and is a launch of the Haymarket Books (http://www.haymarketbooks.org/) edition.

To watch the book trailer, visit: http://vimeo.com/13830173

To buy the book in advance, visit: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

At 4:30 am on Monday, May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos, boarding from sea and air, attacked the six boats of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it sailed through international waters attempting to bring humanitarian relief to the beleaguered Palestinians of Gaza. Within minutes, nine peace activists were dead, shot by the Israelis. Scores of others were injured.

Within hours, outrage at Israel’s action echoed around the world. Spontaneous demonstrations occurred in Europe, the United States, Turkey, and Gaza itself to denounce the attack. Turkey’s prime minister described it as a “bloody massacre” and “state terrorism.”

In these pages, a range of activists, journalists, and analysts piece together the events that occurred that May night. Mixing together first-hand testimony and documentary record with hard-headed analysis and historical overview, Midnight on the Mavi Marmara reveals why the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla may just turn out to be Israel’s Selma, Alabama moment: the beginning of the end for apartheid in Palestine.

CONTRIBUTORS: Ali Abunimah, Eyad Al Sarraj, Lamis Andoni, Omar Barghouti, George Bisharat, Max Blumenthal, Noam Chomsky, Marsha B. Cohen, Juan Cole, Murat Dagli, Jamal Elshayyal, Sümeyye Ertekin, Norman Finkelstein, Neve Gordon, Glenn Greenwald, Arun Gupta, Amira Hass, Nadia Hijab, Adam Horowitz, Rashid Khalidi, Stephen Kinzer, Iara Lee, Henning Mankell, Paul Larudee, Gideon Levy, Alia Malek, Lubna Masarwa, Mike Marqusee, Yousef Munayyer, Ken O’Keefe, Daniel Luban, Kevin Ovenden, Ilan Pappé, Doron Rosenblum, Sara Roy, Ben Saul, Adam Shapiro, Raja Shehadeh, Henry Siegman, Ahdaf Soueif, Raji Sourani, Richard Tillinghast, Alice Walker, Stephen M. Walt, Philip Weiss, and Haneen Zoabi.

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 30th AUGUST 2010

 EVENTS

SCREENING – HOWARD ZINN: YOU CAN’T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN (WITH NAOMI KLEIN)

Wednesday, September 8th
7 pm (Box office opens at 6:30)
The Bloor Cinema
506 Bloor Street West @ Bathurst
Toronto, ON

In co-operation with Continuing Education Students Association at Ryerson, the War Resisters Support Campaign is pleased to present:

Naomi Klein introducing

Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train
A documentary screening with film makers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller and Iraq war resister Jeremy Hinzman, introduced by Naomi Klein

Admission: $10.00

For information or advance tickets, please contact us at resisters@sympatico.ca

War Resisters Support Campaign
http://www.letthemstay.ca/ or http://www.resisters.ca/

Media sponsor: rabble.ca

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BOOK LAUNCH: OUR FRIENDLY LOCAL TERRORIST

Sep 7, 2010
5:00-7:00pm
University of Toronto
Regis College
100 Wellesley St. West
Toronto, ON

Between the Lines welcomes one and all to the launch of Our Friendly Local Terrorist by Mary Jo Leddy.

About the book:

“A chilling story that shakes your faith in our vaunted Canadian immigration system. Secret hearings, spying, betrayal, no accountability are features we associate with desperate dictatorships elsewhere, not our own government here in Canada. It is no wonder Canada’s stature in the human rights world has sunk to its lowest level ever. This is a national disgrace.” – Helga Stephenson, human rights activist

Contact name: Between the Lines info@btlbooks.com

(Also Sep. 8, 5:00-7:00 pm, Romero House, 1558 Bloor St. West, Toronto)

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WOMEN MATTER: MAYORAL CANDIDATES MEETING

Equal Voice, Toronto Women’s City Alliance and YWCA Toronto will host a mayoral
Debate on the issues that matter to Toronto women.

Friday, September 10, 2010
6pm to 8:30pm
YWCA Toronto
80 Woodlawn Ave. East, Toronto
(North of Summerhill Subway)

Mayoral Candidates:

* Rob Ford
* Joe Pantalone
* Rocco Rossi
* George Smitherman
* Sarah Thomson

Moderator to be confirmed

Child-minding is available. Please call 647-235-8575 to register for child-minding.

Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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DR. CHUN RESOURCE LIBRARY PRESENTS…LEE MARACLE AND HER BOOK RAVENSONG!

Thursday, September 2, 2010
6:00 PM
The Dr. Chun Resource Library
The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T
563 Spadina Ave., Room 100 (North Borden Building)
Wheelchair accessible through Bancroft Ave.

Hosted by OPIRG & The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT

FREE event! Yummy refreshments will be provided!

Ravensong is a passionate novel about a young woman’s search for answers to difficult questions by one of our foremost First Nations writers. Stacey must balance her family’s traditional ways against white society’s intrusive values. It is set in the 1950’s Pacific Northwest.

Lee Maracle is of Salish and Cree ancestry and a member of the Stó:lō Nation. Besides being a professor at the University of Toronto, she has also been the Stanley Knowles Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at the University of Waterloo. Maracle has been the Traditional Cultural Director of The Centre for Indigenous Theatre and has worked as an instructor of dramatic composition and theatrical representation. Maracle’s works reflect her antipathy toward racism, sexism, and white cultural domination.

The Dr. Chun Resource Library is a joint project of the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T, and OPIRG-Toronto.

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MAYORAL CANDIDATES’ DEBATE: “INCLUSION: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION FOR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES IN TORONTO”

October 6, 2010
6:00-8:00 pm
Yorkwoods Library Theatre
1785 Finch Avenue West, Toronto

Sponsored by the Latin American Community Roundtable, a coalition of 16 organizations working with the Latin American community in Toronto.

To find out more about the October Mayoral Debate, please contact Adriana Salazar of the Mennonite New Life Centre at (416) 699-4527 ext. 229 or asalazar@mnlct.org.

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G8/20 LEGAL DEFENCE POTLUCK FUNDRAISER

Sunday September 5, 2010
2:00 pm
36 Sunnylea Drive
St. Catharines, ON

Guest speakers:

* Judy Rebick – Rabble.ca
* Bryan Palmer – Labour Historian

Music by George Hewison

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Further info: (905) 934-6233 or (905) 984-1763 email: ballen@cogeco.ca

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BOOK LAUNCH: POWER IN COALITION

Tuesday 7 September
7:00 pm
Paupers Pub, second floor lounge
corner of Bloor and Lippincott Sts. (near Bathurst)
Toronto

Sponsored by Ontario Health Coalition

Coalitions can be important tools for social change and union revitalization. What makes them successful? What causes them to fail? Union and community organizer Amanda Tattersall examines successful coalitions between unions and community organizations in three countries: the public education coalition in Sydney, Toronto’s Ontario Health Coalition fighting to save universal health care, and Chicago’s living wage campaign run by the Grassroots Collaborative. She explores when and how coalitions can be a powerful strategy for social change, organizational development and union renewal.

For more about the book or to buy the book visit www.powerincoalition.com

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN VAUGHAN: THE SEARS LOCKOUT AND USW

by Jordy Cummings, The Bullet

In the last week of July 2010, workers of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9537, who have been locked out of their workplace and on the picket-lines for nearly five months, found a big pile of shit sitting right smack-dab by their picket-line outside of a warehouse in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. One could not ask for a better symbol of retail-capital’s attitude toward their workers.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/409.php

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VIRTUAL POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION: PRIVATIZATION AND PROFIT

Growing evidence from the U.S. indicates the for-profit virtual university is no solution and Canadian universities, faculty and potential students should be more aware of the potential pitfalls of privatized post-secondary education.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/post-secondary/virtual-post-secondary-education

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25 YEARS ON, STILL P-9 PROUD

by Peter Rachleff, Labor Notes

On the heels of a commemoration marking the 25th anniversary of the landmark strike at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, historian and strike supporter Peter Rachleff reflects on the battle waged by Food and Commercial Workers Local P-9 and its legion of backers across the country.)

>From the late summer of 1985 into the early spring of 1986, the small town of Austin, Minnesota, figured prominently in the national news. The dramatic themes and issues, twists and turns, of a labor conflict there captured the national imagination. This interest was not merely passive, as more than 30 support committees formed across the U.S. and aid for the strikers came from nineteen countries. This strike touched a raw, deep nerve.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2010/08/25-years-still-p-9-proud

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A PLACE FOR EQUITY POLICIES

by Ratna Omidvar, Toronto Star

Employment equity isn’t about quotas. It’s about providing opportunities for competent individuals.

It angers Canadians to think that someone could get a job just because of the colour of his or her skin.

And it should.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/847352–a-place-for-equity-policies

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ONTARIO TEACHERS’ PENSION PLAN INVESTING IN PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT WATER SERVICES IN CHILE

In Canada and around the world there is clear evidence that the privatization of water services has meant:

* Rate hikes and cut-offs to low income households
* Violation or elimination of environmental regulation
* Reduction in quality of services
* Lay-offs and poor labour standards

Public private partnerships (P3s) are often used to privatize water services. Water is a human right and a public resource. Privatization restricts access to water – a vital life resource – to those who can afford to pay for it.

This is why the Council of Canadians has launched a campaign calling on the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) to stop investing in private, for-profit water services in Chile.

Read more: http://www.canadians.org/water/issues/OTPP/index.html

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WHY WE VOTE AGAINST OUR INTERESTS

by Alex Himelfarb, The Mark

Quite a bit of work has been undertaken recently on why people often vote against their own interests… this now growing body of thought seeks to explain why those who should most want change often vote for ideological parties that defend the status quo or more accurately, in English speaking democracies, parties that trust to the markets and tradition, even if neither has been very kind to many of us.

Read more: http://www.themarknews.com/articles/2153-why-we-vote-against-our-interests

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

EVERYDAY SCHOLARS: FRAMING INFORMAL LEARNING IN TERMS OF ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND SKILLS
Kaela Jubas
Adult Education Quarterly published 24 August 2010, 10.1177/0741713610380444
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610380444v1

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THE LONG MARCH TOWARD NEOLIBERALISM: RACE AND HOUSING IN THE POSTWAR METROPOLIS
Andrew J. Diamond
Journal of Urban History published 25 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374465
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/rapidpdf/0096144210374465v1

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ACTIVISM AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP IN UNION ORGANIZING: WHO ARE THE ACTIVISTS?
Gregor Gall Fiorito & Arthur D. Martinez
Journal of Labor Research, Volume 31 Number 3, 10.1007/s12122-010-9092-3
http://www.springerlink.com/content/0504030878778631/

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INEQUALITY AND GROWTH IN ADVANCED ECONOMIES: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION
Amparo Castelló-Climen
Journal of Economic Inequality, Volume 8, Number 3, 10.1007/s10888-010-9133-4
http://www.springerlink.com/content/l3r7h45070642712/

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JOB POSTINGS

PART-TIME ADMINISTRATOR: THE DOMINION NEWSPAPER COOPERATIVE/MEDIA CO-OP, MONTREAL

The Dominion Newspaper Cooperative/Media Co-op is hiring a part-time administrator to communicate with the Co-op’s membership.  The individual will work closely with the Media Co-op team in Montreal and be responsible for communicating with members about subscriptions, distribution, donations and sustaining.

The position may expand to include bookkeeping and payroll in the near future, so experience in managing finances and working in Simply Accounting are an added bonus.

The individual will also have the opportunity to learn more about other aspects of the Dominion’s day-to-day operations by working with the editorial collective in the Dominion’s Montreal office.

The position is for 8 hours per week at a rate of $9.50 per hour with a start date in mid-September. If bookkeeping is introduced into the job description, hours will increase to 12 per week.

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@mediacoop.ca with the subject line DOMINION ADMIN JOB no later than September 7, 2010.

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INTERNSHIPS: ONTARIO CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
   
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is seeking applicants for two 26-week internships as part of the Ontario Co-operative Association’s Co-operative Internship (CIEP) program. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or legally entitled to work in Canada, 30 years of age or younger, have a post-secondary diploma or degree and not be currently enrolled in studies related to a diploma/degree program. Deadline for applications is September 7, 2010.

The internship positions are:

* Communications and Web Specialist
* Government Affairs Research Associate 

You can find links to these job postings at: http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/about_cca/EmploymentOpportunities

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR: COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

The Program Director, Community Education Programs, will be responsible for the design and implementation of externally-funded, collaborative, community-based programs and projects. The focus of the work will be on creating access to education for non-traditional students, in particular those from groups underrepresented in the University. The Program Director will work with University faculty and staff, community associates, and colleagues in Continuing Studies to design, deliver, evaluate and identify funding for programs and projects related to outreach education.

For further information about the position and details of the application process please visit:
http://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/hr_services/advisory_services/employment_at_sfu/current_job_postings/index.html

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PART-TIME COALITION CO-ORDINATOR: SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO(CONTRACT POSITION TO JUNE 30, 2011)

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit community organization committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels. We work to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

Social Planning Toronto is seeking an experienced and skilled part-time co-ordinator to support the organizing efforts and co-ordination of the Coalition for Change (approximately 50 hours a month for 10 months).

The Coalition for Change is a newly established coalition with a diverse grassroots membership of organizations focused on improving the rights and conditions facing temporary migrant workers.  One of the key principles of the coalition is to support the leadership and participation of migrant workers themselves in participating in activities and campaigns to improve working conditions and immigration status in Canada.

Deadline for Applications is September 3rd at 5:00pm, 2010.

For more information visit: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/news/social-planning-toronto-job-posting-for-part-time-coalition-co-ordinator/

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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David Harvey

‘A COMPANION TO MARX’S CAPITAL’ BY DAVID HARVEY

You are invited to a book party to celebrate the publication of: A Companion to Marx’s ‘Capital’ – by David Harvey

Tuesday March 2nd at 6.30pm

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, Sociology Lounge (room 6112), CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Free event, open to all

“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals. Read this book … “—Naomi Klein

RSVP clara@versobooks.com / 718-246-8160

David Harvey’s new book, A Companion to Marx’s Capital, has been published by Verso and is now available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.

“My aim is to get you to read a book by Karl Marx called Capital, Volume 1, and to read it on Marx’s own terms…”

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression has generated a surge of interest in Marx’s work in the effort to understand the origins of our current predicament. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s most foremost Marx scholars.

Based on his recent online lectures, this current volume aims to bring this depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text. A Companion to Marx’s Capital offers fresh, original and sometimes critical interpretations of a book that changed the course of history and, as Harvey intimates, may do so again.

“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals.  Read this book…” Naomi Klein

David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books, including Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism and Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development.

From: http://davidharvey.org/2010/02/new-book-a-companion-to-marxs-capital/

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Radical Politics

Radical Politics

WHAT IS RADICAL POLITICS TODAY?

 

What is Radical Politics Today?

Debate and book launch

1.30pm, 25th November 2009, Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5BJ

Hosted by:
Catherine Fieschi (Director of Counterpoint, The Think Tank of the British Council; http://www.counterpoint-online.org/)
Jonathan Pugh (Director, the Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network; http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org)
Dan Porter (Marketing Executive, Palgrave Macmillan).

Those who are interested in attending should contact: counterpoint@britishcouncil.org

The discussion on 25th November will include … Doreen Massey, Saskia Sassen and David Chandler.

NEW BOOK:

What is Radical Politics Today?

Published November 2009, by Palgrave Macmillan

Edited by Jonathan Pugh, Senior Academic Fellow, Newcastle University

A crisis makes you re-think your life. The recent economic crisis is no exception. All of us are now thinking how the world could be run differently. Despite this, a radical alternative has hardly emerged to mobilise the masses, which begs the question: What is radical politics today? In this book, leading academics, politicians, journalists and activists attempt to pinpoint an answer, debating the issues facing radical politics in the 21st Century. Rarely united in their opinions, they collectively interrogate the character and spirit of being radical in our times.

Including original contributions from Zygmunt Bauman, Frank Furedi, Paul Kingsnorth, James Heartfield, Terrell Carver, Clare Short, Edward W. Soja, David Chandler, Hilary Wainwright, Dora Apel, Michael J. Watts, Jason Toynbee, James Martin, Jeremy Gilbert and Jo Littler, Doreen Massey, Gregor McLennan, Tariq Modood, Nick Cohen, Amir Saeed and David Bates, Alastair Bonnett, Ken Worpole, Sheila Jasanoff, Nigel Thrift, Will Hutton, Saul Newman, Chantal Mouffe, David Featherstone, Alejandro Colas and Jason Edwards, David Boyle, and Saskia Sassen.

The project is ongoing, through the Radical Politics Today magazine and events (see http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org)

To purchase the book:
Order online at http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=375741
http://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Radical-Politics-Today-Jonathan/dp/023023626X
or visit your local bookseller.

Hardback 978-0-230-23625-7
Paperback 978-0-230-23626-4

Those who come to the book launch, or attend Spaces of Democracy and Democracy of Space events more generally, will get 25% off the paperback purchase price.

Keys themes of ‘What is Radical Politics Today?’

*A wide-ranging survey of the spirit and character of radical politics at this pivotal moment in history.
*Thirty influential commentators write original 3000 word essays.
*Offers thought provoking and often conflicting opinions.
*Accessibly written for the general public and student audiences.

Recommendations for ‘What is Radical Politics Today?’

‘This is a bold, brave and timely book. As we emerge, blinking into the light after three decades of neo-liberal darkness, Jonathan Pugh has put together a collection of essays that will provoke and provide clues to the question of what comes next; what indeed is radical politics today ?’ — Neal Lawson (Chair, Compass)

‘This collection is a model for the kinds of discussion we need to move forward.’ — Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire, Multitude and Commonwealth

‘ … we need this sort of sustained critical discussion of the kinds of alternative politics available to us.’ — James Tully (University of Victoria).

‘…a major contribution to the ongoing debate on the problems of our times.’ — Lord Bhikhu Parekh

‘ … what sort of Left can win hearts and minds in this moment of crisis? The answers to these important questions are the stuff of this excellent book.’ — Noel Castree (Manchester University).

‘With impeccable timing, this volume provides a stimulating range of perspectives on what radical politics can offer during this period of crisis and change. It deserves to be widely read and debated.’ — Ruth Lister (Loughborough University).

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