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Time for an Alternative

With Eamonn McCann, Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, US activist Tithi Bhattacharya, Goretti Horgan, Belfast City Cllr Gerry Carroll and others – speaker information below.

Saturday, March 21st


The Playhouse Theatre

5-7 Artillery Street, Derry

Grotesque inequality is growing but the super-rich have never been so wealthy. Oxfam reported that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the richest 1% has increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, while the least well-off 80 currently own just 5.5%. If current trends continue the rich will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016.

Resistance to grinding poverty, zero-contract jobs and the destruction of desperately needed social services is spreading. The people of Greece elected a left-wing party committed to reversing austerity. Millions are demanding the same across Europe. In Ireland, North and South, struggles challenging austerity and cuts are developing. Across the North, thousands of people went on strike, marched and rallied on March 13th to say no to the Stormont House Agreement. Across the South, a mass movement is defying the government’s plans to impose water charges.

An alternative based on the priorities of the vast majority is needed and possible — but we can also see billionaires and their institutions from Egypt to Greece to Ireland are determined to stop fundamental change.

Join us in Derry to discuss the challenges we face and how we can effectively organise solidarity and resistance. We’ll be taking up crucial questions for everyone interested in social justice such as challenging exploitation and oppression; neoliberalism and austerity; immigration and immigrant rights; gender violence and women’s liberation; working class struggles North and South of the border; sectarianism and the peace process; and, how we can win a world based on the needs of the vast majority of people instead of profits and war.


10AM Registration and Radical Book Fair Open

11AM Neoliberalism, Gender Violence and Women’s Liberation with US activist Tithi Bhattacharya & Goretti Horgan

1:15PM Workers of the World, Unite! When the Shankill and the Falls Fought Together with Sean Mitchell & Ruairi Gallagher

3:15PM Solidarity has no Borders: Capitalism, Racism and Immigrant Rights with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & Shaun Harkin

4:45PM   Dinner

Pizza Dinner Break-out: Questions for Socialists with Becca Bor & others

Pizza Dinner Break-out: After March 13th – where now for the trade union movement?​ with leading trade union activists in Belfast and Derry

5:45PM  Challenging Austerity and Sectarianism: Fighting for a Socialist Ireland with Eamonn McCann, Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Nicola Curry & Belfast City Cllr Gerry Carroll


Bernadette Devlin McAliskey​, Co-ordinator of the migrants rights South Tyrone Empowerment Program (STEP) and author of The Price of My Soul. Bernadette was a student Civil-Rights leader with People’s Democracy and was elected to Westminster Parliament in 1969 as an independent socialist.

Gerry Carroll, Long-time student and community activist, and, People Before Profit Alliance Councillor. Gerry was elected to the Belfast City Council in May 2014 in the West Belfast Sinn Féin dominated Black Mountain Ward. On being elected Gerry told the Belfast Telegraph “There is a lot of anger in west Belfast at the minute over the situation at Royal Victoria Hospital’s A&E, the privatisation of leisure centres and the Casement Park issues – those residents have been trampled on. This is where we are strong. I am not a nationalist or a unionist, I am a socialist. Belfast has a strong history of socialism and this is it coming back.”

Eamonn McCann, Veteran activist and Civil-Rights movement founder; columnist for the Belfast Telegraph, Irish Times and Socialist Worker; author of War and an Irish Town, Bloody Sunday in Derry: What Really Happened, War and Peace in Northern Ireland, and, Dear God: The Price of Religion in Ireland. Eamonn is a long-time activist with the National Union of Journalists and leading member of the Derry Trades Union Council.

Tithi Bhattacharya, professor of South Asian History at Purdue University, Indiana. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal and a long time activist for Palestinian justice. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada​, Jacobin Magazine​, Salon​ and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review (ISR)​.

Goretti Horgan, Social Policy lecturer at The University of Ulster and author of Abortion: Why Irish Women Must have the Right to Choose. She is Branch Secretary of University and Colleges Union at Ulster University and on the board of NI Anti Poverty Network. Goretti is a regular contributor to Socialist Worker and the Irish Marxist Review​.

Sean Mitchell, activist based in Belfast, regular contributor to the Irish Marxist Review, author of The Permanent Crisis of 21st Century Ulster Unionism and is currently working on book about the 1932 Belfast Outdoor Relief Strike. Sean is a UNISON member and shop steward at Coláiste Feirste in Belfast.

Nicola Curry, long-time activist and socialist in Dublin. Nicola is very active in the movement against water charges and is a local convenor of the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. She is the chairperson of the Ballyogan Environment Group which was set up by local residents because of concerns about a waste disposal centre located in her residential area. She stood as a candidate for People Before Profit Alliance in Dublin South.

Becca Bor, is an American socialist living in Derry. In Chicago, she was a member of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), including during the historic 2011 strike. Becca is the author of Race and Class in Obama’s U.S. in the Irish Marxist Review and Malcolm X – 50 years on at

Ruairí Gallagher is a socialist activist from Derry and is a first year PhD student at NUI Galway. He is involved with NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class (ICHLC) and is interested in class history and ‘history from below’. He is studying a comparative history of Labour militancy in Belfast & Glasgow, 1915-1924; particularly focusing on the shipyards and engineering industries in Clydeside and the Lagan. He has published an article in the Irish Marxist Review entitled ‘Irish Tories and Social Bandits of Seventeenth Century Ireland’ and has recently written book reviews for the latest addition of Saothar, journal of the Irish Labour History Society,(vol. 39, 2014)

Shaun Harkin, Derry native and long time socialist activist and writer in the United States. In Chicago, Shaun was an organiser for the March 10 Movement and the historic 2006 May 1st ‘Day Without Immigrants’ actions across the US demanding full legalisation, ending deportations and workers’ rights. His articles can be found at, the International Socialist Review, Jacobin magazine, El Beisman and He is currently working on a James Connolly Reader.


The Playhouse is Wheelchair accessible.

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Monday April 29
Harbourfront Community Centre
627 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

* What is happening at Toronto Island Airport?
* Why is there a strike at Porter FBO?
* How does all of this affect our Community?

Forum and open discussion with:
* Porter Workers
* Community Spokespeople
* Professor Steven Tufts, Geography Department, York University

Organized by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly, Public Sector Campaign



Saturday June 15
9:30 am
CAW Local 199 Hall
124 Bunting Rd.
St. Catharines, ON

– Prof. Bryan Palmer – Trent University
– Cheryl Athersych – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
– Tami Friedman – Brock University Labour Studies
– Sam Gindin – past CAW Research Director
– John Clarke – Ontario Coaliton Against Poverty
– Mike Kohloff – Lansing, Michigan Workers Centre
– Malclom Allen MP – Welland and Thorold, Ontario

Music, Display Tables and Food
Admission Free
For more information contact Bruce Allen: or (905) 934-6233
Sponsored by the Niagara Regional Labour Council



Tuesday, May 7
6:00pm until 9:00pm
Art Gallery of Ontario (Jackman Hall)
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Free admission

Mayworks Festival and Canadian Labour International Film Festival are proud to present a joint screening of two documentaries that honour artists, activists, and the working poor who oppose government cuts.

The Harris Project
Directed by Marcos Arriaga and Jeff Sterne
Canada / 15 min / 1998

In 1996, four young filmmakers graduate from post-secondary studies to find a provincial government that has implemented a “Common Sense Revolution.” The Harris Project follows the filmmakers’ personal struggles as they try to complete a low-budget, short documentary about a right wing governmental plan that will forever change the economic landscape of Ontario.

Home Safe Toronto
Directed by Laura Sky
Canada/ 96 minutes/ 2009

Home Safe Toronto is the second in the Sky Works series of documentaries that deals with how Canadian families live with the threat and the experience of homelessness. It shows how the housing crisis in Canada is an expression of the increasing economic and job insecurity that has devastated the manufacturing sector in the greater Toronto area and throughout southern Ontario.

A Q&A will follow with the film makers and producers.



June 6-8
New York City

The Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) is pleased to announce its impending national conference. More than 90 panels, roundtables and workshops will explore past struggles and contemporary challenges faced by working people in a global context. Opening and closing plenary sessions with speakers ranging from Frances Fox Piven, Richard Wolff, Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Saket Soni to John Wilhelm, Ruth Milkman and a panel of activists will examine the current crises and new directions for the labor movement.

See the website: for the full program and registration information.



By Brent Patterson,

The Council of Canadians is working with the Canadian Labour Congress and Common Causes to support lobby days and demonstrations against the Harper government’s cutbacks to Employment Insurance and other key programs and public services.

Numerous activities will be taking place during a Week of Action this coming April 26 to May 1. The growing list of actions can be read at



Thursday, May 16
George Brown College (St. James Campus)
200 King Street East, Toronto

The Community Worker Program at George Brown College is pleased to announce the 1st Summer Institute Rethinking Pedagogy in Changing Times. The one-day event of focus sessions, interactive exhibits and a community forum and facilitated panel discussion, will open with a keynote address delivered by celebrated author and cultural critic, Henry Giroux.

Communities throughout the world are experiencing massive political, economic, social, environmental and cultural shifts due to the growth of neoliberal market and governing structures over the past three decades. Within post-secondary institutions faculty are faced with students who have grown up in a world increasingly bereft of good governance and social responsibility.

Some things we need to talk about…
– What is the role of post-secondary education in neo-liberal times?
– How do we promote inclusive agendas for change and transformation?
– As our students prepare to join the 21st century workforce, how do we support them to engage in the building of equitable and just communities?

Registration Fee: $45 (regular) $20 (student/no wage)

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Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America
Toronto — 20 April 2013.

The crucible of North American neoliberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pan-continental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally.

Moderated by Teresa Healy, and presentations by:
– Richard Roman, Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Toronto, and Fellow, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University.
– Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, York University.
– Katherine Sciacchitano, former labour lawyer and organizer and presently a professor at the National Labor College, Washington, D.C.
– Chris Schenk, instructor in the Department of Industrial Relations, University of Toronto and former Research Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour.
– Sam Gindin, Packer Chair in Social Sciences, York University and former chief economist and Assistant to the President of the Canadian Auto Workers.

Music by Healy and Juravich

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“Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America” by Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman, published by Fernwood:



By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of a state exam Wednesday. Their message: “We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!”

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By Bhaskar Sunkara, In These Times

The economics student who debunked global austerity shares why he did it.

Thomas Herndon has had a swell couple of weeks. The 28-year-old graduate student has been interviewed numerous times and cited just about everywhere after playing a key role in debunking a 2010 paper by Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff that was used to justify global austerity policies.

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By David Moberg, In These Times

On a normal day, Sonia Acuña, a petite 41-year old mother of four, puts on her bright red McDonald’s cap and reports to work at a branch of the giant hamburger chain in Chicago’s main rail terminal, Union Station. But today, in cold and drizzling early morning weather, Acuña—still wearing her McDonald’s hat—was out on the street in front of the terminal, striking.

Although she was the only worker at her McDonald’s to walk off the job today, she joined other workers on strike from other Chicago fast food and retail outlets. They delivered a pointed chant, “We can’t survive on $8.25.” As they moved through Chicago’s central shopping districts, the crowd of strikers and supporters swelled to more than 500 people.

The walk-out is the latest in a growing wave of direct actions by low-wage workers across the country demanding better wages, benefits and working conditions, as well as the right to unionize.

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By Rebecca Burns, In These Times

Labor-cooperative partnerships may herald a new strategy for labor–if they can get off the ground.

What has 18 owners, no bosses and high hopes for fostering workplace democracy in America? New Era Windows LLC, a worker-owned cooperative formed last year by members of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 1110.

After occupying their factory to save their jobs—twice—workers at a closing Chicago windows plant decided last year to try a new tack: running the business themselves. They purchased equipment from their former bosses and are now setting up a new factory they believe will create good jobs in the city’s depressed economy.

New Era is one of a growing number of union-backed cooperatives nationwide that could herald a new strategy for labor. In his survey of existing cooperatives, economist Gar Alperovitz has calculated that the number of workers in partly or wholly employee-owned companies now exceeds those who belong to private-sector unions—a statistic that speaks both to the perilous state of the labor movement and the promise of reviving it through new structures.

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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

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Capitalism IS Crisis


The government tells us that cuts to public services and social security are needed to save an economy in crisis, but in reality the crisis is capitalism.

For the two weeks leading up to the Trade Union Congress demonstration on October 20th, Cuts Café will provide a radical space in Central London to build resistance to these devastating cuts, and to explore the real alternatives to austerity.

It will be open for all of us who are affected, whether we are people with disabilities, women, migrants, workers, pensioners, students, unemployed… or anyone else not part of the privileged elite who are enriching themselves in this ‘crisis’.

By sharing this reclaimed space, we hope people working in their community, local anti-cuts, student, or autonomous groups, as well as the trade unions, will be able to collectively and democratically build positive alternatives with which to challenge the ‘politics as usual’ forced upon us.

This will be an opportunity for connections to form outside of those groups that we may already be involved with, and to reinvigorate the anti-cuts movement at the grassroots level.

Cuts Café, being part of a movement for creating equality and real democracy, will be organized without discrimination and, as much as possible, without hierarchy. We welcome you to come and participate in the running of the space.

If you or your group would like to facilitate a workshop or skillshare, screen a film, hold a discussion, or use the space in any other way please get in touch! You can also contribute by helping to provide some of the more material resources needed for the day-today running of the space, or just by coming down to share a bit of your time.

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Sunday 13 March 12.30-2pm, ULU, Malet Street, London
Debate between  David Broder (The Commune),  David Graeber (author on anarchism) and a speaker from Endnotes (communist theory journal).

Despite their arrogant insistence that ‘there is no alternative’, the Government are imposing these cuts from a position of weakness. The crash of 2008 exposed the fragility of the whole capitalist economy.

Now the revolutions in Arab world have shown the fragility of seemingly secure national states.

Could the fight against the cuts be the start of a new movement that goes beyond both the capitalist economy and the state? 

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Teach-in on Saturday 26th February 2011

A World To Win

Youth unemployment and rising food prices as well as authoritarian rule have pitched people in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Algeria and Bahrain into conflict with their regimes. The same global economic crisis lies behind the Coalition’s drive to rescue the capitalist economy through huge spending cuts.

And a political system in which you get a government you didn’t vote for that acts for big business means that there is no way out for people in Britain either.

The TUC’s March 26 walk in the park will solve nothing, as many are aware. Join A World to Win’s contingent and help move beyond resistance to the cuts to changing the system we live under.

Closer to hand, our Teach-in on Saturday February 26 will draw out the connection between the eco-crisis, the destructive drive for growth at any cost and the role of People’s Assemblies in bringing about a not-for-profit, truly democratic society.

A top United Nations official has warned that the military around the world are preparing for unrest resulting from the effects of climate change on people’s lives. So we’d better get organised.

Sign-up now for Beyond Resistance to the cuts – building People’s Assemblies Teach-In, ‘Kicking Capitalism’s Growth Habit – Building a Sustainable Economy’. Open discussion + film show.

Forward this to your friends, spread the word on Facebook … and follow A World to Win on Twitter.

Kicking capitalism’s growth habit – building a sustainable economy

Saturday 26 February 1.30-5.30pm [register from 1pm]
R509, Birkbeck College
Malet Street
WC1E 7HX [map link]

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Camberwell College of Art, Wilson Road Building (off Peckham Rd)

Following on from the fantastic Long Weekend at Goldsmiths in December, the Turner Prize and National Gallery teach-ins, the Book Block and the many occupations and actions that emerged from that weekend, this Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th Arts Against Cuts are organising another weekend of action, planning, imagining, working and thinking together.

The schedule below has been drawn from the great list of proposals sent in. There will be lots of free space for anyone who wished to put forward ideas on the days, organised spontaneity.  Schedule may shift around a bit.

* Saturday Creche all day
10 – 11            Breakfast (BYO)
11 – 12            Open Meeting
12 – 5              Parallel Spaces and Open Spaces Including…
* The Art of Direct Action, John Jordan talk and Workshop
* Posters and Graffitti in 1968 Atelier populaire oui, Aterlier bougeois non, talk and print making workshop, Warren Carter, Jess Baines, Jo Robinson
* Radical Education Workshop with Radical Education Collective
*  What shall we do with our cultural institutions? Precarious Workers Brigade
* Paid Not Played Choir & Political Music Collective music and lyric workshop
* Alter/ate Mobile Slogan Factory/ Counterproductions and CGTV
* Screen printing and Banner Making all day

10 – 11            Breakfast (BYO)
11 – 12            Open Meeting
12 – 5              Parallel Spaces and Open Spaces Including…
* Object Sabotage with Evan Calder Williams, & Mute
* Mapping and Connecting with Trade Unions
* Video Box – 1-minute videos and Communist Gallery
* Book Block workshop
* Debt and Slavery, David Graeber
* Theatre of the Dead/ Dual Power – Planning for the 29th
* Fact Sheet Workshop and Free School
* EMA working group – Planning for 18th and 19th
* International Student Discussion/ Chelsea Project

After party gig with Chicago Boys in Camberwell

Arts Against Cuts was initiated across London Art Schools last Autumn.

We want to reclaim the public, critical space that universities and art schools should be, transforming those buildings into art schools for the future, bringing together art students, artists, cultural workers and those fighting the cuts from across the UK to share in defiance against the relentless marketization of our education and our lives. We will share knowledge and skills; we will collaborate across disciplines, ages and backgrounds; we will turn our imagination and desires into tools of disobedience. We will make sure that all the knowledge, ideas, tools and projects which emerge from the event will be disseminated and put into action in streets and public spaces across the country and be shared by all those in the anti-cuts movements. The Direct Weekend will be a feast of non stop workshops and presentations, slide shows and films, how-to sessions and skill shares, and a free space for spontaneous creation of events, actions and expressions. Its not important what art is but what it does, and right now it has the potential to turn the crisis of cuts into an opportunity for change.

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Cutting Edge


Women at the cutting edge – Conference organised by Feminist Fightback

Saturday 30 October 11am-5pm

Regent St. Cinema, University of Westminster, 309 Regent St., London W1

Open to people of all genders

Free creche

70% of recent tax and benefit cuts will fall on women. Join a day of discussion and networking against the cuts.

Workshops on:

1) Cuts and campaigning

2) Why are cuts a feminist issue?

3) Demystifying the economics of the crisis

4) Fighting within and against the state


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10am-7pm Queen Mary, University Of London, Mile End Road, Mile End tube

Paul Mason, Hillel Ticktin and Endnotes debate:

‘Will Cameron’s Cuts lead to working-class defeat or to a new anti-capitalist movement?’

(Paul Mason’s writings can be found at his blog at and Ticktin and Endnotes articles are at

Chris Knight and Milan Rai debate Noam Chomsky’s science and politics

Plus talks with John Pilger and Michael Albert

Also meetings on: India, Croatia, feminism, Palestine, Zapatistas, Gandhi, Proudhon, pirates, co-ops, prisons, EDL, education, healthworkers, shop stewards and more.

For more details and for information about the: ‘Housing Ourselves’ conference – Sunday 24 October. See

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Tell David Cameron: “Stuff Your Cuts, We Won’t Pay!”

Sunday, 3rd October, 12.00 noon at the Conservative Party Conference, central Birmingham.

Called by the Right to Work Campaign:  

* Fight for every job

* Organise to stop the cuts

* Defend services and pensions

* Demand a million green jobs

* Jobs not bombs

* Defend migrant workers – jobs for all


Tel: 07986 085 162

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A video of interviews with those protesting to save Middlesex University Philosophy Department from closure:

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Update 9th May 2010:

There was a very interesting article in The Observer today about leading academics backing student and staff actions to save philosophy at Middlesex University. Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou (amonsgt others) have spoken out about the importance and quality of philosophy at Middlesex University.

The article can be found on p.8 in the hard copy version of The Observer:

Doward, J. (2010) Academic revolt over philosophy cutbacks, The Observer, 9th May, p.8.

However, the online version has a different title:

Doward, J. (2010) Middlessex University cuts spark international protest from philosophers, The Observer, 9th May, online at:

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