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THE CRISIS AND THE LEFT

The Crisis and the Left: Dispatches from the Socialist Register, with Frances Fox Piven

Sunday May 6, 4 PM at LeftWords Festival

Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto

Frances Fox Piven, author of Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate, and David McNally author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance join Leo Panitch and Greg Albo to launch the latest issue of the Socialist Register.

Reception to follow at the Ryerson Student Centre

Consider attending the LeftWords Festival all day: http://mayworks.ca/calendar.html#6

For more information: frederick.peters1968@gmail.com
+1.416.580.4630

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Marx was Right

LEFT FORUM 2012

March 16-18 at Pace University, NYC

Opening Plenary 6:30 pm Friday

Closing Plenary 5:30 pm Sunday

1400 Speakers, 400 Panels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 09, 2012
Media Coordinator: Aparna Rishi

Conference Coordinator: Seth Adler
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RE: Speakers available for interviews

Left Forum is the only event in the USA where over 1400 influential speakers of Left academic, intellectual and activist persuasion gather together, once each year.

A few of the 1400 featured speakers for interviews include: Michael Moore, Cornel West, Christopher Hedges, Frances Fox Piven, Richard Wolff, John Nichols, Barbara Ehrenreich, Michael Klare, Medea Benjamin, Wallace Shawn, RoseAnn DeMoro, David Graeber, Nnimmo Bassey, Phyllis Bennis, Stanley Aronowitz, John Holloway, Amiri Baraka, Elaine Bernard, Dead Prez, Occupy Think Tank, Adolph Reed, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Marina Sitrin,  Arun Gupta, The Reverend Stephen Phelps, among many others.

Whether one wants to source one or a hundred stories, set up live for dozens of interviews on media row, record clips or segments of panel and plenary sessions, or find out how the Left is influencing and building power in social movements, the attached speakers list will help guide your plans before and during the Forum.

Interviews by arrangement

Thank you for your interest

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Frances Fox Piven

OCCUPY TOGETHER – FRANCES FOX PIVEN

“Occupy Together” with Frances Fox Piven

Haymarket Books, the Brooklyn College / CUNY Graduate Center for Worker Education, and WorkingUSA present a Haymarket Forum with Frances Fox Piven, Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm, just blocks from Occupy Wall Street at 25 Broadway on the 7th Floor — just opposite the Wall Street bull. 
Train: 4,5 to Bowling Green; J,Z to Broad; R to Rector; 1 to Rector

This event is free and open to the public. ID required to enter building.

Piven will discuss the war on the poor, the history of protest movements, and the new possibilities of the Occupy movement.

For more information:
http://workereducation.org/
http://www.haymarketbooks.org
info@haymarketbooks.org

Frances Fox Piven’s work reflects a preoccupation with the uses of political science to promote democratic reform.  Piven is a scholar-citizen, equally at home in the university and in the world of politics.

Her Regulating the Poor, co-authored with Richard Cloward, is a landmark historical and theoretical analysis of the role of welfare policy in the economic and political control of the poor and working class.  First published in 1972 and updated in 1993, it is widely acknowledged as a social science classic. She also co-authored Poor Peoples’ Movements (1977) which analyzes the political dynamics through which insurgent social movements  sometimes compel significant policy reforms.  Piven and Cloward’s The New Class War (1982, updated 1985), The Mean Season (1987), and The Breaking of the American Social Compact (1997) traced the historica l and political underpinnings of the contemporary attack on social and regulatory policy.  In Why Americans Don’t Vote (1988; updated as Why Americans Still Don’t Vote in 2000) they analyzed the role of electoral laws and practices in disenfranchising large numbers of working class and poor citizens, and the impact of disenfranchisement on party development. And in 1992, Piven edited Labor Parties in Postindustrial Societies.  In The War at Home, Piven examines the domestic causes and consequences of the foreign wars launched by the Bush administration.  Most recently, in Challenging Authority (2006), she develops a theoretical perspective on the interplay of social movements and electoral politics in American political development. In 2009, she published Keeping the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters, an examination of voter suppression in American politics, with her co-authors Lorraine C. Minnite and Margaret Groarke.

Piven’s accomplishments as a scholar are intertwined with her political reform efforts.  She collaborated with the late George A. Wiley, the leader of the 1960s welfare rights movement in the United States, and developed the strategy that led to a liberalization of welfare in the 1960s.  These reforms resulted in a major reduction in extreme poverty, and also precipitated the current furor in the U.S. over “welfare reform.”  She was a founder in 1983 of Human SERVE, an organization that promoted the idea that if citizens were allowed to register to vote when they apply for aid from government programs or for drivers licenses, historic administrative encumbrances on the right to vote could be overcome.  Human SERVE’s approach was incorporated in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, popularly known as the “motor voter bill.”

Piven was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Adelphi University in l985, annd at St. Rose College in 2000; a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973 and of a Council of Learned Societies Fellowship in 1982.  She has held visiting professorships in various European countries, including a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship at the University of Bologna in 1990.  She has been both Co-chairperson of the Annual Program and Vice-president of the American Political Science Association, as well as Vice-president and President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  She chairs the Editorial Committee of the Board of the New Press. She was the 2007 President of the Ameri can Sociological Association.

Winner of the 1972 C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Piven also received the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Prize in 1986 for “published work which evidences social vision and commitment to social justice.”  In 1991, she was the recipient of the Lee/Founders Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for “distinguished career-long contributions to the solution of social problems;” in 1993, she received the President’s Award of the American Public Health Association; in 1994, for her work in the field of voter registration reform, she received the 1994 Annual Award of the National Association of Secretaries of State, and a year later the Tides Foundation Award for Excellence in Public A dvocacy. In 1995 she was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association; in 1998 she received the Mary Lepper Award from the Womens’ Caucus of the American Political Science Association. In 2000 she received the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology; in 2001 she was the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award of the Council on Social Work Education; in 2003 she was awarded the American Sociological Associations Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology; and in 2004 she received the Charles E. McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Political Science Section of the American Political Science Association.

 

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Socialism and Hope

SOCIALIST REGISTER 2012: THE CRISIS AND THE LEFT

Socialist Register 2012: The Crisis and the Left is now available on the website: http://socialistregister.com/index.php/srv

Socialist Register 2012

Leo Panitch, Gregory Albo, Vivek Chibber, Preface

David Harvey, The urban roots of financial crises: reclaiming the city for anti-capitalist struggle

David McNally, Slump, austerity and resistance

Ursula Huws, Crisis as capitalist opportunity: new accumulation through public service commodification

Larry Lohmann, Financialization, commodification and carbon: the contradictions of neoliberal climate policy

Frances Fox Piven, The new American poor law

Nicole M. Aschoff, A tale of two crises: labour, capital and restructuring in the US auto industry

Adolph Reed and Merlin Chowkwanyun, Race, class, crisis: the discourse of racial disparity and its analytical discontents

Adam Hanieh, Finance, oil and the Arab uprisings: the global crisis and the Gulf states

Claudio Katz, The singularities of Latin America

Ho-fung Hung, Sinomania: global crisis, China’s crisis?

Jan Toporowski, Eastern Europe: post-communist assets in crisis

Peadar Kirby, When banks cannibalize the state: responses to Ireland’s economic collapse

SYMPOSIUM ON THE EUROZONE CRISIS AND LEFT STRATEGIES

Elmar Altvater, From subprime farce to Greek tragedy: the crisis dynamics of financially driven capitalism

Costas Lapavitsas, Default and exit from the eurozone: a radical left strategy

Michel Husson, Exit or voice? a European strategy of rupture

 

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Frances Fox Piven

FRANCES FOX PIVEN BOOK EVENT

Book Reception: Frances Fox Piven, Monday, October 10th, 2011, 6:00-8:00PM, 25 Broadway 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004

The sociologist and political scientist Frances Fox Piven and her late husband Richard Cloward have been famously credited by Glenn Beck with devising the “Cloward/Piven Strategy,” a world view responsible, according to Beck, for everything from creating a “culture of poverty” and fomenting “violent revolution” to causing global warming and the recent financial crisis. Called an “enemy of the people,” over the past year Piven has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign of hatred and disinformation, spearheaded by Beck.

How is it that a distinguished university professor, past president of the American Sociological Association, and recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her work on behalf of the poor and for American voting rights, has attracted so much negative attention? For anyone who is skeptical of the World According to Beck, here is a guide to the ideas that Glenn fears most.

Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? is a concise, accessible introduction to Piven’s actual thinking (versus Beck’s outrageous claims), from her early work on welfare rights and “poor people’s movements,” written with her late husband Richard Cloward, through her influential examination of American voting habits, and her most recent work on the possibilities for a new movement for progressive reform. A major corrective to right-wing bombast, this essential book is also a rich source of ideas and inspiration for anyone interested in progressive change.

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the author of the bestselling Poor People’s Movements, Regulating the Poor, and Why Americans Don’t Vote (with the late Richard A. Cloward), as well as The War At Home, Keeping Down the Black Vote, and many other books. She lives in New York City.

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Utopia

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE UNIVERSITY

The Dept. of Sociology and the CSSJ at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be hosting a conference on Social Justice and the University, April 29-April 30 at the Baker Center.

Details at: http://web.utk.edu/~utsocdep/sjuconf/index.html

The Conference will use the idea of social justice to explore the challenges universities face in meeting the economic, social, and global pressures of the 21st century. With faculty, student, staff, and community participants, the Conference is designed to begin an ongoing discussion of how social justice can inform the responsibilities of higher education. The participants come from a variety of academic disciplines, including Education, Modern Foreign Languages & Literature, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, and Social Work, in addition to various community workers. Conference topics include Foundations and Variations on Social Justice, Social Justice and Globalization, Teaching Social Justice, and University and Communities.

The keynote speakers are:

John Gaventa, Professor and Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies in England. He is a member of the Participation, Power and Social Change team and Director of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability. He has written widely on issues of power, participatory development and governance, civil society and social change.

Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Piven is an expert in urban politics, voting rights, and the development of the welfare state. Dr. Piven is one of the foremost political sociologists in the country, having written influential work on protest, the welfare state, and voting. Dr. Piven is also a past-president of the American Sociological Association. She is cofounder of Human SERVE (Service Employees Registration and Voter Education), an organization that worked to increase voter registration among underrepresented and low-income populations.

Erik Olin Wright, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Wright is the President Elect of the American Sociological Association and series editor of the Real Utopias Project. The Real Utopias Project focuses on egalitarian change through the fundamental redesign of basic social and economic institutions.

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Socialism and Hope

LEFT FORUM: HAYMARKET AND ISR PANELS

The Center for Economic Research and Social Change, www.cersc.org, and our projects Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review are sponsoring and are featured in several panels at this year’s Left Forum: http://www.leftforum.org

The following panels are sponsored by the International Socialist Review or Haymarket Books or feature a Haymarket Book author.

For more information, check out www.haymarketbooks.org and www.isreview.org.

Also, check out Socialism 2011, July 1-4, Chicago, sponsored by CERSC.  More info at:  www.socialismconference.org.

An Eyewitness Report: The Revolution in Egypt
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
Ahmed Shawki – International Socialist Review
Anand Gopal – independent journalist, reports for Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal
Mostafa Omar – International Socialist Organization
Sharif Abdel Kouddous – Democracy Now!
Ayman Mohyeldin – Al Jazeera English Correspondent
Jennifer Roesch – International Socialist Review, Chair
**Ahmed Shawki is the author of Black Liberation and Socialism http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Black-Liberation-and-Socialism
**Mostafa Omar is a contributor to The Struggle for Palestine
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Struggle-for-Palestine

Capital’s War on Labor, Labor’s Civil Wars
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books; Labor Notes; Monthly Review Press; National Union of Healthcare Workers
Ellen David Friedman – International Joint Center for Labor Research, Sun Yat-sen University, Labor Notes
Jon Flanders – IAM/RWU
Michael Yates – Monthly Review
Sal Rosselli – NUHW
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Civil-Wars-in-US-Labor

Capitalism and Education: A Marxist Discourse on What We’re Fighting Against and What We’re Fighting For
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
Brian Jones – Grassroots Education Movement, SocialistWorker.org
Jean Anyon – CUNY Graduate Center
Jeff Bale – Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University
Megan Behrent – International Socialist Organization, Grassroots Education Movement
Sarah Knopp – member of United Teachers of Los Angeles
**Sarah Knopp and Jeff Bale are the authors the forthcoming Capitalism and Education from Haymarket Books

The Betrayal of Haiti
Sponsored by: Haiti Liberte and The International Socialist Review
Ashley Smith – International Socialist Review, UNAC
Edna Bonhomme – International Socialist Organization,
Kim Ives – Haiti Liberte
Ray Laforest – Union organizer
Roger Leduc – Haitian Coalition to Support the Struggle KAKOLA, University of London-Goldsmiths

The Left Challenge to the Democratic Party
Dan La Botz – Solidarity and the Socialist Party; Buckeye Socialist ] Network
David McReynolds – Socialist Party
Gloria Mattera – Gloria Mattera
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Independent-Politics-The-Green-Party-Strategy-Debate

The Left Debates the Democratic Party

Sponsored by: New Politics and Socialist Worker
Carl Davidson – Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism,
Erin Chun – Solidarity
Lance Selfa – Author, The Democrats: A Critical History; columnist, Socialist Worker.org; International Socialist Organization
Michael Hirsch – Democratic Socialists of America
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Democrats-A-Critical-History

Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat
Sponsored by: Black Agenda Report
Glen Ford – Black Agenda Report
Lance Selfa – ISO/Socialist Worker/International Socialist Review
Pam Chamberlain-Political Research Associates
Paul Street – Independent author and essayist
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Democrats-A-Critical-History

Lenin’s Marxism
Chris Cutrone – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ian Morrison – Platypus Affiliated Society
Lars T Lih – Independent Researcher
Paul Le Blanc – LaRoche College
**Lars Lih is the author of Lenin Rediscovered:  What is to be Done? In Context
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Lenin-Rediscovered-What-Is-to-Be-Done-In-Context

Obama’s Imperial Policy in the Middle East and South Asia
Sponsored by: United National Antiwar Committee
Anand Gopal – and Reporter for Wall Street Journal
Ashley Smith – International Socialist Review, UNAC
Issam Aburaya – Seton Hall University
Michael Schwartz – Stony Brook University
* Saadia Toor-Action for a Progressive Pakistan, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Staten Island College
**Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/War-Without-End-The-Iraq-War-in-Context

Creating Leverage: Non-Electoral Strategies for Change in the Obama Era
Kevin Young-SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Schwartz – SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Zweig – Center for Study of Working Class Life – SUNY Stony Brook
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer, Author, Embedded With Organized Labor
Tod Ensign – Citizen Soldier
**Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/War-Without-End-The-Iraq-War-in-Context
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Civil-Wars-in-US-Labor

Taking Back The Teamsters & Telephone Worker Unions: Case Studies in Rank-and-file Insurgency – Then and Now
Sponsored by: Labor Notes; Verso
Dan La Botz – Solidarity and the Socialist Party, Buckeye Socialist Network
Pam Galpern – Labor Notes
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Civil-Wars-in-US-Labor

What’s The Matter With Organized Labor Leaders?
Christian Parenti – CUNY
Mark Brenner – Director of Labor Notes, East Coast Office
Robert Fitch – Professor, LaGuardia Community College
Sheila Cohen – University of Hertfordshire, UK
Steve Early – author, Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Civil-Wars-in-US-Labor

Capitalism’s Terminal Crisis : Economic Causes, Ecological Consequences, Radical Responses Sponsored by: Praxis
Bertell Ollman – Department of Politics, New York University
Michael Lowy – New Anti-Capitalist Party, Paris
Richard Greeman – Victor Serge Foundation, Montpellier, France
Robert Fitch – New Politics
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

Developing Capitalist Countries and Sustainability
Michael Lowy – CNRS in Paris
Nancy Holmstrom – Left Forum and EIN Eco-socialist International Network
Pritam Singh – Oxford University
Richard Smith – Historian and Independent Scholar
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

Roundtable: The Anticapitalist Left in the World Today
Baris Karaagac – Praksis – Turkey, Fudan University, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju
Johanna Brenner – Solidarity; Sociology, Portland State University
Marcello Musto – York University, Toronto, Canada
Michael Krätke – Sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft – Germany
Michael Löwy – Contretemps – France
Richard D. Wolff – New School, Rethinking Marxism
Seongjin Jeong – Marxism 21, South Korea
Shuangli Zhang – Contemporary Marxism Review, China
Teivo Teivainen – Globalizations, Finland, USA
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

Excluded Workers: Building a Labor Movement for the Twenty-First Century
Erica Smiley – Jobs with Justice
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Harmony Goldberg – CUNY Graduate Center
Linda Abad – Damayan Migrant Workers Association
Premilla Nadasen – Queens College
Saket Soni – New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

Howard Zinn: Toward a Politics of Solidarity Within the Academy and Among the Citizenry
Adam Silver – Boston University
Ambre Ivol – La Sorbonne Nouvelle
Christopher Robinson – Clarkson University
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Joshua C. Yesnowitz – Boston University
Stephen Bird – Clarkson University
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

Leadership and The Limits of Demands: The 2010 Daniel Singer Millennium Prize
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Kim Moody – University of Hertfordshire, UK
Sheila Cohen – Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire
Suzi Weissman – Saint Mary’s College of California, Critique
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

The Future of American Liberalism?

Sponsored by: Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture
Benjamin Barber – Demos
Frances Fox Piven – Political Science and Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
Gregory Smulewicz – Zucker
Stanley Aronowitz – Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

The Tea Party and the Media
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Glen Ford – Black Agenda Report
Laura Flanders – GritTV
Peter Dreier – Occidental College
Richard Kim – The Nation
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

How to Achieve Solidarity in the Electoral Arena – A Debate
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
Margaret Kimberley – Black Agenda Report
Ralph Poynter – Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
Steve Cobble – Progressive Democrats of America
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Independent-Politics-The-Green-Party-Strategy-Debate

Lessons From the Third-Party Campaign Taill: What’s It Like To Be A Green, WFP, or Vermont Progressive Party Candidate

Sponsored by: WorkingUSA
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
Martha Abbot – Vermont Progressive Party
Rand Wilson – Working Families Party–Massachusetts
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Independent-Politics-The-Green-Party-Strategy-Debate

The Resistance Dilemma in Latin America: Relationships Between Social Movements and States
Sponsored by: Toward Freedom
Adrienne Pine – American University
April Howard – Upside Down World
Ben Dangl – Toward Freedom
Gabriela Uassouf – School of the Americas Watch
Marina Sitrin – Writer, Lawyer, Teacher
**Ben Dangl is the author of El Precio del Fuego: Las luchas porlos recursoo naturales y los moviemientos sociales en Bolivia
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/El-Precio-del-Fuego

Worker control and factory occupations, global South and North
Sponsored by: Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
Dario Azzellini – Johann Kepler University
Immanuel Ness – Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
James Gray Pope – Rutgers University Law School
Kari Lydersen – Journalist and Author
Marina Sitrin – SUNY Old Westbury
Peter Knowlton – United Electrical Workers
**Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings
Dario Azzellini – Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria
Isabel Delgado – Ministry of Basic Industries and Mines, Venezuela
Mark Weisbrot – Center for Economic and Policy Research
Steve Ellner – Universidad del Oriente
**Dario Azzellini, along with Immanuel Ness, are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

Left Strategies to Exit the Crisis?
Sponsored by: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Christina Kaindl – Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Florian Moritz – Member of the German Bundestag
Gar Alperovitz – Democracy Collaborative
Immanuel Ness – Brooklyn College, CUNY
**Immanuel Ness, along with Dario Azzellini, are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

An “Ethnography” of The US Congress
Sponsored by: The Brooklyn Rail
Arthur Delaney – Huffington Post
Glenn Thrush – Politico
Max Blumenthal – The Nation Institute
Ryan Grim – Huffington Post
**Max Blumenthal is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

Capitalism, Climate Change and Social Conflicts
Brian Tokar – Director of the Vermont-based Institute for Social Ecology
Chris Williams – Pace University, Chemistry and Physical Science
Younes Abouyoub – Visiting researcher at Columbia University
**Chris Williams is the author of Ecology and Socialism
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Ecology-and-Socialism

Learning from the Tea Party
Sponsored by: The Indypendent
Abby Scher – Independent Journalist and Sociologist
Arun Gupta – Founding Editor, The Indypendent
Peter Bratsis – University of Salford
**Arun Gupta is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

The End of Whiteness: The History of an Idea
Anamaria Flores – Hostos Community College, CUNY
Arun Gupta – Founding Editor, The Indypendent
Nicholas Powers – SUNY Old Westbury, The Indypendent
**Arun Gutpa is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

Jewish solidarity with the Palestinian struggle
Adam Horowitz – Mondoweiss
Donna Nevel – Community psychologist and educator, Jews Say No
Elyse Crystall – Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA
Laurie Arbeiter – ART Activist Response Team, US to Gaza
Maya Wind – Shministim (Refusers)
Rebecca Vilkomerson – Jewish Voice for Peace
**Adam Horowitz is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 25th OCTOBER 2010

 EVENTS

NO MORE DEATHS: PEOPLE’S RESISTANCE TO UNDOCUMENTED AND PRECARIOUS WORK

Thursday, November 4
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OPSEU Union Hall
31 Wellesley St. East, Toronto

As migrant workers continue to die, labour activists and community groups must gather together, to reignite a new fight. This is a fight that creates far-reaching changes and challenges the very root of people’s inability to access real safety – immigration status and racism.

Join community groups and labour activists to discuss and demand:

– Moratorium on deportations for all workers with WSIB claims and MOL complaints
– Access to Health and Safety without Fear
– Status for injured workers and their families
– Status for All!

For more info: nooneisillegal@riseup.net

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BUILDING LABOUR RESISTANCE: WINNING STRATEGIES IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Tuesday October 26, 2010
7 to 9 pm
Ryerson Student Centre, Room A/B (Second floor)
63 Gould St. Toronto
One block north of Dundas on the corner of Church St.

Join us for a panel discussion with labour activists from the private and public sector sharing successful strategies to fight back against the challenges working people, communities and labour are facing due to corporate greed, cutbacks and the crisis of capitalism. There will be time for questions and discussions for those in attendance.

Speakers:
– Don Guest, First Vice President Brantford District Labour Council & Organizer for 3 Days of Solidarity Picket for USW 1-500 Striking Workers in Brantford.
– Michael Hurley, President Ontario Council of Hospital Unions & CUPE Ontario 1st Vice-President.
– Representative from Unite Here Local 75.
– Moderator: Ilian Burbano, Co-President CUPE 3393 & Organizer with Latin American Solidarity Network.

This forum is organized by the Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly (http://www.workersassembly.ca)

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PREMIERE OF OLIVER STONE’S FILM, “SOUTH OF THE BORDER”
(co-written with Tariq Ali)

Oct 27, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bloor Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Toronto, ON

There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know about it. Oliver Stone undertakes a road trip across South America exploring the myths behind the movements leading the cultural, social and political transformation that is sweeping across the continent. As well he delves into the American corporate media’s intentional misrepresentation of South America while interviewing many of its democratically elected presidents.

Watch the trailer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/sep/03/oliver-stone-south-of-the-border-hugo-chavez

For more info: jsharkey@sympatico.ca

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VIDEO: HOW LABOUR IS (PART OF) THE PROBLEM IN BUILDING THE LEFT

Lecture by: Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center.

A leading scholar and political activist, Frances Fox Piven was recently president of the American Sociological Association and is former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is Keeping Down the Black Vote (2009).

Moderated by John Myles, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls71.php

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11TH ANNUAL CESAR CHAVEZ BLACK EAGLE AWARDS DINNER

November 3, 2010
Ontario Federation of Labour Building
15 Gervais Drive, Toronto
Reception 5:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm
Cash Bar

Hosted by: United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, Agricultural Workers Alliance and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation

Award recipients: Paul Cavalluzzo, Olivia Chow, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Kerry Preibisch, Leonel Godoy and Gil McGowan

The award dinner is held in memory of Cesar E. Chavez, who died in 1993, following a lifelong struggle to secure basic human rights and social justice for migrant farm workers. This event continues to be an important fundraiser in support of the AWA, an organization which is dedicated to supporting and providing information and resources to the agriculture and migrant farm workers who toil on Canadian soil.

More info: info@awa-ata.ca or (416) 675-1104 ext. 2244

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NEWS & VIEWS

TEN POINTS IN CANADA’S REAL ECONOMIC UPDATE

by Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

The minister of finance has made his Fall Economic Update. We wanted to hear what he had to say about government spending — but we didn’t. Why? Because the real story is one of austerity.

The federal finance minister promised Canadians a look at what is happening with the economy. On the surface, the job is fairly straightforward. James Flaherty has to say whether the economy is growing, or not; and he has to say what he intends to do about it.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/10/ten-points-canadas-real-economic-update

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THE EVIDENCE FROM THE U.K. IS CLEAR: PRIVATIZATION IS MORE COSTLY

Former British health minister could not be clearer: increased privatization has meant increased costs. Frank Dobson, British MP, was keynote speaker at the CUPE health care sector meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday, October 21.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/health-care/evidence-uk-clear-privatization-costly

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THE PERFECT STORM

by Robert Reich, CommonDreams.org

It’s a perfect storm. And I’m not talking about the impending dangers facing Democrats. I’m talking about the dangers facing our democracy.

First, income in America is now more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years. Almost a quarter of total income generated in the United States is going to the top 1 percent of Americans.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/10/19-1

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MICHIGAN BLUES

by Michael Moore

I have a rule of thumb that’s served me well my whole life: whenever corporate executives begin talking about how they support “free markets” and “competition,” check to see if you still have your wallet.

Read more: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/michigan-blues

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THE LOST SOUL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Author discusses new book on “corporatization, the assault on academic freedom, and the end of the American university.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/10/20/schrecker

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

NOT ONLY WIDE OPEN SPACES: URBAN HISTORY AND THE AMERICAN WEST
Anne M. Butler
Journal of Urban History published 21 October 2010, 10.1177/0096144210384251
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/0096144210384251v1

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THE PRACTICE OF DIALOGUE IN CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
Jodi Jan Kaufmann
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 456-476
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/5/456

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THE COSMOS OF THE PARIS APARTMENT: WORKING-CLASS FAMILY LIFE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
Eliza Ferguson
Journal of Urban History published 18 October 2010, 10.1177/0096144210384247
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210384247v1

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MIND THE GAP: SCHOOL LEAVER ASPIRATIONS AND DELAYED PATHWAYS TO FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Tom Stehlika
Journal of Education and Work, Volume 23 Issue 4 2010
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a926503481~frm=titlelink
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JOB POSTINGS

LABOUR/COMMUNITY CONFERENCE ORGANIZER, TEMPORARY FULL-TIME

The Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Worker’s Assembly is planning a conference at the end of January 2011 to bring together and create a space for working class people to explore strategies and build capacity for resistance and mobilizing to win within our unions, workplaces and our communities. To assist in the planning and coordination we are hiring an organizer for 10 weeks to prepare for the conference and to take on tasks assigned by the Free and Accessible Transit Campaign.

The person will need to have the following skills, experience and abilities:

– demonstrated experience in organizing in labour and/or in the community
– strong communication skills
– experience organizing events, workshops and/or forums
– commitment to the principals of the Worker’s Assembly which include an anti-capitalist perspective and radical anti-oppression politics
– understanding that class expands beyond the organized labour movement
– able to work independently

The organizer will attend Labour Caucus meetings and meetings with the Free and Accessible Transit campaign. The organizer’s daily work will be the responsibility of a subcommittee that includes members of the Labour Caucus and the Transit Campaign and there will be a designated member to support and work with the organizer. The successful individual will be selected through committee in a democratic process. 

Start Date: Flexible with start date from early November to mid November 2010 with an end date in January 2011

Rate of Compensation: $6,000 for 10 weeks – Full Time.

Please submit your interest for this opportunity no later than Saturday October 30, 2010 at 9 am. Please include experience, skills and reasons for wanting to take on this work – resumes, cover letters or other letters of interest are acceptable. 

Email: gtwalabour@gmail.com; Fax: 647-350-4049

For more information about the Workers’ Assembly: http://www.workersassembly.ca

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

END

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Work, work, work for capital

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 9th OCTOBER 2010

 EVENTS

WORKSHOP – BOARD-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE IDEAL AND REALITY IN THE GOVERNANCE OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

with Vic Murray, Schulich School of Business, York University

October 29, 2010
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West (ROOM TBA), Toronto (St. George Subway Station)

Join us in this workshop to:

– Explore the gaps between the ideal and reality in board governance
– Learn how to develop ways of bringing the ideal and reality closer together
– Learn how to use contingency-based analysis and tailored board development approaches

Cost: $140 + HST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, coffee & tea served, but lunch not provided.

To register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com or 416-978-0022.

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LECTURE – HOW LABOUR IS (PART OF) THE PROBLEM IN BUILDING THE LEFT

The University of Toronto Department of Sociology is pleased to announce an important lecture by:

Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center

Friday October 15, 2010
1:30 pm
Room 240, 725 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

A leading scholar and political activist, Frances Fox Piven was recently president of the American Sociological Association and is former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is Keeping Down the Black Vote (2009). Other books include Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America (2006), The War at Home: The Domestic Causes and Consequences of Bush’s Militarism (2004), Why Americans Still Don’t Vote (2000), Breaking of the American Social Compact (1997) and Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare (updated edition, 1993).

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SEMINAR – A LIBERAL VISION: FILM AND MIDDLE CLASS IDENTITY IN POST-WAR INDUSTRIAL MEDIA

Friday, October 15
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
108N – North House
Munk School, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place

Speaker: Heide Solbrig (Assistant Professor of Media and Culture at Bentley College)

Sponsored by Centre for the Study of the United States

Co-sponsored by University of Western Ontario , Cinema Studies, Innis College , University of Toronto

Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=8801

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LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES – MICRO FINANCE

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

With:

Susan Henry, Corporate Social Responsibility – Alterna Savings
Kenn Ross, Miziwe Biik
Alex Kjorven, ACCESS Community Capital Fund

– Susan Henry will discuss the Community Micro-Loan Program’s impact on clients, Alterna Savings itself, as well as the overall social return on investment.
– Kenn Ross will talk about the unique aspects of lending to Aboriginal entrepreneurs.
– Alex Kjorven will explore the challenges of lending in specific neighbourhoods; in particular, the new Regent Park area.

Moderator: Ann Jamieson, Toronto Enterprise fund, United Way Toronto, will provide context and background information for this discussion.

Bring your lunch and a mug. Water, coffee and tea will be provided.

For more information, please contact Lisa White: secspeaker@oise.utoronto.ca

This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see our website for detailed instructions: http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca/english/webcast.php

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WORKSHOP – DEEP DEMOCRACY: WHOLE SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION

October 27th, 2010
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400
Toronto

We know we live in times of democratic crisis- only 60% of Canadians voted in the last election, and of that number, only 37% of 18-24 year olds. We hear everyone from politicians to pundits explaining reasons why more and more people are disenfranchised with the current system. And yet, the answers are always ‘out there’. Rarely do we look deep enough to understand the root causes of democratic disengagement.

Join special guest Julie Diamond for a provocative presentation and shared imagining of a society where everyone has agency. With municipal, provincial and federal elections coming up in the next year, deep democracy offers some tantalizing possibilities of how to evolve our system at the level of consciousness that created it.

US based thought leader Julie Diamond is a trainer, facilitator and consultant, who has been working in the field of human and organizational change for over 25 years. The author of two books, she currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Process Work Institute of Portland. She writes about issues of leadership, power and learning on her blog, A User’s Guide to Power.

Event Fee(s)   
General ($20 + HST)     $ 22.60
CSI Member ($10 + HST)  $ 11.30

To register: https://socialinnovation.ca/civicrm/event/register?id=30&reset=1

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SYMPOSIUM – TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS (TFW)

Sponsored by the Work and Learning Network in partnership with the Prairie Metropolis Centre

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Stanley Milner Public Library
Edmonton Room, Downtown Edmonton

Come and join us as we share information about policies, practices, and research related to TFWs in Manitoba and Alberta.  

Acknowledging the diversity of workers involved, this symposium focuses on one area that has been a focus of recent recruitment — nursing.

Questions addressed by our speakers from health, government, and research communities in Alberta and Manitoba relate to the workings of immigration and credential assessment and recognition processes and program outcomes.

This symposium will provide a forum for discussion amongst policy-makers, employers, unions, academics, immigrant-serving agencies and others about the complex issues arising from the TFW program.

Registration fees (Lunch and service fees included)
– In person participation – $60.00
– Online participation – $40.00
– Low wage fee – $20.00

To register: http://tfw.eventbrite.com
Symposium website: http://www.wln.ualberta.ca/tfw_2010/welcome_tfw.html

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NEWS & VIEWS

MARK CARNEY ON THE “NATURAL RATE” OF UNEMPLOYMENT

by Andrew Jackson, Bullet No. 418, October 8 2010

I was disturbed to read this comment on the current state of the U.S. economy in Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney’s speech last week.

“The natural rate of (U.S.) unemployment may be increasing sharply. The scale of industry restructuring means that some unemployed workers do not have the skills suitable for the expanding sectors. Other job seekers are tied to their local area, due to an inability to sell their homes in distressed markets, hampering the mobility that has been a hallmark of the American labour market. The current cycle is also self-reinforcing. As long-term unemployment becomes more entrenched, workers’ skills deteriorate and their reintegration into the labour force becomes more difficult.”

Why is this disturbing?

Continue reading: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/418.php

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PANTALONE CAN WIN…

by Gary Shaul, rabble.ca

On Thursday night I attended the monthly meeting of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council to hear Joe Pantalone speak. It was a very exciting part of the agenda. This report doesn’t do justice to the electrifying atmosphere in the room but I’ll do my best (I didn’t take notes). If anyone reading this was there, please feel free to chime in.

Read more: http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/gary-shaul/2010/10/why-pantalone-will-win

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THE VENEZUELAN ALTERNATIVE – COULD A NEW BRAND OF SOCIALISM AID AND INSPIRE OPPOSITION TO CAPITALISM?

by Al Engler, rabble.ca

Book review of The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
by Michael Lebowitz
Monthly Review Press, 2010; $16.41)

Michael Lebowitz is a professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University now living in Venezuela working with Centro International Miranda, a government-supported think tank. In The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, he contrasts Venezuelan policies with the top-down socialism of the 20th century. The latter had focused on rapid industrial development through state ownership and top-down command. In Venezuela the government of Hugo Chavez focuses on human development, on the cooperative meeting of human needs, on social ownership and on participation in community and workplace decisions.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2010/10/venezuelan-alternative

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JOB POSTINGS

INDOOR LOCATIONS FUNDRAISERS – VARIOUS CHARITIES/NGOS – NON-COMMISSION

Public Outreach http://www.publicoutreach.ca
Toronto, Ontario

We are seeking spirited, dynamic individuals who are looking to do either seasonal or full-time fundraising on a non-commission basis (meaning you are guaranteed a wage + bonuses) as part of our new and expanding Indoor Locations Program.

Public Outreach is Canada’s leader in face-to-face fundraising, and we take great pride in representing our charities using honest, respectful, and ethical practices.

The Indoor Locations Program is a business-casual, professional style of interactive fundraising, where we do not ask you to use pressure, but assurance, where you are the catalyst or the spark in bridging the gap
between monthly donor, and charity.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.publicoutreach.ca/flash/index.html

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JOIN OUR TEAM: RABBLE EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS ARE BACK!

Fetch stories, not coffee as a rabble editorial intern. Immerse yourself in the world of activism, news writing, blogging and audio producing!

rabble.ca offers a wonderful work environment and a chance to hone your media-making skills.

We’re currently seeking volunteer editorial interns — please see snap shot descriptions of each at the website below and download the full application package. This year we are offering an honorarium for those who successfully complete the internships.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabble-staff/2010/10/join-our-team-rabble-editorial-internships-are-back

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COORDINATOR, HEPATITIS C COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MARKETING

CATIE (The Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) is currently looking to immediately fill this position (full time with finite term of 3 years).

Primary Role: The Coordinator, Hepatitis C Communications & Social Marketing is responsible for the overall coordination of the development and execution of communications and social marketing campaigns in support of CATIE’s Hepatitis C Program.

Click to be taken to CATIE’s website for position details and application directions: http://www.catie.ca/eng/GetInvolved/Career.shtml

We invite you to pass this e-mail on to anyone that you feel might be interested.

CATIE is an equal opportunity employer. Persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are encouraged to apply.

CATIE is a national, not-for-profit charity committed to improving the health and quality of life of all people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C in Canada. We serve people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C and the people and organizations that support them by providing accessible, accurate, unbiased and timely information. We work in partnership with a network of other information providers to ensure that people have access to the information they need, in the form they desire, to make informed health care choices.

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For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

—END—

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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David Harvey

THE ENIGMA OF CAPITAL AND THE CRISES OF CAPITALISM

By David Harvey

Book launch and panel discussion with author David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.

 
Discussants:

Leo Panitch is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University (Canada) and editor of the Socialist Register.

Frances Fox Piven is Professor in the faculties of political science and sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Piven is the author of, among other books, Poor People’s Movements and The New Class War. She is currently at work on a book on American labor union strategies in response to globalization and the new economy.

William Tabb is Professor Emeritus of Economics, Political Science and Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books including The Amoral Elephant: Globalization and Capitalist Development in the Early 21st Century (Monthly Review Press, 2001).

Melissa Wright is an Associate Professor in Geography and in the Program on Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University. Author of Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism. New York and London: Routledge, 2006.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2010

PROSHANSKY AUDITORIUM

7 PM – 9 PM

CUNY GRADUATE CENTER, 365 FIFTH AVE @ 34TH STREET

Free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale.

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST REVIEW 72

ISSUE 72:
July-August 2010

¡Todos Somos Arizona!

Letter from the editors

http://www.isreview.org/index.shtml

ANALYSIS IN BRIEF

Sharon Smith
Laws that need breaking: It’s impossible to avoid comparing Arizona today to the South in the era of Jim Crow

PLUS: plus Nicole Colson on abortion rights in peril; Giles Ji Ungpakorn on the Red Shirt revolt in Thailand; John Pilger on the modern class war in Greece

COLUMN

Phil Gasper • Critical thinking

Economic crisis and class struggle: Are recessions better for the left or the right?

FEATURES

Orlando Sepúlveda
¡Todos somos Arizona!
The revival of the immigrant rights movement since the passage of SB1070

Noam Chomsky, interviewed by David Barsamian
The new imperialism

Tikva Honig-Parnass
Apartheid Israel and the contradictions of left Zionism

Dave Zirin
Women, gender, and sports

Eric Kerl
Contemporary anarchism

Chris Williams
Marxism and the environment
The real track record, from Marx and Engels to the Bolsheviks and beyond: An excerpt from the New Ecology and Socialism

Frances Fox Piven
The working class in the Great Depression
A celebrated left sociologist introduces new editions of Irving Bernstein’s The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years

BOOK REVIEWS

Michael Steven Smith and Paul Le Blanc
Learning from a revolutionary
Review of Peter Camejo’s memoir, North Star

Sherry Wolf
Are men really better athletes?
Review of Playing with the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal

PLUS: Greg Love on the business of capturing and transporting Africans to be slaves; Ashley Smith on Dilip Hiro’s After Empire: Helen Redmond on why surgical errors are no accident; Paul D’Amato on Lenin’s Marxism

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Revolution and Protest               

Yesterday and Tomorrow

 

Special Session at Left Forum (April 17-19),                           

Pace University (across from City Hall), New York City

 

Panel discussion flowing from the newly-published eight-volume International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (Wiley-Blackwell):

 

Walden Bello

Kunal Chattopadhyay

Paul Le Blanc

Immanuel Ness

Frances Fox Piven

 

Exploring historical experience and patterns of relevance for left scholars and activists at the present political juncture, the discussion will survey:

 

*The purpose of the encyclopedia — as a tool for scholars and activists today and tomorrow

*Globalization and international revolution — historically and today

*Revolutionary traditions as resources for social change

*New (and not-so-new) realities of our time

*How progressive social change is brought about — lessons and challenges for today

 

For Registration, see: http://www.leftforum.org/

 

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