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INTERFACE – VOLUME 3 ISSUE 1 (MAY 2011)

Interface: a journal for and about social movements

Interface: http://interfacejournal.net

Volume three, issue one (May 2011): Repression and social movements Issue editors: Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Lesley Wood http://www.interfacejournal.net/current/

Volume three, issue one of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme “Repression and social movements”. Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to “learn from each other’s struggles”: to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts.

This issue of Interface includes 296 pages with 20 pieces in English and Portuguese, by authors writing from / about Angola, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, South Africa, the UK and the US.

Articles include:

Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Lesley Wood, Editorial: repression  and social movements
Theme-related articles:

Peter Ullrich and Gina Rosa Wollinger, A surveillance studies perspective on protest policing: the case of video surveillance of demonstrations inGermany

Liz Thompson and Ben Rosenzweig, Public policy is class war pursued by other means: struggle and restructuring in international education economy

Kristian Williams, Counter-insurgency and community policing

Fernanda Maria Vieira and J. Flávio Ferreira, “Não somos chilenos, somos mapuches!”: as vozes do passado no presente da luta mapuche por seu território

Roy Krøvel, From indios to indígenas: guerrilla perspectives on indigenous peoples and repression in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua Action / practice notes and event analysis from:
    • Musab Younis, British tuition fee protest, November 9, 2010
    • Dino Jimbi, Campanha “Não partam a minha casa”
    • Mac Scott, G20 mobilizing in Toronto and community organizing: opportunities created and lessons learned
    • Aileen O’Carroll, Alessio Lunghi, Laurence Cox, “I’m in the news today, oh boy”: smear tactics and media bullying

Other articles:

Eurig Scandrett and Suroopa Mukherjee, Globalisation and abstraction in theBhopalsurvivors’ movement

George Sranko, Collaborative governance and a strategic approach to facilitating change: the South East Queensland Forest Agreement and the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

John Agbonifo, Territorialising Niger Delta conflicts: place and contentious mobilisation
 

This issue’s reviews include the following titles:
    • Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna, Anarchism and utopianism
    • Fiona Dukelow and Orla O’Donovan, Mobilising classics: reading radical writing in Ireland
    • David Graeber, Direct action: an ethnography
    • Nathalie Hyde-Clarke, The citizen in communication: re-visiting traditional, new and community media practices in South Africa
    • Gabriel Kuhn, Sober living for the revolution: hardcore punk, Straight Edge, and radical politics
    • Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Dispossession and resistance in India: the river and the rage

A Call for Papers for volume 4 issue 1 of Interface is now open, on the theme of “The season of revolution: the Arab spring” (submissions deadline November 1 2011).

We can review and publish articles in Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu.

The website has the full CFP and details on how to submit articles for this issue at http://www.interfacejournal.net/2011/05/call-for-papers-volume-4-issue-1-the-season-of-revolution-the-arab-spring/

Volume 3, issue 2 on “Feminism, women’s movements and women in movement” is due to be published in November 2011. A Call for Papers for volume 4 issue 2, on “The global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work and workers” will shortly be published (deadline May 1 2012 for publication in November 2012).

Interface is always open to new collaborators. We need activists and academics who can referee articles in Chinese, Indonesian and Russian in particular, and translators to help with our multilingual project more generally. We are also looking for people willing to help set up regional groups in East Asia and Central Asia. We are also looking for collaborators for our existing groups, particularly but not only the African, South Asian, Spanish-speaking Latin American, East and Central European, and Oceania / SE Asian groups. More details can be found on our website: http://interfacejournal.net

Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested.

 

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 4th SEPTEMBER 2010

 

EVENTS

VOICES OF DISSENT: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF POETRY OF RESISTANCE

Sept. 16-20
Toronto

Poets, artists, musicians and social activists will gather in various Toronto venues later this month to celebrate the boundless capacity of verse to resist oppression and create links among diverse communities. The International Festival of Poetry of Resistance will feature readings, roundtable discussions, musical performances and a special “festivalito” for children.

The festival will begin on Thursday, September 16 at 5 p.m. at the New Horizons Auditorium, 1140 Bloor Street West (at Dufferin), Toronto. It will continue until Monday, September 20 at various locations. The children’s “Festivalito” will take place on Friday, September 17 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the 519 Church Street Community Centre.

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE SPEAKERS’ SERIES: SOCIAL STOCK MARKETS & IMPACT INVESTING

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 12-199
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

With:
Adam Spence, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) @ MaRS
Annie Malhotra, Social Venture Exchange (SVX)

Adam Spence will discuss the practical development of impact investing in Canada, an investment approach aiming to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial profit.

Annie Malhotra will discuss the development of the social venture exchange (SVX) project and the work of ethical stock markets around the globe.

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

For more information, please contact: Lisa White at secspeakerseries@gmail.com.

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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FREE TRANSIT STREET PARTY

Saturday, Oct. 2
1:00-4:00
In Christie Pits Park off Bloor St
(across the street from the Christie subway stop)

No Fare Is Fair!

Come to the park to celebrate the campaign to win free and accessible transit for the GTA.

Food, music, puppets, entertainment and more.

For more info or to get involved contact: nofareisfair@gmail.com

A project of the GTWA: http://www.workersassembly.ca

Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147217141977827

Poster for October 2nd event (please copy and distribute):
http://www.workersassembly.ca/events/FreeTransit.pdf

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WORKING WITH GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY GROUPS: LUNCH N’ LEARN

September 13, 2010
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation, 4th Floor, Alterna Savings Room
215 Spadina Ave., Toronto

Mario Tellez, Projects Coordinator of the Casa Canadiense Community Centre in Managua, Nicaragua will facilitate a discussion about the challenges and possibilities of working with community groups.  As the Projects Coordinator, Mario works closely with 10 grassroots community associations in Nicaragua to develop proposals, implement projects and effectively relay the stories of communities back to donors.  He is developing a capacity building program where representatives of community groups will work to improve their proposal writing skills.

If you want to discuss your experiences working with the grassroots and share ideas about what works, what doesn’t and how we can engage respectfully with partners, please attend!

To register: katie@pueblito.org

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CLIMATE REALITY: A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JAMES HANSEN, NAOMI KLEIN & CLAYTON THOMAS-MULLER

Wednesday, September 15
5:30-9:30
McMillan Theatre, University of Toronto
Edward Johnson Bldg (North), 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto

A public event on climate science and climate justice with the world’s foremost climate scientist and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen; the author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein and Indigenous Environmental Network’s Tar Sands Campaigner, Clayton Thomas-Muller. Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux (U of T, Aboriginal Studies and Social Work).

5:30pm – 6:30pm Science presentation by James Hansen
6:30pm – 7:00pm Intermission
7:00pm – 8:45pm Climate Reality: A Conversation with Dr. James Hansen, Naomi Klein & Clayton Thomas-Muller, moderated by Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.

Admission free.

Organized by:
The Centre for Global Change Science, U of T, http://www.cgcs.utoronto.ca/Page4.aspx

Science for Peace, http://www.scienceforpeace.ca

Contact: Science for Peace office, sfp@physics.utoronto.ca

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SUBURBAN UNIVERSITY-COMMUNITY RESEARCH NETWORK MEETING

September 17
10am – noon
East Scarborough Storefront
4040 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto

On the agenda so far:
– follow up on the Mimico 20/20 plan and response
– other housing / anti-poverty initiatives?
– transit activism in East Scarborough and city wide
– municipal elections

Please feel free to make additions!

The August 16th meeting took place in South Etobicoke, hosted by LAMP and local area residents. We went on a walking tour of the community, guided by local residents, and learned about city hall’s vision for the area’s redevelopment and the implications for tenants. Some members of our network have undertaken research about the planning process in support of the residents and will provide an update in September.

For more information, contact Deb Cowen at: deb.cowen@utoronto.ca

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UNION ACTION WITHOUT BORDERS: AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, 23 September 2010
HEC Montreal
Cote-Sainte-Catherine Bldg.
3000 Cote-Sainte Catherine Avenue
Montreal, PQ

The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) in collaboration with CISO, CSQ, CSN and FTQ is organizing a symposium on international trade union action. Its purpose is to assess the different initiatives undertaken by labour unions at various levels, be it local, national and international.

This important Symposium will tackle a variety of contemporary relevant issues. What tools and resources are available to unions? How can we build a dialogue between northern and southern countries? How can we enhance workers’ awareness with respect to international trade unionism? How can these actions improve the working conditions here in Canada and abroad? These are some of the questions to be discussed among participants during plenary sessions and workshops.

For more info: http://www.crimt.org/uawb.html

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NEWS & VIEWS

PRIVATE SECTOR IS NOT HELPING ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Tepid GDP numbers released Tuesday by Statistics Canada confirm that Canada’s economic recovery, such as it was, is sliding completely into the ditch. We’re clearly heading for stagnation at best, and quite possibly another “double dip” downturn.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/09/private-sectors-continuing-failure-lead-economic-recovery  

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NON-UNION HOSPITAL STAFF FORCED TO TAKE TWO YEARS OF ZEROES. AN INCENTIVE FOR UNIONIZATION?

by Doug Allan, leftwords

The Toronto Star reports: “Thousands of Ontario nurses who work at …non-unionized hospitals complain they’re getting the cold shoulder from Premier Dalton McGuinty’s public sector pay freeze.”

While the non-union RNs are in the midst of a government imposed two year wage freeze, unionized RNs got pay increases April 1, as per their collective agreement. “I don’t know why they’re doing this to us,” non-union RN Julia Fisher said. “The government has created a two-tier pay schedule. We’re being penalized.”

Read more: http://www.ochu.on.ca/leftwords_ochuBlog.php

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ON MLK’S DAY, UNIONS, CONSERVATIVES RALLY FOR JOBS, JUSTICE—HONOR?

by Tiffany Ten Eyck, Labor Notes

Forty-seven years after Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered the words “I have a dream” to an overflow crowd on the Washington Mall, August 28 still has resonance for civil rights activists, the union movement, and, now, the Tea Party?

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2010/09/mlks-day-unions-conservatives-rally-jobs-justice-honor

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POLICE MADE MISTAKES IN G20 TACTICS, CHIEF ADMITS FOR FIRST TIME

By Kate Allen, Globe & Mail

Acknowledgment comes on heels of raft of complaints, lawsuits, inquiries into police actions during June weekend.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/police-made-mistakes-in-g20-tactics-chief-admits-for-first-time/article1694815/

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NEW BOOK ON THE GLOBAL WORKING CLASS: “LIVE WORKING OR DIE FIGHTING”

Paul Mason’s “Live Working or Die Fighting” is one of the most important books to come out about the international labour movement in recent years.  It’s just come out in paperback and it’s LabourStart’s book of the month for September.

Live Working or Die Fighting is a two-hundred year story of the global working class and its many struggles for justice. The stories in the book come to life through the voices of remarkable individuals: child laborers in Charles Dickens’ England, visionary women on the barricades of Paris, gun-toting railway strikers in America’s Wild West, and beer-swilling German metalworkes who tried to stop the First World War. It is a story of urban slums, self-help cooperatives, choirs and brass bands, free love, and self-education by candlelight. And in the developing industrial economies of the world, it is still with us.

To learn more about it and to order your copies, visit https://ssl30.pair.com/unionist/ccp51/cgi-bin/cp-app.cgi?rrc=N&pg=prod&ref=workclass&affl=labourstart  

Remember that every copy you order helps support LabourStart’s campaigning activities; for more info about LabourStart, visit http://www.labourstart.org/

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REPORT: WORKING AS ALLIES

by Jen Margaret, Auckland Workers Educational Association

A critical dimension of social justice struggles is the work of the people who support those more directly affected by a particular justice issue, the work of allies. This report documents learning from a visit, made possible with support from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, to North America in May 2010 to meet with people who are working as allies supporting the struggles of indigenous peoples and/or undertaking anti-racism work. In 15 separate meetings I met with 18 people who were working in a range of contexts that included Indigenous studies programmes in universities, community organisations, church and human rights organisations. I also had email discussions with a number of people with whom it was not possible to meet face to face.

Read the full report: http://awea.org.nz/sites/default/files/Jen_Margaret_Working_as_Allies_2010.pdf
Resources for working as allies: http://awea.org.nz/allies_resources

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

MIND THE GAP: SCHOOL LEAVER ASPIRATIONS AND DELAYED PATHWAYS TO FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Author: Tom Stehlika
Journal of Education and Work, Volume 23, Issue 4 September
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a926503481~frm=titlelink
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HEALTH LEARNING AND ADULT EDUCATION: IN SEARCH OF A THEORY OF PRACTICE
Sandra R. Schecter and Jacqueline Lynch
Adult Education Quarterly published 27 August 2010, 10.1177/0741713610380438
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610380438v

IS ANY JOB BETTER THAN NO JOB? LIFE SATISFACTION AND RE-EMPLOYMENT
Carola Grün, Wolfgang Hauser and Thomas Rhein
Journal of Labor Research,Volume 31, Number 3, 285-306
http://www.springerlink.com/content/7x18u6642w15g634/

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JOB POSTINGS

CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION, TORONTO – INTERNSHIP

Wanna be an agent for change? Are you ready to change the world? Crazy creative? Love helping people? Juiced by turning wild ideas into action? And have a little extra time to invest in your future?

The Centre for Social Innovation is offering a world-changing opportunity to trade your time and energy for our expertise, networks and free office space! Warning: We have no money! This isn’t a paying gig.

The deal: your time & positive energy = free office space, ideas and networks

The Centre for Social Innovation is looking for up to fifteen incredible people to participate in a four month agents of change pilot program.

You get trained up in a community animation intensive.  Then you give your time as a community animator for free office space — 1 day per week of your time = 60 hours/month of hot desking. The program runs from October 1, 2010 to January 30, 2011.

More info: http://socialinnovation.ca/internship

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CANVASSERS, F/T, TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE, TORONTO ON

TEA is recognized locally and nationally for our municipal work on smog, waste reduction, pesticides, transit, Greenbelt protection, energy efficiency and green power — issues we believe are critical to the health and well-being of Toronto residents. Our collaborations with the community (eg. community groups, local labour groups, small businesses, anti-poverty groups) are cherished and key to our past and future successes.

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) has exciting opportunities for
environmentally minded, articulate, and passionate individuals.

TEA is currently hiring front line campaign positions. The job gives you the opportunity to go door to door and talk to the public about some of Toronto’s key environmental issues. Give yourself the chance to really make a difference in our community.

The job hours are from 2pm – 10pm, Monday through Friday. Starting pay is $410 a week for full-time.

More info: http://torontoenvironment.org/jobs

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FOODSHARE COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, TORONTO

Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2010, 5pm

FoodShare Toronto is seeking a Communications Coordinator to join our dynamic and passionate team.

Reporting to the Fundraising and Communications Manager, this position will support all of FoodShare’s communications activities and the creation of all of our communications materials for our diverse stakeholders including customers, program participants, community members, partners, donors, policy makers, educators, the general public and more. More specifically, the Communications Coordinator will take responsibility for assuring that brand standards and guidelines are maintained, that the FoodShare website and social media channels are fresh and up-to-date, and will assist with media relations and event coordination.

For more info: http://www.foodshare.net/upcomingjobs-CommCoord.htm
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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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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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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 18th JULY 2010

EVENTS

THE END OF POVERTY? – A FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM

July 22
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Hart House, U of T, East Common Room
7 Kings College Circle
Toronto, ON

The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced… labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.

More info: http://www.theendofpoverty.com/

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RED IS THE NEW GREEN: MARX’S ECOLOGY WORKSHOP

Wednesday, July 21
6-8 pm
Admission: $7 or pay what you can
Bloor Gladstone Library
1101 Bloor St. West
Toronto

More info: foundationforsocialeconomics@gmail.com

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THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP

Workshop on processing the events of the G20 meeting, with Naomi Tessler.

Wednesday, July 21
7 pm
Admission: $15 ($7 sliding scale)
Friends House
60 Lowther Ave.
Toronto

More info: peaceworks@primus.ca

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HOTEL WORKERS RISING: MAKE HISTORY ON JULY 22!

Join hotel workers across North America in a historic protest against global hotel corporations. In 15 cities, including Vancouver and Toronto, hotel workers will be demonstrating their unity and their determination to fight for respect in an industry dominated by wealthy multinational companies that continue cutting jobs and trying to squeeze more from workers.

Thursday, July 22
5:00pm
Toronto: Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King St. W (at Peter)
Vancouver: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St.

More info: http://www.hotelworkersrising.org/update.php?city_id=160

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COCAL (COALITION OF CONTINGENT ACADEMIC LABOR) IX CONFERENCE

August 13-15, 2010
Université Laval
Québec City, PQ

The host for the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL IX) will be the Syndicat des chargées et chargés de cours de l’Université Laval (SCCCUL) which is affiliated with the Fédération des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN).

COCAL is a coalition of higher education activists from the North American continent. We are united in working to improve working conditions at colleges and universities for contingent faculty, including adjunct, part-time, and non-tenure track instructors, and graduate teaching assistants.

More info: http://cocalinternational.org/events.html

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NEWS & VIEWS

$16 BILLION FOR THE WRONG PLANES

Michael Byers, Toronto Star

On Friday, Defence Minister Peter MacKay made it official, publicly committing Canadian taxpayers to a $16 billion deal for the purchase and maintenance of 65 F-35s.

The contract will not be put out for tender because the Harper government has determined that only one plane fits its operational requirements. Or, more accurately, the Harper government has drawn up the operational requirements to exclude everything but the F-35.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/836959–16-billion-for-the-wrong-planes

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WALL STREET IS LAUNDERING DRUG MONEY AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT

Zach Carter, Alternet

Wall Street has been caught laundering massive amounts of drug money. So why isn’t anybody being punished?

http://www.alternet.org/economy/147564/wall_street_is_laundering_drug_money_and_getting_away_with_it/
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HOTEL WORKERS TRAINING FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN 15 CITIES

John Wojcik, People’s World

More than 1,000 cooks, dishwashers and housekeepers are taking an unusual detour on their way home from work this week. They are stopping off at two-hour training sessions where their union is preparing them to carry out nonviolent civil disobedience on July 22 at Hyatt hotels in 15 cities.

http://peoplesworld.org/hotel-workers-training-for-civil-disobedience-in-15-cities/

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IMMIGRANT WORKERS AT NON-UNION CHICKEN PLANT STOP WORK OVER DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

Francisco Risso, Labor Notes

Chicken processing workers stopped the line for an hour at the Case Farms plant in Morganton, North Carolina, over dangerous and abusive conditions.

The remarkable wildcat action, in late April, won the non-union and largely immigrant workforce several gains—including an all-important decrease in line speed—which they have preserved.

http://www.labornotes.org/2010/07/immigrant-workers-non-union-chicken-plant-stop-work-over-dangerous-conditions

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THE G20 DEBACLE: WHAT IT MIGHT HAVE LOOKED LIKE INSIDE THE FENCE

Justin Podur, The Bullet

Consolidation and free trade, which serve the western members of the G20 better than its big, poor members, are the substantial commitments of the declaration. Both sets of policies have proven immensely unpopular where they have been imposed. To defend them, like defending the summits, governments have turned to police forces and fear.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/380.php

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VIDEO – BARGAINING IN AN ERA OF WAGE RESTRAINT: RE-THINKING STRATEGIES FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR

with:

– Sam Gindin, Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto and active with the Toronto Workers’ Assembly.
–  Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions and Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario.

http://socialistproject.ca/lists/lt.php?id=cUpXCQQGBwNFAQIGGglZAQ%3D%3D

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ONLINE ARTICLES

PLEASURE AND MEANING: THE TWO FOUNDATIONS OF HAPPINESS
Jiyun Wu
Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 5, Number 1 / March, 2010
http://www.springerlink.com/content/f907hm8l124x8262/

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ON THE MODERN MEANING OF PHILANTHROPY
Marty Sulek
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2010;39 193-212
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/39/2/193

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BOOK REVIEW: THE ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF LIFELONG LEARNING (ED. PETER JARVIS)
Miriam Zukas
Vocations and Learning, Volume 3, Number 1 / April, 2010
http://www.springerlink.com/content/g09141500562q2k8/

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FAILING YOUNG PEOPLE? EDUCATION AND ASPIRATIONS IN A DEPRIVED COMMUNITY
S. Sinclair, J.H. McKendrick, and G. Scott
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 2010;5 5-20
http://esj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/5/1/5

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STEPPING UP, STEPPING BACK: WOMEN ACTIVISTS ‘TALK UNION’ ACROSS GENERATIONS
Berger-Marks Foundation, 2010
http://www.bergermarks.org/resources/SteppingUpSteppingBack.pdf

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OUR MANDATE:

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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Work, work, work

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 10th JULY 2010

 

EVENTS

COMMUNITY FORUM ON HOUSING

Wednesday, July 7
5:00 – 7:30 PM
4175 Lawrence Avenue East (at Kingston Road)
Recreation Room

Social Planning Toronto and the Centre for the Study of Education and Work’s APCOL Project invite you to this community forum with speakers Ann Fitzpatrick (Housing Action, Now), Yutaka Dirks (Housing Network of Ontario), Michael Kerr (Colour of Poverty, Colour of Change).  Learn about housing campaigns, solutions and organizing tools!  Network with housing activists and share your local stories with them.

RSVP to Israt Ahmed at (416) 431-9150 or iahmed@socialplanningtoronto.org

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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY – 4TH ASSEMBLY AND PUBLIC MEETING

July 16 -17 2010

The 4th gathering of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly will be held this July 16 -17 2010. Next week!

The Workers’ Assembly will have 3 components:

1. Friday July 16th (Evening) is a public forum on the Free and Accessible Transit Campaign. This event is open to the public. No registration required. For more info: http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/102

2. Saturday 17th (Morning) is an internal Assembly meeting. This event is for members and supportive observers only. Registration required. In order to register send an email to: workingclassfightback@gmail.com
In the subject line write: Registration

3. Saturday 17th (Afternoon) is a discussion on the G20: its meaning, and how to build strategic campaigns of resistance against its international policies here in the city. The discussion is for members and supportive observers of the Assembly. Members and observers are welcome to bring guests. Registration required. In order to register send an email to: workingclassfightback@gmail.com In the subject line write: Registration

The suggested contribution to the Assembly is $10/ PWYC (Lunch will not be provided). Contributions will be collected on Saturday.

Childcare subsidy provided to members with prior notice. If required email workingclassfightback@gmail.com  In the subject line of the email write “childcare subsidy”

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FREE OUR FRIENDS: A G20 LEGAL DEFENCE FUNDRAISER

Thursday, July 22
9:00pm – 1:00am
The Central
603 Markham Street (Just South of Bloor, Just West of Bathurst)
Toronto, ON

Show solidarity with G20 political prisoners by dancing yr face off and donating some cash in exchange for some solid musical love.

ALL proceeds at the door go to legal funds for G20 legal defence (including for our friend Illogik, who is performing), and we’ll also have some raffles and other goodies for you to throw money at. every last dime will go to paying legal bills.

Suggested Donation: $5-10 Sliding Scale

featuring:

– Hush Money: http://everyoneisdoomed.org/hushmoney/
– Illogik: http://www.myspace.com/testtheirlogik

and more bands TBA!

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TORONTO OPEN BUDGET INITIATIVE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH AND TOWN HALL

Tuesday, July 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West

The City of Toronto’s budget is $9.2 billion and oversees programs and services for over 2.4 million people.  TOBI wants to find ways for individuals to become more involved in making the decisions about how these funds are spent.  Join us for:

– A panel presentation of TOBI principles and values
– TOBI’s recommended actions
– A chance to learn about some issues within Toronto’s current budget process
– Sharing your ideas for a more open and participatory budget process in Toronto

No registration required.

Please note that campaigning on civic property is prohibited. This is an informational event. Please refrain from bringing any campaign materials, flyers or brochures promoting any municipal election campaigns.

Who is TOBI? The Toronto Open Budget Initiative is a group of residents and community organizations working in areas including housing, arts, environment, childcare, social planning, child welfare, seniors, youth, anti-poverty, gender and racial equality, and local community services.  This group formed in September 2009 and has been organizing and advocating for a more open, participatory and equitable budget process in the City of Toronto.

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RACIALIZED MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES FORUM

Come and hear from racialized municipal candidates and find out what they stand for.

Tuesday July 13th
6:00pm
31 Wellesley Street East
A Free Event
All are welcome

Event poster at http://aclaontario.ca
info@aclaontario.ca   416.347.9732

Organized by the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Latin American Trade Union Coalition.

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NEWS & VIEWS

JASON KENNEY’S DISPOSABLE WORKFORCE OF TEMPORARY FOREIGN LABOUR

by Usman Mushtaq, rabble.ca

Foreign students and temporary workers lose immigration and labour rights as CIC lowers their numbers and status. The restrictive immigration law announcement was made over G20 weekend.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/07/jason-kenneys-disposable-workforce-temporary-foreign-labour

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SECRECY ABOUT ONTARIO SUPERCORP SHOULD END: CUPE

Premier Dalton McGuinty should make public the White Paper that recommends selling shares to a “SuperCorp” made up of the LCBO, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and the OLG.

To read more: http://cupe.ca/privatization/stop-governing-secret-release-supercorp

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CANADIANS CRAVE FEDERAL ACTION ON STUDENT NUTRITION

85% of Canadians support federal-provincial cooperation “to provide universal access to healthy snacks and lunches for all school aged children across Canada.” This conclusion is among the findings of a representative poll of Canadians conducted by the opinion research firm Strategic Communications in April, 2010.  

To read more: http://www.foodshare.net/Foodpolicy08.htm

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MASSEY WORKERS FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS

By Euan Gibb, The Bullet

Now that the G20 has left town, let’s get down to talking about the reality of maternal health in the City of Toronto. Workers at the Massey Centre for Women are entering their 11th week on a picket line. Throughout this strike, the 66 members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada have proved themselves to be courageous, dedicated and clear-minded. They are also passionate advocates for the young women that they work with.

To read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/383.php

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND WORKERS’ LEARNING: FORMAL GAPS, INFORMAL CLOSURE, SYSTEMIC LIMITS
D. W. Livingstone  
Journal of Education and Work Pages 207 – 231. DOI: 10.1080/13639081003785732
http://bit.ly/dxmHEK

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IS THE THIRD SECTOR AN EMERGING ECONOMIC INSTITUTION? SOCIAL PREFERENCES VERSUS POVERTY TRAPS
Adalgiso Amendola, Maria Rosaria Garofalo, and Annamaria Nese
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 8 July 2010, 10.1177/0899764010371232
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010371232v1

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CONTESTED VISIONS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: CITIZENSHIP, PUBLIC HOUSING, AND THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA
Jo Ann Argersinger
Journal of Urban History published 8 July 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374315
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210374315v1

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WORK-BASED EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN CHINA
Zhenyi Guo and Stephen Lamb
book chapter: International Comparisons of China’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training System
http://www.springerlink.com/content/t83567x7t86v0588/

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OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS: TRAINING MATURE-AGED MANUFACTURING WORKERS
Erica Smith, Andrew Smith, Chris Selby Smith
Journal of Workplace Learning Pages: 277-291
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1865094&show=abstract

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OUR MANDATE:

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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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 4th JULY 2010

NEWS & VIEWS

•   CCLA Releases a Preliminary Report of Observations during the G20 Summit
•   In the Aftermath of the G20: Reflections on Strategy, Tactics and Militancy
•   A Public Lesson in Fear and Apathy: Educators Condemn the G20 Attack on Civic Education
•   Another One Bites the Dust: Cornell University may Sever its Contract with Nike
•   Report: Ontario Renters Spending Half of Income on Housing
•   Our Times Sneak Preview 29#3


EVENTS

COME TO CITY HALL – DEFEND TORONTO HYDRO

Tuesday, July 6
2:00 pm onwards
Toronto City Hall

The relentless drive by Bay Street financiers to sell off Toronto Hydro continues. A staff report to the City Council Executive recently recommended asking the provincial government to cancel any taxes that would be paid if the city wanted to sell off its public utility. That would remove a major obstacle to privatization. The executive not only rejected that stupid advice, but Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone has moved a motion explicitly calling for keeping Toronto Hydro in public hands.

The motion will come to City Council next Tuesday, July 6th, timed for 2:00 pm. Councillors need to see strong public support for keeping Hydro public. We need the galleries packed. Please make every effort to get to City Hall from 2:00 on – the debate won’t be a short one.

To see how Hydro could expand its role to be a key player creating new good green jobs, go to http://www.goodjobsforall.ca

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13TH ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMER RETREAT:“AFTER THE CRASH: CREATING RESPONSES TO GROWING INEQUALITIES”

Thursday, August 26th to Sunday, August 29rd, Camp Arowhon, AlgonquinPark

Registration is now open!!
Early bird registration available until July 31th, 2010.

The collapse of financial institutions worldwide has thrown economies into prolonged recessions or minimal growth. Jobs have disappeared and lives suddenly and uncontrollably altered. Government revenues have fallen with the decline of economic activity and the loss of jobs. Declining revenues, recent tax cuts and modest spending to create jobs have all produced budgetary deficits… How can we organize to anticipate the coming cuts? How can we build coalitions to protest cuts and the loss of democratic controls?    

There is also a call for workshop proposals. Please visit http://www.socialjustice.org for more information and online registration.

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SEMINAR – PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION: CONSEQUENCES FOR CITIZENSHIP AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

Tuesday,  July 27
1:00 – 2:30
CIDE ‘Smart’ Room,  7-105, 7th floor
OISE – University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West (at St. George subway stn.)

with Professor Orit Ichilov (Tel-Aviv University, School of Education, Israel)

Democratic societies assign public schools a prominent role in the development of citizenship virtues, values, and skills.  By the early 1990s, privatizing public education became a credible policy in many countries. Through the prisms of modern democratic theory and the discourse of rights, Dr. Ichilov argues that the introduction of “market” ethos and practices in public education represents a drift away from the collective mission of public schools in democracy, and subversion of the democratic purposes of education.

Co-sponsored by Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and CIDE – the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre

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DAY OF ACTION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES

Saturday, July 10
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON

Despite threats of new crowd dispersal weapons and dubious claims that police were granted extraordinary powers of search and arrest, over 25,000 people peacefully marched to question the legitimacy of the G20…Under the pretext of stopping vandalism, the police descended upon peaceful protesters and confused passers-by with force that was disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive, and included raids, rubber bullets, tear gas and pre-emptive detentions. In total, more than 900 people were detained based on dubious charges, in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history.

Demonstrate your opposition to the excessive use of police force and the unprecedented curtailment of civil liberties. Demand an independent public inquiry. Join the Day of Action for Civil Liberties in towns and cities across Canada and Québec on July 10, 2010.

For information or to endorse the day: CivilLibertiesNOW@gmail.com

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TELLING OUR STORIES: DISABILITY SHOULD NOT EQUAL POVERTY

Wednesday, July 7
1:00 to 5:00 pm (previously planned for June 24)
Metro Hall Rotunda, Toronto

We invite ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) recipients, family members, and the general public to join us for an afternoon of sharing what it is really like to live on ODSP. The speaking agenda will include a panel discussion on human rights and ODSP, as well as personal stories from four people with direct experience living on ODSP. The event will also include informational displays and an area where you can share your own story. We are also excited to launch the ODSP Action Coalition’s Disability Declaration at this event.

Accessibility accommodations will be provided for those who need them.

To access our flyer with more info, please go here: http://www.odspacti.on.ca/story/join-us-july-7

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NEWS & VIEWS

CCLA RELEASES A PRELIMINARY REPORT OF OBSERVATIONS DURING THE G20 SUMMIT

The CCLA (Canadian Civil Liberties Association) released its preliminary report on the G20 Summit policing and security today, entitled “A Breach of the Peace”. The report is based on the first-hand observations of over 50 human rights monitors that CCLA dispatched to observe the police presence at G20-related demonstrations throughout the week.

It is the opinion of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association that police conduct during the G20 Summit was, at times, disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive. In our view, despite instances of commendable and professional conduct, the policing and security efforts, especially after 5PM on June 26 and June 27, failed to demonstrate commitment to Canada’s constitutional values.

Executive summary: http://bit.ly/9eAL6q
Interim report: http://bit.ly/dijorE

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE G20: REFLECTIONS ON STRATEGY, TACTICS AND MILITANCY

by Ritch Whyman, The Bullet

The events at the Saturday G20 demonstration in Toronto last week have provoked a series of responses already. This article is not meant to review the events of the day itself, but to look at the questions raised by the demonstrations and tactics used for the left.

Suffice to say the reaction of the police, in arresting, detaining, and brutalizing nearly 1,000 people in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history, exposes the serious attacks on civil liberties the left faces.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/381.php#continue

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A PUBLIC LESSON IN FEAR AND APATHY: EDUCATORS CONDEMN THE G20 ATTACK ON CIVIC EDUCATION

As educators, we charge the federal and Ontario governments, RCMP, OPP and Toronto Police responsible for G20 security for violating the institution of civic education. Our responsibility as educators is to prepare active citizens with a strong concern for democratic institutions and a sense of duty to participate actively in democratic processes…Democratic participation [was] not only threatened but, in vast numbers, criminalized and punished in a direct attack on democracy during the Toronto G20 summit.

Read more: http://www.petitiononline.com/Educator/petition.html

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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: CORNELL UNIVERSITY MAY SEVER ITS CONTRACT WITH NIKE

from InsideHigherEd.com

Absent “significant progress” toward the resolution of an ongoing labor dispute in Honduras, Cornell University will follow the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s lead and end its licensing agreement with Nike. The decision, issued by President David Skorton in an internal letter Monday, is being heralded by anti-sweatshop activists as a significant victory in a battle over Nike’s refusal to pay severance to displaced workers in its supply chain.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/02/nike

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REPORT: ONTARIO RENTERS SPENDING HALF OF INCOME ON HOUSING

Where’s Home? 2010 finds that over 260,000 Ontario households are spending more than half of their income on housing – a level that forces many to make difficult choices between paying the rent and other necessities.

The report, co-authored by Ontario Non-Profit Housing Assocation (ONPHA) and  Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHFC) Ontario Region, studies affordable rental housing across 22 communities in Ontario and highlights the urgent need for increased investment in Ontario’s affordable housing sector.

Press release: http://bit.ly/9WinPp
Full report: http://bit.ly/9x3Ca7

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OUR TIMES SNEAK PREVIEW 29#3

In Our Times’ summer issue (Vol.29 No.3) award-winning Canadian photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo profiles the work and lives of migrant farm workers. We’re also taking a look at how more and more employers in Canada will be required to keep their workplaces free of psychological harassment. And Ariel Troster from the Public Service Alliance of Canada interviews author Gary Kinsman about how the RCMP purged gay and lesbian workers from the federal public service.

Our WebWork columnist, Derek Blackadder, finds his doubting self swayed by tweets. Sean Cain’s back with another great Our Times Tally. And former elementary school teacher Robert Whitely reviews one of the latest issues of the great Canadian education journal Our Schools/Our Selves. Plus much more. It’s going to be a great issue.

Read more: https://www.securewebexchange.com/ourtimes.ca/Support/

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JOB POSTINGS

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANIMATORS

Deadline: July 9, 2010

Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition, through FoodShare, is seeking 5 full time and 2 part time passionate and creative Community Development Animators.

We’re looking for enthusiastic promoters of healthy eating in the school and community with a strong understanding of student and youth nutrition programs to engage and develop community support to establish new and continue existing sustainable meal programs.

For more info: http://www.foodshare.net/upcomingjobs.htm

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COMMUNITY GARDEN COORDINATOR, F/T

Deadline: July 9, 2010

The Stop Community Food Centre uses food and food access as a tool for community development in the Davenport West and Wychwood Heights neighbourhoods of Toronto. The Community Garden Coordinator works as a member of the urban agriculture team to engage community members to participate in community gardening in order to improve participants’ access to healthy food, reduce social isolation, and increase knowledge about how to grow food.

For more info: http://www.thestop.org/jobs

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OUR MANDATE:

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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ISRINTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST REVIEW – ISSUE 68

International Socialist Review, Issue 68 is now out

http://www.isreview.org/

ISSUE 68:
November-December 2009 TOO MANY PEOPLE?
Population, hunger, and the environment

EDITORIAL

The business of health care reform

ANALYSIS IN BRIEF

Elizabeth Schulte: Why won’t they call it racism?

Eric Ruder interviews Gareth Porter: Obama’s Afghan Disaster

COLUMN

Phil Gasper • Critical Thinking: What ever happened to “Change we can believe in?”

Shaun Joseph: The coup in Honduras: Perspectives and prospects

INTERVIEWS

Cleve Jones: Getting back to our roots

Walden Bello: The G20 after the crash

FEATURES

John Pilger: Power, illusion, and American’s last taboo

Chris Williams: Are there too many people?

Rick Kuhn: Economic crisis and the responsibility of socialists

HISTORY

Rebekah Ward: Darwin: the reluctant revolutionary

John Riddell: Clara Zetkin’s strugggle for the united front

Sharon Smith: 1934: The strikes that led the way

REVIEWS

Chrisopher Phelps: The sexual revolution, A review of Sherry Wolf’s Sexuality and Socialism

Ian Angus: Two accounts of Engels’ revolutionary life

Phil Aliff on soldier’s resistance; David Florey on racism after Katrina; Sara Knopp and Mais Jasser on a teenager’s diary under occupation; Marlene Martin on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Jailhouse Lawyers; Chris Williams on Monthly Review’s special issue on food

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Chipsdown

Chipsdown

BROWNDOWN MELTDOWN

 

There is an excellent article by George Monbiot in The Guardian today: ‘One financial meltdown, it seems, is just not enough for Gordon Brown’ (8th September, p.33).

Monbiot indicates Gordon Brown’s degree of responsibility for the current crisis of capital and his dysfunctional reluctance to attempt to place substantial restraints on banks and bankers’ activities – which have been ruinous for millions.

As Monbiot notes:

“So there will be no reckoning. There will be no firm restraint, no punishment, no measure sufficient to prevent a repetition of the crash. The only people who will not be harmed by the banking crisis are the bankers who caused it”.

See the article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/07/financial-meltdown-gordon-brown-g20

Glenn Rikowski

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

 

Youth Unemployment

Youth Unemployment

YOUTH FIGHT FOR JOBS

 

 

Youth Fight for Jobs is to have a national demonstration against youth unemployment. Youth Fight for Jobs is supported by the RMT, the PCS and the CWU, and will be calling a national demonstration on 28 November around the slogans “for real jobs – for free education”.

Ben Robinson, Youth Fight for Jobs chair, said “There is absolutely no evidence of this recession ending for young people. Job losses continue to rise, vacancies are still falling, and the unemployment figures continue to rise.”

“What does the government offer? For college students hoping for university places next week, tens of thousands of them will be unable to get in because of Browns penny pinching. For all those in education, there will be over £65 million worth of cuts enforced. Against a background of lowered living standards for the majority, the Westminster consensus is university fees will rise. For young people on the dole, the Future Jobs Fund will be wholly inadequate and is open to exploitation of young people.”

“That is why we are getting organised and fighting back. We are calling a national demonstration on 28 November to bring together young people and trade unionists to call for a real program of job creation, for a decent education system open to all. We are also calling a lobby of Parliament in September to coincide with the next set of unemployment figures.”

“Our members have been down to picket lines supporting the CWU postal workers on strike today, building unity amongst workers and young people to say that we won’t pay for the bosses’ crisis.”

Youth Fight for Jobs was launched through a ‘March for Jobs’ to the G20 meeting in London on 2nd April. Over 600 unemployed youth, young workers, graduates and school leavers marched through four of the poorest boroughs in London before rallying at the G20 meeting. Youth Fight for Jobs is supported by three major trade unions, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and the Communications Workers Union (CWU).

For more information on Youth Fight for Jobs see: http://www.youthfightforjobs.com/

Video of the Youth Fight for Jobs march, Thursday 2nd April, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJP72UXdBeY

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Why the Crisis isn’t the fault of ‘Greedy Bankers’

 

A Principia Dialectica Meeting

 

Friday 17 April at 7.30pm

The Lucas Arms

Grays Inn Road

London

 

Nearest tube: King’s Cross

 

Is the credit crunch and crisis really the result of greed, stupidity and incompetence, as more or less everyone, from the Right and the Left are telling us, or are there deeper reasons for the mess? The theory of value, which Marx laid out in Capital, does provide us with a way to understand the world we live in, but we need to recognise that capital is a powerful machine or organism, and a highly dysfunctional one at that, following its own mad laws of development, and for whom humanity is no more than an appendage. Nobody actually “runs” the system, certainly not the G20 leaders, or the so-called ‘Masters of the Universe’ on Wall Street. It’s the system that runs them! Come and take part in a discussion on the value-based analysis of capital today and what it means for the future of humanity.

 

More details: http://www.principiadialectica.co.uk

 

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Mark Thomas at the Put People First G20 Protest


A rousing, funny and inspirational speech by Mark Thomas at the Put People First G20 Protest, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjKNja3m0zc

 

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UEL Political Closure during G20

 

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 31st 2009, 3.00pm.

 

G20 SUMMIT: PUBLIC OUTRAGE AS UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON CLOSES CAMPUS TO EDUCATION AND DEMOCRACY

 

The G20 Alternative Summit must go on! Classes and lectures must go on!

  • In only a few hours a petition to Keep UEL Open receives over 1400 signatories from across the world, including well-know academics and writers, e.g. Naomi Klein.
  • University is a crucial centre of democracy. Democracy is now the only safe path for the world out of the current multifaceted crisis.

 

London – Following the decision of the University of East London’s Corporate Management Team to close down the entire university on Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd, staff and students have launched a petition to keep the university open, arguing that they “would feel ashamed of UEL if this institution […] were to become known as the university that had closed its doors to democratic debate and education in times of crisis such as these.”

 

The University of East London was scheduled to host the G20 Alternative Summit on Wednesday, April 1st, intended as a popular assembly for everyone engaged in current struggles for social justice. Amidst fears over ‘security’ in light of these G20 protest events, management first withdrew its support for the Alternative Summit and subsequently decided to shut down the entire campus for the duration of the G20 summit and protest events, cancelling lectures and classes and shutting the library.

 

In the petition, staff and students are arguing that such ‘security’ considerations are a “classic excuse for every historic attempt to curtail free speech. Instead of seizing the opportunity to become a common space thriving with creative energies, [the University of East London] plans to become an empty shell for two days.”

 

The petition states that,

 

“It is time for the university management to become accountable not only to the government funding bodies, but to the wider public to whom it owes both its livelihood and a duty to fulfil its role as a part of civil society. The past 3 decades have seen public spaces such as universities hollowed out by the state and by corporations, as more and more of our common resources are transformed into sterile commodities, valued only in cash terms. In universities this has led to a policy regime which increasingly sees ‘employability’ in the ‘creative industries’ or in ‘business and finance’ as the only benchmark of success by which a university education can be judged; which sees research separated from teaching; which sees ‘knowledge transfer’ to the commercial sector as the only legitimate destination for the fruits of inquiry.”

 

The signatories to the petition, which include a number of well-known academics from universities across the globe, including writer and activist Naomi Klein, are urging UEL management to “reconsider [their] decisions and take this unique opportunity to open the university as a crucial centre of democracy, since democracy is now the only safe path for the world out of the current multifaceted crisis. We must keep our university open to staff and students, rejecting the claims and ‘risk assessments’ that reproduce fear instead of promoting dialogue. We urge you to take responsibility for enabling the university to act as a truly public space for debate in a time when nobody can doubt that radical new ideas are needed.
 

 

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G20 Meltdown and Professor Chris Knight

 

Professor Chris Knight, an anthropologist at the University of East London (UEL), was suspended from his duties by UEL yesterday for comments he made in relation to the forthcoming G20 Meltdown protests in London.

 

Newspaper reports on the issue can be viewed at:

 

Fiona Hamilton, ‘Anarchist professor Chris Knight suspended after G20 ‘treat’, The Times, 26rg March, online at:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/G20/article5982908.ece

 

Emma Jacobs, ‘Batten the hatches for G20 Meltdown’, Financial Times, 27th March, online at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7fb57298-1a70-11de-9f91-0000779fd2ac.html

 

Michael Seamark, “‘If you want violence, you’ll get it,” threatens professor suspended ahead of G20 summit’, Daily Mail, 27th March, online at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1165168/If-want-violence-youll-threatens-professor-suspended-ahead-G20-summit.html

 

Chris Knight’s we site: http://homepages.uel.ac.uk/C.Knight/

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