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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 14th AUGUST 2013

EVENTS

MINIMUM WAGE POP-UP STREET PARTY

Wednesday Aug. 14

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Corner of St. Dennis Drive and Deauville Ln.

(29 St. Dennis Drive near Don Mills and Eglinton)

The Workers’ Action Centre would like to invite you to our pop-up street party in the heart of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s riding!!

Food, samba music and games!  Free!

Learn more about the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $14!

Get directions and find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/700797496603975/

 

For more info contact: Sonia Singh, sonia@workersactioncentre.org, (416)

531-0778, ext. 221.

For more info about the campaign to raise the minimum wage in Ontario, click

here: http://raisetheminimumwage.ca/

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ESREA ACCESS, LEARNING CAREERS AND IDENTITIES NETWORK CONFERENCE – TIMES OF CHANGE: THE ROLE OF ADULT EDUCATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS 

Conference: 28 – 30 November, 2013

Linköping University, Sweden

Second & Extended Call for Papers: All abstracts for papers, poster sessions, symposiums and round tables to be submitted by 1 September, 2013.

ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults) is a European scientific society aimed at providing a European-wide forum for all researchers engaged in research focused on the education of adults and adult learning. ESREA promotes research through network meetings, seminars and conferences, a triennial research conference and through publications. (http://www.esrea.org/?l=en)

European societies, and beyond, are currently undergoing a social, economic and political crisis. The ‘crisis’ has had an impact upon adult education at the institutional level in higher education through to community education in terms of cuts and reduced funding in relation to staffing, resources and provision.

This situation reveals a contradiction in lifelong learning policy as education is perceived as the cure for economic problems and increasing economic competitiveness by national governments and the EU. As adults experience turning point moments and transitions in their lives as a result of the crisis many are looking to and accessing learning as a way out of their troubles and a way forward to a better future.

For more information on submitting abstracts or registering for the conference: http://www.liu.se/esrea2013?l=en

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SAVE THE DATE! PUSH BACK, MOVE FORWARD: LEARNING, ORGANISING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

October 18-19, 2013

Metro Hall

55 John Street, Toronto

A conference for sharing what we know about grassroots organising and learning in our communities.

Sponsored by:

– The Centre for the Study of Education and Work’s Anti-Poverty Community

Organising and Learning project: http://www.apcol.ca

-Toronto Community Development Institute:  http://www.torontocdi.ca

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BUILD YOUR CAPACITY THIS FALL WITH WORKSHOPS FROM THE SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE

 

Fall Workshops:

– Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations – Sept 27 & October 4: Kunle Akingbola

– Strategic Fundraising: Securing the Resources You Need – Oct 11th: Suzanne Gibson

– Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations – Nov 15th: Ricardo Ramirez & Dal Brodhead

 

Winter Workshops:

– Financial Management in Community Organizations – Jan 10th: Eric Plato

– Managing Compensation in Nonprofits – Feb 17th: Kunle Akingbola

– Social Media in Nonprofit Organizations – March 7th: Sherida Ryan

– Marketing in Non-Profit and Other Social Purpose Organizations – March 28th: Trish Krause

– Overcoming the Greatest Threats to Nonprofit Board Effectiveness – April 18th: Ann Armstrong

– Effective Change Management in Nonprofit Organizations – May 30th: Kunle Akingbola

 

For more information please contact the SEC Workshop Coordinator at secworkshops@gmail.com or visit http://www.socialeconomycentre.ca/workshops.

 

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HIGHLANDER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER HOMECOMING 2013

September 21 & 22, 2013

Highlander Research and Education Center

New Market, Tennessee

 

”From the Civil Rights Movement to the Rebuilding of Our Communities and the Next American Revolution”

With guest of honor Grace Lee Boggs, author, activist, and organizer

Join us for a weekend of conversation, workshops, film, music, food, author discussions, celebrations of the 50th anniversary of civil rights milestones, and more!

Visit http://www.highlandercentre.org for details.

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE FUTURE WE DON’T WANT – ILO DISCUSSION ON “GREEN ECONOMY” IS OUT OF STEP WITH MANY UNIONS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

By Maité Llanos, The Bullet

The “green economy” framework pioneered by United Nations Environment

Programme (UNEP), and largely adopted in “The Future We Want” statement issued by heads of state following Rio+20, was very similar in its essence to the draft Report presented by the ILO for the Committee on Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs – Report V: Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs.

In Geneva, UNEP’s “green economy” framework was again the starting point for the discussion. Its main premises were the cornerstone Report V document.

These premises were debated during the annual conference: market-based mechanisms, privatization strategies and corporate-led policies, that it is believed will lead to the creation of decent and green jobs. The results of the discussions in the tripartite Committee on Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs (made up of worker, employer and government representatives), now contained in provisional Record 12 of the Committee were much better, in terms of language.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/863.php

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OUR TIMES LABOUR DAY ISSUE SNEAK PREVIEW

In Our Times’ ever-popular Labour Day issue, you’ll find cause for celebration. Read about inspiring young retail workers in Ontario rising up to stop the elimination of their statutory holidays, and hear from an art instructor and first-time negotiator at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, who gives us his frontline perspective on winning a strike. Union retiree Alice West, in Vancouver, shares her memories of growing up union, and feminist, while popular educator Jojo Geronimo launches a discussion about migrant workers and interconnected struggles for justice. Please join us in celebrating Labour Day and workers everywhere.

If you would like to order extra copies of this issue (more than 20) as an education resource for your workshops, conferences or schools, please place your order with our business manager as soon as possible.

Email: office@ourtimes.ca; telephone: 416-703-766, toll free: 1-800-648-6131. Special bulk order prices are available.

http://www.ourtimes.ca

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THE MISSING PIECE: THE FAR-LEFT IN THE WORKPLACE

By David Bush, Rank and File

As the Canadian labour movement stumbles from defeat to defeat in this crisis period it is worth asking why this is the case. What accounts for the trade union movement’s inability to mount an effective political resistance to austerity? Is it the poor and unimaginative leadership? Maybe it is the ossified and inward-looking culture of trade unions? Is it the poor objective conditions of the crisis? Or perhaps it is the culture of docility and defeatism amongst rank and file members resulting from the regular drubbing the working class has taken over past two decades that explains the current state of labour?

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/2013/08/09/missing-piece/

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THREE POPULAR EDUCATION ARTICLES ON LEADERSHIP, FEMINISM AND EQUALITY IN UNIONS IN CANADA

Posted to the website on “Leadership, Feminism and Equality in Unions in Canada” are three popular articles, suitable for union education.

1. “Making Time for Equality: Women as Leaders in the Canadian Labour Movement” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail and Marion Pollack. Our Times (Feb/March 2013).

2. “Under the Rainbow: Equality during Times of Austerity” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail and Marion Pollack. Our Times (April/May 2013).

3. “How to Revitalize Union Women’s Committees: Six Challenges and Six Strategies for Change” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret Mcphail and Marion Pollack. Our Times, June/July 2013.

http://womenunions.apps01.yorku.ca/links/

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THE PRESUMED INNOCENCE OF CAPITALISM AND LAC-MÉGANTIC

By Harry Glasbeek, The Bullet

“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who creates the darkness.” — Monseigneur Bienvenu in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables

It is always the same. First the shock and horror, then the anger. A terrible environmental disaster inflicted by Beyond Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico; a horrendous explosion at Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant; a mine disaster, burying people at Westray in Nova Scotia; a factory building collapsing in Bangladesh; a train’s cargo exploding and incinerating people and the city of Lac-Mégantic.

The reasons for the shock and anger are obvious: the burned bodies, destroyed lives and livelihoods, ravaged environments, disrupted communities, misery all round. And each time, sombre-looking politicians and policy-makers walk around the sites, solemnly promise to learn from the event, assuring the stunned public that they will not let it happen again, that heads will roll if legal justice demands it.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/858.php

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk

Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

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

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Socialism and Hope

THIS SPRING AT THE BRECHT FORUM

Dear Friends,

Spring is here and things are heating up at the Brecht Forum. On April 15th we are hosting the legendary activist Grace Lee Boggs for a book party celebrating “The Next American Revolution” along with Academy award nominated actress Ruby Dee. 

On May 20th, the Brecht Forum, Critical Resistance and the Mission and Social Justice Ministry of The Riverside Church welcomes Angela Y. Davis for a talk “The World We Need is The World We Want” hosted by GRIT TV’s Laura Flanders.

Also check out our classes in Spanish, Hubert Harrison,and a special seminar conducted by the 15th Street Manifesto Group.

Check out www.brechtforum.org for updates and as always, subscribers go to most events and classes for free. 

Thanks!

Kazembe Balagun 

Outreach Coordinator

Friday, April 15

7:30 pm

FORUM AND DISCUSSION

Co-Sponsor: The Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership

The Next American Revolution:

Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century

Grace Lee Boggs with Scott Kurashige Introduction by Ruby Dee

A world dominated by America and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling before our eyes. In this powerful,…

More info

Friday, April 22

7:00 pm

PERFORMANCE

Deadly She Wolf Assassin at Armageddon

& Momma’s Song

Fred Ho and Afro Asian Ensemble

Revolutionary composer and Afro-Asian creator-extraordinaire Fred Ho has created another innovative “first”: a double manga-cd project,…

More info

Thursday, May 5

7:30 pm- 9:30 pm

6-SESSION CLASS BEGINS

Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen & the Continuing Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy

Jeffrey B. Perry with Others

This course will focus on Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005), two autodidactic, anti-white supremacist working class…

More info

Friday, May 20

7:00 pm

SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR CRITICAL RESISTANCE AND THE BRECHT FORUM (THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT RIVERSIDE CHURCH 490 RIVERSIDE DRIVE AT 120TH STREET)

Co-Sponsor:Mission and Social Justice Ministry of Riverside Church, Brecht Forum and Critical Resistance Presents

Conversations Uptown

The World We Want is the World We Need

Angela Y. Davis, Ruthie Gilmore, Vijay Prashad Moderated by Laura Flanders

Some 40 years after uprisings at Attica and her own arrest, Angela Davis comes to Riverside Church in Harlem to build bridges around issues of social equality.

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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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UPPING THE ANTI – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Issue 12)

Upping the Anti

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Pitches due December 3, 2010; first draft due January 7, 2010

*WHO WE ARE*

UPPING THE ANTI: A JOURNAL OF THEORY AND ACTION
…is a radical journal published twice a year by a pan-Canadian collective of activists and organizers. We are dedicated to publishing radical theory and analysis about struggles against capitalism, imperialism, and all forms of oppression.

In our first ten issues, we’ve published articles by and interviews with renowned activists and intellectuals, including Aijaz Ahmad, Himani Bannerji, Grace Lee Boggs, Ward Churchill, Michael Hardt, John Holloway, Sunera Thobani, Andrea Smith, and many more.

We have covered a wide variety of topics including Palestine solidarity activism, trans-politics and anti-capitalism, anti-war activism, Indigenous solidarity, contemporary feminist organizing, and activist burnout.

In every issue, activists and organizers reflect on the state of contemporary organizing in Canada and beyond. We publish theoretical and critical articles, interviews and roundtables. UPPING THE ANTI also includes a book review section where activists assess new writing on the Left.

*CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS*

We are currently looking for story ideas for ISSUE TWELVE, which will be released in APRIL of 2011. If you have an idea for a story you would like to see published in our journal, please send us a one page pitch by Sunday, December 3, 2010. In addition to the pitch, please submit a short writing sample (max 1,000 words).

In your pitch, please provide a brief description of the topic of your investigation, your main questions, an account of how you will address these questions, as well as a brief biographical note.

Before submitting a pitch, we encourage you to read back issues in order to familiarize yourself with the kind of writing that we publish. We also encourage you to have a look at the UPPING THE ANTI writer’s guide, which can be downloaded at http://uppingtheanti.org.

Pitches should be for original stories that have not been submitted or published elsewhere. Please do not send us a pitch that you have simultaneously sent to another publication.

Although we will consider all pitches, we are especially interested in stories about the current economic crisis, contemporary labour organizing, feminism and women’s struggles, dis/ability, international solidarity work,
mobilization strategies, Marxism and anarchism in the 21st Century, activist interventions in art and culture, and struggles around questions of sex and sexuality.

We will review your pitch and provide you with feedback. After a pitch has been approved, writers are expected to submit their story by deadline.

Deadline for first drafts for ISSUE TWELVE is January 7, 2011.

Please submit all pitches and direct all queries to uppingtheanti@gmail.com

*CHECK OUT ISSUE ELEVEN!*

Our next issue will be available in November 2010. Content will include John Clarke on direct action and the fight against austerity, Stacy Douglas on the queering of colonization, and Lesley Wood on lessons from the anti-G20
convergence.

The issue will also feature interviews with Raj Patel on the politics of starving, Ladelle Mcwhorter on normalization and its discontents, James Scott on the art of not being governed, and roundtables on the twentieth anniversary of
the battle of Oka and on No One Is Illegal’s fight to build solidarity city.

**We need your support to keep Upping the Anti running. Pick up the latest issue, and check out our online subscription program.**

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Upping the Anti

UPPING THE ANTI ISSUE 9

Dear Friends and Comrades,

We are pleased to announce that the ninth issue of Upping the Anti, a journal of theory and action, can now be ordered online http://uppingtheanti.org/subscribe/ or purchased at these fine booksellers http://www.uppingtheanti.org/journal/bookstores/.

UTA 9 includes:

• Interviews with Eli Clare and Sherene Razack
• Ben Saifer on Campus Israel advocacy and the politics of “dialogue”
• Kate Milley on anti-Native organizing and the “Caledonia Crisis”
• Chris Hurl and Kevin Walby on the rise and fall of the Canadian Union of Students
• Roundtables on the ten year of anniversary of the “Battle of Seattle” and anti-Olympics organizing in British Columbia

Upping the Anti is a radical journal published twice a year by a pan-Canadian collective of activists and organizers. We are dedicated to publishing radical theory and analysis about struggles against capitalism, imperialism and all forms of oppression. Since our debut in 2005, we’ve published articles by and interviews with renowned activists and intellectuals, including Aijaz Ahmad, Himani Bannerji, Grace Lee Boggs, Ward Churchill, Michael Hardt, John Holloway, Sunera Thobani, Deborah Gould, and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

We have covered a wide range of topics including Palestine solidarity activism, the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary anti-war movement, trans politics and anti-capitalism, Indigenous solidarity, contemporary feminist organizing, activist burnout, the dynamics of the animal liberation movement, and the contradictions and challenges facing student organizing.

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Toward Real Education

Toward Real Education

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15 2009

 

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.

To change your subscriptions settings, visit: http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast

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

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RESOURCE AVAILABLE FROM CSEW: ADULT LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY IN WORKING-CLASS LIFE

By P.H. Sawchuk

Adult Learning and Technology in Working-Class Life explores the everyday learning lives of workers as they cope, use, understand and contest computer technology in their lives.

Cambridge University Press, 2003
Available online from publisher: http://www.cambridge.org

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SEMINAR WITH WADE RATHKE OF ACORN USA

Co-sponsored by Labour Studies (York University) & the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (OISE/UT) Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning (APCOL-CURA) Project

Thursday, September 17, 2009
9:30am – 11:30am
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 12-199
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
   
Wade Rathke is a co-founder of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 100.

Rathke was ACORN’s chief organizer from its founding in 1970 until 2008. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Social Policy, a quarterly magazine for scholars and activists, and he is the author of two recently published books. As a student, Rathke organized draft resistance for Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and later organized welfare recipients in Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts for the National Welfare Rights Organization.

ACORN is the largest organization of lower income and working families in the United States, with 175,000 dues-paying families spread across about eighty-two staffed offices in American cities. The ACORN family of organizations includes radio stations, publications, housing development and ownership (ACORN Housing), and a variety of other supports for direct organizing and issue campaigns, such as Project Vote and the Living Wage Resource Center. ACORN International has offices in Lima, Peru, and Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.

The APCOL Project (2009-2014) is operated out of the Ontario Institute for Education (University of Toronto). Using Action Research methods, its goal is to bring together community organizers, university and college researchers in the Toronto area to document relations between community organizing, the economy and activist development.

For more information on APCOL, contact g.demontmollin@utoronto.ca
For more information on Wade Rathke, go to http://chieforganizer.org/

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FORUM: JOBLESS RECOVERY – BROKEN EI

Who is going to fix EI? As election fever starts to heat up, the Tories are desperate to pretend that they have dealt with the nagging issue of thousands of laid-off workers who can’t get EI benefits.

Registration: 6:00 p.m.
Event starts: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street (at Church Street), Room 204

Speakers:
Unemployed workers from the GTA;
Judy Rebick, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy; and
Gilles Paquette, Quebec Federation of Labour/Unemployed Coalition.

Contact: 416-441-3663 ext.224

Organised by the Good Jobs for all Coalition: http://www.goodjobsforall.ca

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BOOK LAUNCH – CITIZEN WEALTH: THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE WORKING FAMILIES
September 16, 2009
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Hart House (UofT)

Wade Rathke is among the most prolific community and labor organizers of his generation. He is the founder of ACORN USA (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, USA), which has worked to build the largest community based organization of low and moderate income families in America fighting for social and economic justice. ACORN CANADA has been a vital partner of the Toronto labour movement in the Good Jobs for All Coalition and the $10 Minimum Wage fight. Wade Rathke will be speaking about lessons learned from a life of community organizing, as well as signing copies of his new book and answering questions. For more information on the book and Wade, please visit here.

To find out more about the book and Wade, click here: http://chieforganizer.org/

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UNITED STEELWORKER RADIO ADS STAND UP FOR SUDBURY, AND ADVERTISE SEPT 19 RALLY

SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 14 /CNW/ – “You know… Sudbury’s a good place to grow up… to raise a family… to retire”, begins the radio ad launched by the United Steelworkers in support of the Vale Inco strike.

The first of four ads goes on to explain: “That’s because we give back to our community when we can. But the Brazilian company Vale could ruin all this.”

In the series of radio ads (two to be launched Monday, Sept 14), the Steelworkers are reaching out to fellow Sudburians to recognize that Vale Inco is not just attacking the compensation of its workers. Vale is also challenging the very quality of life that has been built up over decades in Sudbury.

“The ads remind Sudbury citizens that Vale is massively profitable, currently has huge cash assets, and increased its executive compensation by 121% in the last two years. Yet Vale is demanding drastic concessions from the Sudbury workforce,” said John Fera, President of USW Local 6500.

The ads publicize an International and Community Support Rally that is taking place on Saturday, Sept 19 at 11am at the Sudbury Arena.

The rally will have guests from around the world, including Brazil, Mexico, UK, Switzerland, USA, and others. The rally was the brainchild of international supporters of the Vale Inco strike.

“The international community is closely monitoring the Sudbury strike against Vale Inco in what has become a battle between a massively profitable multinational corporation and a committed workforce joined by a strong union and supportive community,” added Fera.

For further information: John Fera, USW President Local 6500, (705) 675-3381 x238 / (705) 561-3093; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, (416) 434-2221

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JOSSEY-BASS ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING – ONLINE CONFERENCE

The conference comes to you.

The most popular guidebooks on Online Teaching and Learning come to life as an Online Conference. Join us OCTOBER 6-8, 2009. Interact with over 20 authors and hundreds of colleagues, right from your desktop. And every participant receives a choice of 3 books.

To learn more, click here: http://www.onlineteachingandlearning.com/program
To register, click here: http://www.onlineteachingandlearning.com/register

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SEIZE THE MOMENT!

Seize the Moment (STM) is a method of democratic critical thinking used in community building and development for positive social change.

STM is a democratic way for community organisations to do problem solving around issues that affect the communities they serve. Using STM leads to stronger collective abilities to do social analysis for action, more efficient delivery of services to people in need, a more interconnected service and social movement sector, and a more informed and involved public amongst other things.

Based on the process Naming the Moment, an innovative method developed in the 1980s that incorporated the then current learnings from the fields of organizational development, adult education, skills training, conflict resolution, coalition building and more, STM builds on this history and, like its predecessor, builds on the best practices available both in the above-mentioned fields as well as drawing on the unique experiences of participating organizations.

The Catalyst Centre designs and facilitates STM processes in collaboration with a volunteer steering committee (representative of the participating organizations or communities) that shares responsibility for design, outreach and facilitation. Once designed the Catalyst Centre with the steering committee conducts a series of workshops (e.g. five to eight 3-hour evenings over a few months or two to three full days over a weekend or a few half days) to which participating community members and organizations are invited.

For more information, contact The Catalyst Centre at (416) 516-9546, email catalystcentre@web.net, or visit their web site at http://www.catalystcentre.ca

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ONLINE RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING

From COMM-ORG, the On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development. The list is moderated and maintained by Randy Stoecker at the University of Toledo.

http://ourblocks.net/neighborhood-resources-from-bill-berkowitz/
http://ourblocks.net/built-environmental-justice/

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THE PROBLEM WITH ECONOMICS

By Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

What economics has to offer is rich and varied. What has to be avoided is what did in the American profession, and is always a threat to any academic pursuits: conformity to prevailing norms.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2009/09/problem-economics

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A LIFELONG SEARCH FOR REAL EDUCATION

by Julia Putnam

Grace Lee Boggs and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.

To read more:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/learn-as-you-go/a-lifelong-search-for-real-education?utm_source=sep09&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14_Grace

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR CO-OP WEEK? LET CCA KNOW!    

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) wants to know about the activities co-ops and credit unions across Canada are planning for Co-op Week, October 11-17, 2009.

CCA will be posting a day-by-day listing of Canadian Co-op Week events on its website, in an effort to create an inventory of Co-op Week and International Credit Union Day activities taking place across the country.

CCA will be also be hosting a Co-op Week blog in which co-operators and members of the public can write about what co-operatives mean to them.  They are looking for guest bloggers from different parts of the country to talk about their own experiences in the co-operative sector and how their co-ops contribute to the economic and social lives of their communities.

To send in a Co-op Week event listing, or to volunteer to be a guest blogger, contact Donna Balkan, CCA communications manager, at donna.balkan@coopscanada.coop

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FRIENDING A STRIKE

From Insider HigherEd

When Oakland University, in Michigan, and the union that represents 600 of its faculty members failed to reach labor agreement last week, the professors went on strike and the university shut down — while representatives from the opposing sides went behind closed doors in downtown Detroit to negotiate. At the same time, a much larger and more eclectic group began discussing the issue in a space that had no doors — just walls. At Oakland U., the action isn’t just on the picket lines. It’s on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

To read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/10/facebook

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AGM: METRO TORONTO CHINESE & SOUTHEAST ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
6:00 – 8:00pm
University Settlement House, 23 Grange Road, Toronto

Presentation: The Economic Crisis: What caused it and how does it affect racialized communities and other marginalized groups?, by Jim Stanford, Chief Economist, Canadian Auto Workers

This special presentation is co-sponsored by the Colour of Poverty Campaign

Light refreshments will be served! (No pre-registration required. Just show up!)

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JOURNALISM IS DEAD; LONG LIVE JOURNALISM – HOW THE WEB IS REINVENTING JOURNALISM

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
Toronto, Ontario

There’s no debate that journalism is in the midst of an alarming transition. Newspaper circulation figures, advertising revenues, job openings and journalists’ wages have been in a downward slide for several years. At the same time, the internet has given birth to new forms of journalism. Green shoots are emerging in the form of online news gathering and reporting, the rise of social media, citizen journalism and crowdsourced news.

This is where the debate begins. What will these changes mean for democracy? Is there a business model for quality journalism? And what will the jobs of the future look like?

Join Rem Rieder, editor and publisher of the American Journalism Review, in conversation with Ira Basen, CBC writer and producer of “News 2.0: The Future of News in the Age of Social Media”, as they explore these questions and more.

Sponsored by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

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ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

*The consequences of caring: skills, regulation and reward among early years workers
Patricia Findlay, Jeanette Findlay, and Robert Stewart
Work Employment Society 2009;23 422-441
http://wes.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/23/3/422

*A cross-cultural examination of student volunteering: Is it all about résumé building?
Femida Handy, Lesley Hustinx, Ram A. Cnaan, and Chulhee Kang
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 3 September 2009, 10.1177/0899764009344353
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764009344353v1

*A feminine perspective of giftedness
Linda Kreger Silverman and Nancy B. Miller
International Handbook on Giftedness
http://www.springerlink.com/content/u028h31368580278/

*Financialization and changes in the social relations along commodity chains: The case of coffee
Susan A. Newman
Review of Radical Political Economics published 1 September 2009, 10.1177/0486613409341454
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0486613409341454v1

*The limits of black activism: Philadelphia’s public housing in the depression and World War II
James Wolfinger
Journal of Urban History 2009;35 787-814
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/35/6/787

*Satisfaction with spirituality, satisfaction with religion and personal well-being among Spanish adolescents and young university students
Ferran Casas, Mònica González, Cristina Figuer, Sara Malo
Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 4, Number 1 / March, 2009
http://www.springerlink.com/content/d5228j0520621383/

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Class Struggle

Class Struggle

MONTHLY REVIEW 60th ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT CELEBRATION

 

Monthly Review invites you to join us for our 60th Anniversary Benefit Celebration Featuring:

Grace Lee Boggs, John Bellamy Foster, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Robert W. McChesney, Michael E. Tigar, Fred Magdoff, and musical guest Toshi Reagon

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7-9:30pm, Thursday, September 17, 2009

Doors open at 6:30pm

Reception with light refreshments to follow

New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street & Central Park West, New York City

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Tickets $20 | $125 | $250

Pay what you can; we want to see you there. Book early; space is limited.

Click here to order tickets: http://www.monthlyreview.org/our-60th-anniversary.php  Or call 212.691.2555

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If you are interested in placing an ad in the program, please contact Scott Borchert at scott@monthlyreview.org for rates.

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Keeping an independent socialist magazine and press alive for six decades is no small achievement, and in recognition of this we ask our friends and supporters to come together for an evening of speakers, reminiscences, music, and more.

We will look back on Monthly Review’s history as an uncompromising radical voice while we look forward to the future and our ongoing struggle for a global socialism in the twenty first century.

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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