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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 26th AUGUST 2013

EVENTS

THINK BIG AND LET’S GET GOING: APPLYING THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH TO OUR DAILY WORK

26th Annual Health Promotion Ontario Conference

Thursday September 26, 2013
Oakham House, Ryerson University
63 Gould Street, Toronto

Speakers:
Keynote Address:  Dr Ryan Meili, MD – Upstream – Reviving Politics through a Focus on Health
Code Red Panel Discussion:
– Neil Johnston, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
– Suzanne Brown, MSW, Manager of Neighbourhood Development Strategies, City of Hamilton
– Steve Buist, Investigations Editor, The Hamilton Spectator
– Tom Cooper, Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
Closing Keynote: Paul Berton, Editor-in-Chief, The Hamilton Spectator – The Role of Media in Addressing the SDOH

Register now:  http://www.hpontario.com

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FREE PUBLIC CONCERT TO CELEBRATE CANADA’S NEWEST UNION – UNIFOR

Sunday, September 1
6:30pm until 11:30pm
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. West, Toronto

This year, Labour Day marks the formation of a new union – Unifor – with the coming together of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers’ union and the Canadian Auto Workers.

To celebrate we are hosting a free public concert at Nathan Phillips Square with diverse acts from all across Canada. Come see some of Canada’s greatest bands: Stars, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Les Colocs, Sister Says

19+ drink tent with beer, wine and food available for purchase. All-age food vendors in square.

For more information on Unifor visit:  http://www.newunionconvention.ca

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WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH & STUDENTS TORONTO INFO MEETING

Tuesday, August 27
6pm
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 8-170
St. George Subway station, Toronto

The WFYS is the largest gathering of progressive and anti-imperialist youth and students in the world, taking place this December in Quito, Ecuador. Over 15,000 young people will unite for a week-long experience of culture, music, conferences, workshops, discussions and other meetings about peace, environmentalism, anti-imperialism, and the struggle for social progress.

This year from December 7-13th, the youth festival will be held in Quito, Ecuador with the support of the PAIX alliance as well as student, environmental, indigenous and other leftist youth, under the banner of “Youth unite against imperialism, for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation!

You can find out more at http://www.18wfys.tumblr.com

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WORKSHOP SERIES: PENSION FUNDS, UNIONS, AND WORKING CLASS STRATEGIES

September 27-December 13
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Centre for Social Innovation, ING Room, ground level
720 Bathurst Street (one block south of Bloor), Toronto

One of the key features of the continuing deep economic crisis facing Canadian workers is the attack on long established pension and retirement benefits, which are now dismissed as a costly frill that only benefits a shrinking minority of the workforce. The defence of these benefits by trade unions is becoming more difficult and divisive – it risks appearing self-serving in a context where the older notion that private, employer-based plans might serve as a positive step toward a universal system of full coverage for all workers is no longer credible.

Workshop Coordinators:
• Convenor: Kevin Skerrett (Canadian Union of Public Employees), kevin.skerrett@gmail.com
• Greg Albo (Centre for Social Justice), albo@yorku.ca

Each of the six workshops will be held on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:00pm, every other week. (We will skip November 8th, and use November 15th in its place)

*** We ask that those interested in attending please register and RSVP their interest to Kevin Skerrett, at kevin.skerrett@gmail.com ***

For more info: http://www.socialjustice.org/community/Pensions.pdf

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre (York University), Canada Research Chair in Political Economy (York University) and Socialist Project

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EXHIBITION – THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE: 40 YEAR COMMEMORATION OF CHILE’S LOST DEMOCRACY

Friday, Sep 6 to Wednesday, Sep 11
Closing reception: Wednesday, Sep 11 @ 7 pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto
(Bloor & Bathurst)

A multimedia exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the CIA-sponsored military coup in Chile which deposed the democratic government of Salvador Allende.  The exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on this period in history which for many marked the beginning of the slide to neoliberal economy and politics and to hear voices calling for equity and justice.

Collective Alas rescues and salvages artifacts that at one point were designated subversive, and as a consequence dangerous to the military regime of Agusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Alas gathers magazines, film, newspaper articles, books, audio cassettes, vinyl, and posters that were destroyed by the military. During this period, people risked their lives to preserve these items. Poetry, music and articles were considered subversive because they denounced a dictatorial regime.  Alas’ mission is to reflect on our collective memory and work towards greater understanding, justice and human rights for all. The closing reception on September 11 will feature live musical performances.

To learn more: http://beitzatoun.org/event/exhibition-the-right-to-live-in-peace/

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NEWS & VIEWS

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT: HELP FREE TAREK AND JOHN

On Friday August 16th, Tarek Loubani, a Canadian emergency physician and John Greyson, a Canadian filmmaker and professor were arrested by Egyptian authorities. Tarek and John were on their way to Gaza — where Tarek was to work at Al Shifa Hospital, and John to explore the possibility of making a film about the work.

Days later, Tarek and John are still being held in Cairo’s Tora prison. Egyptian officials have given no clear reason for their arrest.  In fact, a recent press release by a Cairo district prosecution states that 9 foreigners, including John and Tarek, will be detained for 15 days, pending investigations.  Egypt is going through a turbulent time, and after hundreds were killed in violent clashes last week, foreigners, particularly journalists are being targeted. We need to get our friends out of there.

Family and friends are worried sick about their safety. Pressure from the Canadian government is our best hope. We must pressure our government to demand their freedom and pressure the Egyptian authorities to let them go. Thank you for your action on this urgent matter!

To find out how to help: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/canadian-government-help-free-tarek-and-john

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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT: ONLINE INFO

The Ottawa Network for Education (ONE) has created an excellent online resource relating to assistive technology support to enhance academic access. The website includes a number of captioned videos which are excellent. The English and French ONE Assistive Technology Support websites are highlighted below:
http://www.onfe-rope.ca/programs/assistive-technology-support
http://www.onfe-rope.ca/fr/programs/l%E2%80%99initiative-d%E2%80%99appui-aux-technologies-d%E2%80%99aide

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RANK AND FILE PODCAST WITH KYLE BUOTT

Dave Bush speaks with Kyle Buott, President of the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council, about trade unionism and worker activism. Kyle addresses the political importance of local labour councils in regional labour movement struggles and building solidarity between workplace issues and social movements.
http://rankandfile.ca/2013/08/21/rank-and-file-podcast-with-kyle-buott/

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DECENT JOBS, HOUSING, AND EDUCATION: MLK’S STILL ELUSIVE DREAM

By Michael K. Honey, History News Network

A quarter of a million people rallied “For Jobs and Freedom” at the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963, and tens if not hundreds of thousands will do so again at this year’s fifty-year commemorations of the event.

See: http://hnn.us/articles/decent-jobs-housing-and-education-mlks-still-elusive-dream

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CLC ENDORSES CONSUMER BOYCOTT OF LABATT IMPORTS: ST. JOHN’S BREWERY WORKERS ON STRIKE SINCE APRIL

OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress has endorsed a national consumer boycott against a number of imported brands of Labatt beer and is calling on the company to return to the bargaining table.

“This is a David and Goliath struggle between about 50 local workers and the world’s largest multi-national brewing corporation trying to force its employees into a race to the bottom,” says CLC President Ken Georgetti. “Canadian workers and their unions are not going to stand idly by and allow
this to happen.”

The workers in St. John’s have been on strike since April 10. They are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public Employees (NAPE/NUPGE). Their employer is the Canadian division of the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewing corporation, which has after-tax profits of more than $9 billion.

The Labatt imports being targeted for boycott include Stella Artois, Becks, and Lowenbrau. The focus is on imported products in order to prevent other unionized Labatt employees in Canada from experiencing a loss of work.

In Newfoundland and Labrador people are also being urged to boycott a number of other Labatt beers, including Budweiser, Labatt Blue, Alexander Keith’s and Kokanee.

For more info: http://www.canadianlabour.ca/national/news/clc-endorses-consumer-boycott-labatt-imports-st-john-s-brewery-workers-strike-april

For a list of union-made beers: http://www.alternet.org/labor/union-beer-you-are-drinking?page=0%2C0

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TORONTO PLAZA HOTEL WORKERS’ STRIKE INTO ITS 14TH WEEK

On strike for 14 long weeks, the USW members at the Toronto Plaza Hotel know exactly what their employer thinks of them.  They know because he tells the world he thinks they are “animals”.  And apparently “animals” shouldn’t receive any benefits and aren’t entitled to union representation in the workplace.  Tell him and his financial backers he’s wrong and tell the workers you’re standing with them HERE: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1938&src=canadamail

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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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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 13th JANUARY 2013

EVENTS
HMNYC (HISTORICAL MATERIALISM NEW YORK CITY) 2013: CONFRONTING CAPITAL

April 26-28, 2013
New York University

HMNY 2013 is an intervention into the present to provide a theoretical space for debate and discussion, urgently needed on the left at this juncture. Moments like this are especially fertile for new looks at old debates, from the history of capitalism to new modes of resistance. HMNY 2013 will be a venue where figures representing the breadth of current leftist thought will convene to exchange ideas.

Historical Materialism (HM) is one the foremost journals of Marxian theory. HM’s conferences have long drawn hundreds of scholars from around the world. HMNY 2013 will begin with a reception on the evening of Friday April 26th, and will take place on April 27th-28th at the New York University in downtown Manhattan. All participants are encouraged to stay for the whole duration of the conference.

The themes for this year’s conference will include:
– politics of socialist planning and utopias
– history and future of social democracy
– political economy of capitalism
– history of international communism
– debt, austerity, and finance
– critical geographies
– ecology and climate change
– law, punishment, and incarceration
– queer studies and sexuality
– theories of the state and politics
– race and capital
– Empire and the third world
– history of capital and labor
– feminism and Marxism
– critical philosophy
– socialist strategy today
– education under capitalism
– aesthetic ideologies
– culture and the crisis

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2013.

To contact organizers, email organizers@hmny.org

For more info: http://hmny.org/about/

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CRISIS, RESISTANCE, AND PROSPECTS: THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS AND BEYOND

March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2013
York University
Toronto, ON

Call for Papers

The objective of this conference is to provide a critical intervention that seeks to challenge the dominant neo-liberal interpretation of the Arab Spring and the concomitant reductionist tendency to explain this transformative process as one resulting from liberal democratic triumphalism, social media, and youth movements.  Rather, this conference is designed to introduce a dialogue that highlights the multifaceted, complex, and contradictory dimensions of the significant historical transformation and social struggle that is ongoing in the Middle East and North Africa. The introduction of this dialogue will be achieved through providing an exploration and analysis of the following themes: Democracies, Social Movements, and Political Power; New Media and Cultures of Resistance; The Social Question; Capital, State, and Internationalization; and Imperialism & Anti-Imperialism.

Interested participants are invited to submit conference paper proposals.

January 21, 2013 – Abstract Submissions Due
February 21, 2013 – Submission of Final Papers/Presentation

More info: http://arabrevolutions2013.com/

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LAUNCH OF THE SOCIALIST REGISTER 2013: THE QUESTION OF STRATEGY

Thursday, January 31, 2013
6:30 pm
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. West, Toronto

There will be a panel discussion with Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, Meg Luxton and Joan Sangster as contributors and Leo Panitch as Chair.

The resurgence of social movements in recent years has put the question of strategy back on the left’s agenda. This volume of the Socialist Register surveys some of the most explosive mobilizations around the world. But it also asks, what are the challenges, both political and intellectual, for the anti-capitalist left today? Some of the issues it takes up:

– the crisis of vision in trade unions — can they still serve as a vehicle for working-class organization?;
– the place of gender struggles in left movements today;
– the emergence of Greece as the epicentre for anti-neoliberal movements in Europe;
– the condition of new anti-capitalist parties in Europe;
– a balance sheet for the Occupy Wall Street movement;
– the contradictions of progressive governments in South Africa and Bolivia;
– the promise and pitfalls of ‘horizontalism’ in the new movements;
– the mixed legacy of Leninism as a strategic vision.

Sponsored by York University Bookstore, Brunswick Books, Socialist Project, and the Socialist Register.

To order a copy: http://socialistregister.com/index.php/srv#.UPJF43esOSp
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BOOK LAUNCH – TOWARD THE UNITED FRONT: PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH CONGRESS OF THE COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL, 1922

Sunday, February 3
4:00-6:00 PM
Room 5280
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. W. (at St. George subway).

Editor and translator John Riddell will reflect on lessons of translating the rich conversations and debates that shaped a generation of revolutionaries and the implications for activists in current conditions of global capitalism. John has translated and edited seven volumes of documents of the Communist movement in the era of the Russian revolution. Two further volumes are now in preparation, which will complete this extraordinary project.

And hear comments from some of those who supported the work involved in this important publication: David McNally, Suzannne Weiss, Paul Kellogg and Greg Albo.

Moderated by Abbie Bakan. Followed by book signing and refreshments.

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REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY: RADICAL LOVE AND THE SPIRIT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

Saturday February 9, 2013
2 – 5 pm
PSAC Boardroom
90 Eglinton Ave East
Workshop fee: $30

Mayworks is pleased to invite you to an interactive workshop and fundraiser celebrating radical love and social justice on Saturday, February 9th. This workshop is an opportunity for us not only to raise funds for the upcoming 2013 festival, but also to celebrate the spirit of social justice.

This interactive workshop is for you if:
– Your vision of social justice is fueled by love and compassion.
– Your vision of social justice recognizes the inter-relatedness of all life.
– You are interested in drawing on emerging science and ancient wisdom to strengthen your political and artistic work.
– You want to support Mayworks and our communities.

The workshop will allow you to:
– Experience the mind/body/emotion/spirit connection.
– Explore the relationship between art, science, activism and spirituality.
– Be inspired by the sharing of knowledge and wisdom across cultures.
– Gain knowledge and practices that promote individual and collective wellbeing.
– Increase your capacity to sustainably contribute to social change movements.

Facilitator:
Zainab Amadahy is a singer-songwriter, author and community worker. Many of her recent writings can be found at http://www.zainaba.com/publications.html, rabble.ca and http://www.muskratmagazine.com Keep an eye out for Zainab’s forthcoming book: Wielding the Force: The Science of Social Justice.

To register and purchase tickets:
– Online: please visit: http://mayworks.ca/support You will receive an email confirmation of your donation of $30 as well as your registration information.
– Cheque or cash: please email registration@mayworks.ca with the subject line “REVOLUTIONIZE VALENTINE’S DAY”. You will receive an email with instructions.

* If you are unable to attend the workshop, but would like to contribute to Mayworks, please visit http://mayworks.ca/support/ for more information. Your support will be greatly appreciated!

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NEWS & VIEWS

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH ARE KILLING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE

Sometimes it is eerie how things come together.

The other day I was working with several researchers with GHETS (Global Health through Education, Training and Services), a US-based non-profit head by a colleague Dr. David Egilman, to expand the emphasis on community organizing and community action as a critical tool in training health professionals around the world in developing countries.  We were discussing what they call the “social determinants of health,” which in layman’s language concentrates on the huge numbers of poor people in many areas around the globe who are killed or cut down way to early in some ways by the very nature of their poverty, as manifested in inadequate sanitary conditions, unsafe water, poor housing, inadequate diet, blocked access to education, pollution, and the endless obstacles that no amount of praise for bootstrapping can ever overcome.

At the same time the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine released a report this week finding that life expectancy in the United States trails 16 other industrialized countries.  The reason for Americans’ sorry prospects, according to the summary in the Wall Street Journal, was cited largely as the “high mortality for men under age 50…” though women were also “lagging.”  Reading more closely, why do you reckon, damned if it wasn’t all about the “social determinants of health.”

Read more: http://chieforganizer.org/2013/01/12/social-determinants-of-health-are-killing-people-everywhere/

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SECRETS AND LIES OF THE WALL STREET BAILOUT

It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you’d think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we’ve been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right?

Wrong.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/08-0

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OBITUARY: THE WELFARE STATE, 1942-2013

After decades of public illness, Beveridge’s most famous offspring has died.

For much of its short but celebrated life, the Welfare State was cherished by Britons. Instant public affection greeted its birth and even as it passed away peacefully yesterday morning, government ministers swore they would do all they could to keep it alive.

The Welfare State’s huge appeal lay in its combination of simplicity and assurance. A safety net to catch those fallen on hard times, come rain or shine, boom or bust, it would be there for all those who had paid in.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/08/welfare-state-1942-2013-obituary

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WHY IDLE NO MORE HAS RESONATED WITH CANADIANS

Imagine a country where the national government introduces and passes legislation that detrimentally affects all of its First Nations communities but it doesn’t bother to consult with them. Then a chief of an impoverished northern First Nation community goes on a hunger strike to get a meeting between the First Nations leadership and the government several months after this legislation was passed. Does this have implications for all Canadians? You bet it does. This will not be the last time that individuals or groups will take such extreme measures in response to the federal government’s
public policy process or lack thereof.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/11-1

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HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT FRIDAYS LABOR FOLKLORE!

Fridays Labor Folklore is a free newsletter featuring the stories and songs of the labor movement.

Invite a friend to join the mailing list. Ask them to send an email to fridaysfolklore@gmail.com and say “subscribe me.”

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SIX WAYS GOVERNMENT BOSS STEPHEN HARPER IS KILLING DEMOCRACY

If we look at actions taken by Harper, it’s easy to draw the conclusion that because of Harper and the Conservatives, democracy is dying in Canada.

Read more: http://www.ufcw.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3195%3Asix-ways-government-boss-stephen-harper-is-killing-democracy-&catid=6%3Adirections-newsletter&Itemid=6&lang=en

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RE-DEFINING EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Several key changes to Employment Insurance came into effect on Sunday. The EI program is about to get grinch-ier, especially for those who happen to have needed it more than once.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2013/01/re-defining-unemployment-insurance
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JOBS

PAID ORGANIZING APPRENTICE – FULL-TIME ORGANIZER, SEIU

The Service Employees International Union, Local 2 is now recruiting activists across Canada for the launch of its 2013 Organizing Apprenticeship Program. We’re hoping to hire up to four (4) full-time organizers at the conclusion of the program.

A union organizer is a union representative who helps non-union workers join a union in order to have a voice at work and improve working conditions. We run campaigns that focus on increasing market density in various sectors (i.e. our Justice for Janitors campaigns) in order to raise industry standards.

To Apply:
Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to asharma@seiulocal2.ca by January 15, 2013. No phone calls, please. Only complete applications submitted by email will be considered.

More info: http://justiceforjanitors.ca/community-resources/paid-organizing-apprentice-full-time-organizer/

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FOODSHARE – DESKTOP PUBLISHING, DESIGN, AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

FoodShare is looking for a passionate individual, who cares about Good, Healthy Food for All and would like to put their design experience to work in our vibrant work environment. The Desktop Publishing, Design and Communications Intern will be hired through the YMCA Digital Skills Youth Internship Program, and support FoodShare with the design and layout of program materials, educational resources, toolkits and reports.

Hours of work: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Some evenings and weekend availability may be required.

Rate of pay: $16.00/hr

Main Job Components: The intern will shoot and edit video footage, assist with storytelling and blogging, conduct online research, and support the social media for the organization and well as direct support for a provincial campaign on increasing the consumption of Healthy, Local Foods in Schools. The intern will gain mentorship from FoodShare’s Field to Table Schools program and Fundraising and Communications Departments.

Qualifications: https://www.dyip.ca/dyip_admin/_dyip_apply/application/index.php?l=en&dyip_interest=y

Submit an application: https://www.dyip.ca/dyip_admin/_dyip_mentor/mola_appShow.php?arg=13352&arg_who=CAND&parm_Language=E

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GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS FOR LABOR-ORIENTED STUDENTS

Penn State University,Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

The Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations is a two-year program designed for students anticipating careers in some aspect of labor, labor management relations, or human resources. The Dept. of Labor Studies and Employment Relations has two full graduate assistantships available for students with an interest in unions and the American labor movement and are considering a career working for unions.

The two-year graduate assistantship includes a full tuition scholarship and a stipend paid in exchange for 20 hours of work per week assisting one of the Dept faculty with research or teaching.  The Department also makes a commitment to assist students in finding union internships and full-time positions with unions upon graduation.

The Department is particularly interested in potential students with an interest in international labor issues (including sweatshops, labor standards, corporate responsibility, child labor, etc.). Such students would have an opportunity to work with the Department’s newly-created Center for Global Workers Rights (see http://lser.la.psu.edu/gwr/).

Penn State LSER program has a long tradition of preparing students to work in the American labor movement. Our alumni currently work for a wide variety of unions, including the United Steelworkers, AFSCME, SEIU, UFCW, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and the New York State United Teachers.

For more information contact Paul F. Clark, Professor and Head, at pfc2@psu.edu.
Deadline is Feb. 28, 2013.  Additional information on the program, as well as application information, can be found at http://lser.la.psu.edu/.

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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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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com

Global Capitalism

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM

September 27th, 2012 7:30 PM

BOOK PARTY/FORUM
The Making of Global Capitalism
Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin with Doug Henwood

Panitch and Gindin’s newest book offers a significant rethinking of the development of global capitalism. Focussing on the American state, they argue that its distinctiveness rests in its capacity to identify the interests of its own capital with that of capital in general, while restructuring other states to the end of spreading capitalist social relations and preventing economic crises from interrupting capital’s globalizing tendencies. Examining recent economic crises, the authors identify social conflict occurring within, rather than between, states, producing political fault-lines replete with possibilities for the emergence of new movements to transcend capitalist markets and states.

Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin and Doug Henwood will participate in the panel discussion. Reception to follow.

Sam Gindin is the Packer chair in Social Justice in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto. His books include In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, and The Terrain of Social Justice.

Leo Panitch is Professor of Political Science at York University, Canada, and an editor of The Socialist Register. His publications include A Different Kind of State? (with Greg Albo and David Langille) and Working-Class Politics in Crisis.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-making-of-global-capitalism-book-party-forum-leo-panitch-sam-gindin-with-doug-henwood-nyc-27-sept

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

Crisis Theory

Crisis Theory

THE CRISIS AND THE LEFT

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

Sunday May 6, 4 PM at LeftWords Festival

Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto

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

Reception to follow at the Ryerson Student Centre

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

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

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Critical Sociology

CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY REVIEW ESSAYS

Critical Sociology‘s book review section will now begin focusing on publishing more comprehensive review essays. Such essays of approximately 5,000 words in length generally examine three to four books of a similar topic through a scholarly lens. For example, we currently have four titles that examine the economic crisis from a critical/left perspective. They are:

1. McNally, David. Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance
2. Lilley, Sasha. Capital and its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult
3. Albo, Greg, Sam Gindin, and Leo Panitch. In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
4. Calhoun, Craig and Georgi Derluguian. Business as Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown

Alternatively, a review essay may draw on a single book title and discuss its relevance along a broad  framework such as contemporary scholarship, or in light of recent e vents, or its utility in an activist setting, etc.

In addition, Critical Sociology welcomes review essays concerned with contemporary media and cultural productions, including but not limited to fiction, cinema, and independent music. These review essays should meet the same criteria set out for book review essays, discussed above.

If you are interested in writing a book review essay for the journal or proposing a potential review essay of your own, please contact the book review editor, George Sanders, at the following e-mail: critsoc.reviews@gmail.com

If you are interested in writing a culture review essay (concerned with fiction, cinema, music, photography and the graphic arts, etc.) for the journal or proposing a potential review essay of your own, please contact the media and culture editor, Graham Cassano, at the following e-mail: critsoc.mediaculture@gmail.com
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Professor David Fasenfest
Dept of Sociology
Wayne State University
Editor, Critical Sociology 
crs.sagepub.com
Series Editor
Studies in Critical Social Science
www.brill.nl/scss

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th MAY 2011

EVENTS

DYING FOR A HOME: FIGHTING FOR OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Thursday, May 19
7 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Atrium
Yonge Street, north of Bloor

Join Toronto street nurse Cathy Crowe for a street-level perspective on the need for social housing and why we need social programs now more than ever. Crowe has been a street nurse in downtown Toronto for more than seventeen years and co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. Music provided by the Common Thread Community Choir. Hosted by Councillor Adam Vaughan.

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STOP SIGNS: CARS AND CAPITALISM ON THE ROAD TO ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL DECAY

Thursday, May 12
7pm
Bahen Centre, Room 1200
40 St. George St., Toronto

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them.

Drawing on their new book Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler will describe how the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war.

To locate this discussion in the Toronto context, local activist Jordy Cummings will describe the work of the campaign for Free and Accessible public transit, which is being spearheaded by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.

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COUNCILLOR JOSH MATLOW’S TOWN HALL DEBATE ON GARBAGE PRIVATIZATION

Tuesday, May 10th 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm
North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 17 Broadway Ave – SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

Councillor Josh Matlow will be holding a Town Hall debate on the garbage privatization issue which will be coming to City Council in mid-May, to ensure residents have an opportunity to become informed on both sides of this important issue. It will be moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin and will feature Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair of Toronto Public Works Committee and Hugh Mackenzie of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

For additional information, please contact Josh Matlow’s office at (416) 392-7906 or email councillor_matlow@toronto.ca

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STOP WAGE THEFT! CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Friday May 13, 2011
7:00pm * FREE!
Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham Street
(Bathurst St. and Bloor St.)

Celebrate our shared resistance with performances by:

* Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra and New Tradition Drum and Dance live Afro-Colombian percussion
* Spoken word by Lishai

Hear from Workers’ Action Centre leaders on our fight to stop employers from stealing our wages.    

Watch undercover footage of employers breaking the law, and see how workers are resisting through Bad Boss actions around the city.

Find Out how you can get involved!

Workers’ Action Centre is releasing a series of videos on wage theft. Watch the latest video at http://www.workersactioncentre.org

For more information: call Sonia at (416) 531-0778, ext. 221.

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(UN)LAWFUL ACCESS: CYBER-SURVEILLANCE, SECURITY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

May 12, 2011
5:00pm- :00pm
Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON

Join moderator Dr. Ron Deibert for an insightful and lively discussion into some of the most pressing social issues surrounding our rights and freedoms as cyber-surveillance becomes an ubiquitous part of our lives, on-line and off.

Digitally mediated surveillance is an increasingly prevalent, but still largely invisible, aspect of everyday life. As we work, play and negotiate public spaces, on-line and off, we produce a growing stream of personal digital data of interest to unseen others. CCTV cameras hosted by private and public actors survey and record our movements in public space, as well as in the workplace. Corporate interests track our behaviour as we navigate both social and transactional cyberspaces, data mining our digital doubles and packaging users as commodities for sale to the highest bidder. Governments continue to collect personal information on-line with unclear guidelines for retention and use, while law enforcement increasingly use internet technology to monitor not only criminals but activists and political dissidents as well, with worrisome implications for democracy.

Read more: http://www.digitallymediatedsurveillance.ca

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NEXT GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE GTWA: IN THE SPRING OF 2011 WILL STRUGGLE BLOOM?

Saturday May 14, 2011
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
East side of Spadina south of College

As we exit the elections and the capitalist class continues to consolidate itself the attacks against working people will come quicker and stronger. The need for an organized resistance is greater than ever.

The Greater Toronto Workers’s Assembly (GTWA) was formed to contribute to this resistance at a time when we saw the tip of the iceberg of the “austerity” program. Looking back less than two years later our success at doing this has been both limited and mixed despite some of our successes. We need to examine the current context, our project and the challenges we face. Do we have the capacity, will and discipline to take on these challenges? Can we overcome the divisions, pressures and practices that divide us? Will we be able to help the struggle bloom?

All members and supporters are welcome. Members and supporters are encouraged to bring guests as observers.

Read more: http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/150

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NEWS & VIEWS

ANTI-AUSTERITY STRUGGLES AND THE CANADIAN ELECTION

From The Bullet

The precise political outcome of the May 2nd election may well have the NDP make an unprecedented electoral breakthrough in Canada and Quebec. This would be a major step in its long desire to displace the Liberals as the other dominant national party, partly to become something more like the Democratic Party in the U.S. and partly to become the alternate centrist political option like the British Labour Party and the German SPD. This is already what the NDP is in Western Canada and Nova Scotia. This needs to be placed in the context of an international political conjuncture where ruling class forces have, paradoxically, gained strength and momentum over the crisis to date; and set against the enduring institutional characteristics of the Canadian political and electoral systems that, if anything, the political parties and campaigns have reinforced.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/496.php

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ONTARIO FARM WORKERS ‘SHOCKED’ AS UNION BAN UPHELD

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on farm unions is constitutional, denying more than 80,000 Ontario farm workers the ability to unionize. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on farm unions is constitutional, denying more than 80,000 Ontario farm workers the ability to unionize.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/04/29/supreme-court.html

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MURRAY DOBBIN’S BLOG – A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY. NOW WHAT?

There is no point dwelling on the obvious other than to simply reiterate it. The election of a Conservative majority government will usher in wrenching change in Canada and we will have to witness the worse that Stephen Harper has to offer. It remains to be seen whether or not Harper actually wants to stay around for another election to win it (and therefore not go too far in a first term), and solidify the dominance of his party as the new “natural governing party.” Or whether, as his personality disorder would suggest, he will in a spirit of vengeance against the country he detests, dismantle as much of the post-war social contract he can in four years of virtually absolute power.

Read more: http://murraydobbin.ca/2011/05/03/a-conservativ-majority-now-what/

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BUY THIS BOOK!

From LBO News, Doug Henwood
Excellent collection of interviews … Perfect for teaching, or just reading. Order your copies here.

Sasha Lilley, Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult (PM Press, 2011)

Interviewees: Ellen Meiksins Wood, David Harvey, Doug Henwood, Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, Greg Albo, David McNally, John Bellamy Foster, Jason W Moore, Ursula Huws, Gillian Hart, Vivek Chibber, Mike Davis, Tariq Ali, John Sanbonmatsu, Andrej Grubacic, and Noam Chomsky.

Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the Left—including David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Mike Davis, Leo Panitch, Tariq Ali, and Noam Chomsky—Capital and Its Discontents illuminates the dynamic contradictions undergirding capitalism and the potential for its dethroning.

The book challenges conventional wisdom on the Left about the nature of globalization, neoliberalism and imperialism, as well as the agrarian question in the Global South. It probes deeply into the roots of the global economic meltdown, the role of debt and privatization in dampening social revolt, and considers capitalism’s dynamic ability to find ever new sources of accumulation—whether through imperial or ecological plunder or the commodification of previously unpaid female labor.

Read more: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=267

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VIDEO – ONLY KNOWN RECORDING OF MOTHER JONES

You have to see the only known audio and video recording of Mother Jones. On what is believed to be her 100th birthday in 1930, the legendary union organizer is still full of fire for worker justice.

Watch the video: http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/05/03/only-known-videoaudio-of-mother-jones/

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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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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 11th DECEMBER 2010

EVENTS

LATEST APCOL (ANTI-POVERTY COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND LEARNING – CSEW’S MAJOR PROJECT) NEWSLETTER ONLINE

The latest APCOL newsletter featuring updates on project activities as well as articles focused on community anti-poverty issues and activism can be found at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/apcol/Newsletter/index.html.

A new feature on the APCOL web site – an interactive Google map showing the neighbourhoods where APCOL is active with links to community sites. Check it out at http://www.apcol.ca/Activity_Map.html.

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WORKERS ASSEMBLY FOURTH COFFEEHOUSE – ANTI-CAPITALISM AND ELECTORAL POLITICS: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Friday, December 17
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Regal Beagle Pub (back room)
335 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Speakers:
– Mary-Jo Nadeau – Coordinating Committee, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid; university teacher and writer
– Ajamu Nangwaya – Labour, community and anti-racist activist
– Elizabeth Rowley – Communist Party electoral candidate in various federal elections, including 2004 and 2006

Join us to consider the politics of elections and the left. Following introductions from diverse perspectives, join us in a free-flowing discussion addressing strategy, points of unity and difference in our movements, and the potential of the GTWA in these discussions and actions.

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VOTE FOR J4MW (JUSTICIA FOR MIGRANT WORKERS) FOR LABOUR PHOTO OF THE YEAR!

Labour Start’s panel of judges comprised of David Bacon, Gretchen Donart and Mac Urata selected 5 photos that best captures workers’ struggles this year. And our Pilgrimage to Freedom is one of them!  Please take a moment to vote for the powerful picture on the left taken by Gerrardo Correa of our migrant brothers and sisters who led this historic action. Please distribute widely on your lists, twitter, Facebook and any online tools to spread the word far and wide.

Deadline for voting: Dec. 31, midnight

http://www.labourstart.org/lpoty/

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INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

December 18
3pm – 7pm
George Brown College, St. James Campus
290 Adelaide St. East
3rd Floor, Room 303 – Theatre

Join us in celebrating International Migrants Day, organized by a network of various migrant workers groups and allies.  Cultural performances through popular theatre, dance and music, mural painting, and photo exhibits will be the highlight of the celebration.

We will celebrate victories won, affirm the right of migrant workers to self-organize, and strengthen the bonds of solidarity with all workers. There will be a report back, through video, by delegates from the recently-concluded International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees held in Mexico City as well as photo exhibits of the Pilgrimage to Freedom last November.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

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LAUNCHING THE SOCIALIST REGISTER 2011!

Thursday, January 20th
7 PM
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W., west of Dufferin, Toronto
416 588 0307 http://www.lulalounge.ca

with panel discussion with local contributors:
Greg Albo, Bryan Evans, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

Doors open at 6, dinner and drinks available.

Sponsored by: York University Book Store, Fernwood Books, the Socialist Project, and the Socialist Register.

For more information please contact: fpeters@yorku.ca

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WORKSHOP – JANE FINCH ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: RAISING THE RATES & RESTORING THE SPECIAL DIET ALLOWANCE

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Black Creek Community Health Centre
2nd Floor, Yorkgate Mall
(Jane Street, north of Finch Ave.)

Childcare and TTC tickets available
Dinner will be served

All community residents, community workers and union members are invited to a workshop on:

Why raising the rate of social assistance should matter to all of us?
What can we do to restore the Special Diet Allowance?

Presentations by CUPE and OCAP

Social assistance rates are way below the poverty line, and it has remained virtually unchanged since 1995 where Mike Harris government slashed assistant rate by almost 22%.  People on social assistance are now about 40% to 50% worse off than those in 1995.  In addition, the McGuinty government has decided to restrict its $250 special diet allowance to social assistance recipients with a medically verified need for extra money for special diet. According to the Toronto Star, those with “ineligible” aliments (such as cardiovascular disease and impaired glucose tolerance) or hungry kids or no cash left when the rent is paid will be cut off.  Thousands of recipients will be affected by these changes.

Jane-Finch community has had one of the highest rates of application as well as denial of special diet allowance.

Social assistance rates need to be increased to the above poverty line and the Special Diet Allowance restored immediately.

Organized by Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP)

In partnership with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

For more information, please contact janefinchactionagainstpoverty@gmail.com
or leave us a voicemail at 416-760-2677.

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NEWS & VIEWS

CORPORATE GREED IS ERODING FOUNDATIONS OF A JUST SOCIETY

by John Cartwright, Toronto Star

Not long ago, a wealthy stockbroker drives by nine men who have been locked out of their jobs at the First Canadian Place. He stops his luxury car, gets out, and utters the words that explain his attitude to their plight.

“The watch I’m wearing is worth more than you earn in a year. Get out of my way!”

(John Cartwright is President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.)

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/905536–corporate-greed-is-eroding-foundations-of-a-just-society

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NEW BOOK – REBEL RANK AND FILE

Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt from Below During the Long 1970s, edited by Aaron Brenner, Robert Brenner, and Cal Winslow

The hidden story of the 1970s insurgency from below, against employers and bureaucrats.

From the mid-1960s to 1981, rank-and-file workers in the United States engaged in a level of sustained militancy not seen since the Great Depression and World War II. Millions participated in one of the largest strike waves in US history. There were 5,716 stoppages in 1970 alone, involving more than 3 million workers. Contract rejections, collective insubordination, sabotage, organized slowdowns, and wildcat strikes were the order of the day.

Read more: http://www.versobooks.com/books/282-rebel-rank-and-file

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FREE TRANSIT AND MOVEMENT BUILDING

by Rebecca Schein, The Bullet

The demonstrations surrounding the G20 summit in Toronto unfolded more or less as scripted. Demonstrators marched peacefully along a designated route through deserted downtown streets. A few people broke windows and set fire to abandoned police cars. Police made full use of their brand new riot gear and special legal powers. A thousand arrests. Denunciations of police lawlessness and brutality. Calls for a public inquiry. Denunciations of vandalism. Calls for solidarity. And of course, the perennial lament that the voices and messages of labour and civil society were lost in the clamor.

(Rebecca Schein teaches in the Human Rights Program at Carleton University.)

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/438.php

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ORGANIZING TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS

by Jill Hanley & Eric Shragge, Social Policy

Canada’s immigration system has been shifting towards the use of temporary foreign worker programs to respond to a business demand for a low paid, compliant labor force, a trend that can be observed across OECD countries. This form of migration puts workers at risk of abusive economic conditions and undermines the strength of the workers who are permanent residents. The conditions faced by these workers are at best difficult, with little legal protection in practice.

How can global south-to-north migrant workers defend themselves from abuse and have equal working conditions?

(Jill Hanley is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal. Eric Shragge teaches in the School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University, Montreal.)

Read more: http://www.socialpolicy.org/index.php/component/content/article/4-latest-issue/370-organizing-temporary-foreign-workers

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OUR WORKING LIVES AFFECT OUR HEALTH

by The Wellesley Institute

Our working lives are an essential contributor to what keeps us healthy and what makes us sick. In this recent release, Work and Health: Exploring the impact of employment on health disparities, Sheila Block, the Wellesley Institute’s new Director of Economic Analysis, delves into the linkages between labour market policies, employment conditions, working conditions and health disparities.

Read more: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/our-working-lives-affect-our-health/

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CANADA’S RICHEST 1% TAKING MORE THAN EVER BEFORE

by Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives

A major report by CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan shows Canada’s richest 1% enjoy more of the gains from economic growth than ever before in recorded history.

The report looks at income trends over the past 90 years, revealing the richest 1% took 32% of all growth in incomes between 1997 and 2007 – the biggest piece of action any generation of Canadians has taken.

You have to go all the way back to the 1920s to find a similar trend, and even then, the richest 1% didn’t take so large a share of income.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/canadas-richest-1-taking-more-ever

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

ORGANIZED LABOR, NUCLEAR POWER, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE CANADIAN AND U.S. LABOR MOVEMENTS
Larry Savage and Dennis Soron
Labor Studies Journal published 8 December 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10389746v1

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CULTURE AS STRUCTURE IN EMERGING CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS IN RUSSIA
Sarah Busse Spencer
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 29 November 2010  
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010384140v1

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CANADIAN AUTOWORKERS, THE CLIMATE CRISIS, AND THE CONTRADICTIONS OF SOCIAL
UNIONISM
Derek Hrynyshyn and Stephanie Ross
Labor Studies Journal published 29 November 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10389747v1

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FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION ON THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Spencer Moore
International Journal of Public Health, Vol. 55, Issue 6
http://www.springerlink.com/content/n24kj884563x27q2/fulltext.html

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):
Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

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

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

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 6th DECEMBER 2010

EVENTS

PARTY: ANTI-CAPITALIST HOLIDAY BASH!

Saturday, December 18 2010
7 PM
U of T Grad Students Union Gym
16 Bancroft Ave., Toronto

Does the hyper-consumer craziness of the holiday season have you feeling down? Amidst the twinkle lights and the insidious calls to shop, shop and shop some more, are you spending your spare moments plotting the eventual demise of capitalism?

If so, you should join us for the Anti-Capitalist Holiday Bash! On Saturday, December 18th the Community Solidarity Network Fundraising Committee will be throwing the anti-capitalist event of the season to fundraise for our friends and allies facing G20 related charges.

Join us for a community dinner (vegan and vegetarian options will be served), followed by an evening of low key musical performances, workshops, games, prison letter writing, and a ‘really really free market’ exchange.

Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale, or PWYC (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
All proceeds go to the G20 Legal Defence Fund.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR STUDIES IN CO-OPERATION (CASC) & THE ASSOCIATION FOR NONPROFIT AND SOCIAL ECONOMY STUDIES (ANSER)

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Studies (ANSER) have issued their calls for papers to be presented at their conferences in June.

The theme of the CASC conference is Co-operation in a Changing Economy: The Role of Social Innovation and Collective Entrepreneurship.  CASC is seeking abstracts that reflect on the processes of social entrepreneurship as they relate to co-operative practice. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 24, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/CASC%20call%202011%20English.pdf

About CASC: http://www.coopresearch.coop/

The theme of the ANSER conference is Building Communities: Exploring the Contributions of Nonprofits and the Social Economy. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 11, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://www.anser-ares.ca/files/conf11/UNBCallAnnouncement2011-Eng%20_1_jq.pdf

About ANSER: http://www.anser-ares.ca/

Both conferences will take place at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton on June 1-3 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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NEWS & VIEWS

THOUSANDS PROTEST IRISH NIGHTMARE ECONOMY

by Leo Panitch, The Bullet

Last weekend in Ireland, thousands of people demonstrated against austerity measures and against bearing the burden of the Irish crisis. Just how did the Irish miracle turn into the Irish nightmare? Paul Jay of The Real News Network recently interviewed Leo Panitch. Panitch is a distinguished research professor at York University, teaches political science there, and he’s the author (with Greg Albo and Sam Gindin) of the book In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
(http://inandoutofcrisis.wordpress.com/).

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/436.php

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WE WILL NOT BE CENSORED: WIKILEAKS

WikiLeaks now running in over 208 locations

http://wikileaks.ch/mirrors.html

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NEW RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

As Alliance for Justice has developed tools and strategies for evaluating advocacy work, we have often been asked for more specific information about evaluating community organizing. We have found that the range of organizing styles, approaches, and philosophies in use can make it challenging to formulate a consistent mechanism for evaluating the organizing process and its outcomes.  This lack of consistent evaluation often contributes to a misunderstanding or devaluing of organizing work by funders, policy makers, and community-based organizations. 

In response to these requests and to help raise the profile of community organizing as a critically important change strategy, we have developed Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO). RECO includes detailed summaries of each resource so users can find the resources that are most useful for their evaluation needs.

Read more: http://www.afj.org/for-nonprofits-foundations/reco/

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THE BOLIVIAN ROAD TO SOCIALISM

by Mike Geddes, Bolivia Rising

Politics in the UK and the EU is likely to be dominated for the foreseeable future by massive cuts in public service provision. The furious demonstrations that have taken place in Greece may be a harbinger of the popular protest to come. These demonstrations would have looked very familiar in Bolivia, where in the early years of this century a sustained popular uprising over several years succeeded in overthrowing a hated neoliberal regime and installing the progressive and radical government of the MAS (Movement towards Socialism) led by President Evo Morales. Can we learn from Bolivia about resistance to the neoliberal agenda and building an alternative? The answer is certainly yes – but that means understanding what has been happening there.

Read more: http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/12/bolivian-road-to-socialism.html

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REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA (2010)

by the Wellesley Institute

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all. Housing is one of the most important factors for a healthy life.

Download the full report: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/224
Download the executive summary: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/221

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LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER FOR RICHEST CANADIANS

By Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada has entered a 1920s-like Gilded Age, where the super-rich consolidate their wealth while the middle class stagnates.

That’s the conclusion of a new study based on income-tax forms filed up until 2007, showing that the richest one per cent of Canadians took home 13.8 per cent of all incomes claimed that year.

The share of total income going to the richest of the rich has risen steadily since the early 1980s, reversing a long-term trend toward a more equal distribution of the country’s income during the postwar ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the study says.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1214751.html

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

21 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE ACTIVISTS & “ECO-TERRORISTS” IN YOUR LIFE

As you’re out prowling for holiday gifts, consider supporting some of these incredible artists, journalists, activists, and entrepreneurs. It’s hard to pay the bills doing what you love, and I know these folks would be thankful for your support (and so would those receiving what they’ve made!).

Read more: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-activists/3279/

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ECO-FRIENDLY GREENPEACE GIFTS ONLINE

Stuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Greenpeace can help. Take care of all your holiday shopping without ever stepping in a busy shopping mall: we have a wide range of fun and eco-friendly gift options that you can order online right now!

Read more: http://secure.greenpeace.ca/store/Cart/index.php

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JOIN THE MOVEMENT! SUBSCRIBE TO OUR TIMES, CANADA’S INDEPENDENT LABOUR MAGAZINE

“Our Times is where we go to read about the issues that matter most to us. It’s labour journalism at its best.”– Rosemarie Bahr, Editor Canadian Association of Labour Media

Don’t miss an issue * Save over 20% on the newsstand price * Support your magazine

Subscribe to Our Times and you’ll receive a magazine full of stories by and about frontline workers in Canada, right on your doorstep, six times a year. Your subscription to Our Times will help ensure there will always be a place in Canadian media for the voice of working people. If you believe in workers’ rights, a healthy environment and strong communities, Our Times is your magazine – so join us now! Subscribe.

You can subscribe online right now using PayPal: https://www.securewebexchange.com/ourtimes.ca/Subscribe/

You can also place an order or pay offline by contacting our business office: http://www.ourtimes.ca/Contact/

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WRAP UP THE GIFT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Struggling to find that perfect something for the budding activist, environmental champion or political junkie on your gift giving list?

Skip the socks and underwear and wrap up the gift of social justice – give a 2011 membership in the Council of Canadians to your loved ones today!

Instead of more stuff, this year choose to expand a mind, challenge a viewpoint and promote positive change. Give a 2011 Council of Canadians membership to friends and family. By doing so, they become part of Canada’s largest independent citizens’ advocacy group.  Membership is a gift that keeps on giving – throughout the year Council members are kept informed on pressing issues of social justice across the country and around the world, and join with tens of thousands of people in taking collective action through creative local, national and international campaigns. Together, Council members advocate for clean, public water, trade and climate justice, better public health care and true democracy.

Read more: https://vws1.magma.ca/www.canadians.org/join/donate/gift-membership.html

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RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE HOLIDAY GIFT OFFER!

You know how useful Rethinking Schools (http://www.rethinkingschools.org/index.shtml) can be. Every issue offers a wide range of articles portraying classrooms that are academically rigorous, multicultural, and engaging. Filled with innovative teaching ideas, analyses of important policy issues, and valuable resources, it is a priceless resource for educators. Now you can give a gift subscription to your friends and colleagues for just $14 each – a savings of 40% off the cover price! An attractive gift card will be sent to you to mail or present to each of your recipients.

A subscription to Rethinking Schools can make a great holiday gift for a friend, relative, or colleague. It’s convenient, and you avoid the hassle of last-minute shopping. Use the form on the other side to order as many one-year gift subscriptions as you’d like at the incredible price of only $14 each!

P.S. You now have the option of sending print or digital subscriptions. Just indicate your choice. Respond today so we have time to process your order.

Read more: https://secure.aidcvt.com/rts_cart/gift.asp

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GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS TO ALTERNATIVES MAGAZINE

Alternatives Journal, Canada’s national environmental magazine, delivers thoughtful analysis and intelligent debate on Canadian and world environmental issues, the latest news and ideas, as well as profiles of environmental leaders who are making a difference.

Alternatives is the thoughtful gift that shows your family and friends there is something they can do to make our world a better place.

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

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

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

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

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

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Crisis Sublime

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE 2010 – REGISTRATION ON THE DOOR

PREREGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE CONFERENCE. HOWEVER YOU CAN COME 
AND REGISTER ON THE DOOR, THURSDAY THROUGH TO SUNDAY

Registration desk is at SOAS, Thornhaugh Square, Russell Square Underground station.

Thursday at 12:00

Friday at 9.00

Saturday at 9.00

Sunday at 9.00

All those who cannot afford the suggested unwaged contribution rate, or who only wish to attend a few sessions, should come to registration to discuss a fair contribution.

‘Crisis and Critique’: Historical Materialism Annual London Conference 2010

Central London, Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th November

Provisional Programme Now Available online: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual7

Notwithstanding repeated invocations of the ‘green shoots of recovery’, the effects of the economic crisis that began in 2008 continue to be felt around the world. While some central tenets of the neoliberal project have been called into question, bank bailouts, cuts to public services and attacks on working people’s lives demonstrate that the ruling order remains capable of imposing its agenda. Many significant Marxist analyses have already been produced of the origins, forms and prospects of the crisis, and we look forward to furthering these debates at HM London 2010. We also aim to encourage dialogue between the critique of political economy and other modes of criticism – ideological, political, aesthetic, philosophical – central to the Marxist tradition.

In the 1930s, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht projected a journal to be called ‘Crisis and Critique’. In very different times, but in a similar spirit, HM London 2010 aims to serve as a forum for dialogue, interaction and debate between different strands of critical-Marxist theory. Whether their focus is the study of the capitalist mode of production’s theoretical and practical foundations, the unmasking of its ideological forms of legitimation or its political negation, we are convinced that a renewed and politically effective Marxism will need to rely on all the resources of critique in the years ahead.

Crises produce periods of ideological and political uncertainty. They are moments that put into question established cognitive and disciplinary compartmentalisations, and require a recomposition at the level of both theory and practice. HM London 2010 hopes to contribute to a broader dialogue on the Left aimed at such a recomposition, one of whose prerequisites remains the young Marx’s call for the ‘ruthless criticism of all that exists’.

Themes discussed by the Conference include: Activism * Adorno: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Politics * Aesthetics of Crisis * Art and Activism * Althusser and the Aleatory Encounter I: Conceptual Aspects * Althusser and the Aleatory Encounter II: Philosophical Contrasts * Applying Value Theory * Approaching Passive Revolutions * Art in Neoliberalism * The Arts and Capitalist Triumphant: American Culture in the 1940s * Between Political Economy and Political Struggles *  Beyond What Is and Isn’t to Be Done: The Question of Organisation Today * Biocapitalism * Bolshevik History * Book Launch: Jairus Banaji’s Theory as History * Capital and the Crisis of Nature * Capitalism, Labour, Photography * Centenary of Hilferding’s Finance Capital * China: Internal Struggles and External Perceptions * Class, Gender, Crisis: The Attack on Public Services and Welfare * Class and Nation in the Middle East * Climate Change and Ecological Crisis: Law, Gender, Technology * Commodities, Labour and Space * Conjuncture, Contingency and Overdetermination * The Contemporary Global Economy (Marx and the ‘Global South’ 1) * Crisis and Accumulation in Asia * Crisis of Representation: Philosophy, Politics, Aesthetics * Crisis in Greece, Crisis in the Eurozone * The Crisis this Time * Commons and Commonwealths * Commons and Communism, Past and Present * Confronting the Right * Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism * Death and Utopia: Bloch and Benjamin * Dependency and Exploitation in Latin America * Dimensions of the Crisis: History, Finance, and the Labour Process * Energy and Crisis * The End of Old and New Labour: What’s Left? * Eurozone Crisis: Causes and Ways Out * Feminism and the Critique of Political Economy * Financial Capital Before and After the Crisis * Financialisation: Theory and Practice * Forgotten Space: Capitalism and the Sea * Forms of Working-Class Resistance * From Crisis To Crises: Marxist Perspectives On Latin America In The Global Economy * From Crisis of Capitalism to Crisis of the Public Sector * Gender, Labour and the Future of Feminism * Geographies of Crisis and Critique I * Geographies of Crisis and Critique II * German Crises * Georg Lukács and the Aspiration Towards Totality * Gramsci * Historical Materialism, Universal History, and East Asia * Histories of Workers’ Struggles * The Ideology of the ‘Big Society’ * Imperialism: History and Theory * Intellectuals, Public Discourse and Education * International Relations, Militarism and Modes of Foreign Relations * Japanese and Western Marxism * Korsch, Lefebvre and Hegelian Marxism * Labour and Migration * Labour Power and the Marxian Analytics of Crisis * Latin America, Resistance and Political Economy * Legacies of Bolshevism * Lenin, Luxemburg and the Russian Revolution * Limits of Citizenship and Democracy * Managing Crisis: Fair Trade, Cooperatives,  Degrowth * Marx Against Eurocentrism (Marx and the ‘Global South’ 2) * Marx and Critique * Marxian Investigations * Marxism and Geopolitics * Marxism and International Law * Marxism and Politics Today * Marxism and Theories of Politics * Marxist Theories of Finance and Risk * Marxist Theory and Cultural Politics * Marx for Our Times * Marx, Normativity, Justice * Marx’s Capital and the Development of Capitalism Today * Music and Resistance * Neoliberalism and World Cinema: A Double Take * Palestine and Global Justice: Current and Historic Challenges for the Left * Poetics, Painting, Politics * Political Ecology in a Time of Crisis * Political Economy and Value Theory * The Politics and Political Economy of the Media * The Politics of Housing * Profit and the Crisis * Radicalism in Contemporary Art and Literature * Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia * Rethinking the State * Rosa Luxemburg  and the Critique of Political Economy * Screening: Comuna Under Construction * Servicing the Crisis * Sex in Crisis * Slavery and American Capitalism * Stasis, Contradiction, Hostility * Strategies for Art Today I * Strategies for Art Today II * Theorising the Crisis I * Theorising the Crisis II * Theorising the Crisis III * The Transformation of Chinese Marxism * Ultra-Leftism, Insurrection, and the City * Useless But True: Economic Crisis and the Peculiarities of Economic Science * Value and Struggles in China * Varieties of Capitalism I * Varieties of Capitalism II * Violence and Non-Violence * Walter Benjamin and Anthropological Materialism * Walter Benjamin and the Critique of Violence * Whither Feminism? * Who Rules the World? Contemporary Views on Ruling and Capitalist Classes * Workers, the Union Movement and the Crisis * Workers’ Self-Management and Alternative Work Organisation I * Workers’ Self-Management and Alternative Work Organization II * The Working Class after Neoliberalism: From the World to the East End of Glasgow * The Work of Daniel Bensaid *

Speakers include: Greg Albo * Bueno Aldo * Görkem Akgöz * Idris Akkuzu * Donatella Alessandrini * Anne Alexander * Jamie Allinson * Elmar Altvater * Marko Ampuja * James Anderson * Kevin Anderson * Alex Anievas * Caroline Arscott * Sam Ashman * John Ashworth * Tara Atluri * Maurizio Atzeni * Antonio Azevedo * Dario Azzellini * Abigail Bakan * Jeff Bale * Jairus Banaji * Laurent Baronian * Luca Basso * Amita Baviskar * Wesley Baxter * Dave Beech * Riccardo Bellofiore * Aaron Benanav * Marc Berdet * Janis Berzins * Beverley Best * Brenna Bhandar * Alain Bihr * Cyrus Bina * Robin Blackburn * Paul Blackledge * Joost de Bloois * Iain Boal * Roland Boer * Armando Boito * Patrick Bond * Bill Bowring * Chris Boyd * Umut Bozkurt * Honor Brabazon * Craig Brandist * Pepijn Brandon * Lutz Brangsch * Colm Breathnach * Peter Brogan * Heather Brown * Sebastian Budgen * Jonah Butovsky * Alex Callinicos * Liam Campling * Bob Cannon * Thomas Carmichael * The Carrot Workers Collective * Warren Carter * Noel Castree * Aude de Caunes * Maria Elisa Cevasco * Giorgio Cesarale * Sharad Chari * Matthew Charles * François Chesnais * Danielle Child * Christopher Chitty * Joseph Choonara * John Clegg * Perci Coelho * Sheila Cohen * Alejandro Colás * Nathan Coombs * John Cooper * Luke Cooper * Gareth Dale * Neil Davidson * Chuck Davis * Tim Dayton * Shane Deckard * Radhika Desai * Li Dianlai * Katja Diefenbach * Angela Dimitrakaki * James Dunkerley * Bill Dunn * Cedric Durand * Nick Dyer-Witheford * Caroline Edwards * Steve Edwards * Evie Embrechts * Katsuhiko Endo * Theresa Enright * Adam Fabry * Mauro Farnesi Camellone * Sara Farris * David Featherstone * Romain Felli * Oliver Feltham * David Fernbach * Michele Filippini * Ben Fine * Eoin Flaherty * Paul Flenley * Keith Flett * Kirsten Forkert * Des Freedman * Alan Freeman * James Furner * Nicola Fusaro * Jin Gao * Lindsey German * M.A. Gonzalez * Sara Gonzalez * James Goodman * Jamie Gough * Nicolas Grinberg * Agon Hamza  * Adam Hanieh * Bue Rübner Hansen * Jane Hardy * Lea Haro * Barnaby Harran * Barbara Harriss-White * Johan Hartle * Dan Hartley * Mike Haynes * Amrit Heer * Paul Heideman * Christoph Hermann * Chris Hesketh * Andy Higginbottom * Jan Hoff * John Holloway * Charlie Hore * Nik Howard * Peter Hudis * Ian Hussey * Ursula Huws * Anthony Iles * Ozlem Ingun * Robert Jackson * Dhruv Jain * Sang-Hwan Jang * Anselm Jappe * Olivier Jelinski * Heesang Jeon * Seongjin Jeong * Jonny Jones * Jyotsna Kapur * Marina Kaneti * Ioannis Kaplanis * Elif Karacimen * Rebecca Karl * Ken Kawashima * Alexander Keller Hirsch * Mark Kelly * Anneleen Kenis * Paul Kellogg * Christiane Ketteler * Sami Khatib * Jim Kincaid * Don Kingsbury * Stathis Kouvelakis * Sam Knafo * Juha Koivisto * Stathis Kouvelakis * Michael R. Krätke * Clarice Kuhling * Alexi Kukuljevic * Anne E. Lacsamana * Mikko Lahtinen * Ishay Landa * Costas Lapavitsas * Amanda Latimer * Nick Lawrence * Philippe Lege * Emanuele Leonardi * Esther Leslie * Alex Levant * Les Levidow * Iren Levina * Norman Levine * Ben Lewis * Aiyun Liang * Lars Lih * Jacob Carlos Lima * Por-Yee Lin * Duncan Lindo * Nicola Livingstone * Alex Loftus * Domenico Losurdo * Nikos Lountos * David Mabb * Denis Mäder * Yahya Madra * F.T.C. Manning * Paula Marcelino * Fábio Marvulle *  Pierre Matari * Paul Mattick * Patricia McCafferty * Daniel McCarthy * Andrew McGettigan * David McNally * James Meadway * Eileen Meehan * Antigoni Memou * Zhang Meng * David Michalski * China Miéville * Owen Miller * Seamus Milne * Andrew Milner * Dimitris Milonakis * Gautam Mody * Simon Mohun * Kim Moody * Colin Mooers * Michael Moran * Vittorio Morfino * Adam David Morton * Avigail Moss * Sara Motta * Tadzio Mueller * Sara Murawski * Douglas Murphy * Mary Jo Nadeau * Yutaka Nagahara * Immanuel Ness * Susan Newman * Michael Niblett *  Stephen Norrie * Benjamin Noys * Sebnem Oguz * Francisco Ojeda * Chris O’Kane * Kosuke Oki * Ken Olende * Ozlem Onaran * Ahmet Öncü * Ozgur Orhangazi * Judith Orr * Reecia Orzeck * Ceren Ozselcuk * Leo Panitch * Giorgos Papafragkou * Rose Parfitt * Mark Paschal * Jody Patterson * Laurie Penny * He Ping * Simon Pirani * Charles Post * Nina Power * Gonzalo Pozo-Martin * Lucia Pradella * Tim Pringle * Toni Prug * Muriel Pucci * Besnik Pula * Thomas Purcell * Sam Putinja * Uri Ram * Gene Ray * Jason Read * John Rees * Oliver Ressler * Felicita Reuschling * Larry Reynolds * John Roberts * John Michael Roberts * William Roberts * Ed Rooksby * Sadi dal Rosso * Christina Rousseau * Giorgos Sagriotis * Spyros Sakellaropoulos * Gregory Schwartz * David Schwartzman * Ian J. Seda-Irizarry * Ben Selwyn * Richard Seymour * Greg Sharzer * Greg Shollette * Jan Sieber * Oishik Sircar * Murray E.G. Smith * John Smith * Jeffrey Sommers * Panagiotis Sotiris * Michalis Spourdalakis * Kerstin Stakemeier * Julian Stallabrass * Guido Starosta * Engelbert Stockhammer * Robert Stolz * Ted Stolze * Kendra Strauss * Bronislaw Szerszynski * Jeff Tan * Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor * Kampagiannis Thanassis * Tzuchien Tho * Martin Thomas * Peter Thomas * Peter Thompson * Hillel Herschel Ticktin * Vladimir Tikhonov * Oxana Timofeeva * Bruno Tinel * Tania Toffanin * Massimiliano Tomba * Stavros Tombazos * George Tomlinson * Samo Tomsic * Jan Toporowski * Alberto Toscano * Nicos Trimikliniotis * Ben Trott * Pei Kuei Tsai * Alan Tuckman * Deborah Tudor * Lori Turner * Alexej Ulbricht * Steve Vallance * Giovanna Vertova * Marina Vishmidt * Keith Wagner * Hilary Wainwright * Gavin Walker * Andrew Warstat * Ben Watson * Michael Watts * Mike Wayne * Alexis Wearmouth * Jeffery R. Webber * John Weeks * Brian Whitener * Evan Calder Williams * Frieder Otto Wolf * Xinwang Wu * Wu Xinwei * Galip Yalman * Faruk Yalvaç * Eddie Yuen * Rafeef  Ziadah * Mislav Zitko *

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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 21st AUGUST 2010

 

 

EVENTS

ALLENDE ARTS FESTIVAL

It’s that time of year again! Time to celebrate Latin American Arts in Canada with the 2010 Allende Arts Festival in Toronto from September 10th-25th

More info: http://www.allendefestival.com/2010-festival.html

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CONFERENCE: WHO BELONGS? RIGHTS, BENEFITS, OBLIGATIONS AND IMMIGRATION STATUS

Thu Sep 23–Sat Sep 25, 2010
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
84 Queen’s Park

In Canada, as in many other parts of the world, an individual’s immigration status may play a significant role in determining how various rights, benefits and obligations are allocated.  This is true for the allocation of various social benefit programs, employment opportunities, and legal and democratic rights.  The principal aim of this conference is to explore the consequences of the differential access to rights, benefits and obligations on the basis of immigration status, and provide a framework to assist in analyzing how these distinctions should be made.

Sponsored by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto.

More info: http://ccla.org/get-involved/events/immigrationconference/

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INCLUSIVE EDUCATION INSTITUTE: BEST PRACTICES FOR ONTARIO’S EQUITY & INCLUSIVE EDUCATION STRATEGY

August 24–26, 2010
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave., Toronto

Ontario has embarked on a bold plan to become the best publicly funded education system in the world, and inclusion is a foundation of the delivery of high-quality instruction for all learners. Leadership, and leaders with vision, are critical to bringing the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy to life in schools and school boards. Join other system leaders and educators from across Ontario to share best practices.

More info: http://animaleadership.com/what-we-offer/Our-Services/Inclusive-Education-Institute

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SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS TORONTO SCREENING OF HOME SAFE TORONTO

August 26, 2010
6:00 pm-9:00 pm (film screening at 6:45 pm)
CAMERA Bar
1028 Queen St. West, Toronto

Free for Social Venture partners; $15 for non-partners. Bring your teen and adult children

Light supper provided; cash bar

Laura Sky, the producer and a distinguished local documentary filmmaker, will attend. Home Safe Toronto reveals how close homelessness is to many hard-working, hopeful Torontonians. Their stories will open our eyes and hearts, and ideally inspire a new determination to end homelessness in Canada.

More info: http://www.svptoronto.org/

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OUR TIMES SNEAK PREVIEW SPECIAL LABOUR DAY ISSUE

Our Times’ special Labour Day edition will be heading to press shortly.

In this issue, journalist Lisa Walter, who covered the summit events for Our Times, shares the diary of her G20 arrest and detention. We’ll also report on LabourStart’s first-ever global solidarity conference, and Bob Barnetson discusses child labour on Alberta farms. Plus, Our Times’s exciting new series “Working Papers,” by graduates of the Labour College of Canada, begins with Fred Sinclair. And actor Kathleen Laskey, who plays Barbara Strange on the much-loved TV show “Being Erica,” talks about a typical working day on set.

We’ll have a review of the book Pubs, Pulpits and Prairie Fire, stunning poetry from the streets of the summit, our scintillating regular columns, and much more.

More info: http://www.ourtimes.ca/index.php

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URBAN ALLIANCE ON RACE RELATIONS – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS, 2010 RACE RELATIONS AWARDS

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations celebrates their 35th Anniversary at our 2010 Awards Dinner on Thursday,  September 30, 2010. At this time, the UARR will be honouring two (2) individuals who have clearly demonstrated a commitment to anti-racism in the community.  The award nominees must have:

– Worked as a volunteer and/or as staff beyond one identifiable community in the field of race relations and anti-racism
– Conducted this service for a minimum of five years in the Greater Toronto Area

Nominations will be considered by a subcommittee of the board of directors of UARR.

Please submit nominations before September 6th, 2010. A submission from individuals or from organizations is easy:  name the nominee and the reason for your nomination. Please include your own name (or organizational representation) and your contact information for follow-up.

Do it today! Send to: Info@urbanalliance.ca, or fax to: 416.703.4415 or mail to:
Nominations, UARR, 302 Spadina Avenue, Suite 507, Toronto, M5T 2E7

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO SYMPOSIUM – SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS: THE VISION, THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY

Friday, September 24, 2010
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre
20 Toronto Street, wheelchair accessible

In Toronto, a variety of organizations and individuals, from Cabinet Ministers to Mayoral candidates, from Boards of Education to staunch critics of the educational status quo, have been promoting the concept of schools as community hubs. On Friday, September 24, we will have an opportunity to bring together a broad range of individuals and organizations to continue that conversation, exploring the diverse visions for schools in community, the barriers which exist to progress, and the opportunities which currently exist to make progress toward a reality in which schools are at the heart of their communities.

More info: http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=a8f54eab94acd8c455bb09550&id=17da949e70&e=bd9e77ec33#3

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LATIN AMERICAN TRADE UNIONISTS COALITION (LATUC) INAUGURAL CONVENTION

Sept. 10-12, 2010
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil St., Toronto

LATUC encourages all Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters in trade unions across Canada to attend and participate in our First Constitutional Convention.

Registration: $100 – unionized worker, $25 – non-unionized worker, $10 – students/seniors/unemployed

More info: http://www.latuc.ca/

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NEWS & VIEWS

PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS TO BE MADE PUBLIC AFTER DECISION OF B.C. INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER

Precedent ends years of secrecy ended for multi-million dollar details between government and Compass, Sodexo and K-Bro for hospital support services.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/compass/privatization-contracts-public-decision

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OPSEU MEMBERS STRIKE DURING WAGE FREEZE CONSULTATIONS

In the midst of the first two weeks of consultations over the Ontario government’s proposed compensation freeze, members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have begun a strike for a first contract at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)… All public sector workers have an interest in a successful strike here.   

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

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REPORT: THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY POST-RECESSION

Every recession ushers in a rising tide of poverty. As jobless and underemployed people struggle to make ends meet, the nouveau poor swell the ranks of the déjà poor… if past recessions are any guide, between 750,000 and 1.8 million more Canadians will be counted as poor before recovery is complete.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/problem-poverty-post-recession

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IS THE LABOR MOVEMENT SPEAKING FOR ITS FEMALE MEMBERS?

Karen Nausbamm, the director of the AFL-CIO’s Working America, has a penchant for pointing out that the AFL-CIO is the largest women’s organization in the country… Why, then, did the AFL-CIO refuse to assume a position on the health care reform bill negotiated earlier this year which restricts women from using health insurance plans toward the cost of abortions?

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-elk/is-the-labor-movement-spe_b_689251.html

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REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing  sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all.

Read more: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/affordable-housing-news/new-report-precarious-housing-in-canada-2010/

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CAPITALIST CRISIS, RADICAL RENEWAL? AN INTERVIEW WITH LEO PANITCH, SAM GINDIN, AND GREG ALBO

Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, and Leo Panitch all teach political economy at York University in Toronto and are the authors of In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, published by PM Press. Panitch and Albo are co-editors of the Socialist Register, while Gindin for many years was research director of the Canadian Auto Workers Union.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/398.php

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BILL 68: WORKERS FORCED TO SETTLE FOR LESS

Changes to Employment Standards under Bill 68 = more barriers for workers

Under Bill 68 “Open for Business,” the government is introducing changes to Employment Standards that are a huge step backward for workers. Instead of cracking down on bad bosses, Bill 68 will create more barriers for workers, while making it easier for employers to avoid paying what they are required to by law.

Read more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/
   
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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

PLANNING IDEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY: CHARLES WHITNALL’S PROGRESSIVE ERA PARK DESIGNS FOR SOCIALIST MILWAUKEE
Lorne A. Platt
Journal of Urban History published 3 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374016
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210374016v1

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THE SOCIAL INNOVATIONS OF AUTOGESTIÓN IN ARGENTINA’S WORKER-RECUPERATED ENTERPRISES: COOPERATIVELY REORGANIZING PRODUCTIVE LIFE IN HARD TIMES
Marcelo Vieta
Labor Studies Journal 2010;35 295-321
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/35/3/295

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SERVICE LABOR AND SYMBOLIC POWER: ON PUTTING BOURDIEU TO WORK
Jeffrey J. Sallaz
Work and Occupations 2010;37 295-319
http://wox.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/37/3/295

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UNDERSTANDING CONSTRAINTS ON NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP TACTICS IN TIMES OF RECESSION
Brent Never
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 5 August 2010    http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010378357v1

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JOB POSTINGS

RFA – PILOT EVALUATION – WOMEN’S HEALTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Ontario Women’s Health Network is seeking an evaluator to assess the pilot of the Women’s Health Leadership Program. The contract period for this position is from September 7 – November 1, 2010. The deadline for applications is August 24, 2010 at 1pm.

Program Background: The Ontario Women’s Health Network (OWHN) was recently awarded a grant from Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario to provide the Women’s Health Leadership Program. The program will be offered over the coming three years and will seek to reach women participants from all over Ontario. The program will be offered in three levels and will support the development of women and their leadership capacity, including in relation to increasing women’s ability to reflect critically on sex and gender and how to promote gender-related advancements in the health system.

More info: http://www.owhn.on.ca/OWHN%20RFA_Pilot%20Evaluation.doc

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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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