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HUGO CHAVEZ MEMORIAL LECTURE

REGISTER TODAY: The Inaugural Hugo Chávez Memorial Lecture with Tariq Ali, Thursday February 20, 7pm (Doors 6.30pm)

You are invited to the Inaugural Hugo Chávez Memorial Lecture, which will be given by Tariq Ali on Thursday February 20.

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a prompt 7.00pm start at the Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London, W1T 5DL.

This event is by pre-registration only so please RSVP by registering via Eventbrite as soon as possible here

You can also invite your friends & share the event on Facebook here

Organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (www.venezuelasolidarity.co.uk)

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Economics

Economics

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 9th DECEMBER 2012

EVENTS

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS, AND PAPERS: PACIFIC NORTHWEST LABOR HISTORY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Portland, Oregon
May 3-5, 2013

Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future

2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, whose organizing in the Northwest resulted in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia being one of the most strongly unionized regions of the US and Canada by the end of World War II.

How will we preserve the gains of the CIO era, and build a new labor movement? What are the connections between the CIO and progressive political movements, and our own unions and popular movements like Occupy? This year’s 45th PNLHA Conference in Portland gives workers, unionists, scholars and community activists an opportunity to reflect on some of these themes and examine the prospects for a revitalized labor movement in our time.

We invite proposals for presentations, panels, workshops and papers related to this theme. The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association strongly encourages participatory methods for program presentations, including popular education exercises, panel discussions, oral history, and the arts, as well as traditional scholarly presentations. Proposals dealing with Canadian themes are strongly encouraged.

For more information contact:
Laurie Mercier
PNLHA Program Co-Chair
Washington State University Vancouver
lmercier@vancouver.wsu.edu

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LIVE WEBINAR – SUPPORTING ACCESS TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

December 10, 2012
12:00-13:00 EST

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa and Canada Without Poverty invites you to the interactive webinar:

“Making Rights Real: The Implementation of International Human Rights In Canada”

This webinar will address the following questions and more on the implementation of human rights in Canada:

Did you know that Canada has committed itself to ensuring that everyone has a right to an adequate standard of living? How would you go about claiming this right in Canada? What does this right mean in times of fiscal restraint? Does it mean different things for different groups of people?

Join us on Human Rights Day to explore strategies to implement social and economic rights in Canada.

To take part in the webinar, visit: http://www.cdp-hrc.uottawa.ca/?p=6106#main-content and then log on as a guest at http://137.122.181.180/hrrec/

No registration is required; free and open to the public.

Moderator: Leilani Farha, Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty and economic and social rights expert.

Panellists:
Bruce Porter, Social Rights Advocacy Centre (Ontario) Steve Estey, Council of Canadian’s with Disabilities, Chair of the International Committee (Nova Scotia)

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ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM WORKSHOP

Thursday, December 13th
6:30pm
Centre for Social Justice/CSI Annex
Second Floor, Meeting Room #1
720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Presenters: Manuel Larrabure and Thomas Ponniah

One of the central tasks of remaking socialism for the 21st century is insisting upon and exploring alternatives to capitalism. This has been the importance of the Venezuelan Revolution, and the politics emerging in the Bolivarian bloc of states. The recent re-election of Hugo Chavez has led to further radical proposals for socialization. But these require careful study and debate given the experience of Venezuela and the balance of class forces inside the country and the region. One of the central theorists of the new theory of the transition to socialism has been Michael Lebowitz, who draws extensively on the developments in Venezuela in his thinking on ‘real human development’. This meeting will for discussion of these issues in light of the new Venezuela programme.

Suggested readings:
* Venezuelan Programme for the Transition to Socialism (http://links.org.au/node/3079)
* Michael Lebowitz, The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010) or
* Michael Lebowitz, The Path to Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism?, Socialist Project, 2009 (http://www.socialistproject.ca/documents/ThePath_letter.pdf)

Sponsors: York Institute for Political Economy Initiative, Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project

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NEWS & VIEWS

NEW BOOK – DIGITAL LABOR: THE INTERNET AS PLAYGROUND AND FACTORY

Digital Labor asks whether life on the internet is mostly work, or play. We tweet, we tag photos, we link, we review books, we comment on blogs, we remix media, and we upload video to create much of the content that makes up the web. And large corporations profit on our online activity by tracking our interests, affiliations, and habits, and then collecting and selling the data. What is the nature of this interactive “labor” and the new forms of digital sociality that it brings into being?

The international, interdisciplinary contributors to Digital Labor suggest that there is no longer a clear divide between the personal and work, as every aspect of life drives the digital economy: sexual desire, boredom, friendship and all become fodder for speculative profit. They argue that we are living in a total labor society and the way in which we are commoditized, racialized, and engendered is profoundly and disturbingly normalized by the dominant discourse of digital culture.

More info: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415896955/

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THE BURNING FLAME OF LABOR IS BEING EXTINGUISHED BY PEOPLE WHO DON’T GIVE A DAMN

By Jamie Sanderson, Daily Kos

Twenty three states in the United States of America don’t give a damn about the working people living within them. And Republicans in those states are snuffing out labor with so-called right-to-work laws.

Michigan would make No. 24 in this country, a country built and protected by labor.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/07/1168143/-The-burning-flame-of-labor-is-being-extinguished-by-people-who-don-t-give-a-damn

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NEW VIDEO ON INCOME INEQUALITY AND PUBLICATION “THE 1% VERSUS FAIRNESS AND YOU”

Video: http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/new-video

Publication: http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/sites/alltogethernow.nupge.ca/files/documents/The_1percent_vs_Fairness_and_You.pdf

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FOODIES GET WOBBLY – FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN WORKERS ADOPT THE IWW’S RADICAL ACTIONS TO FIGHT ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS

By Michelle Chen, Common Dreams

Once upon a time in the labor movement, a rebellious vanguard emerged at the margins of American industry, braiding together workers on society’s fringes—immigrants, African Americans, women, unskilled laborers—under a broad banner of class struggle.

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or Wobblies, raised hell in the early 20th century with unapologetically militant protests and strikes.

Their vision of a locally rooted, globally oriented anti-capitalist movement was eclipsed by mainstream unions, which had more political muscle. But grassroots direct action is today undergoing a resurgence in the corners of the workforce that have remained isolated from union structures.

Such alternative campaigns have a special resonance in today’s food industries, which employ the roughly 20 million people (one-sixth of the total workforce) who harvest, process, distribute and sell the food we eat.
More info: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/12/04

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WEBINAR: THE COMMISSION’S REPORT AND FUTURE DIRECTION FOR SOCIAL ASSISTANCE REFORM

Brighter Prospects, the final report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, was issued October 24, 2012.

In this webinar, Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) provides an understanding of

– the content of the report and recommendations;
– an analysis of the impact of the recommendations;
– the policy and political context surrounding the report; and,
– thoughts on opportunities for action over the short, medium, and longer term.

This webinar was conducted for members of the community legal clinic system and their community-based partner groups; however, we recorded the webinar for other interested individuals and groups to watch.

Watch the video: http://sareview.ca/isac-resources/webinar-the-commissions-report-and-future-direction-for-social-assistance-reform/

The PowerPoint slides used in this presentation are available for download in PDF at: http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/SAR-Final-Report-webinar-slides-Dec-2012.pdf

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

SHOP WITH UNION PRIDE

Union Pride is your one-stop source for custom-made:
– branded products delivered on time & within budget
– professionally decorated apparel that you will be proud to wear
– premium gift ware, awards & recognition – you can never say thank-you enough
– Organic & Fair Trade Certified goods
– Lots of other options from the pulse of the industry

Union Pride is a promotional products & advertising specialty distributor that showcases union-made and fair-trade goods from Canada and other countries — your best guarantee of high-quality, safe products and fair pay for the workers who make them. We have been providing customized items for Canadian unions and community groups since 1997.

More info: http://www.unionpride.ca/About-Us-2.html

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SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAY PLEDGE

The holiday season is arguably our greatest cultural paradox. Tradition, family, and faith are obscured by the pressures to spend. We all want to show our loved ones that we care about them, but we don’t want to go broke in the process. And isn’t it possible to celebrate without leaving a trail of trash that will stay in the landfills long after the season has passed?

http://www.newdream.org/programs/beyond-consumerism/simplify-holidays/pledge

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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

 

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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/

Critique

CRITIQUE CONFERENCE 2012

Saturday 25 Feb 2012
10.00 am- 5.00 pm
London School of Economics

GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS: PASTS, PRESENT AND FUTURES

The last year has witnessed a deepening of the crisis, in the Eurozone in particular. There are, however, no countries outside the global crisis. Governments have moved on all fronts against the welfare of the majority of the population. The public sector, pensioners, women, those on welfare benefits and the unemployed youth are the worst affected and have begun to react.

The Conference will discuss current and future forms of reaction to the crisis.

Speakers:
Hillel Ticktin: Marxism and the Crisis
Michael Cox: The Death of the West? World Power after the Crisis
Ben Backwell: Hugo Chavez, Oil and “Petro-Socialism – Prospects
Yassamine Mather: The Arab Spring
Savas: Greece and the Decline of Europe

Venue: New Academic Building 1.09, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London School of Economics

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

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Global Crisis

GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS: PASTS, PRESENT AND FUTURES

Saturday 25th Feb 10am – 5pm

London School of Economics

Houghton Street, Holborn tube. (Ask at reception for Critique Conference room no.) critique@eng.gla.ac.uk
Hillel Ticktin: Marxism and the Crisis

Michael Cox: The Death of the West? World  Power after the Crisis

Savas Michael-Matsas: Greece and the Decline of Europe

Ben Backwell: Hugo Chavez, Oil and ‘Petro-Socialism’

Yassamine Mather: The Arab Spring: ‘From Evolution to Revolution’

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

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Inca

RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA

SOCIALIST RESISTANCE MEETING

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM
Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB
(Kings Cross & Russell Square tubes)

RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA
Across the continent, mass resistance is continuing against the neo-liberal project. In Chile, students have been protesting for months to demand free public education. In Bolivia, protestors have been opposing a highway through an indigenous and ecological reserve in the Amazon. In Mexico, the electrical workers union announce the launch of a new independent working class party. And in Venezuela, the Chavez government is still charting an independent course in the USA’s own backyard. Jeff Webber and Iain Bruce, authors of books on Latin America, will be reporting on the struggles that are going on in the region and outline the prospects for the movement.

Speakers:
JEFF WEBBER, author of “From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia” and “Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia”
IAIN BRUCE, author of “The Real Venezuela: Making Socialism in the 21st Century”.

 

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Imperialism

ANTI-IMPERIALIST STRUGGLES IN LATIN AMERICA

Dear All

I am inviting you to the first seminar of the new academic year of Queen Mary’s Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development which will take place at 4.15pm in room 3.16 in Arts (2), Queen Mary, Mile End Campus, on Wednesday October 5th.

My colleague, Jeff Webber (http://www.politics.qmul.ac.uk/staff/drjefferywebber.html)  will present on ‘ Dispatches from Latin America: A Commentary on Recent and Ongoing Anti-Imperialist Struggles in Bolivia, Honduras and Ecuador’.

This will be an informal session where Jeff will report back from his recent field work on local popular anti-imperialist mobilizations and struggles in the region.

 

 

Regards,

Rick Saull,

Director

Queen Mary, Centre for the Study of Global Security & Development

http://www.cgsd.org.uk/

 

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Imperialism

EMPIRE AND RESISTANCE

Socialist History Society Public Meeting
Empire and Resistance
A special meeting with two leading socialist historians of imperialism, Robin Blackburn and Richard Gott, who will be speaking about their new books

Hosted in co-operation with publisher Verso and supported by the London Socialist Historians Group

7pm, 12th October 2011
Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, Liverpool Street
The event is free.

Richard Gott, former editor and journalist, is the author of numerous books mainly on Latin America, including a history of Cuba and the new Venezuela of Hugo Chavez. His latest book is “Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt”, which will be published in September.

Robin Blackburn, former editor of New Left Review, and author of a trilogy of books on the history of slavery in the New World, the latest of which is “The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights”, as well as “An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln”.

Contact:
Stefan Dickers (Chair, SHS): stefan.dickers@bishopsgate.org.uk
David Morgan (Secretary, SHS): morganshs@hotmail.com

Further information on the website: http://www.socialisthistorysociety.co.uk/news.htm

 

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Imperialism

IMPERIALISM, EMPIRE AND GENOCIDE

Please attend this excellent event and spread the word!

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

Workshop Series: ‘Imperialism, Empire and Genocide’ 14th March 2pm-4pm

Venue: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London

The British Empire seems to be making a come back. Historians, politicians and journalists now speak about the positive aspects of colonialism and empire. During a state visit to East Africa in 2005 the then Chancellor Gordon Brown, commented that Britain must stop apologising for its colonial past and, instead, celebrate its achievements. He said, ‘I’ve talked to many people on my visit to Africa and the days of Britain having to apologise for its colonial history are over. We should celebrate much of our past rather than apologise for it.’ Some scholarly work has followed the fashion suggesting that empire is more necessary in the 21st century than ever before. The new approach to the British Empire insists that we must undertake a balance view of the positive contributions made to instilling democratic values, development and political institutions. 

This series of workshops will take a different approach. Speakers will shed light, empirically and conceptually, on the tortured relationship between empire and modernity, colonialism and progress, disclosing the story and contemporary legacy of colonial genocide, imperial conquest and environmental destruction.

Speakers: Professor John Newsinger, Richard Gott and Dr Tom Lawson.

Professor John Newsinger (Professor of Modern History at Bath Spa University), Author of The Blood Never Dried: A People’s History of the British Empire, Orwell’s Politics, United Irishman, Rebel City, Dangerous Men: The SAS and Popular Culture, British Counterinsurgency (new edition 2012). John Newsinger will examine histories of the British Empire, the uses to which they have been put and the crimes they neglect and leave out.

Richard Gott (former Latin America correspondent and features editor for The Guardian, currently an honorary research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London). Author of Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution (2005),Cuba: A New History (2004). Richard Gott will be talking about his most recent book, to be published in the autumn, entitled “Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt”. The book is conceived as a revisionist history of Empire, written from the perspective of the subject peoples.

Dr Tom Lawson (Reader in History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Winchester). Author of The Church of England and the Holocaust: Christianity, Memory and Nazism (2006) and Debates on the Holocaust (2010). Tom Lawson will be talking about his latest research into the colonisation of Tasmania where the British government is often portrayed as the benign protector of the Aborigines, unable to curb the destructive urges of the settler population. However Tom will argue this paper argues that what amounted to a genocidal policy was both formally approved in Downing Street, and emerged from an imperial culture that began at home.

This is a free event, however, to confirm attendance please email Ms Olga Jimenez, Events Manager
olga.jimenez@sas.ac.uk

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Sara Motta

Mike Cole

EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN LATIN AMERICA

A two day workshop organised in collaboration between:

MERD (Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues)
CSSGJ (Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, University of Nottingham)
CESJ (Centre for Education for Social Justice, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln)

To be held at the
University of Nottingham
1st – 2nd July 2011

The role of education is increasingly important in the construction of new forms of anti-capitalist politics in Latin America. This is evidenced by the centrality of popular education and other forms of struggle influenced by radical education philosophy and pedagogy, and by social movements in their construction of new forms of participatory politics and mass intellectuality. It is also evidenced in the creation of formal and informal educational programmes, practices and projects that develop varieties of critical pedagogy and popular education with both organised and non-organised marginalised and excluded communities.

Particularly, noticeable in this regard is the centrality of education in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the move towards 21st Century socialism. At the heart of the politicisation of education are the questions of whose knowledge counts in the process of social transformation and political change and if the ways in which such transformative knowledge is created impact upon the struggle to develop worlds beyond capitalism in the 21st century.

This workshop invites papers which develop theoretically grounded empirical analysis about the politicisation of education in the continent.

Key questions to be addressed are:

How is education politicised in contemporary anti-capitalist struggles?

How has neoliberalism closed down as well as opened up terrains of educational struggle?

What differences are there between the role of education in 20th century socialism and 21st century socialism?

How does Marxism shape such practices of radical pedagogy and how do such practices transform Marxism?

How does the focus on popular education in new forms of popular politics influence and reflect the type of politics developed?

What is the role of autonomous education in social movements in the construction of anti-capitalism?

What is the relationship between formal ‘progressive’ educational programmes and the politics of knowledge and education in informal community/social movement settings?

What can we (outside of the region) learn from Chavez’s concept of Venezuela as a ‘giant school’ and other radical pedagogies and educational practices in Latin America?

What is the role of popular educators within formal schooling in these processes?

Selected papers will be published in an edited collection with Palgrave Macmillan in their Marxism and Education Series.

Contact Sara Motta at sara.motta@nottingham.ac.uk and Mike Cole at mike.cole@bishopg.ac.uk  if you are interested in helping organise the workshop or would like any further information.

Please submit your paper proposal by March 1st 2011

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Work, work, work for capital

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

 EVENTS

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

with Vic Murray, Schulich School of Business, York University

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

Join us in this workshop to:

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

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

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

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

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

Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by Centre for the Study of the United States

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

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

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LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES – MICRO FINANCE

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

With:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WORKSHOP – DEEP DEMOCRACY: WHOLE SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SYMPOSIUM – TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS (TFW)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

MARK CARNEY ON THE “NATURAL RATE” OF UNEMPLOYMENT

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

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

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

Why is this disturbing?

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

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PANTALONE CAN WIN…

by Gary Shaul, rabble.ca

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

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

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

by Al Engler, rabble.ca

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

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

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

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JOB POSTINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JOIN OUR TEAM: RABBLE EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS ARE BACK!

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

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

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

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

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COORDINATOR, HEPATITIS C COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MARKETING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Social Change

REFLECTIONS ON CONNECTING ACADEMIA WITH PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics

Ten Year Anniversary Conference

Reflections on Connecting Academia with Progressive Social Change

Speakers:

LEO PANITCH, Professor of Political Science, York University, Editor, The Socialist Register

SUSAN BUCK-MORSS, Professor of Political Science, CUNY, Author of Thinking Past Terror: Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left (W.W. Norton, 2003)

SUJATHA FERNANDES, Professor of Sociology, CUNY, Author of Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chavez’s Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2010)

TIM BRENNAN, Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Author of Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (Verso, 2008)

GILLIAN HART, Professor of Development Studies, UC Berkeley, Author of  Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa (University of California Press, 2002)

JOHN KRINSKY, Professor of Political Science, CUNY, Author of Free Labor: Workfare and the Contested Language of Neoliberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2007)

ROS PETCHESKY, Professor of Political Science, CUNY, Co-author of Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights (Routledge, 2008)

JOHN MORRISSEY, Professor of Geography, National University of Ireland, Author of Negotiating Colonialism (HGRG, Royal Geographical Society, London, 2003)

MIKE MENSER, Professor of Philosophy, CUNY, Co-founder, US Solidarity Economy Network

Please join us in celebrating a decade of critical inquiry, interdisciplinary scholarship, blood, sweat, and beer.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Panel discussions: 4-5.30 PM & 5.30 – 7 PM

Proshansky Auditorium

CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Ave. @ 34th Street

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Information for Social Change: http://libr.org/isc

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Pink Tide

Pink Tide

THE PINK TIDE: RECONFUGURING POLITICS, POWER AND POLITICAL ECONOMY IN THE AMERICAS?

 

2nd Call for Papers

The Pink Tide: Reconfiguring politics, power and political economy in the Americas?

Key-note speakers include: Noam Chomsky, William Robinson, John Holloway, Liam Kane, Marina Sitrin

22-24 January 2010, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice in conjunction with the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department, University of Nottingham, Nottingham,UK.

The global credit crunch and election to power of governments and presidents that identify as left and left-of-centre throughout the Americas offers one of the most visible political challenges to the TINA discourse that appeared to reign unchallenged for much of the past 15 years. With presidents such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Bachelet in Chile and Obama in the United States the region and its peoples are experiencing one of the most exciting and dynamic political periods of recent history.

It is this political conjuncture that the conference would like to explore as it is the organisers belief that the development of our understanding of the political processes occurring will enable us to conceptualise and contribute to the furtherance of more inclusive democracy and development in the region and beyond. We believe that this discussion can be most fruitfully developed between academics, practitioners, policy-makers and community/social movement participants. We also believe that our understanding of the development of alternatives to neoliberalism can only be enhanced by intra-regional dialogue between the North and the South of the Americas.

The conference conveners welcome the participation of a wide range of actors (academics, scholar-activists, social innovators and practitioners) whose work is related to the following themes: the role of political parties and/or the state in social change; grassroots social movements; the creation of new forms of politics and development; LOC governments and neoliberalism; movement and academic knowledges; the US and the ‘Pink Tide’; opposition to ‘pink  tide’; culture/art/media and social change. We particularly encourage cross-disciplinary contributions.

Various kinds of contributions will be considered, both in situ and remotely. We invite proposals for panels, individual paper and poster presentations, round-table debates, workshops and open spaces. Please could you send a 250 words abstract of your proposed contribution clearly stating the authors postal address, email, phone number and institution to cssgj@nottingham.ac.uk by 20 September 2009.

For further information, please see the Events page on the CSSGJ website:
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cssgj/PinkTide.php

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