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Zizek

Zizek

ŽIŽEK, MIGRATION, EXCLUSION

A WORKSHOP

Thursday 19th February 2015, 3-5pm, Lecture Room 213, Brunel University, London

Irregular immigration is at the forefront of global struggles for economic opportunity, for political rights and for security. Pressed by the increasing influence of both global governing institutions and transnational corporations, along with rising cultural diversity, anxiety about the coherence of the imagined national community within Western nations has increased. This anxiety, along with the global economic downturn and concurrent rises in unemployment, is contributing to the sharpening of ideological policing of national borders, with new legislation targeting irregular immigrants and sympathy for the predicament of those immigrants falling. In turn, the plight of those driven by poverty, environmental insecurity and concerns over security to attempt to gain entry into Western nations outside of official channels has become increasingly fraught, with an estimated 2,500 migrants having drowned in the Mediterranean so far this year (as of October 2014).

For Slavoj Žižek these flows of irregular migrants exemplify a shifting of the borders of political and economic exclusion. Having identified the troubling presence of ‘new forms of apartheid’ most prominently found in the slums, sweatshops and construction projects of ‘the developing world’, this surplus of humanity is increasingly apparent on the borders of the Western world.  Arguing that this surplus is not an aberration in the development of global capitalism, but represents its ‘universal singular’ moment, Žižek suggests that as the ‘part with no part’ of the nation political community, irregular immigrants hold a uniquely disruptive presence.

This workshop brings together prominent Žižekian theorists to discuss the trauma, difficulties and radical political potential of the disruptive presence of irregular immigration and the ‘new forms of apartheid’ of the 21st century.

Speakers

Mark Devenney, University of Brighton

Heiko Feldner, University of Cardiff

Chris McMillan, Brunel University

Fabio Vighi, University of Cardiff

 

Organised by Chris McMillan. For more information, contact Chris.McMillan@brunel.ac.uk

 

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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Philosophy

Philosophy

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY & THE PHILOSOPHY PROGRAMME OF PUBLIC LECTURES AT ROEHAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Autumn 2013 Series All welcome! Please come!

Tuesday October 15th 5pm – 6.30 pm
Dr William Lewis (Skidmore College) 
‘Trace, Testimony,Verity: Representing Reality with Documentary Film’ 
Roehampton University, Main Campus, Duchesne Building Room 001 

Tuesday November 12th 5pm – 6.30 pm
Dr Sarah Richmond (University College London)
‘Gender in Sartre’s Being and Nothingness’
Roehampton University, Main Campus, Duchesne Building Room 001

Tuesday November 26th 5pm – 6.30 pm
Dr Sarah Fine (King’s College London) 
‘This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: Territory, Borders, and Immigration’ 
Roehampton University, Main Campus, Duchesne Building Room 001

WEDNESDAY December 4th 5pm – 6.30 pm (note: different day from other lectures)
Dr Kelvin Knight (London Metropolitan University)
‘MacIntyre’s Critique of Kant on History and Human Rights’ 
Roehampton University, Main Campus, Duchesne Building Room 209 
(note different room from other lectures)

All lectures take place on the main campus of Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PH

 

Royal Institute of Philosophy: http://royalinstitutephilosophy.org/

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: 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

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 11th MARCH 2013

EVENTS

TORONTO SOCIALIST ACTION PRESENTS – REBEL FILMS 2013

Thursday, March 28
7 p.m.
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
(St. George Subway Station)

Catastroika (2012, 87 minutes)

The creators of Debtocracy, a documentary with two million views broadcasted from Japan to Latin America, analyze the shifting of state assets to private hands. They travel round the world gathering data on privatization in developed countries and search for clues on the day after Greece’s massive privatization program.

Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.

Please visit: http://www.socialistaction.ca or call 416 – 461-6942.

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PROTECTING RIGHTS AND BUILDING SOLIDARITY: A WORKSHOP ON MIGRANT LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES

April 5 & 6, 2013
Friday evening and all day Saturday
Metro Hall, Plenary Room 308-309
55 John Street, Toronto

Join workers, advocates, unions, and community allies who are committed to protecting and strengthening the rights of newcomers to our province’s labour market.

Sponsored by The People’s Budget, Ontario Federation of Labour (http://www.ThePeoplesBudget.ca)

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CAMPAIGN TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE

Thursday March 21
12 pm
Ministry of Labour office, 400 University Ave.
Toronto

Coordinated actions in cities around Ontario

Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen for 3 years, while the cost of living continues to rise. Join us as we call for an immediate increase!

The minimum wage should bring workers and their families above the poverty line.  That means Ontario’s minimum wage should be $14 in 2013. A minimum wage increase is an investment in healthy communities and good jobs for workers in Ontario.

On March 21st, the first day of spring and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, communities around Ontario will be coming together for a decent minimum wage.

Get involved!
– Endorse the campaign
– Organize an action in your city
– Sign up for a delegation visit to your MPP

Get updates on March 21st actions by signing up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/119569048228250/

Contact us at raisetheminimumwage@gmail.com or (416) 531-2411, ext. 246

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and Workers’ Action Centre.

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BOOK LAUNCH – “THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY”

Book launch, author(s) reading for The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada

Edited by Richard Swift for Canadians for Tax Fairness. Published by Between the Lines.

Monday, April 15
6:30pm
No One Writes to the Colonel
406 College Street, Toronto

Free. Contact: info@btlbooks.com

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

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TALK – VYGOTSKY AND CULTURAL HISTORICAL ACTIVITY THEORY: RE-IMAGINING METHODOLOGIES AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES

Thursday March 21st
12-2pm
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-214
Toronto

Speakers: Dr. Anna Stetsenko, Graduate Department of Psychology, Cross-Appointed, Urban Education / Women’s Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Dr. Eduardo Vianna, Psychology, LaGuardia Community College – City University of New York

Sponsored by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/UT (http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/lhae/Home/index.html)

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NEWS & VIEWS

MUSIC VIDEO – SONG FOR HUGO CHÁVEZ

by David Rovics @ ALBA @ Copenhagen 17.12.2009

Warming up with “Song For Hugo Chávez” For 4000 People at ALBA-meeting in Copenhagen 17.12.2009 where Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez spoke for 2 hours to his fans from Denmark and Sweden, who had come to see and hear him speaking. Some people drove all the way from Holland just for Chávez.

Video by Kaj Kaskuberg. Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxjRET2hJIE

David Rovics’ website: http://www.davidrovics.com

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CERTIFICATE IN ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION (CACE), DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES – UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

Develop your potential as a trainer/adult educator.

Confident instructors are successful instructors. Building confidence takes a commitment to lifelong learning in order to maintain levels of practice and keep pace with an ever-changing work environment. CACE courses will be helpful to you at every stage in your career as an adult educator/trainer. Add a particular skill to your repertoire with a single course, move closer to completing your CACE certificate or simply take a refresher to keep your skills sharp. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional, you’ll find these courses will continue to shape your career and how you approach your work.

For more information: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/aspnet/Program/Detail/?code=ACECERT&infoId=51651873&sID=25895&OrgID=2900

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STUDY DEMOLISHES THE MYTH THAT U.S. WORKERS LACK SKILLS

by Roger Bybee, In These Times

Over the last few years, the media has blared warnings that a “skills gap” among American workers is preventing full economic recovery.

According to this narrative, the problem is not an inadequate supply of family-sustaining jobs; it’s a workforce lacking in skills, training and education. The skills gap thesis has been spread by influential pundits like the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, top CEOs like Caterpillar’s Doug Oberhelman, and PIMCO hedge fund owner Bill Gross, who declared, “Our labor force is too expensive and poorly educated for today’s marketplace.”

But in a study released this week called “The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact from Fiction,” urbanologist Marc Levine, a professor of history and economic development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, applies a data-laden sledgehammer to this notion. And while Levine’s report focused primarily on Wisconsin, his critique of the “skills gap” notion has national implications.

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/14660/the_medias_skills_gap_thesis_is_a_myth/

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‘SILENT GRINDING, BIT BY BIT’: IN THE OCCUPATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

by Jeffery R. Webber, The Bullet

The last two years have seen an explosion of student strikes from Chile to Italy to Quebec. These do not yet account for a full-blown student revolt, but they are seeds of political resistance that are some of the most promising in quite some time. They have been remarkable in their tactical ingenuity, the steadfastness of the student rebels and the militancy of demands for the decommodification of education and the universality of access. The fierceness of the austerity agenda in Britain is opening up a new front in student struggles.

After three weeks, an impressive student occupation at the University of Sussex against the privatization of services on campus is still in full-swing, even expanding, with flash occupations and disruptions of different buildings and events on campus last Friday. On February 28 I sat down with Maia Pal, a leading organizer of the campaign, to discuss its origins and dynamics to date.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/777.php

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SNEAK PREVIEW OF PUBLICATION – “BUILDING ON CRITICAL TRADITIONS: ADULT EDUCATION AND LEARNING IN CANADA”
(Thompson Books, 2013)

Edited by Tom Nesbit, Susan M. Brigham, Nancy Taber, and Tara Gibb

Sample contents (by researchers associated with the Centre for the Study of Education and Work WALL project: http://www.wallnetwork.ca):
– Gay Rights as Human and Civil Rights: Matters of Degree in Culture, Society, and Adult Education (André P. Grace)
– Class and Poverty Matters: The Role of Adult Education in Reproduction and Resistance (Shauna Butterwick)
– Work and Learning: Perspectives from Canadian Adult Educators (Tara Fenwick)
– Equip, Engage, Expand, and Energize: Labour Movement Education (Sue Carter and D’Arcy Martin)

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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=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and 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

No Future

No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 11th FEBRUARY 2013

EVENTS

NEW MEDIA BOOTCAMP FOR UNION ACTIVISTS

Beginning February 18

Are you interested in learning how to master new media tools for union activism?

The New Media Bootcamp for Union Activists is a free online course that teaches union activists how to better use online tools to put forward the message of the labor movement.

You can learn more about the course at http://www.NewMediaForUnions.com

You will learn things such as:
– How to make your union’s content go viral online
– How to grow your Facebook Pages
– How to create effective petition pages
– How to best use Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
– How to get your issue to the top of Google

The first module comes out on February 18th and you can complete the course at your own pace.

Register at http://www.NewMediaForUnions.com

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“RIGHT-TO-WORK” IS WRONG: DEFEAT THE HARPER/HUDAK ATTACK ON WORKERS’ RIGHTS CAMPAIGN LAUNCH AND TRAINING

Saturday March 2, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place
Registration – $50.00

Passage of so-called “right-to-work” legislation in Michigan, the birthplace of industrial unionism, has sent shockwaves across both sides of our border. Conservative MPs are planning the same here, and Ontario Tory leader Tim Hudak has made it part of his election platform. Canadians are about to experience an unprecedented level of aggression against the very foundations of collective bargaining. The entire labour movement is poised to take on this immediate threat.

The Toronto and York District Labour Council will be launching a massive internal union organizing campaign on Saturday March 2nd – registration form is at http://www.labourcouncil.ca

To see a copy of the campaign flyer: http://www.labourcouncil.ca/uploads/8/8/6/1/8861416/right_to_work_flyer.pdf

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE: SOCIAL ENTERPRISES AND THE NEW WAVE OF FOOD AND FARMING CO-OPERATIVES

Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2013
Noon – 1:30 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (U of T)
252 Bloor St. West, (St. George Subway Station)
Room 3-104
*No registration required

Presenters: Hannah Renglich, Local Organic Food Co-ops Network; Glenn Valliere, Ontario Co-op Association Board of Directors; and Randy Whitteker, Ontario Natural Food Co-op

Join us to explore:
-The story of the Ontario Natural Food Co-op, a 37-year-old social enterprise that proactively brings to market natural, organic and local foods within a co-operative network
– The new wave of food and farming co-operatives sprouting up across Ontario, and the corresponding emergence and development of the Local Organic Food Co-ops Network
– The sustainability and resilience of the co-operative model in the current economy, as it contributes to strong local economies, environmental stewardship, and community-sufficiency

Bring your lunch and a mug. Water, coffee, tea, and fresh-baked snacks from Lemon & Allspice will be provided.

For more information, please contact us at secspeakerseries@gmail.com

Webcast: This event will be webcast live. To view the webcast, click here: http://socialeconomycentre.ca/webcast-instructions

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FILM: TSAR TO LENIN

Saturday February 16
6 pm Dinner
7 pm Film screening
Oak Street Co-op Community Room, Toronto

(Directions: take River Street north from Dundas or south from Gerrard St. E., walk east on Oak St. and look for stairs and a ramp on the right side, just past the convenience store. Community Room at bottom of stairs.)

Film screening and fundraising dinner. The definitive film record of the 1917 Russian Revolution. This film premiered on March 6, 1937, at the Filmarte Theatre in New York City, after nine years in the making. At that time, the New York Times praised Tsar to Lenin as “an important work – a complete, impartial and intelligent film history of the Russian revolution.” The critic of the New York Post described the film as the “most important moving picture I ever saw in my life…the most vital and absorbing film, to my mind, in the history of the movies.” With the onset of the Cold War this film was denied the audience it should have received.  But as the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution approaches, it is being rediscovered.
Come to this special film screening and fundraising dinner for http://www.socialist.ca

Suggested donation $7-15 (sliding scale)
Organized by Coxwell International Socialists. Info: 647.393.3096

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NEWS & VIEWS

ATTACK ON FREE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING POLITICAL, NOT FISCAL

from Leftwords

In December, it was predicted that outgoing finance minister Dwight Duncan would   reduce his deficit forecast just before his departure (for Bay Street).  Duncan had somehow estimated in his fall economic statement that the 2012-3 deficit would be $14.4 billion, i.e. higher than the 2011-12 deficit — and even higher than the 2010-11 deficit!

Sure enough, Duncan lopped another $2.5 billion off the deficit in January.

Read more: http://ochuleftwords.blogspot.ca/2013/02/attack-on-free-collective-bargaining.html

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OUR TIMES WOMEN’S ISSUE SNEAK PREVIEW

Our Times’ ever-popular annual women’s issue is heading to press soon, cutting through the noise and spin of the powers that be with the sharp, wise and sincere voices of women standing strong and making change.

We’ll be launching our three-part series, Leadership, Feminism and Equality in Canadian Unions, in which we’ll share the collective wisdom of 50 women from across Canada.

You’ll also hear from Halifax Idle No More organizer Marina Young, a Mi’kmaq activist speaking out about Indigenous and Canadian issues and efforts to shape the future of First Nations communities and the country as a whole.

We’ll also hear a parent’s point of view on the teachers’ fight against Bill 115, and though it may have been repealed, its impacts in Ontario and the fight for collective bargaining continue.

We’ll also check in with K-12 education support staff in Edmonton. And because children “shouldn’t just be for rich families,” Sharon Gregson, a spokesperson for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C., as well as unionists in B.C. and across Canada fills us in on their steadfast campaign for universal child care.

This is just a sampling of the stories in this issue. It’s going to be a great one. Please join us in celebrating and supporting women workers!

If you would like to order extra copies of this issue (more than 20) as an education resource for your workshops, conferences or schools, please place your order with our business manager by February 19.

Telephone: 416-703-7661 Toll free: 1-800-648-6131 Email: office@ourtimes.ca Special bulk order prices are available.

I hope you enjoy the issue and find it of use.

In Solidarity,
Lorraine Endicott
Editor, Our Times (http://www.ourtimes.ca)

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TELL YOUR STORY – “OUR LIFE AT WORK”

by Iles Minoff, creator and editor of OurLifeAtWork.com

I’ve posted a new website, http://www.OurLifeAtWork.com, where working people can tell their story. On the site now are fifteen stories written by electricians, roofers, rail workers, a flight attendant, a nursing home organizer, and workers at factory bakeries and a meatpacking plant among others. They were written in the 1990s by mostly labor leaders for a class in the Anthropology of Work I taught for five years in the college degree program of the George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland. Take a look.

What makes these stories so compelling is that the descriptions of occupations and workplaces are from their own point of view, having sometimes spent some twenty years or more on the job. They write about starting out on the job, a day at work, how the work really gets done, gaining respect on the job, the informal rules, the job pecking order, friendships, teamwork, conflicts, accidents, the emerging role of women, race, and organizing as they and their fellow workers experienced it all.

I hope you will make use of the site and encourage people to write their own stories. If you are involved in this area, or know of others who are, please let me know.  OurLifeAtWork.com is a work-in-progress. How can I make it better? Thanks.

Iles Minoff,  Email: ilesminoff@gmail.com

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AMNESTY FOR THE UNDOCUMENTED, THEY’VE EARNED IT

by Richard Mellor, Facts for Working People

Immigrants are hard workers; they have to be. They are usually economic refugees, victims of wars, both physical wars and trade wars. The Irish came to England and to the US in droves to escape poverty in their homeland, a poverty that was a product of occupation and the theft of their land. As a person of English origin living in California, I have often compared the Irish immigrants to Britain to our Mexican and other Latino immigrants who are also economic migrants, forced to leave their homes and families to stave off starvation. NAFTA drove more than a million Mexican farmers from their subsistence farms; many came up here. It’s hard to compete with Con Agra or Monsanto when it comes to agricultural production, the US small farmer can testify to that.

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2013/02/amnesty-for-undocumented-theve-earned-it.html

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FACTORY IN GREECE STARTS PRODUCTION UNDER WORKERS’ CONTROL

from libcomm.org

Striking workers at the Vio.Me factory in Thessaloniki, Greece who have not been paid since May 2011 have decided to restart production under workers’ control on 12 February 2013.

With unemployment climbing to 30%, workers’ income reaching zero, sick and tired of big words, promises and more taxes, unpaid since May 2011 and currently withholding their labour, with the factory abandoned by the employers, the workers of Vio.Me, by decision of their general assembly declare their determination not to fall prey to a condition of perpetual unemployment, but instead to struggle to take the factory in their own hands and operate it themselves.

Read more: http://libcom.org/news/factory-greece-starts-production-under-workers-control-11022013

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WHY I DON’T FEEL SAFE OR RIGHT FLYING PORTER AND YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER

by Trish Qualtrough – COPE Organizer

Several months ago I was approached by a group of young workers at Porter Fixed Based Operations (FBO) looking for a union to represent them as they had serious concerns around health and safety. The stories they recounted of flagrant health and safety violations and unsafe working conditions were appalling.

Read more: http://copeontario.ca/why-i-dont-feel-safe-or-right-flying-porter-and-you-shouldnt-either/

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JOBS

PROFESSIONAL TELEPHONE FUNDRAISERS FOR PROGRESSIVE CAUSES (ENGLISH AND BI-LINGUAL FRENCH-ENGLISH) – TORONTO

Progressive Metrics is a fundraising, communications and political consulting agency. We specialize in assisting trade unions, worker organizations, grassroots campaigns, political advocacy organizations and progressive candidates to work for social change.

Progressive Metrics is currently seeking telephone representatives for its Toronto-based call centre.

Primary responsibilities are fundraising for various political advocacy organizations, NGO’s, and progressive political parties and candidates.

Application deadline: 12 PM (Noon) Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

For more information and to apply: http://progressivemetrics.ca/careers/

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UNION REPRESENTATIVE- COPE LOCAL 397 (SASKATCHEWAN)

Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE), Local 397 requires an experienced person to be responsible for all aspects of Labour Relations with various employers throughout the Local’s jurisdiction.

Qualifications:
– Ability to promote and support the principles of Trade Unionism.
– Relevant post secondary education and/or extensive labour relations work-related experience (graduate of a Labour Studies program would be an asset).
– Demonstrated extensive experience in the administration, negotiation, and interpretation of Collective Bargaining Agreements.
– Working knowledge of relevant Labour Legislation.
– Strong oral and written communication skills.
– Demonstrated ability to work independently, to set priorities and to balance a demanding workload.
– Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
– Demonstrated ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite.
– Possession of valid driver’s licence and a reliable vehicle.

For more info and to apply: http://www.cope397.ca/sk/employment_opportunity

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UNION ORGANIZER – COPE LOCAL 397 (SASKATCHEWAN/MANITOBA/ALBERTA)

The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), Local 397 is a progressive and professional Union with Members who work at Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), Service Employees International Union (SEIU-West) in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Swift Current, Saskatchewan NDP Provincial and Caucus Offices, Saskatchewan NDP Constituency Assistants, the RM of Alexander, the U of R Faculty Association and our Calgary Unit. We have over 1,600 members in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

We are currently seeking a talented and motivated individual for the term position of Union Organizer. This position will be extended as funding is available. This person will be based in Regina.

For more info and to apply: http://www.cope397.ca/sk/employment_opportunity

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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=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and 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

Global Capitalism

GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND TRANSNATIONAL CLASS FORMATION

September 16 -18th, 2011
Academy of Sciences
Prague, Czech Republic
Sponsored by the Global Studies Centre, Prague and the Global Studies
Association of North America.

Keynote Speakers: William Robinson and Leslie Sklair

This will be the first international conference devoted to transnational capitalist class theory and global class formation. Over the past decade a growing body of work has established TCC theory as an important theoretical approach for examining global capitalism. The conference will provide a place to share research, debate and explore this newly emerging school of social/economic analysis.

Papers topics can include: transnational capitalist class and working class formations; transnational capitalist class and national capitalist class relations; elite networks; immigration and migration; global capitalism; production networks and commodity chains; global finance; transformation of the nation-state; the transnational state; transnational governance; information technology and globalization; the military/industrial complex and state.

Registration Fees: $80.00 U.S.
Conference web site: http://cgs.flu.cas.cz/redaction.php?action=showRedaction&id_categoryNode=1763

Abstracts should be sent to:
Marek Hrubec, Director of the Global Studies Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague.
marek.hrubec@gmail.com
Jerry Harris, Organizational Secretary of the Global Studies Association, North America
gharris234@comcast.net
Deadline for Abstracts is June 30th.

International Organizing Committee: William Carroll, Canada; Johannah Fahey, Australia; Jerry Harris, U.S.; Marek Hrubec, Czech Republic; Georgina Murray, Australia, Bill Pelz, U.S.

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 23rd APRIL 2011

EVENTS

WEBINAR: CITIES OF MIGRATION LEARNING EXCHANGE SERIES – LISTEN UP! MEDIA STRATEGIES FOR DIVERSE CITIES

May 17, 2011

11:00 EDT in Toronto, New York
16:00 BST in London
17:00 CEST in Berlin, Barcelona

Join Cities of Migration online for a 60-minute webinar to learn about media diversity and the strategies behind the success of local radio broadcasters in Barcelona and Toronto. Find out how to improve your audience ratings by responding to changing demographics and sharing your city’s immigrant experience.

Read more: http://mediadiversity.eventbrite.com/

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FORUM ON IMMIGRATION ‘FRAUD’: FACTS, MYTHS AND CHALLENGES

April 27, 2011
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friend’s House
60 Lowther Ave, Toronto (St. George Subway Station)

Please join the Rights of Non-status Women Network for an Open Forum on the topic of Immigration “Fraud”: Facts, Myths and Challenges. This open forum is a place for VAW workers, shelter workers, community health workers, students, activists, academics, and community members to discuss the issue of Immigration “Fraud” and strategies to serve clients with precarious status effectively.

Space is fully wheelchair accessible. Please let us know of any accessibility needs and we will do our best to accommodate them. Light snacks will be served.

For more details visit: http://cleonet.ca/news_files/1303146061RNSWNForumflyerApril2011.pdf

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ONLINE FORUM: THE ELECTION, TAXES AND OUR PUBLIC SERVICES: HOW COULD THE VOTE ON MAY 2 AFFECT OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS?

The Prime Minister won’t answer your questions – but we will!

Live online – Watch and participate in the discussion
Thursday, April 28 2011
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT

To watch the forum, or learn more about the campaign, go to http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca

Want to submit your question in advance?  Email us at alltogether@nupge.ca

On Facebook?  To start the discussion now click here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=166312633425202&

Follow us on Twitter – @ATNcampaign. To tweet your questions use #all2gether

Want more information or a reminder just before the event? Go to http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/webcast

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MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THE ARTS

May 7-15
Various locations in Toronto

Some festival highlights:

– Sunday May 8, Mapping Our Work: Labour History Walking Tour
– Wednesday May 11, opening night, The Faces of Son Jarocho and FBI Family (multimedia exhibitions)
– Friday May 13, Stop Wage Theft! Campaign Launch

For more information: http://www.mayworks.ca/calendar.html

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DECOLONIZING THE HEART: HEALING FROM RAGE AND USING ANGER CONSTRUCTIVELY.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
(one block south of College between Spadina and Beverley)

“Social action devoid of a well-developed inner life can easily result in frustrated activism, just as a well-developed inner-life that is not concerned for or involved in social action can degenerate into futile pious worship.”- Gita Badiyan, Heidi Last

Building a movement of allies and not just coming together over issues requires the personal work of decolonizing one’s own heart. Colonization writ large and small requires decolonization solutions large and small. We must start by decolonizing ourselves in order to build decolonized communities, and from there, begin to decolonize the state.

This workshop will use “The Walk of Life”, developed by Murray Kelly, a proven structure and process which guides people towards personal healing through understanding the “baggage” they came into the world with. After all, whether we like them or not, from our infant and child perspective, we came into the world as members of families, not members of the state. “The Walk of Life” is a tremendously effective multi-generational healing instrument and a useful structure to be passed on and used by participants to encourage and support further healing work.

Event is wheel-chair accessible and close to TTC . Light refreshments provided.

Price: suggested sliding scale donation $5-$20 or PWYC. For more info: 416 538 0224 or bigbear3@sympatico.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO:  FROM WISCONSIN TO TORONTO – WORKERS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Frustrated with your job being referred to as ‘gravy’? Angry to see that workers’ hard-won gains are being eroded? Want to defend public services and good jobs for all? Recorded in Toronto, 8 April 2011. Part of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly forum.

Moderated by Stephanie Ross
Panelists: Andrew Sernatinger, Adam Breihan, Carolyn Egan, Euan Gibb

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls99.php

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BC SUPREME COURT RULES LEGISLATION REMOVING TEACHERS’ BARGAINING RIGHTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

“We now have four years of consistent jurisprudence that recognizes the constituional obligation of governments to respect the collective bargaining process and refrain from enacting legislation that strips away the Charter rights of their employees.” James Clancy, NUPGE

Read more: http://www.nupge.ca/content/4211/bc-supreme-court-rules-legislation-removing-bargaining-rights-teachers-unconstitutional

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IS HIGHER EDUCATION WORTH IT?

In Working-Class Perspectives this week, CWCS co-director, Sherry Linkon, explores the current controversial debate over the value and purpose of higher education and asks what that means for working-class students?

Read more: http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com

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FORMER WEATHER UNDERGROUND MEMBER BILL AYERS AGAIN EXCLUDED FROM CANADA

William Ayers’s radical past has made life difficult from him over the past few years. First it hurt his speaking schedule, then it was cited as a reason to deny him professor emeritus status, and now it is keeping him from speaking at an academic conference in Canada.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/20/bill_ayers_again_denied_right_to_go_to_academic_conference_in_canada
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MIDDLE CLASS IN DECLINE IS THE ELECTORAL ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

By Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Every political party wraps itself up in the middle class flag during elections. Few talk about what is happening: for anyone who doesn’t already have one, middle class jobs with decent wages, benefits and pensions are becoming harder to find.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/the-economists/middle-class-in-decline-is-the-electoral-elephant-in-the-room/article1974539/

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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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‘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)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ  (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)   

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Global Economic Crisis

NEW POLITICAL SCIENCE

Dear Colleagues

We would like to announce a Call For Papers (CFP) for a special issue of New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture entitled “The Great Recession: Causes, Consequences, and Responses.” The special issue will be published in December 2011. The deadline for submitting a proposal is January 1, 2011. Please see below for the Call for Papers.

New Political Science (NPS) focuses on developing analyses which reflect a commitment to progressive social change as well as those which are within exploratory phases of development in political science. NPS is the journal of the Caucus for a New Political Science (CNPS). CNPS was founded in 1967 to make the study of politics relevant to the struggle for a better world. The Caucus is organized around the position that a commitment to social justice, a sustainable democratic society, and human rights is central to the study of politics. Members of the Caucus are progressive scholars, activists, and practitioners. For more information about CNPS or the journal, please visit: http://www.apsanet.org/~new/.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Our emails are attached to the CFP.

Sincerely,
Nancy S. Love, Mark Mattern: Co-Editors, New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture

Call For Papers: NPS Special Issue 33.4 (December 2011)

The Great Recession: Causes, Consequences, and Responses

Systemic and structural contradictions, combined with specific public policies, culminated in the so-called “Great Recession” that began in 2008 and continues into the present. While most policy makers are committed to strategies of muddling through without addressing systemic and structural problems, it behoves progressives to offer deeper, critical analyses that address root causes and shortcomings of mainstream policy prescriptions, on both national and global stages. The 33.4 (December 2011) issue of New Political Science will be devoted to those analyses. The special issue will address three main areas. First, what were, and are, the causes of the crisis? To what degree can the crisis be attributed to long term underlying systemic and structural forces characteristic of advanced capitalism, and to what degree can the crisis be attributed to specific policies of specific administrations? Would the collapse have occurred without the war on terror? Without the corporate fraud and speculative trading made possible by neoliberal policy choices? Second, what are the consequences of the crisis that offer both opportunities and challenges? These might include, for example, a critical turning point in the ascendancy of neoliberalism, fiscal meltdown in state and local governments, and increasing commitment to military Keynesianism. Has the crisis opened or closed opportunities for progressive reform in education, sustainable development, health care, immigration, and others? Third, what are the appropriate responses by progressives? What particular policy responses appear most likely to solve the problems, both in the short term and long term? What responses are likely to offer palliatives and which offer real, long term reform and transformation? In the U.S., what, if anything, can Democrats and Republicans offer in the way of effective policy responses? In other countries, what, if anything, can dominant policy makers offer?

Submission Guidelines: Preliminary proposals of 250-500 words should be sent to both editors by January 1, 2011. After reviewing those proposals, the editors will invite contributors to submit full articles by April 15, 2011. The co-editors may be contacted at: lovens@appstate.edu<mailto:lovens@appstate.edu> and mmattern@bw.edu<mailto:mmattern@bw.edu>.

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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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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 31st OCTOBER 2010

 

 

EVENTS

VIDEO: WORKERS’ CONTROL, WORKERS’ COUNCILS AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

Presentation by Michael Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus, Economics Department, Simon Fraser University.

“Workers Control, Workers Councils and the Social Economy” presented 10 August 2009 at ALCASA in Ciudad Guayana in the state of Bolivar (on the occasion of the anniversary of the Workers School for Political Formation, ‘Negro Primero’), translated by Federico Fuentes. ALCASA is the state aluminum company, currently functioning under workers control and a key part of the ‘Socialist Plan for Guayana.’ Among those present was Elio Sayago, elected president of ALCASA by the workers this year.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls73.php

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REBEL FILMS – “SOUTH OF THE BORDER” 

Friday, November 5
7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
St. George Subway Station

South of the Border (2010, 78 min.), is a film directed by Oliver Stone. Writer for the project Tariq Ali calls the documentary “a political road movie”. The film has Stone and his crew travel from the Caribbean down the spine of the Andes in an attempt to explain the “phenomenon” of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and account for the continent’s recent leftward tilt. Cuba Consul General Jorge Soberon and Venezuela Deputy Consul General Aura Samira will comment on the film, followed by an open discussion.

The film will be preceded by a brief introduction, and will be followed by a commentary and an open floor discussion period. Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.
Please visit: http://www.socialistaction-canada.blogspot.com or call 416–535-8779.

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C2D2 (CANADIAN COMMUNITY FOR DIALOGUE & DELIBERATION) EVALUATION PROJECT
TELECONFERENCE

Tuesday, November 2
12 pm-1:30 pm (ET)

About C2D2: C2D2 is a community of individuals and organizations dedicated to the creation and sustainability of vibrant communities, businesses, governments, not for profits and learning institutions through the good practice of dialogue, deliberation, collaborative action and decision-making processes. We believe that thoughtful and participatory planning and collaborative sense making must involve multiple and diverse interests (citizen, expert, civic, business and community voices).

About The Evaluation Project: The C2D2 community is hosting a national conversation about evaluating dialogue and deliberation. The goal of this effort is to strengthen practice through more work on evaluation.

The dial-in number and code are:

Local dial-in: 613-960-7516
Toll Free Dial-In : 1-877-413-4792
Conference ID – 3933472
Documents like the agenda will be added to this link before the teleconference: http://www.c2d2.ca/c2d2-evaluation-project-november-2010-0

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WHY ARE SOCIAL ASSISTANCE RATES A WORKERS ISSUE?

Monday November 8
6 to 9 pm
CUPE 4400: 1482 Bathurst St, Suite 200, Toronto
**On-Site Childcare and Food Provided

Join us for the Raise the Rates & Special Diet Campaign Educational

Join CUPE members for an educational on the Raise the Rates and Special Diet Campaign to get the word out in our workplaces about why raising social assistance rates is a workers issue and what can be done to take this issue on.

For more information, contact: 416-596-7927 / cupe4308@gmail.com

CUPE Ontario: Save the Special Diet and Raise the Rates: http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?document_id=1114&lang=en

CUPE Ontario Statement on the Special Diet Allowance: http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?subject_id=227&lang=en

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NEWS & VIEWS

TIME TO KICK OVER THE PREVAILING ORTHODOXY IN ECONOMIC THOUGHT

By Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

The focus needs to be on building a new economy, not shoring up capitalism through fiscal policy. De-legitimizing capital as the source of all wisdom about how to run the world is the first task.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/10/time-kick-over-prevailing-orthodoxy-economic-thought

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THE RECESSION’S HIT WOMEN HARD, BUT THE MYTH OF THE “MANCESSION” WON’T DIE

The “mancession” narrative is based on a divisive argument which skews the facts.

Read more: http://bit.ly/9iwNOW

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ROB FORD AND THE POLITICS OF ANGER

by Eric Mang, rabble.ca

The phrase most often used to describe the ascension of Ford is “voter anger.” This rage against the machine may have blinded many Ford supporters as to the character and measure of this man.

Read more: http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/ericmang/2010/10/rob-ford-and-politics-anger

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NEW FROM CALEDON INSTITUTE: A DIFFERENT VIEW ON IMMIGRATION

In Immigration: For Young Citizens, author Tom Kent argues that immigration to Canada is in chaos. The federal government’s response to the problems has been to shuffle much of its responsibility to provincial governments and to employers recruiting for ostensibly temporary work. In the resulting confusion, the national purpose for immigration is lost. Some easements, such as better settlement services and language upgrading, are widely urged but little done. At best, they are only band-aids. Fundamental changes are needed. Kent offers 12 suggestions.

Download the report: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/903ENG.pdf

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CANADA’S VITAL SIGNS 2010

Each fall, Canadian community foundations from the Atlantic to the Pacific prepare local report cards for, and about, their communities. Like an annual check-up, each Vital Signs report looks at how one community is doing across many aspects of quality of life. What makes for ‘good’ quality of life varies from one community to another. Each Vital Signs report reflects this diversity, tracking the measures that are important to each community.

On October 5, 2010, Vital Signs reports were issued in 15 communities:

Calgary, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Lunenburg County, Medicine Hat, Montreal, Ottawa, Red Deer, Saint John, Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Waterloo Region.

About Vital Signs: Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our cities, identifies significant trends, and assigns grades in at least ten areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs is based on a project of the Toronto Community Foundation and is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada.

For more detail, see our local reports here: http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/local-reports-e.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

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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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Critical Hope

POINTS-BASED IMMIGRATION IN CONTEXT

Points-Based Immigration in Context: Research and Campaign Strategies

http://www.pbiscampaigning.org/

Conference 16th October 2010
10am-4pm
University of London Union
Malet Street
London WC1

This conference will present new research on issues related to the points-based immigration system (PBIS) as it affects Further and Higher Education. This is a system that unfairly restricts the ability of international students and staff to come to the UK, turns staff into immigration officials and treats international students as potential threats to national security.

The conference will assess:

a) The wider significance of immigration;

b) The full consequences of PBIS on the university;

c) The characteristics of new systems of regulation and surveillance in universities and colleges.

The conference aims to offer both expertise in research but also a focus for campaigners who object to the fundamentally discriminatory nature of the rules.

Speakers:

Les Back (Goldsmiths)

Tom Hickey (Brighton)

Georg Menz (Goldsmiths)

Liz Fekete (Institute of Race Relations)

Edgar Whitley (LSE)

Valerie Hartwich (Manifesto Club)

Joel Heyes (UKBA worker and PCS rep)

Susan Robertson (Bristol)

Andy Goffey (Middlesex)

Su-Anne Yeo (Goldsmiths)

Clare Solomon (ULU)

This event is free of charge. Please go to the ‘contact’ page to register: http://www.pbiscampaigning.org/contact

Supported by Universities and Colleges Union, University of London Union, Manifesto Club and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Department of Politics, Department of Media & Communications at Goldsmiths

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Karl Marx

MARXIST PERSPECTIVES ON IRISH SOCIETY

 

“The worst about the Irish is that they become corruptible as soon as they stop being peasants and turn bourgeois” – Engels to Marx, Sept 27, 1869.

Call for Papers
Marxist Perspectives on Irish Society

The Limerick Marxist Reading Group is to hold its first annual conference October 22nd – 23rd 2010 at the University of Limerick. We are seeking papers that offer Marxist perspectives on any aspect of modern Ireland, particularly those dealing with:
• Ireland and the World System
• Partition, Religious Sectarianism, the Peace Process
• The Labour Movement
• The Capitalist State
• Community Activism
• Racism
• Church and State
• Publicly Funded Education
• National and International Capital
• Civil Disobedience and Social Control
• The Capitalist Media
• Cultural Politics
• Public/Private Partnerships
• Children in State and Religious Institutions
• The Role of Finance Capital
• Unemployment, Poverty, Inequality
• Ecology, Environmentalist Movements
• Gender Inequality
• FDI Dependent Development
• Ireland’s Experience of Boom and Bust
• Emigration, Immigration
• Rights of LGBT Community
• Ideological Change in Ireland
• Language, Literature
• Socialist and Left Currents
• Minority Rights

Deadline for abstracts: July 30, 2010.

All proposals to be sent to limerickmarxistreadinggroup@live.ie

Please note that it is the intention of the committee to publish selected conference proceedings in some form. Successful contributors may be asked to resubmit their conference paper as a referenced article.
Submissions of proposals should include:

• Paper title
• Presenter’s name and contact information, institution, research 
interests and a short 50 word
biography.
• Brief abstract (no more than 500 words)

All paper presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes.
Organised by the Limerick Marxist Reading Group – further details available at: http://limerickmarxistreadinggroup.webs.com

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Raya Dunayevskaya

MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBSITE

FROM US MARXIST-HUMANISTS http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

JUNE 10, 2010

OUR NEWLY REVAMPED WEBSITE CONTAINS THESE FEATURED AND CURRENT ARTICLES:

Peter Hudis, co-editor of the Rosa Luxemburg Reader, “Today’s Global Financial/Economic Crisis and the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/todays-global-financialeconomic-crisis-and-the-legacy-of-rosa-luxemburg/

Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins, “From the Grundrisse to Capital, Multilinear Themes”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/from-the-grundrisse-to-capital-multilinear-themes/

David Black, author of Helen Macfarlane, “Why Philosophy? Why Now? On the Revolutionary Legacies of Raya Dunayevskaya, CLR James, and Anton Pannekoek”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/why-philosophy-why-now-on-the-revolutionary-legacies-of-raya-dunayevskaya-clr-james-and-anton-pannekoek/

Eli Messinger, radical psychiatrist, “Review Essay: Michael Löwy’s The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/review-essay-michael-lowy%E2%80%99s-the-theory-of-revolution-in-the-young-marx/

Statement of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, “We Are All Palestinians Now”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/we-are-all-palestinians-now/

Ba Karang, writer for Africa Links, “Africom and the USA’s Hidden Battle Front in Africa”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/africom-and-the-usa%E2%80%99s-hidden-battle-front-in-africa/

Kamran Afary, author of Performance and Activism, and Kevin Anderson, “Behind the 2009 Upheaval in Iran”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/authors/kamran-afary/

Batay Ouvriye (Haiti), “Behind the January 12, 2010 Haiti Earthquake”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/after-the-january-12-2010-haiti-earthquake/

Peter Hudis and Kevin Anderson, interview with Simon Birnbaum for iz3w, “The Obama Effect Undermines the Left” (in German and English)
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/the-obama-effect-undermines-the-left/

Dale Parsons, labor activist, “A Deeper Look at the Massey Coal Mine Deaths”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/a-deeper-look-at-massey-coal-mine-deaths/

Statement of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, “Support the People of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Face of Imperialist War and Fundamentalist Retrogression”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/support-the-people-of-afghanistan-and-pakistan-in-the-face-of-imperialist-war-and-fundamentalist-retrogression/

Yasmin Nair, LGBT activist, “What’s Left of Queer?: Immigration, Sexuality, and Affect in a Neoliberal World”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-left-of-queer-immigration-sexuality-and-affect-in-a-neoliberal-world/

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES A GROWING ARCHIVE OF EARLIER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF WORK AND EDUCATION – UPDATE 6th JULY 2009

OUR MANDATE: The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people.

We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

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

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

• NEW! FROM FERNWOOD PUBLISHING – FIGHT BACK: WORKPLACE JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS
• REPORT – ENTRY-LEVEL AND NEXT-STEP JOBS IN THE LOW-SKILL JOB MARKET
• JULY 15 EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE CALL – SETTING UP & RUNNING A CBPR DEPARTMENT IN A COMMUNITY AGENCY: THE ACCESS ALLIANCE EXPERIENCE
• ARTICLE – PRACTICALLY SPEAKING: IMPROVING THE FABRIC OF WORKPLACE LEARNING
• COMMEMORATIVE BOOK “A CENTURY OF CO-OPERATION” NOW AVAILABLE
• ARTICLE – LESSONS FROM THE HUMBLING OF GENERAL MOTORS
• A FAREWELL TO ATKINSON COLLEGE (TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009)
• ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

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NEW! FROM FERNWOOD PUBLISHING – FIGHT BACK: WORKPLACE JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS
By Aziz Choudry, Jill Hanley, Steve Jordan, Eric Shragge & Martha Stiegman

Displacement of people, migration, immigration and the demand for labour are connected to the fundamental restructuring of capitalism and to the reduction of working-class power through legislation to free the market from “state interference.” The result is that a large number of immigrant and temporary foreign workers face relentless competition and little in the way of protection in the labour market. Globally and in Canada, immigrant workers are not passive in the face of these conditions: they survive and fight back. This book documents their struggles and analyzes those struggles within the context of neoliberal globalization and international and national labour markets. Fight Back grew out of collaboration between a group of university-affiliated researchers/activists and the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. The book shares with us the experiences of immigrant workers in a variety of workplaces.

It is based on the belief that the best kind of research comes from people’s lived experiences and consequently tells it “how it really is”.

Available at your local independent bookstore or order online from
http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca

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REPORT – ENTRY-LEVEL AND NEXT-STEP JOBS IN THE LOW-SKILL JOB MARKET

Low-skill jobs are not “no skill” jobs, and the labor market for non-college jobs—jobs that do not require a college degree— is vast and diverse. This brief uses data from the 2007 Survey of Employers in the Low-Skill Labor Market to explore differences between non-college jobs that have few if any requirements and those for which either a high school degree, prior experience, or previous skills training is extremely important.

The report aims to broaden and deepen our understanding of the diversity of this labor market.

To read more: http://www.urban.org/publications/411801.html

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JULY 15 EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE CALL – SETTING UP & RUNNING A CBPR DEPARTMENT IN A COMMUNITY AGENCY: THE ACCESS ALLIANCE EXPERIENCE

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is pleased to announce the second call in our 2009-2010 Educational Conference Call Series. In the midst of the numerous recovery act funding announcements from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we’ve been noticing a dramatic rise in inquiries to CCPH from community-based organizations that are either applying directly for research grants or as partners of academic institutions that are the lead applicants. We’ve decided to focus the call series on answering the most frequently asked questions, as part of the over-arching theme of “Building Community Capacity for Research.” Each call includes speakers who provide answers and insights from their direct experience, helpful handouts, and links to relevant resources.

The audiofile, agenda, and handouts for the first call, which took place on June 3 and addressed the “how and why” of obtaining a federally negotiated indirect rate and federal wide assurance, are now posted on the CCPH website at:
http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/pastpresentations.html

The next call, scheduled for July 15 from 3:30 – 5 pm eastern time, addresses the question of what organizational systems and supports need to be in place to do community-based participatory research (CBPR) in a community agency setting. The call is titled “Setting Up & Running a CBPR Department in a Community Agency: The Access Alliance Experience.”

To register for the call, go to: https://catalysttools.washington.edu/webq/survey/ccphuw/78916.

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ARTICLE – PRACTICALLY SPEAKING: IMPROVING THE FABRIC OF WORKPLACE LEARNING

The rising dollar. An aging workforce. Competition from overseas. These are just a few of the challenges facing Canadian businesses. Increasingly, companies are investing in skills training as a way of gaining a much-needed edge—and Canada’s textile industry has been on the forefront of this shift, spending millions of dollars on an innovative—and inventive—workplace learning initiative.

To read more: http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/Newsroom/PracticallySpeaking/20090616MWTextiles.htm?Language=EN

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COMMEMORATIVE BOOK “A CENTURY OF CO-OPERATION” NOW AVAILABLE

One of the highlights of the Canadian Co-operative Association’s National Congress in Ottawa was the launch of A Century of Co-operation, a commemorative book by Canada’s pre-eminent co-op historian, Ian MacPherson. The 234-page book chronicles the history of Canada’s co-operative movement through text and images from the movement’s beginnings to the present day.

The book can be ordered from CCA’s website at: http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/about_cca/100th/Commemorative-book . Cost is $50 plus GST.

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ARTICLE – LESSONS FROM THE HUMBLING OF GENERAL MOTORS
By Sam Gindin

Of all 20th century industries, it was the auto sector that best captured the sway of capitalism and the rise of American dominance. The assembly line showed off capitalism’s remarkable productive potential and the automobile flaunted capitalism’s consumerist possibilities … In the growth years after the war, the proudest achievement of the UAW and then the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), even to the point of trading off workplace rights, was winning what was essentially a ‘private welfare state’ – a set of gains that brought workers not just wages, but the security of a range of benefits, of which health care and pensions were the most significant…

To read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/bullet229.html

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A FAREWELL TO ATKINSON COLLEGE (TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009)
By James Laxer

A great experiment in part-time, adult education is coming to an end tomorrow.

Atkinson was on the cutting edge of the drive to democratize what had been a rather hide bound system in the past. Greater accessibility was the watchword of the time … From the very start Atkinson was about much more than upgrading professionals who needed a university degree. Without being fully conscious of what this implied at the outset, Atkinson was learning through experience how to educate people who combined work and study in their lives.

To read more: http://www.jameslaxer.com/2009/06/farewell-to-atkinson-college.html

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