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Fall 2012 Assembly of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly (GTWA)

Sunday, September 16, 2012
9:00am until 5:00pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. Toronto, Ontario
Registration required. All members and supporters are encouraged to attend and bring guests. Please register as soon as possible to help us plan. Childcare and lunch provided. Please note your childcare needs upon registering.

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Portraits of Resistance: The Art and Activism of Carol Conde and Karl Beveridge

Tues. Sept. 4, 6:45 p.m.
Bloor Cinema (Bloor and Bathurst)

PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE is an intimate documentary about Conde & Beveridge’s pioneering creative collaboration. It began in New York’s competitive art scene in the 1970’s. Finding themselves in competition with each other, the young married artists abandoned their rising individual careers to save their marriage. Returning to Canada they began working with each other, and with a range of community activists.  Inspired by their wit and visual innovations, PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE captures the artists as they create provocative staged photographs about the environment, the rights of workers and the current global financial crisis.


ALL RISE! The People’s Court is Convening

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Court House, 361 University Ave., Toronto

Federally, Provincially and Municipally, governments are taking away public services people rely upon. We are all affected by these cuts. On September 15th community groups, labour unions and concerned citizens will be holding a mock trial for these injustices against the people. Come join us in front of the court house at 361 University Avenue, Toronto so your voice and our vision of Canada can be heard.


Book Launch – Social Democracy After the Cold War
edited by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt

Guest speaker: Leo Panitch

Wednesday September 19th, 6:30pm

CMA Student Lounge
Room 1-003 (7th floor)
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
55 Dundas Street West

Sponsored by the Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ryerson University and the Centre for Social Justice



Labour movement must be defender of all workers
by Morna Ballantyne and Steven Staples
from the Guelph Mercury

The Labour Day picnics and parades might be the calm before the storm for the labour movement this fall.

On top of terrible job losses in manufacturing and resource industries, governments in Canada are sharpening their swords, preparing to do battle with the country’s trade unions.

It’s not just unions that should be worried.–labour-movement-must-be-defender-of-all-workers


The Marikana massacre: a turning point?

by Martin Legassick
from Facts for Working People

The massacre of 34, and almost certainly more, striking mineworkers at Marikana (together with more than 80 injured) on 16 August has sent waves of shock and anger across South Africa, rippling around the world. It could prove a decisive turning-point in our country’s post-apartheid history.  A recent report also states that autopsies reveal that most of the workers killed at Marikana were shot in the back. That is, they were escaping. A further blow to the initial police story is that they fired because they were being attacked by an armed mob.


Rethinking Common vs. Private Property

Introduction: Outline of the argument
The purpose of this paper is to suggest a rethinking of the common-versus-private framing of the property rights issue in the Commons Movement.


Auto Manufacturing Workers at a Crossroads
by Marlon Berg, The Bullet

“The place is hot like hell, especially in the summer time at night, bad ventilation, a lot of humidity and of course machines emitting heat doesn’t help,” said ‘Iain’, a temporary worker at an auto parts plant in the Toronto area.

“To top it off I work night shift so there’s the extra stress of not actually functioning like a normal human being. I work for what by most standards are fairly good starting wages but are drastically inferior to the wages of permanent workers. But I’m hardly the hardest done by of the employees that work there; a lot of them have families they never see because we’re given 6-7 days a week. Yes, overtime is paid, but it doesn’t give you much time to do anything else. Theoretically you could turn down the overtime but then you wouldn’t be working there for very long.”

These are typical working conditions for auto parts plant workers in the inner suburbs of Toronto and nearby cities.



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

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Vol.6, No.2 (2010)
Table of Contents
SS/ES 6(2)

‘I Class Struggle’: French Exceptionalism and Challenges for Socialist Studies
Elaine Coburn

‘You Are Here’: an interview with Dorothy E. Smith
William K Carroll

Special Section
Rosa Luxemburg’s Political Economy: Contributions to Contemporary Political Theory and Practice
Elaine Coburn

Social Classes in the Process of Capitalist Landnahme: On the Relevance of Secondary Exploitation
Klaus Dörre

Accumulation, Imperialism, and Pre-Capitalist Formations: Luxemburg and Marx on the non-Western World
Peter Hudis

Rosa Luxemburg’s ‘Accumulation of Capital’: New Perspectives on Capitalist Development and American Hegemony
Ingo Schmidt

Rosa Luxemburg’s Reform or Revolution in the Twenty-first Century
Helen C Scott

The current relevance of Rosa Luxemburg’s thought
Estrella Trincado

Research Note: Rosa Luxemburg and the Global Violence of Capitalism
Paul LeBlanc

Review Essays

Honour Songs and Indigenous Resistance
Deborah Simmons

Book Reviews
Various Authors

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Rosa Luxemburg

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Rosa Luxemburg’s Political Economy: Contributions to Contemporary Political Theory and Practice

A Special Issue of Socialist Studies: Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies

Fall 2010

Since her assassination, Rosa Luxemburg has been treated as an icon while her political and theoretical work is largely forgotten, neglected, or rejected. Recently, though, David Harvey used her ideas on capitalist expansion to explain the new imperialism. Other elements of her work are promising for socialist studies and the left, today. Her analysis of mass strikes in Russia in 1905, for example, may cast new light on workers’ struggles in China. Luxemburg’s critical discussion of nations’ right to self-determination inform, or ought to inform, contemporary Latin American struggles against imperialist domination. Her writings on mass strikes, parties and trade unions, like her better-known writings on ‘social reform or revolution’, offer insights into the role of (weakly) organized labour in political change. Although Luxemburg didn’t engage much with women’s issues directly, her work and its reception nonetheless have an important gender dimension. In particular, feminist women scholars have been quicker to recognize Luxemburg’s contributions to socialist political economy than their male colleagues.

This call invites articles on Luxemburg’s political economy, assessing her contributions to socialist debates in light of current political challenges. Papers may consider the implications of her work for contemporary anti-imperialist struggle, the dynamics of worker organization and progressive political change, and feminist scholarship within the left, or any other topic concerning Luxemburg’s theoretical and political contributions to socialist political economy and political struggle.  In keeping with the Socialist Studies mandate, perspectives from all disciplines are welcome.

Deadline: May 30, 2010. Please see: for information about submissions (word count, format, etc.).

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