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BILL WEINBERG SPEAKS ON ECOLOGICAL CAMPESINO RESISTANCE IN PERU

The Libertarian Book Club,* New York City’s oldest continuously active anarchist institution (founded 1946), kicks off a new season of its Anarchist Forum series as World War 4 Report editor Bill Weinberg, just returned from Peru where he was on assignment for The Progressive, speaks about the Quechua indigenous struggle against US-backed mining projects and in defense of land, water and autonomy in the Andes.

The high Andean region of Cajamarca has been repeatedly paralyzed by general strikes and angry protests in recent months by Quechua peasants opposed to the US-owned Conga gold mining project, which would mean the destruction of mountain lakes that protect the watersheds that local communities depend on for agriculture. Cajamarca’s regional government, with the support of the peasant movement, has declared against the project – but the central government in Lima remains intransigent, and is militarizing the region. The lines are drawn for a protracted struggle.

This is a sequel to the strikes and uprisings in Peru in 2009 over oil and mineral development plans tied to the new Free Trade Agreement with Washington – itself an echo of the Zapatista revolt in Mexico that followed the enactment of NAFTA. Peru is now Latin America’s second country to be pushed to crisis by an FTA with the US – and South America’s second largest recipient of US military aid after Colombia. Bill Weinberg will discuss the new peasant struggle in Peru, how US corporate interests are pushing President Ollanta Humala towards a hard line, and the prospects for building solidarity.

Tuesday May 15
7:30 PM sharp
at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street
(between Bank & Bethune in the West Village)

*The Anarchist Forum is a project of the Libertarian Book Club, New York’s oldest active anarchist institution, founded by Jewish and Italian exiles from fascist Europe in 1946. We are not right-wing, capital-L Libertarians. We are left-wing anarchists. When LBC was founded, the word “libertarian” had not yet been co-opted by the free-market right, and was basically a synonym for “anti-authoritarian” or “anarchist.” We stubbornly refuse to surrender the name.

http://ww4report.com/node/11050

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

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

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Work

Work

WUSA: THE JOURNAL OF LABOR AND SOCIETY

GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS, LABOR MOVEMENTS AND WORKER ORGANIZATION (EDITORIAL COLLECTIVE)

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/wusa.2012.15.issue-1/issuetoc

March 2012, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 1-148

 

CONTEMPORARY LABOR AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE (pages 3-13)

Polina Kroik

 

TRANSNATIONAL LABOR AND AESTHETIC THEORY IN URSULA BIEMANN’S GEOBODIES VIDEO ESSAYS (pages 15-33)

Hanna Musiol

 

UNDERSTANDING GLOBALIZATION AND MIGRANCY THROUGH LITERATURE (pages 35-50)

Nandita Ghosh

 

SOLIDARITIES IN RUSSELL BANKS’S CONTINENTAL DRIFT (pages 51-66)

Joseph Entin

 

NAFTA, LABOR, AND THE RECOVERY PROJECT (pages 67-86)

Leisa Rothlisberger

 

COSMOPOLITANISM, ETHNIC BELONGING, AND AFFECTIVE LABOR: HAN ONG’S FIXER CHAO AND THE DISINHERITED (pages 87-102)

Christopher B. Patterson

 

FILIPINO WOMEN WRITERS IN ENGLISH AND THE WORK OF APPRENTICESHIP (pages 103-119)

Marites L. Mendoza

 

LABOR AND OCCUPY WALL STREET: COMMON CAUSES AND UNEASY ALLIANCES (pages 121-134)

Benjamin Heim Shepard

 

REVIEWS:

 

The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon – By William M. Adler (pages 135-138)

Laura Hapke

 

The Country and the City – By Raymand Williams (pages 138-140)

Houman Barekat

 

The Civil Wars in US Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? – By Steve Early (pages 140-144)

Paul Krehbiel

 

Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global – By Paul Mason. Work and Struggle: Voices From U.S. Labor Radicalism – By Paul Le Blanc (pages 145-148)

Steve Early

 

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World Crisis

SUMMER SCHOOL + MAY EVENTS AT YORK UNIVERSITY – TORONTO

Dear Colleagues:
This is to draw your attention to 3 sets of events we are organizing here at York in May: a graduate summer school in International Political Economy and Ecology, a one day conference The Future of Global Governance, and a SSHRC research workshop on New Constitutionalism and World Order.  We have places available for the summer school, which can be taken for credit or as an audit (details below).

Please see:

1.  A one-day public event on 25 May 2011: The Future of Global Governance.
Details & registration at http://www.yorku.ca/lefutur
Or call Lia Novario: 416-736-2100 extension 33782.
You are all very welcome to attend the lecture event.

2.  An SSHRC-funded international research workshop: New Constitutionalism and World Order. This is by invitation only but summer school, students will sit in.
This will be held 26-28 May 2011.
For details see: http://www.yorku.ca/nc2011/

Summer school information:

York University is now accepting outside applications for a graduate course entitled ‘New Constitutionalism and Global Political Economy.’ 
The 2011 International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School will take place from May 16-28 and will be directed by Distinguished Research Professor Stephen Gill, Political Science and Communications and Culture, York University. Hosted by Departments of Political Science and Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and by the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, this year’s International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School is integrated with a One-day Conference and a three-day Research Workshop, that form sessions of the course. Students are required to attend both.

The 2011 IPEESS will be held from May 16-28, Verney Room, Department of Political Science, 6th.FloorSouthRossBuilding,YorkUniversity,Toronto

Here is more detailed information on the summer school:  New Constitutionalism and Global Political Economy

York University Graduate Programs in Political Science, Geography and Environmental Studies Present:

International Political Economy and Ecology Graduate Summer School, May 16-28 2011

Leading lawyers, political economists, social and development theorists will meet with graduate students in May 2011 at York University to analyze and debate a central characteristic of the global political economy: the ‘new constitutionalism.’

This refers to the complex of politico-juridical and constitutional frameworks, regulations and rights that have emerged as key mechanisms of global governance to regulate political economy, society and ecology in the era of neo-liberal capitalism. For example: since 1980, perhaps over 80 states and associations have adopted neoliberal constitutional reforms, including adoption of charters and bills of rights, often in tandem with neoliberal trade and investment frameworks, such as NAFTA, the WTO and some 2700 Bilateral Investment Agreements. There have also been important legal and institutional changes in macroeconomic policy, exemplified by the proliferation of politically ‘independent’ central banks, currency boards and balanced budget laws. These affect not only economic but also social and ecological policies and practices.

Nevertheless, the political, legal and regulatory institutions and frameworks of global capitalism may be up for revision. The deep crisis of accumulation since 2008 has, in effect, created a conjecture that offers a unique opportunity to interrogate the nature and sustainability of new constitutionalism, and to initiate ground-breaking reconsideration of alternative mechanisms for governing our political economies and societies.  It also allows for reflection on the ontological and epistemological bases of comparative/international constitutionalism, political economy and environmental studies, and for critical rethinking of research agendas in these fields.

Classes will normally be held between 13:00-16:00 each day (full syllabus & times available on request).

The Summer School is integrated with two related events that also form class sessions:
1.  A one-day public event on 25 May 2011, 11:00-18:00: The Future of Global Governance. Please see http://www.yorku.ca/lefutur/ for further information and registration (required).
2.  An SSHRC-funded international research workshop: New Constitutionalism and World Order.  IPEESS students will be required to read the papers and offer comments and discussion on the workshop proceedings.  This will be held 9:00-18:00 on the 26th & 27th and 9:00-13:00 on 28 May 2011.  Please see http://www.yorku.ca/nc2011/ for further information.

Faculty: The Course Director is Stephen Gill. Other faculty include: Isabella Bakker (Political Science, York); Adam Harmes (Political Science, Western Ontario); David Schneiderman (Law, Toronto); Philip McMichael (Rural Sociology & Development Studies, Cornell); Robert Albritton (Emeritus, Political Science, York); Claire Cutler (Political Science & Law, Victoria); Upendra Baxi, (Emeritus Professor of Law, Warwick & Delhi) and Richard Falk (Emeritus, International Law & Politics, Princeton; Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara).

Applications: The deadline for applications is 16:25 on 3 May 2011.

Students and interested individuals are invited to apply. The course can be taken for credit. For Ontario graduate students the fee for the course is included in their regular tuition.  Non-Ontario students are welcome and should write for further details and enrolment costs.  For all students not seeking academic credit, the fee for the course is CDN $600. York students should submit applications to their GPD with a short statement (100 words) with their qualifications to take the class and it contribution to their program of studies.  GPDs should then forward applications to Judy Matadial, Political Science. All other applicants should submit their applications directly to Judy Matadial, matadial@yorku.ca

Other administrative contacts: Peggy McGrath, FES (peggym@yorku.ca); Yvonne Yim, Geography (yvonney@yorku.ca). For further information, please contact Paul Foley at: pfoley@yorku.ca. The Summer School Director, Stephen Gill, can be reached at: sgill@yorku.ca

Outline syllabus:
Students will be expected to read in advance and during the course.  A course reading kit is available on demand at the York bookstore. Approximately 50-60 pages of readings are allocated for each class session.
1. Introduction. The lineages and genealogy of the new constitutionalism: political theory and political economy. May 16. 13:00-16:00.
2. New constitutionalism, social reproduction and social governance. May 17. 13:00-16:00
3. New constitutionalism and the power of capital I: macroeconomics, central banks, balanced budget laws and crisis management. With special reference to the EU and Canada.  May 18. 13:00-16:00.
4. New constitutionalism and the power of capital II: trade, investment and the regulation of public services. May 19. 13:00-16:00.
5. New constitutionalism and the power of capital III: primitive accumulation and livelihood. With reference to the question of food, water and access to the “commons.”  May 20, 10:30-12:30.
6. New constitutionalism and sustainability:  the ecological question and the regulation of the environment. May 20.14:00-16:30.
7. New constitutionalism and the commodity form of law. May 24. 10-12:30
8. New constitutionalism, legitimacy and insurgent reason: the potentials for alternative forms of constitutionalism. May 24. 14:00-16:30.
9. One day lecture event. http://www.yorku.ca/lefutur/  Future of Global Governance? May 25. 11:00-18:00.
10. New Constitutionalism and World Order Workshop. http://www.yorku.ca/nc2011/ May 26-27: 09:00-18:00; May 28 09:00-13:00.

Dr. Stephen Gill, F.R.S.C.
Distinguished Research Professor
Department of Political Science
Ross S660, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, 
CANADA
Tel (direct): 416-736-2100 ext 88824; Tel: office reception 
416-736-5265; Fax: 416-736-5686
http://www.stephengill.com/

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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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Student Rebellion

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 3rd APRIL 2011

EVENTS

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (CAPLA) FALL FOCUS WORKSHOP AND AGM

November 13 -15, 2011
One King West Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

The significance of our conference venue at One King West (formerly the Dominion Bank Building) has provided the inspiration to consider the recognition of prior learning (RPL) as an investment in the future. Recognizing prior learning (RPL) pays big dividends for people, communities, organizations and countries. Managing one’s own knowledge assets is vital in an ever-changing labour market. Cashing in on what people know and can do is important to employers and to the future prosperity of Canadians and newcomers.

Sponsorship: CAPLA is looking for individuals and organizations who are able to provide financial support to assist with the costs associated with this important event. Please contact us at 1-613-860-1747 or capla@agendamanagers.com to hear more.

Attention Presenters! We are looking for innovative practices, current research, new trends, international programs and service delivery models that contribute to our understanding and overall effectiveness of prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) and qualification recognition (QR). If you would like to be a presenter, please send a 100 word description to the Conference Secretariat at CAPLA@agendamanagers.com or call 1-877-731-1333 or 1-902-422-1886 by April 30.

Conference registration fees start at $379. Additional details and program updates can be found on the CAPLA website at http://www.capla.ca or by calling the Conference Secretariat at 1-877-731-1333.

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READNEX POETRY SQUAD, PRESENTED BY BARRIO NUEVO

April 15, 2011
9 pm
Blue Moon Pub
725 Queen St. East, Toronto

Description: “Since the emergence, disappearance, and resurgence of The Last Poets, no other group of young stanza-kickers have come about and made a significant impact in the music world. Thankfully the ReadNex Poetry Squad has decided to fill this void.”

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MINING AND RESISTANCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA: CANADIAN CORPORATIONS AT WAR AGAINST RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

April 10
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5150
Toronto
No Registration. Everyone welcome.

Presenters: Juan Carlos Jimenez, Megan Cotton-Kinch, organizers in the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network.

Canadian mining companies are continuing to contaminate water, poison land and tear apart communities in Central America. In El Salvador, the government has ruled that metal mining would fatally pollute the rivers needed for agriculture, but the country itself is now being sued for $77 million under a free trade agreement. In Guatemala, Mayan communities are fighting back through community-controlled referendums, but face the imposition of martial law. In Honduras, the Canadian government was one of the first to legitimize a bloody military coup, which replaced a left-leaning government with one more friendly to mining interests.

Organizers from Mining Injustice Solidarity Network will present on how Canada is complicit in intimidation, assassinations, anti-environmental lawsuits and military coups and how we in Canada can join in solidarity with the struggle for justice.

Readings: http://www.miningwatch.ca/en/corporate-rights-over-human-rights-canadian-mining-central-america

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q20YxkM-CGI

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BOOK LAUNCH – MEDIA MEDIOCRITY: HOW THE TELEVISION MAKES US STOOPID!

April 16, 2011
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, ON

Meteorologist, TV/film producer, university lecturer, writer, broadcaster and general media expert, Richard Zurawski is coming to the store to lead a discussion about how the media is failing to keep us informed.

Why do so many people still deny the “hypothesis” of global climate change? All but a few rogue scientists agree that we have a crisis on our hands, but all we get from TV and news media are debates in the form of sound bites… Why are we denying the voices of those experts in favor of politicians and pundits? So get up off the couch and let’s have a discussion (with an expert) face to
face!

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REBEL FILMS – MADE IN DAGENHAM

Friday, April 8
7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
St. George Subway Station
Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.

Made in Dagenham 2010, 113 minutes. In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there are also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions. Dissatisfied, the women fight for a better deal. However, Rita O’Grady learns that there is a larger issue in this dispute: that women are paid an appalling fraction of the men’s wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their sex. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O’Grady leads a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work. What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women’s rights around the world. Marie Clarke Walker, Canadian Labour Congress Executive V.P., will lead off a discussion on the film.

Please visit: http://www.socialistaction-canada.blogspot.com or call 416 – 535-8779.

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES IN NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS CERTIFICATE

With Kunle Akingbola (University of Toronto / Toronto Rehab)

Human resources are not only the core asset of community organizations; such organizations cannot replace their human capital with investment in physical capital. Coupled with the pressure to be efficient and strategic, maximizing human capital is essential to achieving organizations goals. This
certificate program is designed to strengthen human resource management and leadership competencies by helping managers to acquire tools and resources to enhance leadership skills, manage organizational change and gain knowledge around effective compensation.

* Change Management – April 21
* Compensation and Benefits – May 27

9:30 am-4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station)
         
Cost: $140 + HST.  A limited number of spaces are available to students at a discounted rate. Discount for those registering for more than one workshop, or for more than one person registering from the same organization.

To Register: Access the online registration form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com, or 416-978-0022.

Kunle Akingola is a Human Resources Manager/Consultant and Adjunct Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto with extensive experience in both the non-profit and corporate sector

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NEWS & VIEWS

RACE, CLASS STRUGGLE AND ORGANIZED LABOUR IN THE “AGE OF WISCONSIN”

By Ajamu Nangwaya, Linchpin

…The racialized section of the United States’ working-class has been bearing the brunt of the racist, sexist and capitalist battering of the welfare state structures since the 1980s without much sympathy from their white working-class counterparts…But predominantly-white Wisconsin is up in arms when the chicken comes home to roost in their own backyard! Martin Luther King was quite right when he declared, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” We can only hope that white workers come to realize that white supremacist beliefs and practices only weaken the working-class – to the advantage of the small capitalist elite.

Read more: http://linchpin.ca/content/left/Race-class-struggle-organized-labour-%E2%80%9CAge-Wisconsin%E2%80%9D

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BILL 150: ATTACK ON PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS

By Herman Rosenfeld, BASICSnews

By the end of March, the Ontario Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty will have passed Bill 150. It declares the TTC to be an essential service and denies Toronto public transit workers – members of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union (ATU) Local 113 – the right to strike.

The attack on the transit workers was one of the first things that the newly elected right-wing populist Mayor of Toronto did this winter. Building on the memory of a short transit stoppage and the municipal workers strike from a couple of summers ago, Ford saw this as part of his plans to demonize public sector workers as a way of isolating all unions and weakening the collective gains of working people.

Read more: http://basicsnews.ca/?p=2918

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INVITATION TO JOIN LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCHERS OF ONTARIO (LARO)

The Latin American Researchers of Ontario (LARO), a recently formed non-profit association, is extending a warm invitation to individuals and organizations to join its membership and collective work.

The organization aims to promote research on Latin America and Latin Americans in Ontario. It hopes to provide an inclusive and interdisciplinary space for individuals who share an interest in the production and dissemination of written, oral, visual, and other knowledge and who define themselves and/or their work as Latin American.

In an effort to challenge elitist tendencies, the organization seeks give priority and visibility to grassroots research and to question prevalent forms of inequality.

Members will have the opportunity to share their work, knowledge, experiences and ideas with other members and constructively learn from each other. As a new organization, LARO is open to the incorporation of new ideas, visions, and projects.

For more information, we invite you to visit our website: http://www.latinamericanresearchers.com/

If you wish to become a LARO member and/or receive information from us, please click the link below to our contact page and send us your contact information, including your research interest, and let us know if you would like your name to appear in the public members’ list: http://www.latinamericanresearchers.com/contact.html.

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A PRIMER ON CLASS STRUGGLE

By Michael Schwalbe, Common Dreams

When we study Marx in my graduate social theory course, it never fails that at least one student will say (approximately), “Class struggle didn’t escalate in the way Marx expected. In modern capitalist societies class struggle has disappeared. So isn’t it clear that Marx was wrong and his ideas are of little value today?”

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/03/31-4

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MAKING IT COUNT – CCPA’S (CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES) FEDERAL ELECTION BLOG

The CCPA has launched a federal election blog to bring you expert analysis on the issues that will—or should—define the election.

Making It Count features timely commentary from CCPA staff and research associates, who will be weighing in everything from the economy and federal finances to the social and environmental challenges facing our country.

Read more: http://federalelectionblog.ca/

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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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The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education

TRADE UNIONS, FREE TRADE AND THE PROBLEM OF TRANSNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Two-day workshop at the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at Nottingham University on 2 and 3 December 2011 with Samir Amin as keynote speaker

Since the completion of the GATT Uruguay Round and the establishment of the WTO in the mid-1990s, the international free trade agenda has been drastically expanded including now also issues related to intellectual property rights, trade in services and trade-related investment measures. The WTO Doha negotiations round launched in 2001 had been intended to complete ‘unfinished business’ especially in the area of free trade in services, public procurement and agriculture. At the same time, resistance to these developments has increased with the demonstrations at the WTO ministerial conference in Seattle in 1999 as a first landmark event. The latest attempt to revive the Doha round in July 2008 ended in failure. In view of the problems at the multilateral level, both the EU and the USA have increasingly engaged in bilateral strategies of free trade agreements. These strategies include the expanded trade agenda and are a tool to achieve what has been impossible within a multilateral setting.

Free trade strategies have increasingly become a problem for the international labour movement. On the one hand, trade unions in the North especially in manufacturing have supported free trade agreements. They hope that new export markets for products in their sectors will preserve jobs. On the other, trade unions in the Global South as well as social movements more generally oppose these free trade agreements, since they often imply deindustrialisation and the related loss of jobs for them. Unsurprisingly, transnational solidarity is difficult if not impossible to achieve as a result. At the same time, however, it has to be asked what free trade actually is and whether we can call the existing system really a free trade system? How trade unions understand both these questions is fundamental for their chances to understand each other. Understandings of free trade, which draw on alternative economic theories – see, for example, Samir Amin’s theory of unequal exchange and imperialism – may open up new avenues. 

Additionally, a focus is required on countries’ different position in the global economy, core, semiperiphery, periphery, the related dynamics of uneven and combined development structuring it, as well as the related implications for labour movements in view of free trade. Equally, a sector specific view is required, as particular sectoral dynamics are likely to have an influence on trade unions’ outlook on free trade.

In this workshop, we intend to focus on the problematic around free trade, the current free trade system and the related neo-liberal ideology, as well as analyse the problems for trade unions and social movements in more detail. The objective is to understand better the dynamics underlying free trade as well as explore possibilities for transnational solidarity against the background of uneven and combined development. This will also involve a discussion of alternative conceptualisations of free trade based on different economic theories and the related implications for labour movements. The workshop intends to reach beyond academia and facilitate discussions between academics and trade union researchers as well as social movement activists.

In more detail, we invite papers by academics, trade union researchers and social movement activists in the following areas:

• Basic analyses of what a ‘proper’ free trade system is;
• Analyses of current free trade policies, the implications of neo-liberalism as well as the concrete results of free trade policies for the populations affected. Can we call the current system a free trade system?
• Analyses of free trade policies and the relationships with other policies of neo-liberal restructuring;
• Implications of countries’ structural location in the global economy as well as sectoral specificities for trade unions’ positions on free trade;
• Analyses of resistance movements to concrete free trade agreements with a specific emphasis on co-operation and/or non – co-operation between trade unions and social movements;
• Analyses of the position of specific trade unions and/or social movements on free trade;

Paper proposals of ca. 250 words should be sent to Andreas.Bieler@nottingham.ac.uk by 9 May 2011. There is no registration fee for the workshop and all participants will be provided with coffee/tea breaks, two lunches and one evening dinner free of charge.

The workshop is supported with a small research grant of £6960 by the British Academy (SG102043) as well as a grant of £1750 by the University of Nottingham priority group Integrating Global Society.

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Work, work, work

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

EVENTS

SEMINAR – THE FORMS & DYNAMICS OF ANTI-POVERTY ACTIVISM IN TORONTO

Insights on Methods from the Anti-Poverty Community Organizing & Learning (APCOL) Community University Research Alliance (CURA)

Monday, February 7, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St West, Room 548
(St. George subway, Bedford exit; next to OISE)

with Grace-Edward Galabuzi & Peter Sawchuk
Ryerson University & OISE, University of Toronto

A seminar sponsored by the Cities Centre’s Community Development Collaborative Program & the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing

The Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning Community University Research Alliance (2009-2014) seeks to apply the methodologies of participatory action, community-based case study research to the study of activism in Toronto to explore the processes of participation, non-participation and past-participation. In this session co-leaders of the CURA will outline for discussion the community-based research process and partnership dynamics involved in the research. Preliminary case study findings will also be presented.

APCOL is a project of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW), OISE/UT.

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INSTITUTE – WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!

CEDAW for Change

One Week Institute

May 16-20, 2011

Directed by Alda Facio, LLP and Martha Morgan, JD

Sponsored by Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

Offered in Association with IWRAW-AP

For full information and the online application form, see our website at: http://www.learnwhr.org
For inquiries, contact WHRI Executive Director Angela Lytle at info@learnwhr.org

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WORKSHOP – MARKETING IN NON-PROFIT AND OTHER SOCIAL PURPOSE ORGANIZATIONS

with Sharon Wood & Trish Krause, The Belmont Group

Friday, January 28, 2011
9:30 am-4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station), Room – TBA    
         
This session will cover basic marketing concepts, including segmentation, targeting and positioning, as they apply to non-profit and other social-purpose organizations. Workshop design will ensure practical applications, participant involvement in small group discussion and problem solving related to content and their own organizational needs, as well as allowing participants’ an opportunity to network. The presenters will survey participants in advance of the session to ensure the design and content is targeted to audience needs.

Participants will have the opportunity to…

* Apply marketing concepts to challenges facing their own organization
* Explore specialized applications of marketing in social purpose organizations related to such issues as branding, social marketing, volunteer recruitment and resource development (scope of applications to be determined by participants’ needs)

By the end of the workshop, participants will understand how to bring the course learning together to create a practical marketing plan for their organization/issue.

Cost: $140 + HST. Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount. A limited number of spaces are available to students at a discounted rate.

To register: Access the online registration form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com, or 416-978-0022.

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WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION INSTITUTE (WHRI):  BUILDING A PEACEFUL WORLD IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION

Six Week Institute

May 2 – June 10, 2011

Directed by: Alda Facio, LLP with Debby Danard, PhD candidate; Mary Eberts LLB, LSM, LLM; Angela Lytle, MEd; Angela Miles, PhD; Martha Morgan, JD

Sponsored by: Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

Offered in Association with Fundación Justicia y Género, Costa Rica

For full information and the online application form, see our website at: http://www.learnwhr.org
For inquiries, contact WHRI Executive Director Angela Lytle at info@learnwhr.org

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STUDY GROUP – EXTRACTING PROFITS: PATTERNS OF OPPRESSION AND RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

In five open study sessions, “Extracting Profits” will discuss patterns of oppression and resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean. The sessions, held from February to May, include readings, brief presentations, and small-group discussions in an informal and spontaneous atmosphere. No registration – everyone welcome.

Sundays, 2 p.m.-4 p.m, OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

1. February 6: Mexico and the Burden of “Free Trade”: NAFTA, capitalist devastation, and community resistance, OISE, Room 5150

2. February 27: Bolivia and the Right to Water
The Bolivian people have taken their “water wars” to the world stage

3. March 20: Haiti and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty
A story of pigs and rice – how Haitians were robbed of their own food supply

4. April 10: Mining in Central America
Canadian corporations at war against rights of indigenous peoples

5. May 15: ALBA and CETA: Fair Trade vs. “Free Trade”
Canada’s trade agreements violate popular rights; ALBA is based on solidarity.

Organized by Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, an action group of OPIRG–Toronto
For more information: torontoboliviasolidarity@gmail.com or
http://t.grupoapoyo.org

See us on Facebook: ‘Toronto Bolivia Solidarity’

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NEWS AND VIEWS

NEW FROM FERNWOOD PUBLISHING – MANUFACTURING MELTDOWN: RESHAPING STEEL WORK

ISBN 9781552664025
$27.95
224pp
February 2011
by D.W. Livingstone, Dorothy E. Smith & Warren Smith

In the 1980s, following decades of booming business, the global steel industry went into a precipitous decline, which necessitated significant restructuring. Management demanded workers’ increased participation in ever more temporary and insecure labour. Engaging the workers at the flagship Stelco plant in Hamilton, the authors document new management strategies and the responses of unionized workforces to them. These investigations provide valuable insights into the dramatic changes occurring within the Canadian steel industry.

”Manufacturing Meltdown explains what has happened to our manufacturing, our jobs, our future and our country. This is something that needed telling and this book tells it very well.” – Bob Sutton, former recording secretary, United Steelworkers Local 1005 and editor of SteelShots

Order from: Brunswick Books Ltd., 20 Maud St. Suite 303, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2M5, t- 416.703.3598 f- 416.703.6561 orders@brunswickbooks.ca or http://www.brunswickbooks.ca
Also available at your local independent bookstore or order online from http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca

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VIDEO – KEY UNION STRUGGLES: BUILDING THE FIGHTBACK

Toronto, January 18, 2011

As the economic crisis continues, governments and employers are bringing in austerity measures, lowering our living standards and working conditions. A number of unionized workplaces are particular targets, and have the potential to become key centres of resistance. This forum considers the strategies and political approaches needed to win and is a build-up for the January 29th/30th Workers’ Assembly Labour Conference.

Introduced and moderated by Carolyn Egan, USW Local 8300. Presentations by:

* Mark Ferguson, President of the City of Toronto Municipal Workers Local 416 (bargaining with the new Rob Ford administration in Toronto who has threatened to privatize garbage services);
* Gary Howe, Vice-President of Local 1005 Hamilton Steelworkers (facing a lockout and concession demands at US Steel);
* Marion Pollack, National Representative with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, based in Ottawa. She is a long time activist in the union and in progressive movements.

Organized by the Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls85.php

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VIDEO – CLC FILES ACCESS TO INFORMATION REQUEST ON PENSIONS

The Canadian Labour Congress has filed an Access to Information request to find out who lobbied the federal Finance Minister and his department against proposals that would enhance the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

Last summer Jim Flaherty said that improving the CPP was the best way to ensure the retirement security of Canadians but the minister has now changed his mind in favour of vastly inferior private sector plans. The financial services sector was lobbying hard prior to the finance ministers meeting in Kananaskis in December.

The CLC filed two access requests in late December 2010, and they ask for both internal government and external lobbying materials related to the CPP and private sector Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs). High management fees charged by banks and insurance companies can reduce pension savings by more than 50 per cent. The CPP is a far better option.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R450pP45VE

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ARTICLE – $1 BILLION NIGHTMARE

by Royce Millar and Clay Lucas, The Age (Victoria, AU)

Victorians are being slugged more than $1 billion a year for Melbourne’s privatised train and trams, six times more than the architects of the system forecast 11 years ago.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/1-billion-nightmare-20110121-1a026.html

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ARTICLE – ESTABLISHING PRECEDENTS: WOMEN’S STUDENT ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE (CANADIAN) NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS, 1972-1979

by Nigel Roy Moses, Memorial University

This article examines young women’s activism in the (Canadian) National Union of Students (NUS) from the time that the national student organization regrouped in 1972 to the endorsement of the NUS Declaration of the Rights of the Woman Student in 1979. The focus is on the problems NUS women faced, the solutions and organizational structures they devised, and how they helped transform the social organization of NUS to better represent their interests. This work makes an important contribution to our knowledge of Canadian student organizing and the women’s movement. Youth activists guided by a particular set of anti-patriarchal cultural orientations and values not only had a profoundly transformative effect on student organization, but were among the social agents producing a much broader social transformation.

Read more: http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/view/2152/3172

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JURAVICH-HEALY WORK WITH OPSEU TO RELEASE HOME CARE MUSIC VIDEO

HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ – Who says labour songs are dead? The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has produced a music video with recording artists Teresa Healy and Tom Juravich to highlight the exodus of Ontario’s home care professionals from an unstable work environment.

The song, “What Will You Do When I’m Gone?” was written by Healy and Juravich for a 2008 rally in Hamilton following news that the Victorian Order of Nurses and St. Joseph’s Home Care were dropped from a competition to provide visiting nursing services in the city. Both agencies had close to a century of history in Hamilton.

As a result of the rally, a new moratorium was begun and the Hamilton competition cancelled.

The video is being distributed to media outlets this week and on-line.

OPSEU has produced a web site to host the video which includes a “making of” documentary, background information, a free download of the song, links to the artists’ sites and a form where patients, families and workers can leave their own stories behind.

The site is located at http://www.whatwillyoudo.ca A French version of the site is also available at http://www.queferezvous.ca

For more information or to set up interviews with the artists, contact Rick Janson at 416-443-8888 ext 8383 or 416-525-3324 (Cell).

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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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Socialism and Hope

LEFT FORUM CONFERENCE: TOWARDS A POLITICS OF SOLIDARITY

Left Forum Conference

Pace University

March 18-20 2011
Towards a Politics of Solidarity

See: http://leftforum.org/content/announcing-2011-conference-theme-towards-politics-solidarity

This year’s Left Forum will focus on the age-old theme of solidarity: the moral act of imagination underpinning working class victories everywhere. It will undertake to examine the new forms of far-reaching solidarity that are both necessary and possible in an increasingly global world.

The spread and intensification of capitalism across the globe binds people together in complex interdependencies – as producers, consumers, victims, and insurgents. And as this process continues, the connections between people become more evident. The rebel Zapatistas in the Lacandon jungle understood clearly that the North American Free Trade Agreement forged in Washington was a direct threat to their traditional way of life and their aspirations for the future.

The potential for transformative struggles in the 21st century depends on new chains of solidarity—between workers in the rich world and workers in the global south, indigenous peasants and more affluent consumers, students and pensioners, villagers in the Niger Delta and environmental campaigners in the Gulf of Mexico, marchers and rioters in Greece and Spain, and unionists in the United States and China.

This year’s Left Forum will contribute to the intellectual underpinnings of new and tighter forms of world-wide solidarity upon which all successful emancipatory struggles of the future will depend.

Please join us once again in building upon the successes of last year’s conference – 200+ panels, 600+ speakers, 3000+ attendees, art shows and theater performances, and plenaries that included Arundhati Roy, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Noam Chomsky.

The conference will be held from March 18-20, 2011, at Pace University in NYC. Early registration discounts are available for a limited time – register now!

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