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

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

April 26-28, 2013
New York University

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

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

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

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

To contact organizers, email organizers@hmny.org

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

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

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

Call for Papers

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

Interested participants are invited to submit conference paper proposals.

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

More info: http://arabrevolutions2013.com/

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LAUNCH OF THE SOCIALIST REGISTER 2013: THE QUESTION OF STRATEGY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH ARE KILLING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE

Sometimes it is eerie how things come together.

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

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

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

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SECRETS AND LIES OF THE WALL STREET BAILOUT

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

Wrong.

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

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OBITUARY: THE WELFARE STATE, 1942-2013

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

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

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

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

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WHY IDLE NO MORE HAS RESONATED WITH CANADIANS

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

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

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HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT FRIDAYS LABOR FOLKLORE!

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

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

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SIX WAYS GOVERNMENT BOSS STEPHEN HARPER IS KILLING DEMOCRACY

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

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

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RE-DEFINING EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

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

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

PAID ORGANIZING APPRENTICE – FULL-TIME ORGANIZER, SEIU

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

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

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

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

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FOODSHARE – DESKTOP PUBLISHING, DESIGN, AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

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

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

Rate of pay: $16.00/hr

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

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

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

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GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS FOR LABOR-ORIENTED STUDENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Educating from Marx

Educating from Marx

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 5th JANUARY 2013

EVENTS

SPEED DATING FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Monday, January 7, 2013
7:15pm – 10:00pm
417 Restaurant and Lounge
417 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON

Fundraiser for the Workers’ Action Centre.

Speed dating, men & women, ages 30 – 40. Meet 12 – 14 singles in one evening while raising money for a worthy cause

Cost: $25 – Please bring cheques made out to the Workers’ Action Centre.

To sign up:  Send an email to justidateevents@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

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ONTARIO 2013: TOWARD A POST-AUSTERITY VISION

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm (lunch included)
Thomas Lounge, Oakham House
Ryerson University Toronto, ON

Please join the CCPA [Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives] – Ontario for an update on the province’s economy and a strategy session focusing on how to move toward a post-austerity vision.

We’ll feature:
* Hugh Mackenzie, CCPA- Countering deficit hysteria: Ontario budget numbers post-Drummond
* Jim Stanford, CAW- Economic and jobs update
* Trish Hennessy, CCPA- Toward a post-austerity narrative
* Sectoral updates … and more!

Questions? Please contact Trish Hennessy: ccpaon@policyalternatives.ca
Register at http://ccpa-ontarioeconomicupdate-eac2.eventbrite.com

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ANTI-CAPITALISM AND FEMINISM

Saturday, January 12, 2013
7:00pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street
Toronto, ON

Join the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly for a ‘coffee house’ discussion on Anti-capitalism and Feminism

– Socialist Feminism in Canada: A Brief History — Meg Luxton
– Marxist Feminism: Keywords and Key Concepts — Shahrzad Mojab

Followed by Q and A and informal discussion.

This is the first of a three-part monthly series on anti-capitalism and feminism. Watch for future listings.

More about the speakers:
Meg Luxton: Professor and Director of the Graduate Program of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Meg has been active in the women’s liberation movement, the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and a range of campus and community groups. As a socialist feminist scholar she writes on feminist politics, women’s work (paid and unpaid), international effort to include women’s unpaid work in the UN and the history of the Canadian women’s movement, especially it’s left-wing currents.
Shahrzad Mojab: Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto. Scholar, teacher, and activist, Shahrzad is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement and violence on women’s learning and education. Her recent co-edited book, Educating from Marx: Race, Gender and Learning (2011, with Sara Carpenter, Palgrave McMillan ‘Marxism and Education’ Series) is an anti-racist feminist analysis of Marxism for a revolutionary feminist praxis. For more on this book see: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/educating-from-marx-race-gender-and-learning-by-sara-carpenter-and-shahrzad-mojab/

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WORKERS RISING FROM WALMART TO MARIKANA PUBLIC

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, room 8220
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

Speakers:
– Elizabeth Clinton, OUR Walmart campaigner from Texas
– Ritch Whyman, International Socialists

While governments around the world try and push austerity and force the working class to pay for the economic crisis, workers continue to resist.

Showing that workers in some of the lowest paid service-sector jobs can organize and fight back, workers from Walmart and McDonald’s have held protests, wildcat strikes and campaigned for better wages. In South Africa, miners have bravely faced down police bullets in their struggle against their employers and government. Workers across Ontario are preparing to protest a Liberal government that is trying to impose wage freezes and cut their benefits.

Join a discussion on working class resistance, where we have been and where we are going.

Organized by the U of T International Socialists
Info: reports@socialist.ca

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COMMUNITY HEALTH FORUM: NEWCOMERS TO CANADA: MIGRATION, IMMIGRATION CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
7 to 9 p.m.
Ramada Plaza Hotel
300 Jarvis Street, Toronto and online

Topics to be discussed:
-Ethnoracial diversity
-Getting to healthcare
-Navigating the system

More information: http://www.actoronto.org/home.nsf/pages/act.docs.2302

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FORCED MARRIAGE PROJECT – WORKSHOPS

The Forced Marriage Project (FMP) invites you to participate in a four part series of FREE training workshops for service providers, youth-focused agencies/groups, community-based organizations/groups, and volunteers.

The Forced Marriage Project (FMP) is a project of Agincourt Community Services Association, funded by Status Women Canada. We raise awareness about forced marriage in Canada through our website, newsletter, youth engagement initiatives, and training service providers and community members
in understanding and responding to cases of forced marriage.

#1: An Introduction to Forced Marriage
#2: Working with Parents
#3: Engaging Youth
#4: Intervention in Cases of Forced Marriage

For more info and to register: http://fmp-acsa.eventbrite.ca/

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COURSE AT RYERSON

The first course was taught by Winnie Ng and Deena Ladd over six full time days in the spring, 2012. There were 18 participants — the majority were front-line community workers in a variety of settings. The majority were sponsored by their employers to attend which made it possible for them to take the course. We had a great class that supported each other in their learning and the evaluations were very positive!

We are hoping people who are working in community agencies, unions, immigrant settlement agencies and neighbourhood centres, health centres, etc will be supported by their organizations to attend this course. The course will be examining models of community engagement, strategies of best practices, working from an anti-oppression practice, strengthening leadership skills, developing critical analysis and reflection on our own practice and understanding how to do this work in the context of inequalities and unequal power dynamics.

Please consider the following:
* If you are an executive director or manager – would you financially support one of your staff to attend this course?
* if you are in a leadership position, could you consider arranging a scholarship donation from your organization and sponsor a community leader to attend?
* If you are a front-line worker – do you want the space to learn, share strategies and strengthen the work you do with the communities you work with?
* If you work in a trade union – do you want to learn, share strategies and understand how to build connections with communities and the work you are doing?
* If you are a community activist – do you want the space to share strategies, learn about best practices and get support for the work you are doing?

Course CSWP 936 – Logistics: the course is $524 and will be 39 hours of instruction and fully credited by Ryerson University. The course is part of a new certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development.

The class is 6-9pm and runs from Monday January 14 until Monday April 15.
There is no class on Monday February 18, Family Day.

For more information about The Chang School, or to register for the Certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development, visit http://www.ryerson.ca/ce/community or contact directly. Phone: 416.979.5035, Email: ce@ryerson.ca

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THE “C-WORD”, A PUBLIC CONVERSATION ABOUT CAPITALISM

By Building Common Ground – Guelph

Sunday, January 27, 2013
1:00pm until 3:00pm
Bookshelf Cinema
41 Quebec Street, Guelph, ON

Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch, co-authors of a new new book entitled “The Making of Global Capitalism”, will initiate the next BCG public conversation on the relationship between capitalism, our economic and environmental crises and the implications for all those interested in building a better world.

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NEWS & VIEWS

ROBIN HOOD TAX WINS

Euro Parliament okays 11 nations’ plans to tax financial transactions.

Brussels (13 Dec. 2012) – The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT and commonly referred to as a Robin Hood Tax).

Read more: http://sgnews.ca/blog/2012/12/11/robin-hood-tax-wins/

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THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HUGO CHÁVEZ

One of the main factors for the popularity of the Chávez Government and its landslide victory in this re-election results of October 2012, is the reduction of poverty, made possible because the government took back control of the national petroleum company PDVSA, and has used the abundant oil revenues, not for benefit of a small class of renters as previous governments had done, but to build needed infrastructure and invest in the social services that Venezuelans so sorely needed. During the last ten years, the government has increased social spending by 60.6%, a total of $772 billion.

Read more: http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/14/the-achievements-of-hugo-chavez/

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12 IDEAS TO STOP WAGE THEFT

Over the last 12 days of action, we [The Workers’ Action Centre] have profiled stories of workers fighting for unpaid wages. With your support, we have sent a powerful message to our government representatives that they need to stand up for stronger protections for workers in Ontario.

Read more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/12-days-of-action/

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LEADERSHIP, FEMINISM AND EQUALITY IN UNIONS IN CANADA

This project explores the current climate and attitudes to women, feminism, leadership and equality in Canadian unions through the insights, voices and experiences of women union leaders, activists and staff. Women from seven provinces and territories were involved, including retired and still active staff, leaders and activists, racialized and Aboriginal women, lesbians and young women, and women from public and private sector unions and central labour bodies. Our findings do not address the situation in Québec.

The discussions were wide-ranging, analytical and deeply-moving. What emerged was a widespread consensus that there is a serious problem within the labour movement in advancing women’s equality work and supporting feminist activists at all levels. Union women, however, still share the optimistic belief that organized labour has played and can continue to play a critical role in challenging inequality.

Read more: http://womenunions.apps01.yorku.ca/

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ARTIST CREATES A VISION OF SOLIDARITY

Toronto – December 24, 2012 – There is a long history of mural art and the labour movement, and UFCW [United Food and Commercial Workers] Canada is helping that history continue.

This past July, more than a thousand agriculture workers gathered in Leamington, Ontario to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first-ever Agriculture Workers Alliance support centre in Leamington, Ontario. To mark the occasion, UFCW Canada and the AWA commissioned Chilean-born, Canadian-based social activist artist Gilda Monreal to create a mural to honour the tens of thousands of migrant workers who toil each season in Canada’s agriculture sector.

Read more: http://www.ufcw.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3183%3Aartist-creates-a-vision-of-solidarity&catid=6%3Adirections-newsletter&Itemid=6&lang=en

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THE FUTURE FOR LONG-TERM CARE LOOKS GRIM: MASS PRIVATIZATION

As with hospital beds, the government and other proponents of the near freeze in new long-term care beds suggest that home care can take up the slack.

Does this stand up?  Well, let’s take even a very aggressive version of this theory. Say that 25% of all people in LTC could be dealt with through home care. (Currently, that would mean evicting 19,250 LTC residents.)

Read more: http://ochuleftwords.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-future-for-long-term-care-looks.html

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CENTENNIAL OF 1912 “BREAD AND ROSES” STRIKE

The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture is an online journal about the culture of the Greater Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Founded in 1997, the journal explores the interwoven concepts of place, nature, culture and society. Based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the journal includes writing, visual art, music, video clips, and other creative and scholarly works relevant to our region.

This special edition of the Bridge Review is dedicated to the centennial of the 1912 Bread and Roses strike.

Read more: http://www.breadandrosesbridgereview.com/

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A PROPOSAL TO STRENGTHEN THE CANADA PENSION PLAN: THE 1.5 OPTION

Expanding the Canada Pension Plan is back on the table. The federal and provincial finance ministers have been exploring several proposals for expanding the CPP in a paper prepared by their officials.

When the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans were created in the mid-1960s, they were deliberately designed to pay relatively modest benefits. The reasoning was that the private tier of employer-sponsored pension plans and individual savings plans would play the lion’s share of the earnings replacement objective for middle- and upper-income Canadians.  The Achilles heel of Canada’s retirement income system is that private pension and savings plans never grew sufficiently to properly serve the earnings replacement objective for many Canadians.

The Caledon Institute for several years has been proposing a ‘1.5’ solution for expanding the Canada Pension Plan in which the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings would increase by 50 percent and the earnings replacement rate would also rise by 50 percent.  We would raise the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings level from its current $50,100 to $75,150 – an increase of one-half.  The earnings replacement rate would go from 25 to 37.5 percent – also an increase of 50 percent.  As a result, the maximum CPP benefit would more than double, from $11,840 to $28,181.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1002ENG.pdf

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MIGRANT WORKERS IN CANADA FACE DETERIORATING CONDITIONS

18 December 2012 – Today, International Migrants Day, the Canadian Council for Refugees expressed its concern about a series of changes over the past year that reduce migrant workers’ rights.  As a result many migrant workers in Canada are worse off than they were a year ago.

‘Things are going from bad to worse for the over 100,000 “low-skilled” migrant workers in Canada’, said Loly Rico, CCR President. “The Canadian Council for Refugees has deep concerns over the government’s approach to migrant workers as disposable, short-term labour with fewer rights and  protections than Canadian workers.”

Migrant workers in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program are vulnerable to exploitation because of their temporary status and restrictions on their work permits. While the transition to permanent residence for “high-skilled” temporary foreign workers is being made faster and more flexible, “low-skilled” migrant workers still don’t have access to permanent residence.

Read more: http://ccrweb.ca/en/bulletin/12/12/18

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ONTARIO NEXT RIGHT-TO-WORK TARGET?

When Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed right-to-work bills into law last month, he gladdened the hearts of anti-union politicians next door in Ontario. Could our province, a union stronghold, be next?

The more unions are beaten back in the United States, the worse it is for Canadian workers, whose jobs can easily be shipped south. One need only look at Caterpillar’s Electro-Motive Diesel jobs being moved from London, Ontario, down to Indiana in 2012, after that state passed right-to-work legislation. Such laws outlaw contracts that require all those represented by a union to pay dues, thus breaking up solidarity.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/01/ontario-next-right-work-target

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JOBS

SUMMER 2013 SESSIONAL TEACHING POSITIONS AT MCMASTER UNIVERSITY’S LABOUR STUDIES

The School of Labour Studies, McMaster University, invites applications for the following positions to be offered in the Summer 2013 session.

Read more: http://www.labourstudies.mcmaster.ca/jobs

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR, METCALF CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, TORONTO

The goal of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society.

Across its 3 programs areas — sustaining the vibrancy of the professional performing arts, harnessing the benefits of living within the Earth’s environmental limits, and improving low-income peoples’ economic livelihoods and access to quality jobs — the Metcalf Foundation advances its mission through practice, policy, and collaboration.

Responsibilities

The Program Director holds primary responsibility for the vision, strategic development, and implementation of all aspects of the Inclusive Local Economies Program, and contributes to the Foundation’s broader mission and mandate including the Innovation Fellowship Program

See complete job posting at http://metcalffoundation.com

To apply or recommend candidates for the position please contact Ruth Richardson of Open Blue Consulting, in confidence, at ruth@openblue.ca Interested candidates should send their expression of interest by Monday 7 January 2013, 5:00 PM EST to ruth@openblue.ca

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ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR IN CONTINUING AND COLLEGE EDUCATION

The Woodring College of Education invites dynamic and innovative educators to apply for a tenure-track position (open-rank) in the Master of Education Continuing and College Education (CCE) Program, beginning September 2013.

The successful candidate will be visionary and collaborative with other professional educators, students and alumni. She/he will maintain a strong record of scholarship and will be a leading educator. Additionally, she/he will support student professional development projects and assist students to be competitive in the market for teaching in higher education, directing training and staff development for business, industry, government and professional associations and as administrators of programs for adults, especially in colleges, technical schools and university settings. 

For more information, please visit: https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=3860

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Individuality Pr♥test: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcontinental/the-individuality-prtest

I Love Transcontinental: http://ihearttranscontinental.blogspot.co.uk/

Education Crisis

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 16th DECEMBER 2012

EVENTS

12 DAYS OF ACTION TO STOP WAGE THEFT!

This holiday season the Workers’ Action Centre needs you to take action to stop wage theft.

Starting this week, we will profile 12 stories highlighting wage theft.
Please join us every day – we only need a minute or two of your time.

To find out more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/12-days-of-action/

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RALLY FOR RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

Protest at the at the Ontario Liberal Convention
1:00 pm
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rally at Allan Gardens in Toronto (Jarvis & Carlton), followed by march to the Ontario Liberal Convention at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The Ontario government has been shut down while worker’s rights are under threat and cuts to jobs and services are hurting every community.

It’s time to defend everyone’s democratic and economic rights.

For details, visit: http://ofl.ca/index.php/campaigns/democraticrights

Rally hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour.

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CLC WINTER SCHOOL 2013 – REGISTER ONLINE

The CLC Ontario Region’s 2013 Winter School will be held from March 3 to 8, 2013 at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin.

We are pleased to let you know that online registration is now available. In order to secure the space in your selected course, your payment must be received within 10 days of your online registration.

Register here: http://sms.clc-ctc.ca/imis15_prod_public/Core/Events/eventdetails.aspx?iKey=13ONS-WS&TemplateType=A

For further details and course descriptions, please read the Winter School 2013 brochure:
http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/ontario/2013-Winter-School-Brochure.pdf

If you need a hard copy of the brochure, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 416-441-3710 Ext. 222 or 221 or ontario@clc-ctc.ca

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SOCIAL ECONOMY WORKSHOP: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Presenter: Eric Plato, Director of Finance, Frontier College

Friday, Jan 11, 2012
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George subway station).

– Do you find it difficult to put together a budget for a proposal?
– Do you ask yourself ‘what am I looking at?’ when someone gives you financial reports?
– Are you responsible for managing the finances for a project, but are not sure what that means?

If so, join us in this workshop to learn:
– How to put together a budget for an organization or project
– Methods to deal with overhead costs
– How to read financial reports
– How to monitor a budget

Cost: $140 + HST; each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available.

To register: complete the online registration form here: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at secworkshops@gmail.com or at 416-978-0022

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HOLIDAY SALE AT PM PRESS – 50% OFF ALL BOOKS UNTIL DECEMBER 31
   
By using the coupon code below everyone gets a taste of being a Friend of PM (FOPM), isn’t it great? The other fantastic benefit, getting monthly shipments of every release while supporting radical writers, filmmakers, and artists, can be had by joining as a FOPM (which also makes a great gift).

From politics and the economy to prison abolition and parenting – we have books, CDs, and DVDs that span a wide assortment of topics and genres that we are offering to you at the phenomenal rate of 50% off list price through December.

To get your 50% discount at checkout, type in the coupon code: Holiday

This special offer does not have a minimum (or maximum) quantity required for getting the 50% discount, so strike while it’s hot!

Please also note: this special offer is not available for any further discount to resale customers or Friends of PM.

See more about the month long sale here: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=8s7txxcab&v=001BowwB-ubI_EvWD4wecYddZoDUVdiFALeIyA8MbCGsa0w83HvGUY9Xy3laa1YYZ5mTB3h7Y3GkuMY8kxyl5LPFdoMGod9LnWa6FoNvKmEtKQ%3D

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NEWS & VIEWS

BOOK REVIEW – PETE SEEGER: “YOU STICK TOGETHER ’TIL IT’S WON”

By Kim Ruehl, YES! Magazine

When a pair of writers expressed interest in publishing Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, one of Seeger’s first requests was “Don’t make me out to be a saint.”

Banjo in hand, Seeger has championed causes from labor to civil rights to the environment, revived our oldest folk songs, and co-authored new folk classics like “If I Had a Hammer,” so the impulse to portray him as saintly is understandable.

He has considered, at every turn, what it means to sing out in a world where the din of injustice is often deafening. But his songs assert that to sing is to recognize the power of one’s own voice, to declare and defend its worth.

Read more: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/what-would-nature-do/pete-seeger-you-stick-together-til-its-won

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CORPORATE CANADA SHAPING INEQUALITY – CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES

The latest study from our Growing Gap project, “A Shrinking Universe: How concentrated corporate power is shaping income inequality in Canada”, links the rise of the richest Canadians with a shift toward more concentrated power within the country’s largest corporations. The study finds that effectively 60 Canadian-based firms are dominating the push for corporate profits, and are accelerating the trend toward inequality.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/shrinking-universe

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THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE RAND FORMULA

By Evert Hoogers, Donald Swartz and Rosemary Warskett, The Bullet

It has been widely reported that Pierre Poilievre, the Federal Conservative MP for Nepean-Carleton, has launched a campaign to change the rules regarding the payment of union dues [See his November 2012 letter to his constituents]. The object of Mr. Poilievre’s ire is the “Rand Formula” – the union security clause found in most collective agreements and labour relations legislation in Canada. Under this formula, no employee in a unionized workplace is required to be a union member, but all have to pay union dues, with the employer deducting the money from the pay checks of all
employees and transferring it to the union.

This dues paying formula was created by Supreme Court Justice Ivan Rand in 1946 when settling a strike between the Ford Motor Company and its workers. At its core is the principle that all those who benefit from the negotiated collective agreement should pay union dues and that there should be no free riders.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/736.php

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SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS: OUR SUFFERING IS THEIR ABUNDANCE

By Jack Gerson, Facts for Working People

Even before Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp swallowed the Wall Street Journal, that newspaper was renowned for its free marketer editorials and opinion pieces. Not only has this policy remained intact under Murdoch, but also the coverage of news and features is now fully in line with the right-wing
editorial policy.

So I was quite surprised a week ago to find, tucked away on page A-11 of the November 30 edition, a piece by the WSJ’s Stephen Fidler that actually hinted at the identity of the real beneficiaries of the bailouts and debt crises:

“Despite the complications, this week’s deal on Greece’s debt points to an (almost) iron rule of sovereign-debt crises: Significant losses fall on taxpayers in creditor countries because debt originally extended by private creditors, one way or another, ends up on the balance sheet of the public sector.”

This sounds eerily like the searing indictment of the bailout in a recent book by York University professor David McNally:

“In short, the bad bank debt that triggered the crisis in 2008 never went away – it was simply shifted on to governments. Private debt became public debt. And as the dimensions of that metamorphosis became apparent in early 2010, the bank crisis morphed into a sovereign debt crisis. Put differently, the economic crisis of 2008-9 did not really end. It simply changed form. It mutated.”

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/12/sovereign-debt-crisis-our-suffering-is.html

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JOIN THE MAYWORKS BOARD OF DIRECTORS!

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is currently inviting applications to be considered for new Board members. We are a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. Founded in 1986 by the Labour Arts Media Committee of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Mayworks is Canada’s largest and oldest labour arts festival. The Festival was built on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for decent wages, healthy working conditions and a living culture.

For more information on Mayworks Toronto, please visit our website: http://mayworks.ca/

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TEN THOUSAND AGHAST AS ‘RIGHT TO WORK’ PASSES IN MICHIGAN

By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes

Union protesters in front of the Michigan Capitol today knocked down an enormous tent erected by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-brothers-funded group that helped bring right to work to the state. State troopers arriving on horseback were helpless, bringing to mind images of Humpty Dumpty and all the king’s men.

Several dozen protesters were sitting down in the Capitol Rotunda, risking arrest, and more were outside the governor’s office. Three school districts were forced to close schools because so many teachers called off for the day.

Four giant inflatable rats in the 10,000-person crowd were named for prominent Republican politicians and their richest backer.

But despite the anger and the chants, the legislature made it official.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/12/ten-thousand-aghast-right-work-passes-michigan

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

 

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

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

 

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

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 1st DECEMBER 2012

EVENTS

FIGHTING FORWARD – A LABOR & WORKING-CLASS SUMMIT

The 2013 conference of the Working Class Studies Association (WCSA)

June 12-15
Madison College – Downtown Campus
Madison, Wisconsin

Join us at the epicenter of the “Wisconsin Uprising” for a gathering of working people, community and labor activists, students and educators focused on building a revitalized movement in support of labor and the working class. Since the start of the Uprising, we have witnessed an historic response by working people to the decades-long assault on our rights and livelihoods. Now is the time to reflect, strategize, and build connections, as we not only continue to fight back against this assault but also move forward in building a better future for labor and working class people. It is time for Fighting Forward!

The Summit will provide an opportunity to celebrate, educate, strategize, share experiences and best practices, and build connections and relationships. The program will incorporate a broad array of activities, including workshops, panels, training sessions, roundtables, cultural exhibitions and performances, strategy sessions, tabling and exhibits, and social activities aimed at building and strengthening connections among participants.

To register or submit a proposal: http://www.fightingforward.org/

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MOVIE: SPECIAL FLIGHT (VOL SPÉCIAL)

Tuesday, December 4
6:45 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Suggested donation $2-10

Fernand Melgar / CH / 2011 / 100 min / French with English s.t.

This special screening is co-presented by No One is Illegal – Toronto.

Synopsis: Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence. Simply because they stay in the country illegally, they may be deprived of liberty for up to eighteen months before being deported.

After The Fortress (awarded with the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival), which dealt with the reception conditions for asylum seekers in Switzerland, Fernand Melgar takes a look at the other end of the chain, i.e. at the situation towards the end of the migrants’ journey. The filmmaker immersed himself for 9 months in the administrative detention centre Frambois in Geneva, one of the 28 deportation centres for the paperless in Switzerland.

For more info: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/bloor/vol-sp%C3%A9cial

Watch the trailer: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/emvideo/modal/4080/800/600/field_trailer_url/youtube/9vL1PgyL0lk

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TOOLS FOR CHANGE WORKSHOP: ONLINE ORGANIZING & MAKING SOCIAL MEDIA COUNT

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Toronto, Ontario

This workshop explores how to do effective online campaigning & maximize social media strategies in your projects and campaigns. Participants will explore the benefits and challenges of different online and social media tools, be given useful information about managing online campaigns & social media platforms as well as mobilizing different audiences and tracking results Location: University of Toronto, St. George Campus.  Exact campus room location given to registrants a week before the event.

Trainer: Anil Kanji works as the Supporter Communications Coordinator for Greenpeace Canada, with a focus on digital mobilisation, storytelling, and fundraising. Anil has over 16 years of communications and marketing experience in both the for-profit and no-profit sectors. He has trained with the New Organizing Institute, SmartMeme, and is part of the global Web of Change community.

To register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/4808754113/eorg#

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: TAX THE RICH

Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8- minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes any more. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.

For more info, go to http://www.cft.org

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6ZsXrzF8Cc

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VIDEO: THE CONCEPT OF “FAIRNESS”: POSSIBILITIES, LIMITS, POSSIBILITIES

Critical Social Research Collaborative (CSRC) – the Fourth Annual Conference in Critical Social Research: Faultlines of Revolution!

Keynote address by Michael A. Lebowitz: The Concept of “Fairness”: Possibilities, Limits, Possibilities. The talk draws on Lebowitz’s latest book, The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”. Moderated by Gulden Ozcan.

For more info about the CSRC see http://www.csrcproject.ca

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls152.php

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AFTER BLACK FRIDAY’S DAY OF ACTION, WHAT’S NEXT FOR WAL-MART?

by John Logan‚ Beyond Chron

So the day of action at Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has passed at least for the time being. And it turned out to be much larger than the company’s executives in Bentonville had predicted or care to admit.

Thousands of Wal-Mart workers and their allies protested for better wages, affordable healthcare benefits, full-time jobs and an end to management retaliation for speaking out in at least 100 cities, including in Dallas and Lancaster, Texas, Miami and Kenosha, Wisconsin, and several other locations not known for their activism. Although the final tally will not be clear for some time, “open-source” actions of some kind took place at Wal-Mart stores in 46 different states across the nation, with major demonstrations in California, Washington, New York and Massachusetts.

Read more: http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=10728#more

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BANGLADESH – 100 PLUS WORKERS BURNT TO DEATH. WALMART AGAIN?

from Facts for Working People

Over 100 people died in a fire in a garment factory in Bangladesh recently.
At least 111 people died and scores of others are missing or injured.
Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of clothing after China. Since 2006 more than 500 workers have died in fires in Bangladesh according to Clean Clothes Campaign an anti-sweat shop group based in Amsterdam. The industry employs more than three million workers in Bangladesh, most of them women.

Outfits like Walmart, Tommy Hilfiger and Gap get clothing produced in these sweat shop death traps. A spokesperson for the Clean Clothes Campaign says that these profit addicted companies “have known for years that many of the factories they choose to work with are death traps. Their failure to take action amounts to criminal negligence.”

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/11/bangladesh-100-plus-workers-burnt-to.html

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

THE MEDIA CO-OP WANTS TO DOUBLE YOUR RADICAL READING THIS WINTER!

Between now and December 5 choose from three great packages for you or for that special radical reader in your life and they (or you) will receive the Dominion magazine before the holidays! If you are giving a gift just make sure to email the name and address of the recipient to our National Sales Coordinator at membership@mediacoop.ca after you make your payment.

– Radical Reading Package – $40 – You get year-long subscriptions (6 issues) to both The Dominion and Briarpatch magazine. This is a saving of 25% over the normal subscription rates.

– Buy Nothing (But This) “Cyber Monday” Sustainer Package – $60 one-time payment or $5/month – Sign up as a sustaining member and you will receive 6 issues of both the Dominion and the Briarpatch and one entry into a draw to win two great prizes!

– Smash the System Sustainer Package – $120 one-time payment or $10/month – Sign up as a sustaining member and you’ll receive 6 issues of both The Dominion and Briarpatch, 3 entries into the aforementioned draw, and you will also be the first person on your block to own one of the awesome newly designed Media Co-op t-shirts we will be launching publicly in Winter 2013.

For more info: http://www.mediacoop.ca/holidaypromo

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SHAKE THINGS UP THIS HOLIDAY WITH THE CCPA!

This holiday season, give a gift that inspires ideas and gives hope for a better world—of peace, justice, democracy, and respect for the planet. Support our work by giving a gift from CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) to friends, family, or ask for one yourself! You’ll be contributing to the work we do—and together we’re powerful enough to influence change.

You can support the CCPA’s work in several ways:

– Give a gift membership ($35). This is the perfect gift for the socially concerned citizen. Your gift will directly fund the CCPA’s critical work. The recipient of your gift will receive a one-year membership to the CCPA and10 issues of The CCPA Monitor (Canada’s leading progressive journal).
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/gift-membership

– Make a year-end donation (amount of your choice). Your year-end donation directly supports important new research toward economic, environmental, and social justice. You can make a one-time donation or set up a monthly contribution charged to your credit card. You will receive a tax receipt for 100% of your donation early in the new year.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/year-end-donation

– Give a calendar ($25). A great gift for everyone, the CCPA’s 2013 Calendar: An Agenda for Social Change is not only beautifully illustrated, but also identifies and describes key dates in Canada’s social justice history. Each day provides an opportunity to explore how debates about equality, gender, environment, First Nations, labour, trade and social programs helped shape our development and identity.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/gift-calendar

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HOLIDAY JOY AT UFW STORE

Why shop at UFW (United Farm Workers) online store this holiday:

– No repair bills from 9 reindeer stomping on your roof.
– No lines, no crowds, no parking, no zombie sales clerks.
– Shop online all night long.
– Your purchase helps farm workers win good union jobs.
– We don’t sell fruitcake and everything we do sell is zero-calorie.

Visit the site: http://www.ufwstore.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=HOLIDAY&Store_Code=IS0005

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TROUBLEMAKERS ON YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT LIST?

Check out our special holiday packages. The Labor Notes store is stocked with T-shirts for kids and adults, pint glasses, Troublemakers Union knit caps and Troublemakers Union hoodies, now available in red.

Visit the site: https://store.labornotes.org/

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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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Individuality Pr♥test: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcontinental/the-individuality-prtest

Higher Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 24th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

BOOK LAUNCH – SPEAKING UP:  A HISTORY OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS IN CANADA AND QUEBEC
7:00pm
Wednesday, December 5th
Gladstone Hotel (upstairs gallery)
1214 Queen St. West, Toronto

Speaking Up presents a wide overview of the history of the relationship between language and politics in Canada and Quebec from 1539 to the present.

A fascinating history of sound and fury, debates and struggles, tensions, but also of appeasement, Speaking Up traces the long history of the language issue. Nuanced and unbiased yet empathetic, it shows that language has been at the heart of this country’s political life for centuries. Speaking Up offers a fresh look at one of the great issues of our time. Translated from the multiple-award-winning Langue et politique au Canada et au Québec (Boréal, 2010).

As part of the book launch Between the Lines will be formally awarded the $10,000 Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History “for [our] record of invigorating and broadening the field of Canadian History.”

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COMMON THREAD COMMUNITY CHORUS FUNDRAISER FOR U.S. WAR RESISTERS AND THEIR ONGOING STRUGGLE

7pm
December 7th
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto (2 Sussex at St. George)

U.S. War Resisters in Their Own Words. With special reading by author Noah Richler, Common Thread Community Chorus, a sneak preview of the new film “Peace Has No Borders” by filmmakers Denis Mueller and Deb Ellis, and a panel of US War resisters.

The War Resisters Support Campaign was founded in 2004 to assist U.S. military personnel who refused to participate in the Iraq war and came to Canada seeking asylum.

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BOOK LAUNCH & ART SALE – WORKING WOMEN AND THE CITY: CELEBRATING THE SUCCESSES OF IMMIGRANT WOMEN ACROSS TORONTO

6-8pm
Monday, November 26, 2012
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St West (at Gladstone Ave)

Book Launch – Making the City: Women Who Made a Difference A beautiful collection of stories that celebrates the inspiring lives of immigrant women across our city.

Art Sale: Purchase from a beautiful selection of paintings produced by talented working women.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres ~ Cash bar No cover charge ~ Donations welcome

A special thanks to the premier event sponsor, Scotiabank (Bloor and Salem branch).

Working Women Community Centre is the proud host of this community event. As a non-profit charitable organization, we have been providing services to immigrant women throughout the city for over 35 years. All proceeds from this event benefit the immigrant women and their families who depend on the Working Women Community Centre.

For more information about what we do please visit http://www.workingwomencc.org

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EXHIBITION: MEMORIES OF RESISTANCE

Friday, November 16, 2012 – 12:00pm – Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 6:00pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street, Toronto

A display of social justice materials from the Connexions Archive.

Connexions is a documentation project founded in 1975, known for its extensive online library of social justice documents at http://www.connexions.org.  Connexions also maintains the Connexions Archive, a working archive powered by a team of volunteers who work on cataloguing its extensive and growing collection of social-justice-related books, periodicals, documents, and other materials from grassroots activist groups.

Beit Zatoun will feature an exhibition of materials from the CONNEXIONS ARCHIVE November 16 – 27, 2012.

Beit Zatoun is a cultural centre, gallery and community meeting space that promotes the interplay of art, culture and politics to explore issues of social justice and human rights, both locally and internationally.

Beit Zatoun: http://www.beitzatoun.org, 647-726-9500
Connexions: http://www.connexions.org, 416-964-1511

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NEWS & VIEWS

MADE IN CANADA: HOW THE LAW CONSTRUCTS MIGRANT WORKERS’ INSECURITY

By Fay Faraday, Metcalf Foundation

Canada’s reliance on low-wage migrant workers with temporary immigration status is growing but our laws make them vulnerable to abuse, says a new report written by Fay Faraday, Metcalf Innovation Fellow. Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity, shows that low-wage migrant workers are brought into Canada on terms that leave them open to exploitation. The report generated significant media response.

Read more: http://metcalffoundation.com/publications-resources/view/made-in-canada/

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THE LEARNING EDGE – NEWSLETTER OF THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF ADULT EDUCATION – FALL ISSUE

Highlights:
– Strategizing Publications: Suggestions for Graduate Students
– A Passion for Learning, a Passion for Life. Special Tribute to Paul Belanger
– New Book: Politics of Indignation – Imperialism, Postcolonial Disruptions and Social Change

Read more: http://www.casae-aceea.ca/sites/casae/files/CASAE_News_201211_Internet.pdf

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THE REAL COST OF THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CUT THE COMMUNITY START-UP AND MAINTENANCE BENEFIT

The Wellesley Institute and ISAC, along with ACTO, the AOHC, Street Health, and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, have partnered to produce a new report, “The Real Cost of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit: A Health Equity Impact Assessment.” The report calls on the provincial government to halt the planned elimination of CSUMB and reinstate the $67 million in funding.

Read more: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/publication/the-real-cost-of-cutting-csumb/

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CONVENTIONS OF LABOUR: MOVEMENT OR PARALYSIS?

By Dave Bleakney, Briarpatch Magazine

The status quo is not working for working people. Unions need to seriously overhaul the way they operate if they are to remain relevant. One key example that reveals the directionlessness and impotence of contemporary unions is the perennial convention charade where the organized labour movement convenes with the professed aims of advancing the interests of workers and improving society as a whole. If only this were the case.

Read more: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/conventions-of-labour

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

BRIARPATCH – ORDER YOUR GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS!

It’s that time of year again, when malls become clogged with garish holiday décor and frenzied shoppers. If you’re like us, you might wish you could just skip the mayhem entirely, but still manage to find thoughtful, practical gifts for friends and family.

This year, why not get all your shopping done without ever setting foot in a mall… and help instigate a media revolution while you’re at it? Here’s how the Briarpatch Holiday Gift Offer works:

– Give 1 gift for only $24.95
– Give 2 gifts & get a 3rd gift FREE!
– Give 5 gifts for the absurdly low price of $64.95!

Placing your order before Thursday, December 13 will help ensure that your gifts arrive before the holidays, so please respond soon! Just call 1-866-431-5777 or email publisher@briarpatchmagazine.com to place your order. Payment can be made by credit card or billed at a later date.

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INSTEAD OF MORE STUFF, GIVE HOLIDAY GIFTS THAT PROTECT CANADA’S WILDLIFE

The holiday season is quickly approaching – before you know it, we’ll be baking cookies, decking halls, and dreading the endless lines and exhausting crowds of the mall.

This year, you can skip the hassle and give your loved ones something more meaningful than another sweater that doesn’t fit or book they’ll never read.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Gifts of Canadian Nature symbolize what this amazing organization has accomplished over the last 50 years, coast to coast. From grizzly bear habitat in the west where mountain valleys are bisected by rushing rivers to the boreal forests of the east that house the elusive Canada lynx, these gifts celebrate all that we’ve achieved and all we still can do together.

There’s a price to fit every budget – from $40 to protect an acre of Canadian wilderness to $400 for a very special gift of caribou habitat. Each gift includes a certificate that can be personalized with the recipient’s name and include a full-colour calendar printed in Canada with vegetable-based ink on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

Read more: https://donations.helpforcharities.com/ncc/holidays/

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GIFTS THAT MATTER – THE STOP COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE

Looking for a meaningful holiday gift for your staff, clients, friends, teachers or anyone else on your list this year? We’ve got you covered.

By making a $25 donation to The Stop Community Food Centre, you can purchase a food hamper for a family in need on behalf of the special people on your list. We’ll send them a lovely card saying that you’ve done so. Imagine… stress free holiday shopping that makes a difference.

Give a gift that matters today. Contact danielle@thestop.org or 416-652-7867 ext. 225.

You’ll receive a tax receipt for your entire gift, and know that your gifts are helping to fight hunger and poverty in the city.

Please note: we must receive your list of names no later than December 10th to ensure delivery of your card prior to December 25th.

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BRAVE NEW FILMS – 5TH ANNIVERSARY DVD BOX SET

Since 2005, we’ve been fighting for a more just America with such films as Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism and Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Have you seen them all? Do you know a passionate activist that would love our work? We have our first five years of videos compiled into one big box set including the ones mentioned above PLUS Iraq for Sale, Rethink Afghanistan and hundreds of shorts. And you get the full length doc Koch Brothers Exposed.  This is the perfect gift for a like-minded friend or family member this holiday season!

Read more: https://bravenewfilms-bravenew.nationbuilder.com/holiday_dvd_2012

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 17th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

FREE SCREENING OF “DEBTOCRACY”

Friday, December 7, 2012
7:30pm until 10:00pm
Centre of Gravity Circus Training Studios
1300 Gerrard Street East, Toronto

Event organized by: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cinema.Politica.Danforth

“Debtocracy” (Greek: hreokratía) seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions sidelined by the government and the dominant media.

Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi discuss with economists, journalists and intellectuals from all over the world, who describe the steps that led Greece to the current debt trap – to debtocracy. The documentary follows the course of countries like Ecuador, which created Audit Commissions, and tracks the similar process in Greece.

Debtocracy features the academics David Harvey, Samir Amin, Costas Lapavitsas and Gerard Dumenil; the philosopher Alain Badiou; the head of Ecuador’s Audit Commission Hugo Arias; the president of CADTM Eric Toussaint; journalists like Canadian Avi Lewis (co-creator of the documentary “The Take”) and Jean Quatremer; as well as public figures like Manolis Glezos and Sahra Wagenknecht (from the German party Die Linke).

To be followed by a panel discussion!

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BOOK LAUNCH OF “MONSTERS OF THE MARKET: ZOMBIES, VAMPIRES AND GLOBAL CAPITALISM”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
7:30pm
The Gladstone Hotel (in the Ballroom)
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

A night to celebrate the launch (in paperback) of David McNally’s “Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism” and the book’s receipt of the 2012 Deutscher Prize. With MCs Faria Kamal and Alan Sears, remarks from Himani Bannerji and talk and short reading by David.

Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, this book links tales of monstrosity from England to recent vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx’s persistent use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. Reading across these tales of the grotesque, McNally offers a novel account of the cultural economy of the global market-system.

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BOOK LAUNCH & PUBLIC LECTURE – “SEX, RACE AND CLASS: THE PERSPECTIVE OF WINNING (A SELECTION OF WRITINGS 1952-2011)”

Monday Nov. 26
7:00 p.m.
George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto

In 1972, Selma James set out a new political perspective. Her starting point was the millions of unwaged women who, working in the home and on the land, were not seen as “workers” and their struggles viewed as outside of the class struggle.

For James, the class struggle presents itself as the conflict between the reproduction and survival of the human race, and the domination of the market with its exploitation, wars, and ecological devastation. She sums up her strategy for change as “Invest in Caring not Killing.”

This selection, spanning almost six decades, traces the development of this perspective in the course of building an international campaigning network.

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CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: TORONTO

November 24-25, 2012
2:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave., Toronto
   
Take in a series of labour-related films at CLiFF-Toronto, a film festival that seeks to tell the stories of workers (unionised and non-unionised) and those who seek justice on the job and dignity in their workplace. The festival is platform for stories that have been made into films, but cannot find an audience beyond the film makers’ own circle of influence.

The film We Are Wisconsin (http://wearewisconsinthefilm.com/) will be playing on Saturday, November 24.

Additional films are also being shown on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Download the program for a full list of films and for alternate locations: http://labourfilms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/TorontoProgram22OctB.pdf

Further details are available on the CLiFF website: http://labourfilms.ca/

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TALK: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE NEW ATTACK ON CANADIAN UNIONS

Monday, Dec. 3
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Ross Bldg., Room S674 (Verney Room)
York University, Toronto

With Andrew Jackson, Packer Chair for Social Justice, York University

Part of “Dispatches from the Global Labour Movement” series, sponsored by York University’s:
– The Centre for Research on Work and Society
– Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
– Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work
– Work and Labour Studies Program
– The Department of Political Science
– The Department of Social Science

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NEWS & VIEWS

CHORUS OF WARNINGS GROW: ‘SAY NO TO US AUSTERITY’

by Common Dreams staff

As President Obama and Washington lawmakers embarked on fiscal negotiations to address federal budget concerns and the impacts of a stubborn economic recovery, nearly 350 prominent economists, under the banner “Jobs, Not Austerity,” issued a statement warning that the “obsessive concern with cutting deficits that has infected both parties” is a serious threat to making sound economic policy decisions in Washington.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/16-7

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TOP LABOUR STORIES THIS WEEK: FROM EUROPE’S GENERAL STRIKE TO MIGRANT WORKERS’ PLIGHT IN CANADA

by Lori Theresa Waller, rabble.ca

It’s been a significant week for the labour movement worldwide, with an unprecedented multi-national general strike yesterday in Europe. So we feel like it’s an appropriate time for us to launch a new weekly feature, recapping the top stories from the labour movement. Each week top labour
stories will be compiled and summarized by our new labour reporter, Lori Theresa Waller. If you have a suggestion for next week’s list, contact lori@rabble.ca

 

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/11/labour-news-round-weeks-top-stories

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VIDEO: LARRY ROUSSEAU AT OFL EQUITY CONFERENCE

by rabbleTV

Larry Rousseau speaks at Ontario Federation of Labour’s Equity Conference
9-11 November 2012.

Watch the video: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2012/11/best-net/larry-rousseau-ofl-equity-conference

For more information, please visit http://ofl.ca/index.php/equity2012/ and http://psac-ncr.com

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HOW CHICAGO TEACHERS GOT ORGANIZED TO STRIKE  

by Labor Notes

The seven-day Chicago Teachers Union strike in September beat back a mayor bent on imposing very bad “education reforms.” But how? The win was possible because of years of patient organizing, focused on getting members to step up.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/10/how-chicago-teachers-got-organized-strike
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INTERNS, UNITE! (YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE – LITERALLY)

by Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, Enda Brophy, Briarpatch Magazine If decent, full-time work is getting harder to come by, the same can’t be said for internships, whether unpaid or barely paid.

Unpaid interns frequently perform work that used to be done by entry-level paid staff, and are also denied access to labour protections and benefits extended to traditional workers. More importantly, few people can afford to work for free. If doing an unpaid internship persists as an obligatory rung on today’s shaky career ladder, the professions drawing on this system will be transformed to favour those from wealthier backgrounds. Beyond parents (not all of whom can remortgage to support their 22-year-old’s cashless gig in an expensive city), subsidies come from personal loans or part-time jobs. “Paying your dues” is a lazy cliché rather than an ethical argument for why it’s acceptable for young people to donate their labour. From street protests to online campaigns, the emerging intern activism is one part of the wider effort by fresh actors to reformat labour politics for precarious times.

Read the full story here: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/interns-unite-you-have-nothing-to-lose-literally

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

The Individuality Pr♥test: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcontinental/the-individuality-prtest

 

I Love Transcontinental: http://ihearttranscontinental.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 11th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

PUBLIC LECTURE: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE WELFARE STATE

Thursday, November 15, 2012
6:30pm
Ryerson University, Room 508
285 Victoria Street, Toronto
       
In an age of government imposed austerity, and after 30 years of neoliberal restructuring, the future of the welfare state looks increasingly uncertain. Asbjørn Wahl offers an accessible analysis of the situation across Europe, identifies the most important challenges and presents practical proposals for combating the assault on welfare.

Wahl argues that the welfare state should be seen as the result of a class compromise forged in the 20th century, which means that it cannot easily be exported internationally. He considers the enormous shifts in power relations and the profound internal changes to the welfare state which have occurred during the neoliberal era, pointing to the paradigm shift that the welfare state is going through. This is illustrated by the shift from welfare to workfare and increased top-down control.

Asbjørn Wahl is an adviser to the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees and director of the Campaign for the Welfare State in Norway. He serves as Vice President of the Road Transport Workers’ Section of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Chair of the ITF Working Group on Climate Change. He is also a member of the coordinating committee of the European Social Forum. He has published a number of articles on politics, social and labor both in Norway and internationally.

His most recent publication is The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State (Pluto Press, London, November 2011 – http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745331409).

Sponsored by MA Program in Public Policy and Administration at Ryerson, Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project. Contact: Bryan Evans, b1evans@politics.ryerson.ca or phone 416 979-5000 ext 4199.

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THE ART OF POLITICS AND THE PERSONAL: LOOKING AT THE PAINTINGS OF FRIDA KAHLO AND DIEGO RIVERA

Sunday, November 18, 2012
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto,
Room 7192
252 Bloor St. West (at St. George subway)

Introduced by Brian Donnelly – Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, Sheridan College

Revolutionaries and socialists often yearn for an authentic, political art that can resist and even stand outside a monstrous, mimetic, commodity culture. The Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are often called on to fill that need. Modern painters from the early 20th Century, they explored the new forms and imagery possible in painting, working in styles from surrealism to socialist realism, creating small autobiographical works for themselves and giant murals done for the wealthiest patrons in the world. Their work is rich, warm, and rewarding to look at, but it also suggests many contradictions and questions.

This talk will look at some of the methods by which art is discussed from a Marxist perspective, beginning with “Manifesto for an Independent Revolutionary Art,” signed by Andre Breton and Diego Rivera (and involving considerable input from Leon Trotsky). By looking at the questions we ask about art and its objects, we can try to separate what is living from what is commodified and alienated in contemporary, visual culture.

AND….TOUR THE SHOW: People interested in the subject may also meet as a group at the Art Gallery of Ontario, at 1 pm on the Sunday before the talk, to tour the show, “Frida and Diego: Passion Politics and Painting.” It costs $25 (free to AGO members), and you should book a ticket online well in advance, to avoid disappointment.

If you RSVP BY THE 12th, we can book this as a group; we don’t have to pay in advance, and there is likely a discount. Indicate your interest to brian.donnelly@sheridanc.on.ca, and Brian will submit the official form and book spaces. http://www.ago.net/frida-diego-passion-politics-and-painting

From Brian Donnelly: People can tour the exhibition at their own speed; they recommend at least a half hour or more. The gallery does not permit non-employees to lead loud group tours on their own, and I won’t offer to do much more in the gallery than chat with people who approach me. We can arrange to meet for coffee between the tour and the talk, and begin the discussion then. I would enjoy focusing the talk based on what people have noticed and the questions they ask.

Organized by Ideas Left Out

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CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – SPECIAL SCREENING

Sunday, November 25, 2012
1:30pm – 4:30pm
PSAC Office
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 608
Toronto, Ontario

CLiFF is a labour oriented Film Festival dedicated to telling the stories of working people in our own words and images. CLiFF and PSAC are partnering to show four short films along with the film “We Are Wisconsin” to raise awareness of the devastating social impact of the austerity agenda on working people and indigenous peoples.

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2ND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION (ISLC 2013): EXPLORING NOVELTIES

Izmir, Turkey
June 17-19, 2013

Timeline:
– Deadline for extensive abstracts – 20 February 2013
– Full paper submission deadline – 1 April 2013
– Revised draft submission deadline – 15 April 2013
– Anticipated publication date – June 2013
– The registration deadline is – May 30, 201
– Anticipated publication date for late submissions – September 2013

The Second International Symposium on Language and Communication: Exploring novelties (ISLC-2013) will be held on June 17-19, 2013 at Ege University Ataturk Culture Center, Izmir, Turkey. The ISLC-2013 provides an opportunity for exploring many different facets of interdisciplinary language and communication fields.

The aims of the Institute of Language and Communication Studies (ILCS) include the followings: a) fostering research in the area of interdisciplinary language and communication, and b) promoting cooperation among all parts within the field. The ISLC’13 offers a forum for those inside and outside academia to exchange pedagogical and research methods, as well as to explore greater cooperation among the many different constituencies of the field.

For more information: http://www.inlcs.org/

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NEWS & VIEWS

ONLINE TEACHING SURVEY ON WORKING CONDITIONS

The Online Teaching Working Group, and COCAL (Coalition on Contingent Academic Labor) request your help in surveying all faculty who teach online. We suspect that most people who teach on line do so as contingents (non-tenure-track). As higher education goes through rapid changes, this is likely to be the workforce and delivery system of the future.

The purpose of the survey is to collect information on wages and working conditions leading to possible organizing for improvements. We are not looking for a random sample in order to do anything quantitative. We are looking to find out what’s out there. Hopefully, we’ll be able to identify examples of “the good, the bad and the ugly” which will enable us to have an informed discussion of labor standards for online teaching. We will report back at the conference in Toronto.

Feel free to spread the link to any relevant lists or individuals.

If you do not want your name on your reply, just type in random letters in the “What is your name?” box. No individual names will appear in the final (or draft) report and no raw data will be circulated outside the committee that is working on this.

However, we DO need the name of your institution, the one through which you are teaching the class with the working conditions that you are describing.

Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6WWJL2JOnLineTeaching

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CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS – JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN SOCIAL WORK – DISTANCE LEARNING AND ONLINE EDUCATION

Special Issue on Distance Learning and Online Education
Submission deadline: January 31, 2012

The Journal of Teaching in Social Work plans to publish a Special Issue on Distance Learning and Online Education in 2013. In this regard, we invite manuscripts that address all aspects pertaining to professional social work online, distance, and virtual instruction leading to an accredited BSW, MSW, or DSW degree, and continuing education toward social work specialization certification or licensure renewal. Preferred manuscripts will be those that provide a systematic and rigorous formative or summative assessment of current initiatives or offer a detailed and conceptually focused description and rationale for prospective programs.

Topics might well include the following:
• Synchronous and asynchronous instruction
• Simulcast classes deploying ITV online
• Live, interactive web-based class and training sessions
• Interactive video technologies and programmed instruction
• Skype-based seminars, faculty advising, and video conferencing
• Hybrid courses using web-based platforms
• Alternative virtual academic degree-centered educational conceptualizations
• Assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of the pursuit of online (versus) residential degrees
• Effectiveness of providing licensure-mandated courses and examinations via distance learning
• Outcome evaluation of graduates’ preparation for practice, including comparative performance on licensing exams

Submit Manuscripts Via Scholar One – It’s Easy

Journal of Teaching in Social Work receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WTSW. Questions regarding the requirements for manuscript submission for this Special Issue can be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief at: jtsw@hunter.cuny.edu.

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E. COLI IS SIGN OF A SICK SYSTEM: MY DAYS WORKING AT ALBERTA’S XL MEAT-PACKING PLANT

by Christopher Walke, rabble.ca

The major recall of E. coli contaminated meat from XL doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

There may be some substance to calls for greater regulation and the resignation of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. But there is a deeper problem that no one in the elite media seems capable of addressing: the sweatshop working conditions at XL. I know it from personal experience.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/10/xl-and-e-coli-my-time-working-canadas-most-notorious-meatpacking-plant

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POVERTY POCKETS GROWING IN SUBURBS

by Noor Javed, Toronto Star

Behind the sprawling subdivisions and glossy condo towers being built in the GTA are the people who go unnoticed: The homeowner working two jobs to pay his mortgage, the single mother living in a basement apartment or the newcomer sharing a home with another family — or two.

But policy makers and charitable organizations stress that because the problem is invisible, doesn’t mean it is non-existent.

In fact, it not only exists but in some cases — Markham-Unionville, Mississauga-Cooksville and Bramalea-Gore-Malton —poverty rates and child poverty rates are higher than the provincial average.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/1277620–poverty-pockets-growing-in-suburbs

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WALMART WORKERS AND COMMUNITY ALLIES WIN ANOTHER FREE SPEECH BATTLE AGAINST WALMART

A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release

Despite Walmart’s best efforts, a new website called walmartat50.com (http://www.walmartat50.com) will continue rallying people online to urge Walmart to become a socially responsible employer. As Walmart celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the company is telling customers and communities a one-sided story about its business and values.

In response, walmartat50.com, launched by Making Change at Walmart, showcases the real stories of Walmart retail associates, customers, community members and those working in the company’s production and supply chains throughout the world, which offer a more complete story that Walmart
won’t tell.

The World Intellectual Property Organization recently ruled that the campaign can retain its domain names Walmartat50.com, walmartat50.com, walmartat50.net and walmartat50.org.

This latest freedom of speech win for Walmart workers, supporters and their communities follows a similar victory in 2010, when the company tried to force an injunction against the Walmart Workers Canada website.

To find out more about the Making Change at Walmart campaign, go to http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 28th OCTOBER 2012

EVENTS

We Are Ontario – Putting Equity before Austerity Conference, Niagara Falls

Hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour

November 9-11, 2012
Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview
6700 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, L2G 3W6

Contact – Janice Gairey – jgairey@ofl.ca or Paulette Hazel – phazel@ofl.ca
Phone – 416.443.7667 or 416.441.2731 x 667 Fax – 416.441.1893 Web-site:– http://www.ofl.ca

Background materials and registration forms are attached and also available online at – http://www.ofl.ca/index.php/equity2012

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Social Planning Toronto (SPT) Member Forum: 2013 City Budget

Friday, Nov. 30
Doors open 9am, 9:30am to 12pm
2nd floor auditorium, Metro Central YMCA (space is wheelchair accessible)
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge & Wellesley)

Join us for our annual City budget forum! Come and learn about:

– the City of Toronto’s 2013 staff-recommended operating budget
– what the budget means for our communities
– opportunities to participate in the budget process

The forum will include a presentation on the 2013 City budget, remarks from our community panel, and a question / answer and discussion session with participants.

Speakers include:

– Mark Ferguson, CUPE Local 416
– Sonja Greckol and Lishai Peel, Toronto Women’s City Alliance
– Franz Hartmann, Toronto Environmental Alliance
– Rob Howarth, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
– Linsey MacPhee, Toronto Drop-In Network
– Tim Maguire, CUPE Local 79
– Claire McWatt, Toronto Youth Cabinet
– Jane Mercer, Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
– Neethan Shan, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
– Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute
– Susan Wright, Toronto Arts Council

To register: http://spt2013budgetforum.eventbrite.com/#

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Book Launch – Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
By Stephen L. Endicott
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
http://www.utppublishing.com/Raise-the-Workers-Flag-The-Workers-Unity-League-of-Canada-1930-1936.html

The last time the Canadian working class faced a crisis as serious as this one – during the Great Depression of the 1930s – they emerged with a new form of working class organization and new tactics. It was then that industrial unionism exploded and along with it a new radicalism that included historic strikes, movements of the unemployed, political demands linked to struggles, and the famous sit-downs. The question confronting us today is what kind of new organizational forms and tactics-strategies might emerge from this crisis.

The past won’t give us answers, but it does carry clues. In this regard, a new book by Stephen Endicott is a very worthwhile read. It is about the Workers Unity League, which was established by Canadian Communists at the end of the 1920s and for six years led heroic strikes outside the existing unions and developed a militancy and class sensibility that was then collapsed into the unions it earlier fought. It mines new archival material from the RCMP and Communist Party and not only discusses the debates that led to the decision to operate outside of the existing unions and the
circumstances that led to an eventual reversal, but also – and especially important in the present context – the particular organizing strategies used at a time of great attacks on the working class while the official leadership of labour floundered.

The book launch is on November 14, 6-8pm at the Ben McNally Bookstore
366 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
Tel. 416-361-0032

This is a private book launch, so the store will be closed, but tell them you are there for the Stephen Endicott book launch.

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The Inner Activist: Building Personal Mastery

Sunday, December 2 to Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Haven, Gabriola Island

7-Day All Inclusive Package:
$2,250 – Early Bird / $2,500 – Regular

As a leader of change, you are invited to attend our Building Personal Mastery program. This is a rare opportunity to join a diverse group of change leaders in a 7 day (all-inclusive) residential program where you can rejuvenate and develop your emotional leadership capacity.

Join us December 2 – 8, 2012 and over the course of 7 days you will acquire Self-Knowledge and Personal Mastery Tools that will help you lead from your best self.

–  Discover how you get in your own way.
– What are the disconnects between your intention and what you actually do?
– Uncover root causes of limiting behaviours that don’t serve you personally or professionally.
– Connect with life serving goals that guide your day to day actions towards your highest aspirations.
– Understand your role in organizational challenges and team dynamics, and how to lead from your best self.

Leading social change is demanding: Understanding how your inner experience drives your behaviour is the cornerstone to success. In this program you will be invited to explore what makes you tick, particularly in stressful situations. What unrealized potential can you unleash? What is your learning edge that will help you become a more effective change leader?

For more info and to register: http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1919&EID=9199

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Reviving Labour’s Image

February 22-23, 2013
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in downtown Toronto

From Wisconsin to California and to Canada, the radical right has been eroding worker freedoms and union gains. And many people are acknowledging why the right’s on the move. The New York Times noted recently that in California prospects “are stronger” today to pass a referendum to curtail union political spending “because of a decline in the image of labor.”

You know, too, that a poor image means you have to work harder to get public support. With more membership and public sympathy, everything unions work for is easier, especially organizing – the front line in the struggle against the right’s anti-union movement. Your opponents are telling labour’s story, so everything you do is much more difficult.

But unions can improve their image, as more than 80 elected leaders, organizers, campaign staff, educators, media relations staff and others learned at September’s Reviving Labour’s Image training event.

You’ll learn how to think about labour’s image in a whole new way from Terry O’Reilly, see how to defeat workers’ fears about unions from psychologist Margo Watt, and see the impact of a union advertising campaign on labour’s image.

You will also delve into how to build and protect a “brand” image from brand advisor Dan Aronchick, pick up insights into persuading an audience on any screen – from Skype to CNN – from media consultant Allan Bonner, and hear about turning around a damaged image from consultant Robin Sears. You will come away with great new ideas and practical, affordable, real-world advice you can use in your job the day after.

For more info and to register: http://sgnews.ca/2012/10/reviving-labours-image-2013/

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NEWS & VIEWS

Mayworks Festival Open Call for Submissions 2013 Festival

Deadline: November 5, 2012

Mayworks Festival – Toronto is pleased to invite submissions for its 28th festival season. Applications are accepted from groups and individuals in a range of disciplines, including: visual art, music / poetry, film, video, interdisciplinary, and theatre.

Mayworks Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates cultural production working class culture. Mayworks Festival seeks to showcase high calibre art by artists at all stages in their careers that are politically and socially engaged with labour realities.  We are especially committed to providing a platform to support the under-represented labor of indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, migrants, women, queer-identified people, people of color, and youth.

Our program committee is guided by our equity policy that recognizes the systemic discrimination and injustices faced by equity-seeking groups. Mayworks Festival is not a funding body, we work in partnership with unions and co-presenters to present events that fit our mandate. We are committed to paying artists’ fees.

Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline date: Nov. 5, 2012.
Proposals selected will be notified by email by December 2012. The festival dates (TBD) will be in early May 2013.

Questions about the application process, contact Dianah Smith at program@mayworks.ca
Organizations interested in co-sponsoring an event at Mayworks Festival, contact Nausheen Quayyum at outreach@mayworks.ca

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The Nature of the Beast: Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin on ‘The Making of Global Capitalism’

by Aaron Leonard, rabble.ca

Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin have just released their latest book, The Making of Global Capitalism. Aaron Leonard recently sat down with Panitch and Gindin in New York City to discuss their work.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/10/nature-beast-leo-panitch-and-sam-gindin-making-global-capitalism

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Global Economic Crisis Shakes Old Paradigms

by Walden Bello, Toward Freedom

The world will soon enter the sixth year of the Great Recession, and there is no end in sight. In the United States, where stagnation continues to reign, some 23 million Americans remain out of work, are underemployed, or have simply dropped out of the labor force owing to frustration.

Read more: http://ca.mg4.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=1r1dqnsijkt2d

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Video: Understanding Marx Through Comedy

Here’s a decent comedic attempt to explain some of Marx’s basic ideas.

“Capitalism teaches the people the moral conceptions of cannibalism are the strong devouring the weak; its theory of the world of men and women is that of a glorified pig-trough where the biggest swine gets the most swill.” — James Connolly 1910

Watch the video: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/10/marx-through-comedy.html

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Video: Occupy Socialism

Alternatives to Economic Inequality, Imperialist War and Ecological Destruction

Ingo Schmidt is an economist, a writer, and a labour educator. He is the Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University.

Part of the World Peace Forum Teach-In and produced by working TV.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls151.php

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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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Higher Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 14th OCTOBER 2012

EVENTS

Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 30
7:00pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

The GTWA holds general membership meetings on the last Thursday of the month in order to shape our organization, discuss politics and plan our work. Members are encouraged to attend and take part. Supporters and observers are welcome.

To join the GTWA visit: http://www.workersassembly.ca for information on membership.

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The 54th Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) – Call for Proposals

Extended deadline!

The 2013 AERC Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the 54th Adult Education Research Conference scheduled for May 31-June 2, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Preconferences are scheduled for May 30th. The full call for proposals is attached and is also available online at: http://adulterc.org. Special Recognition: We are especially indebted to The University of Missouri-St. Louis for hosting AERC next spring.

We are accepting proposals for three types of presentations:
1. Papers
2. Research Roundtables
3. Symposia

All proposals must be RECEIVED by email on or before Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email. Send proposals via email as an attachment to aerc2013@gmail.com.

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Book Launch: The Democratic Imagination

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
7:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St West, Toronto

From Ancient Greece to the French Revolution to contemporary Egypt – the concept of popular power has a long and colourful history. But does it have a promising future in the twenty-first century?

James Cairns and Alan Sears examine the past and present states of democracy, its varied concepts, and its future in a book that aims to expand and challenge democratic definition.

In an engaging and personal style, like their book, Sears and Cairns hope to expand and challenge your democratic imagination.

The evening will embrace the voice of the people. Via video presentation others respond to the condition of democracy in Canada, there will be music by DJ Peter Mitton and guest speakers John Grayson, Mary-Jo Nadeau and Sedef Arat-Koc convey their conception of the subject with an added twist – an object representing their democratic view.

$5 or free with book purchase.

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Report from the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – Easy to Take for Granted

The role of the public sector & carework in wealth creation

As the province continues down the road of decreased public spending in health care and other public services through initiatives such as imposed wage freezes, forced pension erosion as well as sweeping labour law reform, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is releasing a new research paper showing the wealth-creating role of public spending on health, education and social services in overall economic production.

Easy to Take for Granted: The role of the public sector and carework in wealth creation shows that the value of economic output generated through every dollar spent on public health care, education and social services is considerably higher than each private investment dollar.

Read the report: http://www.ona.org/documents/File/politicalaction/ONA_EasyToTakeForGranted_20121011.pdf

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CSSHE 2013 Conference – Call for Submissions

The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) will hold its annual conference June 3-5, 2013 within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by the University of Victoria in Victoria, Beautiful British Columbia.

This conference is being planned in close collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) so that individuals attending one of these three conferences will also have the opportunity to attend sessions
at one or both of the other gatherings.

The Congress 2013 theme is “@the Edge.” CSSHE invites submissions that explore the overall theme or aspects of it as applied to the field of higher education. Papers addressing specific-but-related topics such as online learning, governance, research, informal and experiential learning, recruitment and student services will also be considered for inclusion in the program.

For more information: http://www.csshe-scees.ca/06_01_conference_en.htm

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Will Work for Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times

Friday, October 19, 2012
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ryerson University, Cara Commons, 7th Floor, Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas St. West, Toronto

A must for freelance journalists, writers, actors, artists.

Join the Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ryerson University for a free one-day conference on the growing problem of precarious work – unpaid internships, part-time, contract and freelance work – in Canada. Hear from peers, researchers, lawyers, community organizers to share strategies for navigating precarious employment and improving working conditions.

Free. Register and get full details:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4392329576/eivtefrnd#

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NEWS & VIEWS

Report from the CCPA: How Affordable is a University Education in Your Province?

A new report from the CCPA’s (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) Education Project tracks the affordability of university education across Canadian provinces. The study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and examines the impact on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index.

Since 1990, with very few exceptions, the tuition fee burden across the country has been increasing faster than incomes, and the average tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will continue to rise by an estimated 17.7% by 2015-2016.

Read the full report, Eduflation and the High Cost of Learning, to find out which provincial governments are ensuring university education is more affordable for median and low-income families, and which governments are telling students to take a hike.

Read the report: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/eduflation-and-high-cost-learning

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Report: Gender, Race and Migration: Investigating the Systemic Barriers Immigrant Women Face in Toronto’s Labour Market and the Impacts on Health

Prepared by Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Written by Megan Spasevski.

The focus of this OWHN (Ontario Women’s Health Network) E-Bulletin is to give a snapshot of Access Alliance’s forthcoming report addressing the barriers that immigrant women face in the labour market in Toronto post-migration and the effects on individual and family health and well-being.

Read the report: http://www.owhn.on.ca/E_Bulletin_Summer_2012.pdf

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Foxconn’s iPhone Plant Paralyzed as Thousands Strike

TAIPEI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Foxconn, the Taiwanese made-to-order electronics giant that assembles Apple Inc’s products, denied reports that a plant in China was crippled by a strike, saying on Saturday that its production is on schedule at an important time for Apple.

Read the article: http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCABRE8941JF20121006

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Walmart Warehouse Strikers Return to Work with Full Back Pay

Strikers have returned to work with their heads held high and their wallets full at Walmart’s largest North American distribution center. Warehouse workers in Elwood, Illinois, announced Saturday that they had won their key demand, reinstatement of all who were fired or suspended for on-the-job organizing, along with full back pay for everyone who participated in the three-week strike.

Read the article: http://labornotes.org/2012/10/walmart-warehouse-strikers-return-work-full-back-pay

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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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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 10th OCTOBER 2012

 

EVENTS

Social Economy Centre – Fall Workshops

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Friday Oct 12 & 19, 2012:
Instructor: Kunle Akingbola

OVERCOMING THE GREATEST THREATS TO NONPROFIT BOARD EFFECTIVENESS
Friday, Nov 2, 2012:
Instructor: Vic Murray

For more info: http://socialeconomycentre.ca/

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Fighting Austerity in Quebec, Ontario & Beyond

Sunday, Oct. 14
2 pm
OISE, room 5-260
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Guest speakers:

– Marianne Breton-Fontaine, leader, Young Community League of Quebec; activist in the student strike movement; candidate for Quebec Solidaire in the 2012 election
– Liz Rowley, leader, Communist Party of Canada (Ontario); former public school trustee; candidate in 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo by-election

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David Rovics Touring Canada this Fall

Indie singer-songwriter David Rovics has criss-crossed North America and Western Europe many times over the past two decades. The roving troubadour has witnessed scores of local struggles against the capitalist system, and he’s documented and celebrated many of them with finely-crafted topical songs.

This fall Rovics is touring Canada, with concerts in Quebec (October 12), Ottawa (October 13), Toronto (October 16), Brandon (November 9), Winnipeg (November 10), and Victoria (November 23). Also in the works are shows in Montreal (October 14) and Vancouver (November 24).

David’s new album “Meanwhile in Afghanistan” will be released in December. Unlike most of his recordings, this project is rock-oriented. Guest artists include lefty guitar hero Tom Morello. Readers can download an acoustic version of the album by making a donation of any size to David’s publicity fundraising campaign.

For more info: http://davidrovics.com/.

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Social Planning Toronto (SPT) Member Forum: 2013 City Budget

Friday, Nov. 30
Doors open 9am, 9:30am to 12pm
2nd floor auditorium, Metro Central YMCA (space is wheelchair accessible)
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge & Wellesley)

Join us for our annual City budget forum! Come and learn about:

– the City of Toronto’s 2013 staff-recommended operating budget
– what the budget means for our communities
– opportunities to participate in the budget process

The forum will include a presentation on the 2013 City budget, remarks from our community panel, and a question / answer and discussion session with participants.

Details on speakers to follow. All are welcome!

To register, click here: http://spt2013budgetforum-eorg.eventbrite.com/#

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Conference: A Living Wage in Ontario – Why It Matters

Thursday, Oct 11-Friday, Oct 12, 2012

Cara Commons, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
7th Floor, 55 Dundas Street W., Toronto

October 11th, 7:00 pm – Evening keynote address:
The History and Potential of the Living Wage Movement: The B.C. Experience, featuring Seth Klein, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives–BC.

Friday, October 12th, 8:30-4:30 pm – Full-day workshop
The workshop will draw on real-life examples of living wage successes and it will provide space for participants to consider what a living wage could mean in the context of reducing income inequality in Ontario.

For more info: http://www.policyalternatives.ca.

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2012 Ontario Campus Activist Assembly

Friday, October 12th, & Saturday, October 13th
University of Toronto
27 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organization, representing over 500,000 college and university students who are members of more than 85 campus students’ unions. The Federation’s Ontario component, the Canadian Federation of Students–Ontario, is hosting a unique assembly of student and campus activists from across Ontario to build a fighting student movement.

The Ontario Campus Activist Assembly will bring together hundreds of rank-and-file student and youth activists, campus labour activists and community activists. This assembly will feature a variety of issues-based sessions and skills training workshops aimed at providing an interactive opportunity to develop strong local and inter-campus organizing capacities.

The deadline to register for the Assembly has been extended! Please register by Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Visit http://activistassembly.ca/ for more details.

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La Danza del Venado—A play by Ari Belathar

Staged-Reading Thursday October 11th
Theatre Direct, Wychwood Arts Barns
601 Christie Street, Toronto
8:00pm

Inspired by my own experience of illegally crossing the border into the United States as a child, to reunite with my father, LA DANZA DEL VENADO is a multidisciplinary play exploring the frightening nature of leaving one’s home, to walk into the unknown, through theatre, dance, and poetry. It tells the story of a group of migrants whose clandestine journey into the north is thwarted when they find themselves lost in the middle of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona—a harsh and desolated area that for hundreds of years has stolen the souls of its travellers.

The title of the play is based on the ancient dance of the same name celebrated by the Yaquis, a native community from the Mexican side of the Sonoran Desert. The dance, called Maso Yi Ihua (Deer Dance) in Yaqui language, narrates the life and death of the deer, the sacred animal of the Yaquis.

In Yaqui cosmology the deer represents the first member of the tribe—the oldest brother, who offers himself in sacrifice to feed the tribe with his own flesh. In this multidisciplinary play, the ancient dance serves as a metaphor to narrate the story.

General tickets $15, Students/Seniors $13, Festival Pass $29
For tickets and information call 416-652-5442 or visit
http://www.alamedatheatre.com/tickets.html

For The 2012 De Colores Festival of New Works full programme visit: http://www.alamedatheatre.com/decolores2012.html  

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NEWS & VIEWS

Video – Book Launch: Social Democracy After the Cold War

Toronto — 19 September 2012

Edited by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt, published by AU Press. Guest speaker: Leo Panitch.

Offering a comparative look at social democratic experience since the Cold War, the volume examines countries where social democracy has long been an influential political force – Sweden, Germany, Britain, and Australia – while also considering the history of Canada’s NDP, the social democratic tradition in the United States, and the emergence of New Left parties in Germany and the province of Québec. Once marked by redistributive and egalitarian policy perspectives, social democracy has, the book argues, assumed a new role – that of a modernizing force advancing the neoliberal cause.

The book is available as PDF download here: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120206/ebook/99Z_Evans_Schmidt_2012-Social_Democracy_After_the_Cold_War.pdf

Video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls150.php

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The CAW-CEP Merger: New Union in a Difficult World

by Herman Rosenfeld, the Bullet

Just about everyone in and around the union movement in Canada is talking about the upcoming merger between the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP). The new union being formed will be the largest private sector union in Canada.

While bigger is not necessarily better — as numerous other examples of larger mergers have shown — in this era of general unions, the new union should become a positive force on the Canadian labour scene. Both the CAW and CEP have strengths in different but complementary sectors and geographical areas; their pooling of resources should help address some of the membership losses in each (a problem throughout the entire private sector) as well as provide needed collective resources for research, education and organizing.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/701.php

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The U.S. Democratic Party and the Left

A conversation with Ingar Solty and Max Bohnel on the labour movement, the Occupy movement and its crisis, and the challenges of history

Max Bohnel lives in New York and is the U.S. foreign-correspondent for German-speaking public radio networks and progressive newspapers. Previously he worked as a Middle East foreign correspondent in Jerusalem. His conversation with Ingar Solty is a slightly reworked and unabridged version of a piece published in the German monthly journal Analyse & Kritik: Journal for Left Debate and Praxis (September edition, Sept. 21st, 2012).

Ingar Solty is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, an editor of Das Argument, and co-founding member of the North-Atlantic Left Dialogue. He is the author of The Obama Project: Crisis and Charismatic Rule (2008) and The USA Under Obama: Charismatic Rule, Social Movements and Imperial Politics in the Crisis (forthcoming in February 2013) as well as co-author of The New Imperialism (2004) and Imperialism (2011), all published in German.

The conversation was translated by Sam Putinja from Toronto.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/705.php

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Memories of Work

by Richard Mellor, Facts for Working People

I have been retired for almost nine years now.  I am a retired public sector worker.  I started working for the local water company as a laborer in 1976. It was the job of a lifetime.  Prior to this I was working for a private contractor busting my ass for $3.00 an hour. That was in construction. I also worked for $3.50 an hour as a teachers’ aide in the Oakland schools, which I loved, and that taught me to have a serious respect for teachers in urban schools.

My retirement I am told is what is destroying the US economy. I can live on my retirement so far, of course, this is the US, and if I get sick who knows?  Most bankruptcies in the US occur because of medical expenses.

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/10/memories-of-work.html

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Mitt Romney Blurts Out the Truth About Neo-Conservatism

by Linda McQuaig, Common Dreams

Ironically, in the now-famous video that seems likely to end his political career, it could be said that Mitt Romney was speaking truth to power.

Of course, “speaking truth to power” is a phrase normally used to describe courageous souls who risk their own hides to take a principled stand challenging those in power — not exactly what Mitt was doing.

Rather, assuming he was speaking privately to like-minded multi-millionaires, the Republican presidential candidate told the $50,000-a-platers what they wanted to hear: that he hasn’t any intention of helping the 47 per cent of Americans too poor to pay income tax. “My job is not to worry about those people.”

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/28-5

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Is the Attack on Public Sector Workers Justified?

from Leftwords for the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions

Dwight Duncan has justified the government’s proposal to remove collective bargaining rights in the broader public sector by suggesting that the private sector has had it much worse. Earlier, I looked at wage settlements as likely the best test to determine if this was true (it wasn’t).

But one could argue that jobs are also a key measure.

So, has the loss of jobs been much worse in the private sector than in the public sector?

Read more: http://ochuleftwords.blogspot.ca/2012/10/is-attack-on-public-sector-workers.html

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JOBS

Professional Telephone Fundraisers

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.

Please note that Progressive Metrics call centre is in part virtual. Successful candidates must be reliable and able to work independently. Strong computer skills and dedicated internet access are essential. Starting wage is $14/hour. Positions are 20 hours a week with variable, 4-hr shifts including evening and weekends. Additional shifts may be available to select candidates. This is a non-commission position.

Application deadline: 5 PM Tuesday, October 16, 2012. To apply, send CV to admin@progressivemetrics.ca with “Representative” in the subject line.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

 

I ♥ Transcontinental: http://ihearttranscontinental.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 25th SEPTEMBER 2012

 

EVENTS

Film – Revolucion

Tuesday Sept. 25, 7pm
OISE (252 Bloor St.W. Toronto) Room 2279
PRICE: Pay What You Can

Toronto the Better movie series kicks off on Sept.25th with an original movie from Toronto teacher and union activist Paul Bocking. Revolucion tells the stories of Mexicans impacted by The North American Free Trade Agreement. More bust than boom, they tell us. And they are fighting back. Join us in solidarity with our Mexican brothers and sisters in the “free trade” barrel.

This movie is part of our “Learning with Latin America” series and will be followed in October by Marmato: Manger of Gold.

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The State of Labour, Past and Present

Wednesday, September 26, 8 – 11 p.m.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West (near Dufferin)

Ever wonder how we got the weekend, vacation pay, workman’s compensation and many other things that we take for granted? These were the hard won spoils of the labour movement. The “Voice of Industry”, an early labor newspaper published by the first union for working women in the United States, was an early emblem of that movement. And we’re reviving the conversations that took place in its pages. The Voice of Industry was a weekly American labour newspaper that ran from 1845-1848, published by the first union of working women in the U.S. In its pages, working women published articles and poetry about a range of issues related to the social changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution. While their world was very different from our own, much of their criticism remains as powerful and relevant today as it was over a hundred years ago. In 2008 the paper was recovered in its entirety and made freely available online. This year, a substantial redesign of the site was undertaken, with a view of making the sentiments, criticism and moral vision of these workers accessible to a broader audience. To celebrate the redesign, we will be holding an evening of speakers and performances on September 26th at the Gladstone Hotel.

SPEAKERS:
* Jim Stanford – Chief Economist, Canadian Auto Workers Union
* Bryan Palmer – Professor of Labour History, Trent University
* Fay Farady – Labour, Human Rights and Constitutional Lawyer

PERFORMANCES:
* Sean Morley Dixon
* the Voice of Industry Choir
* and others.

voiceofindustry.com | https://www.facebook.com/events/393136110753762

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Toronto Socialist Action Presents Rebel Films: Students in Revolt – Chile, Mexico and Quebec
2012. 54 minutes (total)

Friday, September 28 – 7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212 (at the St. George Subway Station)
Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.
Please visit: http://www.socialistaction.ca or call 416 461-6942.

Co-sponsored by Youth for Socialist Action. Three short documentaries are joined together by Rebel Films to show the rise of students and youths around the world in action against the corporate agenda.  It depicts street protests challenging reactionary education ‘reforms’ in Chile, electoral fraud (once again) in Mexico, and the university fees hikes and repressive legislation in Quebec.  This event is co-sponsored by Youth for Socialist Action. YSA leaders Tyler Mackinnon and Evan Engering will lead off the open discussion following the screening.

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Dispatches From the Global Labour Movement: A Speaker Series at York University

A collaboration of:
* Centre for Research on Work & Society
* Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
* Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work
* Work & Labour Studies Program, LAPS

All are welcome.
For more info, contact: crws@yorku.ca

1. Lessons from the 2012 Quebec Student Strike: A Panel Discussion
Wed. September 26th
Ross S701 2:30-4:30pm

2. Developments in Collective Bargaining & Gender Equity in Australia
Sue Wiilliamson, University of Sydney
Tuesday October 30th
Ross S701 2:30-4:30pm

3. The Political Economy of the New Attack on Canadian Unions
Andrew Jackson, Packer Visiting Professor in Social Justice
York University
Monday December 3rd
Ross S674 (Verney Room) 2:30-4:30pm

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NEWS & VIEWS

Chicago Teachers Raise the Bar

by Theresa Moran, Labor Notes

The Chicago Teachers Union has done the seemingly impossible. At a time when teachers are pilloried in the press and attacked by Democrats and Republicans alike, Chicago teachers walked out for seven days in a strike that challenged every tenet of the corporate agenda for overhauling education.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/09/chicago-teachers-raise-bar

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Voter equality for a healthy democracy

by the Maytree Foundation

If we told you that voters in some Ontario ridings have twice the influence in Parliament as voters in Oak Ridges-Markham, what would your response be? In the latest Maytree Opinion, Alan Broadbent discusses how our democracy is healthy only when Parliament represents people in all parts of the country equally. Currently, we’re a bit ill.

Read this month’s Maytree Opinion: http://maytree.com/spotlight/voter-equality-for-a-healthy-democracy.html

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Progressives Must Move Beyond Occupy

by Cynthia Alvarez, Common Dreams   

Average citizens evaluate political organizations based on how those organizations actually function. They know a political organization is a microcosm of the society it wishes to create. So after ten months of heavy involvement in Occupy, I have this question for Occupiers: would you honestly want to live in a society that is organized like Occupy and functions like Occupy? Do you want a society that claims to be “leaderless” while its true leaders remain hidden and unelected? Do you want a society with no written rules? Do you really expect the general public to support an organization that would extend this model to the rest of society?

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/17

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Abuse of migrant workers ‘endemic’ in Canada, new study says

by Toronto Star

The moment Liliane arrived in Toronto from Uganda as a live-in caregiver, her boss seized her work permit and passport. For two years of work, she was only paid a total of $2,100.

Senthil Thevar was promised $15 an hour by a recruiter in India to work as a chef in a Toronto restaurant. Instead, he only earned $8 hourly, sharing accommodation in a cold basement, with no vacation and holidays.

On paper, Tanzanian taxidermist Juma was supposed to make $16.08 an hour to make animal specimens in Canada. His boss wrote him a $3,168 paycheque each month, but Juma must immediately withdraw the money and pay it back as “my taxes.”

It might seem these migrant workers just happened to be struck by bad luck — and unscrupulous employers. But a new report released Monday by the Metcalf Foundation says Canada’s current immigration and labour laws virtually doom temporary migrant workers to mistreatment.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1257536–abuse-of-migrant-workers-endemic-in-canada-new-study-says

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Book – Researching the Social Economy

Edited by Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter, and Sherida Ryan
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2010

Researching the Social Economy is one of the first comprehensive research collections on the social economy in Canada. While the term “social economy” is used widely is Western Europe and Quebec, it has had minimal currency in English Canada, where the differences between the public and private sectors and among nonprofits, co-operatives, social enterprises, and community economic development organizations have been emphasized.

The contributions to this volume, flowing from an inter-regional and international network of scholars and community organizations, analyze how the social economy, in its many manifestations, interacts with and shares commonalities with organizations in the other sectors of the economy. Taken as a whole, Researching the Social Economy enriches our understanding of how this important cluster of organizations contributes to Canadian society in both economic and social terms, and lays the groundwork for future study.

Read more: http://www.utppublishing.com/Researching-the-Social-Economy.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 this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca.

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

 

**END**

 

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

 

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

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

 

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

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 10th SEPTEMBER 2012

EVENTS

Book Launch: Post-Colonial State in the Era of Globalization: Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation
by Tariq Amin-Khan

Mon. Sept. 10, 4 p.m.
Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould (Dundas subway)

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Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights
Mon. Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Queens Park

Gone but not Forgotten: Labour Rights in Ontario. First we mourn, then we fight! Devastated by a far-reaching anti-worker bill set to pass legislature early next week, rank and file education workers will convene a funeral for collective bargaining rights on the lawn of Queen’s Park. Workers and friends are invited to join us as we reflect on our loss and ready ourselves for the future. Please wear appropriate funeral attire. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an organization, of your choice, that defends workers or quality public education.

https://www.facebook.com/events/205393162924472/

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Group Decision Making Workshop

Saturday, September 15
1 – 5 p.m.
At U of T

From hierarchy to consensus, choose the decision-making structure that’s right for your social change organization.  Learn techniques that can help you address some common decision-making problems and bring about organizational change.

http://www.toolsforchange.net/2012/08/01/group-decision-making-workshop

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I Am a Revolutionary
A one-day conference on radical activism

Saturday, September 15
12:30 pm – 4 pm

http://rabble.ca/whatsup/i-am-revolutionary-one-day-conference-radical-activism

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Request for Proposals: Research in Work and Learning 2013

We are delighted to invite proposals for RWL8 2013, entitled “The visible and invisible in work and learning”. This international conference hosted at the University of Stirling (UK) is concerned with such questions as: What knowledge, which actors, and what parts of the environment are most visible? What and who remains invisible? When do actors become aware of invisible infrastructures? And what research methods and analytical approaches can make the invisible visible?  The confirmed keynotes are Dr Linda Cooper (University of Cape Town), Professor Barbara Czarniawska (University of Gothenburg), and Professor Tom Devine (University of Edinburgh).

We are inviting proposals for individual papers, symposia, round tables, and poster presentations.  All abstracts and proposals will be reviewed. In addition, we offer the opportunity of having your final paper refereed. 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 October 2012, and we will notify you of acceptance by 30 November 2012.  Full details of how to submit your proposal are on our website, along with further information:  http://www.stir.ac.uk/schools/education/researching-work-and-learning

If you have any queries, please contact us at: rwl2013@stir.ac.uk

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United Association for Labor Education (UALE) 2013 Annual Conference: Across boundaries, what are workers saying and doing?

April 17-20, 2013
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In a world which sometimes divides us, the world of work affects us all. It is a world in which working people face trying economic times, inequitable labor policies, and systemic attacks on workers and their human rights. Dedicated to progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement, the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators and those who value labor education to look beyond the boundaries we may perceive and come together in Toronto, Ontario Canada for a conference that values workers and worker education.

UALE welcomes proposals for paper presentations, panels, research projects, workshops, demonstration teaching sessions, and other activities which value what workers are saying, what workers are doing, and that generally support the labor movement or contribute to the art of labor education.

http://uale.org/conference/conference-2013

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NEWS & VIEWS

Interviewed: David Harvey on Rebel Cities
By Chris Carlsson

Introduction by Neal Gorenflo, Publisher of Shareable

One of the legacies of socialist “Red Vienna” in the 1920s is a huge stock of quality housing owned by the city available at below-market rates. This not only makes affordable housing widely available, it keeps a lid on overall housing prices. This undoubtedly adds to the appeal of prosperous Vienna, voted as the world’s most livable city in 2011.

Even though this historical anecdote is relevant today, considering the damage done by a speculative housing market run amok, we never hear about it. Mainstream discourse about cities is dominated by free-market, pro-growth ideas that has continued unabated even after the flaws of capitalism were made glaringly obvious by the 2008 financial meltdown.

http://www.shareable.net/blog/interviewed-david-harvey-on-rebel-cities

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The Truth about the “Crisis” in education
by People for Education

There has been a lot of talk in the media about discussions between the province, teachers and school boards. In some cases the information has been misleading.

Teachers’ contracts expired on August 31st, but it is very common for bargaining to start in earnest only at the end of a contract. In these cases, everyone keeps working under the terms of the old contract, no one goes on strike, teachers (for the most part) do not get salary increases and
students are not affected.

http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/pfe-news/the-truth-about-the-crisis-in-education/

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New Book – Breaking Free: A facilitator’s guide to participatory action research practice

Breaking Free is a practical guide to facilitating self-directing educational processes into participatory action research (PAR) enabling average people to contribute what they can as active participants in research projects. As such, it is designed primarily for these participants rather than the academic researcher in order to introduce participants to authentic contributions they can make as activists in knowledge-making processes. At the same time, Breaking Free guides academic researchers towards helpful practices enriching their often times lonely and isolated existence created by a false sense of “objectivity.” A hands-on practical yet disciplined approach to facilitating PAR prepares readers to craft their own individual Guide as they prepare for the PAR life. This opens up the world of knowledge-making to people long silenced by forces intent on controlling knowledge for the educated elite. Breaking Free invites people to contribute as they can and be recognized for this contribution.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/timothy-pyrch/breaking-free-a-facilitators-guide-to-participatory-action-research-practice/paperback/product-20113382.html

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Chicago Teachers Draw a Line
by Lee Sustar, The Bullet

Can the scrappy band of outsiders that now heads the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) lead the kind of high-stakes fight that most labour unions have ducked? That question looms large — not just for the city’s teachers, students and their parents, but for the entire labour movement. Because while both private- and public-sector unions are taking a pounding across the U.S. with layoffs, pay cuts and pension rollbacks, the CTU is gearing up for a showdown with America’s most politically connected mayor, Rahm Emanuel — and it will come to a head in September.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/690.php

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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

 

**END**

 

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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