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Alien Life

Alien Life

RE-ENGINEERING THE FUTURE?

Tate Britain, London

Friday 10 April 2015, 19.30 – 20.30

FREE

All discussions will be held in the Clore Auditorium at Tate Britain 19.30–20.30.

Attendance is free but tickets will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis from 18.00 in the Clore Foyer

Part of the series Speculative Tate

This panel brings together three leading political thinkers, Nina Power, Nick Srnicek (via Skype), Alex Williams and chaired by James Trafford, to consider the ways in which we might think and construct a “future”.

This is surely a task that is an absolute necessity, given, for example, the breakdown of the planetary climate system; increasing wealth disparity, rentier economics; precarity and automation of labour; state bailouts. But at the same time, the future itself seems almost impossible, with the ultimate channeling of thought and action under the axiom of Capitalist Realism: there is no alternative.

The issue raises further concerns regarding “whose” future is under construction? We may rightly ask, for example, if anything can be retrieved from the narrative of “progress” given its alliance with Modernism and Neo-liberalism. On the other hand, the relinquishment of “progress” by the left has arguably left us in a political bind, wherein we have little way of constructing an alternative form of modernisation in a context where increasingly the transformation and automation of labour requires us to think precisely this.

The panel will discuss: Post-work society, automation and Universal Basic Income; How or if it is possible to “think” the future in a democratic way; Whether or not it is possible to restructure the left along the lines of a radical form of modernisation.

Biographies

Nina Power is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and Tutor in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. She has written widely on European philosophy and politics.

Nick Srnicek is a political theorist. He is the author of Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics and the forthcoming Inventing the Future: Folk Politics and the Struggle for Postcapitalism (Verso 2015) (both with Alex Williams), and Postcapitalist Technologies (Polity 2016).

Alex Williams is a political theorist, working on the relationship between social complexity and political hegemony. With Nick Srnicek he is the author of the Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics and the forthcoming Inventing the Future (Verso 2015).

See: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/talks-and-lectures/re-engineering-future

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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation

AFTER 2015: DEVELOPMENT AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

British Academy Conference, September 2014 – British Academy

10 & 11 September 2015

Convenor: Dr Clive Gabay, Queen Mary, University of London

James C Scott (Weapons of the Weak, Seeing like a State, The Art of not being Governed, Two Cheers for Anarchism), along with a number of other influential scholars and activists, will be addressing a conference in London on 10th and 11th September 2014. Further details of the conference and registration are here: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2014/After_2015_Development_and_its_Alternatives.cfm

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015, with mixed results. This conference takes a social and political perspective on why development fails, and how local knowledge might inform a post-MDG environment more sensitive to those structurally disadvantaged by the global economy. Within mainstream debates there has been little room for the developmental alternatives lived by people in conditions of poverty and thus no space for exploring more critical and alternative paradigms of development to the orthodox neoliberal-MDG paradigm. This conference brings together leading critical scholars on development, and activists from the global anti-poverty, buen vivir and degrowth movements.

Speakers include:

Dr Kate Bedford, University of Kent
Amitabh Behar, Global Call to Action Against Poverty
Dr Carl Death, University of Manchester
Professor David Hulme, University of Manchester
Dr Wendy Harcourt, International Institute for Social Studies
Dr Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Nora Mckeon, Building Global Democracy
Professor Philip McMichael, Cornell University
Professor Ashwani Saith, International Institute for Social Studies
Professor James C Scott, Yale University
Professor Frances Stewart, University of Oxford
Bob Thomson, Degrowth/Decroissance Canada
Dr Karen Tucker, University of Bristol
Jan Vandemoortele, former director of the Poverty Group at the United Nations Development Programme
Dr Heloise Weber, University of Queensland
Dr Aram Ziai, University of Kessel
Carlos Zorrilla, Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag

Please click here for a copy of the current programme.

Catering

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days, together with conference documentation.
Vegetarian options will be provided for lunch. If you have any other special dietary requirements please contact us in advance on events@britac.ac.uk

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untitledLIVING ON THE EDGE – RETHINKING POVERTY, CLASS AND SCHOOLING

BOOK LAUNCH

Living on the Edge – Rethinking poverty, class and schooling

By Professor Terry Wrigley

9 January 2014

1 – 2 pm

University of East London

Stratford Campus, The Cass Building, ED4.02

Based on his new book (co-authored with John Smyth), Terry Wrigley will outline a long tradition of deficit thinking whereby children growing up in poverty, their families, and those who teach them, are held to blame for low achievement. The history of flawed explanations and faulty evidence includes genetic intelligence, poor parenting and low aspirations.

The material and cultural impact of poverty on children has been intensified and complicated in England through current Austerity politics as well as rigid curriculum standardisation and surveillance. The book also proposes a symbolic interactionist approach, drawing on Bourdieu and Goffman, to understand and respond to the complexity of relationships and (mis)understandings between teachers and students, or schools and communities.

Terry Wrigley, Visiting Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University,

Editor, Improving Schools journal

Co-coordinator of the Infamous 100 Academics letter: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296420/Revealed-Socialist-links-academics-trying-sabotage-Goves-reforms-school-curriculum.html

 

Details on the book:

Living on the Edge – Rethinking poverty, class and schooling

9781433116858

John Smyth and Terry Wrigley

Peter Lang

2013

239 pages

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

 

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Crisis

Crisis

SURPLUS: A SYMPOSIUM ON WEALTH, WASTE AND EXCESS

Surplus: A Symposium on Wealth, Waste and Excess

Starts: Jun 21, 2013 10:00 AM

Finishes: Jun 21, 2013 05:00 PM

Venue: Room B34, Birkbeck Main Building

Booking details: Free entry; booking required

Event description

#surpluswastewealthexcess

Programme

In times of austerity it is especially important to think about surplus.

All civilizations have been built on surplus – an economic, political or cultural capital over and above a minimum which a given society requires to survive. But how is such surplus defined and measured? How is it produced and distributed? What indeed is the relationship between wealth and waste, excess and poverty, scarcity and conflict?

These and other related questions will be addressed at three interconnected roundtables dealing with scarcity, conflict, demography, precarity, rubbish, democracy and protest. The format will enable genuinely cross-disciplinary conversations on some of the most pressing social phenomena of our day, ranging  from mass unemployment (or ‘redundancy’) to the ‘irrational exuberance’ of financial markets; from ‘imperial overstretch’ of American foreign policy to the ‘social explosion’ among marginalised urban populations across the world.

Panelists will include: Eric SwyngedouwJames MeadwaySimon ChoatJohn ScanlanAlberto Toscano Lisa McKenzieDanny Dorling,  Joel McKimAnna StavrianakisSue BranfordEmma M Jones and Esther Leslie.

This event is free – register here

Contact: Julie Eisner – j.eisner@bbk.ac.uk

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

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

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Education is Not for Sale

Education is Not for Sale

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 20th MARCH 2013

EVENTS

MARCH ORGANIZING MEETING – LGBITQ/TRANS PEOPLE & ALLIES SEA OF RED OPEN COLLECTIVE

The 519 Church St. Community Centre
Tuesday, March 13
8:00 pm

All welcome!

As an open all-inclusive collective in the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirited, Intersex & Questioning)/Trans or Queer community, our main mission over the next couple of years is to bring to Canada a contingent of LGBTIQ / Trans & Allies Cuban workers as part of a LGBTIQ/Trans & Allies union worker-exchange between Canada and Cuba for the 2014 World Pride Parade’s demonstration on Yonge Street, in Toronto, Ontario, and for their mid-May 2014 Cuban Anti-Homophobic Pride events, all throughout Cuba.

We want to see our LGBTIQ/Trans & Allies Cuban worker friends, proudly united together with our many allies and Queer workers from all over the world, marching with them and encircling them, with a “Sea of Red” flags, and rainbow flags that surround their Cuban flags, in the Toronto’s World Pride Parade of 2014, on Sunday afternoon, June 29, 2014, moving down Yonge Street.

In preparation for World Pride Day, we want to have fun nights of Cuban LGBTIQ/Trans & Allies film showings, up-to-date Cuban dance music, and Cuban-English translated readings and discussions every two to three months in and beyond Toronto’s LGBTIQ/Trans & Allies community.

We hope to gather the funds mainly through the unions of the Ontario Federation of Labour & Canadian Labour Congress, as well as other community organizations and faith supportive groups.

Email contact: S. O’Brien or D. Foreman at seaofredopencollective@gmail.com

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BOOK LAUNCH – UNLIKELY RADICALS: THE STORY OF THE ADAMS MINE DUMP WAR

Thursday, April 11
6:30pm
The Supermarket
268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Free. Not wheelchair accessible.

Join author Charlie Angus and friends for a launch and celebration of his new book Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War. Unlikely Radicals traces the compelling history of the First Nations people and farmers, environmentalists and miners, retirees and volunteers, Anglophones and Francophones who stood side by side to defend their community with mass demonstrations, blockades, and non-violent resistance.

“A Grisham-like political thriller with the feel-good accents of a Frank Capra movie.”
– Quill & Quire

Published by Between the Lines. More info: info@btlbooks.com or http://www.btlbooks.com

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OCAP COMMUNITY ORGANIZING COURSE – CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Dates: 4 consecutive Saturdays – April 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
Time: 2-5pm, followed by a meal each week

Following the great success of our first Community Organizing Course in October 2012, OCAP is holding a second course to offer people some of the knowledge and skills they will need to mobilize in their communities to resist poverty and austerity. Since the last course, OCAP has been on the front lines of some major fights against social cutbacks and homelessness and the second course will benefit from these experiences.

Course Outline:
– Week 1 (April 6th): A brief introduction to OCAP. How do capitalism and colonialism work? How do they produce poverty? What is the austerity agenda and how is it playing out in our communities?
– Week 2 (April 13th): How does the law and the welfare system regulate the poor? How does OCAP organize actions to defend people under attack by these systems?
– Week 3 (April 20th): How can poor people use disruptive action to defend themselves and win victories? How are effective campaigns and actions organized?
– Week 4 (April 27th): Histories of anti-poverty resistance in Toronto.

Presentations by course participants. What have we learned and how are we going to take that knowledge into our communities?

Childcare and transportation costs will be provided and the location will be wheelchair accessible. An exciting four week children’s program is in the works!

This course is for people who want to fight back. Those who participate will be presented with ideas and methods that OCAP has developed over more than twenty years of organizing in poor communities. We can offer knowledge and skills that they don’t teach in schools and you won’t get from the newspapers. We intend the sessions to be lively, engaging and informative. The opinions and proposals of those who attend will be vital to the success. If you are interested in being part of this course, contact OCAP as soon as possible. We want to stress that all who agree to participate should make a serious commitment to attending all four sessions. Please don’t reserve a spot unless you can make that commitment. Space is limited to allow for maximum engagement with participants.

How to apply:
**Please email or call us with the following information as soon as possible:
– Name:
– Email and/or phone contact:
– What do you hope to get out of the course?
– What area of Toronto will you be coming from?
– Do you need childcare?
– Do you have an accessibility concerns?

Send to: the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty at: ocap@tao.ca / 416-925-6939

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – LABOUR RIGHTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON DEMOCRACY, ECONOMIC EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

March 26 – 28
Downtown Hilton Hotel, Toronto

The conference is designed to provide a forum to advance social science research which affirms the critical role labour rights play in advancing democracy within nations, creating greater economic equality and promoting the social well-being of all citizens.

It will examine how to communicate this research using key message frames that connect labour rights to the core values that Canadians share as citizens. The conference will also consider strategies to help labour and civil society build a broad-based progressive coalition in support of shared values of Canadians and the labour movement.

The keynote speaker at the conference will be Richard Wilkinson, one of the world’s most preeminent researchers on social inequalities. He is best known for his 2010 book with Kate Pickett, The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. The headline-generating UK bestseller showed that societies with more equal distribution of incomes have better health, fewer social problems such as violence, drug abuse, teenage births, mental illness, obesity, and others, and are more cohesive than ones in which the gap between the rich and poor is greater. Wilkinson will speak at the opening of the conference on Tuesday evening, March 26, 2013.

Hosted by The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR).

Participation at the conference will be limited and by invitation only.
Further information on the conference can be obtained by e-mailing conference2013@labourrights.ca

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Melt the Freeze! Raise the Minimum Wage!

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

Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen for 3 years, while the cost of living continues to rise. Join us as we call for an immediate increase! The minimum wage should bring workers and their families above the poverty line. That means Ontario’s minimum wage should be $14 in 2013. A minimum wage increase is an investment in healthy communities and good jobs for workers in Ontario. On March 21st, the first day of spring and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, communities around Ontario will be coming together for a decent minimum wage. Get involved! Endorse the campaign. Organize an action in your city. Sign up for a delegation visit to your MPP

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

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

JUST PUBLISHED! ADULT LEARNING TRENDS IN CANADA: BASIC FINDINGS OF THE WALL 1998, 2004 AND 2010 SURVEYS

Authors: D.W. Livingstone and Milosh Raykov

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL) research network, mainly funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), conducted national surveys on work and lifelong learning in Canada in 1998, 2004 and 2010. These surveys provide profiles of paid employment and unpaid household work and community volunteer work as well as the array of adult learning activities.

The relations between work and learning are summarized in a number of reports available on the http://www.wallnetwork.ca website and several published books (see the Related WALL Reports section). The purpose of this report is to provide a brief summary of the basic findings on trends in adult participation in further education courses and informal learning activities. This information may be of general global interest because, in spite of widespread concern about the importance of lifelong learning, there are no other available national-level estimates of trends in the array of adults’ formal and informal learning activities during this period.

Publisher: Centre for the Study of Education and Work, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
ISBN: 0-7727-2639-6, ISBN: 978-0-7727-2639-1

To download the study: http://www.wallnetwork.ca/Adult-Learning-Trends-in-Canada-2013.pdf

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HAVE GUITAR, WILL TRAVEL: PROTEST TRAVEL WRITING BY DAVID ROVICS

Ebook! My ebook of stories from the road is available on Amazon, Kobo and other ebook platforms. At $2.99 each, I’m hoping I’m pricing it to sell…!

Please be encouraged to a) buy the ebook, b) write a review, and c) tell all your friends to do the same.

A crowd-sourced bestseller is the aim!

Read more: http://songwritersnotebook.blogspot.ca/2013/02/have-guitar-will-travel-protest-travel.html

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IT’S MORE THAN POVERTY: EMPLOYMENT PRECARITY AND HOUSEHOLD WELL-BEING

United Way Toronto’s newest report, It’s More than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Well-being examines dramatic changes in precarious employment over the last few decades, revealing that only sixty percent of all workers in our region have stable, secure jobs. In addition to looking at the impact of precarious employment on individuals, the report also looked at its harmful effect on families and communities.

Read more: http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/whatWeDo/reports/PEPSO.php

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PORTER AIRLINES: THE LITTLE STRIKE THAT COULD

By Sean Smith, The Bullet

On Saturday, 26 January 2013 tens of thousands of teachers and supporters rallied outside the Liberal leadership convention at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in opposition to their Bill 115 which stripped Ontario teachers’ collective bargaining rights. Every corporate media outlet covered this story. By all accounts the rally was a huge, peaceful success.

Although the perceived ‘progressive,’ Kathleen Wynne, won the leadership, it is a hollow victory as there is no commitment to undo this repugnant Bill’s purpose. Nor is there any new impetus to change, since some union leaders have once again demonstrated a willingness to bankroll neoliberal politicians no matter what they do to their members.

Meanwhile a few kilometres away from this piece of political theatre, a direct challenge to the neoliberal agenda was occurring. With no media cameras rolling, dozens of police moved with force to suppress the actions of an Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Flying Squad who were there in solidarity with 22 striking ‘fuelers’ of Porter Airlines at Toronto Island Airport represented by COPE Local 343.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/780.php

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RANK AND FILE.CA IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS AND CONTRIBUTORS

Calling all writers and trade unionists!

Rank and File.ca is looking for writers, contributors, and people willing to help promote our website.

Rank and File.ca is a new Canadian labour media project launched by union activists in early 2012. We publish original, researched news reports and analysis of major labour issues. Some recent examples include the battle against Bill 115, the CP Rail strike, back-to-work legislation at Air Canada, and developments in provincial and federal labour and employment standards legislation.

Rank and File.ca also publishes statements by union members who seek to promote alternative viewpoints regarding ratification votes, union strategy, and union elections. We publish such documents in the interest of fostering democratic debate within unions.

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/?p=714

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CCPA’S ALTERNATIVE FEDERAL BUDGET 2013: DOING BETTER TOGETHER

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has just released its 2013 Alternative Federal Budget: Doing Better Together.

This year’s AFB shows how growth-killing austerity can be replaced by a plan that strengthens the economy, leads to a better quality of life for all Canadians, and eliminates the deficit by 2016. This plan invests in programs that are good for growth and good for the people of Canada—and still balances the books. Instead of making things worse and leaving Canadians to fend for themselves, the Alternative Federal Budget shows we can do better, together.

The complete budget document and a handy Budget in Brief are available on our website in both English at http://www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2013 and French at http://www.policyalternatives.ca/abgf2013

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AN OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER HARPER

By Rick Arnold, Common Frontiers

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

It is with a profound sense of indignation that I read about your letter sent in the wake of the death of Venezuela´s President, Hugo Chavez.

Canadians would expect their Prime Minister to take the high road in responding to another nation´s grief following the death of their leader. Instead the letter you sent took the low road in not sending condolences to the Chavez family and for calling into question the deceased leader’s dedication to democratic principles following more than a decade of clean elections, unrivalled in the Americas.

Any sitting Canadian prime minister who met an early end could only dream of such massive outpouring of grief that has seen millions of Venezuelans line up for 35 kilometers to get a brief view of Chavez´s body lying in state.

Read more: http://www.commonfrontiers.ca/

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

 

 

 

The Island of Chaos

TROPIC OF CHAOS

Tropic of Chaos: The Catastrophic Convergence of Poverty, Violence, and Climate Change

Christian Parenti in conversation with Vijay Prashad and David Harvey

Monday, August 29, 2011 from 7-9 pm
The James Gallery
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street

Free and open to the public; reception and book signing to follow

In TROPIC OF CHAOS: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books; July 1, 2011), award-winning writer Christian Parenti argues that the new era of climate war has begun, intertwining environmental disasters, poverty, social inequality, and violence in the Global South. Parenti, historian Vijay Prashad and Marxist scholar David Harvey will discuss the historical legacy of Cold War militarism, neoliberal economic restructuring, and the convergent onset of climate change expressed as warfare, crime, repression, state failure, and a planet in peril.

About the author:

Christian Parenti is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow, a contributing editor at The Nation, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. The author of Lockdown America, The Soft Cage, and The Freedom, he has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Mother Jones, The London Review of Books, and Salon, among others. His latest book is, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, 2011).

About the panelists:

Vijay Prashad is the author of eleven books, most recently, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (The New Press, paperback 2008), which won the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize. His forthcoming books include The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso and LeftWord, 2012). His web dispatches can be read at Counterpunch (counterpunch.org), at ZNET (http://zmag.org/znet) and at Pragoti (http://www.pragoti.org).

David Harvey is Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of numerous books, including The Engima of Capital (Oxford University Press, 2010), A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005), and Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development (Verso, 2006).

Sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities at the GC and the Brecht Forum

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

David Brent - The Office

WORKING LIVES – ORAL HISTORY

Call for Papers

Deadline: Dec.1, 2011 – Abstracts (one to two pages) and CVs
April 1, 2012 – Complete papers

Working Lives: Special Issue on Oral History and Working-Class History

Since the 1960s, if not before, labour and working-class history has been closely connected to the practice of oral history. Working-class historians were at the forefront of developments in oral history, often using this method as a means of recuperating the history of those who were less likely to leave archival and written sources. They created written histories, archival collections, museum exhibits and community projects that gave workers, their families and their communities a new voice, and a new place in history. Writing on working-class oral history has also encompassed far more than recovery projects; scholars have enriched the field of oral history by addressing questions about method, theory and approach, by offering critical reflections on our assumptions and expectations about oral history practice. Oral history has similarly enriched the field of working class history, posing new questions, challenging existing interpretations, and diversifying the themes and subjects we study

The Oral History Forum d’histoire orale is currently seeking contributions that engage with oral history and working-class history, broadly defined. This special issue will explore questions of method, theory, approach, and examine the ways in which oral history offers a unique perspective and insights into working class history. University researchers, community organizers, educators, oral historians, public historians, and others who are working in this field are invited to submit theoretical and methodological papers, as well as empirically-based essays based on original research, reviews (books, new media, exhibitions, films, theatrical productions), and discussions for this special edition of the journal. Topics might include (but are not limited to) paid work, unpaid labour, the labour movement, politics, working-class communities and culture, the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, and class, immigrant and migrant communities, unemployment and poverty, and state interventions in working-class lives. All article submissions will be subject to the normal peer review process of the journal.

The Oral History Forum d’histoire orale is the online journal of the Canadian Oral History Association www.oralhistoryforum.ca which serves as the online meeting place for scholars, community activists, librarians, archivists, and others who use oral history to explore the past. Through this open-access collection we hope to generate discussion on this important theme and provide a valuable resource for people interested in the study of oral history and working-class history, whether in the classroom or in their own research. Articles will be published as soon as they are ready, ensuring a quick turn around time for early submissions, and the collection will be launched in 2012.

Please send queries and submissions to:
Joan Sangster and Janis Thiessen
jsangster@trentu.ca and Janis.Thiessen@unb.ca
Guest Editors, Oral History Forum d’histoire orale
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg,Manitoba,R3B 2E9

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 19th JUNE 2011

EVENTS

CFP: CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR STUDY OF HIGHER EDUCATION (CSSHE) CONFERENCE: HIGHER EDUCATION, GLOBALIZATION, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

November 3 to 4, 2011
Morris J. Wosk Centre
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, B.C.

Higher education has become more international, even globalized. Countries such as Canada have developed mass systems for higher education; these systems now serve the majority of the population through a highly diversified system of institutions. While the globalization of higher education presents exciting opportunities, there are concerns. Chief among these concerns is that globalization can result in neglect of the traditional social justice function of many public and private institutions, particularly if the reason for “going global” is primarily financial.

This conference will focus on both the opportunities and dangers of globalization of higher education. It will bring together researchers, administrators, policy analysts, and students from Canada and elsewhere. Within the overall theme of the conference, proposals for concurrent sessions and panels are invited.

Proposals of up to 400 words (for papers) and 800 words (for panels) should be submitted by or before June 30, 2011. Presenters and panel conveners will be notified by July 22, 2011 at the latest if their proposal has been accepted.

Conference details and registration information will also be available on: http://ocs.sfu.ca/leadingchange/index.php/csshe/. For more information about CSSHE go to: http://www.csshe-scees.ca/. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Conference cochair Dr. Michelle Pidgeon, michelle_pidgeon@sfu.ca

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STOP WAGE THEFT CAMPAIGN – SUPPORTERS MEETING

June 27, 2011
6 p.m.
720 Spadina Ave, Suite #223
(Main intersection Spadina Ave and Bloor, south of Spadina subway station)

Get involved in the Stop Wage Theft campaign!

Support workers who are speaking out!

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Stop Wage Theft campaign. We had a great campaign launch at Beit Zatoun on May 13, 2011. We heard members of WAC speaking out against wage theft and sharing their experiences.

We would like to invite all supporters and allies interested in supporting the Stop Wage Theft campaign to come to a campaign supporters meeting on Monday June 27th at 6pm.

The campaign will be heating up over the next few weeks and we can definitely use support from allies!

Please let us know if you can come by contacting Nadira at nadira@workersactioncentre.org or (416) 531-0778, ext. 223.

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SOLIDARITY WITH EGYPTIAN WORKERS: REPORT-BACK FROM CAIRO

June 21, 2011
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Bahen Centre, room 3008
40 St. George
UofT, north of College
Toronto, ON

Egyptian workers played a key role in the toppling of Mubarak and are continuing the revolution, forming independent trade unions and striking for better conditions. Join a report back to hear what Egyptian workers are doing, and how you can help.

Sponsored by the International Socialists

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THE MADISON MOMENT: NORTH AMERICAN PUBLIC SECTOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

June 23, 2011
7:00pm – 9:00pm
CMA Student Lounge – Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON

Over the last year or so there have been over 700 attacks in the United States upon public sector collective bargaining. This alarming trend is also finding root in Canada with the elimination of collective bargaining rights for transit workers, the legislation back to work of Crown prosecutors and government attempts to impose wage restraints upon the public sector. This free symposium will explore this issue through a distinguished panel of speakers.

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: STOP SIGNS: CARS AND CAPITALISM ON THE ROAD TO ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL DECAY

Opening remarks by Jordy Cummings and Rick Salutin.

Featuring co-authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler.

Drawing on their new book Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler describe how the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls107.php

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ACT NOW! CANADA: NO BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION AT CANADA POST

(from LabourStart)

Postal workers across Canada could be forced back to work under a proposed law that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is calling unnecessary, unjust, and counterproductive. Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt has served notice of the government’s intent to introduce back-to-work legislation.

This legislation is contrary to ILO Conventions and contravenes the fundamental right of all workers to organize and to bargain collectively. It indicates clearly where the new Conservative Party government of Canada intends to take labour relations in that country.

Canada Post’s focus on concessions has made it impossible to negotiate. CUPW members are fighting to keep their collective agreement from being eroded and are also resisting wage rollbacks for new hires.

Please join the global campaign to preserve collective bargaining rights in Canada by sending a message to the Canadian government: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=1022

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2009 FIGURES SHOW GROWTH RATE OF POVERTY IN ONTARIO THE HIGHEST OF ALL REGIONS IN CANADA SINCE 2007 ELECTION

(from Social Planning Network of Ontario)

Statistics Canada figures released this week show that Ontario’s poverty rate increased to 13.1% in 2009, a growth rate of 17% since the 2007 provincial election year.

“Using the province’s official low income poverty measure, Ontario’s poverty rate of 13.1% is slightly below the Canadian average of 13.3%,” comments Peter Clutterbuck, Coordinator of SPNO’s Poverty Free Ontario campaign, “the rate of Ontario’s poverty growth, however, has increased the highest of all other regions of Canada since 2007.” A total of 1,689,000 Ontarians in 2009 lived in poverty, which is 277,000 more than in 2007.

While the rate of poverty growth by age group is lowest among children at 3.5%, Poverty Free Ontario notes that the proportion of working age adults (18 to 64 years old) living in poverty increased from 11.2% to 13.4%, a growth rate of 19.6%. Ontarians 65 years and older also show an extremely high poverty growth rate of 41.9% since 2007, although the overall proportion of seniors in poverty still remains below 9%.

Read more: http://www.spno.ca/Media-Release/2009-figures-show-growth-rate-of-poverty-in-ontario-the-highest-of-all-regions-in-canada-since-2007-election.html

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AS LABOUR FIGHTS MULTIPLY, SO TOO WILL THE VICTORIES

By Morna Ballantyne, rabble.ca

The ground shifted for the Canadian labour movement this week. Monday night 4,000 thousand Air Canada workers walked off the job, joining 50,000 CUPW workers already on rotating strikes. CAW and CUPW-two unions that have made
breakthrough gains in past struggles-are blocking further stripping of their pension and benefit plans, and are refusing to agree to lower living standards for new workers.

Of course there have been other important confrontations over contract concessions in recent years, like the strikes against Vale Inco, the City of Windsor and the City of Toronto. But what is happening at Air Canada and Canada Post is different. For one thing, the disputes impact every part of the country. Second, both the CAW and CUPW bargaining units fall under federal jurisdiction and have forced Harper’s Conservative government to openly reveal its contempt of workers’ rights and collective bargaining.

But what is most important about the CAW and CUPW disputes is they demonstrate that union members are willing and able to take on a fight.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2011/06/labour-fights-multiply-so-too-will-victories

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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

If you have any questions about the list, or have an event you would like to promote or news to share, send an email to csew-broadcast-oise-l@listserv.utoronto.ca Messages will be reviewed before posting.

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

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 30th JANAURY 2011

 

EVENTS

FREE SCREENING OF ‘HOME SAFE TORONTO’ DOCUMENTARY

Friday, February 4
7:30pm – 10:30pm
The Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East, Toronto

With Street Nurse and Executive Producer Cathy Crowe and Director Laura Sky

HOME SAFE TORONTO is the second in the Sky Works series of documentaries that deals with how Canadian families live with the threat and the experience of homelessness.

It shows how the housing crisis in Canada is an expression of the increasing economic and job insecurity that has devastated the manufacturing sector in the Greater Toronto Area and throughout southern Ontario.

The film reveals the consequences of this “new economy”, where families surviving on low wages with no benefits, or on dwindling social assistance, are faced with the terrible choice between keeping a roof over their heads or putting food on the table.

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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY

Saturday, February 19
9:30am – 6:00pm
Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto

How to join the GTWA: http://www.workersassembly.ca/join

Committees: http://www.workersassembly.ca/committees

Our vision statement: http://www.workersassembly.ca/vision

Contact us at: workingclassfightback@gmail.com

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

Thursday, February 24, 5:00pm – 8 pm and
Friday, February 25, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Building
15 Gervais Drive, Toronto

The OFL and CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists) present the acclaimed exhibition “And Still I Rise: A History of African Canadian Workers in Ontario.” This travelling exhibit originally developed by the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre explores the rich legacy of Ontario’s black Community.

Four exhibits designed to look like train coaches span the twentieth century with exhibition topics ranging from “Challenges to Freedom”: “1900 to World War II” to the reflective “Legacy of African Canadians”. Visitors are invited to learn more about the historic and present day lives and experiences of Black Canadians through the investigation of themes including immigration, work roles and the labour movement, the agitation of civil rights, the contributions of African Canadians to the arts and sports, the importance of church, schools and voluntary organizations to building strong communities.

For more information, contact Janice Gairey at jgairey@ofl.ca or 416.347.9732.

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“EL CONTRATO”: FILM PRESENTED BY PUEBLITO FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK 2011

February 8, 2011
6:00pm-9:00pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St., Toronto

“El Contrato” follows the path of migrant workers from Central Mexico to pick tomatos in Lemington, Ontario and the struggles and racism they face. Following the movie, prominent speaker Chris Ramsaroop will be addressing the issues about how immigrant workers in Canada still face injustices in today’s labour market and what should be the role of the Canadian labour movement.

To register for this event please email barrerasandy@hotmail.com with your name, email address and number of tickets you would like to reserve.

Suggested donation: $10.00

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CONFERENCE & CFP – TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION AND ADULT EDUCATION: GLOBAL ISSUES AND DEBATES

June 9, 2011
9:30 am – 4 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto

A pre-conference held in conjunction with the 52nd Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) and the 30th Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) Conference

Keynote speakers: Dr. Roxana Ng, OISE/University of Toronto and Dr. Mary V. Alfred, Texas A&M University

When migrants arrive in a new society, they bring with them their values, language and culture, contributing significantly to the diversity of their host countries. Without a doubt, the resulting demographic, social, and cultural changes create new opportunities for development as well as new challenges for adult education. However, we are left to grapple with many important questions, such as: What is the impact of transnational migration on adult education? What are the challenges and opportunities for adult education? How can adult education best facilitate migrants’ adaptation in a new society?

Call for Proposals: If you are conducting research or have completed studies in this area, we invite you to submit proposals to: Dr. Shibao Guo, University of Calgary, guos@ucalgary.ca. Deadline: February 15, 2011

For more information: http://silenceandvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/AERC-CASAE-Call-2011.pdf

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NEWS AND VIEWS

RADICAL LABOR EDUCATION, PART I (FROM CHEAP MOTELS AND A HOT PLATE)

By Michael Yates

We are on our way to Amherst, Massachusetts, where I will be teaching a two-week course in labor economics to labor union brothers and sisters.  I have been a labor educator for thirty years. I have taught working people, mostly union leaders and members, a wide variety of courses in all kinds of settings… While working people are often enough unhappy with their work, or lack of it, and alienated from the political system, they ordinarily do not have a very clear understanding of the nature of our political economy or a desire to radically transform it. Why is this?

Read more: http://blog.cheapmotelsandahotplate.org/2010/12/27/radical-labor-education-part-i/

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SHARING IN A COMMON STRUGGLE

By Anthony Arnove, Socialist Worker

Anthony Arnove, Howard Zinn’s collaborator on projects like the book Voices of a People’s History of the United States and the documentary The People Speak, pays tribute to a friend whose sense of solidarity and joy in life was infectious.

FILMING OUR documentary The People Speak in Boston one afternoon, Howard said that the camaraderie between our cast members, the sense of collective purpose and joy, was a feeling he hadn’t experienced with such intensity since his active participation in the civil rights movement.

Since Howard’s passing, I have thought often of that moment, which crystallizes for me what made him so compelling an example of someone committed to, and enjoying to its fullest, a life of struggle.

Read more: http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/12/sharing-in-the-struggle

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EGYPT (FROM WADE RATHKE: CHIEF ORGANIZER BLOG)

If there was ever a more dramatic case study of the political impact of protest on or off the grid of internet, telecommunications, and social networking, the world saw it on the streets of Egypt yesterday. It was as if there were a perfect laboratory experiment on what would happen if the only avenues for protest were “old school” removing the variable of communications.

Read more: http://chieforganizer.org/2011/01/29/egypt/

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BEARING THE BRUNT OF A NEW WITCH-HUNT

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Socialist Worker

The bipartisan campaign against “privileged” public-sector workers threatens to erode some of the gains of the civil rights and Black Power movements.

IN THE run-up to the midterm elections, overheated rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats identified public-sector workers as a central factor in historically high budget state deficits and the collapse of local economies.

Public-sector workers have been described as the “haves”–as an “elite” group of workers who are living high on the fat of tax dollars, while the rest of the workforce wallows in job insecurity, lack of health care, foreclosure and falling wages.

Read more: http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/27/brunt-of-a-new-witch-hunt

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“ALONE TOGETHER”: AN MIT PROFESSOR’S NEW BOOK URGES US TO UNPLUG

By David Zax, Fast Company

In her new book, an MIT professor shares her ambivalence about the overuses of technology, which, she writes, “proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies.”

Sherry Turkle has been an ethnographer of our technological world for three decades, hosted all the while at one of its epicenters: MIT. A professor of the social studies of science and technology there, she also heads up its Initiative on Technology and Self. Her new book, Alone Together, completes a trilogy of investigations into the ways humans interact with technology. It can be, at times, a grim read. Fast Company spoke recently with Turkle about connecting, solitude, and how that compulsion to always have your BlackBerry on might actually be hurting your company’s bottom line.

Read more: http://www.fastcompany.com/1716844/alone-together-an-mit-professors-new-book-urges-us-to-unplug

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POVERTY BY POSTAL CODE 2: VERTICAL POVERTY

Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty presents new data on the growing concentration of poverty in the City of Toronto and the role that high-rise housing is playing in this trend. The report tracks the continued growth in the spatial concentration of poverty in Toronto neighbourhoods, and in high-rise buildings within neighbourhoods. It then examines the quality of life that high-rise buildings are providing to tenants today. Its primary focus is on privately owned building stock in Toronto’s inner suburbs. This research is part of United Way’s Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy.

Read more: http://unitedwaytoronto.com/verticalpoverty/report/introduction/

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

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

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

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

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon at MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon Profile: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/cold-hands-quarter-moon/

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

No Future

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

EVENTS

SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE 2010-2011 WORKSHOP SERIES

January: Marketing in Non-Profit and other Social Purpose Organizations with Sharon Wood and Trish Krauss, The Belmont Group

Friday, January 28, 2011
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 5-240
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station)

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

To Register:  Access the online registration form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM, or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com, or 416-978-0022
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FREE SCREENING OF ‘WHY WE FIGHT’

January 7, 2011
7:30 – 9:30pm
Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East, Toronto

You are invited to a free screening of the film, ‘Why We Fight’ – which deals with the concept and escalation of the ‘military-industrial complex,’ generally, and that phenomenon in the U.S. more particularly.

Helping us through discussions of issues associated with this film will be Dr. Peter Langille, PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, Advisor to the UN and other governments about issues of international peacekeeping. Dr. Langille also has authored several books, including Changing the Guard: Canada’s Defence in a World in Transition.

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CONFERENCE –  BUILDING THE WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT

January 29 – 30
Ryerson Student Centre – Oakham House
63 Gould Street, Toronto

The Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly (GTWA) is organizing a conference where activists can come together to talk about the attacks on the working-class in every dimension of our lives, reframe the public discussion and launch a united activist network of workers from all sectors, unions and precarious workers, new immigrants and non-unionized workers to mobilize a new kind of working class movement. 

The conference is a chance to come together to build the fight-back we’ve all been waiting for, but which will never happen unless we make it happen. We need a new kind of fighting working-class movement – a movement that builds across workplaces, communities and unions and the non-unionized majority of the working class.

Registrations are now open! Please visit our website for more details and to register: http://www.workersassembly.ca/callout2011.

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SEMINAR – COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN SEX WORK RESEARCH

January 5
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
208N – North House, Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto

Speaker: Emily van der Meulen (Lupina Post-Doctoral Fellow)

Sponsored by Comparative Program on Health and Society

Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=9330

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WORKSHOP –  PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH USING A SOCIAL ANALYSIS SYSTEMS [SAS2] APPROACH

February 8 – 10, 2011
80 Hayden Street (Bloor and Yonge Streets)
Toronto

Carleton University and PWRDF are pleased to offer a SAS2 Introductory Workshop.

In the workshop you can expect:

* Three days of hands-on learning using Participatory Action Research
* Tools for group-based inquiry and problem-solving
* Time to work on issues and problems that matter to you
* A chance to appreciate and acquire the skills to adapt SAS2 to your context
* Engaging and fun approaches designed to make SAS2 easy to grasp, and even easier to use.

For more information on the workshop click here: http://sas2dialogue.com/SAS2training.html

For information on the SAS2 approach to Participatory Action Research see: http://sas2.net

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NEWS & VIEWS

2011: CALLING TIME ON CAPITALISM

by Richard Wolff, guardian.co.uk

Recent decades have seen a massive redistribution of wealth, imposing the cost of successive crises on the poorest. Enough!

Read more: http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/83-83/4461-2011-calling-time-on-capitalism

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EQUALITY, A TRUE SOUL FOOD

by Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times

John Steinbeck observed that “a sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”

That insight, now confirmed by epidemiological studies, is worth bearing in mind at a time of such polarizing inequality that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess a greater collective net worth than the bottom 90 percent.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/opinion/02kristof.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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NEW PENSION PLAN JUST ANOTHER LUMP OF COAL

by Ish Theilheimer, Straight Goods

Canada is facing a crisis of seniors’ poverty as millions of Baby Boomers retire from, get forced out of, or simply lose their work. Most privately employed and self-employed Canadians don’t have pensions or adequate savings to retire in security. Adding to the number of seniors in poverty, pensioners from companies like Mitel have seen their pension plans consumed as their companies folded, leaving them with nothing but public benefits.

Read more: http://www.straightgoods.ca/2010/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=1071&Cookies=yes

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ONTARIO ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS CONCERNED ABOUT SEVERE BUDGET CUTS

Ontario’s university libraries appear to be bearing a sizeable share of the cuts as universities grapple with budget cutbacks. A new report, based on a questionnaire sent to Ontario’s academic librarians, describes widespread staffing reductions, neglect of library collections, and delays in technology investments.

“Ontario’s academic librarians are at the forefront of supporting students and faculty in their research and teaching, tending to extensive collections, and introducing new technology advances to keep up with the demands of the digital world,” said Constance Adamson, an academic librarian at Queen’s University and vice-president of Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

Read more: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2010/06/c2731.html

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LOOKING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL: 2011 PREDICTIONS FROM THE CCPA

by rabble.ca

Happy new year rabble readers! As we round out another decade, thoughts turn to the future, and our partners at the The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives have weighed in on the issues facing Canada in the years ahead. They flag the economy, social unrest, drift, democracy, dirty oil and corporate Canada as things to watch in 2011 and beyond.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2011/01/looking-crystal-ball-2011-predictions-ccpa

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PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS AND THE CONSULTATIONS FOR AUSTERITY

by Jordy Cummings and Patrick D. LeGay, The Bullet

Nearly six months have gone since the G20 Summit in Toronto when we supposedly entered what some have referred to as “permanent austerity” – the “new normal” of capitalist social relations. Whilst using the significant resources of the state to inject liquidity into markets and ensure corporate and banking profits, ruling classes simultaneously are cutting public services across the board, imposing user fees and letting public transit rot, and, in the specific case at hand, kicking labour’s ass while convincing the public bureaucracy that there is no alternative.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/446.php

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

Changing the Climate: Ecoliberalism, Green New Dealism, and the Struggle Over Green Jobs in Canada
James Patrick Nugent
Labor Studies Journal published 28 December 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10392528v1

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“The Very Model of Modern Urban Decay”: Outsiders’ Narratives of Industry and Urban Decline in Gary, Indiana
S. Paul O’Hara
Journal of Urban History published 30 December 2010
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210391613v1

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The Connection Between Latino Ethnic Identity and Adult Experiences
Vasti Torres, Sylvia Martinez, Lisa D. Wallace, Christianne I. Medrano,
Andrea L. Robledo, and Ebelia Hernandez
Adult Education Quarterly published 29 December 2010
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610392765v1

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Occupations, Human Capital and Skills
Alec Levenson and Cindy Zoghi
Journal of Labor Research
Volume 31, Number 4, 365-386
http://www.springerlink.com/content/74h65v565218v535/

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

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

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

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

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

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RESEARCHING WORK AND LEARNING

Special Conference Announcement
International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL)

The Seventh RWL Conference will be taking place in Shanghai, China (December 4-7, 2011)

All conference information can be found at http://www.rwlecnu.org/

Deadline for proposals (papers, symposia, workshops, poster sessions) is March 1st, 2011.

Conference Streams include:
a) Learning, Organizational Change and Organizational Development
b) Professional Work and Learning
c) Leadership Studies in Work and Learning
d) Labour Studies in Work and Learning
e) Trade Unions’ Education and Learning
f) Quality of Work/Learning Life
g) Trans-nationalism, Migration, Work and Learning
h) Work, Learning and Community
i) Learning Theory, Skills and Work
j) Identity, Work and Learning
k) Gender, Ethnicity, Spirituality, Diversity in Workplace and Learning
l) Vocational Education, Labour Markets and Learning
m) Policy Studies, Work and Learning
n) Unpaid Work and Learning
o) Historical Approaches to Work, Learning and Social Change
p) Best practice studies, work and learning

About the RWL Series:
The RWL international conference series was established in 1999 and has run continuously since on a bi-annual basis. Successful conferences have been held in the UK, Canada, Finland, Australia, South Africa, Denmark. In close association with the Journal of Workplace Learning and Emerald Publishing, the RWL series is the longest, continuously running international conference series in the field of work and learning studies currently in operation.

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

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

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

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

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com