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ROUGE FORUM DISPATCH – 16th DECEMBER 2012

Dear Friends

The Dispatch is updated here http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

The Dispatch goes on hiatus until the new year.

Please remember the Rouge Forum Conference 2013.

Winning the Class Struggle Against Corporate Education Reform

Call for Proposals: http://rougeforumconference.wordpress.com/rouge-forum-2013/call-for-proposals-rf-2013/
May 16-19, 2012
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Rouge Forum 2013 Call for Proposals

The core issue of our time is the clash of the real promise for perpetual war and booming inequality met by the potential of connecting reason to power with organized mass class conscious resistance in schools, on the job, in communities, and in the military … and what you do counts!

The Rouge Forum brings together academic presentations and panel discussions, performances, community building, and cultural events. This conference will center on such questions as:

* Overall, what do we need to know and what do we need to do to win against corporate education reform in our classrooms?

* In what ways are our classrooms, schools, universities, unions, etc. occupied by capitalism, the military, racism, inequality?

* And what do these occupations demand from us pedagogically? What are the obstacles that must be overcome to achieve democratic education?

* What can we learn from Wisconsin 2011, the Occupy Movement, and the Chicago Teacher’s Strike to make us smarter and stronger in our struggle against corporate education reform?

* How do we educate to liberate ourselves from the impact of empire? How do we push back against the imperializing of our classrooms and communities?

* How do we occupy our classrooms, schools universities, and unions and communities in an effort to create education that is in the public interests?

Calling on artists … Pop up radical art gallery would be for artists to submit 2-3 D pieces that they can bring with them to the conference to display as part of an opening or Friday / Saturday night reception activity.

Good luck to our side,
Rich Gibson

 

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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 

Merchant Bankers

Merchant Bankers

TAX THE RICH: AN ANIMATED FAIRY TALE

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 anymore. 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

 

There is a critique of this video: Tax the Rich: A Critiquehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA21fu9Y4uA  

 

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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/

Public Services Review

PUBLIC SERVICES REVIEW (EUROPE) – ISSUE 24

The latest issue of Public Service Review: Europe (Issue 24) is now online.

The impressive foreword is by President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz discussing European integration and later articles cover in-detail key public policy areas such as finance, defence, education, culture, regional policy, transport. The section Environment, Agriculture and Energy opens with Janez Potoènik’s assessment of positive outcomes from Rio+, followed by in-depth coverage of environment, agriculture, energy and maritime issues.

In addition, Health is represented by a number of searching articles on oncology, women and children’s health, ageing and elderly care, nursing and mental health. The exciting Research, Innovation and Science section begins with Director General of the EC’s Joint Research Centre Dominique Ristori who advocates the power of science for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. There is stimulating and broad content under this heading – Research, Innovation and Science – including digital agenda, eHealth, neuroscience, engineering, space, chemistry and social sciences, as well as focuses on European countries such as Lithuania, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic.

Below you will find links to relevant sectors in the publication as well as a key article within each. Please click the respective sector links for more editorial articles. We hope that you will enjoy reading the issue…

Special Feature

Framework for the future
European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski tells Editor Jonathan Miles how the EEU’s draft budget is innovative yet responsible…

Overview
Losing currency?
The UK must remain a key player in efforts to solve the euro crisis, warns Lord Lyndon Harrison, Chairman of the EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs…

Finance
A social shift
Northern Ireland Finance Minister Sammy Wilson considers the finance priorities for the social economy and the funding opportunities in the sector…

Defence
Liberating Lithuania
Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Rasa Juknevièienë details why the independence afforded by smart and green energy production will aid their defence policy agenda…

Education and Skills
Graduating for growth
The Northern Ireland Executive’s Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry describes the significance of its first higher education strategy…

Multilingualism
Strong languages
Bernadette Holmes, President of the Association for Language Learning, calls for a new paradigm for economic and social recovery in the EU…

Special Focus: Education in Sweden
Learning without limits
European universities have much to gain by affording students from further afield the same opportunities as those from Europe, believes Tautgirdas Ruzgas, of Malmö University…

Culture, Arts and Heritage
Culture club
Director General for Education, Training, Culture and Youth Jan Truszczyñski outlines how the European Commission is promoting the continued circulation of works of culture…

Regional Policy
Pushing funding further
Is England getting the maximum benefit from ERDF? Clive Betts, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons, investigates…

Transport
A sobering thought
Chief Superintendent Pasi Kemppainen, President of the European Traffic Police Network TISPOL, shares new thinking in protecting Europe’s roads from drink-drivers…

International Development

From strategy to strength
Minister of International Development Heidi Hautala highlights Finland’s commitment to meeting MDG and ODA targets, and why she believes smart aid is based on human rights…

Industry and Entrepreneurship
Visitors welcome
Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, discusses efforts to maintain Europe’s place as the world’s leading tourist destination…

Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Renewed and improved
Northern Ireland Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland outlines his ambitions to take regeneration and housing projects in the country to an even higher level…

Health and Safety
Safer together
Christa Sedlatschek, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, explains why collaboration in risk prevention makes businesses more competitive…

Environment, Agriculture and Energy
Emissions controlled?
European Environment Agency’s Climate Change Analyst Ricardo Fernandez provides insight into the changing levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU…

Health and Social Care
A state of transformation
Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland, outlines his department’s plans to develop services that have the individual at their heart…

Research, Innovation and Science
From potential to policy
Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, advocates the power of science for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy…

 

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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

 

 

Capitalism IS Crisis

CUTS CAFÉ

The government tells us that cuts to public services and social security are needed to save an economy in crisis, but in reality the crisis is capitalism.

For the two weeks leading up to the Trade Union Congress demonstration on October 20th, Cuts Café will provide a radical space in Central London to build resistance to these devastating cuts, and to explore the real alternatives to austerity.

It will be open for all of us who are affected, whether we are people with disabilities, women, migrants, workers, pensioners, students, unemployed… or anyone else not part of the privileged elite who are enriching themselves in this ‘crisis’.

By sharing this reclaimed space, we hope people working in their community, local anti-cuts, student, or autonomous groups, as well as the trade unions, will be able to collectively and democratically build positive alternatives with which to challenge the ‘politics as usual’ forced upon us.

This will be an opportunity for connections to form outside of those groups that we may already be involved with, and to reinvigorate the anti-cuts movement at the grassroots level.

Cuts Café, being part of a movement for creating equality and real democracy, will be organized without discrimination and, as much as possible, without hierarchy. We welcome you to come and participate in the running of the space.

If you or your group would like to facilitate a workshop or skillshare, screen a film, hold a discussion, or use the space in any other way please get in touch! You can also contribute by helping to provide some of the more material resources needed for the day-today running of the space, or just by coming down to share a bit of your time.

For more information email cutscafe@riseup.net or to propose an event get us at eventscutscafe@riseup.net.

Twitter: @Cuts_Cafe

Facebook: Cuts Café

Cuts Café website: http://cutscafelondon.wordpress.com/

 

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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

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 

Capitalist Work

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

 

EVENTS

PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE: THE ART & ACTIVISM OF CAROLE CONDE & KARL BEVERIDGE

Monday November 21
6pm – 7:30pm
Room 7-162, 7th Floor, OISE
252 Bloor St. West
Toronto

As young married artists in the 1970s, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge faced a dilemma — they were in competition with each other. Instead of breaking them apart their conflict politicized them — sparking a pioneering collaboration that continues today.

Portrait of Resistance witnesses Condé & Beveridge in action as they create provocative staged photographs about the environment, the rights of workers and the current global financial crisis. An intimate view of subjects who shun celebrity, Portrait of Resistance is about two artists who challenge the way we see our world.

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SOLIDARITY TUESDAY AT OCCUPY TORONTO

Tuesday November 22: University Sector Workers and Discussion on Social Movements and the Law
8:00 pm
St. James Park (King & Adelaide), North West corner

Every Tuesday at 8pm the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly (GTWA) holds an open meeting at the Occupation Toronto Base Camp at St. James Park (East Church and Adelaide). The purpose of these meetings is to build solidarity between the occupy movement and workers in struggle. Please spread the word and join us. This Tuesday November 22 at 8pm the GTWA has sent the invite out to University Sector Workers to visit Occupy Toronto. Let’s make the connection between the struggle for decent jobs and services and the occupy movement. Given that the site is under threat of eviction the second half of the meeting will be a discussion on social movements and the law and how we can defend the occupy movement.

Look for us the North West corner of the park (close to Adelaide near the bathrooms). Dress for the weather.

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PUBLIC SERVICES, GOOD JOBS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – A COMMUNITY FORUM

November 23, 2011
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Ralph Norton Community Centre
765 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor
Toronto

Rob Ford’s slash and burn agenda is all about privatizing and reducing public services, eliminating good jobs, and undermining communities. Come to an important community meeting to hear how these attacks will affect us in the East End, and how we can oppose the Ford Agenda.

Speakers include:

– Maureen O’Reilly, President of the Toronto Library Workers, CUPE 4948
– Effie Vlachoyannacos, Chair of Federation of Metro Tenants Associations
– Mark Ferguson, President of CUPE 416, City of Toronto outside workers

For more information: eastendersps@gmail.com

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SISTERING’S SPUN STUDIO SALE, TORONTO

November 23
5-8pm
Sistering
962 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Please come out and support this upcoming sale at Sistering’s Spun Studio.
All money will go directly back to the women artisans who participate in this program.

Sistering has been supporting homeless, underhoused and low-income women in the Toronto community since 1981.  For more information about Sistering follow this link: http://www.sistering.org/about/

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TACKLING HEALTH INEQUITIES: LESSONS LEARNED FROM A LEADING HEALTH REGION

A Wellesley Institute Forum on Health Equity, Toronto

November 23, 2011
1:30- 4:30 p.m.
Medical Sciences Building, Room MS 3154
University of Toronto, 1 King’s College Circle

With special guest Dr. Cory Neudorf and a panel of local health leaders

Dr. Cory Neudorf, Chief Medical Health Officer for Saskatoon Health Region, will be making a special lecture and leading a discussion on addressing health inequities at a local community level.

Saskatoon has led the way in Canada in sophisticated research that identifies the nature and foundations of systemic health inequities between neighbourhoods in the city; developing comprehensive multi-pronged strategies to tackle those inequities; and driving these strategies into action through focussed programs engaging with local communities and building effective cross-sectoral collaborations.

For more information: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com

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NEWS & VIEWS

BRITISH TORIES RECOGNIZE P3 FAILURE (BUT NOT THE SOLUTION)

After repeated British reports revealing failure of public private partnerships (P3s) for public infrastructure projects, the British Chancellor has announced a fundamental review of the government’s use of P3s (or, as the Brits call them, PFIs).

Read more: http://bit.ly/u5bTLE

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZING IN RADICAL TIMES: AN INTERVIEW WITH AMY SONNIE AND JAMES TRACY

By Matt Dineen, http://TowardFreedom.com

When we think back to the mass social movements of the 1960s who are the participants that come to mind? Most histories of that tumultuous period leave out an important segment of organizers that were committed to building multiracial alliances towards social justice.

“In the United States,” Amy Sonnie and James Tracy explain in their new book Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times (Melville House: 2011), “it’s hard to imagine a broad Left movement that includes white poor and working class people as radical change agents.” Their book seeks to bring to light this untold piece of the 1960s and the stories of those involved.

Read more: http://bit.ly/sos3ok

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AS OCCUPY MOVEMENT REGROUPS, WHAT CAN UNIONS LEARN?

By Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes

As tens of thousands celebrated the two-month anniversary of the Occupy phenomenon, why has Occupy’s message, so similar to what labor has said and done, resounded more forcefully?

Read more:
http://labornotes.org/2011/11/occupy-wall-street-regroups-union-allies-mobilize

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RESISTING EXPROPRIATION OF THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT

By Matthew Brett, The Bullet

The occupy movement is currently being forcefully dismantled by police across North America and Europe. The pretext for these police interventions are health and safety concerns, but the reality is that public space is being re-occupied by the status quo. This is a status quo that would rather see public spaces pacified and vacant. This is a status quo prepared to use police violence to expropriate those most in need of the community that the occupy movement provides. These expropriations also reaffirm the fact that challenges to the prevailing order are generally met with brute force. There is a pressing need to assist and participate with those still entrenched in the occupations, and there is an equally pressing need to discuss where to go from here.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/571.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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‘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)

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – A new 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

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

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

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

Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 25th JUNE 2011

EVENTS

LEON ROSSELSON – UK TROUBADOUR

Saturday, August 6
7:30pm – 10:30pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway)
Toronto

Doors open at 7:15
Admission is $15 waged; $10 unwaged. Proceeds to UK Medical Aid for Palestinians
Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible

The great English radical singer-songwriter, Leon Rosselson, will be touring North America this summer. Beit Zatoun is pleased to host him in Toronto – he will feature many songs from his newest album – The Last Chance: Eight Songs on Israel-Palestine.

Leon Rosselson has been one of the outstanding songwriters in the UK for more than fifty years. A number of his songs are standards, including The World Turned Upside Down, his tribute to the Diggers, a 17th-century English Utopian communist group. It was famously covered by Billy Bragg in the eighties.

Last year Leon Rosselson released The Last Chance: Eight Songs on Israel-Palestine, an album that reflects his experiences and concerns as a secular left-wing Jew faced with the reality of the Israeli settler state.

Sponsored by Cultcom, the culture committee of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly. Please contact Wally Brooker at saxawoogie@yahoo.com for more information.

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THROUGH THE LENS: A LOOK AT SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES OF OUR DAY

Facilitated by Jeana McCabe

Saturday July 2
10 AM – 6 PM
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, 3rd Floor Computer Lab
Toronto

Registration: $84.75 (includes HST)

– Perhaps you look at social justice and KNOW that there have to be MORE INTERESTING and POWERFUL ways to engage.
– Perhaps you want ideas on how to get your students, your family or your community INVOLVED and ACTIVE.
– Perhaps you’ve always wanted to MAKE YOUR OWN documentary.

If any of this applies, then this workshop is for you!

‘Through The Lens’ – A Look at Social Justice Teaching is a workshop designed to train teachers how to engage their students in family, community & global issues through the lens of the camera. Using documentary as their medium, students delve deeper and more personally into human stories connected to their environment, their struggles and their dreams. More importantly they not only learn for themselves the challenges surrounding our world but attempt to share and expose injustices with other youth through their screenings throughout Ontario.  Whether it be on the environment, youth violence, the marginalized or cyber bullying, students find new ways to get to the heart of the issue through a combination of interviews, research and observation. They get involved. They produce. They challenge each other for change.

To register or with questions, please email tlcentre.oise@utoronto.ca

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2011 CONFLICT RESOLUTION WORKSHOPS

From St. Stephen’s Conflict Resolution Service

When conflict is not managed effectively, it can lead to increased stress, strained relationships, low morale and decreased productivity. Our workshops are ideal for executive directors, managers, frontline staff, mediators and individuals who want to learn how to mediate and handle interpersonal conflicts in workplace and personal settings. Participants in our workshops will gain skills to resolve immediate problems and build stronger relationships for future cooperation and understanding. All workshops are participatory in nature and combine discussions, exercises and role-plays.

For more information, visit http://www.ststephenshouse.com/crs.shtml or contact us at (416) 925-2103 x 249.

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WORK IT! HEALTH AND RACISM WORKING GROUP’S ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM

Wed, July 6, 2011
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Student Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga Campus
3359 Mississauga Road North

The Health and Racism Working Group (HaR) invites you to join us for our annual symposium. Join us for Work It! an event focused on work, un(der)employment, employment equity, workers’ rights and much more!

Have you been thinking about work? Are you interested in learning about employment equity? Do you like using art as a way of responding to critical issues? Please join us in this dialogue.

Community members and the workers who support them are invited to attend.

You can expect:

**inspiring speakers
**creative workshops
**delicious food
**great local entertainment
**giveaways
**employment-related community booths

As you may know, HaR uses expressive arts as a self-care, healing and anti-racist tool. On July 6th, we invite you to participate in contributing to our premier ZINE (a self-published magazine, grassroots style), with the theme of “work.”

Please register and join us!
$10 for organizations (pay at the door); FREE for community members.

Presented by the Health and Racism Working Group (HaR), an anti-racist advocacy group of frontline workers and community members, interested in making connections between race and health. HaR is hosted at the East Mississauga Community Health Centre (EMCHC).
Supported by the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (thanks for the space!)

To register:  http://workitsymposium.eventbrite.com/
For more information: healthandracism@gmail.com or 905 602 4082 x 2

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WEBINAR – FOOD SECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY: BUILDING LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS IN CANADA AND JAPAN

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
12:00pm EST, 9:00 am PST
1 hour
Participation is free

Join us to learn about how community initiatives are rebuilding local food economies in Canada and Japan.

Registration: Register by e-mailing mthompson@ccednet-rcdec.ca with your name, location, and work or volunteer position. For more information about the Canadian CED Network, please visit: http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/

Background: Local food initiatives can reduce the carbon footprint of our meals, create employment and strengthen local economies, provide tasty, nutritious produce, and help build community. It is a movement that is ‘growing’ across Canada. This session will sketch a portrait of the community food sector in Canada, examine one successful example from Peterborough, Ontario, and look at Japan’s Seikatsu Club Cooperative Union. With 32 local cooperatives and 350,000 members, the Seikatso Club is a remarkable model of pre-order purchasing directly from producers.

A question and answer period will follow.

SPEAKERS:

* Cathleen Kneen, Chair of Food Secure Canada
* Paula Anderson, Production Coordinator at By the Bushel Community Food Cooperative
* Yvon Poirier, Chair of CCEDNet’s International Committee, who has visited and studied the Seikatso Club

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NEWS & VIEWS

“SINCERELY, THE WORKING CLASS”: POSTAL WORKERS SUPPORTED ACROSS CANADA

By The Media Co-op, The Dominion

“We want this for all Canadians; that’s what this should be about for people.”

Nadine Kays, who worked for four years as a casual letter carrier part-time on the midnight shift before she moved up in the ranks at Canada Post, was talking about the strike action taken by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) early this month.

Read more: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4035

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CAMPAIGN: JUSTICE FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLES – IT’S TIME!

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) National Aboriginal Circle has launched the “Justice for Aboriginal Peoples – it’s Time!” campaign. Please take a few minutes to watch the video that provides a brief, poignant look at the history of colonization and its impacts. We would be very happy if you would share these links with your contacts to help raise public awareness of the issues facing Canada’s first peoples on this – National Aboriginal Day.

English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5DrXZUIinU&feature=youtu.be
 
French: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMuJQjlU5KY&feature=related

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MESSAGE IN HARPER’S BACK TO WORK LAW AGAINST CUPW IS THAT LABOUR WILL BE PUT IN ITS PLACE

By Fred Wilson, rabble.ca

The Harper government’s legislation to end the lock out at Canada Post sends a strong message to Canadian labour. They intend to lower the wages and benefits of public sector workers and they could give a damn about collective bargaining rights.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/fwilson/2011/06/message-harper%E2%80%99s-back-work-law-against-cupw-labour-will-be-put-its-pl

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CARING FOR THE CARERS

By Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute

Sherri Torjman of the Caledon Institute writes about how a focus on patient-centred care, an aging society and health care reform have pushed caregiving onto the policy radar screen. Caregivers comprise a formidable work force that provides an essential service. They care for their family members: elderly and dying parents, people with disabilities, and family members with chronic health conditions. They deserve the same financial compensation, decent working conditions, and training and supports as workers in any other sector of the economy. Sheri outlines what needs to happen to make sure that we care for our caregivers.

Read the paper: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/947ENG.pdf

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THE ASSAULT ON PUBLIC SERVICES: WILL UNIONS LAMENT THE ATTACKS OR LEAD A FIGHTBACK?

By Michael Hurley and Sam Gindin, The Bullet

We are living one of those historic moments that cry out for rallying the working-class to build new capacities, new solidarities, and concrete hope. The crucial question is not how far the attacks on the public sector will go. The real question is how far we will let them go? How will working-class activists inside and outside the unions respond? Do we have a counter-plan? Are we preparing one? Can we act as decisively as those attacking us?

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/516.php

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WORK IN AN AGE OF AUSTERITY

By Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

As Canada continues on the path of economic recovery following the worldwide recession of 2008, workers find themselves under attack — and the attack is coming from many directions. We’ve put together some resources to help Canadians understand what’s behind the attack, who’s at risk, and how the austerity agenda is really about pitting workers against workers.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/work-age-austerity

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KAIROS UPDATE: SIX MONTHS AFTER THE CUT BY CIDA

Just over six months ago, the Canadian International Development Agency informed KAIROS that we would no longer receive CIDA funding. On the afternoon of November 30, 2009 a senior CIDA official advised KAIROS that its proposed 2009-1013 funding agreement had not been approved. No detailed explanation was provided, only a reference made to new CIDA priorities. Neither was there an offer for wind down or transition funds. KAIROS was shocked. Thus ended a 35-year contribution agreement between KAIROS and its predecessor church coalitions, which provided support to KAIROS partners in the Global South who face human rights abuses in their struggles for peaceful solutions in situations of conflict.

Read more: http://kairoscanada.org/index.php?id=71&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[ttnews]=1034

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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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World Crisis

SUMMER SCHOOL + MAY EVENTS AT YORK UNIVERSITY – TORONTO

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

Please see:

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

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

Summer school information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

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World Crisis

DEBT AND AUSTERITY: FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTH TO EUROPE

Invitation – Open to All
Debt and Austerity: From the Global South to Europe
Global Gathering: Athens, Greece 6th-8th May 2011

We would like to invite you to attend a ground-breaking global gathering in Athens, Greece at the beginning of May which will bring debt justice and social justice activists together from Europe and the Global South. As debt and austerity create inequality and poverty within Europe, this event will work toward developing a common understanding of the financial crisis among trade unions, social movements and NGOs, as well as focusing on forming coherent plans for common activities and demands for economic justice. The meeting will also formally support the launch of the call for a debt audit commission in Greece.

Debt audits have been a key means of people challenging their country’s unjust debts, educating and empowering citizens and creating space for a more people-centred form of economics. Debt audits are a key call of many Southern campaigners, some of whom will travel to Greece to discuss the way that audits and other demands for debt justice can help build a new financial and economic model.

The seminar is aimed at social movements, trade unions and NGOs. The meeting will also support Greek activists in their planning for greater social and economic justice and attract international media attention through public sessions and a press conference. The conference will launch an official declaration of solidarity and support for the proposed Greek debt audit and highlight common concerns among Northern and Southern debt and social justice groups.

Sessions include:

* Gaining a deeper understanding of the nature, relevance and politics of debt in Europe and globally
* Learning the lessons of debt and austerity from the global South
* Exploring the resurgence of the IMF and of austerity in Europe and globally
* Exploring the implications of restructuring, repudiating and paying the debt

A full agenda and practical information will be available in the coming days.

We will be joined by speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Tunisia and from across Europe, including deeply indebted European countries.

The conference is supported by: the European Network on Debt and Development, the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt, the Bretton Woods Project UK, Research Money and Finance, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Afri (Action from Ireland), Jubilee Debt Campaign UK, the Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalización Spain.

The seminar costs will be free (or with a small voluntary contribution). Groups and individuals will need to fundraise their travel costs independently.

For more details please contact:
Greece: Christina arbutus@riseup.net
Ireland: Nessa Ní Chasaide nessa@debtireland.org 01 6174835 / Andy Storey andy.storey@ucd.ie UK: Nick Dearden nick@jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk + 44 207 324 4722
Rest of Europe: Øygunn Brynildsen obrynildsen@eurodad.org +32 2 894 4645

We hope many of you will join us!

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

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Big Society

HITLER IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Video spoofs ‘Nazi’ library cuts

The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 2nd March, 2011, p.5

By Daily Telegraph Reporter

A video posted on the internet that compares a county council to Nazi Germany for making cuts to libraries has been condemned as “sickening”.

The spoof clip, which was uploaded to the YouTube website, shows Adolf Hitler in his bunker with sub-titles of him supposedly ranting about opposition to spending cuts in Gloucestershire.

One councillor, Philip Booth, was criticised by the Tory county council leader, Mark Hawthorne, for describing the video as “great stuff”. Mr Hawthorne said: “I am always disgusted when idiots try to use Hitler, Nazism and the Holocaust to score political points. To see this branded ‘great stuff is sickening.”

Mr Booth, from the Green Party, defended the clip, which is from the 2004 film Downfall, which depicts Hitler’s last days. “I think it has come out of the frustration of library campaigners that they haven’t been listened to,” he said. “I apologise if anyone has taken offence.”

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You can see the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAMRCY55lnQ

The Daily Telegraph, ironically, has listed the video as one of its top spoof videos!

The article online: http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx

Philip Booth’s blog, Ruscombe Green is at: http://ruscombegreen.blogspot.com/ It was voted 11th best blog in the Total Politics Top 30 Councillor Blog national poll for 2010. It was also voted 10th in the Green Blog poll for Total Politics in 2010.

Report on the issue in This is Gloucestershire, ‘Man behind Youtube Hitler spoof video stands by library message’, at: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/news/Man-Hitler-video-stands-library-message/article-3281693-detail/article.html See also: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/news/Political-row-Hitler-library-video/article-3275999-detail/article.html  

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries (FoGL): http://foclibrary.wordpress.com/

Friends of Minchinhampton Library: http://friendsofminchinhamptonlibrary.wordpress.com/

See also the ‘Hitler Versus Library Campaigners’ video, by Phil Bradley at the Use Libraries and Learn Stuff blog: http://use-libraries-and-learn-stuff.blogspot.com/2011/02/hitler-attempts-to-close-libraries.html  

Book Burning: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005852

Heinrich Heine on Burning Books: http://atheism.about.com/od/weeklyquotes/a/heine01.htm

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Marketisation of Higher Education

MARKETS AND THE LIMITS OF DEMOCRACY: TWO TALKS BY COLIN LEYS

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Markets and the Limits of Democracy: two talks by Colin Leys

At a time of rapid and controversial reform of Britain’s public sector, Goldsmiths’ Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy organizes two public talks with Colin Leys (Goldsmiths and Queens University, Ontario). Professor Leys is the author of Market-Driven Politics (Verso 2000) and the co-author with Stewart Player of The Plot Against the NHS (Merlin 2011) and Confuse and Conceal: The NHS and Independent Treatment Centres (Merlin 2008).

www.gold.ac.uk/global-media-democracy/events/

Thursday 3 March 2011 – The Plot against the NHS
Without putting choice to the electorate or the parliament the coalition government is reforming the NHS to achieve an ‘improved productivity and efficiency’. Is the UK heading towards a privatised US-style healthcare market?

Karen Jennings of UNISON will be responding to Professor Leys’ talk.
6.30-8pm Richard Hoggart Building (Main Building) Room 309

Thursday 10 March 2011 – Why was Karl Polanyi wrong? Have we seen the last of social democracy?
Taking the debate to a broader historical and theoretical level, this talk discusses Karl Polanyi’s view in 1944 that capital would never again be allowed to be ‘self-regulating’: is the truth the opposite, that capital will never again be regulated by collective political action?

Gareth Dale of Brunel University and Fran Tonkiss from LSE will be responding to Professor Leys’ talk.
5.30-7pm Richard Hoggart Building (Main Building) Room 309

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 20th FEBRUARY 2011

EVENTS

MEDITATION FOR SOCIAL ACTIVISTS

February 25, 2011
1:00pm – 3:30pm
OISE/Centre for Women’s Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto (St. George subway stn.)

We can do more for the world when we are tending to our own wellbeing. Meditation can help to ground, centre, and rejuvenate you. In this workshop you will learn to meditate and will be empowered with tools to bring meditation into your daily life on an on-going basis. Hosted by Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

For more info, email: cwse@utoronto.ca

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE (OISE/UT) FEBRUARY LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES

“Community Foundations”

With Rosalyn Morrison – Community Initiatives, Toronto Community Foundation, and Betsy Martin – Community Foundations Canada

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

Rosalyn Morrison will talk about how the Toronto Community Foundation mobilizes more than 300 individual and family donors, high-impact community organizations and cross-sector leaders to tackle complex, quality of life issues in creative and inspiring ways.

Betsy Martin will discuss how foundations in Canada can support social enterprise and how this is part of the evolution of the investment model of foundations around the world. She will give examples of what community foundations in Canada and the United States are doing, to give a sense of the potential for this kind of community foundation investing.

Moderator: Michael Hall, Primus

Bring your lunch and a mug.  Water, coffee and tea will be provided.

For more information, please contact: Lisa White: secspeakerseries@gmail.com This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see our website for detailed instructions: http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO 2011 RESEARCH & POLICY ROUNDTABLE: WHO’S IN CHARGE?

Please join us for our Research & Policy Roundtable being held on February 24th, 2011. The theme of the 2011 roundtable is “Who’s in Charge? The impact of agencies, boards & commissions on public accountability & service delivery”.

Since the late 1970s, a transformative shift has taken place in how governments manage and administer public services in many democratic countries around the world. Influenced by neo-liberal ideologies, governments have been increasingly under pressure to reduce their size and control over public services. Governments were declared “too big” and “too bureaucratic” to be able to properly and promptly deliver services transparently and flexibly. Governments were encouraged to incorporate private sector management models to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of services and service-delivery. One central feature of this new model has been the creation of hundreds of decentralized and quasi-autonomous government agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) to manage and administer public services. According to the Ontario Public Appointments Secretariat, there are approximately 630 of these agencies, boards and commissions operating in the province.

For more info: http://bit.ly/eJQeQv

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GIANT STEPS: RADICAL WOMEN IN THE BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE

A talk by Komozi Woodard, Esther Raushenbush Chair, Sarah Lawrence College
Author: Want to Start a Revolution?

7:00pm, Tuesday March 1, 2011
Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School, TRS 2109
55 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Sponsored by Socialist Project, Centre for Social Justice, New Socialists, No One Is Illegal – Toronto.

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CELEBRATE PEOPLE’S HISTORY AT TORONTO FREE GALLERY

Feb. 10 – March 19, 2011
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West
Toronto
Free Admission

Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 12-6pm

Toronto Free Gallery and Groundswell present Celebrate People’s History!, a show of poster art created by over ninety artists – including many of Toronto’s own – to document the hidden history of social justice movements.

The posters make up a hidden history of people’s struggles, covering well known events and praising groups and leaders of prominence, but also bringing to light less known struggles. The set includes tributes to the AIDS activist group ACT UP, the 1969 Stonewall rebellion, the 1921 Appalachian miners strike at Blair Mountain, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, the anti-eviction battle at San Francisco’s International Hotel, the 1988 democratic uprising in Burma, the women leaders of Oaxaca’s 2006 civil uprising, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the 1804 Haitian Revolution, singer Paul Robeson, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.

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NEWS & VIEWS

VANCOUVER MAYOR FINDS NEW RESPECT FOR SANITATION WORKERS WHEN HE WALKS A DAY IN THEIR SHOES

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson found out what it’s like to work collecting and sorting garbage in Vancouver when he appeared on a recent episode of CBC series Make the Politician Work.

During the two days Robertson spent as a city sanitation worker he tried a number of jobs normally done by front line staff who are members of CUPE.

“What really struck me was how much people care about their work at the city, how concerned they are about the future and doing better and better. That’s great value for us at the city and it’s great value for taxpayers too,” said Robertson.

The episode aired on Feb. 13 and you can watch it here on the CBC website: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/Make_the_Politician_Work/1747857163/ID=1795295084

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2010-2011 MIGRANT FARM WORKERS REPORT PUBLISHED

Report finds federal government complicit in Canada’s abuse of migrant farm workers

Canada’s most comprehensive annual report on the challenges facing migrant farm workers has been released. It confirms that abuse and exploitation of migrant farm workers are rampant in Canada’s agriculture industry. The 2010-2011 Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada report is published by UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA). For more than two decades UFCW Canada has been a leading advocate for farm workers’ rights, and in association with the AWA operates 10 agriculture worker support centres across Canada.  The latest report is the seventh released since 2003. The 25-page report exposes federally operated migrant farm worker programs as rife with human and labour rights violations — and those programs are expanding with the assistance of the Harper Conservative government.

Read more (.pdf): http://www.ufcw.ca/templates/ufcwcanada/images/awa/publications/UFCW-Status_of_MF_Workers_2010-2011_EN.pdf

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A NEW AMERICAN WORKERS MOVEMENT HAS BEGUN

By Dan La Botz, Solidarity

Thousands of workers demonstrated at the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 15 and 16 to protest plans by that state’s Republican Governor Scott Walker to take away the state workers’ union rights. Walker, cleverly attempted to divide the public workers by excluding police and firefighters from his anti-union law, and the media have worked to divide public employees against private sector workers. Yet, both firemen and private sector workers showed up at the statehouse to join public workers of all sorts in what has been one of the largest workers demonstrations in the United States in decades.

Read more: http://www.solidarity-us.org/current/node/3159

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WI GOVERNOR’S FAKE BUDGET CRISIS: GAVE TAX BREAKS TO WAL-MART TO FURTHER REAL AGENDA – UNION BUSTING

(Alternet)

There is no fiscal crisis in Wisconsin. Governor Walker reports a nearly 130 million dollar deficit, but doesn’t report that he caused it by giving a 140 million dollar tax break to large multinational corporations here in Wisconsin (e.g. WalMart). However, this cover story gives him an excuse to do the unthinkable.

Read more: http://act.alternet.org/go/4579?akid=6540.141253.1Sy7fn&t=39

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THE EGYPTIAN UPRISING AND WORKERS’ GRIEVANCES

By Nada Matta, The Bullet

It is too early to give an explanation for the Egyptian revolt. Much still needs to be understood about the character and the driving forces behind this sustained mass mobilization, as well as its dynamic and development. Some initial thoughts could still be entertained, however, especially with regards to the nature of the protestors’ demands. Though the revolt was caused by increasing economic hardship and insecurity, as well as by mounting political repression and authoritarianism, the demands of its youth organizers were solely focused on political democracy.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/465.php

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WORKERS BAND TOGETHER AS UNIONS ARE LEFT BEHIND

The AFL-CIO spent over $50 million worth of its members’ dues and deployed 250,000 workers to support Obama’s campaign. But three years later, workers say unions have failed to deliver on their promises and are struggling to defend their rights.

Raquel Rojas isn’t exactly union material – an immigrant, a seasonal worker, scraping by on multiple part-time, low-wage jobs. So when Raquel said she watched her managers at the Cheesecake Factory in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor disrespect workers and sexually harass their employees, she had little recourse – until United Workers knocked on her door.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/news/usa-workers-unite-unions/

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VIDEO: BRENDA STOKELY – “A MOVEMENT TO CHANGE THE WORLD”

Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly Labour Conference: Building the Working Class Movement
Keynote speaker: Brenda Stokely

Toronto, January 30, 2011

“A Movement To Change the World”

Moderated by Kelly O’Sullivan

Brenda Stokely is a human rights activist dedicated to ending all forms of national oppression, racism, sexism and exploitation of workers. She co-found and built several key organizations, including the 2004 Million Worker March Movement, NY Labor Against the War (co-convener), founding member of Troops Out Now, Coalition to Save Harlem and many more.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls91.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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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Crisis Sublime

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE 2010 – REGISTRATION ON THE DOOR

PREREGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE CONFERENCE. HOWEVER YOU CAN COME 
AND REGISTER ON THE DOOR, THURSDAY THROUGH TO SUNDAY

Registration desk is at SOAS, Thornhaugh Square, Russell Square Underground station.

Thursday at 12:00

Friday at 9.00

Saturday at 9.00

Sunday at 9.00

All those who cannot afford the suggested unwaged contribution rate, or who only wish to attend a few sessions, should come to registration to discuss a fair contribution.

‘Crisis and Critique’: Historical Materialism Annual London Conference 2010

Central London, Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th November

Provisional Programme Now Available online: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual7

Notwithstanding repeated invocations of the ‘green shoots of recovery’, the effects of the economic crisis that began in 2008 continue to be felt around the world. While some central tenets of the neoliberal project have been called into question, bank bailouts, cuts to public services and attacks on working people’s lives demonstrate that the ruling order remains capable of imposing its agenda. Many significant Marxist analyses have already been produced of the origins, forms and prospects of the crisis, and we look forward to furthering these debates at HM London 2010. We also aim to encourage dialogue between the critique of political economy and other modes of criticism – ideological, political, aesthetic, philosophical – central to the Marxist tradition.

In the 1930s, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht projected a journal to be called ‘Crisis and Critique’. In very different times, but in a similar spirit, HM London 2010 aims to serve as a forum for dialogue, interaction and debate between different strands of critical-Marxist theory. Whether their focus is the study of the capitalist mode of production’s theoretical and practical foundations, the unmasking of its ideological forms of legitimation or its political negation, we are convinced that a renewed and politically effective Marxism will need to rely on all the resources of critique in the years ahead.

Crises produce periods of ideological and political uncertainty. They are moments that put into question established cognitive and disciplinary compartmentalisations, and require a recomposition at the level of both theory and practice. HM London 2010 hopes to contribute to a broader dialogue on the Left aimed at such a recomposition, one of whose prerequisites remains the young Marx’s call for the ‘ruthless criticism of all that exists’.

Themes discussed by the Conference include: Activism * Adorno: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Politics * Aesthetics of Crisis * Art and Activism * Althusser and the Aleatory Encounter I: Conceptual Aspects * Althusser and the Aleatory Encounter II: Philosophical Contrasts * Applying Value Theory * Approaching Passive Revolutions * Art in Neoliberalism * The Arts and Capitalist Triumphant: American Culture in the 1940s * Between Political Economy and Political Struggles *  Beyond What Is and Isn’t to Be Done: The Question of Organisation Today * Biocapitalism * Bolshevik History * Book Launch: Jairus Banaji’s Theory as History * Capital and the Crisis of Nature * Capitalism, Labour, Photography * Centenary of Hilferding’s Finance Capital * China: Internal Struggles and External Perceptions * Class, Gender, Crisis: The Attack on Public Services and Welfare * Class and Nation in the Middle East * Climate Change and Ecological Crisis: Law, Gender, Technology * Commodities, Labour and Space * Conjuncture, Contingency and Overdetermination * The Contemporary Global Economy (Marx and the ‘Global South’ 1) * Crisis and Accumulation in Asia * Crisis of Representation: Philosophy, Politics, Aesthetics * Crisis in Greece, Crisis in the Eurozone * The Crisis this Time * Commons and Commonwealths * Commons and Communism, Past and Present * Confronting the Right * Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism * Death and Utopia: Bloch and Benjamin * Dependency and Exploitation in Latin America * Dimensions of the Crisis: History, Finance, and the Labour Process * Energy and Crisis * The End of Old and New Labour: What’s Left? * Eurozone Crisis: Causes and Ways Out * Feminism and the Critique of Political Economy * Financial Capital Before and After the Crisis * Financialisation: Theory and Practice * Forgotten Space: Capitalism and the Sea * Forms of Working-Class Resistance * From Crisis To Crises: Marxist Perspectives On Latin America In The Global Economy * From Crisis of Capitalism to Crisis of the Public Sector * Gender, Labour and the Future of Feminism * Geographies of Crisis and Critique I * Geographies of Crisis and Critique II * German Crises * Georg Lukács and the Aspiration Towards Totality * Gramsci * Historical Materialism, Universal History, and East Asia * Histories of Workers’ Struggles * The Ideology of the ‘Big Society’ * Imperialism: History and Theory * Intellectuals, Public Discourse and Education * International Relations, Militarism and Modes of Foreign Relations * Japanese and Western Marxism * Korsch, Lefebvre and Hegelian Marxism * Labour and Migration * Labour Power and the Marxian Analytics of Crisis * Latin America, Resistance and Political Economy * Legacies of Bolshevism * Lenin, Luxemburg and the Russian Revolution * Limits of Citizenship and Democracy * Managing Crisis: Fair Trade, Cooperatives,  Degrowth * Marx Against Eurocentrism (Marx and the ‘Global South’ 2) * Marx and Critique * Marxian Investigations * Marxism and Geopolitics * Marxism and International Law * Marxism and Politics Today * Marxism and Theories of Politics * Marxist Theories of Finance and Risk * Marxist Theory and Cultural Politics * Marx for Our Times * Marx, Normativity, Justice * Marx’s Capital and the Development of Capitalism Today * Music and Resistance * Neoliberalism and World Cinema: A Double Take * Palestine and Global Justice: Current and Historic Challenges for the Left * Poetics, Painting, Politics * Political Ecology in a Time of Crisis * Political Economy and Value Theory * The Politics and Political Economy of the Media * The Politics of Housing * Profit and the Crisis * Radicalism in Contemporary Art and Literature * Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia * Rethinking the State * Rosa Luxemburg  and the Critique of Political Economy * Screening: Comuna Under Construction * Servicing the Crisis * Sex in Crisis * Slavery and American Capitalism * Stasis, Contradiction, Hostility * Strategies for Art Today I * Strategies for Art Today II * Theorising the Crisis I * Theorising the Crisis II * Theorising the Crisis III * The Transformation of Chinese Marxism * Ultra-Leftism, Insurrection, and the City * Useless But True: Economic Crisis and the Peculiarities of Economic Science * Value and Struggles in China * Varieties of Capitalism I * Varieties of Capitalism II * Violence and Non-Violence * Walter Benjamin and Anthropological Materialism * Walter Benjamin and the Critique of Violence * Whither Feminism? * Who Rules the World? Contemporary Views on Ruling and Capitalist Classes * Workers, the Union Movement and the Crisis * Workers’ Self-Management and Alternative Work Organisation I * Workers’ Self-Management and Alternative Work Organization II * The Working Class after Neoliberalism: From the World to the East End of Glasgow * The Work of Daniel Bensaid *

Speakers include: Greg Albo * Bueno Aldo * Görkem Akgöz * Idris Akkuzu * Donatella Alessandrini * Anne Alexander * Jamie Allinson * Elmar Altvater * Marko Ampuja * James Anderson * Kevin Anderson * Alex Anievas * Caroline Arscott * Sam Ashman * John Ashworth * Tara Atluri * Maurizio Atzeni * Antonio Azevedo * Dario Azzellini * Abigail Bakan * Jeff Bale * Jairus Banaji * Laurent Baronian * Luca Basso * Amita Baviskar * Wesley Baxter * Dave Beech * Riccardo Bellofiore * Aaron Benanav * Marc Berdet * Janis Berzins * Beverley Best * Brenna Bhandar * Alain Bihr * Cyrus Bina * Robin Blackburn * Paul Blackledge * Joost de Bloois * Iain Boal * Roland Boer * Armando Boito * Patrick Bond * Bill Bowring * Chris Boyd * Umut Bozkurt * Honor Brabazon * Craig Brandist * Pepijn Brandon * Lutz Brangsch * Colm Breathnach * Peter Brogan * Heather Brown * Sebastian Budgen * Jonah Butovsky * Alex Callinicos * Liam Campling * Bob Cannon * Thomas Carmichael * The Carrot Workers Collective * Warren Carter * Noel Castree * Aude de Caunes * Maria Elisa Cevasco * Giorgio Cesarale * Sharad Chari * Matthew Charles * François Chesnais * Danielle Child * Christopher Chitty * Joseph Choonara * John Clegg * Perci Coelho * Sheila Cohen * Alejandro Colás * Nathan Coombs * John Cooper * Luke Cooper * Gareth Dale * Neil Davidson * Chuck Davis * Tim Dayton * Shane Deckard * Radhika Desai * Li Dianlai * Katja Diefenbach * Angela Dimitrakaki * James Dunkerley * Bill Dunn * Cedric Durand * Nick Dyer-Witheford * Caroline Edwards * Steve Edwards * Evie Embrechts * Katsuhiko Endo * Theresa Enright * Adam Fabry * Mauro Farnesi Camellone * Sara Farris * David Featherstone * Romain Felli * Oliver Feltham * David Fernbach * Michele Filippini * Ben Fine * Eoin Flaherty * Paul Flenley * Keith Flett * Kirsten Forkert * Des Freedman * Alan Freeman * James Furner * Nicola Fusaro * Jin Gao * Lindsey German * M.A. Gonzalez * Sara Gonzalez * James Goodman * Jamie Gough * Nicolas Grinberg * Agon Hamza  * Adam Hanieh * Bue Rübner Hansen * Jane Hardy * Lea Haro * Barnaby Harran * Barbara Harriss-White * Johan Hartle * Dan Hartley * Mike Haynes * Amrit Heer * Paul Heideman * Christoph Hermann * Chris Hesketh * Andy Higginbottom * Jan Hoff * John Holloway * Charlie Hore * Nik Howard * Peter Hudis * Ian Hussey * Ursula Huws * Anthony Iles * Ozlem Ingun * Robert Jackson * Dhruv Jain * Sang-Hwan Jang * Anselm Jappe * Olivier Jelinski * Heesang Jeon * Seongjin Jeong * Jonny Jones * Jyotsna Kapur * Marina Kaneti * Ioannis Kaplanis * Elif Karacimen * Rebecca Karl * Ken Kawashima * Alexander Keller Hirsch * Mark Kelly * Anneleen Kenis * Paul Kellogg * Christiane Ketteler * Sami Khatib * Jim Kincaid * Don Kingsbury * Stathis Kouvelakis * Sam Knafo * Juha Koivisto * Stathis Kouvelakis * Michael R. Krätke * Clarice Kuhling * Alexi Kukuljevic * Anne E. Lacsamana * Mikko Lahtinen * Ishay Landa * Costas Lapavitsas * Amanda Latimer * Nick Lawrence * Philippe Lege * Emanuele Leonardi * Esther Leslie * Alex Levant * Les Levidow * Iren Levina * Norman Levine * Ben Lewis * Aiyun Liang * Lars Lih * Jacob Carlos Lima * Por-Yee Lin * Duncan Lindo * Nicola Livingstone * Alex Loftus * Domenico Losurdo * Nikos Lountos * David Mabb * Denis Mäder * Yahya Madra * F.T.C. Manning * Paula Marcelino * Fábio Marvulle *  Pierre Matari * Paul Mattick * Patricia McCafferty * Daniel McCarthy * Andrew McGettigan * David McNally * James Meadway * Eileen Meehan * Antigoni Memou * Zhang Meng * David Michalski * China Miéville * Owen Miller * Seamus Milne * Andrew Milner * Dimitris Milonakis * Gautam Mody * Simon Mohun * Kim Moody * Colin Mooers * Michael Moran * Vittorio Morfino * Adam David Morton * Avigail Moss * Sara Motta * Tadzio Mueller * Sara Murawski * Douglas Murphy * Mary Jo Nadeau * Yutaka Nagahara * Immanuel Ness * Susan Newman * Michael Niblett *  Stephen Norrie * Benjamin Noys * Sebnem Oguz * Francisco Ojeda * Chris O’Kane * Kosuke Oki * Ken Olende * Ozlem Onaran * Ahmet Öncü * Ozgur Orhangazi * Judith Orr * Reecia Orzeck * Ceren Ozselcuk * Leo Panitch * Giorgos Papafragkou * Rose Parfitt * Mark Paschal * Jody Patterson * Laurie Penny * He Ping * Simon Pirani * Charles Post * Nina Power * Gonzalo Pozo-Martin * Lucia Pradella * Tim Pringle * Toni Prug * Muriel Pucci * Besnik Pula * Thomas Purcell * Sam Putinja * Uri Ram * Gene Ray * Jason Read * John Rees * Oliver Ressler * Felicita Reuschling * Larry Reynolds * John Roberts * John Michael Roberts * William Roberts * Ed Rooksby * Sadi dal Rosso * Christina Rousseau * Giorgos Sagriotis * Spyros Sakellaropoulos * Gregory Schwartz * David Schwartzman * Ian J. Seda-Irizarry * Ben Selwyn * Richard Seymour * Greg Sharzer * Greg Shollette * Jan Sieber * Oishik Sircar * Murray E.G. Smith * John Smith * Jeffrey Sommers * Panagiotis Sotiris * Michalis Spourdalakis * Kerstin Stakemeier * Julian Stallabrass * Guido Starosta * Engelbert Stockhammer * Robert Stolz * Ted Stolze * Kendra Strauss * Bronislaw Szerszynski * Jeff Tan * Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor * Kampagiannis Thanassis * Tzuchien Tho * Martin Thomas * Peter Thomas * Peter Thompson * Hillel Herschel Ticktin * Vladimir Tikhonov * Oxana Timofeeva * Bruno Tinel * Tania Toffanin * Massimiliano Tomba * Stavros Tombazos * George Tomlinson * Samo Tomsic * Jan Toporowski * Alberto Toscano * Nicos Trimikliniotis * Ben Trott * Pei Kuei Tsai * Alan Tuckman * Deborah Tudor * Lori Turner * Alexej Ulbricht * Steve Vallance * Giovanna Vertova * Marina Vishmidt * Keith Wagner * Hilary Wainwright * Gavin Walker * Andrew Warstat * Ben Watson * Michael Watts * Mike Wayne * Alexis Wearmouth * Jeffery R. Webber * John Weeks * Brian Whitener * Evan Calder Williams * Frieder Otto Wolf * Xinwang Wu * Wu Xinwei * Galip Yalman * Faruk Yalvaç * Eddie Yuen * Rafeef  Ziadah * Mislav Zitko *

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