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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 4th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

2013 OCUFA Conference “Academia in the Age of Austerity”
January 10-11, 2013
Pantages Hotel, Toronto

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations conference will critically explore how government austerity policies have affected faculty, students, administrators, and institutions in Ontario, in Canada, and globally. It will examine whether austerity is inevitable, or if there are alternatives. And it will ask what universities might do now, and in the future, in response to austerity policies and possible alternatives.

The conference will feature speakers from Canada, the US, the UK and Europe, and have keynote address and interviews, panel presentations, and opportunities for informal discussion and audience participation.  The conference will also release OCUFA’s new polling data on public perceptions of austerity and its impact on higher education. 

The deadline for early-bird registration is Thursday, November 15, 2012.

For more info: http://ocufa.on.ca/conferences/academia-in-the-age-of-austerity/

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Re/imagining Feminist Popular Education:  A Conversation and Book Launch
5-7 pm
Wednesday, November 21
William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St., Toronto

Join a conversation with practitioner-authors Jenny Horsman, Barbara Williams, Carol-Lynn D’Arcangelis and Audrey Huntley and help us launch Feminist Popular Education in Transnational Debates: Building Pedagogies of Possibility, edited by Linzi Manicom and Shirley Walters (Palgrave, 2012).

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From Chicago to Toronto: Educational Activism in Increasingly Conservative Times!

5:00-8:00 p.m. (refreshments will be served at 5:00 pm)
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
OISE Library
252 Bloor Street West (St George Subway)

Join us for a panel & discussion – educators, students & community members welcome!

– Jackson Potter is a Chicago teacher and founding member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and the Grassroots Education Movement. Jackson was a leader in the recent Chicago Teachers strike. He currently serves the Chicago Teachers Union as its staff coordinator.

– Nigel Barriffe is a TDSB elementary school teacher in Rexdale. Nigel has been serving the community of Etobicoke-North through civic engagement, community development and youth leadership for many years.

– Tim McCaskell is a long-time Toronto writer, activist and educator who in 2005 published “Race to Equity: Disrupting Educational Inequality”, a history of the struggle for equity in Toronto public schools.

– Monica Rosas is a secondary school teacher who describes herself as an artist, educator, and agitator. Monica challenges and provokes discussion on gender, the environment and the experiences of racialized young people throughout Toronto’s urban schools.

What are the roles of educational activists within their classrooms, schools, communities and unions in responding to the challenges we all face in increasingly conservative times? Join us for an opportunity to share experiences and build networks!

Space is limited: Please RSVP to Nina Lewis at 416-978-0146 or cusforum@utoronto.ca

Sponsored by the Centre for Urban Schooling

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Indigent Workers and Capitalist Crises in Toronto (1830-1930)

Intersections + Bousfield Lectures
Program in Planning Department of Geography University of Toronto

3:00-5:00pm
Friday, Nov. 9
100 St. George Street, Room SS2125
Refreshments provided

Speakers:

Gaetan Heroux
Anti-Poverty Activist, OCAP
Bousfield Distinguished Visitor,
University of Toronto (2011/2012)
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Bryan D. Palmer
Professor and CRC Chair,
Canadian Studies and History
Trent University

What is proletarianization? The conventional answer to this question rests on waged labour. Yet many workers, past and present, are routinely unable to secure paid employment, in part because of the persistence of capitalist crises of various kinds. This study of indigent workers in Toronto from the 1830s to the 1930s is premised on an understanding of proletarianization as dispossession, on the one hand, and, on the other, of the ways in which capitalism necessarily produces recurrent crises, leaving many workers wageless. It addresses how wagelessness and poverty were criminalized through the development of institutions of ostensible charitable relief, such as the Toronto House of Industry, in which those seeking shelter and sustenance were required to chop wood or, more onerously, break stone in order to be admitted to the ranks of those ‘deserving’ of such support. Against these measures, numerous protests took place in Toronto, where the black flag was carried in demonstrations demanding ‘work or bread’. Refusals to ‘crack the stone’ and calls for different kinds of relief were common in mobilizations of the wageless in the opening decades of the twentieth century, in which socialists often took the lead. By the time of capitalism’s severe crisis in the Great Depression of the 1930s, Toronto’s wageless were well situated to mount an outcasts’ offensive.

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Canadian History through the Stories of Activists – Downtown Toronto Book Launch and Talk

7:00pm
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Room 5250, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
   
Join author and activist Scott Neigh for a talk and book signing as he launches two new books published by Fernwood Publishing: ‘Gender and Sexuality: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists’ and ‘Resisting the State: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists’. Hear about some of the many struggles that have shaped the Canada of today, and talk about new ways of relating to the past as we struggle for a transformed tomorrow.

Scott will be joined by Frank Showler, who has been active in anti-war and social justice movements in Toronto since the late 1930s and whose words (along with his late wife Isabel’s) are at the heart of Chapter 1 of ‘Resisting the State’. He will also be joined by Don Weitz, a pillar of anti-psychiatry organizing in Ontario in the last several decades and the activist whose words are at the heart of Chapter 6 in ‘Resisting the State’. Both will speak briefly about their experiences and about the importance of paying attention to history for movements today.

To learn more about the books and the project of which they are a part, and to read and hear excerpts from the interviews around which the books are organized, visit http://talkingradical.ca/.

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NEWS & VIEWS

Worker Exploitation Is Not Just a Chinese Problem

by Syed Hussan, Huffington Post

Stuck as we are in the midst of a U.S. Presidential campaign in that has consistently framed China as the “boogey man,” the homogenizing outrage against the Canada-China Investment Agreement focused, it is as if China-and Chinese-bashing is all the rage right now.

If you’ve been following all the flare-up in British Columbia in the last few weeks about migrant workers from China coming to work in B.C.’s coal mines you’d think that migrant workers being charged recruitment fees is something that’s never been done before.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/syed-hussan/migrant-worker-exploitation-canada_b_2065974.html

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‘Onwards from Occupy’ Project/Contest – Submit your Contribution!

by Toronto Media Co-op

Got a story about Occupy that needs to be told? A personal experience, or an interesting anecdote that never got out?  Have you started some awesome group projects out of Occupy that should be covered with a news story or photo essay?  Do you have some video footage you never got around to editing because you were too busy living in a park?  Now’s the time to post it up on the Toronto Media Co-op as part of our “Onwards from Occupy” project.  We’ll hoping we’ll get posts from this project throughout the anniversary of the southern Ontario ‘occupy’ encampments from now ‘till November.

More info: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/13990?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=021112

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In Sandy’s Wake, New York’s Landscape of Inequity Revealed

by Michelle Chen, Common Dreams   

The shock of Sandy is still rippling across the north-eastern United States. But in the microcosm of New York City, we can already see who’s going to bear the brunt of the damage. As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, floodwaters have a way of exposing the race and class divisions that stratify our cities.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/11/02-0

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Video – The Monster in the Closet: Income Inequality

by rabble staff

An illustration of a scary problem haunting Canada — income inequality. This video is part of NUPGE’s ‘All Together Now’ campaign for public services and tax fairness.

Watch the video: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2012/10/best-net/monster-closet-income-inequality

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Social Assistance Review Commission’s Final Report and Recommendations plus Roundup of Responses

Please note that the Social Assistance Review Commission’s final report and recommendations was released on Wednesday, October 24. Look here for a roundup of media articles and various responses to the report.

Read the report: http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/home?language=en_CA&

Media articles and responses to the report: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=516055b03d&e=f67f28a7b9

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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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 

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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