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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15 2009

 

OUR MANDATE: 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.

To change your subscriptions settings, visit: http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast

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

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RESOURCE AVAILABLE FROM CSEW: ADULT LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY IN WORKING-CLASS LIFE

By P.H. Sawchuk

Adult Learning and Technology in Working-Class Life explores the everyday learning lives of workers as they cope, use, understand and contest computer technology in their lives.

Cambridge University Press, 2003
Available online from publisher: http://www.cambridge.org

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SEMINAR WITH WADE RATHKE OF ACORN USA

Co-sponsored by Labour Studies (York University) & the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (OISE/UT) Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning (APCOL-CURA) Project

Thursday, September 17, 2009
9:30am – 11:30am
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 12-199
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
   
Wade Rathke is a co-founder of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 100.

Rathke was ACORN’s chief organizer from its founding in 1970 until 2008. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Social Policy, a quarterly magazine for scholars and activists, and he is the author of two recently published books. As a student, Rathke organized draft resistance for Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and later organized welfare recipients in Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts for the National Welfare Rights Organization.

ACORN is the largest organization of lower income and working families in the United States, with 175,000 dues-paying families spread across about eighty-two staffed offices in American cities. The ACORN family of organizations includes radio stations, publications, housing development and ownership (ACORN Housing), and a variety of other supports for direct organizing and issue campaigns, such as Project Vote and the Living Wage Resource Center. ACORN International has offices in Lima, Peru, and Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.

The APCOL Project (2009-2014) is operated out of the Ontario Institute for Education (University of Toronto). Using Action Research methods, its goal is to bring together community organizers, university and college researchers in the Toronto area to document relations between community organizing, the economy and activist development.

For more information on APCOL, contact g.demontmollin@utoronto.ca
For more information on Wade Rathke, go to http://chieforganizer.org/

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FORUM: JOBLESS RECOVERY – BROKEN EI

Who is going to fix EI? As election fever starts to heat up, the Tories are desperate to pretend that they have dealt with the nagging issue of thousands of laid-off workers who can’t get EI benefits.

Registration: 6:00 p.m.
Event starts: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street (at Church Street), Room 204

Speakers:
Unemployed workers from the GTA;
Judy Rebick, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy; and
Gilles Paquette, Quebec Federation of Labour/Unemployed Coalition.

Contact: 416-441-3663 ext.224

Organised by the Good Jobs for all Coalition: http://www.goodjobsforall.ca

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BOOK LAUNCH – CITIZEN WEALTH: THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE WORKING FAMILIES
September 16, 2009
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Hart House (UofT)

Wade Rathke is among the most prolific community and labor organizers of his generation. He is the founder of ACORN USA (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, USA), which has worked to build the largest community based organization of low and moderate income families in America fighting for social and economic justice. ACORN CANADA has been a vital partner of the Toronto labour movement in the Good Jobs for All Coalition and the $10 Minimum Wage fight. Wade Rathke will be speaking about lessons learned from a life of community organizing, as well as signing copies of his new book and answering questions. For more information on the book and Wade, please visit here.

To find out more about the book and Wade, click here: http://chieforganizer.org/

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UNITED STEELWORKER RADIO ADS STAND UP FOR SUDBURY, AND ADVERTISE SEPT 19 RALLY

SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 14 /CNW/ – “You know… Sudbury’s a good place to grow up… to raise a family… to retire”, begins the radio ad launched by the United Steelworkers in support of the Vale Inco strike.

The first of four ads goes on to explain: “That’s because we give back to our community when we can. But the Brazilian company Vale could ruin all this.”

In the series of radio ads (two to be launched Monday, Sept 14), the Steelworkers are reaching out to fellow Sudburians to recognize that Vale Inco is not just attacking the compensation of its workers. Vale is also challenging the very quality of life that has been built up over decades in Sudbury.

“The ads remind Sudbury citizens that Vale is massively profitable, currently has huge cash assets, and increased its executive compensation by 121% in the last two years. Yet Vale is demanding drastic concessions from the Sudbury workforce,” said John Fera, President of USW Local 6500.

The ads publicize an International and Community Support Rally that is taking place on Saturday, Sept 19 at 11am at the Sudbury Arena.

The rally will have guests from around the world, including Brazil, Mexico, UK, Switzerland, USA, and others. The rally was the brainchild of international supporters of the Vale Inco strike.

“The international community is closely monitoring the Sudbury strike against Vale Inco in what has become a battle between a massively profitable multinational corporation and a committed workforce joined by a strong union and supportive community,” added Fera.

For further information: John Fera, USW President Local 6500, (705) 675-3381 x238 / (705) 561-3093; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, (416) 434-2221

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JOSSEY-BASS ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING – ONLINE CONFERENCE

The conference comes to you.

The most popular guidebooks on Online Teaching and Learning come to life as an Online Conference. Join us OCTOBER 6-8, 2009. Interact with over 20 authors and hundreds of colleagues, right from your desktop. And every participant receives a choice of 3 books.

To learn more, click here: http://www.onlineteachingandlearning.com/program
To register, click here: http://www.onlineteachingandlearning.com/register

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SEIZE THE MOMENT!

Seize the Moment (STM) is a method of democratic critical thinking used in community building and development for positive social change.

STM is a democratic way for community organisations to do problem solving around issues that affect the communities they serve. Using STM leads to stronger collective abilities to do social analysis for action, more efficient delivery of services to people in need, a more interconnected service and social movement sector, and a more informed and involved public amongst other things.

Based on the process Naming the Moment, an innovative method developed in the 1980s that incorporated the then current learnings from the fields of organizational development, adult education, skills training, conflict resolution, coalition building and more, STM builds on this history and, like its predecessor, builds on the best practices available both in the above-mentioned fields as well as drawing on the unique experiences of participating organizations.

The Catalyst Centre designs and facilitates STM processes in collaboration with a volunteer steering committee (representative of the participating organizations or communities) that shares responsibility for design, outreach and facilitation. Once designed the Catalyst Centre with the steering committee conducts a series of workshops (e.g. five to eight 3-hour evenings over a few months or two to three full days over a weekend or a few half days) to which participating community members and organizations are invited.

For more information, contact The Catalyst Centre at (416) 516-9546, email catalystcentre@web.net, or visit their web site at http://www.catalystcentre.ca

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ONLINE RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING

From COMM-ORG, the On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development. The list is moderated and maintained by Randy Stoecker at the University of Toledo.

http://ourblocks.net/neighborhood-resources-from-bill-berkowitz/
http://ourblocks.net/built-environmental-justice/

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THE PROBLEM WITH ECONOMICS

By Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

What economics has to offer is rich and varied. What has to be avoided is what did in the American profession, and is always a threat to any academic pursuits: conformity to prevailing norms.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2009/09/problem-economics

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A LIFELONG SEARCH FOR REAL EDUCATION

by Julia Putnam

Grace Lee Boggs and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.

To read more:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/learn-as-you-go/a-lifelong-search-for-real-education?utm_source=sep09&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14_Grace

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR CO-OP WEEK? LET CCA KNOW!    

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) wants to know about the activities co-ops and credit unions across Canada are planning for Co-op Week, October 11-17, 2009.

CCA will be posting a day-by-day listing of Canadian Co-op Week events on its website, in an effort to create an inventory of Co-op Week and International Credit Union Day activities taking place across the country.

CCA will be also be hosting a Co-op Week blog in which co-operators and members of the public can write about what co-operatives mean to them.  They are looking for guest bloggers from different parts of the country to talk about their own experiences in the co-operative sector and how their co-ops contribute to the economic and social lives of their communities.

To send in a Co-op Week event listing, or to volunteer to be a guest blogger, contact Donna Balkan, CCA communications manager, at donna.balkan@coopscanada.coop

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FRIENDING A STRIKE

From Insider HigherEd

When Oakland University, in Michigan, and the union that represents 600 of its faculty members failed to reach labor agreement last week, the professors went on strike and the university shut down — while representatives from the opposing sides went behind closed doors in downtown Detroit to negotiate. At the same time, a much larger and more eclectic group began discussing the issue in a space that had no doors — just walls. At Oakland U., the action isn’t just on the picket lines. It’s on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

To read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/10/facebook

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AGM: METRO TORONTO CHINESE & SOUTHEAST ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
6:00 – 8:00pm
University Settlement House, 23 Grange Road, Toronto

Presentation: The Economic Crisis: What caused it and how does it affect racialized communities and other marginalized groups?, by Jim Stanford, Chief Economist, Canadian Auto Workers

This special presentation is co-sponsored by the Colour of Poverty Campaign

Light refreshments will be served! (No pre-registration required. Just show up!)

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JOURNALISM IS DEAD; LONG LIVE JOURNALISM – HOW THE WEB IS REINVENTING JOURNALISM

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
Toronto, Ontario

There’s no debate that journalism is in the midst of an alarming transition. Newspaper circulation figures, advertising revenues, job openings and journalists’ wages have been in a downward slide for several years. At the same time, the internet has given birth to new forms of journalism. Green shoots are emerging in the form of online news gathering and reporting, the rise of social media, citizen journalism and crowdsourced news.

This is where the debate begins. What will these changes mean for democracy? Is there a business model for quality journalism? And what will the jobs of the future look like?

Join Rem Rieder, editor and publisher of the American Journalism Review, in conversation with Ira Basen, CBC writer and producer of “News 2.0: The Future of News in the Age of Social Media”, as they explore these questions and more.

Sponsored by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

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ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

*The consequences of caring: skills, regulation and reward among early years workers
Patricia Findlay, Jeanette Findlay, and Robert Stewart
Work Employment Society 2009;23 422-441
http://wes.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/23/3/422

*A cross-cultural examination of student volunteering: Is it all about résumé building?
Femida Handy, Lesley Hustinx, Ram A. Cnaan, and Chulhee Kang
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 3 September 2009, 10.1177/0899764009344353
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764009344353v1

*A feminine perspective of giftedness
Linda Kreger Silverman and Nancy B. Miller
International Handbook on Giftedness
http://www.springerlink.com/content/u028h31368580278/

*Financialization and changes in the social relations along commodity chains: The case of coffee
Susan A. Newman
Review of Radical Political Economics published 1 September 2009, 10.1177/0486613409341454
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0486613409341454v1

*The limits of black activism: Philadelphia’s public housing in the depression and World War II
James Wolfinger
Journal of Urban History 2009;35 787-814
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/35/6/787

*Satisfaction with spirituality, satisfaction with religion and personal well-being among Spanish adolescents and young university students
Ferran Casas, Mònica González, Cristina Figuer, Sara Malo
Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 4, Number 1 / March, 2009
http://www.springerlink.com/content/d5228j0520621383/

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