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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 26th OCTOBER 2013

EVENTS

FILMS FROM THE CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013
November 29
7 pm
PSAC Headquarters
233 Gilmour Street
Ottawa, ON

The Workers’ History Museum is proud to host Ottawa’s first-ever Canadian Labour International Film Festival. CLIFF gives a stage to those who seek justice on the job and dignity in their workplaces, so it is a perfect fit for our museum. This successful festival, now in its fifth year, has brought independent films about working people to cities throughout Canada. On November 29th, we’re bringing them to Ottawa.

Please join us for five films — and five perspectives — that you won’t see anywhere else. Information about the films can be found at: http://workershistorymuseum.ca/cliff2013/

Admission is $5.00. For more information or for advance tickets, please contact: treasurer@workershistorymuseum.ca

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PEOPLE UNITED – CREATING A NEW SPACE FOR COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

November 28
6 p.m.
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St., Toronto (2 blocks west of Bathurst St., south side of Bloor St. W.)

Join other activists, advocates, and organizers:
–  Weaving connections between community groups, city-wide organizations, social justice networks, and progressive movements
–  Sharing stories from our struggles
–  Finding common ground on issues, goals, values
–  Developing the groundwork for a solidarity strategy and creating the conditions for an active solidarity alliance

Sponsored by the Toronto Community Development Institute (TCDI)
For more information about the TCDI, visit: http://www.torontocdi.ca/

We invite you to join us or work with us on our projects. For more information about how you can be a part of TCDI, email: organizing.tcdi@gmail.com or call (416) 231-5499.

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TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH: TAX IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sears Atrium, George Vari Engineering Building
245 Church Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON

Join the CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) Ontario for a special book launch: Tax is Not a Four-Letter Word.

It’s time to start talking about the value of taxes in Canada. Join us for the launch of Canada’s newest book on the subject: Tax is Not a Four Letter Word.

Featuring the book’s co-editors:
– Alex Himelfarb, Glendon College Director and former Clerk of the Privy Council
– Jordan Himelfarb, Toronto Star Opinion Editor
and three of the book’s CCPA contributors:
– Jim Stanford, Ontario Advisory Board Chair
– Hugh Mackenzie, Research Associate
– Trish Hennessy, Ontario Director

We hope you can join us! Space is limited so sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8368792283

– See more at: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario/events/toronto-book-launch-tax-not-four-letter-word#sthash.HJZc3oSc.dpuf

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GETTING IN & STAYING IN: LABOUR MARKET CHALLENGES FACING YOUTH

Mon. Nov. 4
9:00am- 4:00pm
Toronto

Youth are experiencing unprecedented barriers to entering the workforce and are resorting to creative, and sometimes unpaid, outlets to gain meaningful experiences, network and secure stable employment.

Co-hosted by Social Planning Toronto (SPT), Toronto Workforce Innovation Group and McMaster University’s School of Labour Studies, this full day event will explore overall trends in youth unemployment in Canada and Ontario, including public policy options.

To register: Contact Mary Micallef, mmicallef@socialplanningtoronto.org, or 416-351-0095 ext. 251

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SEMINAR – COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

Saturday, November 23, 2013
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Sponsored by Tools for Change

This workshop will outline the theory of community organizing and the steps and strategies involved in actively participating in an organization engaged in community organizing.

Exact campus room location given to registrants a week before the event.

Trainer: Effie Vlachoyannacos is the Managing Director of Public Interest, a social enterprise in Toronto working with communities to fuel social change and build the capacity of non-profit organizations and labour groups to do the same. With Public Interest, Effie has worked on diverse community engagement initiatives and campaigns across Toronto’s inner suburbs, with a particular focus on affordable and social housing advocacy.

For more info and to register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/1382386439?s=17819903

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO – LET’S TALK ABOUT UNIONS: NORA LORETO’S BOOK LAUNCH AND Q&A

Nora Loreto has released a new book From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement with support from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that serves as a call to incite union activists and supporter, debunk anti-union rhetoric and start the conversation around building a strong, community-focus union movement in Canada.

Watch the video: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2013/10/best-net/lets-talk-about-unions-nora-loretos-book-launch-and-qa

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BRIARPATCH MAGAZINE – SNEAK PEEK AT OUR LABOUR ISSUE: THE POLITICS OF PRECARITY

In the last two decades precarious employment has doubled. The National Urban Worker Strategy, introduced on Monday in the House of Commons by MP Andrew Cash, “proposes a sweeping suite of overdue federal policies that respond to the plight of temps, freelancers, interns, part-timers and other flexworkers who flit from gig to gig, shift to shift, contract to contract, with no guarantee of income or future work, let alone access to benefits or pensions.” What promise does it hold for precarious workers? In this issue, award-winning writers Nicole Cohen and Grieg de Peuter take a critical look at the Urban Worker Strategy and the politics of precarity.

Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/1ae4EBI

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LET’S GET THIS CLASS WAR STARTED

By Chris Hedges, Common Dreams

“The rich are different from us,” F. Scott Fitzgerald is said to have remarked to Ernest Hemingway, to which Hemingway allegedly replied, “Yes, they have more money.”

The exchange, although it never actually took place, sums up a wisdom Fitzgerald had that eluded Hemingway. The rich are different. The cocoon of wealth and privilege permits the rich to turn those around them into compliant workers, hangers-on, servants, flatterers and sycophants.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/21

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HOW DOMESTIC WORKERS WON THEIR RIGHTS: FIVE BIG LESSONS

By Amy Dean, Alternet

Domestic workers have had some breakthrough wins over the past two weeks. Up until then, these workers were excluded from protections such as a guaranteed minimum wage, paid breaks, and overtime pay. On September 17, the Obama administration  announced new rules extending the Fair Labor Standards Act to include the 800,000 to 2 million home health workers—who help seniors and others with self-care tasks like taking medications, bathing, and shopping—under the federal government’s wage and hour protections.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/activism/how-domestic-workers-won-their-rights-five-big-lessons

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VIDEO – TRADE UNION AND ‘PROGRESSIVE’ STRATEGIES: THE RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT, CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP, AND ‘PENSION FUND ACTIVISM’ MOVEMENTS

It is noteworthy that as finance has been on the ‘rise,’ some activists began to formalize anti-corporate and targeted activist campaign strategies through pension and personal investment funds. In Canada and the U.S., several faith organizations began to argue that anti-social corporate behaviour should be, in some sense, sanctioned by individual investors and ultimate owners, on the basis of social principle or humanitarian values.

These initiatives then crystallized and drew broader support with the rise of the sanctions and divestment movement directed against corporate and government support for apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.

Such initiatives have seen their labels evolving from “ethical investment,” to “socially responsible investment” (SRI), to the most recent simplified term of “responsible investment.” While many trade unions, NGOs, and activists have embraced these efforts, others have not, and a substantial differentiation on the political left has emerged. Most recently, Queen’s political economist Susanne Soederberg has produced a sharply critical analysis of these investor-activist efforts from a Marxist political economy framework. This critique follows previous analyses by CAW economists Sam Gindin and Jim Stanford, both of whom have raised serious questions about these strategies as projections of trade union or working class power. Other unions and labour organizations have embraced these strategies with enthusiasm, as is notable in the establishment of a “Committee on Workers Capital” at the international level.

Moderated by Greg Albo. Convenor: Kevin Skerrett. Presentations by:
– Susanne Soederberg (Queen’s University) – Corporate Power and Ownership in Contemporary Capitalism.
– Jim Stanford (UNIFOR) – Paper Boom.

Sponsors: Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre (York University), Canada Research Chair in Political Economy (York University) and Socialist Project.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls189.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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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 11th MARCH 2013

EVENTS

TORONTO SOCIALIST ACTION PRESENTS – REBEL FILMS 2013

Thursday, March 28
7 p.m.
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
(St. George Subway Station)

Catastroika (2012, 87 minutes)

The creators of Debtocracy, a documentary with two million views broadcasted from Japan to Latin America, analyze the shifting of state assets to private hands. They travel round the world gathering data on privatization in developed countries and search for clues on the day after Greece’s massive privatization program.

Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.

Please visit: http://www.socialistaction.ca or call 416 – 461-6942.

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PROTECTING RIGHTS AND BUILDING SOLIDARITY: A WORKSHOP ON MIGRANT LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES

April 5 & 6, 2013
Friday evening and all day Saturday
Metro Hall, Plenary Room 308-309
55 John Street, Toronto

Join workers, advocates, unions, and community allies who are committed to protecting and strengthening the rights of newcomers to our province’s labour market.

Sponsored by The People’s Budget, Ontario Federation of Labour (http://www.ThePeoplesBudget.ca)

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CAMPAIGN TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE

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

Coordinated actions in cities around Ontario

Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen for 3 years, while the cost of living continues to rise. Join us as we call for an immediate increase!

The minimum wage should bring workers and their families above the poverty line.  That means Ontario’s minimum wage should be $14 in 2013. A minimum wage increase is an investment in healthy communities and good jobs for workers in Ontario.

On March 21st, the first day of spring and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, communities around Ontario will be coming together for a decent minimum wage.

Get involved!
– Endorse the campaign
– Organize an action in your city
– Sign up for a delegation visit to your MPP

Get updates on March 21st actions by signing up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/119569048228250/

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

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

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BOOK LAUNCH – “THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY”

Book launch, author(s) reading for The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada

Edited by Richard Swift for Canadians for Tax Fairness. Published by Between the Lines.

Monday, April 15
6:30pm
No One Writes to the Colonel
406 College Street, Toronto

Free. Contact: info@btlbooks.com

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

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TALK – VYGOTSKY AND CULTURAL HISTORICAL ACTIVITY THEORY: RE-IMAGINING METHODOLOGIES AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES

Thursday March 21st
12-2pm
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-214
Toronto

Speakers: Dr. Anna Stetsenko, Graduate Department of Psychology, Cross-Appointed, Urban Education / Women’s Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Dr. Eduardo Vianna, Psychology, LaGuardia Community College – City University of New York

Sponsored by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/UT (http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/lhae/Home/index.html)

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NEWS & VIEWS

MUSIC VIDEO – SONG FOR HUGO CHÁVEZ

by David Rovics @ ALBA @ Copenhagen 17.12.2009

Warming up with “Song For Hugo Chávez” For 4000 People at ALBA-meeting in Copenhagen 17.12.2009 where Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez spoke for 2 hours to his fans from Denmark and Sweden, who had come to see and hear him speaking. Some people drove all the way from Holland just for Chávez.

Video by Kaj Kaskuberg. Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxjRET2hJIE

David Rovics’ website: http://www.davidrovics.com

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CERTIFICATE IN ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION (CACE), DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES – UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

Develop your potential as a trainer/adult educator.

Confident instructors are successful instructors. Building confidence takes a commitment to lifelong learning in order to maintain levels of practice and keep pace with an ever-changing work environment. CACE courses will be helpful to you at every stage in your career as an adult educator/trainer. Add a particular skill to your repertoire with a single course, move closer to completing your CACE certificate or simply take a refresher to keep your skills sharp. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional, you’ll find these courses will continue to shape your career and how you approach your work.

For more information: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/aspnet/Program/Detail/?code=ACECERT&infoId=51651873&sID=25895&OrgID=2900

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STUDY DEMOLISHES THE MYTH THAT U.S. WORKERS LACK SKILLS

by Roger Bybee, In These Times

Over the last few years, the media has blared warnings that a “skills gap” among American workers is preventing full economic recovery.

According to this narrative, the problem is not an inadequate supply of family-sustaining jobs; it’s a workforce lacking in skills, training and education. The skills gap thesis has been spread by influential pundits like the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, top CEOs like Caterpillar’s Doug Oberhelman, and PIMCO hedge fund owner Bill Gross, who declared, “Our labor force is too expensive and poorly educated for today’s marketplace.”

But in a study released this week called “The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact from Fiction,” urbanologist Marc Levine, a professor of history and economic development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, applies a data-laden sledgehammer to this notion. And while Levine’s report focused primarily on Wisconsin, his critique of the “skills gap” notion has national implications.

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/14660/the_medias_skills_gap_thesis_is_a_myth/

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‘SILENT GRINDING, BIT BY BIT’: IN THE OCCUPATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

by Jeffery R. Webber, The Bullet

The last two years have seen an explosion of student strikes from Chile to Italy to Quebec. These do not yet account for a full-blown student revolt, but they are seeds of political resistance that are some of the most promising in quite some time. They have been remarkable in their tactical ingenuity, the steadfastness of the student rebels and the militancy of demands for the decommodification of education and the universality of access. The fierceness of the austerity agenda in Britain is opening up a new front in student struggles.

After three weeks, an impressive student occupation at the University of Sussex against the privatization of services on campus is still in full-swing, even expanding, with flash occupations and disruptions of different buildings and events on campus last Friday. On February 28 I sat down with Maia Pal, a leading organizer of the campaign, to discuss its origins and dynamics to date.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/777.php

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SNEAK PREVIEW OF PUBLICATION – “BUILDING ON CRITICAL TRADITIONS: ADULT EDUCATION AND LEARNING IN CANADA”
(Thompson Books, 2013)

Edited by Tom Nesbit, Susan M. Brigham, Nancy Taber, and Tara Gibb

Sample contents (by researchers associated with the Centre for the Study of Education and Work WALL project: http://www.wallnetwork.ca):
– Gay Rights as Human and Civil Rights: Matters of Degree in Culture, Society, and Adult Education (André P. Grace)
– Class and Poverty Matters: The Role of Adult Education in Reproduction and Resistance (Shauna Butterwick)
– Work and Learning: Perspectives from Canadian Adult Educators (Tara Fenwick)
– Equip, Engage, Expand, and Energize: Labour Movement Education (Sue Carter and D’Arcy Martin)

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):
Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

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/

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

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

EVENTS

FIGHTING FORWARD – A LABOR & WORKING-CLASS SUMMIT

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

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

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

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

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

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MOVIE: SPECIAL FLIGHT (VOL SPÉCIAL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: TAX THE RICH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by John Logan‚ Beyond Chron

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

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

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

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

from Facts for Working People

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

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

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

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SHAKE THINGS UP THIS HOLIDAY WITH THE CCPA!

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

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

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

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

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

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HOLIDAY JOY AT UFW STORE

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

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

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

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TROUBLEMAKERS ON YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT LIST?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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:

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Crisis

9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN ECONOMIC THEORY AND POLICY

The Department of Applied Economics V of the University of the Basque Country and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, of the University of Cambridge, are organizing the 9th International Conference on Developments in Economic Theory and Policy. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain), the days 28th and 29th of June 2012. 
 
Although papers are invited on all areas of economics, there will be three Plenary Sessions with Invited Speakers about the following topics:
– Economic Policies, Governance and the New Economics
– The Economics of the Financial Transactions Tax
– The Governance of Natural Resources
 
Suggestions for Organized Sessions are encouraged. An Organized Session is one session constructed in its entirety by a Session Organizer and submitted to the conference organizers as a complete package. A proposal of an Organized Session must include the following information:
– Title of the session, name and affiliation of the session organizer, name and affiliation of the person who will chair the session(if different than the organizer)
– Titles of the papers (3-4 papers), name, affiliation and contact information of the authors
 
Besides Plenary, Organized and Normal Parallel sessions, there will also be Graduate Student Sessions. In these sessions, students making a MSc or a PhD programme can present their researches and discuss that of other students. Participants in the Graduate Student Sessions will pay a lower conference fee. 
 
The deadline to submit papers and ‘Organized Sessions’ is 25th May 2012. 
 
The Journal Panoeconomicus (http://www.panoeconomicus.rs will publish a special issue with papers presented at the conference. Papers of high quality will be considered for this special issue. All submitted papers will be considered for this special issue. The selection of the paper will be made by the Scientific Committee of the Conference. The final decision about the papers to be published will be subject to a process of anonymous evaluation.
 
For more information, you can contact with Jesus Ferreiro (jesus.ferreiro@ehu.es) or Maribel Garcia-del-Valle (teresa.gvalleirala@ehu.es ) or visit the conference website: www.conferencedevelopments.com

Best regards

Jesus Ferreiro
Associate Professor
Departament Applied Economics V
University of the Basque Country
Bilbao, Spain 

 

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Capitalism in Crisis

Capitalism in Crisis

CAPITALIST CRISIS

 

 

FALL-SPRING STUDY GROUP ON CAPITALIST CRISIS

Following our (just concluded) summer class, Howie Seligman and I (Loren Goldman) will again be doing a study group in the New York City area on Marxian theory and the current crisis. If you are interested, read on.

All applicants welcome.

TENTATIVE PLAN

Loren Goldner and Howie Seligman will be organizing a study group, starting in October,  for New York City-area people on Marx’s Capital (and other writings), linking Marx’s critique of political economy to the current crisis of the world capitalist system.

The group will meet twice a month (day to be determined, based on people’s availability) , through May-June of next year, in a convenient Manhattan location (to be determined).

Space will determine the number of participants, but we aim for between 10 and 25 participants, depending on interest.

If you wish to participate, please contact Loren Goldner asap at: lrgoldner@yahoo.com

Participants should be committed to regular attendance and to keeping up with 50-100 pages of reading per meeting. Barring a need to change venues, the class will be free of charge, except for occasional contributions for photocopy expenses, refreshments, etc.

Readings will consist of selections from Marx’s Capital, and articles (to be decided in consultation with the group) on contemporary developments.

The events of the past two years in particular have re-awakened a serious interest in both Marx’s critique of political economy and in “current events” in the world economy. Goldner and Seligman will cooperate in putting the crisis into a Marxian theoretical perspective (Goldner), as well as providing insight into the more technical side of world market meltdown (CDO’s, hedge funds, Ponzi schemes, etc.) (Seligman). The approach will not be merely “economic” (the Marxian CRITIQUE of political economy is not another variant of “economics”) but will elucidate the impact of the crisis on ordinary working people, on developing actions against capitalist austerity in the US and around the world, and on the solution: abolition of the capitalist mode of production.

If successful, the study group will continue through May-June 2010.

In order to put together a viable group, we would like interested people to write something brief (200-300 words) about their background, the level of their knowledge of Marx and of the world economy,  where they are coming from politically, and anything else they might consider relevant.

We are oriented above all to educating present and future activists, and will give such people priority in participation. We also hope to have a predominance of young people who are new, or relatively new, to Capital and Marxist theory generally, but that will of course be determined by the response.

Loren Goldner is a long-term independent writer and political activist. His work is available on the Break Their Haughty Power web site at: http://home.earthlink.net/~lrgoldner   He has spent much of the past four years in South Korea, involved in the workers’ movement there.

Howie Seligman recently taught a course on Taxation and Finance at the NEW SPACE in New York City. Here is the course description and a biography.

Taxation and Finance: Howard F. Seligman:

The course will begin with a brief tutorial on conventional accounting, bookkeeping and financial theory.  This will involve some hands on practical training, although the main emphasis will be on the history of the evolution of the theory from its original conception to the current methodologies. This will be followed by an examination of basic economics (price theory) and its use and abuse of (accounting/ finance) statistics. Again, the history of the theory from its roots in philosophy and the social sciences to its current state of being applied mathematical models will be scrutinized. We will then survey the U.S. Income Tax System beginning with its history and moving on to its current state (of change) today. The focus will be on the behavioral implications of changes in the tax code and alternate systems being used in other countries (and being proposed by Congress today.)

Applying the building blocks of finance and taxation, we will then look at the American financial markets and the culture of the corporation.  Particular attention will be paid to ‘Wall Street’ and the ‘entertainment industry’ due to their growing influence in our everyday lives via the ‘information society.’

Emphasis will be placed on economic and non-economic forces that drive the markets and facilitate manipulation by the use of abstract numerical concepts. Finally, the natural symbiosis of private industry and governments will be the subject of specific anecdotes and case studies.

No requirements other than potential enthusiasm/interest.
 
Howard F. Seligman has been a self employed financial and tax consultant since 1984. Howard’s practice specializes in the arts and entertainment fields, and he serves as the treasurer to more than fifteen arts and cultural organizations. Howard has taught accounting and finance at The Pratt Institute. His hobbies include playing Howie Solo, a singer and stand up comedian who can host your local fundraising event. He is currently researching a book on the history of the Jewish gangster in America.

You can also see Howie in action at: http://www.blip.tv

search HOWIE SOLO

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Recession Blues

 

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JULIE FROUD on city pay
TOBY DODGE on Iraq’s new ruling elite
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