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Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

28th and 29th September 2012 

University of Salford 

This conference seeks to explore ideas of opposition through the full range of disciplines in the arts, media, and social sciences. In the context of the current crisis of capitalism, there are many examples of the forms ‘opposition’ can take: the Tea Party in the United States, the rise of fascist groups, campaigns run via new technologies and social media, religious fundamentalisms, and general strikes in Greece. Though it carries radical overtones, ‘opposition’ in itself is not tied to any particular dogma, left or right. 

We invite papers that explore the value and values of opposition as a position to be adopted by individuals or groups. We welcome proposals for papers from postgraduates that engage with any aspect of opposition. 

These could include, but are by no means limited to: the ‘culture industry’ and alternative youth cultures; opposition parties within parliamentary politics; grass-roots activism; the history and future of the labour movement; hegemony; Foucauldian ‘resistance’ and its limits; radical pedagogies and the role of the University; community and class; the aesthetic value of non-mainstream or outsider art; aesthetic oppositions such as contrapuntal music or bricolage; and the formation of creole or pidgin languages. 

Papers are welcome from fields such as politics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, religions and theology, geography, sociology, history, classics, translation studies, linguistics and social linguistics, visual and screen studies, new media and communication studies, and the performing arts. Interdisciplinary papers are very welcome. Keynote speakers TBC. 

Abstracts of 250 words are invited for presentations of 20 minutes. Proposals for performances, screenings etc. are also accepted. The conference intends to publish an edited volume of the best papers presented.

Send abstracts to oppositionsconference[at] by 6 July 2012.



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Richard Nixon


Professor Carl Freedman

Book publication date: January 2012
“I believe the second half of the twentieth century will be known as The Age of Nixon” [Robert Dole, at Nixon’s funeral].

In the age of the Tea Party, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry, not to mention Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, Nixon seems hair-raisingly left-wing by current Republican Party standards: and yet, he laid the groundwork for much of the Republican right wing today.

Carl Freedman picks up the mantle of Garry Wills, David Frost and other political commentators to reassess Nixon’s profound psychic connections with the American people and his influence on many of the most important currents in American life. The book is not just a work of political biography but a study of cultural power: a study in the ways that culture shapes our politics and frames our sense of possibilities and values.  

Future generations have several ways in which to learn about Nixon the man, Nixon the politician and Nixon the myth; these include John Adams’ 1987 opera Nixon in China, Oliver Stone’s 1995 movie Nixon and Garry Wills’ 1970 biography Nixon Agonistes. It is nearly 40 years since the events which led to Nixon’s downfall. The release of his secret grand jury testimony was ordered in July, 36 years after the Watergate trial itself. The Age of Nixon is timely. It is a new kind of book, for both academic and general readers, applying Marxist cultural theory and psychoanalysis to the study of American electoral politics.

Richard Nixon was real, for all that he seems like a fictional character concocted in the course of some strange literary collaboration between Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Theodore Dreiser, and J. G. Ballard. Carl Freedman’s compelling book takes the full measure of Nixon the man, Nixon the media image, Nixon the myth, and even Nixon the ideal type, the quintessential expression, and the most capacious representative of the political and economic system under which we continue to live today.                                                                                                                                                       


“Professor Carl Freedman writes on modern thought and culture: most notably Marxist critical theory, science fiction, film, and US electoral politics.  Previous titles include Critical Theory and Science Fiction (2000) and The Incomplete Projects: Marxism, Modernity, and the Politics of Culture (2002). He was born in North Carolina and received his higher education at the University of North Carolina, Oxford University, and Yale University.  He has taught at Yale, at Wesleyan University (Connecticut), and, since 1984, at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), where he is Professor of English.

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Capitalist Realism [978-184-694-317-1] 2009 £7.99 $14.95 by Mark Fisher is a modern analysis, illuminated by contemporary references from the worlds of film, literature and art, of the ways in which capitalism has presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system.

Militant Modernism [978-184694-176-4 £9.99 $19.95 2009] by Owen Hatherley argues for a Modernism of everyday life, defending modernism in design, film and architecture.

The Meaning of David Cameron  [978-184694-456-7 £6.99 $12.95] by Richard Seymour widens the debate beyond televised debates, party manifestos, campaign trail propaganda and media coverage, and asks whether Cameron is the cipher of the social forces he represents.

Meat Market: female flesh under capitalism [978-1-84694-521-2 £6.99 $12.95 April 2011 Zero Books] by activist Laurie Penny is a feminist dissection of women’s bodies as the fleshy fulcrum of capitalist cannibalism, whereby women are both consumers and consumed. This is a suitably provocative treatise from the voice of student protest and Penny Red columnist.

Around the Outsider: Essays presented to Colin Wilson on the occasion of his 80th birthday  [978-1-84694-668-4 £15.99 May 2011 O-Books] by Colin Stanley is a collection of essays in honour of former ‘Angry Young Man’, the English philosopher/author Colin Wilson, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.

A Year on the Sauce [978-1-84694-529-8 10.99  19.95 2011] by Brendan Montague is a limited edition collection of stories from the most edgy radical news blog in the UK.

The Politics of Down Syndrome [978-1-84694-613-4 £9.99 $14.95 85pp Sept 2011 Zero] by The Book Depository MD Kieron Smith is a call for people to think again about what it means to be inclusive, why we’re hung up on the idea of intelligence and how an inclusive society is a better society.

The Message [978-1-84694-879-4 £9.99 $16.95 Zero Sep 2011] by Tariq Goddard is a topical literary thriller set in a fictional African state in the grip of civil war. Are 21st Century Empire Builders preparing for another go at Africa, 100 years after the Heart of Darkness? See the parallels with the real civil war going on in Libya. This book is being reviewed by Kirsty Wark and guests on BBC 2’s Review Show this month.

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Beyond the Left: The Communist Critique of the Media [978-1-84694-976-0 £9.99 $14.95Jan 2012 Zero] by Stephen Harper attacks the cherished assumptions of liberal media criticism, and updates and recharges the Marxist critique of the media.

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The Center for Economic Research and Social Change,, and our projects Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review are sponsoring and are featured in several panels at this year’s Left Forum:

The following panels are sponsored by the International Socialist Review or Haymarket Books or feature a Haymarket Book author.

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An Eyewitness Report: The Revolution in Egypt
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
Ahmed Shawki – International Socialist Review
Anand Gopal – independent journalist, reports for Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal
Mostafa Omar – International Socialist Organization
Sharif Abdel Kouddous – Democracy Now!
Ayman Mohyeldin – Al Jazeera English Correspondent
Jennifer Roesch – International Socialist Review, Chair
**Ahmed Shawki is the author of Black Liberation and Socialism
**Mostafa Omar is a contributor to The Struggle for Palestine

Capital’s War on Labor, Labor’s Civil Wars
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books; Labor Notes; Monthly Review Press; National Union of Healthcare Workers
Ellen David Friedman – International Joint Center for Labor Research, Sun Yat-sen University, Labor Notes
Jon Flanders – IAM/RWU
Michael Yates – Monthly Review
Sal Rosselli – NUHW
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor

Capitalism and Education: A Marxist Discourse on What We’re Fighting Against and What We’re Fighting For
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
Brian Jones – Grassroots Education Movement,
Jean Anyon – CUNY Graduate Center
Jeff Bale – Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University
Megan Behrent – International Socialist Organization, Grassroots Education Movement
Sarah Knopp – member of United Teachers of Los Angeles
**Sarah Knopp and Jeff Bale are the authors the forthcoming Capitalism and Education from Haymarket Books

The Betrayal of Haiti
Sponsored by: Haiti Liberte and The International Socialist Review
Ashley Smith – International Socialist Review, UNAC
Edna Bonhomme – International Socialist Organization,
Kim Ives – Haiti Liberte
Ray Laforest – Union organizer
Roger Leduc – Haitian Coalition to Support the Struggle KAKOLA, University of London-Goldsmiths

The Left Challenge to the Democratic Party
Dan La Botz – Solidarity and the Socialist Party; Buckeye Socialist ] Network
David McReynolds – Socialist Party
Gloria Mattera – Gloria Mattera
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate

The Left Debates the Democratic Party

Sponsored by: New Politics and Socialist Worker
Carl Davidson – Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism,
Erin Chun – Solidarity
Lance Selfa – Author, The Democrats: A Critical History; columnist, Socialist; International Socialist Organization
Michael Hirsch – Democratic Socialists of America
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History

Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat
Sponsored by: Black Agenda Report
Glen Ford – Black Agenda Report
Lance Selfa – ISO/Socialist Worker/International Socialist Review
Pam Chamberlain-Political Research Associates
Paul Street – Independent author and essayist
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History

Lenin’s Marxism
Chris Cutrone – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ian Morrison – Platypus Affiliated Society
Lars T Lih – Independent Researcher
Paul Le Blanc – LaRoche College
**Lars Lih is the author of Lenin Rediscovered:  What is to be Done? In Context

Obama’s Imperial Policy in the Middle East and South Asia
Sponsored by: United National Antiwar Committee
Anand Gopal – and Reporter for Wall Street Journal
Ashley Smith – International Socialist Review, UNAC
Issam Aburaya – Seton Hall University
Michael Schwartz – Stony Brook University
* Saadia Toor-Action for a Progressive Pakistan, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Staten Island College
**Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context

Creating Leverage: Non-Electoral Strategies for Change in the Obama Era
Kevin Young-SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Schwartz – SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Zweig – Center for Study of Working Class Life – SUNY Stony Brook
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer, Author, Embedded With Organized Labor
Tod Ensign – Citizen Soldier
**Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor

Taking Back The Teamsters & Telephone Worker Unions: Case Studies in Rank-and-file Insurgency – Then and Now
Sponsored by: Labor Notes; Verso
Dan La Botz – Solidarity and the Socialist Party, Buckeye Socialist Network
Pam Galpern – Labor Notes
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor

What’s The Matter With Organized Labor Leaders?
Christian Parenti – CUNY
Mark Brenner – Director of Labor Notes, East Coast Office
Robert Fitch – Professor, LaGuardia Community College
Sheila Cohen – University of Hertfordshire, UK
Steve Early – author, Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor

Capitalism’s Terminal Crisis : Economic Causes, Ecological Consequences, Radical Responses Sponsored by: Praxis
Bertell Ollman – Department of Politics, New York University
Michael Lowy – New Anti-Capitalist Party, Paris
Richard Greeman – Victor Serge Foundation, Montpellier, France
Robert Fitch – New Politics
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution

Developing Capitalist Countries and Sustainability
Michael Lowy – CNRS in Paris
Nancy Holmstrom – Left Forum and EIN Eco-socialist International Network
Pritam Singh – Oxford University
Richard Smith – Historian and Independent Scholar
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution

Roundtable: The Anticapitalist Left in the World Today
Baris Karaagac – Praksis – Turkey, Fudan University, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju
Johanna Brenner – Solidarity; Sociology, Portland State University
Marcello Musto – York University, Toronto, Canada
Michael Krätke – Sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft – Germany
Michael Löwy – Contretemps – France
Richard D. Wolff – New School, Rethinking Marxism
Seongjin Jeong – Marxism 21, South Korea
Shuangli Zhang – Contemporary Marxism Review, China
Teivo Teivainen – Globalizations, Finland, USA
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution

Excluded Workers: Building a Labor Movement for the Twenty-First Century
Erica Smiley – Jobs with Justice
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Harmony Goldberg – CUNY Graduate Center
Linda Abad – Damayan Migrant Workers Association
Premilla Nadasen – Queens College
Saket Soni – New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

Howard Zinn: Toward a Politics of Solidarity Within the Academy and Among the Citizenry
Adam Silver – Boston University
Ambre Ivol – La Sorbonne Nouvelle
Christopher Robinson – Clarkson University
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Joshua C. Yesnowitz – Boston University
Stephen Bird – Clarkson University
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

Leadership and The Limits of Demands: The 2010 Daniel Singer Millennium Prize
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Kim Moody – University of Hertfordshire, UK
Sheila Cohen – Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire
Suzi Weissman – Saint Mary’s College of California, Critique
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

The Future of American Liberalism?

Sponsored by: Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture
Benjamin Barber – Demos
Frances Fox Piven – Political Science and Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
Gregory Smulewicz – Zucker
Stanley Aronowitz – Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

The Tea Party and the Media
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Glen Ford – Black Agenda Report
Laura Flanders – GritTV
Peter Dreier – Occidental College
Richard Kim – The Nation
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

How to Achieve Solidarity in the Electoral Arena – A Debate
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
Margaret Kimberley – Black Agenda Report
Ralph Poynter – Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
Steve Cobble – Progressive Democrats of America
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate

Lessons From the Third-Party Campaign Taill: What’s It Like To Be A Green, WFP, or Vermont Progressive Party Candidate

Sponsored by: WorkingUSA
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
Martha Abbot – Vermont Progressive Party
Rand Wilson – Working Families Party–Massachusetts
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate

The Resistance Dilemma in Latin America: Relationships Between Social Movements and States
Sponsored by: Toward Freedom
Adrienne Pine – American University
April Howard – Upside Down World
Ben Dangl – Toward Freedom
Gabriela Uassouf – School of the Americas Watch
Marina Sitrin – Writer, Lawyer, Teacher
**Ben Dangl is the author of El Precio del Fuego: Las luchas porlos recursoo naturales y los moviemientos sociales en Bolivia

Worker control and factory occupations, global South and North
Sponsored by: Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
Dario Azzellini – Johann Kepler University
Immanuel Ness – Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
James Gray Pope – Rutgers University Law School
Kari Lydersen – Journalist and Author
Marina Sitrin – SUNY Old Westbury
Peter Knowlton – United Electrical Workers
**Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present

Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings
Dario Azzellini – Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria
Isabel Delgado – Ministry of Basic Industries and Mines, Venezuela
Mark Weisbrot – Center for Economic and Policy Research
Steve Ellner – Universidad del Oriente
**Dario Azzellini, along with Immanuel Ness, are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present

Left Strategies to Exit the Crisis?
Sponsored by: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Christina Kaindl – Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Florian Moritz – Member of the German Bundestag
Gar Alperovitz – Democracy Collaborative
Immanuel Ness – Brooklyn College, CUNY
**Immanuel Ness, along with Dario Azzellini, are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present

An “Ethnography” of The US Congress
Sponsored by: The Brooklyn Rail
Arthur Delaney – Huffington Post
Glenn Thrush – Politico
Max Blumenthal – The Nation Institute
Ryan Grim – Huffington Post
**Max Blumenthal is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara

Capitalism, Climate Change and Social Conflicts
Brian Tokar – Director of the Vermont-based Institute for Social Ecology
Chris Williams – Pace University, Chemistry and Physical Science
Younes Abouyoub – Visiting researcher at Columbia University
**Chris Williams is the author of Ecology and Socialism

Learning from the Tea Party
Sponsored by: The Indypendent
Abby Scher – Independent Journalist and Sociologist
Arun Gupta – Founding Editor, The Indypendent
Peter Bratsis – University of Salford
**Arun Gupta is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara

The End of Whiteness: The History of an Idea
Anamaria Flores – Hostos Community College, CUNY
Arun Gupta – Founding Editor, The Indypendent
Nicholas Powers – SUNY Old Westbury, The Indypendent
**Arun Gutpa is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara

Jewish solidarity with the Palestinian struggle
Adam Horowitz – Mondoweiss
Donna Nevel – Community psychologist and educator, Jews Say No
Elyse Crystall – Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA
Laurie Arbeiter – ART Activist Response Team, US to Gaza
Maya Wind – Shministim (Refusers)
Rebecca Vilkomerson – Jewish Voice for Peace
**Adam Horowitz is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara

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CACE distance education courses beginning in April 2011

University of Victoria’s Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) is an award-winning professional development program for those interested in adult learning, program coordination, instruction/training, facilitation, instructional design/technologies, and leadership.

Courses include: Planning Program Evaluation, Managing Collective Learning in the Workplace, Strategic Marketing in Adult Education, and more.

For further information/registration:

Heather Brand, Program Secretary, Continuing Studies in Education, Phone: (250) 721-8944; Fax: (250) 721-6603, E-mail:



From Academy Award nominated filmmaker Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) comes Inside Job, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs.

Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. Narrated by Academy Award winner Matt Damon, Inside Job was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.

Official Site:

Now playing at Magic Lantern Theatres (formerly Carlton Cinema), Toronto.
Show times:



Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE/ACEEA).

Registration is now open for the 2011 Joint Meeting of AERC and CASAE in celebration of CASAE’s 30th Anniversary. Early bird rates apply until May 1st and seating in pre-conference events is limited, so register as early as you can! Visit  to register online, view abstracts for pre-conference workshops, and find information on accommodation and travel to Toronto.

Please read the following registration instructions carefully. Our on-line registration process has three steps. First, you have the option to register for ONLY pre-conference events or to register for the entire conference (including pre-conference events). Second, you will fill out a form on our website with your registration and contact information. Third, when you press submit you will be redirected to the University of Toronto website to process your online payment. A confirmation of your registration will be sent to your email and you will receive a second email confirming payment. Unfortunately, you can only register one conference participant at a time.

For more info and to register:



March 7-8, 2011
Delta Toronto East Hotel
2035 Kennedy Road, Toronto

The Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity at Centennial College invites you to attend a unique conference. This event will be addressing how as global citizens we can get involved locally, nationally and internationally to dialogue and exchange ideas on global issues.

Many dynamic speakers will be taking part including:

– Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the TRC – Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
– Dr. Sherene Razack, Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
– Dr. Henry Giroux, Global Television Network, Chair in Communication Studies, McMaster University
– Rev. Gretta Vosper, founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity, author and participant at United Church of Canada

Presenters and panelists from around the world are also confirmed, discussing equity, social justice and global citizenship in action.

Space is limited. Call Aida Haroun at 416-289-5000 x. 3438.



Community Day of Action in Toronto
Saturday, April 9, 2011 (details to be announced)
1 p.m.
Toronto City Hall

Since taking office in November, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has begun implementing his own personal agenda … an agenda that is frighteningly similar to the Tea Party Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohio whose actions have sparked massive protests. Ford has made it clear that he is hell bent on selling off public services, derailing public transit, targeting trade unions and rolling-back Toronto’s environmental plans. This style of “aggressive conservatism” is designed to usher in a new wave of Harris-style cuts across Ontario.

Toronto should be a city that everyone can be proud of – one that serves all its residents regardless of income, which celebrates its diversity and plays a leadership role in crucial areas like climate change and social equality. Today, all of these priorities are under threat in Toronto. Tomorrow they could be challenged in any town or city in Ontario!

Take Action:
On Saturday, April 9, 2011, come to Toronto City Hall to help defend good jobs, public services and greener cities throughout Ontario. Together, we can challenge the conservative agenda that is threatening our jobs, our livelihoods and our neighbourhoods.

Book Buses to Toronto:
Organize and fill buses to Toronto and register them with the rally organizers.
Eddie Ste. Marie, CLC: 416-441-3710 x226 or

Contact Rally Organizers: Laurie Hardwick, OFL: 416-571-3087 or




By Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

In Canada, regulations adopted by every level of government have historically helped to make this one of the safest, most desirable places to raise a family. But a slow, steady, and quiet erosion of regulations by our governments put Canadians’ health, safety and well-being increasingly at risk. This primer on regulation, by the CCPA’s Trish Hennessy, tells the story of Canada’s slippery slide into deregulation. It also provides resource information to learn more about regulation issues in Canada.

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The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) has called on the federal government to provide funding to support conversions to worker co-ops.

Appearing before the Standing Committee on Finance on February 15, CWCF president Alain Bridault and executive director Hazel Corcoran said worker co-ops could meet the challenge posed by the imminent retirements of large numbers of “baby boomers”.

“We know that with the retirement of very large numbers of workers from the baby-boomer generation, we shall face a serious problem of manpower shortages,” Mr. Brideault said, adding that the democratic and participatory nature of worker co-ops would be attractive to potential employees.

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By Jenny Brown, Dan La Botz, Labor Notes

The spirit of Wisconsin is inspiring union members in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan to jam capitol buildings by the tens of thousands to fight a raft of union-busting bills in their states.

By aiming their attack against such a broad range of working people—teachers to state workers to building trades—conservative legislators and their shadowy billionaire funders unintentionally created the conditions for unity.

By making their aggression so naked, the legislators scotched the usual impulse from most labor leaders to think they could negotiate a way out behind closed doors. When the right took off the gloves, labor finally put up its dukes.

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The United Steelworkers stands in support of the working people of Wisconsin who are fighting an unprecedented attack on their rights by Republican Governor Scott Walker.

This direct attack on public workers has far-reaching implications. Unionists across North America are watching closely and standing together with our sisters and brothers in Wisconsin. We know that governments and corporations in Canada and the U.S. will be eager to attempt similar measures to weaken workers’ rights.

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By D.W. Livingstone and Warren Smith, Hamilton Spectator

The Jan. 29 Day of Action in Hamilton has been met by a deafening silence from both U.S. Steel and the federal government. This is an ominous sign for the future of steelmaking at the site that a generation ago employed the largest industrial workforce in Canada.

Read more:–a-future-for-steel-in-canada

[D.W. Livingstone is Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work and Professor Emeritus at University of Toronto. Warren Smith was president of USW Local 1005 from 1997 to 2003. They have just published Manufacturing Meltdown: Reshaping Steel Work (Fernwood Publishing,]




SEIU Local 1 Canada is seeking an Education Director to develop and implement the education program for the local.  The successful candidate must understand the organizing, mobilizing model of trade unionism, be able to develop education programs that reflect this model, and be able to work with the Leadership and staff and executive board as they go through the process of implementing a mobilizing model.

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Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts Contract Position: Cultural Consulting Services Promoter (Contract position, March – May 2011)

This short term contract position will undertake targeted outreach and promotion of Mayworks’ cultural consulting services to the union movement.

The primary outcome is the expansion and diversification of Mayworks’ consulting services in order to maintain and increase earned revenue through consulting services. The contract will also serve to raise the profile of the festival in the labour movement as well as build and maintain festival audiences.

General overview of activities to be implemented*:

March/April 2011
– Identify upcoming union conferences and conventions
– Identify unions for targeted outreach
– Design and print consulting services flyers, ‘give-away’ item and slide show
– Print business cards

April 2011
– Mail out of promotional flyer with letter, follow-up with email, phone calls
– Start targeted outreach to identified unions for general promotion
– Set meetings, start making any travel arrangements**
– Pitch specific event programming to unions with upcoming conferences, meetings or conventions
– Meet with unions and continue outreach

May 2011
– Negotiate any new contracts
– Look into social enterprise umbrella organisations that would support Mayworks or provide networks
– Table at union conferences
– Any last meetings, outreach, contract negotiations
– Wrap up promotional work
– Write final report
– Evaluate success of promotional tour, and next steps

*At times, working in consultation/collaboration with graphic designer **Potential travel to Ottawa for promotional meetings with Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Travel expenses will be covered by Mayworks.

Hours of work and remuneration:
The total work hours for the initiative is 100 hours from March 2011 through May 2011 (at least 40 hours per month April and May 2011).  Remuneration for the project is $2710 which includes a percentage in lieu of all fringe benefits.

The applicant should have the following qualifications:
– A minimum of two years experience in event/project development and coordination
– Good working knowledge of the labour movement and social justice/activist communities
– Established networks within the labour movement an asset
– Good negotiation, outreach and promotional skills
– Ability to meet tight deadlines
– Ability to work with union members and manage different needs
– Strong written and oral communication skills

Send a letter of application and resume by March 18, 2011 to:

Email: Hiring Committee, c/o Regular mail: Mayworks, 25 Cecil St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1N1. Fax: 416-599-8661.
No phone calls, please.



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:

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Socialism and Hope



The student revolt and the crisis

Mad as hatters? The Tea Party movement in the US
Megan Trudell

Police killings and the law
Simon Behrman

Labourism and socialism: Ralph Miliband’s Marxism
Paul Blackledge

True crime stories: some New Labour memoirs
John Newsinger

Marxism and disability
Roddy Slorach

Decoding capitalism
Joseph Choonara

What’s wrong with school history?
Andrew Stone

Why we should be sceptical of climate sceptics
Suzanne Jeffery

Tony Cliff’s Lenin and the Russian Revolution
John Rose


Sex work: a rejoinder
Gareth Dale and Xanthe Whittaker

Discussing the alternatives
Grace Lally

Book reviews

A tangled tale
Yuri Prasad

Revolution rewritten
Jack Farmer

Analysing honour
Mark Harvey

Globalising Gramsci
Adrian Budd

Intellectual weapons
Alex Callinicos

Pick of the quarter

This quarter’s selection

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Sept. 16-20

Poets, artists, musicians and social activists will gather in various Toronto venues later this month to celebrate the boundless capacity of verse to resist oppression and create links among diverse communities. The International Festival of Poetry of Resistance will feature readings, roundtable discussions, musical performances and a special “festivalito” for children.

The festival will begin on Thursday, September 16 at 5 p.m. at the New Horizons Auditorium, 1140 Bloor Street West (at Dufferin), Toronto. It will continue until Monday, September 20 at various locations. The children’s “Festivalito” will take place on Friday, September 17 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the 519 Church Street Community Centre.



Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 12-199
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Adam Spence, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) @ MaRS
Annie Malhotra, Social Venture Exchange (SVX)

Adam Spence will discuss the practical development of impact investing in Canada, an investment approach aiming to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial profit.

Annie Malhotra will discuss the development of the social venture exchange (SVX) project and the work of ethical stock markets around the globe.

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

For more information, please contact: Lisa White at

This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see our website for detailed instructions:



Saturday, Oct. 2
In Christie Pits Park off Bloor St
(across the street from the Christie subway stop)

No Fare Is Fair!

Come to the park to celebrate the campaign to win free and accessible transit for the GTA.

Food, music, puppets, entertainment and more.

For more info or to get involved contact:

A project of the GTWA:

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Poster for October 2nd event (please copy and distribute):



September 13, 2010
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation, 4th Floor, Alterna Savings Room
215 Spadina Ave., Toronto

Mario Tellez, Projects Coordinator of the Casa Canadiense Community Centre in Managua, Nicaragua will facilitate a discussion about the challenges and possibilities of working with community groups.  As the Projects Coordinator, Mario works closely with 10 grassroots community associations in Nicaragua to develop proposals, implement projects and effectively relay the stories of communities back to donors.  He is developing a capacity building program where representatives of community groups will work to improve their proposal writing skills.

If you want to discuss your experiences working with the grassroots and share ideas about what works, what doesn’t and how we can engage respectfully with partners, please attend!

To register:



Wednesday, September 15
McMillan Theatre, University of Toronto
Edward Johnson Bldg (North), 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto

A public event on climate science and climate justice with the world’s foremost climate scientist and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen; the author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein and Indigenous Environmental Network’s Tar Sands Campaigner, Clayton Thomas-Muller. Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux (U of T, Aboriginal Studies and Social Work).

5:30pm – 6:30pm Science presentation by James Hansen
6:30pm – 7:00pm Intermission
7:00pm – 8:45pm Climate Reality: A Conversation with Dr. James Hansen, Naomi Klein & Clayton Thomas-Muller, moderated by Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.

Admission free.

Organized by:
The Centre for Global Change Science, U of T,

Science for Peace,

Contact: Science for Peace office,



September 17
10am – noon
East Scarborough Storefront
4040 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto

On the agenda so far:
– follow up on the Mimico 20/20 plan and response
– other housing / anti-poverty initiatives?
– transit activism in East Scarborough and city wide
– municipal elections

Please feel free to make additions!

The August 16th meeting took place in South Etobicoke, hosted by LAMP and local area residents. We went on a walking tour of the community, guided by local residents, and learned about city hall’s vision for the area’s redevelopment and the implications for tenants. Some members of our network have undertaken research about the planning process in support of the residents and will provide an update in September.

For more information, contact Deb Cowen at:



Thursday, 23 September 2010
HEC Montreal
Cote-Sainte-Catherine Bldg.
3000 Cote-Sainte Catherine Avenue
Montreal, PQ

The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) in collaboration with CISO, CSQ, CSN and FTQ is organizing a symposium on international trade union action. Its purpose is to assess the different initiatives undertaken by labour unions at various levels, be it local, national and international.

This important Symposium will tackle a variety of contemporary relevant issues. What tools and resources are available to unions? How can we build a dialogue between northern and southern countries? How can we enhance workers’ awareness with respect to international trade unionism? How can these actions improve the working conditions here in Canada and abroad? These are some of the questions to be discussed among participants during plenary sessions and workshops.

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Tepid GDP numbers released Tuesday by Statistics Canada confirm that Canada’s economic recovery, such as it was, is sliding completely into the ditch. We’re clearly heading for stagnation at best, and quite possibly another “double dip” downturn.




by Doug Allan, leftwords

The Toronto Star reports: “Thousands of Ontario nurses who work at …non-unionized hospitals complain they’re getting the cold shoulder from Premier Dalton McGuinty’s public sector pay freeze.”

While the non-union RNs are in the midst of a government imposed two year wage freeze, unionized RNs got pay increases April 1, as per their collective agreement. “I don’t know why they’re doing this to us,” non-union RN Julia Fisher said. “The government has created a two-tier pay schedule. We’re being penalized.”

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by Tiffany Ten Eyck, Labor Notes

Forty-seven years after Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered the words “I have a dream” to an overflow crowd on the Washington Mall, August 28 still has resonance for civil rights activists, the union movement, and, now, the Tea Party?

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By Kate Allen, Globe & Mail

Acknowledgment comes on heels of raft of complaints, lawsuits, inquiries into police actions during June weekend.

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Paul Mason’s “Live Working or Die Fighting” is one of the most important books to come out about the international labour movement in recent years.  It’s just come out in paperback and it’s LabourStart’s book of the month for September.

Live Working or Die Fighting is a two-hundred year story of the global working class and its many struggles for justice. The stories in the book come to life through the voices of remarkable individuals: child laborers in Charles Dickens’ England, visionary women on the barricades of Paris, gun-toting railway strikers in America’s Wild West, and beer-swilling German metalworkes who tried to stop the First World War. It is a story of urban slums, self-help cooperatives, choirs and brass bands, free love, and self-education by candlelight. And in the developing industrial economies of the world, it is still with us.

To learn more about it and to order your copies, visit  

Remember that every copy you order helps support LabourStart’s campaigning activities; for more info about LabourStart, visit



by Jen Margaret, Auckland Workers Educational Association

A critical dimension of social justice struggles is the work of the people who support those more directly affected by a particular justice issue, the work of allies. This report documents learning from a visit, made possible with support from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, to North America in May 2010 to meet with people who are working as allies supporting the struggles of indigenous peoples and/or undertaking anti-racism work. In 15 separate meetings I met with 18 people who were working in a range of contexts that included Indigenous studies programmes in universities, community organisations, church and human rights organisations. I also had email discussions with a number of people with whom it was not possible to meet face to face.

Read the full report:
Resources for working as allies:



Author: Tom Stehlika
Journal of Education and Work, Volume 23, Issue 4 September

Sandra R. Schecter and Jacqueline Lynch
Adult Education Quarterly published 27 August 2010, 10.1177/0741713610380438

Carola Grün, Wolfgang Hauser and Thomas Rhein
Journal of Labor Research,Volume 31, Number 3, 285-306




Wanna be an agent for change? Are you ready to change the world? Crazy creative? Love helping people? Juiced by turning wild ideas into action? And have a little extra time to invest in your future?

The Centre for Social Innovation is offering a world-changing opportunity to trade your time and energy for our expertise, networks and free office space! Warning: We have no money! This isn’t a paying gig.

The deal: your time & positive energy = free office space, ideas and networks

The Centre for Social Innovation is looking for up to fifteen incredible people to participate in a four month agents of change pilot program.

You get trained up in a community animation intensive.  Then you give your time as a community animator for free office space — 1 day per week of your time = 60 hours/month of hot desking. The program runs from October 1, 2010 to January 30, 2011.

More info:



TEA is recognized locally and nationally for our municipal work on smog, waste reduction, pesticides, transit, Greenbelt protection, energy efficiency and green power — issues we believe are critical to the health and well-being of Toronto residents. Our collaborations with the community (eg. community groups, local labour groups, small businesses, anti-poverty groups) are cherished and key to our past and future successes.

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) has exciting opportunities for
environmentally minded, articulate, and passionate individuals.

TEA is currently hiring front line campaign positions. The job gives you the opportunity to go door to door and talk to the public about some of Toronto’s key environmental issues. Give yourself the chance to really make a difference in our community.

The job hours are from 2pm – 10pm, Monday through Friday. Starting pay is $410 a week for full-time.

More info:



Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2010, 5pm

FoodShare Toronto is seeking a Communications Coordinator to join our dynamic and passionate team.

Reporting to the Fundraising and Communications Manager, this position will support all of FoodShare’s communications activities and the creation of all of our communications materials for our diverse stakeholders including customers, program participants, community members, partners, donors, policy makers, educators, the general public and more. More specifically, the Communications Coordinator will take responsibility for assuring that brand standards and guidelines are maintained, that the FoodShare website and social media channels are fresh and up-to-date, and will assist with media relations and event coordination.

For more info:


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:


I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work

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