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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 10th APRIL 2011

EVENTS

POPULAR EDUCATION: LEARNING TO ORGANIZE FOR CHANGE

Popular Education: Learning to Organize for Change is designed to build your understanding and experience in processes to lead groups in social justice education and activist organizing. If you are an educator, community organizer or worker looking for an experiential process to help you build greater consciousness in groups and lead others to act, this course could be for you.

After exploring an overview of popular education principles, you will participate in hands-on approaches and tools for; bringing groups together, creating spaces for dialogue, analysing the situation you hope to change, planning and taking action and evaluating group processes. In the final two evenings of the course, we will focus on specific feedback and problem solving to help each participant use popular education relevant to their own context. All participants will have the opportunity to present possible workshop processes, activities or dilemmas so that the group can offer their ideas and support. No experience necessary, but experience is welcome!

Dates and Times: (attendance for each day required for the certificate)
Saturday June 25th:  10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday June 26th:  10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 28th:  6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday June 29th:  6:00-9:00 p.m.

Cost: $203.40 (Cdn). Scholarships and bursaries are available. Email heather.read@utoronto.ca to inquire.

To register: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/tlc/Summer_Institute/Registration.html
CODE SI-009 W
Deadline June 21

About the Facilitator: Christine McKenzie is a popular educator who has developed and facilitated anti-oppression organizing processes with diverse groups in Canada and Central America for the past 15 years. She has led popular education trainings with groups such as the Canadian Auto Workers Union, Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education, and the Girls Action Foundation, among others.

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SANCTUARY SCHOOLS FORUM

Saturday May 7th
10am – 1pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 2-211
252 Bloor St. West
Toronto

Our schools, and especially our students and their parents, are increasingly under attack. Teachers have a unique and special responsibility to ensure that our schools can be places of sanctuary where we can all create the socially just and equitable communities we expect and deserve.

Often teachers find ourselves working in isolation from our colleagues, from the communities we work in, and from the lives of our students and their families. The Sanctuary Schools Forum will be an opportunity to break this isolation, and connect teachers to each other as well as to the social movements being led by our students and their communities.

Forum topics:        
* Gender Based Violence & Supporting LGBTQ2 Youth and their Families
* Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Keeping Students Safe from Deportation
* Protecting Students from Police in Schools
* Movement Building: Mobilizing Teachers to Resist Neo-Liberalism

Child care provided upon request.
Organized by Educators for Peace & Justice and No One Is Illegal

Register at: http://bit.ly/SanctuarySchoolForum

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BEARING WITNESS, CREATING HOPE: 10 YEARS OF RABBLE.CA

April 18, 2011
7:00pm – 11:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto

rabble.ca invites you to join us in celebrating 10 years of rabble.ca, April 18th at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto!

Join moderator and rabble founder Judy Rebick, and special guests for a panel discussion on the state of Canadian left politics, historical memory, and the upcoming federal election, and stay on after for a reception and party featuring Toronto’s criticaly acclaimed LAL and dancing with DJ b#!

Can’t join in person? This event will also be streamed live: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv

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EXHIBITION – EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL
Opens Saturday, April 9

Institute for Contemporary Culture
Roloff Beny Gallery, Level 4
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Scotiabank Group present Edward Burtynsky: Oil, hosted by the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture. The exhibition features fifty-three beautiful and provocative large-format photographs by internationally renowned Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky. His images explore the hotly-debated effects of oil extraction, our international dependency on the substance, and with an unflinching eye, Burtynsky presents us with the reality of oil production as its role in our civilization undergoes massive transformation.

Read more about the exhibition: http://www.rom.on.ca/exhibitions/special/oil.php

Related Event at the ROM:
Downstream: The Oil Sands Industry and the Athabasca River April 13, 7-8 pm

Learn of the controversy over the role of pollution from the oil sands industry in causing cancer deaths in Fort Chipewyan on the Athabasca River in Alberta.
http://www.rom.on.ca/programs/lectures/index.php?ref=showinfo&program_id=6839

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RICE (RESEARCHING INTERNATIONAL & CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION) SYMPOSIUM – THEORIZING INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION: (SHIFTING) CONTEXTS, CONCEPTS, METHODS

Friday, April 15, 2011
Faculty of Education – Althouse College
University of Western Ontario
London, ON

Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Jane Kenway, Monash University, Australia

We are anticipating a thought-provoking, discussion-rich day. To see more details and to register please go to: http://www.edu.uwo.ca/research/cie/rice/symposiumDetails.html

If you are planning on coming to the event, a couple of important notes:
– We have had some technical difficulties with the registration process, but the system is now fixed. If you have already registered please do so again as we might not have received your submission.
– Once you register please mail in your cheques as soon as possible (according to the details on the website) so they we can better organize the catered lunch and drinks.
– Check out the website for more details in early April for a suggested format on how you can contribute your research in our last informal sharing session and also to read invited paper submissions (will be posted by April 8) that will be discussed during session ii of our symposium.

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WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY COFFEEHOUSE: PUBLICATIONS, MOVEMENT BUILDING, AND RADICAL TRANSFORMATION

Thursday, April 21
7:30 pm
Reagle Beagle
335 Bloor St West (east of Spadina), back room
Toronto

This forum brings together a multi-generational panel of activists who have been involved in publishing movement publications on the political left, from the older and more well-established to more recent projects. By sharing their experiences and reflecting on both the significance and challenges of this work – from political to financial – it is our hope that we can develop and expand on our analysis of the important role such publications play for advancing our struggles, as places for dialogue and debate, educating, agitating and organizing, as well as for strategizing and visioning otherwise.

Speakers:
– Clare O’Connor, Upping the Anti and UofT OPIRG
– Chanteal-Lee Winchester, UofT OPIRG – Action Speakers Louder
– Noaman Ali, Basics
– Paul Kellog, Former Editor of Socialist Worker
– Leo Panitch, Socialist Register
– Mick Sweetman, Linchpin

For more info: http://www.workersassembly.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: RAISE WELFARE AND DISABILITY RATES, RESTORE THE SPECIAL DIET!

It has been 16 long years since Mike Harris cut welfare and froze disability. McGuinty’s Liberals have been in power for half that time and done nothing to deal with poverty. In fact people are worse off today. It would take a 55% increase to bring benefits to pre-Harris levels. If benefit levels were restored to the same level of spending power as they had in 1994, a single person on Ontario Works would now be receiving $904 a month instead of the miserable $593 now being issued.

Now as the economy continues to slump and the need is greater than ever, this government is destroying the vital Special Diet Allowance that has enabled people to survive…The new Special Diet comes into affect on April 1st, 2011 and all those who are not eligible under the new program will be cut off by July 31st.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls98.php

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MINISTERS OF EDUCATION CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL ADULT LEARNERS’ WEEK

TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ – Ministers of education joined this week with Canadians to celebrate International Adult Learners’ Week (IALW 2011).

First established in 2000 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), IALW serves to raise awareness of the importance of adult learning and its integral role in the lifelong learning process.

Read more: http://news.morningstar.com/all/canada-news-wire/20110408C2581/ministers-of-education-celebrate-international-adult-learners-week.aspx

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AGAINST CATASTROPHISM

By Doug Henwood, Left Business Observer

This is the text of my introduction to a panel on catastrophism that (Catastrophism and the Crisis of the Left) I MC’d at the Left Forum, March 19, 2011, at Pace University, New York.

Events in Japan have gotten me thinking about crises in general. At first, I thought that it might promote the realization that finding clean, renewable forms of energy may the most urgent task facing us today. But then I thought back a bit to other energy-related crises. One of my beefs with the peak oilers, aside from the empirical one in which I suspect that they’re just wrong about hydrocarbon production, is that impending scarcity doesn’t make people more amenable to rational argument—it inclines them to desperate measures.

Read more: http://lbo-news.com/2011/04/08/against-catastrophism/

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A NEW TRADE UNIONISM IN THE MAKING?

From The Bullet

A trade unionism that is able to facilitate and express the practical knowledge of its members, as workers and as citizens, is critical to the renewal of public services and for confronting a global politics of austerity. Hilary Wainwright has been at the forefront of such attempts to forge a new public sector unionism for some time. She has attempted to link the struggle over the state with the building of the popular power and democratic capacities necessary for a renewal of unionism, and also the socialist project.

We are at the beginning of what will likely prove to be a long phase of public sector struggle in Canada and the U.S. The Bullet publishes here a recent contribution by Wainwright to the debate on union renewal. There is a need for many more such interventions, from a variety of perspectives, from militants and activists in North America as part of the coming battles against the ruling classes’ attempts to forge a new ‘age of austerity’.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/488.php

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CORPORATE INCOME TAXES, PROFIT, AND EMPLOYMENT PERFORMANCE OF CANADA’S LARGEST COMPANIES

By David Macdonald, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

This study tracks 198 companies on the S&P/TSX composite from 2000 through 2009 and finds those companies—Canada’s largest corporations—are making 50% more profit and paying 20% less tax than they did a decade ago.

However, in terms of job creation, they did not keep up with the average growth of employment in the economy as a whole. From 2005 to 2010, the number of employed Canadians rose 6% while the number of jobs created by the companies in the study grew by only 5%. In essence, the largest beneficiaries of corporate tax cuts are dragging down Canadian employment growth.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/corporate-income-taxes-profit-and-employment-performance-canadas-largest-compa

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NEW RESEARCH PAPER – HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE NEEDS IN RURAL AND NORTHERN ONTARIO: A HOLISTIC NURSING PERSPECTIVE

I would like to bring your attention to a newly released research paper I’ve written through my work with the Ontario Nurses’ Association, which is the RN union in Ontario. The paper is called “Health and Health Care Needs in Rural and Northern Ontario: a holistic nursing perspective.” The paper has a feminist analysis of health issues, as well as insight from front line nurses, among other elements. It can be found at: http://www.ona.org/political_action/submissions_to_government.html#ruralandnorthernhealthcare

Salimah Valiani, PhD
Policy Analyst/Economist
Communications and Government Relations Team
Ontario Nurses’ Association

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

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

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

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

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

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Utopia

 

WHAT IS THE RADICAL IMAGINATION?

 

“What is the Radical Imagination?” a special issue (4.2) of Affinities: Journal of Radical Theory, Culture and Action

Edited by Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish

Read and download for free at: www.affinitiesjournal.org

 

Launch party: joint launch with Upping the Anti #11,  January 15, 2011, 8:30pm, Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor St. W (at Landsdown).  $5 cover, $10 includes a copy of UTA11.  Details here.  In conjunction with the North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference.

 
 
Table of contents:
Editorials/Introductions

Max Haiven, Alex Khasnabish: “What is the radical imagination? A Special Issue”

 

Interventions: Struggles
 
Franco BIFO Berardi: “Precariousness, Catastrophe and Challenging the Blackmail of the Imagination”

 

Taiaiake Alfred: “What is Radical Imagination? Indigenous Struggles in Canada”



Julie E. Dowsett: “Commodity Feminism and the Unilever Corporation: Or, How the Corporate Imagination Appropriates Feminism”



Phanuel Antwi and Amber Dean: “Unfixing Imaginings of the City: Art, Gentrification, and Cultures of Surveillance”



 

Interventions: Provocations
  
 
Larissa Lai: “Other Presents: Imagining the Human and Beyond”

Justin Paulson

“The Uneven Development of Radical Imagination”

Chris Churchill

“A Radical and Elitist Imagination? Political Paternities and Alternatives in the History of Ideas”

Petra Rethmann

“A few notes on the question, what is radical imagination?”

Randy Martin

“Dancing Through the Crisis”

 

Interventions: Openings

Allan Antliff: “Anarchist Imaginaries”

Judy Rebick: “Re-Imagining Revolution”



Patrick Reinsborough: “Giant Whispers: Narrative Power, Radical Imagination and a Future Worth Fighting For…”



Glen Coulthard: “Place against Empire: Understanding Indigenous Anti-Colonialism”

 

Peer Reviewed Articles
Rachel Elaine Strasinger

“Beyond Protest: Radical Imagination and the Global Justice Movement”

Terry Maley

“Participatory Budgeting and the Radical Imagination: In Europe but not in Canada?”

Michael Truscello

“The Disruptive Time of the Gift: (Radical) Imagination at Work in Free and Open Source Software”

 

Read and download for free at:  www.affinitiesjournal.org

 

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UPPING THE ANTI – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Issue 12)

Upping the Anti

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Pitches due December 3, 2010; first draft due January 7, 2010

*WHO WE ARE*

UPPING THE ANTI: A JOURNAL OF THEORY AND ACTION
…is a radical journal published twice a year by a pan-Canadian collective of activists and organizers. We are dedicated to publishing radical theory and analysis about struggles against capitalism, imperialism, and all forms of oppression.

In our first ten issues, we’ve published articles by and interviews with renowned activists and intellectuals, including Aijaz Ahmad, Himani Bannerji, Grace Lee Boggs, Ward Churchill, Michael Hardt, John Holloway, Sunera Thobani, Andrea Smith, and many more.

We have covered a wide variety of topics including Palestine solidarity activism, trans-politics and anti-capitalism, anti-war activism, Indigenous solidarity, contemporary feminist organizing, and activist burnout.

In every issue, activists and organizers reflect on the state of contemporary organizing in Canada and beyond. We publish theoretical and critical articles, interviews and roundtables. UPPING THE ANTI also includes a book review section where activists assess new writing on the Left.

*CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS*

We are currently looking for story ideas for ISSUE TWELVE, which will be released in APRIL of 2011. If you have an idea for a story you would like to see published in our journal, please send us a one page pitch by Sunday, December 3, 2010. In addition to the pitch, please submit a short writing sample (max 1,000 words).

In your pitch, please provide a brief description of the topic of your investigation, your main questions, an account of how you will address these questions, as well as a brief biographical note.

Before submitting a pitch, we encourage you to read back issues in order to familiarize yourself with the kind of writing that we publish. We also encourage you to have a look at the UPPING THE ANTI writer’s guide, which can be downloaded at http://uppingtheanti.org.

Pitches should be for original stories that have not been submitted or published elsewhere. Please do not send us a pitch that you have simultaneously sent to another publication.

Although we will consider all pitches, we are especially interested in stories about the current economic crisis, contemporary labour organizing, feminism and women’s struggles, dis/ability, international solidarity work,
mobilization strategies, Marxism and anarchism in the 21st Century, activist interventions in art and culture, and struggles around questions of sex and sexuality.

We will review your pitch and provide you with feedback. After a pitch has been approved, writers are expected to submit their story by deadline.

Deadline for first drafts for ISSUE TWELVE is January 7, 2011.

Please submit all pitches and direct all queries to uppingtheanti@gmail.com

*CHECK OUT ISSUE ELEVEN!*

Our next issue will be available in November 2010. Content will include John Clarke on direct action and the fight against austerity, Stacy Douglas on the queering of colonization, and Lesley Wood on lessons from the anti-G20
convergence.

The issue will also feature interviews with Raj Patel on the politics of starving, Ladelle Mcwhorter on normalization and its discontents, James Scott on the art of not being governed, and roundtables on the twentieth anniversary of
the battle of Oka and on No One Is Illegal’s fight to build solidarity city.

**We need your support to keep Upping the Anti running. Pick up the latest issue, and check out our online subscription program.**

For more information about UPPING THE ANTI, visit http://uppingtheanti.org

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UPPING THE ANTI ISSUE 9

Dear Friends and Comrades,

We are pleased to announce that the ninth issue of Upping the Anti, a journal of theory and action, can now be ordered online http://uppingtheanti.org/subscribe/ or purchased at these fine booksellers http://www.uppingtheanti.org/journal/bookstores/.

UTA 9 includes:

• Interviews with Eli Clare and Sherene Razack
• Ben Saifer on Campus Israel advocacy and the politics of “dialogue”
• Kate Milley on anti-Native organizing and the “Caledonia Crisis”
• Chris Hurl and Kevin Walby on the rise and fall of the Canadian Union of Students
• Roundtables on the ten year of anniversary of the “Battle of Seattle” and anti-Olympics organizing in British Columbia

Upping the Anti is a radical journal published twice a year by a pan-Canadian collective of activists and organizers. We are dedicated to publishing radical theory and analysis about struggles against capitalism, imperialism and all forms of oppression. Since our debut in 2005, we’ve published articles by and interviews with renowned activists and intellectuals, including Aijaz Ahmad, Himani Bannerji, Grace Lee Boggs, Ward Churchill, Michael Hardt, John Holloway, Sunera Thobani, Deborah Gould, and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

We have covered a wide range of topics including Palestine solidarity activism, the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary anti-war movement, trans politics and anti-capitalism, Indigenous solidarity, contemporary feminist organizing, activist burnout, the dynamics of the animal liberation movement, and the contradictions and challenges facing student organizing.

Looking for that perfect holiday gift?

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