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Free Transit Now!


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In principle, free transit advocacy can also be an element in a broader vision to reorganize urban life and restructure the social order along red (working class-based, working toward socialism) and green (environmental) lines. This requires working through a host of open questions that go far beyond lowering the cost of fares. These include:



1917: The October Revolution


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It is now 100 years since the Great October Revolution of 1917, one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. An autocratic monarchy governing over an emergent capitalist economy was swept aside, in a series of revolutionary ruptures between February and October, and replaced by a socialist state under the leadership of the Bolsheviks. The trajectory, meaning, strategy and tactics, and, finally, the complete reversal of the Revolution has sparked sharp debate, and division, to this day. Here is only a sample, from Eisenstein to Mieville, to Lenin's classic text, The State and Revolution.

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Insurgent Left, Resurgent Labour?

Corbyn, Sanders and the Labour Movement

Toronto – 5 October 2017


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The relative success of the Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn campaigns have put left politics back on the political map. This panel seeks to explore the role that the labour movement played in the Sanders and Corbyn campaigns and consider whether similar political campaigns have the potential to contribute to a renewed and strengthened labour movement.

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365. 22 October 2017 Free Transit Now!
In principle, free transit advocacy can also be an element in a broader vision to reorganize urban life and restructure the social order along red (working class-based, working toward socialism) and green (environmental) lines. This requires working through a host of open questions that go far beyond lowering the cost of fares.
364. 15 October 2017 1917: The October Revolution
It is now 100 years since the Great October Revolution of 1917, one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. An autocratic monarchy governing over an emergent capitalist economy was swept aside, in a series of revolutionary ruptures between February and October, and replaced by a socialist state under the leadership of the Bolsheviks. The trajectory, meaning, strategy and tactics, and, finally, the complete reversal of the Revolution has sparked sharp debate, and division, to this day. Here is only a sample, from Eisenstein to Mieville, to Lenin's classic text, The State and Revolution.
363. 8 October 2017 Insurgent Left, Resurgent Labour? Corbyn, Sanders and the Labour Movement Henwood, Doug; Hilary Wainwright
The relative success of the Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn campaigns have put left politics back on the political map. This panel seeks to explore the role that the labour movement played in the Sanders and Corbyn campaigns and consider whether similar political campaigns have the potential to contribute to a renewed and strengthened labour movement. Recorded in Toronto, 5 October 2017.
362. 1 October 2017 The Fight for 15 - What Next?
Moderated by Sean Smith. Presentations by Deena Ladd (Workers' Action Centre, Toronto) and Jonathan Rosenblum (union activist from Seattle, author of Beyond $15). Recorded in Toronto, 26 September 2017.
361. 3 September 2017 The Hope of the Hopeless Schmidt, Ingo
Fascist movements are on the rise. But does that mean that Donald Trump’s America, Viktor Orbán’s Hungary or Narendra Modi’s India are fascist? Many on the left think so and discovered antifascist action as their preferred rallying point. It remains often unclear, though, is which alternatives to a discredited neoliberalism and the rise of a new right the left has to offer. Presentation by Ingo Schmidt.
360. 6 August 2017 The Struggle for Decent Work and Wages
Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (in Ontario, Canada), has been referred to the parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Over 10 days in July in 10 different cities, the Committee heard deputations on the Bill. In August, the Committee will review the Bill 'clause-by-clause' to decide what, if any, amendments will be made to the legislation.
359. 30 July 2017 Palestinian Dispossessions, Canada and the Jewish National Fund
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has been the key tool used by Israel to dispossess Palestinians of their lands for over a century. It also discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel in the provision of land and housing, and appropriates lands in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of international law. Canadian taxpayers subsidize these activities, as the JNF has a fundraising office in Canada that has had charitable status since 1967. Join with Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) in calling on the Minister of National Revenue to revoke JNF Canada's charitable status NOW!
358. 23 July 2017 Socialism Historically and Today Socialist Studies 50th Anniversary Plenary
This year, the Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) turns fifty, and celebrated its anniversary at its annual conference at Congress 2017. Socialism Historically and Today: A Panel of Three-Minute Interventions was recorded in Toronto, 1 June 2017.
357. 16 July 2017 Red Skin, White Masks: Glen Coulthard Coulthard, Glen
Studies in Political Economy Book Prize 2017 was awarded to Glen Coulthard. He spoke on issues arising from his celebrated recent work and from subsequent developments in academe, activism and the links between the two. Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Recorded in Toronto, 31 May 2017.
356. 1 July 2017 UNsettling Canada 150
Idle No More & Defenders of the Land call to action: In the spirit of Arthur Manuel, we want to make July 1st a National Day of Action. This day of action is to celebrate our Indigenous and human rights to self-determination, our lands, territories, and resources. It is also to educate Canadians about how their constitutional framework, first established 150 years ago.
355. 25 June 2017 Trump, Right-Wing Populism, and the Future of the Labour Movement Fletcher Jr., Bill
Bill Fletcher Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. He has worked for several labour unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO. Fletcher is the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice; and the author of 'They're Bankrupting Us' -- And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio, and the web. Recorded in Toronto, 2 June 2017.
354. 18 June 2017 Precarious Work: Contract Faculty in the Neoliberal University
These videos explore the situation of Canadian contract academic faculty and compares their situation to the even poorer conditions American contract faculty face, highlighting the need to more firmly address working conditions in Canada. The second film, 'Contract Faculty: Injustice in the University,' focuses on not only the injustice faced by contract faculty but the implications of this injustice for students, the University and higher education in general.
353. 11 June 2017 Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change
This panel invites Toronto labour leadership to respond to a comparative book on labour strategy and political action in Toronto and New York City, titled Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change. The book discusses how local unions in four sectors (hospitality, film, green energy and childcare) seek to advance organizing and collective bargaining goals through the reregulation of their respective sectors. Union strategy is evaluated according to whether it succeeds in achieving narrow trade union goals while also addressing broader class demands and social justice criteria. Recorded in Toronto, 1 June 2017.
352. 4 June 2017 Mine Tailings Dam Collapses in Canada and Brazil
'Accidents' or 'Environmental Crimes'? Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil, November 5, 2015: Worst environmental disaster in Latin American mining history. Mount Polley, British Columbia, Canada, August 4, 2014: Worst environmental disaster in Canadian mining history. Moderated by Judith Marshall. Presentations by Bruno Milanez, Richard Holmes, and Joan Kuyek. Recorded in Toronto, 29 May 2017.
351. 28 May 2017 Dump Hydro Privatization, Build Public Power
Hydro in Ontario is a mess and rates are skyrocketing. The high number of people who have trouble paying or can't pay their Hydro bills is growing by the day. In short, deregulation and privatization did not deliver on its promises of 'lower rates,' or create 'greater efficiencies.' Smart Meters did not save consumers any money. In fact, Hydro deregulation has been a complete disaster for Ontario's businesses, citizens and its economy.
350. 14 May 2017 Building a National Solidarity Coalition
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) hosted a panel discussion during the Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress. The panelists discussed their experiences working with various solidarity coalitions and the need for a national solidarity network that can bridge the divide between labour and social movements. How could a solidarity coalition be used to build support for struggles for social, environmental and economic justice? Recorded in Toronto, 11 May 2017.
349. 7 May 2017 Bill C-27: An Attack on Pensions
The Ottawa Committee for Pension Security (OCPS) recently co-hosted a panel discussion with the Congress of Union Retirees about Bill C-27, a Bill that will give employers the tools they need to dump their defined benefit pension plan guaranteed promises, including the benefits already earned and paid for by active workers and retirees. Presentations by Mark Jansen and Mike Palecek. Recorded in Ottawa, 1 March 2017.
348. 30 April 2017 May Day
For more than 100 years, May Day has symbolized the common struggles of workers around the globe. Why is it largely ignored in North America? The answer lies in part in American labour’s long repression of its own radical past, out of which international May Day was actually born a century ago. The seeds were sown in the campaign for the eight-hour work day. On May 1, 1886, hundreds of thousands of North American workers mobilized to strike.
347. 23 April 2017 South Africa, a Dream Betrayed Kodisang, Eli
The current government of President Jacob Zuma is witness to major brawls between rival elite factions, amidst growing corruption scandals. The historical alliance between the ANC, the SACP and COSATU is fracturing. Protests and demonstrations calling for Zuma to resign are growing. Out of this ruin, a new South African working class movement may yet emerge. Forum with Eli Kodisang, recorded in Toronto, 20 April 2017.
346. 16 April 2017 Basic Income: A Way Forward for the Left?
The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been championed by both progressives and conservatives. Not everyone on the left, however, is behind the idea. Is the UBI a means of redistributing wealth, attacking poverty and protecting workers from technological displacement? Or will basic income serve to advance an agenda of austerity and privatization? Recorded in Toronto, 13 April 2017.
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