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LeftStreamed: Crackdown on BDS: Criminalization of Dissent?

May 29, 2016

On February 18, 2016 Canadian parliament passed a motion condemning “any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS [Boycott Divestment Sanctions against Israeli apartheid] movement, both here at home and abroad.” Recorded in Toronto 26 April 2016.

What's New: After Six-Week Strike, Verizon Workers Claim Major Victory as Deal Reached

by Nadia Prupis | May 28, 2016

After a nearly six-week strike, Verizon workers are celebrating a huge victory on Friday after a deal was reached in principle with the telecom giant that will bring gains for union members and end one of the nation's largest work stoppages in recent history. The deal, announced Friday afternoon by U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, reportedly includes a four-year contract between Verizon and its two biggest unions, CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

What's New: Party, class, and Marxism: Did Kautsky advocate Leninism?

by Eric Blanc | May 28, 2016

The question of broad parties has been heatedly debated by socialists in recent years. Many have argued that 'Leninism' should be discarded in favor of wider formations such as Syriza, Podemos, the British Labour Party, the Greens, etc. Others have rejected participating in such structures, on the 'Leninist' grounds that building independent revolutionary Marxist parties remains the strategic organizational task for socialists.

What's New: Why $15 matters for Ontario's unions

by David Bush | May 27, 2016

In the spring of 2015, a coalition of labour and community groups launched the $15 and Fairness campaign in Ontario. The campaign was shaped in part by the Ontario governments’ Changing Workplaces Review, a full-scale review of both the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA) announced in February of 2015.

Books: We can dream, or we can organize

review by Systemic Disorder | May 27, 2016

The swift rise, and swift crumbling, of the Occupy movement brings to the surface the question of organization. Demonstrating our anger, and doing so with thousands of others in the streets, gives us energy and brings issues to wider audiences. Yes spontaneity, as necessary as it is, is far from sufficient in itself. For all the weeks and sometimes months that Occupy encampments lasted, little in the way of lasting organization was created.

Bullet #1261: Federal NDP's Pact With Satan Implodes

by J. F. Conway | May 26, 2016

The years of compromise and moderation were about to bear fruit in 2015. In 1933 the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) proudly declared itself a socialist party dedicated to the eradication of capitalism and building a socialist economy and society. Voices of moderation within the party appealed to the party's rank-and-file to be more pragmatic, less ideologically pure.

What's New: The Next System Project

| May 25, 2016

There Are Real Alternatives: We can create the kind of society -- and world -- we’d like now and for future generations. The challenging realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring.

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7:00pm, Tuesday June 7, 2016
Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St E., Toronto.

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Book launch: Canada Since 1960: A People's History

Canada Since 1960: A People's History
Canadian Dimension magazine (CD) is this country’s oldest Left publication. In this new book — Canada Since 1960: A People's History — 25 authors evaluate how CD discussed diverse subjects over a span of 50 years: 50 Years of Class Struggle; 50 Years in Indian Country; 50 Years of Art & Culture; 50 Years of Making Socialism; 50 Years of Rebelling Youth; 50 years of Anti-Racism, Human Rights and Immigration advocacy! And much, much more!

Presenters: Greg Albo, Himani Bannerji, David Hugill, Bryan Palmer, Dennis Pilon, Elise Thornburn | Facebook event
June 1 - June 2, 2016
University of Calgary, Calgary.

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: CAWLS 3rd Annual Conference

CAWLS 3rd Annual Conference will be held 1-2 June 2016, at the University of Calgary.

The Congress theme, “Energizing Communities” seeks to engage our collective interest in how communities are organized, how they respond to social change and how we build alliances with like-minded groups. In both the developed and developing worlds, “energizing communities” includes examining workers in the commodity sectors, the role of the environment within the class struggle, and how labour builds alliances with other groups, including Indigenous communities.

We invite you to look at those panels’ calls for papers:
* Strategies for Temporary Foreign Worker organizing
* Building Solidarity in Care Work
* Moving Beyond the Low Wage Economy: Strategies, Policies and Politics for Decent Work and Wages
* Fractures and Alliances Construction Work and Workers
May 27 - May 29, 2016

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: Public Exposures Symposium

The Public Exposures symposium (May 27, 28, 29) is bringing together participants from diverse communities and working sectors — practicing artists, community activists, union members, educators, students, and more. Inspired by Condé and Beveridge’s innovative art, and their strategic activism, the broad aims of the symposium are:

• To reflect on issues and strategies that they and many others are engaging -- specifically in the areas of artists’ rights, and art and labour -- and more broadly around needs for social, economic, and environmental justice.

• To energize grassroots collaborations -- renewing/strengthening existing links -- seeding new possibilities for artists and activists working in the public sphere.

The symposium will have local, national, and international scope, with guest-participants from across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Scheduled events will be hosted in three locations -- at the exhibition site in the 401 Richmond building; at OCAD University; and the United Steelworkers’ Hall -- all within walking distance. Each day of the symposium will engage participants differently.
May 14 - June 25, 2016
Trinity Square Video, 401 Richmond West, Toronto.

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Public Exposures: The Art-Activism of Condé + Beveridge (1976-2016)

The Art-Activism of Condé + Beveridge (1976-2016)
This multi-gallery survey spans the career of the political-art duo, from their rejection of the New York art scene in the 70s and move to Canada, where they've collaborated with unions, communities and artist-run centres, to a recent work about climate change and hockey. They originally adopted the staged-photo format to protect unionists who feared identification by management, but soon found the strategy allowed them to push their social justice message further. They've devoted their life's work to exploring the intersections of wage labour and creativity.

Exhibition runs May 14 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception at Trinity Square Video (401 Richmond St W. Suite 121), Saturday May 14, 2-4 PM |
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