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What's New: Unions in Court

by Brad Walchuk | November 17, 2017

Unions in Court: Organized Labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, co-authored by Larry Savage and Charles W. Smith, examines the labour movement’s increasing use of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to defend and expand the rights of Canada’s working class. Steeped in history yet rife with contemporary cases, the book provides an important and critical look at labour’s political weakness under neoliberalism, both at the ballot box and under a string of right-wing governments across the country.



What's New: Forget the 'slippery slope' -- Israel already is an apartheid state

by Neil Macdonald | November 17, 2017

The time has come to call the duck a duck. It's time to agree with a long list of Israeli political leaders, academics and public figures on both the political left and right, including three former prime ministers, a winner of the Israel prize, two former heads of the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet, and one of the country's principal newspapers, all of whom have warned that the Jewish state is becoming, or already is, an apartheid state.



Bullet #1513: Whither Catalonia?

Josep María Antentas interviewed by Dan La Botz | November 16, 2017

My traditional position is the defense of the right to self-determination, with the idea that when a group rises to exercise this right its position must be made specific. In the current situation and since the independence movement began in 2012, the defense of a 'Yes' vote has a more democratic content than the 'No' vote, which is associated exclusively with the reactionary defense of the Constitution and the political regime.



What's New: Protests paralyze Catalonia as pro-independence groups debate election alliances, strategy

by Richard Fidler | November 15, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans demonstrated November 11 calling for immediate freedom for leaders of pro-independence parties and social movements jailed by the Spanish government. In Barcelona alone, the municipal police estimated 750,000 marched, while large demonstrations were held in other cities and towns across Catalonia.



Bullet #1512: A Just Transition From Climate Change and Unemployment

by Joseph Mathunjwa | November 14, 2017

The global economy is facing numerous structural challenges. With the looming fourth economic revolution characterized by even more technological development and mechanization, the future of productive labour is bleak. Most unskilled and semi-skilled workers are likely to lose their jobs. Even some skilled workers are not spared from this emerging catastrophe, as numerous job categories - such as brick-layers - are increasingly becoming redundant.



Bullet #1511: Reinventing the World Social Forum?

by Boaventura de Sousa Santos | November 13, 2017

The World Social Forum (WSF) met for the first time in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001. This was an event of extraordinary importance. It signaled an alternative form of globalization to the globalization being promoted by global capitalism, at a time when capitalism was increasingly assuming it is most exclusive and antisocial version: neoliberalism. This was not its first signal, but it was unquestionably its most consistent one.



LeftStreamed: Impasses: Beyond Social Democracy

November 12, 2017

Session 2 was moderated and introduced by Colin Leys (Queen's Unversity). Presentations by: Frances Fox Piven (CUNY Graduate Centre), Hilary Wainwright (Red Pepper magazine) and Frank Deppe (University of Marburg). Recorded in Toronto 6 October 2017.



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twinkle starRed Talks: Toronto’s Housing Crisis

Toronto’s Housing Crisis
Why it’s happening and what to do about it.

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* Simon Wallace - The Parkdale Rent Strike

* Niko Block - Why Housing Costs are Skyrocketing

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9:00am, Saturday November 18, 2017
SFU Harbour Centre Campus, 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver.



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Teach-In: World Peace Forum Society

World Peace Forum Society
Marx's Capital, the Russian Revolution and the Summer of love all had a tremendous influence on our world, and still do! What can today's activists learn from them? How do we build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world?

The powers that be are celebrating the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Confederation and the consolidation of the Canadian state with all its varied oppressions. They are also commemorating the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge. And the Centennial and Montreal World’s Fair of 1967.

We at the World Peace Forum don’t see anything to either celebrate or commemorate in these events.

1867 marks the first edition of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, a work that for the first time explained how the system we live under works, and how to get rid of it and replace it with something human. 1917 is the year which brought us the October Revolution and the creation of the first socialist government and workers’ state. It gave hope to millions around the world that what Marx had suggested in his book could be put into practice. 1967 is known as the ‘summer of love’ when the counterculture emerged, and with it a regenerated Socialism.

For its tenth Teach In the World Peace Forum Society will organize a series of presentations and discussions looking at the resonance of Marx’s book, the Russian Revolution and the Sixties. What is their relevance today? What can activists learn from them? We have identified a series of topics from an examination of the continuing relevance of the Cuban Revolution to the crisis of capitalist economics with the failure of neoliberalism to the ecological disaster becoming more and more evident.

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