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Refusing Settler Colonialism,
From Turtle Island to Palestine

Toronto – 15 March 2017.


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The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 focused on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists reflected on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles.

Erica Violet Lee is a Nēhiyaw (Cree) writer, student, feminist, and community organizer from misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) and Thunderchild First Nation, on Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Homeland. Erica is an organizer with Idle No More, a YWCA Women of Distinction award recipient, an Iris Marion Young scholar, and she was part of the 2015 Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Climate Conference. She has a blog named Moontime Warrior: Fearless Philosophizing, Embodied Resistance, where she writes on environmental racism, colonial borders, and the love, knowledge, and beauty found in the wastelands.



150 Years of Marx's Capital

19 March 2017.


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This is a collection of videos dealing with Karl Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. This playlist starts with an audio recording of Capital Volume 1. And here's a link to the text of Capital.

It is 150 years since Karl Marx published the first volume of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy in 1867, with the two subsequent volumes coming out under the editorship of Friedrich Engels over the next decades. As its subtitle suggests, Capital is a masterful appraisal of the ‘vulgar’ defences of capitalism focused on exchange and markets and the more ‘scientific’ accounts of classical political economy highlighting the production of an economic surplus and its distribution between the social classes. Capital is, however, foremost a dissection of the historical social relations and mode of production of capitalism. From its initial publication, Marx's Capital steadily gained prominence as the indispensable point of departure for understanding the inner workings of the capitalist system – its modes of exploitation and appropriation of the economic product produced by the working classes, the relationship between the workday, the wage and the social reproduction of the working class family, the continual drive toward technological change, the production of armies of surplus labour, and the social forces polarizing the accumulation of wealth on the one side and poverty on the other. These themes and concepts remain critical guides to understanding our times and the contradictions lived daily under neoliberal capitalism. It is hardly necessary to point out their relevance for dispensing with the theoretical schemas that dominate the bourgeois media and the economic policies of capitalist states. If capitalism has considerably evolved since Marx’s time, Capital retains its importance as a theoretical testament to the unfreedoms, inequalities and crises produced by capitalism and a political manifesto for a democratic socialism as the necessary route forward.

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Global Intern Strike!

20 February 2017.


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On February 20th, young people across the world will come together to push for an end to the exploitative and exclusionary practice of unpaid internships. Decentralised actions will take place in a range of cities, to call on employers and leaders to ensure that quality intern opportunities are paid and accessible to all - regardless of their socioeconomic background.

There is an increasing tendency around the world to hire interns, often without pay and with very little possibility of achieving a real education or a stable job. In the last few years, the rise of the intern economy has attracted the attention of journalists and activists; sociologists, however, are still paying inadequate attention to this phenomenon and its causes. This inattention contributes to a growing ambiguity surrounding the term ‘internship’, making it difficult to understand its aims and to evaluate its abuses. In other words, sociological analysis is very much needed not only to explain the explosion of the intern economy, but also to develop a critical compass to raise awareness about the uses and abuses of internships.

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144. 24 June 2012 The Challenges of the Greek Left After the Election Panitch, Leo
After two years of anti-austerity street battles, Greece is in the midst of a highly polarized electoral battle. Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, gained 10% over their previous election result. But the direction and programme of Syriza is far from settled, and containing many contradiction and tensions. The crisis in Greece and Europe is far from settled, and will enter a new phase. Leo Panitch having just returned from a week in Greece where he met many senior officials in Syriza, and also of the radical left coalition Antarsya, speaking at one of their congresses.
143. 3 June 2012 Public Health Care in Ontario Under Attack
OHC Town Hall presentations on the effect of recent Ontario Government Budget on Health Care and social services. Recorded 26 May 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.
142. 3 June 2012 Lessons of the Comintern Experience
Presentations by: Helen Scott, John Riddell and Lars T. Lih. Recorded at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University, Toronto, 11-13 May 2012.
141. 27 May 2012 Marxism and Feminism: Revisiting and Extending the Dialogue
Presentations by Sandra Rein, Johanna Brenner, Adrienne Roberts and Abigail Bakan. Recorded at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University, Toronto, 11-13 May 2012.
140. 19 May 2012 Solidarity Against Austerity
Part of the May Day events in Ottawa - a teach-in on austerity and building a fightback with Greg Albo, Janet Fraser, Clayton Thomas-Muller and Jack Bogart from ACORN. Recorded May 1, 2012 in Ottawa.
139. 13 May 2012 The Crisis and the Left
Launch of the 2012 Socialist Register - The Crisis and the Left: Where Does Occupy Lead Now? with Frances Fox Piven, David McNally and co-editors of the Register Greg Albo and Leo Panitch. Recorded 6 May 2012 in Toronto.
138. 6 May 2012 A Triumph of Failed Ideas Lehndorff, Steffen
Steffen Lehndorff speaks about the book, A Triumph of Failed Ideas: European models of capitalism in the crisis. The current crisis in Europe is being labelled, in mainstream media and politics, as a 'public debt crisis.' The present book draws a markedly different picture. What is happening now is rooted, in a variety of different ways, in the destabilization of national models of capitalism due to the predominance of neoliberalism since the demise of the post-war 'golden age.'
137. 29 April 2012 Public Finance, Pensions and P3s Sanger, Toby; Joel Harden; Heather Whiteside
With presentations by Toby Sanger (Canadian Union of Public Employees); Joel Harden (Labour College of Canada) and Heather Whiteside (Simon Fraser University). Recorded 23 March 2012, Ryerson University, Toronto.
136. 28 April 2012 #may1to Revolution 2012
Getting ready for May Day 2012, Spread the word! Join Occupy Toronto and the 99% as we celebrate May Day - the International Workers' Day. Recorded April 25, downtown Toronto.
135. 22 April 2012 The "New Age" of Austerity Albo, Greg et al
Presentations by Greg Albo; Tamara Krawchenko, Chris Stoney; Sheila Block. Recorded 23 March 2012, Toronto, part of the "Global Economic Crisis and Canadian Austerity" conference at Ryerson University.
134. 21 April 2012 Occupy Toronto: Subway Mic Check
Getting ready for May Day 2012, Occupy Toronto takes to transit to spread the word! Join Occupy Toronto and the 99% as we celebrate May Day - the International Workers' Day. Recorded in Toronto, 17 April 2012.
133. 15 April 2012 Renewing Working Class Politics, Rebuilding Canadian Labour
Presentations by Mark P. Thomas and Steve Tufts; Herman Rosenfeld; Sam Gindin. Recorded 23 March 2012, Toronto, part of the "Global Economic Crisis and Canadian Austerity" conference at Ryerson University.
132. 1 April 2012 Global Economic Crisis and Canadian Austerity Stanford, Jim; Carlo Fanelli and Bryan Evans
It is now broadly recognized that the global economic crisis that struck in late 2007 is by far the most significant and wide-ranging since the Depression years of the 1930s. Given fears of an ongoing recession, particularly as a result of Europe's sovereign debt crisis and a record level U.S. budget deficit, the global recession that struck in 2007 is by no means over. "Canadian (Non)Exceptionalism: Crisis, Recovery, Austerity" presented by Jim Stanford.
131. 11 March 2012 Transit Forum 2012
Which Way Forward for the Transit Movement in Toronto? Recorded 3 March 2012 in Toronto.
130. 4 March 2012 Haiti: Solidarity and Social Justice
Updates on the ongoing legal efforts to try Jean Claude Duvalier for human rights abuses against the Haitian people and the strong legal action against the United Nations on behalf of 5,000 victims of cholera for its role in the introduction of cholera into Haiti.
129. 5 February 2012 Debunking Anti-Union Myths
In this exciting new series, Dr. Stephanie Ross of York University decimates the right-wing media spin about organized labour in North America. While many pundits tell us that unions are a thing of the past, in reality, their presence is desperately needed in a majority non-union workforce.
128. 29 January 2012 Occupy Talks: What Gravy Train?
Austerity, Finance, and the Polarization of Wealth. Over the last several decades, inequality has been steadily increasing, with the 1% enjoying ever higher concentrations of wealth, while members of the 99% experience greater poverty. Presentations by: Jim Stanford, Nathan Okonta, Linda McQuaig and Sam Gindin.
127. 22 January 2012 Strategizing the Resistance: A Conversation with Manny Ness
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126. 1 January 2012 Contracorriente - discussion with Michael Lebowitz
Michael Lebowitz is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Some of his recent books include Beyond Capital, Build it Now and Socialist Alternative.
125. 25 December 2011 Deutscher Prize Lecture 2011
The 2010 Deutscher Memorial Prize was awarded to David Harvey for his book The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism. The lecture is entitled: "History versus Theory: a Commentary on Marx's Method of Capital."
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