Toronto – 20 April 2017.
Since 1994, the political leaders of South Africa have attempted to solve the national question through the ‘de-racialization’ of the economy and society. How to remake the state without addressing the benefits and misfortunes of capitalism and racism in South Africa? The ANC-led governments linked the struggle against racism to the national task of creating and strengthening a black capitalist class. This was an integral part of their attempt at de-racialization within the class and property relations of capitalism. But the misfortunes of capitalism and racism in South Africa continue to take the form of mass poverty for the majority of its people. And in post-apartheid South Africa the wealth and privileges of the beneficiaries of apartheid have been protected even with apartheid's end. Only a tiny minority of blacks have entered into the capitalist class, often through connections to the state and the governing group.
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.
Eli Kodisang has been involved in South African left politics and struggle for almost thirty years. He was a local and national organizer and educator in various COSATU unions, and then moved to Khanya College, a left NGO that provides support and political education for community and informal worker movements. He is currently organizing informal waste pickers and completing a Masters in Education and Work.
Toronto – 13 April 2017.
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? This important debate features two speakers speaking in favour of the left support for Basic Income and two against.
Opening remarks: Kikélola Roach, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice & Democracy, Ryerson University. Moderator: Avi Lewis, The Leap.
- John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) [speaking against]
- Jessica Sikora, OPSEU Local 586 [speaking against]
- Josephine Grey, Low Income Families Together (LIFT) [speaking in favour]
- Guy Caron, MP (NDP) and Federal Leadership Candidate [speaking in favour]
Hosted in partnership with: OCAP, OPIRG-Toronto, OPSEU Local 586, Ryerson Centre for Policy Innovation and Public Engagement, The Leap, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy.
Organizing Passengers and Building Power
The essential training for understanding what is at stake for transit unions, learning how to mobilize their members and riders, and learning how to mount campaigns to save jobs and the transit systems that our communities depend on.
These two videos are sections of a two-part on-line training course, produced by the International ATU, for use by ATU locals in the U.S. and Canada. The goal is to help members to build alliances between transit workers and transit users, to collectively challenge the common agenda of business and its allies to privatize, deregulate and cut needed social services (such as public transit), and attack the rights of those who deliver the service, in the transit unions. It includes one video that identifies the agenda, and features a discussion about who and what is driving it, as well as the commonalities workers across the board are facing. The second video concentrates on the nuts and bolts of how to build a common movement.
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||19 August 2012
||Contested Futures: Tar Sands and Environmental Justice
|Presentations by Raul Burbano and Bryan Dale reporting back from Rio+20 and the People's Summit in Brazil. Plus other reports on front-line resistance in Ontario. Recorded 30 July in Toronto.|
||22 July 2012
||Lessons From Quebec
|Student Activists from Quebec visit Ryerson Student Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Recorded 19 July 2012.|
||15 July 2012
||Book Launch: Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada
|Co-editors Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage launched their new book, Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada, in Toronto. Recorded 17 June 2012.|
||8 July 2012
||QuAIA at Pride 2012
|Marching with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) at the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, 1 July 2012. Chants heard along the parade route: Whose Pride? Our Pride! Queers Against apartheid!; Our only course of action? Boycott Divestment Sanctions!...|
||24 June 2012
||The Challenges of the Greek Left After the Election
|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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||6 May 2012
||A Triumph of Failed Ideas
|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.'|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||11 March 2012
||Transit Forum 2012
|Which Way Forward for the Transit Movement in Toronto? Recorded 3 March 2012 in Toronto.|
||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.|
||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.|
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