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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||26 June 2011
||How Do We Build a Bigger Left?
|With Monique Moisan - a leading member of Québec solidaire; Ritch Whyman; Sam Gindin. Recorded in Toronto, 28 May 2011 - part of the Marxism 2011 conference.|
||19 June 2011
||Mugyenyi, Bianca and Yves Engler
|Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay with co-authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler. Opening remarks by Jordy Cummings and Rick Salutin. Recorded 12 May 2011 in Toronto.|
||18 June 2011
||New York State Is Not Broke
|Decades of growing income inequality combined with tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations have needlessly set up the present state budget crises.|
||12 June 2011
||Radical Democracy and Popular Power
|Thinking About New Socialisms for the 21st Century - with David McNally who teaches Political Science at York University, Toronto and is a long-time activist in socialist and global justice movements. Recorded 5 March 2011, Ottawa.|
||5 June 2011
||Democracy and the Public University
|Rebecca Schein in Conversation with Noam Chomsky. Recorded at Carleton University, Ottawa on 8 April, 2011.|
||29 May 2011
||Building Solidarity from Palestine to South Africa
|This speaking tour is an important opportunity for debate and discussion on the question of how we as trade unionists can stand in solidarity with Palestinians.|
||22 May 2011
||May Day 2011
|A militant celebration of International Workers' Day organized by May 1st Movement and No One Is Illegal-Toronto. Recorded 1 May 2011.|
||15 May 2011
||Universities in Crisis
|What Are The Problems and What Faculty and Students Can Do. Recorded 4 March 2011, Ottawa.|
||8 May 2011
||Austerity, Security and Resistance
|George Rigakos, Justin Paulson and Greg Albo discuss issues of austerity and who will pay and who will profit as the transition from rescue to recovery increasingly returns not just to neoliberalism, but a more authoritarian form at that. Recorded at Left Forum in New York City.|
||17 April 2011
||From Wisconsin to Toronto Workers Say Enough is Enough!
|Frustrated with your job being referred to as 'gravy'? Angry to see that workers' hard-won gains are being eroded? Want to defend public services and good jobs for all? Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly forum recorded in Toronto, 8 April 2011.|
||10 April 2011
||Raise Welfare and Disability Rates, Restore the Special Diet!
|Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and friends and allies marched through the streets of Toronto demanding a raise to the welfare and disability rates, and a restoration of the Special Diet!|
||27 March 2011
||State of the Siege, State of the Struggle
||Barghouti, Riham; Ali Abunimah
|Riham Barghouti and Ali Abunimah make presentations at the 2011 Israeli Apartheid Week event in Toronto - recorded 11 March, 2011.|
||20 March 2011
||Global Crisis, Fiscal Restraint and Public-Private Partnerships
|Dr. John Loxley is a professor in the Department of Economics, University of Manitoba. He specializes in International Money and Finance, International Development and Community Economic Development and has published extensively in these areas. Part of the Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture - recorded 10 March 2011.|
||13 March 2011
||Book Launch: Global Slump
|The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance. Recorded in Toronto, 20 January 2011.|
||12 March 2011
||Interrogating Apartheid: Campus as a Site of Resistance
||Rebick, Judy; Abigail Bakan
|Presentations by Judy Rebick, Abigail Bakan; part of the Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto. Recorded 7 March, 2011.|
||8 March 2011
||Giant Steps: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle
|A talk by Komozi Woodard on the role of women in the struggle for Black liberation. Woodard is the Esther Raushenbush Chair at Sarah Lawrence College and co-editor of Want to Start a Revolution?|
||27 February 2011
||Developing a Political Fightback
|The fightback against Mike Harris and Mel Lastman consisted of community mobilizations, large strikes and impressive Days of Action. How were they successful and how did they fail? Recorded in Toronto, 19 February 2011.|
||20 February 2011
||A Movement To Change the World
|Brenda Stokely is a human rights activist dedicated to ending all forms of national oppression, racism, sexism and exploitation of workers. She co-found and built several key organizations, including the 2004 Million Worker March Movement, NY Labor Against the War (co-convener), founding member of Troops Out Now, Coalition to Save Harlem and many more.|
||18 February 2011
||Revolution in the Arab World...
|With Gilbert Achcar - Professor of Development Studies, University of London, author of The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder and The Arabs and the Holocaust: the Arab-Israeli War of Narratives.|
||13 February 2011
||Faith Nolan and the CUPE Freedom Singers
|Faith Nolan and the CUPE Freedom Singers performed before the opening session of the GTWA labour forum - Sunday morning, January 30, 2011.|
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