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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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84. 2 January 2011 Emerging Powers: Allies or Rivals? Kagarlitsky, Boris; Chaohua Wang
Presentations by Boris Kagarlitsky and Chaohua Wang. Part of the "Global Crisis and Hegemonic Dilemmas" conference - recorded in Delhi, India - November 9, 2010.
83. 26 December 2010 21st Century Socialism: the Strategy of the Left and the Latin American Experience Lebowitz, Michael; Marta Harnecker
Marta Harnecker and Michael Lebowitz were invited by the N. Poulantzas Institute and Transform Magazine to present lectures on "21st Century Socialism."
82. 22 December 2010 Organizing in an Era of Precarious Work
A forum to discuss the reality of part-time, precarious and undocumented work enforced through immigration and capitalism that now dominates our working lives.
81. 19 December 2010 Pursuing a Just World Order, Crisis for the Left Panitch, Leo
In this talk, Leo Panitch addresses a lack of ambition on the left which has been more debilitating than its lack of capacity in the current global economic crisis, and outlines the kinds of immediate demands for radical reforms as well as longer term socialist strategic orientation that is needed today. Part of the Delhi University Symposium on "Globalization, Justice and Democracy." Recorded November 11, 2010.
80. 12 December 2010 Public Sector Unionism, Austerity and the Left Gindin, Sam
A teach-in with leading Canadian labour analyst Sam Gindin explores the present crisis, its meaning and how we might get beyond it. Recorded November 29, 2010.
79. 9 December 2010 The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development Lebowitz, Michael
Prof. Michael Lebowitz discussing aspects of his book The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, at the Maritime Labour Center in Vancouver, British Columbia.
78. 30 November 2010 Rally to Stop the Closure of 120 Beds OCHU/CUPE
This rally was held in front of the Ministry of Health to oppose the cut of 120 beds (one-third of its total) at Providence Healthcare. Recorded in Toronto, November 26, 2010.
77. 28 November 2010 Launch: Alternate Routes Fanelli, Carlo; Chris Hurl; Rebecca Shein; James Meades
The following video showcased the panel discussion held at the launch of Alternate Routes' latest issue, "Saving Global Capitalism: Interrogating Austerity and Working Class Responses to Crises." Recorded in Ottawa, November 5, 2010.
76. 21 November 2010 Capitalism and Confrontation Palmer, Bryan
Legacies From the Past. Keynote address by Bryan Palmer. Recorded at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Critical Social Research Collaborative (CSRC), Ottawa, March 19, 2010.
75. 14 November 2010 Forum on Bolivia with Dr. Hugo Salvatierra Salvatierra, Hugo
Dr. Hugo Salvatierra is one of Evo Morales's top advisors and a founder of the MAS in Bolivia. Salvatierra is a founder of the MAS and the Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and the Environment in the first MAS Cabinet.
74. 7 November 2010 Unite-Here! Local 75 on Strike Unite-Here!
Workers from Unite-Here! Local 75 - on strike against the Delta Chelsea hotel in Toronto. The workers are fighting for safer workloads, fair wages and workplace dignity! Check with the union before making your reservations! Recorded October 30 and 31, 2010.
73. 31 October 2010 Workers' Control, Workers' Councils and the Social Economy Lebowitz, Michael
Presentation by Michael Lebowitz made in August 2009 at ALCASA in Ciudad Guayana in the state of Bolivar, Venezuela. ALCASA is the state aluminum company, currently functioning under workers control and a key part of the 'Socialist Plan for Guayana.'
72. 28 October 2010 Building Labour Resistance Guest, Don; Michael Hurley, Monica McKenzie
Winning Strategies in Difficult Times - a forum organized by the Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded October 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.
71. 22 October 2010 How Labour is (Part of) the Problem in Building the Left Fox Piven, Frances
Lecture by: Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center. A leading scholar and political activist, Frances Fox Piven was recently president of the American Sociological Association and is former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is Keeping Down the Black Vote (2009).
70. 4 October 2010 NO Fare IS Fair
Start of the campaign to win free and accessible transit for the GTA. A project of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded October 2, 2010 at Christie Pits, Toronto.
69. 26 September 2010 Race, Class and Crisis Reed, Adolph
What New Possibilities for the U.S. Left? – with Adolph Reed. Recorded September 24, 2010, Toronto, Canada.
68. 21 September 2010 Rally in Support of Alex Hundert
G20 defendant and alleged 'ringleader' Alex Hundert appeared in court on Saturday September 18, 2010 for an alleged breach of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration. The police and Crown have made the preposterous and unbelievable claim that Alex's two public speaking events on university campuses in Kitchener and Toronto are public demonstrations.
67. 19 September 2010 Do We Pull the Monster Down? Carroll, William
A music video that comments on some of the salient contradictions of the post-9/11 conjuncture, one year into the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
66. 12 September 2010 Book Launch: Power in Coalition Tattersall, Amanda and Natalie Mehra
Launch of Power in Coalition - which includes a chapter on the Ontario Health Coalition's campaigns to save Medicare and against P3s. Recorded September 7, 2010, Toronto.
65. 9 September 2010 So Said Tony Hayward Carroll, William
A music video featuring imagery dredged from the internet - about the BP oil spill and its disastrous impacts, focused around the story of BP CEO Tony Hayward's hapless efforts to spin and manage a massive, and televisually spectacular, environmental catastrophe.
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