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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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Labour, Race, Gender and Colonialism, recorded March 26, 2010 in Toronto.
43. 14 March 2010 Operating in the Obama Moment Fletcher Jr., Bill
2010 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture recipient Bill Fletcher Jr. Recorded March 10, 2010 in Toronto, Canada
42. 9 March 2010 Rally for Striking Steelworkers Steelworkers
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Profile of a People's Movement - with Kiraz Janicke, Federico Fuentes. Moderated by Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 26 February 2010.
40. 26 February 2010 Crash! OCAP Visits Liberal Party Fundraiser OCAP
The misery and suffering that is being inflicted on those losing the Special Diet is enormous and OCAP is here to challenge it.
39. 21 February 2010 Is Marx Back? Panitch, Leo; Ian Morrison
Interview with Leo Panitch by Ian Morrison of the Platypus Affiliated Society. Recorded in Toronto, February 19, 2010.
38. 17 February 2010 Ecology Under Fire: Climate Change, Copenhagen and Prospects for Change Dalby, Simon; Matthew Paterson; Richard Girard
With this workshop we tried to answer the following questions: What is at stake in Copenhagen? Can Capitalism and Environmental Sustainability Coexist? How will climate change alter our socio-economic and political landscapes? What needs to be done to stave off a climate crisis clusterbomb?
37. 8 February 2010 China, Japan and the U.S.: Together in Crisis? Murphy, R. Taggart; Ho-fung Hung; Johanna Brenner
R. Taggart Murphy, Ho-fung Hung, Johanna Brenner, Sam Gindin. Moderated by Leo Panitch. Recorded February 5, 2010.
36. 7 February 2010 Relief, Occupations and the Haiti Crisis Podur, Justin; Dan Freeman-Maloy
Justin Podur visited Haiti in 2005 to study the UN occupation and the government after the 2004 coup. This is a recording of a public event that took place in Toronto on February 2, 2010 at the Centre for Social Justice.
35. 27 January 2010 Launch of Socialist Register 2010: Morbid Symptoms, Health Under Capitalism Leys, Colin; Pat Armstrong
A panel discussion with contributing authors:
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  • Pat Armstrong - Contradictions at work: struggles for control in Canadian health care
  • Roddy Loepky - Certain wealth: Accumulation in the health industry
and commentators:
  • Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition
  • Dr Andy Coates, Physicians for a National Health Program, Co-Chair, Single Payer New York
Chaired by Greg Albo. Recorded January 21, 2010.
34. 11 January 2010 Neoliberalism and the Current Crisis in Mexico Barreda, Andrés
A Seminar with Andrés Barreda, held at Carleton University on November 27th, 2009; presented by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Institute of Political Economy in collaboration with CSRC.
33. 28 December 2009 World Peace Forum 2009 Albo, Greg
1929-1939: From crash to catastrophe - A teach-in on what happened and its lessons for today.
32. 9 December 2009 OCAP Metro Hall Occupation OCAP
Members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and more than 150 people struggling to survive on Ontario Works and ODSP occupied the 12th floor of Toronto's Metro Hall.
31. 6 December 2009 Roots of the Economic Crisis: Critical Perspectives Jackson, Andrew; Toby Sanger
This workshop explores alternative interpretations of the current economic crisis. The presentations are from organized labour, community activists and academics. The focus of this workshop is critical engagement, discussion and debate. Recorded October 29, 2009 in Ottawa.
30. 27 November 2009 Privatization of Public Services and Consequences for Labour Hermann, Christoph
Experiences from Europe. Facilitated by Bryan Evans. Recorded November 13, 2009 in Toronto.
29. 21 November 2009 Was the German Election a Turning Point? Peters, Frederick; Ingar Solty
Five analysts look at the German election in 2009. Recorded November 13, 2009 in Toronto.
28. 7 November 2009 Campaign for a Poverty Free Ontario OCAP; Faith Nolan
Poverty Free Ontario rallies in Toronto with OCAP and CFS. Music by Faith Nolan. Recorded November 5, 2009 in Toronto.
27. 1 November 2009 Capitalist Crisis and the Global Division of Labour Huws, Ursula
The director of Analytica Social and Economic Research and honorary Professor of International Labour Studies at London Metropolitan University, she is renowned for her pioneering research on the economic and social impacts of technological change, the telemediated relocation of employment and the changing international division of labour, especially in the global service sector. Recorded October 30, 2009 in Toronto.
26. 25 October 2009 Venezuela: The Battle for Workers' Control Lebowitz, Michael
Produced as part of Centro Internacional Miranda's Transformative Practice and Human Development, directed by Michael Lebowitz.
25. 14 October 2009 ALBA: Dawn of Solidarity in Latin America Morano, Manuel; Jose Martinez, Paul Kellogg
Panel on the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. Recorded September 30, 2009 in Toronto.
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