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Art Manuel: Defender of the Land


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Arthur Manuel (1951 – January 11, 2017) was a First Nations political leader in Canada. He was four times elected chief (1995–2003) and three times elected chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (1997–2003). During this period, he served as spokesperson of the Interior Alliance of B.C. indigenous nations and he was at the forefront of the indigenous logging initiative. He also co-chaired the Assembly of First Nations Delgamuukw Implementation Strategic Committee (DISC) that was mandated to develop a national strategy to compel the federal government to respect the historic Supreme Court decision on Aboriginal title and rights. Since 2003, he served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET), a network of indigenous nations working on the international level to achieve recognition of Aboriginal title and rights.

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Labour Struggles in Palestine
and International Solidarity

Toronto — 8 May 2016.


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The global labour movement has long criticized Israel for human and trade union rights violations and abuse of Palestinian workers, while workers in Palestine are resisting oppression and building a movement we can support. Trade unions and federations of labour in Canada are heeding the call for solidarity made by 170 Palestinian organizations for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Let’s discuss how we can continue to build this solidarity.

Moderated by Hassan Husseini. Presentations by:



Unions and Climate Change


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How do we build a trade union movement that promotes solutions to the climate crisis and responds to the attacks on workers' rights and protections?

The ecological and social implications of climate change have – or should – become a central parameter for all discussions of work and capitalism. It is generally agreed that reliance on the burning of fossil fuels as the pre-eminent energy source for production and consumption over the history of capitalism is the critical factor in the ruinous greenhouse gas emissions triggering global warming, which would become irreversible if the earth's atmosphere were brought to a 'tipping-point', typically set at 2ºC. The leading scientific estimates project that a rise in average global temperatures of 2ºC is the threshold for irreversible climate change; that this can be expected from an accumulation of 1 trillion metric tonnes of carbon in the atmosphere; that we are approaching 600 million tonnes; and that the carbon 'tipping-point' may well be reached in 30 years unless carbon emissions can be reduced by 2-5% per year. The unrelenting build-up of greenhouse gases has led to the jarring conclusion, drawn by climatologists, ecological militants and union activists, that an exit from reliance on fossil fuels for energy needs to occur with some urgency.


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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:
  • Colin Leys - Health, health care and capitalism
  • 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.
24. 8 October 2009 Organizing Working Class Communities Gindin, Sam; Steve Williams
Steve Williams is co-director of the California based group POWER: People Organized to win Employment Rights, which since the late 1990's has been one of the most important Worker's Action Centres in the U.S., and co-authour of the book Towards Land, Work and Power: Charting a Path of Resistance to U.S.-led Imperialism.
23. 30 June 2009 World Slump Hanieh, Adam; Patrick Bond
This discusson explores the impact of the financial crisis in the global south, particularly with respect to cases in Africa and the Middle East, and emerging class struggles.
22. 8 June 2009 Economic Crisis and Food Sovereignty Koc, Mustafa; Juan Valencia; Debbie Field
Around the world, hunger is growing, while millions of working farmers face ruin. Even in Canada, unsound and dangerous corporate practices menace our food supply. Recorded Jun 5, 2009.
21. 11 May 2009 The Middle East from Bush/Sharon to Obama/Netanyahu Achcar, Gilbert
Professor Gilbert Achcar teaches Development Studies at the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London. His latest book is Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy. Dialogues on Terror, Democracy, War, and Justice (2009) (with Noam Chomsky), published by Paradigm.
20. 4 May 2009 May Day 2009 - No One Is Illegal NOII
On April 2nd and 3rd, over 100 temporary and undocumented workers were attacked by armed border guards, dragged in to detention and are now being forcibly deported.
19. 3 May 2009 Imperialism and South Asia Chibber, Vivek; Syed Azeem, Amrit Wilson
In the context of India as a rising power with increasingly strong links to the U.S. economic and military empire, of Pakistan's increasing vulnerabilty to terrorist acts linked to the incursion of Taliban forces, the U.S. air strikes into Pakistan territory as well as its use of Pakistan as a supply base for the USA, ISAF and NATO mission in Afghanistan, we asked the following speakers to speak on 'Imperialism and South Asia.'
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