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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.

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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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The South Asian People's Unity Forum 2009, Toronto: began with a special discussion on the current crisis in Sri Lanka, and what democratic and Left groups might expect or work for the near future. SAPF is interested to disseminate as many progressive analyses and reflections on Sri Lanka as possible, especially in Toronto. It invited Rohini Hensman, writer, based in Mumbai; Ahilan, spokesperson of the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum; and Rajan Philips, writer and former journalist from Jaffna, to bring their deep knowledge and concern for the country to offer us different histories and alternative futures than available through the mainstream media.
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The 2009 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture. Recorded March 10, 2009 in Toronto.
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13. 31 January 2009 Crisis and the Global South Hanieh, Adam, Niraj Joshi, Paul Kellogg
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12. 30 January 2009 Understanding the Financial Crisis Spotton Visano, Brenda; Erin Weir
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11. 29 January 2009 Working Class Fightback: Lessons of the Last Great Depression Palmer, Bryan
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10 January 2009 Demonstration Against the Israeli Assault on Gaza CAIA
In front of the Israel Consulate in Toronto, Canada. Support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Recorded January 10, 2009.
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With Sam Gindin, Leo Panitch, Eric Cazdyn, Kanishka Goonewardena (audio only). Event organized by Toronto School of Creativity and Inquiry.
9. 7 December 2008 Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Erazo, Jesús
8. 21 November 2008 Assessing an Obama Presidency Rosenfeld, Herman; Ajamu Nangwaya; Abbie Bakan
7. 26 October 2008 Financial Chaos and the Crisis of Neoliberalism Albo, Greg; Adam Hanieh; Tom Marois
6. 21 October 2008 After the Election: Neoliberal Crisis or Neo-Conservative Advance? Goosen, Tam; Judy Rebick
5. 11 October 2008 Battling Harper: The Left and the Canadian Election Albo, Greg; Bryan Evans
6 October 2008 Market Meltdown: Capitalism and the Crisis of Neoliberalism Albo, Greg; Jim Stanford; David McNally
A panel discussion on the crisis followed by Q and A. This is part of the Socialist Project forum series.
4. 22 September 2008 Poverty And Healthcare Mehra, Natalie; John Clarke
3. 21 September 2008 Poetry and Socialist Politics Rosenblatt, Joe
10 September 2008 Venezuela and Bolivia - People Against Empire Victor, Maria Paez; Cynthia Cisneros Fajardo; John Riddell
A forum on the Socialist process in Venezuela and Bolivia.
2. 27 July 2008 Movements, Debates and Struggles in Latin America Panitch, Leo
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23 June 2008 A World in Revolt Celia Hart
Prospects for socialist revolution in Venezuela and Latin America with Celia Hart.
2 June 2008 Haiti – Damming the Flood Peter Hallward
Launch of Peter Hallward's Damming the Flood: Aristide, Haiti, and the Politics of Containment (Verso Books).
27 May 2008 Putting the Movement Back in Labour Cynthia Wright; Stefanie Gude; Iliam Burbano; Marco Luciano; Herman Rosenfeld
A discussion of the current crises we face in the labour movement and how we might organize differently to build the kind of movement we need.
3 April 2008 The Left and Labour in Russia Under Putin Boris Kagarlitsky
Boris Kagarlitsky addresses how the left, workers and unions are attempting to re-group and respond to Putin's Russia – “empire of the periphery.”
18 March 2008 A New European Socialist Movement? Ingar Solty and Frank Deppe
The rise of the Left Party (Die Linke) in Germany.
4 March 2008 After Bali: the Global Fight for Climate Justice Patrick Bond
Global warming: from false to real solutions.
18 January 2008 Decline of the Dollar, Decline of the Empire?
Presentations by Chris Rude, Scott Aquanno, David McNally, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch.
11 January 2008 Neoliberalism, Financial Capital and Mexico under Calderon: Still in Crisis?
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12 December 2007 Picking Up The Pieces Suzanne Weiss and John Riddell, Maria Paez Victor, Nicolas Lopez, Alex Grant, Greg Albo
Where We Go From Here After the Referendum Defeat in Venezuela.
25 November 2007 Che and the Cuban revolution Laureano Cardoso Toledo; Marcos Hernandez; Greg Albo
Tribute to Che Guevara - marking 40 years since his murder. Moderated by Lisa Makarchuk.
16 November 2007 Launch of the Socialist Register 2008 Aijaz Ahmad; Sabah Alnasseri
Global Flashpoints: Reactions to Imperialism and Neoliberalism. Moderated by Leo Panitch.
5 October 2007 North American DVD Launch of Ernest Mandel: A life for the revolution Cherie MacDonald; Greg Albo
A look back at Mandel's major contributions to Marxist political economy and other influences.
17 June 2007 Michael Lebowitz and 21st Century Socialism Michael Lebowitz; Danelia Chacon
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