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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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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.'
18. 2 May 2009 SAPF: Special Session on Sri Lanka Hensman, Rohini; Ahilan Kadirgamar and Rajan Philips
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.
17. 10 March 2009 Still a Marxist After All Panitch, Leo
The 2009 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture. Recorded March 10, 2009 in Toronto.
16. 20 February 2009 The Financial Crisis: a Socialist Perspective Gindin, Sam; Roger Rashi
A strategy with short and medium term demands, geared to fostering the relation of forces necessary to move beyond capital. Recorded February 21, 2009 in Montreal.
14. 4 February 2009 Violence Today: Actually Existing Barbarism Panitch, Leo, Tania Murray Li ...
Launch of the 2009 Socialist Register. Recorded February 4, 2009 in Toronto.
13. 31 January 2009 Crisis and the Global South Hanieh, Adam, Niraj Joshi, Paul Kellogg
The Crash of 2008, a crisis of U.S.-led neoliberalism, is wreaking havoc on the poor in the Global South. This panel examines the causes and effects of the crisis, and suggest ways of fighting back.
12. 30 January 2009 Understanding the Financial Crisis Spotton Visano, Brenda; Erin Weir
Critical Approaches, Alternative Policies. Recorded January 30, 2009 in Toronto.
11. 29 January 2009 Working Class Fightback: Lessons of the Last Great Depression Palmer, Bryan
The financial crisis has certainly brought on a deepening worldwide slump, with growing mass unemployment and impoverishment. There is also a crisis of working class institutions, in particular the union movement. How can the working class build unity within its ranks and rebuild our capacity to fight back? One thing we can do, is to learn from the experiences of working people during the 1930s, who organized a series of mass fightbacks and built new institutions, such as industrial unions.
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.
10. 9 December 2008 Grasping the Financial Crisis Gindin, Sam; Leo Panitch, Eric Cazdyn, Kanishka Goonewardena
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
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