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1917: The October Revolution


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It is now 100 years since the Great October Revolution of 1917, one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. An autocratic monarchy governing over an emergent capitalist economy was swept aside, in a series of revolutionary ruptures between February and October, and replaced by a socialist state under the leadership of the Bolsheviks. The trajectory, meaning, strategy and tactics, and, finally, the complete reversal of the Revolution has sparked sharp debate, and division, to this day. Here is only a sample, from Eisenstein to Mieville, to Lenin's classic text, The State and Revolution.

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Insurgent Left, Resurgent Labour?

Corbyn, Sanders and the Labour Movement

Toronto – 5 October 2017


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The relative success of the Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn campaigns have put left politics back on the political map. This panel seeks to explore the role that the labour movement played in the Sanders and Corbyn campaigns and consider whether similar political campaigns have the potential to contribute to a renewed and strengthened labour movement.

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The Fight for 15 - What Next?

Toronto – 26 September 2017


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For those of us in unions, the Fight for $15 and Fairness means using all of the tools at our disposal to defend what we still have – at the bargaining table, on the shop floor, and in legislative halls – but then go beyond to forge new powerful community alliances to demand civil rights, immigrant justice, healthcare, quality education, food and shelter, and fair wages for all. Indeed, the pinnacle achievements of U.S. unions – think Social Security, minimum wages, safety laws – took place when labour acted not out of narrow self-interest, but as part of a broad social movement; not as a co-dependent of a political party, but as an independent force.

Moderated by Sean Smith. Presentations by:

Sponsored by: The Toronto Labour Committee, Workers’ Action Centre, Global Labour Research Centre (York Univ.), Toronto Airport Workers Council (TAWC).

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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
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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
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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
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16. 20 February 2009 The Financial Crisis: a Socialist Perspective Gindin, Sam; Roger Rashi
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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
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.
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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
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