Toronto – 20 April 2017.
Since 1994, the political leaders of South Africa have attempted to solve the national question through the ‘de-racialization’ of the economy and society. How to remake the state without addressing the benefits and misfortunes of capitalism and racism in South Africa? The ANC-led governments linked the struggle against racism to the national task of creating and strengthening a black capitalist class. This was an integral part of their attempt at de-racialization within the class and property relations of capitalism. But the misfortunes of capitalism and racism in South Africa continue to take the form of mass poverty for the majority of its people. And in post-apartheid South Africa the wealth and privileges of the beneficiaries of apartheid have been protected even with apartheid's end. Only a tiny minority of blacks have entered into the capitalist class, often through connections to the state and the governing group.
The current government of President Jacob Zuma is witness to major brawls between rival elite factions, amidst growing corruption scandals. The historical alliance between the ANC, the SACP and COSATU is fracturing. Protests and demonstrations calling for Zuma to resign are growing. Out of this ruin, a new South African working class movement may yet emerge.
Eli Kodisang has been involved in South African left politics and struggle for almost thirty years. He was a local and national organizer and educator in various COSATU unions, and then moved to Khanya College, a left NGO that provides support and political education for community and informal worker movements. He is currently organizing informal waste pickers and completing a Masters in Education and Work.
Toronto – 13 April 2017.
The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been championed by both progressives and conservatives. Not everyone on the left, however, is behind the idea. Is the UBI a means of redistributing wealth, attacking poverty and protecting workers from technological displacement? Or will basic income serve to advance an agenda of austerity and privatization? This important debate features two speakers speaking in favour of the left support for Basic Income and two against.
Opening remarks: Kikélola Roach, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice & Democracy, Ryerson University. Moderator: Avi Lewis, The Leap.
- John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) [speaking against]
- Jessica Sikora, OPSEU Local 586 [speaking against]
- Josephine Grey, Low Income Families Together (LIFT) [speaking in favour]
- Guy Caron, MP (NDP) and Federal Leadership Candidate [speaking in favour]
Hosted in partnership with: OCAP, OPIRG-Toronto, OPSEU Local 586, Ryerson Centre for Policy Innovation and Public Engagement, The Leap, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy.
Organizing Passengers and Building Power
The essential training for understanding what is at stake for transit unions, learning how to mobilize their members and riders, and learning how to mount campaigns to save jobs and the transit systems that our communities depend on.
These two videos are sections of a two-part on-line training course, produced by the International ATU, for use by ATU locals in the U.S. and Canada. The goal is to help members to build alliances between transit workers and transit users, to collectively challenge the common agenda of business and its allies to privatize, deregulate and cut needed social services (such as public transit), and attack the rights of those who deliver the service, in the transit unions. It includes one video that identifies the agenda, and features a discussion about who and what is driving it, as well as the commonalities workers across the board are facing. The second video concentrates on the nuts and bolts of how to build a common movement.
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||8 May 2016
|A new generation of activists working for economic and environmental justice, and against war and poverty, confronts critical questions. Why is the world so unjust and crisis-prone? What kind of world should we fight for? How can we win? In this panoramic yet accessible book, Umair Muhammad engages with these and other urgent debates. Recorded in Toronto, 22 April 2016.|
||24 April 2016
||The Cuban Five Freed: Toronto Welcomes Gerardo Hernández
|Gerardo Hernández is one of the three of the Cuban Five who had been behind bars since 1998, until U.S. President Obama freed them on December 17, 2014. Recorded in Toronto, 3 April 2016.|
||17 April 2016
||After the Sands
|Gordon Laxer outlines a bold strategy to get with the global move to a low carbon society, run on conservation and renewable energy sources including wind, solar and low-impact hydro to ensure that all Canadians, including those on lower incomes, have access to a sufficient amount of energy as a human right. Recorded in Toronto, 7 April 2016.|
||10 April 2016
||The BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique
|The book's co-editors Patrick Bond from South Africa and Ana Garcia from Brazil are joined by the two Toronto authors of chapters in the book in discussing how to understand where the BRICS fit on the most crucial global issues ranging from world finance to climate change. Recorded in Toronto, 31 March 2016.|
||3 April 2016
||Methodology for a New Politics
|The 2016 Phyllis Clarke memorial lecture is presented by Andreas Karitzis: Methodology for a New Politics: Changing the 'Operating System' of the Left after the Greek experience of 2015. Recorded in Toronto, 24 March 2016.|
||27 March 2016
||Beyond Memory / Más allá de la Memoria
|For its 2016 Baptista Lecture, CERLAC is delighted to host a panel discussion on the use of archives of the violent past in struggles to make a better future in Central America. Moderated by Carlota McAllister. Presentations by Carlos Henríquez Consalvi, Gustavo Meoño, and Diana Carolina Sierra. Recorded in Toronto, 10 March 2016.|
||20 March 2016
||Freedom is a Constant Struggle
|Movement Intersections Across Palestinian, Indigenous, and Black Struggles... Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine and the intersections being made globally between various struggles with Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice. Recorded in Toronto, 8 March 2016.|
||6 March 2016
||150 Years of Canadian Colonization
|Arthur Manuel is a Secwepemc-Ktunaca activist. He discusses colonization in Canada and how this systemically impoverished Indigenous Peoples for generations. If Canada is going to renew its relationship with Indigenous Peoples it must recognize the colonial relationship it has with Indigenous Peoples. Canada must recognize that this colonial relationship gives Indigenous Peoples the right to self-determination.|
||28 February 2016
||Hands Off Our Healthcare, Hydro, Transit and Housing
|Privatization is everywhere in the city, our province, and across the country, whether is is selling off public resources and services; financing and managing public projects through public/private partnerships (P3s); contracting out the public capacity to manage and oversee the operation of programmes we all need. Recorded in Toronto, 21 February 2016.|
||21 February 2016
||Launching the Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right
|The 52nd volume of the Socialist Register, addresses pivotal questions in the reordering of the balance of political forces today and the political mapping of the new right. Recorded in Toronto, 14 January 2016.|
||14 February 2016
||Postal Banking: Not your Predatory Lender
|This panel discusion is a chance to learn about the many shortcomings of the existing private banking system in Canada and of the potential of a public postal bank to address them! Predatory lenders are draining money out of low-income communities; could postal banking be a public alternative? Recorded in Ottawa, 26 January 2016.|
||7 February 2016
||Rally to STOP Devastating Hospital Cuts
|Hospitals in crisis, hydro privatization, mounting student debt and rising inequality! Stop devastating cuts to public services and social programs that are hurting our community -- the rallying cry outside the Ontario Pre-Budget consultation at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, February 1, 2016.|
||31 January 2016
||Palestinian Popular Resistance: Building (BDS)/ Student Movement
|A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Recorded in Toronto, 12 January 2016.|
||24 January 2016
||Dissenting Traditions: Closing Remarks
|This was the last session of the “Dissenting Traditions” conference with presentations by Greg Kealey, Stephen Brier and Bucky Halker. Recorded in Peterborough, 24 October 2015.|
||23 January 2016
||France: The Radical Left in the Maelstrom
|With the November 13th terrorist attacks, the strong showing of the far-Right Front National in regional elections, and the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France has been in the headlines a great deal in recent weeks. Yet we rarely hear about how the radical Left fits in to the evolving situation there. Recorded in Toronto, 10 January 2016.|
||17 January 2016
||Socialism and Intellectuals
|Moderated by Linda Kealey. Presentation by: Leo Panitch. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.|
||10 January 2016
||Marginality as Historical Subject
|Moderated by Gillian Balfour. Presentations by: Ted McCoy, Annalee Lepp and Roger Neufeld. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.|
||3 January 2016
||Uprisings of the Dispossessed and Protests in the Street
|Moderated by Christine McLaughlin. Presentations by: David Thompson, John Clarke, Andrée Lévesque and Sean Purdy. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.|
||27 December 2015
||Its About Time: Remembering Reproduction in 1930s Women Writers
|The Keynote Address of the "Dissenting Traditions" conference by Rosemary Hennessy. Recorded in Peterborough, 24 October 2015.|
||20 December 2015
||The 'Labour Question' in Our Times
|Presentations by: Stephanie Ross, Marcel van der Linden and Alvin Finkel. Recorded in Peterborough, 23 October 2015.|
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