Taking place at New York's Barnard College, the Ecosocialist Conference drew some two hundred activists around the slogan “System Change not Climate Change.” It was endorsed by numerous progressive organizations and individuals in the U.S. and Canada, and featured speakers from a wide spectrum of organizations and perspectives. This day-long conference (April 20th) included workshops on “Race, Gender, and Environmental Justice”; “Agriculture and Food: Sustainable or Profitable?”; “Fossil Fuel Divestment,” and many other topics. The conference aimed to build a more collaborative left that could serve as the radical wing of the green movement and advance a program for “fighting global warming and its chief cause, capitalism.”
Moderated by Greg Albo. Presentations by:
John Riddell, is a member of East End Against Line 9, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, and the GTWA. He blogs at johnriddell.wordpress.com
Abbie Bakan writes on issues related to feminism, anti-racism and Marxism, and is a member of the GTWA and CAIA.
Organized by the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. For more information on these themes, visit climateandcapitalism.com.
Dan Freeman-Maloy talks about the deterioration of Canadian Jewish politics and implications for leftist strategy. The talk also outlines the broader politics of Western Zionism and identifies the relationship between the Palestine question and the rise of budgetary authorities within communal leadership structures. This talk is a follow-up from his earlier April article “70 Years After Warsaw.”
Dan Freeman-Maloy is an activist and writer, currently pursuing a PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter. A recent collection of his writing on Western imperial politics and Palestine (2012) is available in full online.
The panelists discuss the history and scope of the austerity agenda, its effects on the environment, indigenous peoples and working people the world over. Who and what is driving this agenda and how do we conceive of a fight back strategy that might begin to challenge the current hegemony of corporate power.
Janet Fraser, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and Organizer, Solidarity Against Austerity (Moderator)
Donald Swartz, Professor (retired), Carleton University, School of Public Policy and Administration, at 1:28 min
Jennifer Moore, Latin America Program Coordinator, Mining Watch Canada, at 16:35 min
Ben Powless, Defenders of the Land at 31:10 min
Sharrae Lyon, Student and Organizer for SAA (Moderator)
Yafa Jarrar, Palestinian Solidarity Activist and Organizer, SAA 1:07:03 min
Geoff Bickerton, Research Director, Canadian Union of Postal Workers 1:29:55 min
A Solidarity Against Austerity (Ottawa) Discussion and Workshop.
OccupyTO is a movement that will start on October 15th, 2011 that intends to show our solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement and stand in unity with the rest of the world to seek and work towards drastic changes to economic systems that are destroying our economy, social fiber, and environment.
Gaspar Miklos Tamas is one of Hungary's pre-eminent public intellectuals and social critics. Following a lecture (in Montreal) about the failures of liberal democracy as part of his North American speaking tour, he was interviewed by Matthew Brett.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are cutting, privatizing and contracting out vital public services. The McGuinty Liberals are giving corporations a $2.4-billion annual tax break while cutting jobs and services. And Tim Hudak's Tories plan to start cutting where Mike Harris left off. Labour and community activists discuss the Ontario provincial election, what our communities have at stake, and how we can make a difference.
The idea is simple: Torontonians meet in the park and lay out a People's Declaration - a clear set of demands to deliver to City Hall. Then we all show up at City Hall on September 26 and 27 to make sure that are these demands are met when council votes on the future of our city.
New video on Greece and the European Union financial crisis, produced by RealDemocracy.gr. "Welcome to the civilization of fear. Where words have no meaning. It is us or them..." Recorded in Athens, Greece on 28 and 29 June 2011.
Over the last year or so there have been over 700 attacks in the United States upon public sector collective bargaining. This alarming trend is also finding root in Canada with the elimination of collective bargaining rights. Recorded in Toronto, 23 June 2011.
Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay with co-authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler. Opening remarks by Jordy Cummings and Rick Salutin. Recorded 12 May 2011 in Toronto.
Thinking About New Socialisms for the 21st Century - with David McNally who teaches Political Science at York University, Toronto and is a long-time activist in socialist and global justice movements. Recorded 5 March 2011, Ottawa.
George Rigakos, Justin Paulson and Greg Albo discuss issues of austerity and who will pay and who will profit as the transition from rescue to recovery increasingly returns not just to neoliberalism, but a more authoritarian form at that. Recorded at Left Forum in New York City.
Frustrated with your job being referred to as 'gravy'? Angry to see that workers' hard-won gains are being eroded? Want to defend public services and good jobs for all? Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly forum recorded in Toronto, 8 April 2011.