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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||17 May 2015
||Workers' Struggles Against the Corporate Offensive
|A Panel discussion of Continental Crucible with Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, Jim Sinclair and Richard Roman. Recorded in Vancouver, 28 April 2015.|
||10 May 2015
||Class Struggle in North America
|A Discussion with Ben Isitt, Bill Carroll, Carlos Flores and co-author of Continental Crucible, Richard Roman. Recorded in Victoria, 13 April 2015.|
||9 May 2015
|A very blue music-video about global warming and climate crisis, carboniferous capitalism, and possibilities for an alternative future.|
||3 May 2015
||From Minimum Wage to a Fair Wage
|This round table brings together some of the leading North American activists and scholars concerned with the situation of minimum/low wage work. Moderated by Bryan Evans. Presentations by: Sheila Block, Don Wells, and Stephanie Luce. Recorded in Toronto, 27 March 2015.|
||2 May 2015
||What is Political Party for the Left?
|A panel discussion about the role of political parties within the Left and what it means today for the Left to take political action. Moderated by Andony Melathopoulos. Presentations by: Leo Panitch, Jackie Barkley, Antoni Wysoci and Carlos Pessoa. Recorded in Halifax, 21 January 2015.|
||26 April 2015
||Green Cities Against Neoliberal Urbanism
|This forum, part of the 'Capitalism vs. Ecology' series, looks at the track record of neoliberal urbanism and its deregulation of greenbelts, expansion of capital developments, resulting housing inequalities, and green-washing of planning and urban design. Recorded in Toronto, 12 April 2015.|
||25 April 2015
||The Greek Crisis: Syriza vs Europe
|A panel discussion on Greece and the fight against austerity, moderated by Michal Rozworski. Presentations by Ingo Schmidt, Peter Prontzos and Natassa Romanou. Recorded in Vancouver, 10 April 2015.|
||19 April 2015
||Economic Restructuring and the Politics of Low-Paid and Unwaged Work
|Video presentations from the Alternate Routes conference "Labour Pains, Capital Gains: The Paradox of Low-Wage, No-Wage Work." Recorded in Toronto, 27 March 2015.|
||12 April 2015
||The Historic Feminist Victories of the 1980s
|This forum commemorates two of the greatest achievements of the modern Canadian feminist movement, when thirty years ago, working closely together with the labour movement, the historic legislative and judicial victories on pay and workplace equity and women's reproductive rights were both won.|
||11 April 2015
||Neoliberal Violence and the Mexican state
|Emerging community and class struggles. Presentations by: Hepzibah Munoz Martinez, Maria de la Luz Arriaga Lemus, Richard Roman and Columba Gonzalez. Recorded in Toronto, 20 March 2015.|
||5 April 2015
||Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives
|Stephanie Luce gives the 2015 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture. Luce is a Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education, CUNY School for Professional Studies and Professor of Sociology in the CUNY Graduate Centre. Recorded in Toronto, 26 March 2015.|
||4 April 2015
||Solidarity rally with striking YorkU and UofT workers
|Solidarity rally with striking YorkU (CUPE3903) and UofT (CUPE3902) workers held in Toronto, 21 March 2015.|
||29 March 2015
||Education and Mobilization in Contested Mexico
|This panel of experts on contemporary Mexico explores the context surrounding these events including the rise of drug violence, long standing popular movements among teachers and students, meaningful democracy, and the links between powerful interests in licit and illicit industries. Recorded in Toronto, 18 March 2015.|
||22 March 2015
||Climate and Capitalism
|Climate change is already catastrophic for countless people around the world, especially in parts of the Global South. Some residents of low-lying Island States in the Pacific Ocean are already having to move to other countries as a result of rising sea levels. Water is also rising in Bangladesh, swallowing up coastal areas and contaminating fertile land. In East Africa changing sea surface temperatures have disrupted seasonal rains and lead to severe droughts. Recorded in Toronto, 15 March 2015.|
||15 March 2015
||TRANSITogether: Building A Movement
|The election of John Tory creates new openings and challenges for the public transit movement in Toronto, as does the large vote for Ford in the city's inner suburban areas. How are we to understand this moment, and how do we move forward as a transit movement? Recorded in Toronto, 1 March 2015.|
||8 March 2015
||ALBA after ten years
|This forum explores the achievements and challenges of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). Recorded in Toronto, 21 February 2015.|
||7 March 2015
||Solidarity with CUPE 3902 and 3903
|Solidarity rally was held on the grounds of the University of Toronto with the striking members of CUPE 3902 and support from Canadian Federation of Students. Recorded in Toronto, 6 March 2015.|
||1 March 2015
|We cannot develop an ecologically-responsible and just economy without considering the consequences for work and employment. But what is the meaning of 'green work' in capitalist societies of endless production and consumption for the purposes of profits? If we scale back on tar sands, fracking, and other dirty energy projects, as we must, workers who lose their jobs will need retraining, temporary income support, and a green energy infrastructure to work in. This will require a whole range of collective investments and decisions.|
||22 February 2015
||Europe's Crisis and the Rise of the Right: Challenges for the Left
||Eley, Geoff; Gaspar M. Tamas; Liz Fekete
|Presentations by Geoff Eley, Gaspar M. Tamas and Liz Fekete. Recorded in Toronto, 16 February 2015.|
||15 February 2015
||The Historic Victory of Greek Left: What Now?
||Panitch, Leo; Peter Bratsis
|On January 25 2015, Greece elected a new government representative of a range of radical and left forces after years of protests and street battles against the extreme policies of austerity imposed by the so-called Troika composed of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Syriza represents the first and the strongest democratic response to the bizarre deepening of neoliberalism after the 2008 crisis.|
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