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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||14 February 2015
||Burying Nuclear Waste in Ontario?
|There are significant critiques about burying nuclear waste, and a history of failures for the industry. This forum presents frontline voices who have been resisting both the creation of nuclear waste, and the burial. Recorded in Toronto, 7 February 2015.|
||8 February 2015
||Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights
|Tar Sands extraction projects, located primarily in Treaty 6 and 8, have radically damaged and contaminated a huge area of land in so-called Alberta, and poisoned the Athabasca watershed. Moderated by Greg Albo. Presentations by Keith Stewart, Heather Milton-Lightening and Lana Goldberg. Recorded in Toronto, 1 February 2015.|
||25 January 2015
||Launching the Socialist Register 2015: Transforming Classes
|This 51st annual Socialist Register completes the investigation of class formation and class strategies on a global scale begun with last year's volume. Presentations by David McNally, Sue Ferguson, Adolph Reed, John McCullough and co-editors Leo Panitch and Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 15 January 2015.|
||18 January 2015
||This Changes Everything
||Muhammad, Umair; Patricia Perkins, Sam Gindin
|Umair Muhammad, Patricia Perkins and Sam Gindin discuss the importance of Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, where she argues that the main culprit of runaway climate change is the system itself: capitalism. Recorded in Toronto, 11 January 2015.|
||21 December 2014
||Partners in Crime
|The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement came with the promise of prosperity and jobs for all and the extension of human rights. These are, it needs hardly saying, promises unkept. Recorded in Toronto, 12 December 2014.|
||14 December 2014
||Book launch: A Line in the Tarsands
|Tar sands 'development' comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents -- fighting a powerful international industry -- are likened to terrorists; government environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are concealed and rushed. Recorded in Toronto, 29 November 2014.|
||7 December 2014
||Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism
||Shipley, Tyler; Judy Deutsch; Sabah Alnasseri; Sardar Saadi
|Canada is (again) intervening in the Middle East with fighter jets, logistics, forward bases, and other supports. This is another escalation in the 'new militarism' that is dominating Canadian foreign policy and increasingly, society. Can the intervention succeed even on its own militarist terms? What are the alternatives for the anti-war movement? Recorded in Toronto, 27 November 2014.|
||30 November 2014
||Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green
|Ian Angus discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist and ecological principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Recorded in Ottawa, 16 November 2014.|
||23 November 2014
||Left Strategies for the 21st Century
|Leo Panitch was invited by the Slovenian Institute for Labour Studies to give a lecture on left strategies.|
||22 November 2014
||Class 101: Workers, Middle Class, and the 1%
||Cummings, Jordy; John Sharkey
|A discussion between John Sharkey and Jordy Cummings about class... what is class, manual vs intellectual labour, what is exploitation, and how does it relate to other oppressions?|
||9 November 2014
||The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine
|Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, presents his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war.|
||2 November 2014
||Beyond the Gridlock
|Struggles to expand public transport and to block privatization are central to overturning neoliberalism and addressing climate justice. This forum brings together some of the leading public transit activists in Europe and North America.|
||26 October 2014
||Radical Political Poetry
|Poetry allows us to rethink violence, justice, resistance and revolution. It opens up the possibilities for radical imagination and allows us to think new ways of being into existence. Readings by Kaushalya Bannerji, Cheran, and Himani Bannerji. Recorded 18 October 2014.|
||15 October 2014
||Chicago Teachers' Strike
|Jackson Potter, a co-founder of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and a full time organizer for the Chicago Teachers' Union, discusses how rank and file teachers led one of the most successful strikes in decades.|
||13 October 2014
||Fight for Fare Free Transit in Toronto
||Pietrzyk, Kamilla; Michael Laxer
|Kamilla Pietrzyk of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly's Free and Accessible Transit Campaign; Ward 6 Socialist city council candidate Michael Laxer, who is campaigning for Free Transit. Recorded in Toronto, 28 September 2014.|
||5 October 2014
||Neoliberalism and the Far Right
||Albo, Greg; Bill Fletcher Jr
|Analyzing neoliberalism and the far right with Greg Albo and Bill Fletcher Jr. Recorded in Toronto, 24 September 2014.|
||21 September 2014
||Teachers Teaching Teachers
|Preparing for Tough Negotiations. Q+A discussion with Helen Victoros and Jackson Potter, Staff Coordinator/Organizer with the Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU) and member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE).|
||12 August 2014
||All Out for Gaza
|Stop the assault. End the siege. Boycott Israel. Rally held in Toronto, Canada, outside the Israeli Consulate on 10 August 2014. Speakers: Raed Ayad, Judy Rebick, Zafar Bangash, Marie Clarke Walker, Sid Ryan.|
||10 August 2014
||The Gaza Ceasefire with Dan Freeman-Maloy
|The Ossington Circle is an internet talk show hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. In this episode, recorded during the 72-hour ceasefire at the end of a month of Israel attacking Gaza in 2014, Freeman-Maloy talks about the ceasefire, the long history of Israel's decades-long, disciplined destruction of Gaza and of Palestinian society, the ironclad Western support for Israel, and what people of conscience in the West can do about it.|
||4 August 2014
||Taking Action on Gaza
|On August 1, 2014, three weeks into Israel's assault on Gaza, people everywhere were holding fundraisers for medical aid and events to try to understand and figure out how to take action to stop the attack. This talk, given at one such event, describes the direction of Israel's - and the West's - politics on Gaza and Palestine more generally.|
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