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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||29 June 2014
||Peoples Social Forum
|Roger Rashi, Coordinator of the PSF and Dylan Penner discuss the plans for the forum including plans for marches, opportunities for groups to propose workshops, and plans for convergence assemblies to address common goals and strategies.|
||22 June 2014
||Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 60s
|Introduction by Greg Albo and moderated by Carolyn Egan. Presentations by Chris Schenk, Richard Fidler, Bryan Palmer and Ernie Tate. Recorded in Toronto, 11 June 2014.|
||21 June 2014
||Fair Wages Now!
|Workers and community activists present the Ministry of Labour with a petition to raise the minimum wage to $14 in Ontario.|
||15 June 2014
||Reaching the Tipping Point?
|Anti-Normalization and Academic Boycott from South Africa to Canada. With special guest Salim Vally, Professor at University of Jonnesburg, founding member of Congress of South African Trade Union and the Palestinian Solidarity Committee.|
||14 June 2014
||Organizing Beyond Current Struggles
|Moderated by Rebecca Schein. Presentations by Brian McDougall is an organizer with CAPE and member of Solidarity Against Austerity; and Jeremie Bedard-Wien is an activist with Quebec Solidaire, and was an organizer of the 2012 Quebec Student Strike.|
||8 June 2014
||Tenth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week
|Building the Global BDS movement: Lessons from South Africa, Palestine and Canada. With special guest Yusuf Saloojee, the former South African ANC representative in Canada. Recorded in Toronto, 4 March 2014.|
||7 June 2014
||Fighting Austerity Today
|Moderated by Shannon Balla. Presentations by Dave Bush, Robb Barnes and Natalie Mehra. Recorded in Ottawa, 26 April 2014.|
||1 June 2014
||Neoliberalism and Politics in India
|Presentation by Prabhat Patnaik, who is a highly distinguished and internationally renowned critical scholar. He holds a D.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford, UK, and in 2012, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Economics) by SOAS, University of London. Recorded in Toronto, 26 May 2014.|
||31 May 2014
||Building Solidarity Against Austerity: Learning From Our Past
|Moderated by Simone Powell. Presentations by: Rosemary Warskett, a former PSAC Staff Rep. and Jean-Claude Parrot, the former National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), and is the author of My Union, My Life.|
||25 May 2014
||A Women's Labour History Walking Tour
|We bring back to life vibrant and committed women union leaders like Grace Hartman and Madeleine Parent; international figures like Emma Goldman and Amelia Earhart, and lesser-known Toronto women like Lily Ilomaki and Annie Buller, Depression-era union organizers and Communists. The tour celebrates the work of women in unions, the arts and the community who created the seeds of our social safety net and the Canadian educational system.|
||24 May 2014
||Global Austerity and Global Resistance
|Moderated by Shellie Bird. Presentation by David McNally teaches political science at York University, Toronto. Part of Building Solidarity Against Austerity -- A Dayschool on Past and Current Struggles. Recorded in Ottawa, 26 April 2014.|
||18 May 2014
||Challenging the Leadership of the Canadian Labour Congress
||Husseini, Hassan; Herman Rosenfeld
|The GTWA presents a forum with Hassan Husseini, candidate for the Presidency of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Husseini is a long-time social justice activist and trade unionist with roots in CUPE and Unifor. Husseini shared his views on how to make the CLC a strong and militant leader of the trade union movement in Canada and organize the wider working class to fight effectively for social and economic justice.|
||3 May 2014
||Oil, Tar Sands, Coal, Natural Gas
|What's behind the expansion drive of Canada's and North America's fossil fuel industries? Presentation by Roger Annis. Recorded in Santa Barbara, California, 11 April 2014.
||27 April 2014
||Syriza and European Elections
|The Possibility and Challenges of the Left in Government in Greece and the May 25 European Elections. Presentation by Leo Panitch. Recorded in Toronto, 21 April 2014.|
||13 April 2014
||Capitalism in the Classroom
|Neoliberalism, Education and Progressive Alternatives. Opening remarks by Carlo Fanelli. Keynote presentation by Dr. James L. Turk, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Recorded in Toronto, 4 April 2014.|
||30 March 2014
||Left Alternatives to Social Democracy
|Discussion with three prominent left activists (Leo Panitch, Roger Rashi and Adolph Reed Jr.) about Left Alternatives to Social Democracy. Organized by the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly and recorded in Toronto, 16 March 2014.|
||23 March 2014
||New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa
|NUMSA, National Union of Metalworkers with over 340,000 members, under the leadership of its General Secretary, Irvin Jim, has heralded a new socialist political direction for South Africa. This forum was recorded in Toronto, 6 March.|
||22 March 2014
||The Systemic Crisis of Financialization
|Costas Lapavitsas teaches economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. During the last three years his interests have focused on the Eurozone crisis, and he has undertaken research on it with a group of researchers associated with Research on Money and Finance at SOAS. His most recent book Financialization in Crisis. Recorded in Toronto, 3 March.|
||16 March 2014
||Organizing Against Multiple Oppression in Our Time
|A GTWA coffeehouse forum with Steven Tufts, Winnie Ng and Ajamu Nangwaya. How does class exploitation intersect with racism and hetero-patriarchy to sustain and reproduce capitalist rule? Are forms of oppression predicated upon race or gender necessary to capitalist social relations? How does our analysis influence our organizing?|
||9 March 2014
||Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)
|A discussion with author and labour organizer Jane McAlevey. Recorded in Toronto, 27 February 2014.|
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