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Refusing Settler Colonialism,
From Turtle Island to Palestine

Toronto – 15 March 2017.


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The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 focused on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists reflected on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles.

Erica Violet Lee is a Nēhiyaw (Cree) writer, student, feminist, and community organizer from misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) and Thunderchild First Nation, on Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Homeland. Erica is an organizer with Idle No More, a YWCA Women of Distinction award recipient, an Iris Marion Young scholar, and she was part of the 2015 Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Climate Conference. She has a blog named Moontime Warrior: Fearless Philosophizing, Embodied Resistance, where she writes on environmental racism, colonial borders, and the love, knowledge, and beauty found in the wastelands.



150 Years of Marx's Capital

19 March 2017.


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This is a collection of videos dealing with Karl Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. This playlist starts with an audio recording of Capital Volume 1. And here's a link to the text of Capital.

It is 150 years since Karl Marx published the first volume of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy in 1867, with the two subsequent volumes coming out under the editorship of Friedrich Engels over the next decades. As its subtitle suggests, Capital is a masterful appraisal of the ‘vulgar’ defences of capitalism focused on exchange and markets and the more ‘scientific’ accounts of classical political economy highlighting the production of an economic surplus and its distribution between the social classes. Capital is, however, foremost a dissection of the historical social relations and mode of production of capitalism. From its initial publication, Marx's Capital steadily gained prominence as the indispensable point of departure for understanding the inner workings of the capitalist system – its modes of exploitation and appropriation of the economic product produced by the working classes, the relationship between the workday, the wage and the social reproduction of the working class family, the continual drive toward technological change, the production of armies of surplus labour, and the social forces polarizing the accumulation of wealth on the one side and poverty on the other. These themes and concepts remain critical guides to understanding our times and the contradictions lived daily under neoliberal capitalism. It is hardly necessary to point out their relevance for dispensing with the theoretical schemas that dominate the bourgeois media and the economic policies of capitalist states. If capitalism has considerably evolved since Marx’s time, Capital retains its importance as a theoretical testament to the unfreedoms, inequalities and crises produced by capitalism and a political manifesto for a democratic socialism as the necessary route forward.

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Global Intern Strike!

20 February 2017.


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On February 20th, young people across the world will come together to push for an end to the exploitative and exclusionary practice of unpaid internships. Decentralised actions will take place in a range of cities, to call on employers and leaders to ensure that quality intern opportunities are paid and accessible to all - regardless of their socioeconomic background.

There is an increasing tendency around the world to hire interns, often without pay and with very little possibility of achieving a real education or a stable job. In the last few years, the rise of the intern economy has attracted the attention of journalists and activists; sociologists, however, are still paying inadequate attention to this phenomenon and its causes. This inattention contributes to a growing ambiguity surrounding the term ‘internship’, making it difficult to understand its aims and to evaluate its abuses. In other words, sociological analysis is very much needed not only to explain the explosion of the intern economy, but also to develop a critical compass to raise awareness about the uses and abuses of internships.

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223. 8 June 2014 Tenth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week Saloojee, Yusuf
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.
222. 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.
221. 1 June 2014 Neoliberalism and Politics in India Patnaik, Prabhat
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.
220. 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.
219. 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.
218. 24 May 2014 Global Austerity and Global Resistance McNally, David
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.
217. 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.
216. 3 May 2014 Oil, Tar Sands, Coal, Natural Gas Annis, Roger
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.
215. 27 April 2014 Syriza and European Elections Panitch, Leo
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.
214. 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.
213. 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.
212. 23 March 2014 New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa Jim, Irvin
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.
211. 22 March 2014 The Systemic Crisis of Financialization Lapavitsas, Costas
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.
210. 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?
209. 9 March 2014 Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) McAlevey, Jane
A discussion with author and labour organizer Jane McAlevey. Recorded in Toronto, 27 February 2014.
208. 8 March 2014 Poor People's History of East Downtown Toronto Heroux, Gaetan
For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless, and poor residents go?
207. 2 March 2014 The Coup D'État in Haiti: Ten Years Later
Presentations by Mario Joseph -- a Haitian human rights lawyer; and Dr. Melanie Newton -- a professor at the University of Toronto specializing in the social and cultural history of the Caribbean.
206. 16 February 2014 The Turkish Summer
Insights and Lessons from the Gezi Park Resistance. This forum features a wide-ranging discussion of insights, lessons and strategizing in terms of both the Turkish and international left. Recorded in Toronto, 31 January 2014.
205. 13 February 2014 History and Crisis of the Left Cristall, Gary
Gary Cristall, one of the organizers of the World Peace Forum in Vancouver, Canada, presents a history of the Left movement. He concludes with a series of questions about what to do to revive socialism. Recorded in Vancouver, November 2013.
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