- Palestine’s Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott
Speaker: Prof. Vijay Prashad (George and Martha Keller Chair in South Asian history and International Studies at Trinity College)
Israeli universities have long denied Palestinians their right to education, freedom, equality, and self-determination. They have a crucial role in maintaining occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. They have played a critical role in Israel’s war crimes in Palestine and Lebanon through their military research and development of weapon systems and military doctrines. Israeli universities continuously theorize and justify the ongoing colonization and annexation of Palestinian lands. The call for an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions is a call for universities, academic associations, student governments and unions to refuse to be complicit in and normalize Israel’s war crimes, ongoing occupation, oppression and apartheid.
- Forum: Toronto's Climate Challenge
Special Forum with DIANNE SAXE, ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO and
JIM BAXTER, Director of Environment and Energy Division, City of Toronto on TranformTO's climate action plan coming out at the end of April 2017. Plus workshops!
Free, please register online. Hosted by ClimateFast | www.eventbrite.com
- Conversation Circle: Toronto’s Poor, A Rebellious History
Toronto’s Poor, A Rebellious History a wide-ranging conversation with the co-author Gaetan Heroux (with Dr. Bryan Palmer) exploring the history and the profile of poverty in Toronto and the struggles against it.
Given the current economic uncertainty and hard times that people living on the margins and the young people are facing, we are delighted to have the chance to share Gaetan and Bryan’s perspectives discussed in their remarkable book, documenting and demystifying poverty in Toronto. Gaetan and Beric German, Co-founder of Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, will lead the conversation and share their respective knowledge and years of anti-poverty grassroots organizing experiences across the city.
Monthly thematic Conversation Circles are organized by volunteer labour, supported by the Seeds of Hope Foundation, to generate discussion on issues of interest to wider Danforth neighbourhood.
- FilmSocial: The Politics of Bread and Roses
Ken Loach’s award winning film, Bread and Roses (2000), explores the struggles for unionization by immigrant janitorial workers in the United States, as well as the imperative to counter white Right xenophobia, scapegoating and hate crimes against these precarious workers.
Discussion with Adriana Paz Ramirez from the Workers Action Centre, Q&A and social!
- Canada, Past and Present: Capitalism, Patriarchy, Colonialism
The Canadian State celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. It’s the only territory of the Americas that didn’t fight for its independence or reinvent itself to resemble a republic. Yet Canada has had a distinct and ongoing history of conquests and plunder, including the stealing of 98 % of the First Nation’s lands.
This is not our State and we have nothing to celebrate. However, this year represents an opportunity to better understand the long-lasting capitalist, colonial and patriarchal power system that has oppressed and violated people across the land, at the hands of a benefitting small elite.
Time and again, this power has been shaken by uprisings. This history of resistance is our history. And it’s from here that we can map out our movements and our struggles.
Join us at the NCS People's University next August as we retake our history, invent new tools for liberation and imagine another world, a post-capitalist, post-patriarchal and post-colonial society.
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