• Sneak peek: Extended interview w/ Jordan House

    The conversation on the politics of incarceration continues! This is a sneak peek of the extended segment of our interview with Jordan last week. We address questions such as: Can society exist without prisons? Why are prisoners firefighting in California? And much more… To get access to the full version, go to patreon.com/OatsForBreakfast and become … Listen to audio »

  • The Google Walkout

    #GoogleWalkout Thousands of Google employees throughout the United States and around the world walked off their jobs on November 1st. Keep reading »

  • The Struggle for Justice in Prisons w/ Jordan House

    Episode 8: From 21 August and 9 September, prisoners across the U.S. went on strike. We chat with Jordan House about the continent-wide prison strike. Listen to audio »

  • Ford Takes on Bill 148: But There is Resistance

    When the Tories were elected to govern Ontario this past June, it was a day that many were both dreading and expecting. The Ontario government has finally unveiled their legislation that would repeal the gains workers made from Bill 148. In an emergency action coordinated by the $15 and Fairness campaign, 500 workers were out … Keep reading »

  • Praise the Workers, Not Amazon

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago. Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15/hour for its U.S. workforce and also raising wages in England. The company’s declaration followed months of … Keep reading »

  • Carceral Capitalism and Anti-Capitalist Politics

    Review of Jackie Wang’s book Carceral Capitalism (MIT Press, 2018). It is arguably one of the most wide-ranging, critical, and theoretically nuanced examinations of the political economy of the carceral state in the USA to date. Keep reading »

  • Reflections on Prison National Strike Against Slave Labour

    Prisoners in many states in the U.S. began a coordinated National Strike on August 21, the anniversary of the killing of Black Panther member and prison activist George Jackson by guards in an escape attempt, in 1971, at San Quentin prison in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the context of the times, a mass … Keep reading »

  • Why Canadian Prisoners Are Participating in the U.S. Prison Strike

    Much of the U.S. prison system’s distinguishing features — massive racial disparities, the exploitation of prisoners’ labour by private firms, overcrowding, brutality, and much more — are the same in Canada. Keep reading »

  • Will the Ontario Labour Movement Return to Class Struggle as Austerity Deepens?

    The Ontario labour movement is in deep crisis. Some impressive struggles aside, it has been staggering since the end of the great mobilizations of the 1990s. Days of Action was the dramatic class response that emerged in the mid-90s to the radical neoliberal policies and a reminder of the radical potentials of rank and file workers. Keep reading »

  • Changes and Continuity: Four Decades of Industrial Relations in China

    China’s economic reforms started exactly forty years ago. Labour scholars today are debating the extent to which labour relations and the labour movement in China have changed, and where they may be heading. Positions are polarized between pessimists who emphasise the structural power of the market and the authoritarian state, and optimists who envision the … Keep reading »

  • Working Class Movement Must Be Independent

    South African Federation of Trade Unions says workers are not at summit to moan but to announce a radical and revolutionary programme. Keep reading »

  • The Lessons of the World Cup for our Victim Culture

    That we are living in an age of victim culture is well-exemplified by an article recently published by the CBC suggesting that minorities “feel apprehensive about heading into the wild because they don’t see themselves reflected in the outdoor industry and media.” The underlying premise is that a paucity of representations of members of these … Keep reading »