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December 2019

Winter Social

December 8 / 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST
East of Brunswick Pub and Kitchen, 720 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Canada
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Join friends and old, new and emerging comrades for some winter social and cheer!  

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The British Election and Political Crisis: Corbyn versus Johnson

December 8 / 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suite 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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free

Having recently returned from canvassing in the British election in Yorkshire and London (and after earlier attending the Labour Party Conference and speaking at The World Transformed, Momentum and UnIte the Union events), Leo Panitch will address the strategic orientations, pitfalls and dilemmas faced by the Jeremy Corbyn leadership of the Labour Party in attempting to dislodge the Conservative Party government led by Boris Johnson. Britain goes to the polls on December 12, bringing the political crisis over Brexit to…

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Toronto Airport Workers’ Council

December 2 / 5:30 am - 7:30 pm EST
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6 Canada
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Pearson Airport Workers Organize to Confront Neoliberalism Contract flipping, dangerous work, tens of thousands working for over 400 companies in a highly competitive environment. The Toronto Airport Workers' Council is at the frontlines of the struggle. Meet and learn from key organizers about how TAWC is transforming the lives of workers at Pearson and inspiring similar workers' organizations for grassroots empowerment. Pearson International Airport is Canada's largest workplace with over 50,000 workers on the front lines of neoliberalism's globalization of…

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November 2019

FilmSocial Presents: Soylent Green

November 30 / 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Eyesore Cinema, 1176 Bloor Street
Toronto, Ontario M6H1N1 Canada
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FilmSocial screens the dystopian cult classic Soylent Green. Saturday, November 30th @ 7:30pm at Eyesore Cinema (1176 Bloor, back room). Soylent Green (1973) brings us to New York in the year 2022. Rising global temperatures combined with food and water shortages only serve to exacerbate capitalism's pathological excess. Charlton Heston stars in this classic sci-fi/police procedural where the characters must navigate a world marked by deep class division, corporate control over valuable resources, police corruption, and the overall monetization of fear…

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Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism

November 22 / 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm EST
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suite 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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free

Join us for the Toronto book launch for Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjøsen, James Steinhoff's Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism (Pluto, 2019). An exploration of the relationship between Marxist theory and Artificial Intelligence! Artificial Intelligence (AI) has seen major advances in recent years. While machines were always central to the Marxist analysis of capitalism, AI is a new kind of machine that Marx could not have anticipated. Contemporary machine-learning AI allows machines to increasingly approach human capacities for…

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Sister Writes: The Work Issue

November 19 / 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2 Canada
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Sister Writes: The Work Issue is a participatory research creation project that illuminates the hidden experiences of women working in Toronto's services industries. From hotel staff to restaurant servers, nannies to retail workers, women in Toronto's service industry perform essential work. But their experiences -- and the challenges they face due to the devaluation of women's labour -- often go unspoken. We wanted to change that. Over the past year, Sister Writes mounted free creative writing workshops in downtown Toronto, where women worked with professional authors…

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October 2019

Change and Continuity – Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium

October 23 / 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
519 Kanff Tower, York University Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 Canada + Google Map
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The Global Labour Speaker Series is pleased to host the book launch of Change and Continuity – Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium. With Dr. Mark Thomas, Dr. Leah Vosko, Dr. Carlo Fanelli, and Olena Lyubchenko.

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The British Political Crisis: Johnson Versus Corbyn

October 20 / 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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free

Having recently returned from the Labour Party Conference (and speaking there at The World Transformed, Momentum and Unite the Union events), followed by his first hand observations of working class support for Brexit in the former mining communities of Yorkshire, Leo Panitch will address the strategic orientations, pitfalls and dilemmas of the left under Jeremy Corbyn leadership as the political crisis over Brexit in the UK comes to a head. Leo Panitch is emeritus professor of Political Science at York University and…

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The Election

October 9 / 7:30 pm - October 27 / 7:00 pm EDT
Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2P3 Canada
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In 2015, a group of theatre artists signed up to the Canadian Federal Election as volunteers for three major political parties and documented their interactions. Exploring the realities of Indigenous, Settler and Newcomer experiences with the political process, The Election sparks urgent dialogue just as Canadians take another swing at the ballot box. With a live vocal score, this play asks: Do we have a voice and does that voice count? Tickets at www.passemuraille.ca.

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Oshawa: A History of Local 222

October 5 / 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z3 Canada
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This exhibition presents the photo series Oshawa: A History of Local 222 (1982-83), a comprehensive body of work that traces the history of the autoworkers union in Oshawa from its formation in 1937 through to the mid-1980s.

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September 2019

Take the Plant, Save the Planet: Creating Good Jobs, Making Sustainable Products, Challenging Climate Change

September 30 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1N1 Canada
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Make Public Ownership of the Oshawa Plant an Election Issue. Support #GreenJobsOshawa

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The Use and Abuse of Identity in Public Life

September 26 / 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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free

We welcome you to attend a special session of SP RedTalks with Samir Gandesha!   The question of identity has become urgent for activism in the West though the issue has been important in many other parts of the world as well in a variety of forms. Political Identities form in opposition to oppression (or, reactively, as perceived victimization) and demand recognition, rights, and equity (or aggressively promote their denial). They also divide, become separated in privilege, get co-opted, and…

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