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February 2019

The World Turned Upside Down: Launching SR 2019

February 4 / 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St West
Toronto, ON M6K 1T9 Canada
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Join us for the launch of Socialist Register 2019: The World Turned Upside Down. Featuring presentations by Nicole Aschoff ("American’s tipping point? Between Trumpism and a new left"), Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin ("Trumping the Empire), and Colin Leys ("Corbyn and Brexit Britain: Is there a way forward for the left?"). Moderated by Greg Albo. SR 2019 poses two overarching questions for the new period opened by the Trump election and the continued growth of right-wing nationalisms. Is there an…

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January 2019

FilmSocial: Sorry to Bother You

January 29 / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Eyesore Cinema, 1176 Bloor Street
Toronto, Ontario M6H1N1 Canada
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Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You was one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2018. Through a brilliant mix of satire, drama, and humour, Riley is able to capture the horror, absurdity, and contradictions of life within contemporary capitalism. Exploring themes of exploitation, racism, alienation, and the strained relationship between activism, art, popular culture, and profound social change, Riley effectively captures the tensions, paradoxes, and necessities of the modern political landscape. Following the film there will be a short presentation and…

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Action Keele Canvass

January 12 / 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3M 2G3 Canada
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 Join the fight for transit justice! Action Keele will be holding a hot chocolate and coffeee canvass on Dec 12. All welcome.  For more information, contact:actionkeele@gmail.com

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To Freeze the Thames: Geo-Science, Social Risk and Climate Struggles

January 9 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suite 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Is advanced-industrial capitalism capable of finding solutions for the environmental devastation it causes? Or are the logics of capitalism and environmental sustainability at odds? This session of The Capitalism Workshop explores the economics and politics surrounding natural geo-engineering—re-wilding agricultural land, freed up by compulsory veganism—to replicate the hemispheric cooling of the Little Ice Age, and features Troy Vettese, whose article "To Freeze the Thames" was recently published in New Left Review (Debating Green Strategy). Discussants:  Umair Muhammad and Gordon Laxer…

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December 2018

Action Keele: Outreach Meeting

December 12, 2018 / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3M 2G3 Canada

Join the fight for transit justice! Action Keele will be holding an organizing meeting on Dec 12. All welcome. For more information, contact: actionkeele@gmail.com  

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Non-Denominational Holiday Social

December 9, 2018 / 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Join the SP and friends for some holiday cheer!

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Trade Wars: NAFTA, China and the World Market

December 9, 2018 / 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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Global imbalances are once again in the news on a daily basis, as the American current account grows, with trade surpluses in other zones and capital and credit flows growing in tandem.  In response, US President Trump slaps tariffs on imports from many of the US's traditional allies in North America and Europe, condemning their leaders for unfair treatment. As well, Trump imposes high tariffs on Chinese products and other restrictions on trade relations with China. China responds in turn…

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Action Keele: Meeting and Public Canvass

December 6, 2018 / 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3M 2G3 Canada
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Join the fight for transit justice! Action Keele will be holding an organizing meeting on the afternoon Dec 6, before heading out to talk to 41 riders. All welcome. For more information, contact: actionkeele@gmail.com 3:15-5:15 (Meeting) 6:00-7:30 (Canvass)

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Book Launch: The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx

December 5, 2018 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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There are very few figures in history that have exerted as much and as varied an influence as Karl Marx. Edited by Jeff Diamanti, Andrew Pendakis and Imre Szeman, and with 74 chapters by significant Marx scholars from around the world, The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx is an incredible reference guide to Marx's life, work, sources, concepts, reception and influence. Join us in celebration of the Toronto book launch of The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, and take in a night…

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Action Keele Campaign Launch

December 1, 2018 / 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3M 2G3 Canada
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After months of talking with 41 bus riders about their concerns and issues, we are ready to officially launch the Action Keele Bus Riders campaign!

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November 2018

ATHABASCA: A reading and discussion of theatre and politics with Richard Greenblatt and David Craig

November 26, 2018 / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue (Back Space)
Toronto, ON M5T 2P3 Canada
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The moment we live in makes the exploration of the relationship between theatre and politics more important than ever before. Greenblatt and Craig will read their play, and the political questions it raises and the role theatre can play in contemporary social change will be explored through an interactive Q&A with the audience.

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Hotels vs Housing? Platforms, Rent and Resistance in Toronto

November 21, 2018 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suite 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Whether it is called the collaborative, platform, crowd-sourcing, or ‘sharing’ economy, the rise of peer-to-peer exchanges raises important questions for workers and unions. Do emerging platforms such as Uber and AirBnB mark a significant shift in rent-seeking production and distribution systems? Are they emancipatory or exploitive? How can they be regulated across multiple jurisdictions and multiple platforms (e.g., AirBnB, Homestay, Uber, Lyft)? Despite the early success of these services with consumers, there are contradictions for the future of work. New…

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