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August 2019

CGEU 2019 Conference: Building Solidarity Across Movements

August 15 / 11:00 am - August 18 / 5:00 pm EDT

CGEU 2019: Building Solidarity Across Movements comes at a time of growing resistance to austerity measures across North America. Student and labour movements are confronting major cuts to post-secondary education, public services, as well as a number of important social welfare programs. Now more than ever we are seeing an increase in social movement work and collaborative projects from student, labour and grassroots organizers as people from all walks of life mobilize to resist austerity measures. This year CGEU looks…

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May 2019

General Strike: Cabaret 1919

May 14 / 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave
Toronto, Canada
free

An exciting cabaret evening of theatre, music and poetry on the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike will celebrate its historical importance and enduring relevance to a diverse range of contemporary struggles.

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Stop the Attacks on Our Schools

May 11 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3M 2G3 Canada
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It’s no secret that the education the city provides for the wealthy is different from what working class families get. Schools in rich neighbourhoods have new buildings, new technology, and offer fancy field trips. Meanwhile, schools in working class neighbourhoods, like those along Keele street, are dilapidated and often can’t even afford basic materials like textbooks. Not surprisingly, rather than fixing these problems, Doug Ford is making them even worse. We can’t afford to ignore these attacks on our children’s…

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Affordable Housing

May 11 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
MacLeod Auditorium, 1 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Lessons for a New Decade of Housing Policy in Toronto - the city is preparing a Housing Action Plan for the coming decade. As Toronto's housing crisis deepens and the past decade's housing plan draws to a close, what lessons need to be learned?

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April 2019

European Elections: A challenge for Democracy?

April 8 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
GSU Pub, 16 Bancroft Ave (2nd floor)
Toronto, Canada
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A political discussion on the upcoming European Elections and Democracy in Europe. Speakers: Leo Panitch, Sakis Gekas and Aris Spourdalakis.

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Book launch: The People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’ Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism

April 8 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2 Canada
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Join us for the Toronto book launch for Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski’s The People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’ Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism (Verso, 2019). Discussants Pam Frache and Sam Gindin.

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March 2019

From Neo-Liberalism to Neo-Fascism? Reaction across the Americas from Bolsonaro to Trump

March 28 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suite 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Join us for a discussion with a panel of leading international analysts associated with the Socialist Register: Ana Saggario Garcia, Ray Kiely, and Ruth Felder.

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Uber-Capitalism: Platform Mobility/Mobilizing Workers

March 21 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
CSI Annex, Room #4 (3rd flr), 720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON Canada
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After launching almost a decade ago, the transportation network corporations Uber and Lyft rapidly expanded their operations into cities around the world, disrupting taxi unions, degrading labour rights and diminishing public transit ridership. In this session of The Capitalism Workshop, Bronwyn Frey examines some of the worker organizational strategies emerging within Indonesia’s vast informal transportation sector.

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The New Left in Toronto – Peter Graham

March 19 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1N1 Canada
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Writing for Maclean’s magazine in 1965, Peter Gzowski saw something different about the new generation of the left. “The radicals of the New Left, the young men and women … differ from their predecessors not only in the degree of their protest but in its kind. They are a new breed.” Join us for a talk with Peter Graham, whose new book Radical Ambition: The New Left in Toronto sheds light on the New Left in Toronto.

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Moving Beyond Ford: The Transportation We Want

March 1 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1C7 Canada
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The Ford government’s plan to seize the Toronto subway system from the city-owned TTC has put transportation advocates as well as transit riders and workers on the defensive. This panel discussion will link transit campaigns against provincial policy to longer-term questions for the Toronto region. What would a just and environmentally sustainable transportation future look like?

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February 2019

Digital Games: A Canary in the Coal Mine of Capital

February 28 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suite 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Daniel Joseph focuses on two sides of digital games: the commodification of play through new commodity forms bolstered by digital platforms, and the production of games, which is tied up with highly exploitative labour practices, neoliberal development models, and cultural imperialism.

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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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