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October 2018

Book launch: Capitalism: A Crime Story and Class Privilege

October 16 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Another Story, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2M6 Canada
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Join us for the book launch of Harry Glasbeek's latest releases: Capitalism: A Crime Story and Class Privilege.

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Corbynism and the Labour Party

October 14 / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suited 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Leo Panitch, who was in Liverpool to observe developments at the Labour Party conference and to speak and participate in Momentum’s “The World Transformed” festival there, will assess the opportunities and challenges faced by Corbyn and his social movement supporters in pursuing the project to democratize the UK Labour Party – and transform British politics.

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Transit Justice in the Inner Suburbs

October 13 / 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3M 2G3 Canada
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Transit in Toronto is in crisis. While the population continues to grow, there are no planned expansions to the transit infrastructure. And yet, transit is essential for people to access the city’s social and cultural life. It is particularly troubling that many working class communities currently suffer from inadequate transit service. Moreover, if current plans for privatizing transit are realized this crisis will only become more acute. And yet, various plans for transit reform promising better service have also been floated.…

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Book Launch: Puerto Montt

October 5 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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Free/PWYC

Join us for the Toronto book launch of Graeme Krupinski's premier novel, Puerto Montt. A short reading by the author, discussion by Matt Tracey and audience Q&A. https://crowsnestbooks.com/books/puerto-montt/  

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September 2018

Organize to Fight Ford’s Assault on Workers, Now!

September 20 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suited 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Doug Ford's conservative government is preparing for an attack on public sector workers and minimum wage workers. We need to start building resistance to Ford within and outside of our workplaces, NOW.

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What’s Left, Toronto? Radical Alternatives for the City Election

September 19 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1C7 Canada
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As the Doug Ford Conservatives unpack their agenda, towns and cities across Ontario are getting ready for the October municipal elections. In Toronto, much of the early public debate leading up to the elections has been narrow and dominated by the Tories’ Bill 5, which proposes to cut in half the number of wards for Council elections. Debates about specific City issues have been limited, pitting a few right-populist voices from the Conservative Party against liberal and progressive voices from…

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PRIDE: An LGBTQ Labour Day Celebration

September 6 / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave (behind)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$5.00

Celebrate this Labour Day with FilmSocial's screening of Pride (2014)! Pride is the powerful story of the London-based Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, a support group formed during the tumultuous 1984-85 miners strike. At a moment when the left seems confounded by the supposed silos of "identity politics" and "class," Pride points to how identity and class are shaped by struggle and reminds us of the transformative power of solidarity. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com Pride Poster

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August 2018

Summer Social

August 12 / 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Join the SP and friends for summer social drinks, chats, and fun! SP Summer Social

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Europe in a Vortex of Crisis

August 12 / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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Europe in a Vortex of Crisis: Authoritarian neoliberalism, the advance of the far right, and dilemmas for the left More than a decade after the global financial meltdown, Europe is in the midst of a series of crises that is even difficult to enumerate: the rise of far right and fascist forces; the inequalities and welfare state cuts from unending austerity; migration flows without a strategy for integration with numerous states in violation with the EU’s own policies; tariff wars…

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July 2018

Authoritarian Drift: Turkey After the Elections

July 19 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, entrenched his increasingly authoritarian power in a snap election on June 24th, winning a majority government in alliance with the neo-fascist Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP). The election, marred by repression and irregularities, was held amid a State of Emergency that has seen the unprecedented jailing of journalists, scholars, and political opposition. Nevertheless, the pro-Kurdish, radical left People’s Democratic Party (Halkların Demokratik Partisi, HDP) won enough seats to enter parliament, despite widespread repression and…

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Mexico’s Left Turn: Mexico’s Election and Beyond in the Trump Era

July 15 / 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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Despite fierce opposition from big business and the media, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is likely to be elected President of México on July 1 and win majorities in both houses of Congress. How did this rejection of the major parties come about? Is he a “leftist,” or “populist” as widely purported in the North American press? What kind of change can be expected? How might this affect the future of NAFTA and the immigration crisis? What obstacles will the new…

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Matthew Flisfeder – #Rithmic Desire: PlatFORMing Capitalism and the Ideology of the Present

July 12 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
CSI Annex, Room #1 (2nd flr), 720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON Canada
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Recent Marxian theories of social media are varied, ranging from studies of platform ownership structures to state and corporate surveillance to the exploitation of user or “prosumer” “labour”. This session of The Capitalism Workshop takes social media platforms to be a heuristic device for developing knowledge about the dominant form of the capitalist mode of production and the reigning neoliberal ideology more generally. Drawing upon Marxian concepts such as the distinction between productive and unproductive labour, absolute and relative surplus…

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