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Palestine 101: Not That Complicated


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“Palestine 101: Not That Complicated” is part of Together We Rise: Palestine as a Model of Resistance, our political education curriculum designed to provide critical voices, context, and resources to strengthen liberation struggles from the U.S. to Palestine. Together We Rise includes 101 resources on Palestine, skill-building tools, outlines how U.S. and Israeli colonialism and racism are connected, and what we can learn from Palestinian, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other freedom struggles.

Many people are held back from taking a stand on the issue of Palestine/Israel by the common misconception that it is “complicated.” Here, we explain the steady continuation of the more than 100 year old settler colonial project that is Zionism. Palestine 101: Not That Complicated can help folks both familiar and unfamiliar with the issue understand the ongoing process of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and the legacy of Palestinian resistance to the colonization of their homeland.



Higher Education and
the Plague of Authoritarianism

Toronto – 26 October 2017


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Higher education in our politically desperate age is threatened by a legacy that it does not dare to name and that legacy with its eerie resonance with an authoritarian past asserts itself, in part, with the claim that education is failing. The Trump administration needs education to fail in a very particular way. Hostile to its role as a public good and democratic sphere, it is attempting to reshape education according to the market-driven logic of neoliberalism with its emphasis on privatization, commodification, deregulation, fear, and managerialism.

Under such circumstances, higher education is threatened for its potential role as a public sphere capable of educating students as informed, critical thinkers capable of not only holding power accountable but also fulfilling the role of critical agents who can act against injustice and resist diverse forms of oppression. In this lecture, Professor Giroux posits that the modern loss of faith in the marriage of education and democracy needs to be reclaimed, but that will only happen if the long legacy of struggle over education is once again brought to life as part of a more comprehensive understanding as education being central to politics itself.

Dr. Henry A. Giroux holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. His most recent books include: Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014); Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2016); America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017); and The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of Authoritarianism (Routledge 2018).

The John Eleen Annual Lecture in Global Labour was hosted by the Global Labour Research Centre, York University.



Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy - Session 3

Building Capacities: Education for Democracy


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This conference is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University. More information here.

Session 3 was moderated and introduced by Dennis Pilon (York Unversity). Presentations by:


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371. 10 December 2017 Palestine 101: Not That Complicated
Together We Rise includes 101 resources on Palestine, skill-building tools, outlines how U.S. and Israeli colonialism and racism are connected, and what we can learn from Palestinian, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other freedom struggles. Many people are held back from taking a stand on the issue of Palestine/Israel by the common misconception that it is 'complicated.' Here, we explain the steady continuation of the more than 100 year old settler colonial project that is Zionism.
370. 3 December 2017 Higher Education and the Plague of Authoritarianism Giroux, Henry A.
Higher education in our politically desperate age is threatened by a legacy that it does not dare to name and that legacy with its eerie resonance with an authoritarian past asserts itself, in part, with the claim that education is failing. The Trump administration needs education to fail in a very particular way. Hostile to its role as a public good and democratic sphere, it is attempting to reshape education according to the market-driven logic of neoliberalism with its emphasis on privatization, commodification, deregulation, fear, and managerialism. Presentation by Henry A. Giroux. Recorded in Toronto, 26 October 2017.
369. 26 November 2017 Building Capacities: Education for Democracy
Session 3 of 'Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy' conference. Moderated and introduced by Dennis Pilon (York Unversity). Presentations by: Stephanie Ross - McMaster University; Judy Hellman - York University; Steve Hellman - York University; Amy Bartholomew - Carleton University; Avishai Ehrlich - Tel Aviv University. Recorded in Toronto, 6 October 2017.
368. 19 November 2017 Thomas Sankara Commemoration
30th Commemoration of the Assassination of Thomas Sankara: Which way forward for Africa & the Caribbean? Thomas Sankara, Pan-African revolutionary and former President of Burkina Faso (1983-1987) had a vision for the sustained and dignified progress of his country, the 'land of the incorruptible.' During his short period of rule in Burkina Faso, the country saw an unprecedented participation of the population towards a collective goal of self-sustained development.
367. 12 November 2017 Impasses: Beyond Social Democracy
Session 2 was moderated and introduced by Colin Leys (Queen's Unversity). Presentations by: Frances Fox Piven (CUNY Graduate Centre), Hilary Wainwright (Red Pepper magazine) and Frank Deppe (University of Marburg). Recorded in Toronto 6 October 2017.
366. 29 October 2017 Struggles at Home: The Canadian State, Labour, and Politics
This conference (Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy) is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University. Session 1 was moderated and introduced by Byron Sheldrick. Presentations by: Chris Roberts, Rosemary Warskett, John Peters and Bryan Palmer. Recorded in Toronto, 6 October 2017.
365. 22 October 2017 Free Transit Now!
In principle, free transit advocacy can also be an element in a broader vision to reorganize urban life and restructure the social order along red (working class-based, working toward socialism) and green (environmental) lines. This requires working through a host of open questions that go far beyond lowering the cost of fares.
364. 15 October 2017 1917: The October Revolution
It is now 100 years since the Great October Revolution of 1917, one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. An autocratic monarchy governing over an emergent capitalist economy was swept aside, in a series of revolutionary ruptures between February and October, and replaced by a socialist state under the leadership of the Bolsheviks. The trajectory, meaning, strategy and tactics, and, finally, the complete reversal of the Revolution has sparked sharp debate, and division, to this day. Here is only a sample, from Eisenstein to Mieville, to Lenin's classic text, The State and Revolution.
363. 8 October 2017 Insurgent Left, Resurgent Labour? Corbyn, Sanders and the Labour Movement Henwood, Doug; Hilary Wainwright
The relative success of the Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn campaigns have put left politics back on the political map. This panel seeks to explore the role that the labour movement played in the Sanders and Corbyn campaigns and consider whether similar political campaigns have the potential to contribute to a renewed and strengthened labour movement. Recorded in Toronto, 5 October 2017.
362. 1 October 2017 The Fight for 15 - What Next?
Moderated by Sean Smith. Presentations by Deena Ladd (Workers' Action Centre, Toronto) and Jonathan Rosenblum (union activist from Seattle, author of Beyond $15). Recorded in Toronto, 26 September 2017.
361. 3 September 2017 The Hope of the Hopeless Schmidt, Ingo
Fascist movements are on the rise. But does that mean that Donald Trump’s America, Viktor Orbán’s Hungary or Narendra Modi’s India are fascist? Many on the left think so and discovered antifascist action as their preferred rallying point. It remains often unclear, though, is which alternatives to a discredited neoliberalism and the rise of a new right the left has to offer. Presentation by Ingo Schmidt.
360. 6 August 2017 The Struggle for Decent Work and Wages
Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (in Ontario, Canada), has been referred to the parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Over 10 days in July in 10 different cities, the Committee heard deputations on the Bill. In August, the Committee will review the Bill 'clause-by-clause' to decide what, if any, amendments will be made to the legislation.
359. 30 July 2017 Palestinian Dispossessions, Canada and the Jewish National Fund
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has been the key tool used by Israel to dispossess Palestinians of their lands for over a century. It also discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel in the provision of land and housing, and appropriates lands in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of international law. Canadian taxpayers subsidize these activities, as the JNF has a fundraising office in Canada that has had charitable status since 1967. Join with Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) in calling on the Minister of National Revenue to revoke JNF Canada's charitable status NOW!
358. 23 July 2017 Socialism Historically and Today Socialist Studies 50th Anniversary Plenary
This year, the Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) turns fifty, and celebrated its anniversary at its annual conference at Congress 2017. Socialism Historically and Today: A Panel of Three-Minute Interventions was recorded in Toronto, 1 June 2017.
357. 16 July 2017 Red Skin, White Masks: Glen Coulthard Coulthard, Glen
Studies in Political Economy Book Prize 2017 was awarded to Glen Coulthard. He spoke on issues arising from his celebrated recent work and from subsequent developments in academe, activism and the links between the two. Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Recorded in Toronto, 31 May 2017.
356. 1 July 2017 UNsettling Canada 150
Idle No More & Defenders of the Land call to action: In the spirit of Arthur Manuel, we want to make July 1st a National Day of Action. This day of action is to celebrate our Indigenous and human rights to self-determination, our lands, territories, and resources. It is also to educate Canadians about how their constitutional framework, first established 150 years ago.
355. 25 June 2017 Trump, Right-Wing Populism, and the Future of the Labour Movement Fletcher Jr., Bill
Bill Fletcher Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. He has worked for several labour unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO. Fletcher is the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice; and the author of 'They're Bankrupting Us' -- And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio, and the web. Recorded in Toronto, 2 June 2017.
354. 18 June 2017 Precarious Work: Contract Faculty in the Neoliberal University
These videos explore the situation of Canadian contract academic faculty and compares their situation to the even poorer conditions American contract faculty face, highlighting the need to more firmly address working conditions in Canada. The second film, 'Contract Faculty: Injustice in the University,' focuses on not only the injustice faced by contract faculty but the implications of this injustice for students, the University and higher education in general.
353. 11 June 2017 Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change
This panel invites Toronto labour leadership to respond to a comparative book on labour strategy and political action in Toronto and New York City, titled Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change. The book discusses how local unions in four sectors (hospitality, film, green energy and childcare) seek to advance organizing and collective bargaining goals through the reregulation of their respective sectors. Union strategy is evaluated according to whether it succeeds in achieving narrow trade union goals while also addressing broader class demands and social justice criteria. Recorded in Toronto, 1 June 2017.
352. 4 June 2017 Mine Tailings Dam Collapses in Canada and Brazil
'Accidents' or 'Environmental Crimes'? Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil, November 5, 2015: Worst environmental disaster in Latin American mining history. Mount Polley, British Columbia, Canada, August 4, 2014: Worst environmental disaster in Canadian mining history. Moderated by Judith Marshall. Presentations by Bruno Milanez, Richard Holmes, and Joan Kuyek. Recorded in Toronto, 29 May 2017.
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