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  • Mayworks Calendar

    Download our 2010 Mayworks events calendar.

  • The Meaning and Importance of Cultural Boycotts

    This past September, just a few months after the bombardment of Gaza by Israel, John Greyson, Naomi Klein and 1,500 others including myself signed the Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation to protest the Spotlight on Tel Aviv at TIFF 2009. The controversy surrounding the Declaration conflated censorship, boycotts and political protest. As the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is only five years old, this seems like a good time to make some important distinctions.

  • Rising and Declining Economic Powers:  The Sino-US Conflict Deepens

    Will the intensified conflicts between the US and China inevitably lead to a global conflagration? If recent past history is any indication the answer is a resounding yes. The most destructive wars of the 20th century were the result of confrontations between established (EIP) and rising (RIP) imperial powers. The practices and policies of the former serve as guides to the latter.

  • Hip Hop: Palestinian Style

    DAM, or Da Arabian MCs, the premier Palestinian rap group, were in Winnipeg on September 30th, 2009. Jonah Corne, a co-organizer of the event, spoke with the Tamer and Suhell Nafar - two of the three MCs of DAM.

  • Embracing the Equity Agenda

    Movement for equity is disappearing from the labour agenda. Acknowledging the issues facing women, lesbian, gay, and trans people, workers of colour, differently abled workers, and Indigenous workers is increasingly becoming lip service. Our issues are not being integrated into labours agenda, and often appear as add-ons in our communications and action strategies.

  • The End of Retirement

    The demographic implications of living longer present real dilemmas and challenges to our pension system. But the real choices to be made do not revolve around whether we’re rich enough to afford retirement, but the extent to which we value freedom from work over consumption, the form that freedom from work might take, and – above all – how society’s wealth is distributed

  • Pensions in Peril

    Across the advanced capitalist world, neoliberal policies have concerted to consign the welfare state to history’s dustbin. As a pillar of the social state, economic security in retirement was an inevitable target.

  • G20 Fiddles While Planet Burns and Economy Fizzles

    With the G20 political leaders preparing to gather in Toronto this June, the outcome of the palaver can already be predicted with certainty: failure to resolve either the global economic or environmental crisis.

  • Cochabamba Eyewitness: A Great Boost for Ecosocialism

    I attended the alternative Climate Conference in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba as part of an eight-person Quebec activist delegation. I came back convinced that we witnessed a turning point in the global Climate Justice movement.

  • SNCC 50 years later and the struggle continues

    On April 17, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder told the 1,500 people assembled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Student Non-Violent Corrdinating Committee (SNCC) at Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina, “If not for SNCC, I would not be Attorney General. If not for SNCC, Barak Obama would not be President.”

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