Beyond the socialist impasse: Remembering Leo Panitch
In this webinar, leading figures from the left in Canada and the United States reflect on the legacy of Leo Panitch, Professor Emeritus of Politics at York University and editor of the Socialist Register. Leo passed away in December 2020. Panitch is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and nine books including The Making of Global Capitalism, written with his close friend and university colleague Sam Gindin.
Moving beyond Ford: The transportation we want
Campaigns are underway to confront the Ford government’s initiative to take the Toronto subway system from the TTC in order to reorganize, further automobilize and possibly privatize transit and transportation across the GTA. This and other Ford Government initiatives have put progressive transportation advocates as well as transit riders and workers on the defensive. Once more, proactive initiatives are forced onto the backburner.
May Day: Workers’ struggles, international solidarity, political aspirations
For more than 100 years, May Day has symbolized the common struggles of workers around the globe. Why is it largely ignored in North America? The answer lies in part in American labour’s long repression of its own radical past, out of which international May Day was actually born a century ago. It is more important than ever that the North American labour movement reconnect with this history.
International Women’s Day 2018 (#IWD2018)
In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. IWD has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration.
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 illegally confiscated our lands, territories, and resources.
Building a national solidarity coalition
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers hosted a panel discussion during the Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress. The panelists discussed their experiences working with various solidarity coalitions and the need for a national solidarity network that can bridge the divide between labour and social movements. How could a solidarity coalition be used to build support for struggles for social, environmental and economic justice?
150 Years of Marx’s Capital
Capital is foremost a dissection of the historical social relations and mode of production of capitalism. From its initial publication, Marx’s Capital steadily gained prominence as the indispensable point of departure for understanding the inner workings of the capitalist system and the forces polarizing the accumulation of wealth on the one side and poverty on the other.
What’s the Matter with America?
Thomas Frank is the founder of The Baffler magazine, author of What’s the Matter With Kansas? and Listen Liberal, and past columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper’s Magazine. He delivered the 2017 annual Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture, on Donald Trump’s election and what it means for the USA. Introductions by Byan Evans and Ron Vogel, Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.
Bursting at the Seams
This video had it’s premiere outside the building where Toronto’s Mayor John Tory lives in somewhat better circumstances. News coverage by NOW, and pictures. See “Ontario’s Austerity Government Sets Basic Income Trap” and living wage news. Created by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), Sanctuary and a group of activists and filmmakers.
Canadian Mining Corporations in Latin America: Solidarity Rally
In 2008, after years of violence, conflict, environmental degradation, and water pollution at the hands of mining companies, then-president of El Salvador Antonio Saca stopped issuing new mining permits. This decision has widespread support in El Salvador; a recent poll of the University of Central America (UCA) indicates that that 79.5 per cent of Salvadorans are against any gold mining.