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Working Class Fightback: Lessons of the last great depression

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The financial crisis has certainly brought on a deepening worldwide slump, with growing mass unemployment and impoverishment. There is also a crisis of working class institutions, in particular the union movement. How can the working class build unity within its ranks and rebuild our capacity to fight back? One thing we can do, is to learn from the experiences of working people during the 1930’s, who organized a series of mass fightbacks and built new institutions, such as industrial unions.

Come hear Bryan Palmer, noted labour historian, author of a number of books of history told from the workers’ point of view, and contribute to a common discussion about what we can learn from the past. Such discussions can contribute to our common efforts to build a movement to fight the effects of the crisis, as well as its root causes in the existing economic system.

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009 Time: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Place: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto (1 block south of College, 2 blocks east of Spadina)

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Organized by the Socialist Project Labour Committee

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