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What's New: 9e congrès de Québec solidaire
| May 21, 2013
Le 9e congrès de Québec solidaire se tiendra dans les locaux de l'Université du Québec à Montréal, les 3, 4 et 5 mai. Les débats entre les 500 délégués-es aura lieu au Pavillon Judith-Jasmin. À cette occasion, les délégués-es éliront le futur porte-parole et président du parti qui succédera à André Frappier, qui assurait l'intérim depuis le conseil national de décembre 2012.
review by Andy Feeney | May 21, 2013
As many Americans prepare to observe Earth Day this year, democratic socialists who are paying attention might want to contemplate two possibly disagreeable questions. The first is: what if anything can we contribute to the understanding of climate change and other urgent environmental problems that countless green activists haven't already discovered themselves -- and long before us? The second is: what unique contribution can socialists make, if any, toward fixing what's wrong?
What's New: The Food Business
by Esther Vivas | May 20, 2013
The current food and agricultural system, which is criticized for being "generator of hunger in a world of abundance" because of the monopolies, speculation, globalization and privatization policies of the past decades. Reporting its effects on climate change, loss of agricultural diversity, the use of GMOs, the oil-dependence and lack of people's food sovereignty: "The same people who led to the subprime crisis are those who are now speculating on food."
Bullet #825: Socialism for the 21st Century
by Michael A. Lebowitz | May 20, 2013
Firstly, we need to recognize that not all Marxists accept that capitalism as a whole is in crisis -- as opposed to particular capitals in particular localities. Secondly, if capital is in crisis -- in general or in particular, then what was its source? I begin from Marx's stress on overaccumulation. Capital has a tendency to accumulate and expand without regard for the antagonistic conditions in which it must function.
| May 19, 2013
Trish Hennessy, Director of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives in Toronto, provides an insightful overview of why inequality has risen sharply in Canada, its impacts, and why Canadians should be concerned.
What's New: The Coach
by Mike Constable | May 19, 2013
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LeftStreamed: Reportback from Ecosocialism Conference 2013
May 19, 2013
Taking place at New York's Barnard College, the Ecosocialist Conference drew some two hundred activists around the slogan "System Change not Climate Change." It was endorsed by numerous progressive organizations and individuals in the U.S. and Canada, and featured speakers from a wide spectrum of organizations and perspectives. Introduced by Abbie Bakan and John Riddell. Moderated by Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 4 May 2013.
How Unions Are Getting Their Groove Back April 29, 2013
Massive explosion rocks Detroit tar sands refinery April 29, 2013
Richest 7% got richer during recovery April 29, 2013
The Terror of Capitalism April 29, 2013
NAN bills Ontario $127 million April 28, 2013
Bangladesh Disaster: Who Pays the Real Price of Your Shirt? April 28, 2013
Tunisia teachers strike closes schools nationwide April 28, 2013
SYRIZA leader on lessons of Chavez and need for left gov't April 28, 2013
We are All Guerrero April 27, 2013
Our obsession with the political centre April 27, 2013
The neoliberal assault on academia April 27, 2013
Women and revolution April 27, 2013
New Cross-Country Network Says 'Defend Venezuela!' April 27, 2013
Where Tuition is Free April 27, 2013In The News archive:
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| 5:30pm, Tuesday May 21, 2013
Under One Roof, 251 Bank Street, Ottawa.
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|First meeting: Workers Action Working Group|
Governments of various stripes are pursuing vicious policies of austerity. This has meant, among other things, that workers of all kinds, unionized and not, employed and not, are under severe attack. Public sector workers, including those in the federal public service and postal workers, have faced accelerating attacks over the past 24 months. Private sector workers are seeing unrelenting wage compression, work intensification, sub-contracting, loss of pensions, and precarious status. None of this has resulted in economic prosperity – at least not for us. Enough is enough!
Join us for a first meeting of the newly formed “Workers Action Working Group”, a project of the group Solidarity Against Austerity. This group seeks to build the fight against the austerity agenda here in the Ottawa region by organizing active support for local workers’ struggles, including those involving strikes and job action of various kinds. We feel that the mobilization of over 400 local workers, trade unionists, students, and allies on May 1st was an important sign that opposition to what we are seeing is growing. We are aiming to continue that building process over the coming months by organizing across different unions and workers’ organizations, and demonstrating concrete solidarity with real, active workers’ struggles. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please come join us.
For more information on this meeting and Working Group: Contact -- Kevin Skerrett (Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more on Solidarity Against Austerity (SAA): e-mail email@example.com or visit www.maydayottawa.ca
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