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What's New: The Next System Project

| May 25, 2016

There Are Real Alternatives: We can create the kind of society -- and world -- we’d like now and for future generations. The challenging realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring.



What's New: Leaked treaty texts confirm it: TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy

| May 25, 2016

The secret draft texts of the proposed US-EU 'free trade' agreement TTIP released by Greenpeace Netherlands on May 2 confirm what critics have maintained from the outset. TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy. The treaty negotiations were never centered on reducing tariffs between the US and the European Union, which are at historic lows.



What's New: Parables of privatization: A cautionary tale of two telcos

by Toby Sanger | May 24, 2016

At a time when the Ontario Liberal government is planning to privatize Hydro One and other provincial governments are also planning significant privatizations, it's instructive to look back and see what the impact of earlier privatizations has been. There's an excellent example right here in Canada of two neighbouring jurisdictions of a similar size, one of which privatized a utility and the other that kept its similar utility under public ownership. It should be seen as a cautionary tale and an indication of what is likely to happen with other privatizations.



Bullet #1260: Mobilizing Workers at Toronto Airport

Sean Smith interviewed by Tim Heffernan | May 24, 2016

Toronto's Pearson International Airport is Canada's busiest hub and is crucial to the economy. There are more than 40,000 employees working for over 400 employers at the airport, making it the largest workplace in Canada.



What's New: Health care funding falls far short even as Ontario heads out of deficit

by Doug Allan | May 23, 2016

A new report from the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) confirms the difficulties government cuts are placing on public health care in Ontario. The FAO is a government-funded but somewhat independent office that reviews Ontario government economic and fiscal claims. This is not a left wing think tank -- rather it is very much part of the received establishment.



What's New: Time to Pull the Plug on Urban Fossil Consumption

by Daniel Aldana Cohen | May 23, 2016

Andreas Malm’s wonderful book, Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming, is about power. Since I’m a scholar who researches urban climate politics, I’m especially excited that Malm’s analysis of power is so centered on urban politics. I’ll explain what I mean by that, then suggest some interesting lessons from Malm’s account that his arguments around contemporary climate politics have underplayed.



Bullet #1259: Transit Activism and the Urban Question in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

| May 22, 2016

The current conflagration of the Dilma Rousseff government notwithstanding, Brazil has been an inspiring source of debate for the global left over the last generation. This has been true for a range of initiatives, including the rise of the Workers’ Party (PT) in the 1980s, municipal socialist projects in the 1990s, and the movement of landless workers Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST). The demand for free transit has been an important starting point of more recent mobilizations, notably those that shook the whole country in the summer of 2013.



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7:00pm, Thursday May 26, 2016
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twinkle starForum: The BJP and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy in India

The BJP and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy in India
Since the election of the BJP in May 2014, there has been an unprecedented onslaught on workers' rights along with a well-planned assault on democratic institutions, academic-cultural centres, intellectuals, left, progressive and secular groups, religious minorities, women and marginalized sections across India. Indeed, recent developments, such as the breaking of strikes across India, the arrest and torture of the disabled scholar Dr. G.N. Saibaba (Delhi University) on false accusations of being involved in the armed revolutionary movement, the suicide of Dalit scholar V. Rohith due to caste-based abuse and harassment, and the recent attacks on freedom of speech at JNU because of purported anti-national activities, among many others, demonstrate that we are witnessing a rising tide of fascism in India. Yet the working class movement remains in disarray and unable to resist these attacks. 540 million members of the Indian working class and 270 million agrarian semi-proletarians are left to the mercy of fascist corporatist trade unions on the one hand, and reactionary parties of the rural bourgeoisie on the other. Failure to understand the changes in modus operandi of imperialism and realize the revolutionary potential of the gigantic unorganized and informal working class has similarly resulted in the failure to evolve new forms and strategies of resistance. Given the rise of fascist challenge it is even more urgent to rethink the approach and methods in the working class movement.

Presentations by:
* Abhinav Sinha, PhD student, Delhi University
* Dr. Himani Bannerji, Sociology, York University
* Dr. Raju Das, Geography, York University
* Dr. Ritika Shrimali, Geography, York University

Sponsored by Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Socialist Project and York Centre for Asian Research | Facebook event | PDF poster
May 14 - June 25, 2016
Trinity Square Video, 401 Richmond West, Toronto.



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Public Exposures: The Art-Activism of Condé + Beveridge (1976-2016)

The Art-Activism of Condé + Beveridge (1976-2016)
This multi-gallery survey spans the career of the political-art duo, from their rejection of the New York art scene in the 70s and move to Canada, where they've collaborated with unions, communities and artist-run centres, to a recent work about climate change and hockey. They originally adopted the staged-photo format to protect unionists who feared identification by management, but soon found the strategy allowed them to push their social justice message further. They've devoted their life's work to exploring the intersections of wage labour and creativity.

Exhibition runs May 14 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception at Trinity Square Video (401 Richmond St W. Suite 121), Saturday May 14, 2-4 PM

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