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| December 4, 2013
Articles on: Alter Summit-Network Held a Strategy Conference; 4th Congress of the European Left Party; Democratizing the State Apparatus; An Alternative Welcome at the University of Athens and more.
by Suzanne Weiss | December 4, 2013
We hear disturbing reports this year from southern Israel. The government proposes to relocate some 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins from their present homes to government-approved townships. This is called the Prawer Plan, and Israel's parliament approved it by a three-vote majority in June. The Prawer Plan would destroy 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev region and extinguish Bedouin claims to land seized from them after the foundation of Israel.
by Dru Oja Jay | December 3, 2013
What's missing from the discussion is that Elizabeth May's pandering marks the official end of choice when it comes to Canada's relationship with what Stephen Harper recently called "that light of freedom and democracy in what is otherwise a region of darkness," Israel. Not one political party that is technically capable of wining a majority in Canada's parliament is -- as of now -- willing to put up any resistance to Israel's military occupation, belligerence, or ongoing campaign of dispossession against the Palestinians.
What's New: Indigenous Nationhood Movement
| December 3, 2013
The Indigenous Nationhood Movement (INM) is a peoples' movement for Indigenous nationhood, resurgence, and decolonization. We are a vast circle of people connected through commitments to principled action supporting Indigenous nations in advancing, articulating, reclaiming, expressing, and asserting our nationhood, raising up traditional governments, and reclaiming and reoccupying our homelands.
by Carlo Fanelli | December 3, 2013
Saying no to the expansion of the Toronto Island Airport and introduction of jet aircrafts is the economical, ecological and socially responsible thing to do. At present, Pearson Airport can accommodate some 33 million passengers per year with room for an additional capacity of 7 million. That would still leave Pearson with a future capacity to accommodate twenty million more passengers, that's room for 63 per cent growth if need be.
What's New: Support Two Row Times
| December 2, 2013
Please join us in raising start-up funds to grow the Two Row Times, a Weekly Newspaper Publication from Six Nations. Serving all of Ontario and Upstate New York.
What's New: Emergency Day of Action Dec 2nd
| December 2, 2013
We are not giving up despite these harsh weather conditions, sacrificing time with our families, our jobs, our homes, not only to protect land, water and people but to ensure a brighter future for the next 7 generations. We are asking for more support, through road blocks to be in solidarity.
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| 3:30pm, Friday December 6, 2013
CSI, ING Room, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
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|Workshop series: Pension Funds, Unions, and Working Class Strategies|
We are pleased to invite participation in an open workshop series focused on the role of Canadian workers’ pension funds in the larger national and global economy.
One of the key features of the continuing deep economic crisis facing Canadian workers is the attack on long established pension and retirement benefits, which are now dismissed as a costly frill that only benefits a shrinking minority of the workforce. The defence of these benefits by trade unions is becoming more difficult and divisive – it risks appearing self-serving in a context where the older notion that private, employer-based plans might serve as a positive step toward a universal system of full coverage for all workers is no longer credible.
• Convenor: Kevin Skerrett (Canadian Union of Public Employees), email@example.com
• Greg Albo (Centre for Social Justice), firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed Series Schedule and Details:
Each of the six workshops will be held on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:00pm, every other week. (We will skip November 8th, and use November 15th in its place)
Registration not required for the last two sessions -- open to all.
• September 27: From Pension Fund Socialism to Pension Fund Capitalism?
• October 11: Trade union and ‘progressive’ strategies: The Responsible Investment, Capital Stewardship, and ‘pension fund activism’ movements
• October 25: Fiduciary Duty – A legal shield for corporate capitalism?
• November 15: Pension funds and privatization: P3s and pension-financed privatization
• December 6: The Rise of Finance – What role for trade unions & pension funds? With Michael Rafferty, John Peters and Aidan Conway.
• December 13: Trade unions, pensions, corporations, and the state. With Doug Henwood and Sam Gindin.
Location and Time: Sessions will be held on Fridays from 3:30-6:00 in the ING Room, ground level, at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street (one block south of Bloor).
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre (York University), Canada Research Chair in Political Economy (York University) and Socialist Project | PDF flyer | Facebook event
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