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What's New: International Women’s Day 1917

by John Riddell | March 6, 2017

One hundred years ago today, on or about March 6, the Petrograd Interdistrict Committee distributed the following leaflet regarding International Women’s Day (IWD). Although the origins of IWD were in the United States, German Social Democrat Clara Zetkin proposed in 1910 the annual celebration of the holiday on March 8. The holiday was first celebrated on this date in 1911 in Germany and several other European countries.



What's New: Why the system will still win

by Perry Anderson | March 6, 2017

The term ‘anti-systemic movements’ was commonly used 25 years ago to characterise forces on the left in revolt against capitalism. Today, it has not lost relevance in the West, but its meaning has changed. The movements of revolt that have multiplied over the past decade no longer rebel against capitalism, but neoliberalism -- deregulated financial flows, privatised services and escalating social inequality, that specific variant of the reign of capital set in place in Europe and America since the 1980s.



What's New: Ours to own, not theirs to profit

Michal Rozworski | March 5, 2017

It seems the public sector is under attack from all directions these days. Despite historically low public financing costs, despite proven efficiency and innovation, the public sector gets a bad rap in the public eye--something all manner of politicians from hardened right-wingers to cosmpolitan neoliberals take advantage of, letting markets further seep into the very functioning of health, education and other basic services.



What's New: Statement Against the March 4 'March for Freedom'

by Solidarity Halifax | March 5, 2017

The organizers of our counter-protest today have rightly named the so-called 'March for Freedom' a 'thinly-veiled anti-Muslim' rally. M-103 is a motion in Parliament that names Islamophobia as something that needs to be condemned. The backlash against M-103 that emphasizes 'all religions' is eerily similar to the slogan 'All Lives Matter'. These alternatives attempt to erase the issues of violence at hand. The point of course is that Muslims are facing hatred daily, and to fight this targeted discrimination, it must be named - hatred against Muslims is Islamophobia.



Bullet #1378: Projecting Shadows: France Before the 2017 Elections

by Stefan Kipfer | March 5, 2017

In comparative context, France has long been a source of inspiration for lefties and revolutionaries due to its history of successful or failed revolution from 1789 to 1968 and due to its role as an inadvertent point of contact for anti-colonial movements, from the Haitian revolution to the era of decolonization in the 20th century. More recent cycles of mobilization - movements against neoliberalism from 1995 to 2010 and the mass marches and revolts against racism and police violence from the early 1980s to 2005 - kept French politics in the radical limelight.



What's New: Workers and intellectuals – A ‘revolutionary Social Democrat’ consensus

by Lars T. Lih | March 4, 2017

The following essay was written in 2011 for circulation among colleagues. I have decided to publish it unchanged in 2017 for two main reasons. First and foremost, the essay explains and documents the views of Lenin, the Russian Bolshevik Alexander Bogdanov, and Karl Kautsky on a crucial issue: the proper relations between workers and intellectuals within Social Democracy. It therefore serves as an extension of my earlier attack on the 'textbook interpretation' of Lenin’s views.



What's New: Reflections on Prophecy: A Critical Appreciation of Michael Bakunin's Thought

by Marc B. Young | March 4, 2017

Although the movement from rural and small-town life to urban industrial society in Europe and North America is by no means contained within the 19th century, that is the age, if we have to choose one, of this momentous historical change. That period also, by the way, constitutes the last century for which painting serves as the record of human life. Photography, still in its infancy, cannot do what the canvas can; soon, however, the still image will rule and applied colours retreat (or advance, depending on one's perspective) onto terrains of intellectual abstraction serving ends other than life’s record.



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7:30pm, Tuesday April 4, 2017
Carrot Common, Room 212, 348 Danforth Ave, Toronto.

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Conversation Circle: Toronto’s Poor, A Rebellious History

Toronto’s Poor, A Rebellious History a wide-ranging conversation with the co-author Gaetan Heroux (with Dr. Bryan Palmer) exploring the history and the profile of poverty in Toronto and the struggles against it.

Given the current economic uncertainty and hard times that people living on the margins and the young people are facing, we are delighted to have the chance to share Gaetan and Bryan’s perspectives discussed in their remarkable book, documenting and demystifying poverty in Toronto. Gaetan and Beric German, Co-founder of Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, will lead the conversation and share their respective knowledge and years of anti-poverty grassroots organizing experiences across the city.

Monthly thematic Conversation Circles are organized by volunteer labour, supported by the Seeds of Hope Foundation, to generate discussion on issues of interest to wider Danforth neighbourhood.
6:00pm, Tuesday April 4, 2017
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 Queen st. W, Toronto.



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Toronto's Climate Challenge
Special Forum with DIANNE SAXE, ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO and

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