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What's New: Some possible ideas for going forward

| May 4, 2016

Around the world powerful and diverse possibilities are in struggle. We, the signers of “Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward”, think one high priority for progress is activists developing, discussing, and settling on priorities around which to organize multi-issue activism in coming months and years. We hope this document can help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that, over time, come to a synthesis.



What's New: A Global Roundup of May Day Marches and Protests

| May 3, 2016

Cities around the world both celebrated the history of the labor rights struggle and carried on its tradition by protesting for higher wages, better working conditions and an end to austerity.



Bullet #1253: The U.S. Empire's Culture Industry, at Large

by Tanner Mirrlees | May 3, 2016

For readers immersed in the annals of Empire, it is well known that the United States is no ordinary country in the world system. The United States is a unique Empire whose national security strategy since 1945 has relied upon a mix of diplomacy and brute military force to make the world safe for American capitalism around the world, and more importantly, made the world over for global capitalism.



What's New: What is to be Done with the Banks?

| May 2, 2016

Nine years after the outbreak of the financial crisis that continues to produce damaging social effects through the austerity policies imposed on victim populations, it’s time to take another look at the commitments that were made at that time by bankers, financiers, politicians and regulatory bodies. Those four players have failed fundamentally in the promises they made in the wake of the crisis – to moralise the banking system, separate commercial banks from investment banks, end exorbitant salaries and bonuses, and finally finance the real economy.



What's New: Breaking the cycle of exploitation

by Sean Burton | May 2, 2016

There has been a tremendous outpouring of anger and resentment since Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial budget was announced on April 14. As predicted, the Liberal Government has introduced a budget that amounts to a punishment of the working class of the province: higher taxes, special levies, and cuts to numerous important social services, with many more likely on the way later this year.



What's New: RISE - Scotland's Left Alliance launches its first election manifesto

| May 2, 2016

The manifesto details key election policies, including a commitment to a second independence referendum within the lifespan of the next Holyrood parliament, a living income for Scotland's carers, and a new 60 per cent rate of tax on the richest people in Scotland. The launch represents a milestone for RISE, which was formed in August of last year, and adds to the growing momentum of its inaugural campaign.



What's New: The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

| May 1, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, "The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day." Then filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century anarchist Lucy Parsons.



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7:00pm, Thursday May 26, 2016
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto.



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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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