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What's New: Introduction to the Special Edition on the labour movement in Africa

by Shaun Whittaker | February 1, 2017

In the face of multiple crises of profit-driven socio-economic systems that have driven millions of people in Africa into hopeless poverty, the urgent questions of our time are quite clear: How do we change the balance of class forces in favour of the working class? What are the radical reforms around which a program of mass action could be initiated? How do we form mass workers’ parties all over the continent? What about organisations of the jobless, the landless and the homeless, the feminist structures, the youth?



Bullet #1363: How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Donald Trump

by Labor Network for Sustainability | January 31, 2017

Donald Trump and his congressional Republican allies have taken control of the U.S. government. The result threatens to be devastating for both labor and the climate - not to mention immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others.



What's New: Strike for $15: Food service workers ready to take on Aramark

by CJ Chanco | January 30, 2017

Cafeteria workers at York University and the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus are gearing up for a joint strike in February. The workers are employed by Aramark, which is contracted out by the universities to provide food service on their campuses. Workers themselves see any potential strike as targeting the universities, whose subcontracting of food services are part of the problem. Subcontractors like Aramark are used by universities to provide food services on the cheap, which invetiably results in unjust working conditions for workers.



What's New: The Middle East and Marxist History

Interview with John Chalcraft | January 30, 2017

Labour power has not in actual history been fully-commodified or become doubly-free. First, it has fought for and achieved social protections and forms of patronage to replace the old ‘idyllic’, ‘feudal’ and ‘patriarchal’ protections.



LeftStreamed: Launching the Socialist Register 2017: Rethinking Revolution

January 29, 2017

The main purpose of the 2017 edition of the Socialist Register (SR) - one century after 'Red October' - is to look forward, to what might happen next. Moderated by Greg Albo. Discussion featuring: Joan Sangster, Bryan Palmer, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin. Recorded in Toronto, 12 January 2017.



What's New: Food for Revolutionary Thought

by Leo Panitch | January 28, 2017

For those of us long enough in the tooth to recall what it was like ‘way back when’, there is sometimes a distinct whiff of something like the old sectarianism in the air these days. And it most often comes, oddly enough, from precisely those quarters which contrast their embrace of ecological and intersectional issues today with the alleged neglect of such by earlier socialist generations with whom they themselves once identified--but now proudly proclaim they no longer do for these reasons.



What's New: Challenging a Giant

by Mark Dudzic | January 28, 2017

One of the few bright spots in this year’s election was the victory of the Richmond Progressive Alliance candidates and RPA-endorsed rent control initiative in Richmond, California, a predominantly black and Latino, gritty (though rapidly gentrifying) industrial city of 110,000 in the East Bay. The alliance, a coalition of community groups, unions, liberal democrats, Greens, environmentalists, and leftists of various stripes, had participated in the governance of Richmond for the previous twelve years.



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7:30pm, Monday February 27, 2017
Carrot Common, Room 212, 348 Danforth Ave, Toronto.

Free Admission, but donations appreciated! Coffee/Tea provided.

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: Iceland, A Different Kind of Election Result

Carrot Common Neighbourhood Conversation Circles Theme: dissent, advocacy and a citizen’s responsibility

Topic: Iceland, A Different Kind of Election Result: Lessons Learned from Pirate Party’s Direct Democracy
a wide-ranging conversation with Ryerson University professors and authors Dr. John Shields and Dr. Bryan Evans.

For Further information, please contact: Organizer and Facilitator: Khan Rahi | Conversation.Circles@gmail.com or Call (416) 406-5517
6:30pm, Monday February 27, 2017
Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Ln, Ottawa.



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Forum: Beyond Capitalism

Beyond Capitalism
A free public forum featuring: Hassan Husseini and other guests on the need for a new kind of political organization in Ottawa.

Solidarity Ottawa is a new membership-based organization in Ottawa, aiming to raise big political questions, highlight key struggles, and build successful local organizing against capitalism and its negative impacts on the lives of people and communities.

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