Toronto — 24 February 2014.
Canada was a party to the 2004 coup in Haiti against the democratically elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Many of us are not aware of this assault on the self-determination of the Haitian people.
“On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2003, Jean Chrétien's Liberal government organized the 'Ottawa Initiative on Haiti' to discuss that country's future. No Haitian officials were invited to this assembly where high-level U.S., Canadian and French officials decided that Haiti's elected president 'must go,' the dreaded army should be recreated and that the country would be put under a Kosovo-like UN trusteeship.”
— Yves Engler, writer, journalist and international solidarity activist.
Moderated by Kevin Edmonds. Presentations by:
Insights and Lessons from the Gezi Park Resistance
Toronto — 31 January 2014.
The protests in Turkey from May 2013 began in opposition to development plans for Istanbul's Taksim Square-Gezi Park. Massive sit-ins, protests, and strikes developed and spread across Turkey. The protests began around a much-despised urban development project but soon encompassed questions of freedom of speech, social inequalities, women's rights, issues of secularism, and others. Many of the divisions against the Islamist-inclined AKP government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged. This forum features a wide-ranging discussion of insights, lessons and strategizing in terms of both the Turkish and international left.
Chaired by Stefan Kipfer. Presentations by:
- Sedef Arat-Koç is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, Toronto
- Yasin Kaya Political Science, York University
- Ezgi Dogru Political Science, York University
- Murat Ucoglu Environmental Studies, York University
- Pelin Asci Geography, York University
- Anna Agathangelou is Associate Professor in Political Science and Women's Studies at York University, Toronto
Vancouver — 2 November 2013.
This presentation was part of the 2013 World Peace Forum in Vancouver. Video from other workshops can be found on pasifik.ca website.
Gary Cristall, one of the organizers of the World Peace Forum in Vancouver, Canada, presents a history of the Left Movement. He concludes with a series of questions about what to do to revive socialism.
Gary Cristall teaches at Capilano University, British Columbia.
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||March 8, 2014
||Poor People's History of East Downtown Toronto
|For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless, and poor residents go?|
||March 2, 2014
||The Coup D'État in Haiti: Ten Years Later
|Presentations by Mario Joseph -- a Haitian human rights lawyer; and Dr. Melanie Newton -- a professor at the University of Toronto specializing in the social and cultural history of the Caribbean.|
||February 16, 2014
||The Turkish Summer
|Insights and Lessons from the Gezi Park Resistance. This forum features a wide-ranging discussion of insights, lessons and strategizing in terms of both the Turkish and international left. Recorded in Toronto, 31 January 2014.|
||February 13, 2014
||History and Crisis of the Left
|Gary Cristall, one of the organizers of the World Peace Forum in Vancouver, Canada, presents a history of the Left movement. He concludes with a series of questions about what to do to revive socialism. Recorded in Vancouver, November 2013.|
||February 9, 2014
||Can We Afford FORD More Years?
|This forum was part of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly GMM. A broad-ranging discussion that shifts the focus away from Mayor Ford's personal failings and toward an analysis and critique of austerity policies, as well as the class dynamics that underpin Ford's continuing popularity.|
||February 2, 2014
||Building New Parties or Building Direct Democracy?
|This forum was part of the 2013 World Peace Forum in Vancouver. Chaired by Ingo Schmidt. Presentations by: Michael Lebowitz, Roger Rashi and Tara Ehrcke. Recorded in Vancouver, 2 November 2013.|
||January 26, 2014
||Book forum: Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan
|This forum was part of the Canadian Peace Alliance convention weekend in Toronto. Chaired by James Clark. Presentations by Greg Albo, Todd Gordon, Angela Joya and Jessica Squires.|
||January 19, 2014
||Trade Unions, Pensions, Corporations, and the State
|Given the labour movement's opposition to privatization and positive support for significant public infrastructure renewal, how can labour movement pension activists and trustees support an agenda that actually shrinks the power of private finance in shaping such investments and expands the role of public and democratically accountable institutions to play this role instead?|
||January 12, 2014
||The Rise of Finance
|One of the emerging features of the neoliberal landscape has been what many have come to label "financialization." What do the "rise of finance" and financialization mean for trade unions, and especially those that name trustees to represent them on governing boards? Are there alternatives to sending union representatives and trustees to the usual business schools for "training" in how to navigate this new world?|
||January 5, 2014
||Burns, Taodhg and Marc Young
|A discussion with Taodhg (AKA Tim) Burns and Marc Young about the politics of Anarcho-Syndicalism, its history, and modern application. Recorded in Toronto, 22 December 2013.|
||December 29, 2013
||Luxemburg, Lenin, Levi: Rethinking Revolutionary History
||Riddell, John; Paul Kellogg
|Presentations by John Riddell and Paul Kellogg. Recorded in Toronto, 14 December 2013.|
||December 22, 2013
||Global Labour Migration
|A meeting, designed as a dialogue, to build greater solidarity between the labour and migrant justice movements in their shared struggle against workers' exploitation by global capital.|
||December 8, 2013
||Launching the Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class
|The 50th volume of the Socialist Register is dedicated to the theme of 'registering class' in light of the spread and deepening of capitalist social relations around the globe. Recorded in Toronto, 24 November 2013.|
||December 1, 2013
||Socialism and Feminism
||Bakan, Abbie; Sue Ferguson
|Presentations by Abbie Bakan and Sue Ferguson. Recorded in Toronto, 16 November 2103.|
||November 24, 2013
||Pension Funds and Privatization
||Mehra, Natalie; Brian O'Keefe; Graham Cox
|Nearly all of the largest pension funds in Canada have moved aggressively into financing what they call infrastructure, or alternative asset classes that include various kinds of public infrastructure that have been either privatized outright or restructured into a partnership structure which, critics argue, produces guaranteed (and monopolistic) profits for private owners and managers of infrastructure, with many of the risks still borne by government or public sector entities.|
||November 23, 2013
||Afghanistan: Perils and Possibilities
|This lecture by Justin Podur is based on a trip he made to Kabul in March 2013 and his chapter in the 2013 University of Toronto Press book, Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan. Recorded in Toronto, 28 October 2013.|
||November 10, 2013
||The Hidden History of Workplace Resistance: U.S. Autoworkers Speak Out
||Shotwell, Gregg; Sean Crawford; Scott Houldieson
|Three prominent UAW shop floor activists (Sean Crawford, Scott Houldieson, and Gregg Shotwell) describe current life on American assembly lines and keeping resistance alive. Organized by the Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded in Toronto, 26 October 2013.|
||November 3, 2013
||Fiduciary Duty: A legal shield for corporate capitalism?
||Weststar, Johanna; Simon Archer and Murray Gold
|Session 3 of the "Pension Fund" series -- this panel focuses on those situations where trade unions have the power to name trustees to pension trustee boards, and examine more closely what the expectations are of both nominating unions and the trustees themselves.|
||October 27, 2013
||Gindin, Sam; David McNally
|Presentations by: Sam Gindin, co-author with Leo Panitch of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire; and David McNally, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance. Recorded in Toronto, 19 October 2013.|
||October 20, 2013
||Trade Union and 'Progressive' Strategies
||Soederberg, Susanne; Jim Stanford
|It is noteworthy that as finance has been on the 'rise', some activists began to formalize anti-corporate and targeted activist campaign strategies through pension and personal investment funds. In Canada and the U.S., several faith organizations began to argue that anti-social corporate behaviour should be, in some sense, sanctioned by individual investors and ultimate owners, on the basis of social principle or humanitarian values.|
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