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Rally to STOP Devastating Hospital Cuts

Toronto — 1 February 2016.


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Hospitals in crisis, hydro privatization, mounting student debt and rising inequality! Stop devastating cuts to public services and social programs that are hurting our community -- the rallying cry outside the Ontario Pre-Budget consultation at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, February 1, 2016.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Ontario Common Front, Ontario Health Coalition and friends demand an economy that works for everyone. Let’s take action for the #OntarioWeWant.



Palestinian Popular Resistance:
Building (BDS)/ Student Movement

Toronto — 12 January 2016.


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A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Palestinians continue to struggle for their fundamental rights of freedom, self-determination, equality, and a right to return. As the resistance on the ground intensifies, university campuses remain central to building on the Palestinian solidarity movement. The call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) has recently made tremendous gains, in particular on university campuses and academic institutions. Both the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) recently passed BDS resolutions, with an overwhelming majority.

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For more information on the UofT Divestment campaign, please visit the website: www.uoftdivest.com.



Dissenting Traditions: Closing Remarks

Peterborough — 24 October 2015.


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This was the last session of the “Dissenting Traditions” conference to Address the Intellectual and Political Interests of Canada Research Chair, Bryan D. Palmer at Trent University, 23-24 October 2015.

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This conference was funded and supported by the Canada Research Chairs Program and Trent University's School for the Study of Canada.


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297. 7 February 2016 Rally to STOP Devastating Hospital Cuts
Hospitals in crisis, hydro privatization, mounting student debt and rising inequality! Stop devastating cuts to public services and social programs that are hurting our community -- the rallying cry outside the Ontario Pre-Budget consultation at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, February 1, 2016.
296. 31 January 2016 Palestinian Popular Resistance: Building (BDS)/ Student Movement
A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Recorded in Toronto, 12 January 2016.
295. 24 January 2016 Dissenting Traditions: Closing Remarks
This was the last session of the “Dissenting Traditions” conference with presentations by Greg Kealey, Stephen Brier and Bucky Halker. Recorded in Peterborough, 24 October 2015.
294. 23 January 2016 France: The Radical Left in the Maelstrom
With the November 13th terrorist attacks, the strong showing of the far-Right Front National in regional elections, and the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France has been in the headlines a great deal in recent weeks. Yet we rarely hear about how the radical Left fits in to the evolving situation there. Recorded in Toronto, 10 January 2016.
293. 17 January 2016 Socialism and Intellectuals
Moderated by Linda Kealey. Presentation by: Leo Panitch. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.
292. 10 January 2016 Marginality as Historical Subject
Moderated by Gillian Balfour. Presentations by: Ted McCoy, Annalee Lepp and Roger Neufeld. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.
291. 3 January 2016 Uprisings of the Dispossessed and Protests in the Street
Moderated by Christine McLaughlin. Presentations by: David Thompson, John Clarke, Andrée Lévesque and Sean Purdy. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.
290. 27 December 2015 Its About Time: Remembering Reproduction in 1930s Women Writers
The Keynote Address of the "Dissenting Traditions" conference by Rosemary Hennessy. Recorded in Peterborough, 24 October 2015.
289. 20 December 2015 The 'Labour Question' in Our Times
Presentations by: Stephanie Ross, Marcel van der Linden and Alvin Finkel. Recorded in Peterborough, 23 October 2015.
288. 19 December 2015 Approaching the Revolutionary Left
Presentations by: Paul LeBlanc, James Barrett, Michael Goldfield and Ernie Tate. Recorded in Peterborough, 23 October 2015.
287. 13 December 2015 Perspectives on E. P. Thompson
Presentations by: Nicholas Rogers, Marcello Badaró Mattos, Russell Jacoby and Bryan Palmer. Recorded in Peterborough, 23 October 2015.
286. 6 December 2015 Canadian Working-Class History
This was Session I of the “Dissenting Traditions” conference to Address the Intellectual and Political Interests of Canada Research Chair, Bryan D. Palmer at Trent University, 23-24 October 2015. Presentations by Wayne Roberts, Kirk Niergarth, Julia Smith and Sean Carleton.
285. 22 November 2015 Building Power in Our Communities
The Fight for Racial and Economic Justice with Kali Akuno, a founder of Cooperation Jackson and a key member of the late Chokwe Lumumba's successful election campaign for the mayoralty of Jackson, Mississippi, discusses integrating strategies in the fight for racial and economic justice, including popular assemblies and neighborhood defence committees. Recorded in Toronto, 30 October 2015.
284. 15 November 2015 From Greece to Portugal to Corbyn's Labour Party
After decades of uninterrupted neoliberal austerity across Europe, in recent years a new left alternative has begun to take shape. Today working people have once again turned to confront the capitalist classes in their own countries, and to challenge the vision of a neoliberal Europe with a reinvigorated left politics that seeks to build social movements by working both within and outside the state. Three of the most prominent examples have been Syriza's meteoric rise in Greece; the continuing electoral gains of Portugal's Left Bloc since its formation in 1999; and most recently the victory of Jeremy Corbyn in the British Labour Party leadership elections.
283. 8 November 2015 Climate Crisis and Climate Realism Parenti, Christian
Mass migration, civil war, banditry, imperial military adventures – all these are current responses to the climate crisis. These and other impending dislocations from climate change intersect with the already-existing crises of poverty and violence in “catastrophic convergence” that demands immediate action and longer-term social change. Christian Parenti, journalist and professor at New York University, discusses these and other questions that draws from his current research into economic and environmental history.
282. 1 November 2015 Palestine: A Political Travelogue
Palestine has long been central to colonial and anti-colonial imaginaries – of the Ottoman and British empires, and Zionist and Arab nationalisms, before becoming a key site of inspiration for left and anti-colonial internationalism and recent scholarship on decolonial resistance. The International Conference of Critical Geography in Ramallah, Palestine, in July 2015, extended this trajectory of anti-colonial internationalism by enriching our historical and political understandings of Palestine.
281. 25 October 2015 The Culture of Conquest and the Doctrine of Discovery
A roundtable discussion with Professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and York University scholars focusing on her latest book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Recorded in Toronto, 6 October 2015.
280. 24 October 2015 Working For Each Other, Working For Ourselves
Earlier this month, the Industrial Workers of the World's Toronto General Membership Branch hosted “Working For Each Other, Working For Ourselves: A Revolutionary Public Service Worker-Organizer Summit,” an event which brought together grassroots workplace organizers from around North America. Recorded in Toronto, 3 October 2015.
279. 18 October 2015 Russia in the Global Crisis
Geopolitical Dilemmas, Strategic Responses. Moderated by Judy Deutsch and presentations by: Boris Kagarlitsky and Sergei M. Plekhanov. Recorded in Toronto, 1 October 2015.
278. 11 October 2015 Linda McQuaig is Right: Keep the TarSands in the Ground!
At the beginning of the federal election campaign, Toronto Centre NDP candidate and respected author Linda McQuaig stated a simple fact: "a lot of people recognize that a lot of the oil sands oil may need to stay in the ground if we're going to meet our climate change targets." This sparked a corporate media backlash, accusing her of being ideologically-driven, anti-Alberta and anti-jobs.
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