Social Activism in the Age of Individualism
Toronto — 22 April 2016.
A new generation of activists working for economic and environmental justice, and against war and poverty, confronts critical questions. Why is the world so unjust and crisis-prone? What kind of world should we fight for? How can we win? In this panoramic yet accessible book, Umair Muhammad engages with these and other urgent debates. He argues that individual solutions like "buying green" are dead ends and that hope for the future lies in a radical expansion of democracy and the transformation of the economy from one based on profit to one that can meet human needs. The scale of these problems should make it clear that individualist, lifestyle approaches to activism will not suffice. We need to change the structures of our social system, not our light bulbs. Confronting Injustice seeks to expose the structural roots of the injustices we must confront, and outlines an approach to activism that transcends the hopeless individualism of our time.
Moderated by Paul Gray. Presentations by:
- Ama Amponsah: is a long-time resident of Jane and Finch. She organizes with Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) and is a former member of CUPE Ontario's Racial Justice Committee.
- Stefan Kipfer: is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. His research interests include urban politics, social theory, and ecological socialism.
- Sadia Khan: is a community organizer in the East end, and has worked with new immigrant communities in various capacities for over 8 years. She is currently pursuing her masters in Social and Political Thought at York University.
- Umair Muhammad: is a researcher who focuses on the political economy of climate change. He is studying for his Ph.D. at York University, and maintains a blog at umairmuhammad.com.
Toronto — 3 April 2016.
Gerardo Hernández is one of the three of the Cuban Five who had been behind bars since 1998, until U.S. President Obama freed them on December 17, 2014. The release of the three was part of the agreement negotiated between the U.S. and Cuban governments concerning future relations between the two countries. Two of the Cuban Five, René González and Fernando González were released in 2011 and 2013 after serving their full sentences. Cuba maintained its absolute insistence that the remaining three prisoners be freed and as the international protests continued to grow, freedom for Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio became a vital issue in the negotiations.
Introduction by Heide Trampus and MC'ed by Juan Carranza. Presentations by:
- Jorge Garcia, United Steelworkers Canada
- Lisa Makarchuk, Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade
- Joe Mihevc, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 21
- Pablo Godoy, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada
- Miguel Figueroa, Communist Party of Canada
- Brian Gordon Sinclair, author and dramatic interpreter of Ernest Hemingway
- Javier Dómokos Ruiz, Consul General of the Republic of Cuba in Toronto
- Gerardo Hernández, one of the Cuban Five anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the USA (Sept 1998-Dec 2014)
Sponsored by: United Steelworkers, Canada; Co-sponsored by: Worker to Worker, Canada-Cuba Labour Solidarity Network, Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association, Toronto, and Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade.
Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians
Toronto — 7 April 2016.
The Paris climate accords were strong on aspirations to keep the world below 2C temperature rise but very weak on delivery. Despite Trudeau's claims that Canada is back, Ottawa has stuck with Stephen Harper's pathetic climate targets. To meet its commitments, each country must find its own unique road map. Canada doesn't have one. Gordon Laxer outlines a bold strategy to get with the global move to a low carbon society, run on conservation and renewable energy sources including wind, solar and low-impact hydro to ensure that all Canadians, including those on lower incomes, have access to a sufficient amount of energy as a human right.
Moderated by Angela Bischoff. Presentation by:
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||29 May 2016
||Crackdown on BDS: Criminalization of Dissent?
|On February 18, 2016 Canadian parliament passed a motion condemning “any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS [Boycott Divestment Sanctions against Israeli apartheid] movement, both here at home and abroad.” Recorded in Toronto 26 April 2016.|
||8 May 2016
|A new generation of activists working for economic and environmental justice, and against war and poverty, confronts critical questions. Why is the world so unjust and crisis-prone? What kind of world should we fight for? How can we win? In this panoramic yet accessible book, Umair Muhammad engages with these and other urgent debates. Recorded in Toronto, 22 April 2016.|
||24 April 2016
||The Cuban Five Freed: Toronto Welcomes Gerardo Hernández
|Gerardo Hernández is one of the three of the Cuban Five who had been behind bars since 1998, until U.S. President Obama freed them on December 17, 2014. Recorded in Toronto, 3 April 2016.|
||17 April 2016
||After the Sands
|Gordon Laxer outlines a bold strategy to get with the global move to a low carbon society, run on conservation and renewable energy sources including wind, solar and low-impact hydro to ensure that all Canadians, including those on lower incomes, have access to a sufficient amount of energy as a human right. Recorded in Toronto, 7 April 2016.|
||10 April 2016
||The BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique
|The book's co-editors Patrick Bond from South Africa and Ana Garcia from Brazil are joined by the two Toronto authors of chapters in the book in discussing how to understand where the BRICS fit on the most crucial global issues ranging from world finance to climate change. Recorded in Toronto, 31 March 2016.|
||3 April 2016
||Methodology for a New Politics
|The 2016 Phyllis Clarke memorial lecture is presented by Andreas Karitzis: Methodology for a New Politics: Changing the 'Operating System' of the Left after the Greek experience of 2015. Recorded in Toronto, 24 March 2016.|
||27 March 2016
||Beyond Memory / Más allá de la Memoria
|For its 2016 Baptista Lecture, CERLAC is delighted to host a panel discussion on the use of archives of the violent past in struggles to make a better future in Central America. Moderated by Carlota McAllister. Presentations by Carlos Henríquez Consalvi, Gustavo Meoño, and Diana Carolina Sierra. Recorded in Toronto, 10 March 2016.|
||20 March 2016
||Freedom is a Constant Struggle
|Movement Intersections Across Palestinian, Indigenous, and Black Struggles... Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine and the intersections being made globally between various struggles with Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice. Recorded in Toronto, 8 March 2016.|
||6 March 2016
||150 Years of Canadian Colonization
|Arthur Manuel is a Secwepemc-Ktunaca activist. He discusses colonization in Canada and how this systemically impoverished Indigenous Peoples for generations. If Canada is going to renew its relationship with Indigenous Peoples it must recognize the colonial relationship it has with Indigenous Peoples. Canada must recognize that this colonial relationship gives Indigenous Peoples the right to self-determination.|
||28 February 2016
||Hands Off Our Healthcare, Hydro, Transit and Housing
|Privatization is everywhere in the city, our province, and across the country, whether is is selling off public resources and services; financing and managing public projects through public/private partnerships (P3s); contracting out the public capacity to manage and oversee the operation of programmes we all need. Recorded in Toronto, 21 February 2016.|
||21 February 2016
||Launching the Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right
|The 52nd volume of the Socialist Register, addresses pivotal questions in the reordering of the balance of political forces today and the political mapping of the new right. Recorded in Toronto, 14 January 2016.|
||14 February 2016
||Postal Banking: Not your Predatory Lender
|This panel discusion is a chance to learn about the many shortcomings of the existing private banking system in Canada and of the potential of a public postal bank to address them! Predatory lenders are draining money out of low-income communities; could postal banking be a public alternative? Recorded in Ottawa, 26 January 2016.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||17 January 2016
||Socialism and Intellectuals
|Moderated by Linda Kealey. Presentation by: Leo Panitch. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
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