A Conversation with Cat Boyd
Ottawa — 3 June 2015.
The eyes of the world were on Scotland last September when it held a referendum on independence. This month, the whole political establishment in the UK has been shaken up by the election of 56 MPs from the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the Westminster Parliament (out of 59 Scottish seats).
What role have socialists, union activists, feminists and other progressives played in those events? What are the possibilities for a new voice on the Left in Scottish politics that is distinct from both the old Labour party (now in shambles) and the very popular SNP?
Moderated by Jessica Squires.
- introduction by Benoit Renaud, member of Quebec Solidaire.
- Cat Boyd is a prominent activist in socialist politics in Scotland (leftproject.scot).
Organized by Solidarity Against Austerity (Ottawa).
A European Revolutionary Politics?
New York — 29 May 2015.
The theme for the 2105 Left Forum was: No Justice, No Peace: Confronting the Crises of Capitalism and Democracy.
The opening plenary focused on anti-austerity politics, alliances, and national and international political potentials and challenges emerging in Europe and impacting the world; revolutionary dimensions of these developments - in the context of a mass-based political, economic, cultural, ecological, race, gender, and class struggle-illuminating politics - of electoral, left, and social movement organizing.
Opening plenary moderated by Laura Flanders.
Complete video from the Left Forum available at livestream.com.
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||28 June 2015
||Nuclear Precipice: Ukraine, Russia, and patterns of U.S. Hegemony
|What is the background of the ethnic conflict in Ukraine? Can the Ukraine situation lead to a Russia/U.S. confrontation involving nuclear weapons? According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the world is again at a precipice with threats of nuclear war. Recorded in Toronto, 12 June 2015.|
||14 June 2015
||The Scottish Left after the Referendum and The UK Elections
|The eyes of the world were on Scotland last September when it held a referendum on independence. This month, the whole political establishment in the UK has been shaken up by the election of 56 MPs from the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the Westminster Parliament. Recorded in Ottawa, 3 June 2015.|
||7 June 2015
||Syriza, Podemos, Left Bloc, and the Left: A European Revolutionary Politics?
|The 2105 Left Forum opening plenary focused on anti-austerity politics, alliances, and national and international political potentials and challenges emerging in Europe and impacting the world; revolutionary dimensions of these developments - in the context of a mass-based political, economic, cultural, ecological, race, gender, and class struggle-illuminating politics - of electoral, left, and social movement organizing. Recorded in New York, 29 May 2015.|
||31 May 2015
||Carbon Markets and Neoliberal Capitalism
|What is wrong with Ontario's new climate change policy? Why should we oppose it? Presentations by Greg Albo, Paul Kellogg and Romain Felli. Recorded in Toronto, 24 May 2015.|
||17 May 2015
||Workers' Struggles Against the Corporate Offensive
|A Panel discussion of Continental Crucible with Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, Jim Sinclair and Richard Roman. Recorded in Vancouver, 28 April 2015.|
||10 May 2015
||Class Struggle in North America
|A Discussion with Ben Isitt, Bill Carroll, Carlos Flores and co-author of Continental Crucible, Richard Roman. Recorded in Victoria, 13 April 2015.|
||9 May 2015
|A very blue music-video about global warming and climate crisis, carboniferous capitalism, and possibilities for an alternative future.|
||3 May 2015
||From Minimum Wage to a Fair Wage
|This round table brings together some of the leading North American activists and scholars concerned with the situation of minimum/low wage work. Moderated by Bryan Evans. Presentations by: Sheila Block, Don Wells, and Stephanie Luce. Recorded in Toronto, 27 March 2015.|
||2 May 2015
||What is Political Party for the Left?
|A panel discussion about the role of political parties within the Left and what it means today for the Left to take political action. Moderated by Andony Melathopoulos. Presentations by: Leo Panitch, Jackie Barkley, Antoni Wysoci and Carlos Pessoa. Recorded in Halifax, 21 January 2015.|
||26 April 2015
||Green Cities Against Neoliberal Urbanism
|This forum, part of the 'Capitalism vs. Ecology' series, looks at the track record of neoliberal urbanism and its deregulation of greenbelts, expansion of capital developments, resulting housing inequalities, and green-washing of planning and urban design. Recorded in Toronto, 12 April 2015.|
||25 April 2015
||The Greek Crisis: Syriza vs Europe
|A panel discussion on Greece and the fight against austerity, moderated by Michal Rozworski. Presentations by Ingo Schmidt, Peter Prontzos and Natassa Romanou. Recorded in Vancouver, 10 April 2015.|
||19 April 2015
||Economic Restructuring and the Politics of Low-Paid and Unwaged Work
|Video presentations from the Alternate Routes conference "Labour Pains, Capital Gains: The Paradox of Low-Wage, No-Wage Work." Recorded in Toronto, 27 March 2015.|
||12 April 2015
||The Historic Feminist Victories of the 1980s
|This forum commemorates two of the greatest achievements of the modern Canadian feminist movement, when thirty years ago, working closely together with the labour movement, the historic legislative and judicial victories on pay and workplace equity and women's reproductive rights were both won.|
||11 April 2015
||Neoliberal Violence and the Mexican state
|Emerging community and class struggles. Presentations by: Hepzibah Munoz Martinez, Maria de la Luz Arriaga Lemus, Richard Roman and Columba Gonzalez. Recorded in Toronto, 20 March 2015.|
||5 April 2015
||Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives
|Stephanie Luce gives the 2015 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture. Luce is a Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education, CUNY School for Professional Studies and Professor of Sociology in the CUNY Graduate Centre. Recorded in Toronto, 26 March 2015.|
||4 April 2015
||Solidarity rally with striking YorkU and UofT workers
|Solidarity rally with striking YorkU (CUPE3903) and UofT (CUPE3902) workers held in Toronto, 21 March 2015.|
||29 March 2015
||Education and Mobilization in Contested Mexico
|This panel of experts on contemporary Mexico explores the context surrounding these events including the rise of drug violence, long standing popular movements among teachers and students, meaningful democracy, and the links between powerful interests in licit and illicit industries. Recorded in Toronto, 18 March 2015.|
||22 March 2015
||Climate and Capitalism
|Climate change is already catastrophic for countless people around the world, especially in parts of the Global South. Some residents of low-lying Island States in the Pacific Ocean are already having to move to other countries as a result of rising sea levels. Water is also rising in Bangladesh, swallowing up coastal areas and contaminating fertile land. In East Africa changing sea surface temperatures have disrupted seasonal rains and lead to severe droughts. Recorded in Toronto, 15 March 2015.|
||15 March 2015
||TRANSITogether: Building A Movement
|The election of John Tory creates new openings and challenges for the public transit movement in Toronto, as does the large vote for Ford in the city's inner suburban areas. How are we to understand this moment, and how do we move forward as a transit movement? Recorded in Toronto, 1 March 2015.|
||8 March 2015
||ALBA after ten years
|This forum explores the achievements and challenges of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). Recorded in Toronto, 21 February 2015.|
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