P3s, Transit Workers and Alternatives
Toronto — 9 August 2015.
A forum to discuss the struggles over public transit in London, England and in Toronto, over P3s, privatization, funding public transit, and posing alternatives, such as reduced fares, free transit and increased accessibility. We are at a turning point in the struggle for public transit, particularly in Toronto. Although we have now won broad recognition of the need to expand public transit, the modes and organizational forms this will take, the fares that will be levied, the funding provisions and the operational practices remain completely unclear. There remains nothing in the way of a national public transit plan in Canada, and Ontario planning is both ad hoc and bent on privatization. There are important strategic lessons to be learned from the experience of London -- a system at the forefront of these kinds of battles over the neoliberalization of transit systems. As well, there is a growing national and international free public transit movement as a central means to address global warning and for transit justice to give equal access to mobility.
Moderated by Herman Rosenfeld. Presentations by:
- Kamilla Pietrzyk is an activist with Free Transit Campaign and TTCriders, Toronto
- Brenda Thompson is an activist with Free Transit Campaign and TTCriders, Toronto
- Janine Booth is a London Underground RMT union activist and author of Plundering London Underground
Sponsored by Centre for Social Justice, Free Transit Toronto Campaign and Socialist Project.
From an Elitist to a More Just Urban Landscape in California's East Bay Area
Toronto — 9 July 2015.
Moderated by Laam Hae. Presentation by Don Mitchell, Professor of Geography, Syracuse University.
Both political ecology, especially as it has sought to come to terms with the politics of environmental racism, and critical landscape studies have shown that any landscape is situated within structures operating at other scales. Sometimes the key determinant of a process, outcome, or landscape morphology localist in one locale takes place somewhere far removed from where its effects are felt. Yet movements for both the right to the city and the right to landscape tend to adopt an overly localist approach to the production of space. In this paper, I will draw on an unlikely example – the evolution of the Town of Moraga, a nearly all-white, upper class “bedroom community” in the San Francisco East Bay Area – to examine how highly exclusionary landscape development and politics can be reformulated through a critique of the uneven possibilities for social and racial justice in other political parts of the region, particularly the historically black city of Oakland. Since Moraga’s elite landscape relies on the possibility of ghettoization in cities like Oakland, I will argue that a truly political ecology – and economy – would be one that understands the struggle for the right to landscape always to be conjoined with the struggle for a right to the city.
Hosted by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Geography and the Department of Environmental Studies at York University, and Co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto.
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||23 August 2015
||Public Transit Struggles in London and Toronto
|P3s, Transit Workers and Alternatives. Moderated by Herman Rosenfeld. Presentations by Kamilla Pietrzyk, Brenda Thompson and Janine Booth. Recorded in Toronto, 9 August 2015.|
||16 August 2015
||The Battle Against Austerity: Lessons From Greece
|Leo Panitch and Richard Fidler discuss alternate views on recent developments in the fight against austerity waged by Syriza and the Greek people. Moderated by Susan Spronk. Recorded in Ottawa, 10 August 2015.|
||26 July 2015
||Right to the City/Right to Landscape
|From an Elitist to a More Just Urban Landscape in California's East Bay Area. Presentation by Don Mitchell, Professor of Geography, Syracuse University. Recorded in Toronto, 9 July 2015.|
||12 July 2015
||Capitalism vs. Ecology
|It is no longer plausible to propose incremental solutions to the ecological crises of our time. The numbers are clear: to avoid a trillion metric tons of cumulative carbon emissions by 2039, it is necessary to stabilize immediately Greenhouse Gas emissions. Presentations by Niloofar Golkar, Greg Albo and Jodi Dean.|
||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.|
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