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Capitalism in the Classroom:

Neoliberalism, Education and Progressive Alternatives

Toronto — 4 April 2014.

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Opening remarks by Carlo Fanelli. Keynote presentation by:

Organized by Carlo Fanelli and Bryan Evans, co-editors of Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research.



Left Alternatives to Social Democracy

Toronto — 16 March 2014.


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Moderated by Abbie Bakan. Presentations by:

Organized by the Education Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly.




New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa

Toronto — 6 March 2014.


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The dramatic upsurge of popular grass-roots protest in South Africa's townships and rural areas in recent years has been well-termed as marking a virtual “rebellion of the poor” in that country. The working-class itself has also been assertive there, prompting the ANC-led state's orchestration of an horrific massacre of dissident mine-workers at Marikana in 2012. Until recently, however, leading trade unions have themselves been cribbed and confined within the tri-partite governing coalition of the ANC, the South African Communist Party and COSATU, the country's largest trade union central body. Now NUMSA – the country's National Union of Metalworkers with over 340,000 members – has begun to break that mould, under the leadership of its General Secretary, Irvin Jim, a longstanding socialist militant in the union. At its Special National Congress in December it heralded a new socialist political direction for South Africa.

Presentation by Irvin Jim, General Secretary of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). Chaired by John S. Saul.

Sponsored by: Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project, and BASICSnews.ca.



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