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The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine

Questions for the Left with Volodymyr Ishchenko

Toronto — 2 November 2014.


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Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, presents his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war. This presentation raises questions of revolution, nationalism, fascism, imperialism and the strategy which has been raised in political and academic discussions in and around the Ukraine.

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the deputy director of the Center for Social and Labor Research, a member of the editorial board of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism and LeftEast web-magazine, and a teacher at the Department of Sociology in the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He authored a number of comments and interviews about Ukrainian Maidan, particularly, for the Guardian and the New Left Review.



Beyond the Gridlock

Public Transit Struggles from across Europe and North America

Toronto — 9 October 2014.


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Struggles to expand public transport and to block privatization are central to overturning neoliberalism and addressing climate justice. This forum brings together some of the leading public transit activists in Europe and North America.

Moderated by Greg Albo. Introductions by:

Presentations by:



Radical Political Poetry

Toronto — 18 October 2014.


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Poetry allows us to rethink violence, justice, resistance and revolution. It opens up the possibilities for radical imagination and allows us to think new ways of being into existence.

Introduction by Robert Massoud from Beit Zation. Moderated by Ayesha Basit. Poetry readings by:


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238. 9 November 2014 The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine Ishchenko, Volodymyr
Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, presents his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war.
237. 2 November 2014 Beyond the Gridlock
Struggles to expand public transport and to block privatization are central to overturning neoliberalism and addressing climate justice. This forum brings together some of the leading public transit activists in Europe and North America.
236. 26 October 2014 Radical Political Poetry
Poetry allows us to rethink violence, justice, resistance and revolution. It opens up the possibilities for radical imagination and allows us to think new ways of being into existence. Readings by Kaushalya Bannerji, Cheran, and Himani Bannerji. Recorded 18 October 2014.
235. 15 October 2014 Chicago Teachers' Strike Potter, Jackson
Jackson Potter, a co-founder of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and a full time organizer for the Chicago Teachers' Union, discusses how rank and file teachers led one of the most successful strikes in decades.
234. 13 October 2014 Fight for Fare Free Transit in Toronto Pietrzyk, Kamilla; Michael Laxer
Kamilla Pietrzyk of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly's Free and Accessible Transit Campaign; Ward 6 Socialist city council candidate Michael Laxer, who is campaigning for Free Transit. Recorded in Toronto, 28 September 2014.
233. 5 October 2014 Neoliberalism and the Far Right Albo, Greg; Bill Fletcher Jr
Analyzing neoliberalism and the far right with Greg Albo and Bill Fletcher Jr. Recorded in Toronto, 24 September 2014.
232. 21 September 2014 Teachers Teaching Teachers Potter, Jackson
Preparing for Tough Negotiations. Q+A discussion with Helen Victoros and Jackson Potter, Staff Coordinator/Organizer with the Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU) and member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE).
231. 12 August 2014 All Out for Gaza
Stop the assault. End the siege. Boycott Israel. Rally held in Toronto, Canada, outside the Israeli Consulate on 10 August 2014. Speakers: Raed Ayad, Judy Rebick, Zafar Bangash, Marie Clarke Walker, Sid Ryan.
230. 10 August 2014 The Gaza Ceasefire with Dan Freeman-Maloy Freeman-Maloy, Dan
The Ossington Circle is an internet talk show hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. In this episode, recorded during the 72-hour ceasefire at the end of a month of Israel attacking Gaza in 2014, Freeman-Maloy talks about the ceasefire, the long history of Israel's decades-long, disciplined destruction of Gaza and of Palestinian society, the ironclad Western support for Israel, and what people of conscience in the West can do about it.
229. 4 August 2014 Taking Action on Gaza Podur, Jutin
On August 1, 2014, three weeks into Israel's assault on Gaza, people everywhere were holding fundraisers for medical aid and events to try to understand and figure out how to take action to stop the attack. This talk, given at one such event, describes the direction of Israel's - and the West's - politics on Gaza and Palestine more generally.
228. 29 June 2014 Peoples Social Forum
Roger Rashi, Coordinator of the PSF and Dylan Penner discuss the plans for the forum including plans for marches, opportunities for groups to propose workshops, and plans for convergence assemblies to address common goals and strategies.
227. 22 June 2014 Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 60s Tate, Ernie
Introduction by Greg Albo and moderated by Carolyn Egan. Presentations by Chris Schenk, Richard Fidler, Bryan Palmer and Ernie Tate. Recorded in Toronto, 11 June 2014.
226. 21 June 2014 Fair Wages Now!
Workers and community activists present the Ministry of Labour with a petition to raise the minimum wage to $14 in Ontario.
225. 15 June 2014 Reaching the Tipping Point? Vally, Salim
Anti-Normalization and Academic Boycott from South Africa to Canada. With special guest Salim Vally, Professor at University of Jonnesburg, founding member of Congress of South African Trade Union and the Palestinian Solidarity Committee.
224. 14 June 2014 Organizing Beyond Current Struggles
Moderated by Rebecca Schein. Presentations by Brian McDougall is an organizer with CAPE and member of Solidarity Against Austerity; and Jeremie Bedard-Wien is an activist with Quebec Solidaire, and was an organizer of the 2012 Quebec Student Strike.
223. 8 June 2014 Tenth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week Saloojee, Yusuf
Building the Global BDS movement: Lessons from South Africa, Palestine and Canada. With special guest Yusuf Saloojee, the former South African ANC representative in Canada. Recorded in Toronto, 4 March 2014.
222. 7 June 2014 Fighting Austerity Today
Moderated by Shannon Balla. Presentations by Dave Bush, Robb Barnes and Natalie Mehra. Recorded in Ottawa, 26 April 2014.
221. 1 June 2014 Neoliberalism and Politics in India Patnaik, Prabhat
Presentation by Prabhat Patnaik, who is a highly distinguished and internationally renowned critical scholar. He holds a D.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford, UK, and in 2012, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Economics) by SOAS, University of London. Recorded in Toronto, 26 May 2014.
220. 31 May 2014 Building Solidarity Against Austerity: Learning From Our Past
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219. 25 May 2014 A Women's Labour History Walking Tour
We bring back to life vibrant and committed women union leaders like Grace Hartman and Madeleine Parent; international figures like Emma Goldman and Amelia Earhart, and lesser-known Toronto women like Lily Ilomaki and Annie Buller, Depression-era union organizers and Communists. The tour celebrates the work of women in unions, the arts and the community who created the seeds of our social safety net and the Canadian educational system.
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