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Palestine 101: Not That Complicated


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“Palestine 101: Not That Complicated” is part of Together We Rise: Palestine as a Model of Resistance, our political education curriculum designed to provide critical voices, context, and resources to strengthen liberation struggles from the U.S. to Palestine. Together We Rise includes 101 resources on Palestine, skill-building tools, outlines how U.S. and Israeli colonialism and racism are connected, and what we can learn from Palestinian, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other freedom struggles.

Many people are held back from taking a stand on the issue of Palestine/Israel by the common misconception that it is “complicated.” Here, we explain the steady continuation of the more than 100 year old settler colonial project that is Zionism. Palestine 101: Not That Complicated can help folks both familiar and unfamiliar with the issue understand the ongoing process of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and the legacy of Palestinian resistance to the colonization of their homeland.



Higher Education and
the Plague of Authoritarianism

Toronto – 26 October 2017


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Higher education in our politically desperate age is threatened by a legacy that it does not dare to name and that legacy with its eerie resonance with an authoritarian past asserts itself, in part, with the claim that education is failing. The Trump administration needs education to fail in a very particular way. Hostile to its role as a public good and democratic sphere, it is attempting to reshape education according to the market-driven logic of neoliberalism with its emphasis on privatization, commodification, deregulation, fear, and managerialism.

Under such circumstances, higher education is threatened for its potential role as a public sphere capable of educating students as informed, critical thinkers capable of not only holding power accountable but also fulfilling the role of critical agents who can act against injustice and resist diverse forms of oppression. In this lecture, Professor Giroux posits that the modern loss of faith in the marriage of education and democracy needs to be reclaimed, but that will only happen if the long legacy of struggle over education is once again brought to life as part of a more comprehensive understanding as education being central to politics itself.

Dr. Henry A. Giroux holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. His most recent books include: Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014); Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2016); America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017); and The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of Authoritarianism (Routledge 2018).

The John Eleen Annual Lecture in Global Labour was hosted by the Global Labour Research Centre, York University.



Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy - Session 3

Building Capacities: Education for Democracy


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This conference is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University. More information here.

Session 3 was moderated and introduced by Dennis Pilon (York Unversity). Presentations by:


LS #Date PublishedTitle 
71. 22 October 2010 How Labour is (Part of) the Problem in Building the Left Fox Piven, Frances
Lecture by: Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center. A leading scholar and political activist, Frances Fox Piven was recently president of the American Sociological Association and is former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is Keeping Down the Black Vote (2009).
70. 4 October 2010 NO Fare IS Fair
Start of the campaign to win free and accessible transit for the GTA. A project of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded October 2, 2010 at Christie Pits, Toronto.
69. 26 September 2010 Race, Class and Crisis Reed, Adolph
What New Possibilities for the U.S. Left? – with Adolph Reed. Recorded September 24, 2010, Toronto, Canada.
68. 21 September 2010 Rally in Support of Alex Hundert
G20 defendant and alleged 'ringleader' Alex Hundert appeared in court on Saturday September 18, 2010 for an alleged breach of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration. The police and Crown have made the preposterous and unbelievable claim that Alex's two public speaking events on university campuses in Kitchener and Toronto are public demonstrations.
67. 19 September 2010 Do We Pull the Monster Down? Carroll, William
A music video that comments on some of the salient contradictions of the post-9/11 conjuncture, one year into the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
66. 12 September 2010 Book Launch: Power in Coalition Tattersall, Amanda and Natalie Mehra
Launch of Power in Coalition - which includes a chapter on the Ontario Health Coalition's campaigns to save Medicare and against P3s. Recorded September 7, 2010, Toronto.
65. 9 September 2010 So Said Tony Hayward Carroll, William
A music video featuring imagery dredged from the internet - about the BP oil spill and its disastrous impacts, focused around the story of BP CEO Tony Hayward's hapless efforts to spin and manage a massive, and televisually spectacular, environmental catastrophe.
64. 24 August 2010 Economic Crisis? Who Pays?
Forum and organizing meeting on the government's proposed public sector wage freeze.
63. 19 July 2010 Free and Accessible TTC! Cowen, Deb; Karen Sun; Franz Hartmann
Discussion about free and accessible transit in Toronto organized by the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded July 16, 2010 in Toronto.
62. 16 July 2010 Bargaining in an Era of Wage Restraint Gindin, Sam; Michael Hurley
Re-thinking strategies for the public sector - with Sam Gindin and Michael Hurley. Recorded June 19, 2010 in Toronto.
61. 28 June 2010 Justice for Our Communities: No to G8/G20!
From June 25th and 27th, 2010, the world's twenty richest countries (the G8 and G20) will send their ruling elite, along with heads of the IMF and World Bank, to meet in Huntsville and then in Toronto, to talk exploitation, wealth, and greed. Recorded June 25, Toronto.
60. 27 June 2010 Starving Healthcare Leys, Colin; Natalie Mehra
A Forum on Health, Poverty and Privatization - with Colin Leys and Natalie Mehra. Recorded June 19, 2010 in Toronto.
59. 22 June 2010 Resisting the G20! Albo, Greg; John Clarke; Kamilla Pietrzyk
An Anti-Capitalist Approach to Understanding and Resisting the G20 Agenda. Recorded June 20, 2010 in Toronto, part of the People's Summit.
58. 12 June 2010 Resist the G8/G20! NOII
This year the so-called leaders, finance ministers, and central bank governors of the 20 most powerful countries in the world will gather in Toronto, to meet, to strategize, to further their exploitative ideologies that benefit them and the corporations they serve. To further the actions and inactions that have trashed the planet and brought us to the brink of catastrophic climate change.
57. 30 May 2010 The Malthus Myth: Population, Poverty and Climate Change Angus, Ian
Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism and author of The Global Fight for Climate Justice. Ian is also Associate Editor of Socialist Voice. Recorded May 22, Toronto, Canada.
56. 26 May 2010 Capitalism, Race and Colonialism Roediger, David
Presentations by Andrea Smith, Betsy Esch and David Roediger. Recorded May 16, at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University.
55. 23 May 2010 In and Out of Crisis: Authors Meet Critics Albo, Greg, Sam Gindin, Leo Panitch
Presentations by the authors of In and Out of Crisis: Greg Albo, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch. Critics: Johanna Brenner and David McNally. Recorded May 16, at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University.
54. 19 May 2010 Marx and the Global South Prashad, Vijay; Kevin Anderson; Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Presentations by Vijay Prashad, Kevin Anderson and Ananya Mukherjee Reed. Recorded May 15, at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University.
53. 16 May 2010 Solidarity with Nepal's Revolutionary People Rankin, Katharine; Derek Rosin
Half a million in the Kathmandu streets, a general strike, calls for insurrection. Red flags flying everywhere. Can you smell the smoke in the breeze? Nepal's revolutionary movement is at a critical juncture, and they are asking for international solidarity. Recorded May 13, 2010 in Toronto.
52. 13 May 2010 Report-back from Cochabamba Ghomeshi, Kimia; Ben Powless
With delegates to the Cochabamba climate conference - World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Recorded May 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.
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