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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:


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50. 24 April 2010 Visioning Otherwise McKay, Ian; Rafeef Ziadah
This presentation (with Ian MacKay and Rafeef Ziadah) and discussion address some of the lessons and limitations of historic and contemporary (Canadian and international) visions of a world without capitalism. The panel reflects on different perspectives and the diversity of our vision of a 'new politics' - from Canadian working class history to indigenous feminism. (Recorded April 18, 2010, at the 3rd Workers' Assembly in Toronto)
49. 22 April 2010 OCAP March on McGuinty Government Over Cut to Special Diet OCAP
On April 15th, OCAP marched on the Provincial Government, joined by a wide range of communities under attack and an array of allies. We intend this day to be a turning point. It is time for poor people to refuse the failed strategy of consultation with McGuinty's Liberals, and take up a serious mobilization to challenge them. (Recorded April 15, 2010 in Toronto)
48. 18 April 2010 From Honduras to Haiti Holmes, B.C.; Jose Martinez; Todd Gordon
A discussion of recent political developments in, and solidarity efforts for, Honduras and Haiti. Both countries have been at the forefront of Canadian and American imperialist intervention in the region. In Honduras, the violent repression of anti-coup activists continues with the support of American and Canadian imperialism, as those same imperial powers plan their free market reconstruction of Haiti. Recorded April 13, 2010 in Toronto.
47. 14 April 2010 Sick of Hospital Cuts and Privatization Ontario Health Coalition
Ontario Health Coalition and allies protested Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews, on Front Street in front of the Royal York Hotel. (Recorded April 7, 2010 in Toronto)
46. 11 April 2010 Poverty and the Provincial Budget Clarke, John; Michael Hurley; Dr. Roland Wong
The Ontario 2010 budget, released on March 25th, confirms that the McGuinty government's 'poverty reduction' efforts are all pretense. Poor and working people are being forced to pay for the economic crisis. New cuts to social assistance are the most devastating since Mike Harris slashed welfare rates in 1995. Recorded April 6, 2010 in Toronto.
45. 6 April 2010 The Fight Against Precarious Work Howlett, Dennis; Denise Corbett; Dale Clarke
Moderated by Susan Spronk. Presentations by: Denise Corbett - PSAC Local 70396 Civilization/War Museum; Dennis Howlett - Make Poverty History; Dale Clarke - Labour Activist & former President of CUPW. Recorded January 18, 2010 in Ottawa.
44. 29 March 2010 Myths of Progressive Zionism Nastovski, Katherine; Dana Olwan
Labour, Race, Gender and Colonialism, recorded March 26, 2010 in Toronto.
43. 14 March 2010 Operating in the Obama Moment Fletcher Jr., Bill
2010 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture recipient Bill Fletcher Jr. Recorded March 10, 2010 in Toronto, Canada
42. 9 March 2010 Rally for Striking Steelworkers Steelworkers
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41. 27 February 2010 Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution - The 2nd Decade Janicke, Kiraz; Federico Fuentes
Profile of a People's Movement - with Kiraz Janicke, Federico Fuentes. Moderated by Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 26 February 2010.
40. 26 February 2010 Crash! OCAP Visits Liberal Party Fundraiser OCAP
The misery and suffering that is being inflicted on those losing the Special Diet is enormous and OCAP is here to challenge it.
39. 21 February 2010 Is Marx Back? Panitch, Leo; Ian Morrison
Interview with Leo Panitch by Ian Morrison of the Platypus Affiliated Society. Recorded in Toronto, February 19, 2010.
38. 17 February 2010 Ecology Under Fire: Climate Change, Copenhagen and Prospects for Change Dalby, Simon; Matthew Paterson; Richard Girard
With this workshop we tried to answer the following questions: What is at stake in Copenhagen? Can Capitalism and Environmental Sustainability Coexist? How will climate change alter our socio-economic and political landscapes? What needs to be done to stave off a climate crisis clusterbomb?
37. 8 February 2010 China, Japan and the U.S.: Together in Crisis? Murphy, R. Taggart; Ho-fung Hung; Johanna Brenner
R. Taggart Murphy, Ho-fung Hung, Johanna Brenner, Sam Gindin. Moderated by Leo Panitch. Recorded February 5, 2010.
36. 7 February 2010 Relief, Occupations and the Haiti Crisis Podur, Justin; Dan Freeman-Maloy
Justin Podur visited Haiti in 2005 to study the UN occupation and the government after the 2004 coup. This is a recording of a public event that took place in Toronto on February 2, 2010 at the Centre for Social Justice.
35. 27 January 2010 Launch of Socialist Register 2010: Morbid Symptoms, Health Under Capitalism Leys, Colin; Pat Armstrong
A panel discussion with contributing authors:
  • Colin Leys - Health, health care and capitalism
  • Pat Armstrong - Contradictions at work: struggles for control in Canadian health care
  • Roddy Loepky - Certain wealth: Accumulation in the health industry
and commentators:
  • Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition
  • Dr Andy Coates, Physicians for a National Health Program, Co-Chair, Single Payer New York
Chaired by Greg Albo. Recorded January 21, 2010.
34. 11 January 2010 Neoliberalism and the Current Crisis in Mexico Barreda, Andrés
A Seminar with Andrés Barreda, held at Carleton University on November 27th, 2009; presented by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Institute of Political Economy in collaboration with CSRC.
33. 28 December 2009 World Peace Forum 2009 Albo, Greg
1929-1939: From crash to catastrophe - A teach-in on what happened and its lessons for today.
32. 9 December 2009 OCAP Metro Hall Occupation OCAP
Members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and more than 150 people struggling to survive on Ontario Works and ODSP occupied the 12th floor of Toronto's Metro Hall.
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