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1917: The October Revolution


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It is now 100 years since the Great October Revolution of 1917, one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. An autocratic monarchy governing over an emergent capitalist economy was swept aside, in a series of revolutionary ruptures between February and October, and replaced by a socialist state under the leadership of the Bolsheviks. The trajectory, meaning, strategy and tactics, and, finally, the complete reversal of the Revolution has sparked sharp debate, and division, to this day. Here is only a sample, from Eisenstein to Mieville, to Lenin's classic text, The State and Revolution.

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Insurgent Left, Resurgent Labour?

Corbyn, Sanders and the Labour Movement

Toronto – 5 October 2017


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The relative success of the Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn campaigns have put left politics back on the political map. This panel seeks to explore the role that the labour movement played in the Sanders and Corbyn campaigns and consider whether similar political campaigns have the potential to contribute to a renewed and strengthened labour movement.

Moderated by Jordan House. Presentations by:



The Fight for 15 - What Next?

Toronto – 26 September 2017


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For those of us in unions, the Fight for $15 and Fairness means using all of the tools at our disposal to defend what we still have – at the bargaining table, on the shop floor, and in legislative halls – but then go beyond to forge new powerful community alliances to demand civil rights, immigrant justice, healthcare, quality education, food and shelter, and fair wages for all. Indeed, the pinnacle achievements of U.S. unions – think Social Security, minimum wages, safety laws – took place when labour acted not out of narrow self-interest, but as part of a broad social movement; not as a co-dependent of a political party, but as an independent force.

Moderated by Sean Smith. Presentations by:

Sponsored by: The Toronto Labour Committee, Workers’ Action Centre, Global Labour Research Centre (York Univ.), Toronto Airport Workers Council (TAWC).

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