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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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211. 22 March 2014 The Systemic Crisis of Financialization Lapavitsas, Costas
Costas Lapavitsas teaches economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. During the last three years his interests have focused on the Eurozone crisis, and he has undertaken research on it with a group of researchers associated with Research on Money and Finance at SOAS. His most recent book Financialization in Crisis. Recorded in Toronto, 3 March.
210. 16 March 2014 Organizing Against Multiple Oppression in Our Time
A GTWA coffeehouse forum with Steven Tufts, Winnie Ng and Ajamu Nangwaya. How does class exploitation intersect with racism and hetero-patriarchy to sustain and reproduce capitalist rule? Are forms of oppression predicated upon race or gender necessary to capitalist social relations? How does our analysis influence our organizing?
209. 9 March 2014 Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) McAlevey, Jane
A discussion with author and labour organizer Jane McAlevey. Recorded in Toronto, 27 February 2014.
208. 8 March 2014 Poor People's History of East Downtown Toronto Heroux, Gaetan
For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless, and poor residents go?
207. 2 March 2014 The Coup D'État in Haiti: Ten Years Later
Presentations by Mario Joseph -- a Haitian human rights lawyer; and Dr. Melanie Newton -- a professor at the University of Toronto specializing in the social and cultural history of the Caribbean.
206. 16 February 2014 The Turkish Summer
Insights and Lessons from the Gezi Park Resistance. This forum features a wide-ranging discussion of insights, lessons and strategizing in terms of both the Turkish and international left. Recorded in Toronto, 31 January 2014.
205. 13 February 2014 History and Crisis of the Left Cristall, Gary
Gary Cristall, one of the organizers of the World Peace Forum in Vancouver, Canada, presents a history of the Left movement. He concludes with a series of questions about what to do to revive socialism. Recorded in Vancouver, November 2013.
204. 9 February 2014 Can We Afford FORD More Years?
This forum was part of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly GMM. A broad-ranging discussion that shifts the focus away from Mayor Ford's personal failings and toward an analysis and critique of austerity policies, as well as the class dynamics that underpin Ford's continuing popularity.
203. 2 February 2014 Building New Parties or Building Direct Democracy?
This forum was part of the 2013 World Peace Forum in Vancouver. Chaired by Ingo Schmidt. Presentations by: Michael Lebowitz, Roger Rashi and Tara Ehrcke. Recorded in Vancouver, 2 November 2013.
202. 26 January 2014 Book forum: Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan
This forum was part of the Canadian Peace Alliance convention weekend in Toronto. Chaired by James Clark. Presentations by Greg Albo, Todd Gordon, Angela Joya and Jessica Squires.
201. 19 January 2014 Trade Unions, Pensions, Corporations, and the State
Given the labour movement's opposition to privatization and positive support for significant public infrastructure renewal, how can labour movement pension activists and trustees support an agenda that actually shrinks the power of private finance in shaping such investments and expands the role of public and democratically accountable institutions to play this role instead?
200. 12 January 2014 The Rise of Finance
One of the emerging features of the neoliberal landscape has been what many have come to label "financialization." What do the "rise of finance" and financialization mean for trade unions, and especially those that name trustees to represent them on governing boards? Are there alternatives to sending union representatives and trustees to the usual business schools for "training" in how to navigate this new world?
199. 5 January 2014 Anarcho-Syndicalism Burns, Taodhg and Marc Young
A discussion with Taodhg (AKA Tim) Burns and Marc Young about the politics of Anarcho-Syndicalism, its history, and modern application. Recorded in Toronto, 22 December 2013.
198. 29 December 2013 Luxemburg, Lenin, Levi: Rethinking Revolutionary History Riddell, John; Paul Kellogg
Presentations by John Riddell and Paul Kellogg. Recorded in Toronto, 14 December 2013.
197. 22 December 2013 Global Labour Migration
A meeting, designed as a dialogue, to build greater solidarity between the labour and migrant justice movements in their shared struggle against workers' exploitation by global capital.
196. 8 December 2013 Launching the Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class
The 50th volume of the Socialist Register is dedicated to the theme of 'registering class' in light of the spread and deepening of capitalist social relations around the globe. Recorded in Toronto, 24 November 2013.
195. 1 December 2013 Socialism and Feminism Bakan, Abbie; Sue Ferguson
Presentations by Abbie Bakan and Sue Ferguson. Recorded in Toronto, 16 November 2103.
194. 24 November 2013 Pension Funds and Privatization Mehra, Natalie; Brian O'Keefe; Graham Cox
Nearly all of the largest pension funds in Canada have moved aggressively into financing what they call infrastructure, or alternative asset classes that include various kinds of public infrastructure that have been either privatized outright or restructured into a partnership structure which, critics argue, produces guaranteed (and monopolistic) profits for private owners and managers of infrastructure, with many of the risks still borne by government or public sector entities.
193. 23 November 2013 Afghanistan: Perils and Possibilities Podur, Justin
This lecture by Justin Podur is based on a trip he made to Kabul in March 2013 and his chapter in the 2013 University of Toronto Press book, Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan. Recorded in Toronto, 28 October 2013.
192. 10 November 2013 The Hidden History of Workplace Resistance: U.S. Autoworkers Speak Out Shotwell, Gregg; Sean Crawford; Scott Houldieson
Three prominent UAW shop floor activists (Sean Crawford, Scott Houldieson, and Gregg Shotwell) describe current life on American assembly lines and keeping resistance alive. Organized by the Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded in Toronto, 26 October 2013.
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