The Greek Crisis: Syriza vs Europe
Saturday 25 Apr 2015, 2:00am
A panel discussion on Greece and the fight against austerity, moderated by Michal Rozworski. Presentations by Ingo Schmidt, Peter Prontzos and Natassa Romanou. Recorded in Vancouver, 10 April 2015.
In The News Today
What does Greece look like at the grassroots?
Greece's government, led by the radical left party SYRIZA, is resorting to more and more desperate measures to avoid a looming default--while the blackmailers of the European ruling elite continue to turn up the pressure.
socialistworker.org | 25 Apr 2015, 4:00pm
ILWU Dock Workers to Shut Port of Oakland
Police murders of unarmed black and brown people continue without letup across the United States. Despite the national uproar this fall over the grand jury verdicts letting off the cops who chokeholded Eric Garner to death in Staten Island, New York and shot 17-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
www.internationalist.org | 25 Apr 2015, 2:00pm
What the hell is happening in Alberta?
Orange Wave appears where you’d least expect it. Even seemingly invincible dynasties sometimes come to an abrupt end. This is a lesson that Edmonton, the City of Champions, learned painfully with its Oilers hockey team.
ricochet.media | 25 Apr 2015, 12:00pm
The NDP and the strategic voting narrative
Given the nature of our electoral system in Canada the shadow of "strategic voting" hangs over many provincial elections and basically all federal contests since 1988, including the upcoming one. Voters, genuinely and rightly scared of the possibility of Harper being reelected to a second majority term, will often begin to think in terms of which party is best poised to defeat his government.
rabble.ca | 25 Apr 2015, 7:00am
Contours of the class struggle in China
Since the 2008 and the spread of the global economic crisis, China has experienced a sharp rise in class struggle, both in Hong Kong and on the mainland. Ellen David Friedman, a long-time organizer of the National Education Association in Vermont, founding member of the state's Progressive Party and member of the Labor Notes Policy Committee, has been working for the last decade with labor and union activists in Hong Kong and the mainland. She spoke with Ashley Smith about the dynamics and nature of these struggles.
socialistworker.org | 25 Apr 2015, 4:00am
All around the world - from Quebec to Greece to Chile to South Africa - tens of thousands of people are rising up against austerity. It's time for the rest of us to rise up too!
Governments and corporate media say there is not enough money and belts must be tightened. But we know there is lots of money – it’s just concentrated in a few hands at the top.
Cuts to social spending and wages ensue, while fossil fuel companies and other corporations receive subsidies. Unions are attacked, as corporations make record profits. Indigenous nations are denied inherent land rights and resources from their lands are extracted for corporate profit. Environmental regulations are gutted in favour of Big Oil rights. Migrant workers are forced into even more precarious working conditions. Vital public services including education, childcare, housing, women's centers and healthcare are cut, while prisons and the military expand.
* Crystal Sinclair, Idle No More Toronto
* John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
* Jennie Miller, Vice Chair, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Greater Toronto Area Council
* Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia for Migrant Workers
In essence, austerity is sacrificing the common good for corporate profit. To see the many ways we are affected by austerity, check out our website www.uniteagainstausterity.ca | Facebook event
2:00pm, Saturday April 25, 2015
Steelworkers' Hall 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.