Canadian Dimension: Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a ‘major gift to the right’

Photo by Cancillería del Ecuador Noam Chomsky has criticised the anti-fascist movement and argued its actions are wrong in principle and it is a “major gift to the right”. The eminent intellectual, who is described as the father of modern linguistics, argued the movement was self-destructive and constituted a tiny faction on the periphery of ...

Canadian Dimension: Building a National Solidarity Coalition

Käthe Kollwitz – “Solidarity” (1932) Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) hosted a panel discussion during the Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress. The panelists discussed their experiences working with various solidarity coalitions and the need for a national solidarity network that can bridge the divide between labour and social movements. How could a solidarity ...

The Canadian Progressive: The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?

Some critics argue that the neo-liberal policies advanced by powerful non-governmental organizations, NGOs, limit states’ influence and sovereignty while benefiting NGOs. In Africa, NGOs also place Africans at the mercy of donors. The post The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Canadian Dimension: National organizing effort underway against Islamophobia and white supremacy

Photo by Fibonacci Blue NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA AND WHITE SUPREMACY We are tired. The war waged against Muslims and refugees worldwide has reached its boiling point with Trump’s Presidency. These xenophobic, anti-Black, Islamophobic, anti-refugee racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic policies have come to fruition. Walls and bans against Muslims and Refugees on ...

Canadian Dimension: A Critical Week for the World Social Forum

Photo by Raphaël Canet It all began right here in Porto Alegre in 2001 when this city in the south of Brazil became a major site of popular mobilization. Influenced by the Workers’ Party (PT), unions were, along with popular movements, at the forefront of a proactive political effort that included the support of the ...

Canadian Dimension: The Power of Deep Organizing

Photo by Kheel Center The profound defeat of the U.S. labour movement over the past three to four decades is usually measured by the loss of things that workers once took for granted like decent wages and benefits. A less quantifiable but ultimately more decisive indicator is the retreat from possibilities. By extension, the labour ...

Parchment in the Fire: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340

Matteo Renzi’s recent attempt to constitutionally embed neoliberalism and simultaneously legitimize and secure his tenure as Prime Minister via a refe Source: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340 Filed under: Europe Tagged: Europe, Italy, Referendums, Social Movements

Canadian Dimension: Why BDS?

Photo by McGill Daily Winnipeg, October 18, 2016: The decision taken by Green Party of Canada convention delegates to approve a resolution supporting the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel in August 2016 was controversial, so much so that the leadership decided to convene a special general meeting in Calgary, Dec. 3 & ...

Canadian Dimension: Vimy Ridge Readings – An Anti-War Celebration

Photo by Derek Hatfield April 9, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. From April 3-9, the Canadian government, with other organizations, will attempt to stir our souls with a sanitized version of the battle of Vimy Ridge. Using the occasion to further militarize our society and promote a system ...

Canadian Dimension: Thousands to Meet in Montreal for World Social Forum

Photo by Guillaume Paumier Thousands of people from over 95 countries are expected to gather in Montreal on August 9-14 for a social movement summit called the World Social Forum (WSF). Participants will spend a week attending a great variety of workshops, lectures and cultural events – more than 1200 in total. Famed author Naomi ...

Canadian Dimension: The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

Photo by Johnny Silvercloud Dr. Cornel West has said, “The future of the United States depends in part on how it responds to the legacy of Frances Fox Piven.” Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and past president of the American ...

Canadian Dimension: World Social Forum comes to Montreal

We invite social movements from around the world to make the next World Social Forum (WSF) a meeting essential for sharing our mobilizations and our resistance and for strengthening our struggles. We want the WSF in Montreal to be not only a place for sharing broad guidelines, but also to be a space that allows ...

The Canadian Progressive: How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal

Around the world, movements led by women are challenging “growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, and climate change, women’s movements offer a paradigm shift,” writes San Francisco-based photojournalist and writer, Rucha Chitnis. The post How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Canadian Dimension: Manitoba women were first to win right to vote 100 years ago

Photo by Bain News Service A hundred years ago this week, the first group of women in Canada won the right to vote after a decades-long battle. It happened in Manitoba on January 28th, 1916; other provinces eventually followed suit. Michael speaks with Joan Sangster about this little-known and seldom-taught chapter of Canadian history. She ...

Canadian Dimension: The case for revolution

Photo by Jonny White Chris Hedges is one of America’s – and American capitalism’s – most articulate and virulent critics. A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist during almost 20 years as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and other publications in the Middle East, Central America, Africa and the Balkans, he is also the author ...

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Climate and the state, refugees in Europe

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Podcast151116-Climate-and-Refugees.mp3   Two interviews this week on two human-made crises: first, my conversation author and academic Christian Parenti on the climate crisis and the role of the state followed by journalist Jesse Rosenfeld with an update on the refugee crisis in Europe. Christian Parenti is author of numerous books, most recently Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New ...

Michal Rozworski: Creative resistance: Interview with Andreas Karitzis

After Syriza accepted a third austerity memorandum for Greece and called early elections, much of its leadership left the party. Some formed Popular Unity, while others are still searching for a new home to continue the fight against austerity. Andreas Karitzis is among the latter. Until this summer, he was a member of Syriza’s central ...

The Canadian Progressive: These 1 percenters are sharing their wealth with the 99 percent

These 1 percenters are doing what the global Occupy movement demanded back in 2011. They’re sharing their wealth with the 99 percent. The post These 1 percenters are sharing their wealth with the 99 percent appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: What’s next for anti-austerity in Portugal and Greece?

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Podcast151028-Portugal-and-Greece.mp3   Two updates from Southern Europe this week: Catarina Principe brings us up-to-date on the situation in Portugal and Andreas Karitzis recounts the search for a new politics in Greece after (and under the rule of) Syriza. My first guest, Catarina Principe, is an prominent activist in Portugal’s Bloco, or Left Bloc, the country’s ...

Canadian Dimension: In conversation with Chris Hedges

Photo by Artemas Liu We are living in revolutionary times that are ripe for rebellion. So says Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Chris Hedges in his newest book “Wages of Rebellion” in which he explains that a major uprising will soon inevitably erupt in the United States. With increasing environmental destruction, wealth polarization and civil liberty ...

Canadian Dimension: The Great Unraveling with Chris Hedges

Photo by epSos.de Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges joins us for an evening in Toronto to speak about “The Great Unraveling.” Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy ...

Canadian Dimension: In Ecuador, Fight for Mankind; In Greece, Fight for Greece!

Presidents Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Evo Morales of Bolívia, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brasil, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, in Fórum Social Mundial for Latin America • Photo by Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom Greece is white, it is European, and therefore eyes of entire Western “progressive” world are now directed ...

Canadian Dimension: Beyond teamsters and turtles: Jobs, justice, climate

Photo by Matt Brown Jobs, Justice, Climate is the slogan of what we hope will be a massive march in Toronto on July 5 and Vancouver on July 4. To my knowledge it’s the first action in Canada that has linked jobs with the battle for climate change in a context of social justice. While ...

Canadian Dimension: Why Students Are Joining the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

Photo by chesapeakeclimate Canada’s ready for a new kind of climate movement. On July 5th, we’re marching for climate and economic justice in Toronto, Canada. RSVP for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate at http://jobsjusticeclimate.ca. If it’s wrong to wreck the planet, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage. The divestment movement is ...

Canadian Dimension: Dissenting Big Time: E.P. Thompson, C. Wright Mills and Making the First New Left All That’s L

E.P Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays & Polemics. Edited by Ca Winslow. Monthly Review Press, 2014 E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays & Polemics Edited by Cal Winslow Monthly Review Press, 2014 Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals Stanley Aronowitz Columbia ...