An eight week course that will present an overview of a decades long history of organizing resistance in poor communities in Ontario to the mounting agenda of austerity. It will deal with the history of the organization and look at some of its key struggles and campaigns but it will seek to do so in way the examines the factors driving the mounting attack on the poor in society. It will also explore, based on concrete examples, how poor people can organize to develop and assert political power in the difficult context of social abandonment.
Finally, the war on the poor and resistance in the face of it will be linked to the development of the intensifying, post-2008 agenda of hyper austerity and prospects for developing and expanding resistance in poor communities will be considered from the standpoint of how they can merge with and strengthen a broader movement of social resistance incorporating wider sections of the working class population.
We will discuss the thirteen-year global war on terror, counter recruiting, building the anti-war movement, conscientious objectors, what it means to thank and support our troops, the growth of the military industrial complex and the national security state.
- Teacher: Rory Fanning
- Teacher: Paul Street
A course addressing thinking about and evaluating strategies for social change, including strategy in general, diverse tactics, strategic controversies, program, paths and basically reasoning about what to do an how to do it. Though the course fits in sequence with three others on participatory society, participatory economics, and concepts for understanding society and history, it does not have a prerequisite.
- Teacher: Michael Albert
In this course, we will cover some of the basic skills needed when organizing for a participatory society, while learning from the experiences of other groups and movements that have sought to build momentum for a new society.
Some of the skills we will cover include: facilitating skills; and creating safe spaces for engagement for collective liberation.
Some of the current or previous groups and movements we will seek to learn lessons from include; Food Not Bombs, Occupy movement, Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (FARJ); Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM); Organization for a Free Society; City Life/Vida Urbana.
We will also rely on the experiences you have had in community or movement organizing.
- Teacher: Harpreet Kaur Paul
A study of the rise and formation of SYRIZA including its multi-tendency makeup, and its vision and prospects for transforming Greek society. From a brief overview history of the Greek Left and Greek popular struggles, we proceed to evaluate how events of the past shaped the Greek left in general and SYRIZA in particular with attention to Greek Communism, Eurocommunism, Social Democracy, Populism, Libertarian Marxism and Anarchism. We will explore SYRIZA's socialism and the future society it wants and study the relationship of SYRIZA and Greek social movements as well as the possible links between a SYRIZA lead Greece and Left Governments of Latin America. We will together develop ideas for building an International Solidarity Network for SYRIZA and the Greek social struggle and evaluate the impact and importance of such a Network for leftists around the world.
- Teacher: Tom Vouloumanos
- Teacher: Justin Podur
- Teacher: Andrej Grubacic
Bruno Jäntti is an investigative journalist specializing in international affairs, the political processes of the Middle East in particular. He is a contributor to Al Jazeera, teleSUR English, Le Monde Diplomatique English Edition, Truthout and a number of Finnish media outlets.
- Teacher: Bruno Jäntti
- Teacher: Andrej Grubacic