Disability, austerity and resistance at Marxism 2013

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Melissa Graham

May 15, 2013, 7:30:37 PM5/15/13
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KEVIN JACKSON, a mad activist, joins disability activists and socialists, MELISSA GRAHAM and JANET RODRIGUEZ, to discuss DISABILITY, AUSTERITY AND RESISTANCE

Saturday June 1, 2:45PM | Ryerson Student Centre | 55 Gould Street, Toronto 

This event is a part of:
MARXISM 2013. Revolution in our time.
May 31-June 2, 2013 | Ryerson Student Centre | 55 Gould Street, Toronto | TTC: Dundas | Register online: www.marxism2013.com


General strikes in Indonesia, Greece, India and Spain; student strikes that brought down the Quebec government; an Idle No More movement that has challenged colonialism in North America; a revolutionary process that continues to unfold, challenging neoliberalism and imperialism in the Middle East. Clearly, revolution is not just for our history books, we are living through revolutions in our time. 

MARXISM 2013 is a weekend-long political conference of 30 workshops, panel discussions and cultural events. Join the discussion about how to build a better world. Topics include climate justice, indigenous sovereignty and resistance, combating oppression and imperialism, and a rebel’s guide to economics and activism. 

Register online:


GABRIEL NADEAU-DUBOISformer spokesperson for Coalition large de l’Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (CLASSE) and a leading activst in the Quebec student strike , joins ANDRIA BABBINGTON, vice-president of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, RON PLAIN, member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and CAROLYN EGAN, president of Steelworkers' Toronto Area Council, on the Friday evening panel: Solidarity against austerity: lessons from the frontlines.

CRYSTAL SINCLAIR, a leading activist in the Idle No More movement, will join DIMITRA KYRILLOU, a socialist from Greece, MONIQUE MOISAN, a community activist and member of Québec solidaire and CHANTAL SUNDARAM on the Saturday evening panel: Women, resistance and revolution. 

Chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and member of Eel River Bar First nationDR PAM PALMATER joins a special paneldiscussion on: Indigenous resistance, Idle No More and the fight against Harper.

SUSAN GAPKAan activist recognized for her incredible work empowering transsexual and transgender communities, joins ALEX ADAMSto discuss: The fight for trans liberation

Steelworker and environmental activist GERRY LEBLANC speaks about: What would it take to shut down the Tar Sands?

Author JULIE DEVANEY will be performing selected readings from her new book, My Leaky Body.

Playwright DAVID FENNARIO will join us by Skype for some selected scenes from her new play, Motherhouse.

Gay activist and member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid TIM McCASKELL joins members of Students Against Israeli ApartheidARSHIA LAKHANI and HAMMAM FARAH, and anti-war activist JAMES CLARK  to discuss: From Cairo to Jerusalem: Palestine and the Arab Spring.

Long-time pro-choice activist CAROLYN EGAN joins Socialist Worker columnist FALINE BOBIER, for a discussion on: Socialism, feminism and the fight for reproductive justice

Member of the Group for Research and Initiative on the Liberation of Africa (GRILA) AMETH LO and director of the Canadian Peace AllianceSID LACOMBE discuss: Libya, Mali and Canadian imperialism.

Greek socialist DIMITRA KYRILLOU will speak on: Fighting fascism: an eyewitness account from Greece.

PAM JOHNSONOPSEU trade union activist and journalist for the newsletter From the Rank and File speaks on: Teaching them a lesson: the struggle for public education.


Download the full program: www.marxism2013.com


INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE Indigenous resistance, Idle No More and the fight against Harper | Socialism and indigenous sovereignty | Quebec, First Nations and Canadian imperialism | From Red Power to Idle No More

ANTI-IMPERIALISM Permanent Revolution: The Arab Spring | Libya, Mali and Canadian imperialism | Socialism and Islam | From Cairo to Jerusalem: the Arab Spring and the fight for Palestine 

ANTI-OPPRESSION Disability, austerity and resistance | The fight for trans liberation | Socialism, feminism and the fight for reproductive justice | The origins of racism | Austerity and scapegoating: resisting the Conservatives' attacks on refugees and migrant workers

CAPITALISM AND CRISIS Why is capitalism in crisis? | Occupy! A brief history of workplace occupations | Teaching them a lesson: the struggle for public education | Fighting fascism: an eyewitness account from Greece

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE What would it take to shut down the Tar Sands? | Energy revolution and social revolution | Marx's ecology

TOOLS FOR RADICALS Revolution 2.0? Social media and social movements | Marxism and anarchism: what's the difference? | When revolution swept the world: 1917-1924 | After Chavez: what's next for the Bolivarian Revolution? | Why we need a revolutionary organization

EVENING PANELS Solidarity against austerity: lessons from the frontlines | Women, resistance and revolution

SPECIAL SESSIONS AT MARXISM 2013 Julie Devaney presents My Leaky Body | Selections from David Fennario's Motherhouse


Student/unwaged/retired $50 | Waged $75 | Solidarity $75 to $100

Student/unwaged/retired $10 | Waged $15 | Solidarity $20

Student/unwaged/retired $35 | Waged $50 | Solidarity $60

Student/unwaged/retired $30 | Waged $40 | Solidarity $50

Student/unwaged/retired $7 | Waged $10 | Solidarity $15
* Registration fees help us pay for rooms, travel, speakers, promotion, child care and other expenses. Some subsidized passes are available (session, day and full conference). Please let us know if you need a subsidy before May 21. Please e-mail rep...@socialist.ca to make a request.

Billeting (for out-of-town participants) and child care are provided free of charge at MARXISM 2013Please let us know if you need billeting and/or child care before May 13. Please e-mail rep...@socialist.ca to make a request.


Phone: 416-972-6391
E-mail: rep...@socialist.ca
Web: http://www.marxism2013.com

The Ryerson Students' Centre is a fully accessible space.

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