April 21: Conversation with Al Sandine

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On April 13 I interviewed Al Sandine from his home in San Francisco. He is the author of The Taming of the American Crowd: From Stamp Riots to Shopping Sprees. We started off talking about his work as an independent researcher. His bio describes him as having been a”…millworker, freeway landscape groomer, claims examiner, free-clinic counsellor, information officer…among other things.” (Monthly Review Press)

We had a wide ranging discussion about how people have come together in the past to make change and that “the crowd” is a form of direct democracy that has been shaped, manipulated, and tamed over hundreds of years by business and political elites…



Peace Coalition’s April Discussion:
TOPIC:       The Troubles in Hebron  (flyer attached)
PEAKER:  Barbara Martens, member, Christian Peacemaker Teams – Hebron
Wednesday 21 April 2010
7:00 pm.
Windsor Workers’ Action Centre
328 Pelissier St.

Barbara, a resident of Ruthven, will speak about her experiences in the Palestinian city of Hebron where, on rotation over the past several years, she has spent time as a witness to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.  She has just returned from a tour of duty during the month of March, a tension-filled time in the area, and will share her experiences and impressions.
Everyone welcome.

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence reduction efforts around the world.  To learn more about CPT’s peacemaking work, visit the website www.cpt.org Photos of projects can be seen at www.cpt.org/gallery


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Media Release
For Immediate Release
19 April 2010

505 Order of Canada Recipients Call for Nuclear Weapons Treaty

(Ottawa) – In an unprecedented development, more than 500 recipients of the prestigious Order of Canada have come together to call on governments around the world, including Canada, to bring about the elimination of nuclear weapons.

“This is the first time that so many recipients of the Order of Canada have signed a common declaration,” said Murray Thomson, an executive member of the Canadian Pugwash Group and project organizer. “These are Canada’s top achievers, and they are calling on the government to take leadership on the greatest issue of our time: nuclear war.”

The statement urges United Nations members to “endorse, and begin negotiations for, a Nuclear Weapons Convention as proposed by the UN Secretary-General in his five-point plan for nuclear disarmament.”

Notable signers include:

Alex Colville, PC, CC, OBC, LLB, LLD. Wolfville, NS. Teacher, designer, painter.
Adam Zimmerman, OC, FCA, LLD, D.Sc. Toronto, ON. Businessman;
former Chairman of the C.D. Howe Institute.
Bruce Kidd, OC, PhD. Toronto, ON. Educator and Olympic athlete.
Marielle Fleury, CM, CQ Brome, QC. Fashion designer.
Michel Bastarache, CC, LLL, LLB, DES. Ottawa ON.
Former judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Joy Kogawa, CM, OBC, LLD. Toronto, ON. Poet.
Martin J. Légère, OC. Caraquet, NB. Founder, Féd. des caisses populaires acadiennes.
Pierre Jeanniot, OC, CQ, BSc, LLD. Montreal, QC.
General Manager of IATA; former President of Air Canada.
David Cronenberg, OC, LLD. Toronto, ON. Film producer and director.
Bruce Aikenhead, OC, BSc, AFCASI, P.Eng. Salmon Arm, BC.
Space engineer who designed the Canadarm.

Several signatories attended a press conference today on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to release the statement. They lauded U.S. President Barack Obama’s initiatives, including the recent Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington, and now, they noted, attention is focusing on the review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in May.

“It is vital that governments seize this new moment of opportunity and commit to start work now to prevent the 21st century from turning into a two-class world of nuclear haves and have-nots,” said Senator Doug Roche (ret.), former UN Ambassador for Disarmament. “The continued possession of more than 20,000 nuclear weapons by the U.S., Russia, the U.K., France and China, along with India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea, must be dealt with if global cooperation to reduce nuclear dangers is to be achieved.”

The text of the statement and complete list of 505 signatories can be found at www.pugwashgroup.ca.

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For information, contact
Murray Thomson, Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention
t. 613 224-8155 c. 613 858-8155  e. mothom@sympatico.ca


OUR TIMES 2010 SPRING ISSUE http://www.ourtimes.ca/


This year Toronto’s Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary.
By deidre walton


Thanks to the workers at organizations like the Portland Hotel Society, people in Vancouver’s long-neglected Downtown Eastside are receiving services that help them find the stability, dignity, and support they need in order to turn their lives around. A photostory.
Photographs by Joshua Berson
Text by Carole Pearson

Sixty-one employees of Cadillac Fairview Corporation, a real estate developer in Toronto, lost their jobs after more than eight months on the picket line. Ironically, the teachers’ pension plan owns the company that issued the terminations. It was in no small measure the strong lobbying by teachers to their pension plan that helped the workers reach a settlement with the company.
By Robert Smol

A Story of International Solidarity

“We will show the Junta and the Canadian government that working people speak the same language even when they live thousands of miles apart,” said Enrique Tabak. “We have our picket line ready.”
Story compiled by Jorge Garcia-Orgales



Chance that an unemployed person in Canada today isn’t collecting unemployment insurance benefits: 1 in 2.
By Sean Cain

WEBWORK: LabourStart Conference
As I write this we’re in the early planning stages for our first-ever open-to-all global solidarity conference.
By Derek Blackadder

By David Day


In and Out of the Working Class is one of the few works on the left that examines the various ways that working-class people understand and engage with the world. A review of Michael Yates’ book.
Review by Herman Rosenfeld


By focussing our political will, like unions did before, we have the capacity to engage our communities; help people see their interconnectedness; and motivate responsible planning for a sustainable future.
By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Our Times
Canada’s Independent Labour magazine


special invite

Brian Masse
8 yrs Celebration of Teamwork

Friends of Brian Masse are putting on a gala evening recognizing Brian’s hard work over the last 8 years.

Saturday May 8th @ 6pm
Windsor Croatian Centre
5259 Tecumseh Rd. E.

keynote speaker
Leader of Canada’s NDP
Jack Layton. Other speakers such as
Joe Comartin, David Cooke, Ron Jones, Howard Pawley

Master of Ceremonies
John Fairley
Host of Face to Face on TV Cogeco

live entertainment with
the Van Dyke Ensemble

Great dinner & Cash Bar & Silent Auction

Tickets start at $60 each

$70 after May 2nd

Help support the cost of the event by contributing as a




great value as every ticket price includes a tax receipt (call for details)

don’t be disappointed, seating is limited, purchase your advance ticket now.
we can only accept personal cheques or credit cards
Call    Mariano 519-977-0729
or Ruth Ann 519-969-5747


Canadian Social Forum 2010

The US World Social Forum is being held in Detroit this June 22-30 (www.ussf2010.org). The Windsor Workers Action Centre and University of Windsor Labour Studies Programme are spearheading a companion Canadian Social Forum 2010 (CSF2010) that will lead up to the Detroit event. We are having a three day event (June 18-21st) with workshops, panel discussions, cultural events, and a possible march and rally.

Our mission is to pull together progressive groups and individuals locally and from across Canada concerned about meeting human needs over the desires of capital and business.  Our goal is provide the opportunity for debate, discussion and mutual education through panel discussions, presentations, cultural events and workshops. We are seeking proposals on every social issue imaginable –  food, workplace safety, poverty, housing, free trade, HIV/AIDs, racism, violence against women, unionization, climate change, great lakes pollution, air quality, migrant workers, international students, cultural hegemony, just to name a few.

What we want from you or your organization is a proposal to organize a particular workshop, panel or other event. If you have an idea, we want to hear it!

Anyone interested in organizing a panel, workshop or cultural event, or anyone who would like to join the CSF2010 Windsor organizing committee should contact us via registration@socialforum.ca. The deadline for submissions is April 9, 2010.

The Canadian Social Forum is made possible by financial support from:

The University of Windsor Faculty Association (WUFA)

The University of Windsor Labour Studies Program

Organization Registrants (as of 7:00pm April 16th): Windsor Guerrilla Gardening Collective

Windsor Committee in Support of Colombian Political Prisoners & Liliany Obando

Windsor Essex Community Supported Agriculture

Awakening the Dreamer

CUPE Locals 453 & 82 – National Pension Reform Committee

Campus Community Gardening Project

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