A LABOR ACTIVISTS’ CROSS-BORDER EXCHANGE
November 30 - December 2, 2016 - USW-Canada Union Hall - Toronto
Once more, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office will co-host a Tri-national Labor Gathering with the UCLA Downtown Labor Center and the Institute for Transnational Social Change. This year, for the first time, we will hold the gathering in Toronto, and we are excited to announce the Canadian Steelworkers as our host and co-sponsor.
Last year’s gathering focused on building labor solidarity among trade unions and worker centers across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Photos from that event can be viewed here. Several initiatives either emerged from or were propelled forward by this meeting, chronicled by David Bacon in his rapporteur’s document “Building Worker-to-Worker Solidarity.”
Several of these campaigns are ongoing, and this year’s discussion will largely focus on how to support and build on them. Particular points of focus will include: supporting farmworkers in fights against transnational corporations in Washington State and Baja, Mexico; struggling alongside maquiladora workers along the US-Mexico border; bringing together miners and environmentalists against toxic oil spills in northern Mexico; and raising the voices of migrant workers across Canada.
Our three principle objectives for this gathering are the following: 1. Foster transnational collaborations and learning among current cross-border worker rights campaigns; 2. Promote discussion about international organizing strategies and lessons from lead organizers; 3. Increase public awareness about worker rights in communities across North America.
While the event is not open to the general public, please inquire with Ethan Earle (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending, as limited seating is available.
9:30 AM | Welcome Notes
9:45 AM-11:15 AM | Exploitation
– Refusal to Participate: African Americans and the Proposed Olympic Boycott, 1934-1935
Stanley Arnold, Associate Professor, Department of History, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
– A Consideration of Sporting Boycotts: Scotland, South Africa, and the 1986 Commonwealth Games
Fiona Skillen, Lecturer in Sport and Event Management, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland
Matt McDowell, Lecturer in Sport Policy, Management, and International Development, Moray House School of Education,......
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