Activism & Social Movements

  • Protest and Globalisation

    Prospects for Transnational Solidarity

    Edited by James Goodman     January 2002

    Protest and Globalisation describes the formation of transnational strategies, particularly between “First” and “Third” worlds, by developing theoretical perspectives and examining practical issues encountered by movements that challenge corporate globalisation. In this way, the authors provide a deeper understanding of global protest movements and suggest models for these transnational movements.

  • Another World is Possible

    Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum

    Edited by William Fisher and Thomas Ponniah     December 2001

    The collection explains the history and significance of the World Social Forum, held each year in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and brings together the most important themes and voices expressed by the 30,000 members of citizens’ movements who take part. Their power emerges from the range of disparate activists and organizations – indigenous groups, trade unions, environmentalists, women’s organizations, church groups, students – that make up the global justice movement. This book assembles some of the constructive thinking around key issues: how to produce wealth and manage economies in the interest of people; social justice; environmental sustainability; affirmation of civil society and public space; democracy and ethical political action. The results point to a very different human – and humane – future.

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  • History in the Making

    Raymond Williams, Edward Thompson and Radical Intellectuals, 1936-1956

    By Steven Woodhams     January 2001

    For a generation of political activists growing up in the 1930s opposing fascism was a priority. The policy of appeasing Hitler and the non-partisan stance of the Labour Party in the face of the Spanish Civil War made the Communist Party an attractive alternative. From this generation emerged key figures in academia and publishing: Eric Hobsbawm, Ralph Miliband, John Saville, Martin Eve, Dorothy and Edward Thompson and Raymond Williams. Woodhams studies the experiences of this generation, the motives which attracted them to the CPGB, and their reactions to and experiences in the Second World War. It challenges conventional periodization separating pre- and post-war history and questions the sources of continuity and change in Britain.

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    A Grassroots Collection of Stories, Poetry, Photos and Analysis from the FTAA Protests in Québec City and Beyond

    Edited by Jen Chang, Steve Daniels, Darryl Leroux, Bethany Or, Eloginy Tharmendran and Emmie Tsumura     January 2001

    In late April, tens of thousands of people gathered to protest at the Second People’s Summit of the Americas (the FTAA Summit). RESIST! is a collection of young peoples’ experiences from Quebec City. Surprising in their honesty, these accounts, including poems, photos and essays, look at what happened during the FTAA weekend. The contributors seek answers to explain the treatment of the protesters, marvel at the strength of character of those that they encountered, and celebrate many successes. The material gathered here reflects the variety of people who felt compelled to go to the protests and talks about how they chose to participate.

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  • The People’s Co-op

    The Life and Times of a North End Institution

    By Nancy Kardash and Jim Mochoruk     January 2000

    Located in the heart of Winnipeg’s Northend, the most class-conscious and ethnically diverse part of the city, the People’s Co-op was always a different kind of institution. Founded and then successfully run for over sixty years by members of Winnipeg’s vibrant left-wing Eastern-European community, this co-op mixed Marx, milk and the masses into a heady brew of social activism and co-operative enterprise.

  • Transforming Ourselves/Transforming the World

    An Open Conspiracy for Social Change

    By Brian K. Murphy     January 1999

    We live in an age where unprecedented numbers of people have joined organizations and involved themselves in social action. Yet many of us are pessimistic when confronted by the powerful forces of big corporations and big government. This book is for all those community workers, adult educators, and social activists of every kind who want to overcome pessimism and play a part in changing society in the direction of peace, justice and dignity for all human beings. Murphy explains the social and personal dilemmas which hold people back from social engagement. He argues that the various constraints we face can be overcome. Human beings are open-ended ‘possibilities in process’-the missing link between a deterministic past and an intentional and conscious future.

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  • Politics on the Margins

    Restructuring and the Canadian Women’s Movement

    By Janine Brodie     January 1995

    “Janine Brodie’s thoughtful and insightful analysis of the impact of international restructuring on the women’s movement asks all the right questions. Her challenge to develop new strategies in the face of the destruction of the welfare state should be taken up by feminists everywhere.” - Judy Rebick

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  • Something’s Wrong Somewhere

    Globalization, Community and the Moral Economy of the Farm Crisis

    By Christopher Lind     January 1995

    “Recalling the fascinating history of rural protests in seventeenth to nineteenth century England, (Lind) argues that today’s crisis has as much to do with morals and ethics as with economics.”-Kim Cariou, People’s Voice

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  • Revolution In The Americas

    By B.H. Barlow     December 1992

    What is revolution? In this text Barry Barlow traces the emergence of modern revolution from the early 1500s. After setting the stage by comparing and contrasting the main revolutionary movements from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, he goes on to look specifically at the revolutionary movements in Latin America during this century.