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Jun 23, 2013 - Forum:
#Chapuling in Turkey
Occupy Gezi and Reflections from the Turkish Left
When: Sunday, June 23 -- 3:30pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto
Since the end of May, Turkey has seen the rise of a social movement that has serious implications, both for freedom and democracy within the Turkish state as well as broader geopolitical ramifications. The movement and its protests have galvanized Turkish society and is notable for the inclusion of Kurdish activists. It has been met with horrible repression and staged violence by agents provocateurs. Even in the face of international condemnation, whether from powerful governments or international social movements, the Tayip Erdogan regime continues to repress the movement, which grows stronger by the day.
This forum, with three activists of Turkish origin, will explore the origins and potentialities of this exciting situation.
* Balca Arda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her PhD thesis focuses on the artistic performances of Muslim Diaspora on the post-September 11 period in North America. During her undergraduate studies at Bogazici University in Turkey, she co-founded “Davetsiz Misafir” (The Uninvited Guest), an intellectual magazine of science-fiction, cinema and critique, and she became the chief editor and art director of the magazine. She pursued her graduate studies at the University of the Arts London in the field of Digital Arts. From 2008-2010, Balca was a member of the artist residency of Borusan Art Center that selected 10 young Turkish artists to support their artistic works. She pursued another MA in the political science department at Bogazici University, and her thesis was on the Transformation of the Kurdish Oppositional Art in Turkey.
* Ezgi Dogru is a graduate of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and is currently a PhD student in Political Science at York University studying urban political economy and regional accumulation strategies in Turkey. She has been organizing some of the support demonstrations in Toronto.
* Baris Karaagac went to school in Istanbul and is currently teaching Development Studies at Trent University. He is the editor of
Accumulations, Crises, Struggles: Capital and Labour in Contemporary Capitalism
* Chapuling (Turkish: çapuling) is a neologism originating in the May 2013 protests in Turkey, derived from Prime Minister Erdogan's use of the term "çapulcu" (roughly translated to "looter" or "marauder" ) to describe demonstrators.
Sponsored by: Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly; Socialist Project; Centre for Social Justice |
Jun 24, 2013 - Forum:
Democracy Against Capitalism
A discussion with Brian Roper, author of
The History of Democracy - A Marxist Interpretation
When: Monday, June 24 from 7-9 PM
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto
Brian Roper is a long-time activist on the socialist left in New Zealand and an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Otago. He is the author of
Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand since 1935
(Cengage, 2005) and
The History of Democracy -- A Marxist Interpretation
(Pluto Press, 2012).
Sponsored by Centre for Social Justice, the New Socialist Group and Socialist Project |
Jun 19, 2013 -
Plant Giveaway at FoodShare
When: Wednesday, June 19 -- 3-7pm
Where: FoodShare Toronto, 90 Croatia Street, (beside the green house near the Brock Street entrance)
Every year FoodShare is privileged to bring you plants and seedlings for community gardens.
Come get free plants donated by the City of Toronto, Urban Harvest, and the Stop Community Food Centre! Beautiful annuals (flowers - great for pollination), and a limited number of vegetable plants will be available.
Jun 19, 2013 -
Launch: the best of rabble.ca, 2013 edition
When: Wednesday, June 19 -- 6:30 (program 7:00) to 8:30pm
Where: No One Writes To The Colonel, 460 College Street (just west of Bathurst, North Side), Toronto
No admittance fee | Books available for purchase | cash bar | This is not a wheelchair accessible venue
We're launching! Join us as we launch our book best of rabble.ca 2013 edition and as we launch our supporting membership drive! You can buy up a copy (or two) of the book, or even get it as a thank-you gift from us (along with a magazine subscription) by becoming a supporting member!
's founding publisher Judy Rebick will be on hand to share some reflections (she also wrote the intro to the book) plus other guests!
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