Recent decades have seen the exciting convergence of anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader-based movements in the U.S. and Canada. From this convergence, a growing set of activists – from anti-poverty organizers in Toronto to prison abolitionists in Oakland, from occupy activists in New York to migrant justice organizers in Vancouver – are developing shared politics and practices. They are building “another politics,” to use a Zapatista expression. These efforts combine anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-oppression politics with grassroots organizing among ordinary, non-activist people. Drawing on interviews with organizers across North America, this presentation will explore another politics and distill lessons for building effective, visionary movements.
A $14 minimum wage and an overhaul to Ontario's employment and labour laws are among the recommendations a coalition of young workers and organizations will present to the The Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities February 27.
In Ontario, where youth unemployment rates are twice as high as the overall provincial youth unemployment rate, the job situation of young people has become a priority issue for many labour and anti-poverty organizations.
The recommendations are included in the report, "Addressing Youth Unemployment and Underemployment," the result of six months of consultations after an Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) hosted forum on youth underemployment.