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Can "tough on crime" populism be progressive? [Re. labour]

Hi all,   Most of the time, "tough on crime" populism is reactionary. However, can there be instances where it is progressive, in that it separates us politically from liberal "restorative" views on crime, and that the nonetheless Utilitarian basis for the separation - the greatest good for the greatest number of working-class folks - is not Hedonistic?

I'm looking at things like outright wage theft, other labour law violations, and the usual canard of corporate crime. Very rarely is wage theft punishable by jail time, let alone longer sentences (as opposed to fines and even class action lawsuits). Ditto with other labour law violations. Meanwhile, not enough corporate crime is met with practically lifelong jail time.

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On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/node/3883

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass, 1857

 

This page grows out of dialogue with many community members between the Vancouver Olympics in February and the Toronto G8/G20 in June. It needs saying.

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Make history with Hotel Workers!

Jul 22, 2010
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard St
Vancouver
Canada
49° 17' 5.8956" N, 123° 7' 13.1484" W
CA
Join hotel workers across North America in a historic protest against global hotel corporations.
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The Soviet Union Versus Socialism by Noam Chomsky

http://www.chomsky.info/articles/1986----.htm

 

I'd like to know some thoughts that people have on this article by famous anarchist/linguist/activist Noam Comsky.

 

"The Soviet leadership thus portrays itself as socialist to protect its right to wield the club, and Western ideologists adopt the same pretense in order to forestall the threat of a more free and just society. This joint attack on socialism has been highly effective in undermining it in the modern period."

 

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Help wanted -- unemployed need not apply

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Peter May, of Atlanta, said he was hoping Orlando-based recruiter "The People Place" would help him find a job with Sony Ericsson. The company is moving its headquarters to Buckhead, which is located outside Atlanta.

May said he was mortified when he read the message on the website. In all caps, and bold type, it said, "No unemployed candidates will be considered at all."

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Asian Canadian Labour Alliance turns 10!

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Spotlight on Resistance

The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) is celebrating our 10 year anniversary

Come celebrate with us on Wed. June 9 6 pm to 8 pm Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street West Peace Lounge 7th floor

Toronto

The event will feature music, film screenings, music and speakers as we
commemorate the work of Asian labour activists fighting for racial and
economic justice.

 

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Decrim proven a success!!great news out of new zealand!!

hello babblers!!hope all are well! i have a new report/proposed action almost ready for sharing here and will post it as soon as it's ready! the coop received a substantial donation as well so things are rolling along!!

 

in the mean time...good news out of new zealand!

 

Decriminalisation of sex industry positive move

 

http://www.chmeds.ac.nz/newsevents/media_release/2010/decriminalisation.htm

 

Thursday May 13, 2010

Decriminalisation of New Zealand's sex industry has resulted in safer, healthier sex workers, a new book by University of Otago, Christchurch, researcher Gillian Abel shows.

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TAX the BANKS

It's time to tax the banks.

A campaign is already underway in the U.K. (see http://robinhoodtax.org.uk/) and some version of the idea has even been proposed by the IMF, strange as that may sound. You may have heard the news recently, with Finance Minister Flaherty going public with his veto on the idea:

http://www.thestar.com/business/bank/article/798599--flaherty-no-bank-tax-for-canada?bn=1

Seems to me that this should be a no-brainer, as a campaign that can lift with wings...

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The terrible plight of United State's mine workers

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West Virginia authorities are still searching for four miners who went missing in the aftermath of a deadly mining blast that killed 25 people at a coal mine Monday afternoon.

Believed to be the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than 25 years, the blast at the Upper Big Branch mine occurred at about 3 p.m., while workers were in the midst of a shift change. A build-up of methane gas is the suspected cause of the explosion.

So far, the bodies of 11 miners have been recovered, CNN's Sandra Endo told CTV's Canada AM the day after the disaster.

25 dead

 

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Bill 210: Caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers: protections for caregivers must be extended to cover all workers

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Coalition for Change: Caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers

Bill 210 provides protections for caregivers today but must be extended to cover all workers

March 22, 2010 - Media Advisory

TORONTO - Bill 210 "Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (Live-in Caregivers and Others)" comes into effect today. Under Bill 210, live-in caregivers will be provided with protections against exorbitant fees and unscrupulous recruiters. However, tens of thousands of other temporary foreign workers and permanent residents also need protection from recruitment and other fees charged to workers for employment in Ontario.

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Need some help with a serious labour issue.

I need a little help with a serious issue that is directly affecting my workplace.

(By the way mods...I checked the rules to see if using actual names of people was against those rules and I did'nt find anything.It is'nt my intention to break any right now,so if I do it's unintentional,so feel free to edit anything that could get the site in trouble...Thanks in advance)

A little background....

I am precisely what my handle says I am.I am a certified welder who is currently laid off from my job.I've been laid off for almost 6 months and I know how tough it is out there for tradespeople.My intention is to get my Red Seal endorsement which will allow me to be a Journeyman in my field and I can work interprovincially.The Red Seal stuff is'nt the problem.

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Driver says: The TTC's Problem Is Not Customer Service: It's Customers

 

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This article, "Why the TTC should get liquored up" is just as moot as every other article I've been reading about the problems with the TTC. The problem lies not with the system, but with the public who use it and ABUSE IT! I should know, I ride the TTC everyday, as does my spouse (as a paying customer). However, I have a chance to see things from a slightly different angle as well. You see, I'm a TTC bus operator as well (hides under table to prevent getting hit by thrown rocks).

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