The popular response to the Argentine economic crisis of December 2001 and lessons for us in Canada - a Québec and Ontario speaking tour presented by the Union Communiste Libertaire (UCL) and Common Cause.
We are going through one of the worst economic crises in the history of capitalism and the answers provided by the state and its lackeys are illusory. In addition, faced with this impasse, our leaders are trying to shift the entire burden of the crisis to workers and their communities.
How can we respond differently to this economic crisis? Can we learn from the experiences of struggles that have happened elsewhere in the world?
To consider these issues, the UCL and Common Cause are organizing a Québec and Ontario speaking tour this winter on the response of the Argentine popular classes in the face of a serious economic crisis that shook the country in the late 2001.
From 18 January to 12 February, a militant from the anarchist organization Red Libertaria (Argentina) will travel to different cities in Quebec and Ontario to talk about this subject. He will discuss different forms of resistance developed by the Argentine people to counter the effects of the crisis such as retaking factories and creating self-managed cooperatives. He will also discuss the involvement of anarchists in these different struggles.
In Ontario, the tour will stop in:
Waterloo - Sat January 23, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
KW Community Centre for Social Justice (KWCCSJ)
63 Courtland Ave East
Hosted by Peaceculture.org and KWCCSJ
London - Sun January 24, 7pm
636 Queens Ave.
Hosted by Common Cause London
Hamilton - Mon January 25, 7pm
Skydragon Centre (wheelchair accessible)
27 King William Street
Hosted by Common Cause Hamilton (with support from the Political Action Committee, CUPE 3906)
Toronto - Tues January 26, 7pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West
Co-sponsored by Common Cause, the Pan-African Solidarity Network, Industrial Workers of the World, Toronto branch
and Upping the Anti.
Ottawa - Wed January 27, 7pm
PSAC building, main floor (wheelchair accessible)
233 Gilmour St (at Metcalfe)
Hosted by Common Cause Ottawa
Co-sponsors: OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa; Ottawa-Outaouais IWW; Socialist Project. Endorsers: OPIRG-Carleton.
The tour will stop in several Quebec cities including Montreal, St-Jerome, Quebec, Saguenay, Saint-Félicien, Drummondville, Sherbrooke. The places and dates of each talk will be publicized soon.