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“Austerity and Anti-Terrorism: Two Lies and How To Fight Them”

 Peace Forum Teach-In 2015 

Sunday Nov 15, SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC


Plenary: Here A War, There A War, Everywhere A War, War

Wars against Workers, First Nations, Muslims, and the Earth, amongst others    

Ingo Schmidt

State of Things


The Financial Follies:

The Rise and Fall of the American Dollar



Chris Shelton

Boom or Bust:
Squeezing The Earth for all It’s Worth – The Perils of a Resource Economy Ingo Schmidt
Casual, Cheap and Disposable:
Workers Without Union Protection and the Failure of Unions to Protect 

Sarah Jaffe, Lisa Descary

Greece and Ukraine:

Victims of the EU Austerity Drive



Roger Annis, Sid Shniad

The Political Offensive



Legal, Schmegal: Canada’s Involvement in Illegal Wars



Gail Davidson

Green Crimes: The Criminalization of Environmental Activism in Canada



Lisa Barrett

Let Them Drown or Die in the Desert: Capital travels freely, but not workers



Daniel Tseghay

First Peoples/Second Class Citizens: The Continuing War Against Aboriginal Peoples from Missing Women to Missing Land and Resources

Kanahus Manuel


The Past Is Not Coming Back: Reinventing Class Politics

Sarah Jaffe



Alternative Budgets:
What are they?Do they work? 

Bob Ages

Don’t Mourn, Organize: 100 Years After the Murder of Joe Hill: New Unions For New Times, The Fight for the $15 Minimum Wage.

Shanee Prasad, Nadia Santoro, Sejal Parikh

Workers’ Emancipation orCo-optation?   

Alejandro Lazzari, Sara Sagaii

Is There Anything Left of Social Democracy? What Kind of Party Could Turn Discontent into A Social Force?



Gary Cristall, Ingo Schmidt


From Social Justice to Economic Freedom and Peace With Nature

Sarah Jaffe, Kanahus Manuel & Bob Ages


TICKETS AT THE DOOR: $25 employed, $10 unemployed. 

Thank you Globalme for supporting
our event by by giving us 50% off the price of renting a 
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Participant Biographies

Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton is a born in Vancouver social activist whose interests are human rights, peace and urbanization. With degrees in Economics and Accounting from SFU he works in a boutique law office in Vancouver as their accountant.

Ingo Schmidt

Ingo Schmidt is an immigrant from Germany. He’s been active as shop steward, in anti-fascist mobilizations and international solidarity work. He’s also an economics columnist for a socialist paper and has published books on neoliberalism, social democracy and, dearer to his heart, Rosa Luxemburg.

Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe is a journalist, rabblerouser, Nation Institute fellow and the co-host of Dissent magazine’s “Belabored” podcast, as well as an editorial board member at Dissent and a columnist at New Labor Forum. She writes about labor, economic justice, politics, social movements, gender and pop culture. She is currently working on a book on social movements after the 2008 financial crisis.

Lisa Descary

Lisa Descary is public school teacher in Richmond, BC. She has been a school staff union rep, a socialist and a social justice activist for more than 20 years.

Roger Annis

Roger Annis is a retired aerospace worker in Vancouver, Canada and a frequent writer on political issues in Canada and internationally. He publishes a website called ‘A Socialist in Canada’. He has visited Crimea and Russia on several occasions over the last few years. He was a delegate to the antiwar conference that took place in Yalta, Crimea in July of 2014. He is an editor of the forthcoming website ‘The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond’.

Sid Shniad

Among many other activities, Sid Shniad is a member of the national steering committee of Independent Jewish Voices – Canada. He is an inveterate editor and disseminator of useful information.

Gail Davidson

Gail Davidson is a lawyer promoting adherence to international human rights and humanitarian law and opposing impunity for violators. To further these goals Gail contributes to public education through research, writing and public talks, and to advocacy through lawsuits, citizens’ tribunals, briefs to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, communications to national authorities and international treaty monitoring bodies and reports to United Nations bodies. She is the executive director of Lawyer Rights Watch Canada and co-founder of Lawyers against the War.

Lisa Barrett

Lisa Barrett’s been steeped in the social and ecological justice tea since she was very young. She learned from the stories and lessons of Chief Dan George and Dominic Charlie and from her grandparents who were staunch indigenous rights defenders, environmentalists, feminists and peace activists. She’s trying to honour those who’ve done the hard work.

Daniel Tseghay

Daniel is a writer and organizer in Vancouver. He covers labour news for

Kanahus Manuel

Kanahus Manuel is a mother of four freedom babies and a warrior from the Secwpemc Nation in the Shuswap region of so-called British Columbia. She has been active in fighting against development projects and corporations such as the Sun Peaks Ski Resort and Imperial Metals. Recently, she has been involved in organizing to raise awareness about the Mount Polley gold-copper mine tailings spill.

Bob Ages

Robert Ages is a labour economist who has been active with both the Canadian Peace Alliance and the Council of Canadians. He is now active in supporting the campaigns to stop the tar sands pipelines and fracking and spends time working with and fundraising for the Unis’tot’en and other First Nations.

Shanee Prasad

Shanee Prasad is a Burnaby teacher, active in BC Teachers for Peace and Global Education. She is a member of the BCFED (B.C. Federation of Labour) Young Worker Committee and has been an active campaigner to raise the minimum wage.

Nadia Santoro

Nadia Santoro was Lead Organizer of the BC Expansion Committee for the Peoples Social Forum.  Her main areas of focus are social movement history and broad alliance based organizing.
Sejal Parikh

Sejal is Executive Director of Working Washington. Previously she was the fast food campaign director which culminated in the historic passing of the United States’ first city wide $15 minimum wage law.

Alejandro Lazzari

Alejandro Lazzari is an undergraduate geography student at UBC. Originally from Argentina, his lived experience in that country made an indelible mark on his political thinking, and he has been theorising and mobilising against capital ever since. He is currently running Capital reading groups around the Vancouver area seeking to help in the formation of a general knowledge about Marx and his critique of capitalism.

Sarah Sagaii

Sara is a computer scientist by trade. She moved to Canada from Iran in 2009. At the moment, she is busy teaching computers to UBC undergraduates, while searching for a way out of Capitalism in her spare time.  She organizes the Vancouver branch of the Jacobin Magazine reading groups.

Gary Cristall

Gary Cristall is a long time Vancouver socialist activist and cultural worker. He teaches cultural policy and arts administration at Capilano University among other activities. His strange encounters with social democracy go back to an early experience with the Waffle tendency in the NDP in 1971.



A great big THANK YOU to HSA, CUPE BC, BCGEU, CUPE Metro, CUPE 23, ILWU 500, VDLC and PAGE BC!!

Your donations have allowed us to bring in great speakers, hold the event at a central and accessible location, and to have the event filmed for all the people who can’t attend in person!


The World Peace Forum Society Teach In 2014

Imperialism, Resistance & Alternatives
100 Years After the Start of WWI

October 25, 2014

8:00-9:00 Registration at the door

9:00-10:00 Déjà vu: How WWI gets used to justify imperialism today (Ingo Schmidt)

10:15-11:15 Imperialism: Reliable Allies? Four workshops to choose from: 

  • China: Left or Right? (Yuezhi Zhao)
  • NATO Pushes East- What Does the Ukraine Represent? (Roger Annis)
  • Latin America: Alternative or Partner? (Marta Harnecker)
  • South Africa: Neoliberalism with a Human Face? (Lawrence Boxall)

11:30-12:30 Resistance. Four workshops to choose from:

  • The Chinese Labour Movement Today (Xinying Hu and Cathy Walker)
  • Euro-critics, Left AND Right: Unraveling Troika-Power? (Ingo Schmidt)
  • Housing, Health, and Education: Defending the Right to Live (Tara Ehrcke and Chris Shelton)
  • Arab Spring, Winter or Fall? (Mahdi Nazemroaya and Mostafa Saber)

12:30-1:30 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30-2:30 Two Big Boys: NATO – The Cops of the World; and CHINA – Number Two and Trying Harder (Mahdi Nazemroaya and Minqi Li)

2:45-3:45 Alternatives. Four workshops to choose from:

  • The Rise of the Working Class in China (Minqi Li)
  • Fundamentalists of All Countries Unite: The Reappearance of Everything Old (Gary Cristall)
  • Bolivarian Revolution and ALBA at 10 Years (Representative of the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela)
  • O Canada! Strategies for Change: A panel of activists from the electoral and extra-electoral movements for change (Nadia Santoro, Bill Hopwood, and Audrey Siegl)

4:00-5:00 Fortune Telling: Thoughts on the Coming Years (Minqi Li and Marta Harnecker and Mahdi Nazemroaya)



The World Peace Forum Society’s  7th Annual Teach In

Saturday Oct. 25, 2014, at Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre- 515 West Hastings.

Registration will start at 8:30 am,  the first plenary will begin at 9:00 am,  the last will end at 6:00 pm. Over the course of the day there will be three plenary sessions and three sets of workshop sessions.


The plenary sessions are-

  • Déjà vu– How WWI Is used to justify imperialism today- Ingo Schmidt
  • Two Big Boys– NATO- The Cops of the World (Mahdi Nazemroaya), and China- Number Two and Trying Harder (Minqi Li)
  • Fortune Telling– Thoughts on the Coming Years- Minqi Li, Marta Harnecker, Mahdi Nazemroaya

Workshops- Three series of four simultaneous workshops, arranged thematically-


  • China: Left or Right?
  • NATO Pushes East- What does the Ukraine Represent?
  • Latin America- Alternative or Partner?
  • South Africa- Neoliberalism with a Human Face?


  • The Chinese Labour Movement Today- and a report back from BC Fed visit to China
  • Euro- critics- Left AND Right
  • Health, Housing and Education- Defending the Right to Live
  • Arab Spring- What Season Are We In?


  • The Rise of the Working Class in China
  • Fundamentalists of All Countries Unite- The Reappearance of Everything Old
  • Bolivarian Revolution and ALBA at 10 Years
  • O Canada! Strategies for Change- A panel of activists from the electoral and extra-electoral movements for social change

The names of speakers and facilitators for each workshop will be available in early September at our web site-




Remembrance Day

The World Peace Forum presents a film showing:

 All Quiet on the Western Front- 1930

A cinematic classic and powerful denunciation of war.

THE W.I.S.E. CLUB 1882 Adanac St. 1:00pm

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The World Peace Forum Society was established to organize the World Peace Forum in Vancouver in June of 2006. As a result of the success of the forum the members of the society voted in the winter of 2007 to continue working to create spaces and events where activists, academics and artists committed to promoting peace, social justice and sustainability could get together to discuss and plan.

2014 Program

2014 Program