Thank you to BCGEU, CUPE BC, HSA, ILWU 500, the VDLC, the NWDLC, the SFU Labour Studies program, all of the presenters, and all of the participants for helping to make the 6th Annual World Peace Forum Teach-In “If Capitalism Doesn’t Work, What Does?” and the live performance of “The Investigator” such successful events!
You can view videos of the teach-in at www.pasifik.ca, http://vimeo.com/workingtv, on the World Peace Forum page on facebook, and they will soon be elsewhere on this website.
The members of the WPF organizing committee have started to develop ideas for the 2014 teach-in. The general theme we are proposing is “Imperialism, Resistance and Alternatives”. This is a very broad title and may be further refined as we procede. At this point, however, we have some very exciting possibilities.
With 2014 being the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI, we envision presentations and panels that will look at the legacy of WWI in this year of its centennial, and the beginning of the Canadian government’s campaign to enhance the warrior image of Canada. Other areas of focus under discussion include the fate of the Arab Spring, resistance in South Africa, and analysis of events in Russia and the Ukraine.
2014 is also the year of another important anniversary. Twenty years ago, January 1st, 1994, the Zapatista uprising, timed to coincide with the beginning of NAFTA, shook Mexico, Latin America and much of the rest of the politically observant world. Since then Latin America has been the one area of the world where mass resistance, and successful resistance, to neoliberalism has been an important factor. We would like to explore this conflict and resistance.
We also want to take a look at China. This is an area we have never looked at in detail and, given the role being played by this country in the world, it makes a great deal of sense to do so. Cathy Walker, veteran trade unionist and activist has shared a proposal based on an examination of China. Cathy’s proposal- still a draft- is quite ambitious. She proposes a Report from the First British Columbia Labour Federation delegation to China (June-July 2014) by Jim Sinclair, President, BCFL; 5,000 years of Chinese history in 20 minutes by herself, The Rise of the Working Class and the Future of the Revolution in China featuring Minqi Li, University of Utah, economics teacher; The Struggle for Socialism in China: The Fall of Bo Xilai and the Chongqing Model by Yuezhi Zhao, Professor, SFU Communications Department, The Chinese Labour Movement Today: Worker resistance and the ACFTU, by Xinying Hu, Instructor, SFU Labour Studies Program and Guoxin Xing, Instructor, SFU Communications Department, and Chinese Workers in Canada: from the Gold Rush to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program also by herself. We are also considering a plenary panel discussion – What is next in China? Thoughts on the next few years with Mingqi Li, Zhao Yuezhi, Xinying Hu, and Guoxin Xing.
We are open to other ideas and encourage anyone interested to put their thinking cap on and contact us with their suggestions. The general framework is the victory of imperialism on the one hand, the crisis of their neoliberal project on the other, the resistance to it in various sectors and the alternatives that are being created, tentatively but in reality, in various places.
As for our Remembrance Day cultural event at the WISE Hall, We have had only vague discussions about what to do. Suggestions are welcome, in fact, beseeched.