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PRELIMINARY PROGRAM
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FRIDAY MAY 28 (Registration opens at 12.00 Noon)

2.00 - 3.15
Room 1 20 years since Oka: the fight for indigenous sovereignty Ellen Gabriel & Valerie Lannon
Room 2 Should socialists be in the NDP? Peter Leibovitch, Joel Harden & Pam Frache
Room 3 Trotsky's theory of Permanent revolution Octavian Cadabeschi
Room 4 From draft-dodgers to war measures: the real legacy of Pierre Trudeau Jessica Squires

3.30 - 4.45
Room 1 From South Africa to Israel: histories of Apartheid Joe Kelly & Clare O'Connor
Room 2 The rise of the new sexism Judith Orr
Room 3 Democracy in Canada: is it disappearing? G. Francis Hodge
Room 4 Zombie capitalism: global crisis and the relevance of Marx Faline Bobier

7.00 - 8.30
After Cochabamba: the fight for climate justice
with Clayton Thomas-Muller, Andrea Harden & Charlotte Ireland

SATURDAY MAY 29 (Registration opens at 9.00am)

10.00 - 11.15
Room 1
The new McCarthyism: Harper's attack on Palestine solidarity Rafeef Ziadah, Khaled Mouammar, Diana Ralph & Tim McCaskell
Room 2
Revolutions & coups: Latin America today Paul Kellogg
Room 3 Lenin: democrat or dictator? Ritch Whyman
Room 4
Co-ops, collectives & communes: can we live the revolution now? Sid Lacombe

11.30 - 12.45
Room 1 Can the market stop climate change? Jessica Bell & Charlotte Ireland
Room 2 Feminism, secularism & Islam Sedef Arat-Koç, Gilary Massa & Benoit Renaud
Room 3 Can China save capitalism? Pam Frache
Room 4
The radical roots of Pride Christine Beckermann
Room 5 Noam Chomsky: media & mass action Jason Gannon

1.00 - 2.00 Lunch break
Room 1 Introduction to the International Socialists Peter Hogarth

2.00 - 3.15
Room 1 Tar sands: the case against the world's most destructive development Clayton Thomas Muller
Room 2 Clara Zetkin: the Communist Women's International John Riddell
Room 3 Building a bigger left: lessons from Québec solidaire Benoit Renaud & Monique Moisan
Room 4 The new scramble for Africa Ali Awali & Abdi Dirshe
Room 5 Can capitalism be fixed? Marx vs Keynes Jonathon Hodge

3.30 - 4.45
Room 1 Floods, famines & earthquakes: the rise of disaster capitalism Jesse McLaren
Room 2 Picket lines & protest signs: Canada's working class Michelle Robidoux
Room 3 Gramsci & Lukacs: how do ideas change? Chantal Sundaram
Room 4 Afghanistan & Pakistan: imperialism's new fault line Judith Orr & Salmaan Khan
Room 5 What would socialism look like? Brian Donnelly

7.00 Crisis & Resistance: from Greece to the G20
Kostas Katarahias, General Council, Federation of Hospital Doctors Unions of Greece
Judith Orr, Leading member, British Socialist Workers Party & anti-war activist
John Cartwright, President, Toronto and York Regional Labour Council
Carolyn Egan, President, Steelworker Toronto Area Council; International Socialists

9.00 A TRIBUTE TO HOWARD ZINN Evening social with John Bell performing excerpts from MARX IN SOHO

SUNDAY MAY 30

9.30 Protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Northeast corner of Strachan Avenue and Princes Boulevard
Opposite Princes' Gate, at the Canadian National Exhibition, on the east side of Strachan

12.00 Lunch break

12.30 - 1.45
Room 1 Marxism & ecology: is capitalism justly sustainable? Kim Kerridge
Room 2 Rosa Luxemburg: strikes, reforms & revolution Amelia Murphy-Beaudoin
Room 3 From Cairo to Tehran: the fight for democracy in the Middle East James Clark & Niaz Salimi
Room 4 Canada's racist immigration policies Abbie Bakan

2.00 - 3.15
Room 1 Canada's war on terror: from secret trials to torture Shanaaz Gokool, Mohamed Harkat & Christine Jones
Room 2 Obama's America: one year later Virginia Rodino & Eric Fretz
Room 3 Why we consume crap John Bell
Room 4 How do we build solidarity? Pam Johnson & Steve Craig
Room 5
Whose truth? Science under capitalism Bradley Hughes

3.30 Closing rally
Carolyn Egan, Judith Orr, Virginia Rodino and Kostas Katarachias

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