Vol. 34 No.3



CONTENTS

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FEATURE STORIES

22 GROWING OLDER, GROWING BOLDER

Alison Acker has been to jail for justice. Today the eighty-seven year old and other seniors like her continue to fight on behalf of us all.
By Carole Pearson

COVER STORY
ACROSS GENERATIONS
29 MOVING OUR PEOPLE FORWARD

"There was a time when you felt like you had to assimilate to survive," says Janice Gairey, whose father was barred from his union because of the colour of his skin. The labour and community activist reflects on the past, present and future of Canada's labour movement.
By Haseena Manek

36 SPREADING THE WORD

Alberta-based social media maverick Ishani Weera is intent on making unions heard.
By Terry Inigo-Jones

40 TAKING A NEW ROUTE

Trade unionist Jeff Callaghan places the blame for the cuts to our postal service squarely upon the Prime Minister's Office.
By Melissa Keith

46 HOW WE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING

Naomi Klein has said she is not an activist. Rather, her work is about seeing patterns. A gathering she convened at the University of Toronto made it clear that a new pattern of coalition building has emerged.
By Karen Cooling

WORKING FOR A LIVING
50 TELEPHONE SALES & BINGO CARDS

"Use that sexy voice," my team leader joked with me.
By Maureen McReavy

51 ROAD CASES & WRESTLING RINGS

Every stagehand loves pipe and drape. All that fabric really ties the showroom together.
By T.H. Hatte


DEPARTMENTS

9 NOTES

Labour Film Festival Time * Part-Time Workers Triumph * Work, Climate Change and Gender * New Employees' Questions * Did You Help Crack Bell? * Black Votes Matter

WEBWORK
11 ESMAIL ABDI & THE THRESHOLD

On his way to the Education International World Congress in Ottawa in July, Esmail Abdi was arrested. Thoughts on the Canadian campaign to have him freed.
By Derek Blackadder

13 OUR TIMES TALLY

Number of eligible voters in Canada who did not vote in the 2011 federal election: 9,434,184.
By Sean Cain

CLIMATE/JUSTICE
14 THE POPE, THE PLANET AND THE POOR

The Pope is bringing popular movements together to help save the planet from a system that doesn't care.
By Judith Marshall

HAVE YOUR SAY
17 NOW IS THE TIME

First Nations, Métis and the urban Indigenous population have the numbers to deliver the margin of victory in many ridings. And we are organizing.
By Tyrone Souliere

19 BEGIN WITH THE CHILDREN

Whether you have young children or not, child care is your issue.
By Mojdeh Cox

POETRY
35 COYOTE HOLES
By Irene Howard

REVIEW
54 REMEMBERING SALT

Labour historian and filmmaker Ron Verzuh rekindles resistance with Joe Hill's Secret Canadian Hideout and Remembering Salt.
Review by Rachel E. Beattie

COMMENTARY
56 WHY I JOINED TEAM MULCAIR

We should not be fooled into thinking that terrorists are on the verge of blowing up our hallowed hockey arenas and legislatures.
By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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