Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste is an organization of revolutionary socialists across the Canadian state, active in the labour movement, social justice, international solidarity, feminist and environmental campaigns. SA/LAS supporters work to build the NDP Socialist Caucus, support for indigenous peoples’ struggles, as well as anti-war, anti-poverty and human rights movements. SA/LAS strives to build a Revolutionary Workers’ International. To that end, and to foster international workers’ solidarity, SA/LAS seeks to collaborate with revolutionary socialists and their organizations around the world.
Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m. Eastern Time – “Newfoundland – Fighting the Furey-ous Cuts”, with Victor Morgan, Socialist Action Atlantic Branch Organizer, plus others. Host: Elizabeth Byce.
Workers’ Action Movement at 35 Cawthra Ave, USW Local 3950 Picket line of locked-out workers at National Rubber Technologies in Toronto on July 21
Labour Council President Andria Babbington joined in solidarity with members of USW 3950 earlier this week to protest their employer, NRT, that has demanded 63 concessions, including forced overtime and other attacks on hard-won working conditions. What does it take to win? One day longer, one day stronger.
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Up to 200 people demanding “End the U.S. blockade of Cuba Now!” rallied across the street from the U.S. Consulate in Toronto on a very humid July 19 afternoon. The attached video, which is a bit rough, shows speeches to the gathering by Barry Weisleder for Socialist Action, and well as by representatives of the Canadian Peace Congress, the Palestinian Youth Movement, the Canadian Cuba Friendship Association, the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, the Toronto Venezuela Solidarity Coalition and the Communist Party of Canada.
Partisans of revolutionary Cuba picketed and chanted for over an hour on busy University Avenue. Police confined a crew of right wing, anti-Cuba government demonstrators, numbering less than fifty, to a spot half a block to the south. Leftists and progressives in solidarity with the Cuban workers’ state clearly won this round.
Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m. Eastern Time – “Heat – B.C. on Fire”, with Flo Schade on Wet’suwet’en territory, Gene McGuckin of Eco-socialists of Vancouver, and Gary Porter, SA BC organizer.
This is an important discussion on the state of the Left in Canada, and on the movement for Eco-socialism. In terms of strategy, it has implications for the very future of humanity and nature.
First of all, I want to congratulate Dimitri Lascaris. He waged an amazing campaign that rallied thousands of people to Eco-socialist ideas. That is a testament to Dimitri’s consummate skills as a superb organizer and an articulate proponent of radical socio-economic change.
In the end, the Green Party selected the most conservative, pro-capitalist candidate who ran to be its Leader. In interviews with the mass media, Annamie Paul emphasized her identity, instead of highlighting her policy ideas. Like her predecessor and major backer, Elizabeth May, Paul’s ideas conform to the tired old Green Party outlook on private ownership of the economy, not to mention its general support for Ottawa’s pro-imperialist foreign policy.
On July 13, 2021 Socialist Action members joined in solidarity with 40 ACORN activists to protest the policies of the big banks. The Toronto action was part of a cross-country set of rallies to demand lowering NSF (Not Sufficient Funds) penalties from $45 to $10, waiving the minimum bank balance of $4000 to end discriminatory fees and stopping the financing of predatory lenders like EasyFinancial. In the heart of downtown Toronto, the march for fair banking touched major financial institutions in the Bay and King street zone.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are not weak people, but we are tired. We have lived through countless economic downturns, depressions, hard times, and encountered many other hurdles. Through all this, we have been on the receiving end of shredded government safety nets and horrible, crippling cuts. Our healthcare has suffered greatly, leaving us with some of the worst emergency room wait times in the country, ranging from 4 to 8 hours before we get to see a doctor. Hospitals here remain cruelly understaffed, leaving many people in a situation of “why bother” when it comes to their health. Many elderly people here must be forced by family to go see the doctor, as the wait times and hurdles, such as travel and cost, are prohibitive. These are critical barriers to early treatment of what for many will eventually be life-threatening or even life-ending illness. Considering our aging population, our medical services are grossly underfunded and understaffed compared to what would be truly required for them to function properly.
The Workers’ Action Movement joined the OPSEU Local 5117 picket line on Monday, July 12, at 480 University Avenue in downtown Toronto. The building pictured below houses the management law firm that is obstructing negotiations and prolonging the strike of the Black Creek Community Health Center workers. They demand the 1 per cent wage increase, in each of three years, guaranteed by provincial law.