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.
On Saturday, September 18, 2021, a small crowd rallied in Toronto at the Yonge and Dundas intersection calling for an end to discriminatory funding to ODSP and OW programs. POOF Protecting ODSP OW Funding is a community group striving to end Homelessness and Poverty for people on ODSP, Ontario Disability Support Program and OW, Ontario Works benefits. The event organizer, Isabella Gamk, said that people on ODSP and OW benefits are abandoned by all 3 levels of Canadian Government and left to fend for themselves with less than a livable income support. Sadly, the City of Toronto has no tangible plans to help marginalized people living on a poverty income.
Over the past week more than 22,000 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members in New Brunswick have been casting ballots in a strike vote. Some of these folks have been working without a contract for as long as five years. Deadlocks have been piling up under consecutive provincial governments, both Liberal and Tory.
On August 27, over 100 members of CUPE’s bargaining teams met in Fredericton for a day-long bargaining summit. Guest speakers included the CUPE NB president, the CUPE national president, and the presidents of the Canadian Labour Congress and the NB Federation of Labour.
On August 28, hundreds of CUPE members and their families, friends and supporters marched in 14 communities across New Brunswick. More than 1,000 attended the march in Saint John. The Saint John rally was the largest in memory since a 1992 general strike. At that rally, Socialist Action was there. SA members Chris Thompson, Mackenzie Thomason, Chris Wanamaker, Lynaya Astephen, Josh Floyd and I were there, as well as Saint John NDP candidate Don Paulin. We walked with the SA banner and we helped deliver giant-size invoices to the office of a local MLA, billing the Higgs government for services. In Moncton about 300 people marched; in Fredericton about 250. Invoices were delivered there as well.
It’s impossible to maintain the capitalist system of exploitation without force. Police violence has escalated across the country, as cop funding is increased. Public pressure has pushed the state to slow down evictions, but they have continued throughout the pandemic by order of the city and province through the Landlord and Tenant Board, and enforced by Toronto Police Services. Tenants’ groups like Acorn, People’s Defense and Parkdale Organize demonstrate that collective action protects vulnerable people from repression. They continue to support and organize communities via food banks, child care and events, while the City of Toronto works to shut them down and enforce the for-profit system.
Some of Our Initiatives
We organize rallies, demonstrations, film screenings, book launches, parties, concerts… We never stop.
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Thursday, September 23, 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Election 2021: Results and Prospects, with Leah Gazan, NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre, Barry Weisleder, Socialist Action federal secretary, and Christopher Thompson of the New Brunswick NDP Socialist Caucus. Link: https://youtu.be/lvpyJUqcg2c
On Sept. 16, 2021, for the umpteenth time, protestors gathered outside Mayor John Tory’s luxury condominium at 1 Bedford Road. This episode of the “The Mayor Tory Gong Show” was brought to you by the Toronto Police Service. On July 21, cops stormed an encampment at Lamport Stadium. With considerable violence, Toronto police and private security staff evicted the people living there. Police dished out the same violence to those who defended their house-less neighbours from eviction. Twenty-six encampment defenders were charged, including Socialist Action member Corey David. The charges are standard cop nonsense: “resist arrest”, “obstruct a peace officer”, “assault officer”, “trespassing”, etc..
Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste in the Canadian state is pleased to share the following trio of recent articles from the Left Radical of Afghanistan party. We have been in touch with that party for a number of years, and welcome its trenchant account of the political scene, on the ground. While the LR of A party, which evolved decades ago from Maoism and towards Revolutionary Marxism, does not, in the articles below, specifically project the fight for a workers’ government and the need for a revolutionary international, we do appreciate its intransigent opposition to the imperialist intervention/occupation of the past twenty years. The LR of A party is a revolutionary socialist organization that is operating under extremely difficult circumstances. SA/LAS is pleased to be in direct contact with this organization of militants, to which we send our fervent revolutionary greetings and solidarity. (We have taken the liberty to lightly edit the somewhat rough original translated text.) – BW
Thursday, September 16 7 p.m. Eastern Time,Trotsky, Krupskaya and the Bolshevik Tradition, featuring Paul LeBlanc, historian at La Roche University in Pittsburgh, a labor and socialist activist who has written or edited more than 30 books on topics such as Leon Trotsky and Rosa Luxemburg, and…
Le 20 septembre, les électeurs se rendront aux urnes dans lecadre de l’une des campagnes électorales fédérales les pluscourtes de l’histoire du Canada. Alors que l’écart se resserreentre les libéraux et les conservateurs, les médias grand publicspéculent que Justin Trudeau…
L’élection fédérale ne devrait pas porter sur la popularité personnelle de Trudeau,O’Toole, Singh et Paul ; elle devrait se concentrer sur la calamité à laquelle font faceles travailleurs, et sur la cause première de cette calamité : le système capitaliste. Lecapitalisme…