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Toronto’s 25th Annual Toronto Socialist May Day Celebration
Their Crisis, Our Solutions

-Jorge Soberon Consul General of Cuba in Toronto
-Nancy Pridham Vice-President, Region 5, Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union
-John Clarke organizer for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
-Khaled Mouammar President of the Canadian Arab Federation.
-B.C. Holmes representing the Toronto Haiti Action Committee
-Barry Weisleder Federal Secretary, Socialist Action, and substitute teachers’ organizer
-M.C.: Elizabeth Byce, federal Treasurer, NDP Socialist Caucus, and retired member of the Toronto Local, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Celebrate with entertainers: Jon Brooks, 2010 Winner Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Contest, 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee ‘Best Songwriter’, 2009 Winner NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest (Canada); Marianne Girard, roots/alternative country singer-song writer, 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee ‘Best vocalist’, with acclaimed new CD “Pirate Days”; Robert Priest, poet, playwright, songwriter and singer; Simms & Maya, singing originals, international folk songs, and performing some theatre; Glen Hornblast, folk singer on the social justice scene.
Enjoy delicious food from the menu and drinks from the bar. For details, call the Free Times Café at 416-967-1078.
At the event there will also be a literature and CDs display, a raffle (with prizes to include Cuban rum, wonderful books, posters and more) and many surprises.
Sunday, May 1, 2011 7 p.m.
Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., (2 blocks west of Spadina) Toronto, Ontario
Admission: $10 waged, $5 non-waged or PWYC
E-mail: Phone: (416) 535-8779
sponsored by Socialist Action (Fourth Internationalists in the Canadian state)
Event endorsed by: Toronto Local – Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, NDP Socialist Caucus, National Council of Latin American and Caribbean Women in Canada – Latin@s , Youth for Socialist Action, Toronto Forum on Cuba, Free the Cuban Five Cultural Committee, and the Workers’ Solidarity and Union Democracy Coalition.

Socialism 2011: Their Crisis, Our Solutions
an International Educational Conference May 19, 20, 21, 22, 2011
at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, U of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West
co-sponsored by: Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste – Canadian state, Socialist Action – USA, and the Socialist Unity League (Liga Unidad Socialista) – Mexico

Thursday, May 19
5:30 p.m. registration opens
7 p.m. End the Occupations! Permanent War or Permanent Revolution
Christine Gauvreau, leading member of SA-USA, United National Anti-war Committee, and Connecticut United for Peace; and Khaled Mouammar, President of the Canadian Arab Federation.

Friday, May 20
5:30 p.m. registration, literature sale
7 p.m. Civil Liberties Under Attack – Fight Back!
Barbara Jackman, renowned Canadian lawyer who led the successful fights to lift the border entry ban on George Galloway, and to free tortured Muslim Canadians; Jeff Mackler, National Secretary, SA-USA, coordinator of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal campaign, of the Free Lynne Stewart campaign, and a leading opponent of the FBI raids against anti-war activists; plus Jaime Gonzalez, Organization Secretary of the LUS-Mexico.

Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. After Cancun, the Fight for Climate Justice
Terisa Turner, participant in the Cochabamba (Bolivia) Conference, and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at U of Guelph; Jaime Gonzalez Organization Secretary of the LUS-Mexico; and Dan Piper, a member of SA-USA National Committee.

12 noon Lunch break

1 p.m. What’s Wrong with our Workers’ Movement?
Barry Weisleder, Federal Secretary, SA/LAS Canada, and organizer of Toronto Substitute Teachers’ Action Caucus; Bruce Allen, V.P. of CAW Local 199 and V.P. of Niagara District Labour Council; Ajamu Nangwaya, member of CUPE 3907 and former V.P. of CUPE Ontario.

4 p.m. Origins of Sexism and the fight for Women’s Liberation Today
Christine Gauvreau, leading member of SA-USA, based in Connecticutt; and Cheri MacDonald, veteran socialist-feminist and campaigner for Ontario Coalition of Abortion Clinics.

6 p.m. Supper break

7 p.m. Marx was Right: Capitalism doesn’t work. Deepen the Global Resistance!
Jeff Mackler, National Secretary SA – USA, based in San Francisco; with supplementary remarks by Tom Baker, SA/LAS Canada.

Sunday, May 22

11 a.m. Aboriginal and Quebecois aspirations – National liberation in the Canadian state
Roger Obonsawin, President of the Aboriginal Peoples Council of Toronto, a veteran campaigner for aboriginal treaty rights; and Dr. Robbie Mahood, Montreal, SA-LAS, and past election candidate for Quebec Solidaire.

1 p.m. Lunch break, with film “Toronto G20 Exposed”

2 p.m. Closed session for SA members and invited guests. SA/LAS Convention.

4 p.m. Founding Convention of Youth for Socialist Action.

Tickets: $20 in advance for weekend; $30 at door for wkend; $5 per session (or PWYC) For more information: 416 – 535-8779