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Panel: WHY THE ROMA? Supporting a Community’s Struggle for Justice

Below is an announcement on an event about the Roma, as a followup to the film shown in Rebel Film series, People Uncounted. Thanks to Susan James for passing on the info.

Supporting a Community’s Struggle for Justice
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5P 3K9

A panel discussion introduced by Rabbi Dow Marmur, Rabbi Emeritus of Holy Blossom Temple, and moderated by Mary Jo Leddy, 2011 recipient of the Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award and founder of Romero House.


  • Bernie Farber // Social Activist, Former CEO of Canadian Jewish Congress
  • Anna Porter // Publisher of Key Porter Books, Author of Kasztner’s Train
  • Gina Csanyi-Robah // Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre, Educator,Human Rights Advocate

Reception and Roma Photo Exhibit to follow

Telephone: 416.789.3291 

Roma Poster Final_2013





Saturday,  April  || 7 pm || Free Times’ Cafe,  320 College St. [two blocks west of Spadina]

$10 waged, $5 non-waged, or PWYC

Click here to view May Day Celebration poster


Javier Domokos Ruiz Consul General of Cuba in Toronto.

John Clarke organizer for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

Myles Magner Vice President-Elect, OPSEU

Farid Ayad National President of the Canadian Arab Federation.

B.C. Holmes representing the Toronto Haiti Action Committee.

Tyler Mackinnon Chair, Youth for Socialist Action.

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: 

Robin Banks, international jazz and blues recording artist,

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);

James Gordon, one of Canada’s most prominent social justice, heritage and environmentalist singers has released over 30 albums as a solo artist or with the legendary folk trio “Tamarack;

Glen Hornblast, folk singer on the social justice scene with a new CD titled “Once in a Blue Moon”;

Diem Lafortune, singer/songwriter whose new CD “Beauty and Hard Times” captures her Prairie Cree, Eastern European, and social justice roots; and

Bill Heffernan, activist, teacher and song smith.

sponsored by Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste 

(Fourth Internationalists in the Canadian state)

Event endorsed by: Canadian Arab Federation; Greater Toronto Area Council – OPSEU; Toronto Local – Canadian Union of Postal Workers; Ontario Coalition Against Poverty; Toronto Haiti Action Committee; NDP Socialist Caucus; Cabildo Manuelita Saenz; Youth for Socialist Action; Toronto Forum on Cuba; and Workers’ Solidarity and Union Democracy Coalition. | 416-535-8779 |

Click here to view May Day Celebration poster

Socialism 2013 Conference



an International Educational Conference
was held on MAY 10-11-12, 2013

co-sponsored by: Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste – Canadian state, Socialist Action – USA, The Socialist Unity League (Liga Unidad Socialista) – Mexico

Click here to view Socialism 2013 Conference poster.

Friday, May 10

4 p.m. Revolt in Egypt, the Arab Revolution, and Palestine’s freedom struggle
Listen to the panelists and the Q&A

  • Raed Ayad, a director of Palestine House and former Ontaro NDP candidate in Mississauga Streetsville;
  • Yasin Kaya, Socialist Action-Canada and YSA-Canada.

7 p.m. Aboriginal rights, pipelines and the environment
Listen to the panelists and the Q&A

  • Russell Diabo, aboriginal rights activist (to be confirmed)
  • Jaime Gonzales, Mexico-Socialist Unity League-LUS;
  • John Wilson, SocialistAction-Canada.

Saturday, May 11

10 a.m. Why the rulers attack civil liberties, immigrant workers, Roma people, and Muslims
Listen to the panel

  • Christine Marie, SA-USA;
  • Ben Rostoker, YSA and SA Canada;
  • Mac Scott, immigrant rights lawyer and long time activist with Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

12 noon Lunch break talk: “What is the Socialism that SA Fights For?” with  Barry Weisleder, federal secretary, Socialist Action/LAS.

1 p.m. Mali, Libya and the Imperial Scramble for Africa
Listen to the panel

  • Ameth Lo, Pan-Africanist militant, coordinator of Toronto chapter of GRILA (Group for Research and Initiatives for the Liberation of Africa),
  • Adam Shils, a leader of Socialist Action-USA, based in Chicago.

4 p.m. Women stand up to violence, rape and anti-choice bigots
Listen to the panel

  • Christine Marie, a leader of SA-USA, based in Connecticut
  • Robbie Mahood, pioneer pro-choice clinic practitioner, SA/LAS Montreal;
  • Wajih Sabihuddin, SA Mississauga, on anti-rape campaign in India.

7 p.m. How to Change the World in 2013, Leninism and the revolutionary party
Listen to the panel

  • Adam Shils, SA-USA;
  • Barry Weisleder, SA/LAS Canadian state.

10 p.m. Social at nearby pub, Fox and Fiddle, 280 Bloor Street W., one block west of OISE.

Sunday, May 12

11 a.m. Concessions No More! Unions and the Austerity Drive (OPSEU, teachers, CUPE, CAW-CEP, Quebec, results of federal NDP convention)

    • Julius Arscott, V.P. OPSEU Local 532;
  • Bruce Allen, V.P., CAW Local 199, V.P. St. Catharines District Labour Council;
  • Tyler Mackinnon, chair, Youth forSocialist Action.

Click here to view Socialism 2013 Conference poster.

Stop the Drone War!

Stop the Drone War !
An eyewitness report by U.S. anti-war leader Joe Lombardo on the recent American anti-drone war delegation to Pakistan

You are invited to attend 3 upcoming meetings in the Toronto area:

  • Thursday, November 29   7 p.m.  Central Library Building, Room 3, at 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga.
  • Friday, November 30   1 p.m.  Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge, 2ndfloor, 63 Gould Street, at Church St
  • Friday, November 30   7 p.m.  OISE U of Toronto, Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street West (above the St. George Subway station)

Joe Lombarda is a co-coordinator of the United National Anti-war Coalition in the United States. He was part of a large delegation of US anti-war activists who travelled across Pakistan in early October to investigate and expose Washington’s drone bomber warfare that has killed hundreds of innocent people in that country. By raising public awareness of the crimes committed by the U.S., Canada, Britain and their NATO allies in the region, the western wars of intervention and occupation can be stopped.

This speaking tour is organized by

Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste 

It is endorsed by: Code Pink – Canada; Executive, Greater Toronto Area Council, Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union; Toronto-Danforth NDP; Thornhill NDP; Canadian Arab Federation; IJV- Independent Jewish Voices; NION – Not in our name, Jewish voices opposing Zionism; Crescent International newsmagazine; Science for Peace; NDP Socialist Caucus; Youth for Socialist Action; Toronto Haiti Action Committee; Toronto Forum on Cuba; Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network; Toronto Association for Peace and Solidarity; and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

For more information, visit:
e-mail: or call: 416 – 535-8779

Trotsky School 2012 Videos

Yasin Kaya – Can Social Democracy Be Reformed? Click here to watch the video

Barry Weisleder – Origins of Zionism, and Why Israel is a Major Obstacle to Social Justice Click here to watch the video

Jeff Mackler – The Rise and Fall of Maoism  Click here to watch the video

Coming Soon: Jeff Mackler – The Nature of Capitalism – profit squeeze, overproduction, periodic crises, eco-destruction, and war