Following a brief rain shower, thousands gathered at Toronto's Dundas Square to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people. This was just hours after the Zionist war machine announced a cease-fire in the bombardment of Gaza, reflecting the global political isolation of the Israeli Apartheid state. Palestinians are united in their resolve to fight for freedom, for an end to the Occupation and other miseries inflicted on them daily, for generations, since the Nakba 73 years ago.
Thursday, May 27 4 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. EST, "No COVID Evictions" with Rob McBean of Socialist Action and ACORN. Host: Elizabeth Byce. Discussants: Maryanna Lewycky, East York ACORN, founding member of CAPREIT Tenants’ Union, Euridice Baumgarten, Tenant Worker, Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations, and Kiri Vadivelu, Scarborough ACORN, founder of Homesky Tenants’ Union.
It is important to emphasize the context in which the Canadian communist movement arose. The launch occurred at a tiny convention held in secret on a farm near Guelph, Ontario on May 23, 1921. The new party was inspired by the Russian Revolution, and its militants did many great things in the early years. But the young Soviet Union was besieged by hostile imperialist armies. Russia suffered enormously from its isolation and economic backwardness. A bureaucratic party elite, represented by Joseph Stalin, seized control. It curtailed workers’ democracy, crushed socialist opposition and adopted a new programme that over-adapted to capitalist rule outside the USSR. The perspective of world revolution was replaced with the false utopia of ‘socialism in one country’. Permanent revolution (that is, the need for a workers’-led revolution to lead the social transformation, especially in the poor countries) was supplanted by the old, discredited Menshevik notion of revolution by stages. The ‘stages theory’ relies on an alliance with the liberal or nationalist bourgeoisie. Under Stalin, socialist democracy was replaced by bureaucratic tyranny, accompanied by elite privilege, false propaganda, show trials, torture and the assassination of political opponents.
On Saturday, May 15, the Greater Toronto BDS Coalition hosted a cross-country online Day of Action for Palestine rally. It was initiated by Socialist Action, in partnership with many allies. So far, over 435 people have watched the online rally, either live, or subsequently on the SA YouTube channel. Saturday evening, against a backdrop of protests around the world against the Zionist campaign of terror and murder, close to 10,000 people rallied at Toronto City Hall Square to demand Freedom for Palestine.
Thursday, May 20 4 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. EST, "Canadian Labour Congress at a Cross-Road – What Does WAM Want?" with the Labour Forward candidates for CLC Executive, Julius Arscott (President), Jennie Esnard (V.P.), Sandra Griffith-Bonaparte (V.P.) and Harold Marcotte (Secretary-Treasurer). Host: Elizabeth Byce.