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No to Annexation of the West Bank rally in Toronto

Rally in front of Israeli consulate at Yonge and Bloor on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

No Annexation!  (SA speech to June 27 in-person rally in Toronto)

Good afternoon comrades and friends.  My name is Julius Arscott.  I am an Alternate Executive Board member of OPSEU in Toronto and a leader of Socialist Action.  SA is one of the initiators of this protest and the coalition that organized it.  We say “No to the Annexation of the West Bank!”  “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free!”

Israel was founded on a big lie:  that Palestine was a land without people for a people without land.  The Palestinian people are here today to refute that lie.

Socialist Action is part of the world Trotskyist movement.  Our movement opposed the creation of the Zionist state 72 years ago.  The current land grab, building on the Nakba in 1948, the expanded Occupation in 1967, and the recent annexation of the Golan Heights, continues an ugly legacy of racism and ethnic cleansing.

Look at the world today.  It is sharply polarized.  On the one hand there is a global pandemic, economic ruin, environmental catastrophe, and authoritarian rule.  On the other hand, millions are crying out:  Smash Racism! Black and Indigenous Lives Matter! Abolish the Police!  The Justin Trudeau Liberal government promised Netanyahu that Canada on the Security Council would be “as asset for Israel”.  Ottawa’s defeat at the U.N. was a victory for the Palestinian people.

We know that public opinion in Canada backs sanctions against the Zionist state.  Still the authorities try to vilify, even to outlaw BDS.  They seek to ban the Al Quds march and to stop anti-Zionist free speech.  Zionists and their friends in big business are in a panic.  It is a sign of their weakness.

The Palestinian people are in the forefront of resistance to world imperialism.  They did not choose this role.  It was thrust upon them.  They are heroes of the world working class.  Many states are guilty of atrocious crimes.  But Israel is a lynch pin of global imperialist rule.  Richard Nixon, a strident anti-Semite, called Israel “America’s biggest aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean.”  Freedom for Palestine means freedom for humanity.  Proudly, we stand with the people of Palestine.  Our task is to mobilize public opinion in mass actions based on clear demands.  For that reason, Socialist Action will not stop demanding:  No to Annexation of the West Bank!  Break the Siege of Gaza!  End the Occupation!  Tear Down the Apartheid wall!  For the right of all refugees to return home.  For a Democratic and Secular Palestine for all its residents:  Muslims, Jews, Christians, and atheists!  From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!

 

WEBCAST: Police Brutality, the Spark for Revolt

Sunday June 28   7 p.m. eastern time:  Police Brutality, the Spark for Revolt.   Host: Nabeela Irfan.  Host:  Nabeela Irfan.   Speakers:  Peter D’Gama (SA Peel), Ann Montague (SA-USA, Oregon).  Invited guests:  Desmond Cole, Butterfly, and Sandra Griffith-Bonaparte.

https://youtu.be/A2ECAESVU5o

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WEBCAST: The Authoritarian State bolstered by COVID-19

Thursday June 25   7 p.m. eastern time:  The Authoritarian State bolstered by COVID-19.  Host:  Elizabeth Byce.  Speakers: John Clarke, co-founder of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and John Wunderlich, Board Member MyData.org

https://youtu.be/wQjCB86XXDU

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#socialism #socialist #SocialistAction #revolution #capitalism #cdnpoli #COVID #Covid19 #fascism #state #authoritarian

Socialist Action attends rally against police violence in Brampton!

Socialist Action joined over a thousand Black students and their allies in a long March for Justice in Peel Region, forty minutes north-west of Toronto, on Wednesday, June 17.  The demonstration, which began at the Brampton Courthouse and ended with a rally at the school board parking lot in Mississauga, protested rampant anti-Black racism at the Peel District School Board (PDSB), as well as deep-rooted racism in the Peel police force.  Participants, predominantly female students of colour, decried the marginalization and victimization of Black students in the schools, as well as racial profiling and brutalization by school officials and police.  Many demonstrators wore T-shirts bearing the slogan Black Lives Matter, and a satirical treatment of the PDSB that read “Police District School Board.”  CTV coverage of the event showed the SA banner “Smash Racism. No Platform for Fascists.”
Speakers at the concluding rally of over 500 included an odd combination of slick bourgeois politicians, rebel singers and poets, and ardent grass roots activists.  Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, the former Ontario Conservative Party leader, praised the crowd for seizing the “historic moment”, but claimed that body-cameras for cops is a way to curtail police violence.  Following the formal proceedings, Kurt Young, Socialist Action organizer in Peel, urged a small crowd gathered at the SA literature display table to fight for transitional demands, including “Disarm, De-fund and Disband the capitalist police force.  For Workers’ and Community-Controlled Policing.”
The SA table, both at the start and end points of the March for Justice, was a busy hub of activity.  Hundreds received the SA leaflet “Jail Killer Cops!  Smash Racist Capitalism!”  Forty-five people signed up for more information at the Socialist Action table where demonstrators purchased $65 in literature and buttons, and three people applied to join SA in Peel.
Inside the school board building where trustees held a meeting, the Director of Education and the Board Chair ignored demands that they step down over anti-Black and Islamophobic statements attributed to school administrators.  For years, Peel parents have been complaining that Black students are more than twice as likely to be suspended from high school than their white peers.  They are more likely to be streamed into non-university-track courses.  Brampton North NDP MPP Kevin Yarde told the Ontario Legislature that “public school board meetings have ended in harassment of parents and advocates, and Black students continue to be hurt by racist incidents, lowered expectations and cruel punishments.”
Clearly, the struggle continues.
B.W.