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“Education for Activists” Conference

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“Education for Activists” Conference
November 15-16, 2019 at Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor St. W., Room 30, lower level. (at St. George station on the Bloor St. subway line).

Friday, Nov. 15 7 p.m. Imperialism,
Origins and nature of the system. Are Russia and China imperialist?

Speakers: Jeff Mackler, socialist candidate for President of the United States, and Robbie Mahood, leading member of SA/LAS Canada based in Montreal.

This session will open with Giovanna Riccio reading her poem about the public campaign to ‘Take the Plant’ at GM Oshawa, and George Elliott Clarke, National Poet Laureate, 2016-17, with an anti-imperialist poem.

Saturday, Nov. 16 1 p.m. The Next Great Recession — The business cycle, decline in the rate of profit, and the socialist alternative.

Speakers: Dimitri Lascaris, lawyer, journalist, Montreal-based coordinator of Disruption Network Canada; John Clarke, founding member of Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and Jeff Mackler, national secretary, Socialist Action-USA, and Rebecca Keetch, worker at GM Plant in Oshawa and UNIFOR Local 222 Political Action Committee and Education Committee.

4 p.m. Capitalism versus Life on Earth. Is the answer the ‘free’ market, green capitalism, or mass anti-capitalist action?

Speakers: Ian Angus, editor, Climate and Capitalism; Gary Porter, leading member of SA based in Victoria, B.C.; Yvonne Hanson, NDP candidate in Vancouver Granville.

7 p.m. Working class politics — The crisis of the labour movement, lessons of the federal election, and a strategy to win.

Speakers: Dirka Prout, NDP candidate in London North-Centre; Jessa McLean, NDP candidate in York-Simcoe, and Barry Weisleder, federal secretary of Socialist Action Canada.

Admission: $5 per session; $15 for weekend pass, or PWYC.

Please visit: www.socialistaction.ca Write to: socialistactioncanada@gmail.com or call: 647-986-1917 or 647-728-9143 for more information.

For an NDP Government. No Coalition with the Liberal Party. For Independent Working Class Political Action. No to ‘Strategic Voting’ and Lesser-Evilism.

Statement of the NDP Socialist Caucus on October 17, 2019

For an NDP Government. No Coalition with the Liberal Party. For Independent Working Class Political Action. No to ‘Strategic Voting’ and Lesser-Evilism.

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As the October 21 federal election draws near, opinion polls and mainstream pundits point to the likelihood of a minority-led Parliament. Increasingly, there is talk of a coalition government. Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party, warns that the only way to stop a spend-thrift Liberal-NDP coalition is to vote Tory. The Tories threaten massive cuts to public services, and a deepening of the climate crisis. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is exposed as a corrupt law breaker, a promise betrayer, and a pipeline buyer. Both parties, plus the ‘neither left nor right’ Greens, the openly racist People’s Party, and the bourgeois nationalist Bloc Quebecois are all in the pocket of one or another segment of the business class.

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Speech to the rally convened by the Greater Toronto Kurdish House, October 13

[Metnin Türkçe çevirisi aşağıdadır.]

Demonstrations took place around the world on Saturday, October 12, and in Toronto on October 13, to protest the invasion of northern Syria by Turkey, its bombing and its brutal ground assault on the Kurdish people.

Speech to the rally convened by the Greater Toronto Kurdish House, October 13, across from the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue in Toronto

Sisters and brothers, comrades and friends, Biji Rojava! Biji Rojava! (Long live Rojava!)

My name is Barry Weisleder, federal secretary of Socialist Action. Thank you for the opportunity to join you in demanding: Turkey Out of Syria! Hands Off Rojava! Self-Determination for the Kurdish People!

When Donald Trump gave Recep Erdogan the green light to bomb and invade Rojava it was another in a long series of betrayals of the Kurdish people by imperialism. The super-rich Masters of the Universe believe that they have the right to manipulate, even to destroy anyone who stands in their path to profit from the plunder of the world’s resources.

To this, workers around the world say NO! No to ethnic cleansing. No to demographic engineering. No to murder and mayhem in norther Syria, where close to one million Kurds live.

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Another great Rebel Film night in Toronto on October 11

Attached are some photos taken at the well-attended Rebel Film night, October 11 at OISE U of Toronto.

The outstanding film “Nae Passaran” showed the power of international working class solidarity. Forty years on, Scottish factory workers discover the impact of their refusal to work on Chilean jet engines at the Rolls-Royce factory, in the wake of the ruthless, U.S.-backed military coup in Chile in 1973. The workers kept the labour boycott going for four years. Anna Ainsworth, Executive Board member of the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union, and one of the leaders of the community college teachers’ strike in 2017, opened a lively and highly participatory discussion. Enclosed pix show Anna, meeting chair Elizabeth Byce, and part of the crowd. Folks bought books and buttons, and snapped up copies of the new Socialist Action Federal Election Manifesto 2019. To see the Manifesto text, along with news about future films, our Election Watch party at the Imperial Pub in Toronto on October 21, and the SA Education for Activists Conference, November 15-16, please visit: Socialist Action – Canada

Socialists Say ‘Vote NDP’

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Canadian Unions Sharply Divided on Federal Election

by Gary Porter

On October 21 Canadians will elect 338 Members of Parliament.

Since its high point — winning 103 seats in 2011, making it the Official Opposition, which occurred when a Conservative government was elected under Stephen Harper — the fortunes of the New Democratic Party have been in decline. In 2015, with polls indicating a possible NDP federal government, the right wing social democratic leadership moved to the right. The party ran on a promise of a neo-liberal balanced budget. The capitalist Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau promised more funds for health and education, admitting it would increase the deficit. They won. The NDP lost 60 seats, reduced to 43.

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