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Cross-Canada Day of Action for Palestine set for May 18

  • Across the Canadian state there is a new majority…
  • against Israeli war crimes,
  • against the Occupation,
  • for the Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees,
  • for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,
  • to End Canadian Complicity with Israeli Apartheid,
  • for Self-determination for the Palestinian people.

The Canadian BDS Coalition, with the clear aim of celebrating this new majority by making it visible on the streets of this country, appeals to everyone seeing this message, to every working class and progressive organization, to demonstrate on Saturday, May 18 in solidarity with the above demands.

Please plan street actions to occur in your city, in your community on May 18. You may wish to initiate activities prior to that date, in the week that marks Nakba 71. That’s great. But please undertake to organize powerful, visible manifestations of our solidarity with the Palestinian people on the common target date, May 18.

Please let us know that you endorse this Call to Action. Tell us what your group, coalition or campaign plans to do, so that it can be posted on our website, and shared widely across social media. See the poster on the website: http://www.bdscoalition.ca Local activity information can easily be added by you in the space provided at the bottom.

Please contact us at: Bdscoalition@gmail.com 647-986-1917

Socialist Education Conference – 2018

Socialist Action presents: “How to Change the World”

  • November 16-17, 2018
  • Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor St. W., Room 25, lower level.

Friday, November 16

7 p.m.  How to Defeat Doug Ford, and contend with the NDP and Labour Bureaucracy

Speakers:

  • Julius Arscott, OPSEU Executive Board Member;
  • Pam Frache, provincial coordinator of $15 and Fairness;
  • Barry Weisleder, co-editor, S.A. newspaper;
  • Dirka Prout, Chair, Federal NDP Women’s Committee.

Saturday, November 17

1 p.m.  The Rise of Authoritarianism and the working class response

Speakers:

  • Yasin Kaya, leading member of SA Canada
  • Lisa Luinenberg, a leader of Socialist Action USA, based in Minneapolis, works in immigrant rights movement;
  • David Pijoan, a leader of New Anti-capitalist Party, France.

4 p.m.  Capitalism and Patriarchy – the Marxist alternative to identity politics

Speakers:

  • John Wilson, SA Canada, a pioneer of the gay liberation movement in Ontario;
  • Lisa Luinenberg, a leader of Socialist Action USA, based in Minneapolis;
  • Arielle Concilio, writer for Left Voice based in New York;
  • A video statement from OKDE, Fourth International section in Greece.

7 p.m.  Boycott Apartheid Israel – Is it time for a coordinated, Pan-Canadian, mass action movement? 

Speakers:

  • Gary Porter, leading member of SA Canada, based in Victoria, B.C.;
  • Michaela Lavis, recently detained in Israel for protesting demolition of Palestinian village;
  • Karen Rodman, director, Palestine Just Trade; and
  • Dimitri Lascaris, lawyer, 2015 Green Party candidate in London West, current target of a smear campaign by CIJA and B’nai B’ríth.

Admission:

  • $5 per session;
  • $10 for weekend pass,
  • or PWYC.

For more information:

Videos: Socialism in the Park (2018)

Missed the Socialism in the Park talks? We cannot offer you a warm summer day, but you can enjoy these talks over a nice cup of coffee:

A talk detailing capitalist attacks on the Canadian working class, the need to defend public resources and takes a look at the prospect of Socialism in Canada with an International perspective.

Socialist Action Presents a talk on Permanent Revolution, the concept of Stalinism and what are transitional demands vs maximum demands.

Rebel Films, Fall 2018

Toronto Socialist Action Presents: Rebel Films

Friday, September 21  ~ 7 p.m.  @ OISE 5-150

Pipelines Power and Democracy

2015 / 1h 28min

A striking documentary that follows the mobilization of ordinary people to thwart the ambitions of oil companies and halt, even if only temporarily, the advance of pipelines across Quebec. In the process, the film offers a sharp reminder that power can be accessible to all.

Eve Saint is a Water Protector from Toronto and recently stood against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Burnaby Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia and will speak following the film. Patrick DeRochie, Climate & Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defence Canada will also speak on the panel.


Friday, September 28  ~ 7 p.m.  @ OISE 5-150

American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debbs

2017 / 1h 36min

This is the passionate, thoughtful biography of the founder of the American Socialist Party, five-time presidential candidate and the only presidential candidate in US history to be imprisoned for his campaign platform. The values with which he lived his life and fought for social and economic justice remain in short supply today.

Barry Weisleder, editor of Socialist Action newspaper will speak following the film.


Friday, October 5  ~ 7 p.m.  @ OISE 5-150  

In Dubious Battle

2017 / 1h 50min

An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.


Friday, October 12 ~ 7 p.m.  @ OISE 5-150

Newton

2017 / 1h 46 min.

A government clerk on election duty in the conflict ridden jungle of Central India tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

Mirah A., a member of Socialist Action who comes from India will speak following the film.


Friday, October 19  ~ 7 p.m.  @ OISE 5-150

King in the Wilderness

2018 / 1h 51 min

A look at the final years in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Friday, October 26  ~ 7 p.m.  @ OISE 5-150

Crazy Water

2013 / 56 min

This feature-length documentary from Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen is an emotional and revealing exploration of addiction among Indigenous people in Canada.


Friday, November 2  ~ 7 p.m.  @ OISE 5-150

Killing Gaza

2018 / 1h 37 min

In Killing Gaza, journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal documented Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza. Yet this film is much more than a documentary about Palestinian resilience and suffering. It is a chilling visual document of war crimes committed by the Israeli military, featuring direct testimony and evidence from the survivors.

Stephen Ellis is BDS activist and socialist and will speak following the film.


  • Each of the films in this series will be preceded by a brief introduction, and will be followed by a commentary, and an open floor discussion period.
  • OISE, 252 Bloor Street West at the St. George Subway Station.
  • Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.
  • Call us for more information (647)728-9143 or (647)986-1917.