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Rebel Films presentations now available on video!

Videos of all of the presentations following the fall 2019 Rebel Film series are now available! Our next film series will begin in spring 2020.

Climate Change – The Facts with guest speaker James Sandham of Extinction Rebellion.

 

Empire Files: Gaza Fights for Freedom. Guest speaker is Lina Assi, a Palestinian student and organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement based in Toronto.

 

Nae Pasaran with guest speaker Anna Ainsworth, Executive Board member of OPSEU

 

The Fruit Machine with speakers Gary Kinsman, co-author of The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation, and author of The Regulation of Desire, and John Wilson, pioneer of the gay liberation movement in Ontario and leading member of Socialist Action

 

Guatemala: 10 Years of Revolution  with Socialist Action’s Nety Marroquin, just returned from a tour of Guatemala, and Jacobo Vargas-Foronda, Guatemalan professor, jurist, journalist and refugee rights activist.

 

HAK_MTL with guest speaker John Wunderlich, a privacy consultant and NDP socialist.

 

The Superfood Chain with Rob McBean, a housing activist with ACORN, former Voter Contact Organizer with the Toronto-Centre New Democrats and a long-time member of Socialist Action.

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.

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

Socialist Action at Climate Strikes across the Canadian state

It was an historic day around the world. Years from now, you are likely to remember where you were on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Over 7 million people took to the streets for the global climate strikes, “including 12,000 here in my home city of Winnipeg”, said Indigenous political activist David Clayton Muller. “It was the largest climate mobilization ever.  We made history today folks.”

In Canada, 800,000+ people joined the climate strikes in at least 85 cities. In Montreal, Indigenous youth led the way as 500,000 people marched to demand bold climate action. It was the largest single climate march in the world.

Continue reading Socialist Action at Climate Strikes across the Canadian state

REBEL FILMS, a new season in Toronto

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Friday, September 27 7 p.m. OISE 5-240 Climate Change – The Facts 2019 • BBC Documentary • 57m Sir David Attenborough explores the science of climate change and potential solutions to this global threat. Interviews with leading climate scientists explore recent extreme weather conditions such as unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires. Guest speaker James Sandham of Extinction Rebellion will open the discussion.

Friday, October 4 7 p.m. OISE 5-240 Empire Files: Gaza Fights for Freedom 2019 • Documentary • 1h 24m A riveting documentary on Gaza’s Great March of Return by Abby Martin and a heroic team of Palestinian videographers. The guest speaker is Lina Assi, a Palestinian student and organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement based in Toronto.

Friday, October 11 7 p.m. OISE 5-240 Nae Pasaran 2018 * Documentary * 1h 36min Forty years after their peaceful act of solidarity, Scottish factory workers discover the impact of their action. The boycott of Chilean engines at the Rolls-Royce factory was a minor cause celebre. The workers kept the boycott going for four years. Anna Ainsworth, Executive Board member of OPSEU, will open the discussion.

Friday, October 18 7 p.m. OISE 5-240 The Fruit Machine 2018 • Documentary • 1h 21m Some softened by age and sadness, others loud and angry, the voices of the survivors of Canada’s public service homosexual purge are now united, and determined. They are torqued by decades of silence, years of being ignored. They demand justice, and they want to be heard. Gary Kinsman, co-author of The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation, and author of The Regulation of Desire, and John Wilson, pioneer of the gay liberation movement in Ontario and leading member of Socialist Action will speak.

Friday, October 25 7 p.m. OISE 5-240 Guatemala: 10 Years of Revolution • Documentary • 45m On July 4, 1944, dictator Jorge Ubico Castaneda was forced to resign in response to a wave of protests and a general strike. In 1954, a made-in-USA coup overthrew elected President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, leading to civil war and a failed state. Socialist Action’s Nety Marroquin, just returned from a tour of Guatemala, and Jacobo Vargas-Foronda, Guatemalan professor, jurist, journalist and refugee rights activist, will lead off the discussion.

Friday, November 1 7 p.m. OISE 5-240 HAK_MTL 2019 * Documentary * 68min Hackers fight against the rapid rise of surveillance. Does privacy still exist in 2019? In less than one generation, the internet has become a mass surveillance machine based on one simple mindset: If it’s free, you’re the product. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and many other services have become masters of monetising our personal data. But it doesn’t stop there. The traces we leave of ourselves on the internet are captured, stored and made accessible to government agencies around the world. John Wunderlich, a privacy consultant and NDP socialist, will open the discussion.

Friday, November 8 7 p.m. OISE 5-240 The Superfood Chain 2018 • Documentary • 1h 10m Every year, the western world is introduced to new ‘superfoods’ that boast extraordinary nutritional benefits. The Superfood Chain explores the story behind the rise of superfoods like quinoa, teff, coconuts, and wild salmon, revealing the ripple effect the superfood industry has on the lives of farm families in Bolivia, Ethiopia, the Philippines, and Haida Gwaii.

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.

Please visit: www.socialistaction.ca or call (647)728-9143 or (647)986-1917.

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Global Climate Strike, rally in front of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park, (and at similar gatherings across Canada),

Friday, September 27, 11 a.m.

meet at the Socialist canopy, on the front lawn, at 10:30 a.m.

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Stop the Cuts to Education in Peel !

Cuts Hurt Kids. Restore courses and jobs. Save Public Education from slasher Doug Ford.

Come to the Protest Rally at the office of

Kaleed Rasheed, Progressive Conservative MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville,

at 1420 Burnhamthorpe Road, Unit 315, one block east of Dixie Road,

Saturday, October 5, 1 p.m.

This action is initiated by the Socialist Caucus and SA in Mississauga/Peel, and is endorsed by the Peel District of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the Peel Region Labour Council, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2544, OPSEU Local 244 (Sheridan College faculty) and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

For more information call: 647-986-1917  

socialistactioncanada@gmail.com

WAM Conference, September 14

The Workers’ Action Movement conference held on September 14 at the OPSEU Toronto Region Membership Centre was a success. It was very upbeat and forward looking. WAM united allies in the fight for a more democratic and militant labour movement, starting with efforts to field a WAM team for top Ontario Federation of Labour positions to be elected at the OFL Convention in November.

The 25+ people who participated in one or more sessions at the Conference represented and voiced workers’ priorities in OPSEU, CUPE, UNIFOR, Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, CUPW, OSSTF and AMAPCEO, as well as social justice groups like ACORN and OCAP.