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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 2019

 

– Toronto Socialist Action Presents –

 REBEL FILMS

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 1h24m            A riveting documentary on Gaza’s Great March of Return by Abby Martin and a heroic team of Palestinian videographers. 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 36m          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 célèbre. 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   •  45m     On July 4, 1944, dictator Jorge Ubico Castaneda was forced to resign in response to a wave of protests and a general strike.  A made in USA coup overthrew elected President Arbenz, 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   OISE 5-240  HAK_MTL    2019 • Documentary • 68m      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 across 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:
http://www.socialistaction.ca or call (647)728-9143 or (647)986-1917.

For more information (647)728-9143 or (647)986-1917.