Up to 200 people demanding "End the U.S. blockade of Cuba Now!" rallied across the street from the U.S. Consulate in Toronto on a very humid July 19 afternoon. The attached video, which is a bit rough, shows speeches to the gathering by Barry Weisleder for Socialist Action, and well as by representatives of the Canadian Peace Congress, the Palestinian Youth Movement, the Canadian Cuba Friendship Association, the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, the Toronto Venezuela Solidarity Coalition and the Communist Party of Canada. Partisans of revolutionary Cuba picketed and chanted for over an hour on busy University Avenue. Police confined a crew of right wing, anti-Cuba government demonstrators, numbering less than fifty, to a spot half a block to the south. Leftists and progressives in solidarity with the Cuban workers' state clearly won this round.
Socialist Action stands in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples who are grieving and re-traumatized due to the discovery of an undocumented grave at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School (IRS) on the territory of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. Buried there are the bodies of 215 children and youth killed at this IRS during its operation. And it is only the tip of the iceberg. We demand immediate implementation of all recommendations of the 2015 report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in particular the six specific Calls to Action (71-76) under the heading “Missing Children and Burial Information.”
Saturday, May 1, 1 p.m. Eastern Time, a united front celebration of Workers’ Day, featuring Socialist Action leading member Julius Arscott (the Labour Forward candidate for President of the Canadian Labour Congress), Yvonne Hanson, chair of the Vancouver Socialist Unity Assembly, and Christopher Thompson, interim leader of the New Brunswick NDP and a prominent Socialist Caucus activist. Event co-chaired by Elizabeth Byce.