President Joe Biden, in announcing an ostensible end to the US war in Afghanistan, is continuing his streak of paying eloquent lip service to progressive causes while maintaining the implied status quo. In a televised address from the White House on April 14, Biden said, “it’s time to end America’s longest war. It’s time for American troops to come home.” But just a day later, the New York Times reported without a hint of irony that “the Pentagon, American spy agencies and Western allies are refining plans to deploy a less visible but still potent force in the region.” This means we are ending the war, but not really.
Thursday, May 6 4 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. EST, “The Persecution of Julian Assange” featuring Nathan Fuller, Courage Foundation campaigner in New York. Host: Elizabeth Byce. Discussants: Corey David in Toronto.
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.
Friday, April 30 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Socialist Action Annual Celebration of International Workers’ Day – a cultural/political event. With speeches by John Clarke, Zahia El Masri, Dirka Prout, Barry Weisleder, Chris Thompson, Hannah Leichnitz, Gary Porter, Jeff Mackler, and music by HOTCHA!, Kevin Barrett and the Special Interest Group, Glen Hornblast, Y.C. Lee, Sandra Griffith-Bonaparte and Emily Steers. Host: Elizabeth Byce.
Thursday, April 22 4 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. EST, “James P. Cannon and the Foundations of Trotskyism” featuring Bryan Palmer, Emeritus Professor of History at Trent University, Ontario, and author of “James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left 1890-1928”. Host: Elizabeth Byce. Discussants: Jeff Mackler, national secretary, Socialist Action – USA.