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MASS PICKET!!! DEFEND THE POSTAL SERVICE!

SArallypostlsrvc201451*UPDATE: Below is the video showing the picket and rally held recently to defend Canada’s postal service.
    Protest against the plan to terminate door to door mail delivery hit Toronto streets and the mass media on Saturday afternoon, March 15.  Close to one hundred people answered the call of Socialist Action and braved freezing high winds to picket the constituency office of Conservative Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver, located at Lawrence Ave. and Bathurst St., a busy uptown intersection.      VIDEO HERE

    Members of more than a dozen labour unions, political parties and community groups rallied to demand that Canada Post Corporation and the Conservative federal government of Stephen Harper reverse the decision to phase out home mail delivery to over 5 million addresses, and refrain from increasing the price of postage.

Protest against the plan to terminate door to door mail delivery hit Toronto streets and the mass media on Saturday afternoon, March 15.  Close to one hundred people answered the call of Socialist Action and braved freezing high winds to picket the constituency office of Conservative Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver, located at Lawrence Ave. and Bathurst St., a busy uptown intersection.

    Members of more than a dozen labour unions, political parties and community groups rallied to demand that Canada Post Corporation and the Conservative federal government of Stephen Harper reverse the decision to phase out home mail delivery to over 5 million addresses, and refrain from increasing the price of postage.
    Demonstrators walked in an oblong loop on the sidewalk next to the MP’s office entrance and chanted:  Stop the Cuts at CanadaSArallypostlsrvc201442 Post, Save Letter Carrier Jobs, No Cuts No Price Hikes – Defend Postal Services, and Seniors Demand Home Mail Delivery.
    About one quarter of the crowd appeared to be members of the Toronto Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).  The rest identified as partisans of UNIFOR, UNITE HERE, OPSEU, CUPE, secondary school teachers, and a host of local groups including Put Food in the Budget and the United Jewish People’s Order.
    Placards signed by Socialist Action, plus a large SA banner were highly visible on the street, and in the TV coverage of the event broadcast by CBC, CTV, CITY-TV, OMNI-TV and CP24.  Participants sported buttons ‘Save Canada Post’ distributed by CUPW, and bought 13 bright yellow buttons produced by SA bearing the slogan ‘Capitalism is Organized Crime’.
    Protest organizer and SA federal secretary Barry Weisleder told the crowd, “The scheme to curtail home mail delivery is part of a plan to gut the federal public sector.  It is part of a plan to shrink postal workers’ pensions and to break a progressive, democratic union.  It is part of a scheme to sell profitable parts of Canada Post Corporation to private sector vultures.”
    SArallypostlsrvc201492Darryl Ellis, President of the Toronto Local of CUPW, pledged that the campaign to save home mail delivery “is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.  We will continue to fight until we win.”
Representatives from OPSEU, UNIFOR, PFIB, the NDP Socialist Caucus, UJPO and Youth for Socialist Action also addressed the shivering crowd.
    Weisleder, two days earlier, submitted a written application for a meeting with MP Joe Oliver.  Should the request be granted, organizers would like all the groups involved in the Saturday protest to send a rep to that close encounter with the Tory MP for Eglinton-Lawrence.
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VIDEO/PHOTO’S from Education for Activists conference TROTSKY SCHOOL 2013

Congratulations and thanks to all the guest speakers, members and supporters who helped to make the sixth annual Education for Activists Conference a success.  Over forty-five people attended the Socialist Action Trotsky School at OISE U of Toronto.

Security, Surveillance and the Strong State
with speakers Glen Ford, editor of Black Agenda Report, radio host and commentator and Robbie Mahood, member of Quebec Solidaire and a leader of SA/LAS Montreal.
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How Revolutionary Youth Movements have
Changed the World
with speakers Lisa Luinenberg, Socialist Action – U.S.A. and Y.S.A. – U.S.A., Tyler Mackinnon, Chairperson, Youth for Socialist Action – Canada, Evan Engering, Y.S.A. – Canada
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What is the Labour Bureaucracy
and what should be done about it?
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The Democratic Party – Death Trap for U.S. Blacks – The Case for Independent Labour/Black Political Action
with speakers Glen Ford, editor, Black Agenda Report, radio host and commentator and Julius Arscott, V.P. OPSEU Local 532, steering committee member of NDP Socialist Caucus, and leader of Socialist Action/ Ligue pout l’Action socialiste.
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Video and Photos: Screening of The House I Live In; Guest Speaker: Raffi Balian

The latest series of SA Rebel Films concluded on Friday evening, November 8, with the screening of The House I Live In. The powerful documentary depicts how in the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. The war on drugs has never been about drugs. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Forty-two people attended the screening. Most stayed for the lively and impassioned discussion, which focussed on the iniquities of the drug and prison industry in Canada.

Guest speaker Raffi Balian, a survivor of six years in prisons in the Kingston area, started the COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program in 1998, the first drug-user-driven program in Canada, which won several awards, including an Award For Excellence in Primary Health Care. Today Balian works at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

Here is the video of his speech and the discussion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bvVBEZCzAU

The next on our calendar is the Education for Activists Conference, November 15-16 at OISE 2-214, featuring special guest speaker Glen Ford, editor of Black Agenda Report, and U.S. radio host and commentator.

Tickets are $10 for the four weekend sessions, or $5 per session. For more information call: 647-986-1917

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May Day Celebration 2013 Videos

Thanks to Ross Ashley for the videos.