Category Archives: Women

Socialist Action celebrates International Womens Day!

Comrades of Socialist Action participated in events across Canada to commemorate IWD. In Toronto, the Socialist Action contingent walk with thousands in the International Women’s Day parade on March 8, 2020.  The theme was “The world is on fire.  We are rising.”
SA members distributed hundreds of copies of the SA statement for IWD and leaflets for the new series of Rebel Films, sold dozens of SA newspapers and welcomed a new member and many new contacts to SA. Statement can be found here: https://wordpress.com/post/socialistaction.ca/15576
SA members in Vancouver participated in IWD activities there.
Long live the struggle for socialism, feminism and workers’ power!

 

 

Rebel Film screening of ‘Harriet’

Friday, March 13   7 p.m.  OISE 5-250  Harriet 2h5min  The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Kareen Marshall, long time OPSEU activist who led the Homes First strike.

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.

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Book review: The Testaments

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood McClelland & Stewart, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s 2019 Man Booker Prize-winning sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” offers a glimpse of a grim future, a post-Trump, totalitarian, arch-patriarchal society. It depicts a fragment of the USA called Gilead, and how, after a century, it unravels.

Atwood has a master painter’s eye for detail, and a searing feminist insight. Absent, however, is any evident struggle between classes. In place of it is the ponderous weight of ideological contradiction, the burden of which bears down on the rulers, and the ruled. Corruption and factionalism at the top of the state foment decay that proves fatal to the structure. Missing is the intervention of any social movement.

Atwood’s characters bring to life a complex panoply of oppression and personal survival. As a psycho-drama, it is one of the best.

On the 109th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

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For Feminism and Socialism!

A women’s conference of the Socialist International in Copenhagen in 1910 launched International Women’s Day globally in 1911. Trotskyist parties, including the predecessor organization of Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste in the Canadian state, re-launched the modern IWD in Canada forty-two years ago, in 1978.

We did this for good reason. Women’s oppression is rooted in the capitalist system. As it does with hetero-sexism, racism, environmental destruction and war, capitalism profits from discrimination, dispossession and wasteful plunder of natural resources.

We march for bread … and for roses too! We do so in the face of escalating attacks on basic human needs – a vicious austerity drive linked to an unstable, unequal and unsustainable economy.

Establishment claims that women have ‘achieved equality’ are nothing but a sick joke.

* On average, women are paid 25 per cent less than men – $7,200/year less than males. The gap would be bigger if not for the fact that male workers’ wages have stagnated, or declined.

* 27 per cent of employed women work fewer than 30 hours per week, more than double the 12 per cent of men who work part-time. 7 out of 10 part-time workers are female.

* Low paid women increasingly hold more than one job to survive. 56 per cent of multiple job holders are women. 2.4 million women and girls (13.8%) lived on a low income in 2016.

* Aboriginal women and girls suffer shameful economic and social conditions. They are systemic victims of racism, inequality, physical assault, disappearance and murder.

* Most women still bear the double burden of doing most of the domestic labour, in addition to work outside the home.

While trillions of dollars are wasted globally on corporate bail-outs and militarism, women and girls are denied adequate education, economic opportunities, clean water, health care, reproductive choice and personal security. From Palestine to Haiti, from Guatemala to Syria to Kashmir, women and children are disproportionately the casualties of wars and military occupation in which Ottawa is directly involved or complicit. Millions of women and men have demonstrated against the corporate agenda

which threatens to increase sexism, racism, homophobia and exploitation on all levels. Strikes involving teachers across Ontario, transit riders in Chile and defenders of pensions in France, are shaking the world.

To transform society our demands must be sharp and clear: No money for war. RCMP off Wet’suwet’en land! Imperialist Hands Off Venezuela! Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the Zionist apartheid state! Canada Out of NATO! End all subsidies to Capital. Tax big business and the rich. Fund health care, education and social services. Provide universal, free, quality child care and pharma care. Enforce equal pay and equal access to good jobs. No two-tier wages/benefits. Restore funding to women’s social justice organizations, emergency shelters and legal aid. Build quality social housing. Raise E.I. rates and ensure real access for part-time workers. Legislate a $20/hour minimum wage. End precarious employment.

Phase out the Alberta Tar Sands development. No new pipelines. No to the Teck Resources Frontier mine. Conscript corporate profits to fund the conversion of industry, business, homes and schools to renewable green energy power.

For public ownership of the commanding heights of the economy under workers’ and community control. For a Workers’ Government. Fight for working class political independence and for socialist policies in labour unions and the NDP. Women’s Liberation through Socialist Revolution. No socialism without Women’s Liberation.

If you agree, join Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste today. Visit: http://www.socialistaction.ca Call: 647 – 986-1917. E-mail: socialistactioncanada@gmail.com