Palestine solidarity activists protest ‘Deal of the Century’ in Toronto

Several hundred anti apartheid activists protested Trump and Netanyahu’s so called ‘Deal of the Century’ in Toronto on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The protest was well attended with speakers from the Palestinian community, and allies including Socialist Action.

Speech for Palestine solidarity rally, Saturday, February 1, 2020
Greetings sisters, brothers, comrades and friends! My name is Julius Arscott, I am a member of Socialist Action, the NDP Socialist Caucus, The Workers Action Movement and I am alternate Executive Board Member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union representing the Toronto region, and Vice President of OPSEU Local 532.
The recent announcement by Trump and Netanyahu is a sham. The United States and Israel feel that they alone can dictate terms of settlement with no input from the Palestinian people. The rubber stamping of this annexation will fail. But it should become clear to those who perhaps still somehow find themselves on the fence over the Israel / Palestine conflict, that either you are on the side of apartheid, or you are not on the side of apartheid.

The Canadian government and media are completely out of touch with how Canadians feel about this conflict. According to a 2017 Ipsos research poll, far more Canadians have a negative view of the Israeli government than a positive view (48 to 28). Infact a strong majority of Canadian believe that sanctions on Israel are reasonable. 91% of us believe that criticisizing Israel is not necessarily anti-semitic.

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What are the OFL and unions doing? Ontario teachers escalate the fight against Tory cuts

What are the OFL and unions doing?

Ontario teachers escalate the fight against Tory cuts

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by Barry Weisleder

The four main teachers’ unions in Ontario are converging in mass strike actions that challenge the anti-education agenda of the Doug Ford Conservative government at Queen’s Park. Big protest rallies in the Fall were followed by one-day walkouts of secondary school teachers in December. In the third week of January, elementary school teachers struck province-wide for a day. Then public high school, Catholic and French-language school teachers picketed across select districts – in all, affecting over one million students and their parents.

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Brexit and the Class Struggle in Britain

Lessons and Prospects

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Brexit and the Class Struggle in Britain

by Barry Weisleder

For over forty years, Jeremy Corbyn and the left wing of the British Labour Party (BLP) strongly opposed the European Union (E.U.). They opposed joining it. They opposed remaining in it. Was that stance a concession to racism? Not at all. Not any more than opposing imperialist war is a concession to isolationism, or a sellout to capitalists who profit from building homes, instead of bombs. The European Union is a monstrous machine of corporate rule, not a humanitarian refuge. Opposition to it was, and continues to be an essential basis for popular sovereignty and a Workers’ Agenda. The retreat by Corbyn and the BLP into the pro-EU swamp largely explains Labour’s devestating electoral setback on October 21, 2019. (Voters in 53 of the 59 seats that Labour lost had earlier voted to Leave the E.U.)

Why discuss this now? Because reversing that stance will be key to resisting the Tory agenda, towards mobilizing the working class in mass action for a socialist alternative.

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