Recent Articles and News

We publish analyses, reports, and news articles below. Some of these articles are republished in the paper edition of Socialist Action Newspaper, which arguably the best political newspaper in North America.

Workers’ Action Movement at 35 Cawthra Ave, USW Local 3950 Picket line of locked-out workers at National Rubber Technologies in Toronto on July 21

Labour Council President Andria Babbington joined in solidarity with members of USW 3950 earlier this week to protest their employer, NRT, that has demanded 63 concessions, including forced overtime and other attacks on hard-won working conditions. What does it take to win? One day longer, one day stronger.

July 19 rally in Toronto demanding “End the U.S. blockade of Cuba Now!”

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.

Turmoil in the Green Party

This is an important discussion on the state of the Left in Canada, and on the movement for Eco-socialism.  In terms of strategy, it has implications for the very future of humanity and nature.

First of all, I want to congratulate Dimitri Lascaris.  He waged an amazing campaign that rallied thousands of people to Eco-socialist ideas.  That is a testament to Dimitri’s consummate skills as a superb organizer and an articulate proponent of radical socio-economic change.

In the end, the Green Party selected the most conservative, pro-capitalist candidate who ran to be its Leader.  In interviews with the mass media, Annamie Paul emphasized her identity, instead of highlighting her policy ideas.  Like her predecessor and major backer, Elizabeth May, Paul’s ideas conform to the tired old Green Party outlook on private ownership of the economy, not to mention its general support for Ottawa’s pro-imperialist foreign policy.

Report on ACORN-led protest against big bank fees

On July 13, 2021 Socialist Action members joined in solidarity with 40 ACORN activists to protest the policies of the big banks.  The Toronto action was part of a cross-country set of rallies to demand lowering NSF (Not Sufficient Funds) penalties from $45 to $10, waiving the minimum bank balance of $4000 to end discriminatory fees and stopping the financing of predatory lenders like EasyFinancial. In the heart of downtown Toronto, the march for fair banking touched major financial institutions in the Bay and King street zone.