The global political situation is sobering, even dire, but its very volatility is pregnant with radically progressive potential outcomes.
No to religious terrorism! No to state terrorism! Only the overthrow of the world capitalist system would make peace possible
The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, announced that on July 31, 2022, through an airstrike, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, was killed in Kabul. On the basis of this ‘historic feat’, he spoke about the delivery of “peace and justice". The American government, which itself is the producer and supporter of terrorism around the world, can never be the hero of the fight against terrorism. Didn't Hillary Clinton, the former US Secretary of State, admit that "The people we are fighting today, we funded twenty years ago"? Didn't John Bolton, former National Security Adviser of the US, admit that he organized coups in various countries, including in Latin America?
Canadian Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste statement on sexual assault and gender discrimination
Socialist Action Canada / Ligue pour l'Action socialiste has become aware of a troubling wave of incidents of sexual assault and gender violence within leftist organizations across the Canadian state, and abroad. The SA/LAS leadership body, its Central Committee, is united in condemning in the strongest possible terms the occurrence and apparent mishandling of these situations where leaders routinely failed to protect, address, or even inform comrades within their ranks. Patterns that have emerged include a mere slap on the wrist as discipline for the perpetrator despite repeated allegations against the same individuals, while persons under investigation were placed in the same settings with those they abused while survivors were denied requests for reasonable accommodation and non-biased investigation. Consequently, needless re-traumatizing occurred while a failure to inform local comrades continued to put other folks at risk. We take no pleasure in reporting such horrendous incidents. Indeed, we are pained by the evident suffering and trauma experienced by the victims of predators, by all others negatively affected, and by the failings of certain leaders.
Joseph Ryan, Revolutionary Socialist, 1944-2022
Joseph Ryan, – his friends usually called him Joe, – called me in late May from his home in Denver offering to resume his editorship of our COVID-interrupted print edition of our monthly newspaper, Socialist Action. I heartedly agreed and at Joe’s request sent him a dozen articles for inclusion in what we planned to be our summer issue. Joe was especially motivated to return to editing our newspaper by our website articles on the war in Ukraine. As was Joe’s lifelong habit, he insisted on letting us know where he stood, in this case, mercilessly pillorying those on the left who ignored the central role of U.S. imperialism in instigating the 2014 fascist-led coup and the coup government’s subsequent murderous attacks on the Russian-speaking people of the Donbas that set into motion today’s war and its associated horrors.
Comrade Xiang Qing(向青) passed away in Macau on July 6, 2022, at the age of 100
Our beloved Comrade Xiang Qing(向青) passed away in Macau on July 6, 2022, at the age of 100.
Marxism and the National Question
National oppression and racism are fundamental features of capitalist states in the world today. In few of them does the national question play such a central role as in Canada. This is most clearly demonstrated in the case of Quebec, where national resentment periodically erupts to take centre stage in political life. It is seen in the rising national consciousness and demands of Indigenous peoples in Canada and Quebec. French-speaking communities outside Quebec which have survived Anglo-assimilation, notably the Acadians in Atlantic Canada, also claim nationhood. And it applies, arguably, to Newfoundland, where a separate society existed for three hundred years before its incorporation, by a fraudulent set of referenda, into the Canadian state in 1949.
No War in Ukraine!
Socialists oppose all wars, except the class war. Workers and the poor, women and children are the first and foremost victims of war, while a tiny, rich minority profit from the woe it inflicts on the vast majority. The current conflict over Ukraine shows this again. It stems from the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is led by Washington, London, Paris, Ottawa and their imperialist allies. The unfolding tragedy can be halted by mass protest actions in every country, along with the construction of a broad, democratic anti-war movement. Those are the key tasks at this moment.
Independent Working-Class Political Action in English Canada: Socialist Action Policy on the NDP
This document outlines and reinforces that position, updated to the present reality. In general, we are applying the Marxist-Leninist method to worker-based parties with petty bourgeois leaderships and bourgeois programs that aim to reform capitalism, rather than to overthrow it in favour of the construction of a workers’ state towards building socialism.
Brewery Workers in north-west Toronto Resist Concessions to Rich Conglomerate Molson Coors
The 2-tier graduated wage structure was introduced in 2010, with the understanding that new hires would reach the full wage scale in 10 years or have a progressive wage scale which would help members reach full wage. While some members still have not reached the top wage after 11 years, the company is insisting that workers remain on this tier of wages. This would create massive wage disparity between members hired prior to 2010 and members hired afterwards.
Greetings to SA USA!
The following greetings were presented by Elizabeth Byce, SA/LAS Canada to the annual convention of Socialist Action USA, which took place January 30, 31, 2021. Dear comrades of Socialist Action – USA, I bring you warmest revolutionary greetings from Socialist…
Socialist Action 2021 New Year’s Fund Appeal
Now that annus horribilis 2020 is consigned to the rear-view mirror, it is time to welcome the many workers, especially those so young, who are joining the revolutionary socialist movement. The aim of this New Year’s Fund Appeal is to…
Free Meng Wanzhou. Normalize relations with China
Protesters gathered outside the Toronto constituency office of Deputy Prime Minister and University-Rosedale M.P. Chrystia Freeland to demand "Free Meng Wanzhou. Normalize relations with China" on Tuesday, December 1.The organizers seek to end Ottawa's complicity with illegal United States' trade…
Status for All!
The advocacy organization, Justice for Migrant Workers, on June 29 called for an immediate shutdown of Ontario's entire agricultural industry until every workplace is fully sterilized to stop the spread of COVID-19 among its workers. From the start of the…
Remembering Joe Flexer, Worker Militant, International Socialist
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdq_QphP3mI&t=4s On Sunday, August 2, 2020 comrades of Socialist Action commemorated the 20 year anniversary since the passing of comrade Joe Flexer. Following remarks by Socialist Action on this important occasion, operatic tenor Y.C. Lee sang The Internationale.
Jail Killer Cops! Smash Racist Capitalism!
Cruel racism abounds in the USA. From the slave ships, to the slave auctions, to the schools and prisons of today; from the whippings, rapes and murders of the past to the beatings, racial profiling and killings of today… slavery…
April 2020 edition of Socialist Action newspaper
Dear comrades and friends, During these extraordinary and difficult pandemic times, with no public events where Socialist Action newspaper is normally offered for sale, we are stepping up to bring the revolutionary press to you electronically. Please open the attached…
VIDEO: Introduction to Socialist Action
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The 2019 Socialist Action ‘Year in Review’
The 2019 SA 'Year in Review' by Barry Weisleder (presented on December 7, 2019.) https://www.facebook.com/SocialistActionCanada/videos/pcb.1529957303811739/501067403828435/?type=3&theater Socialist Action is a small but fast growing revolutionary party that puts a great emphasis on political education. At the same time, SA is an activist organization…
SOME KEY LESSONS OF THE INSPIRING STRUGGLE FOR INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY AND CLIMATE SANITY
WE ARE WITNESSING AN HISTORIC EVENT. It is a turning point for indigenous rights, for climate change resistance, and for a new generation of fighters for justice. It is a powerful step forward in social protest in Canada. SOCIALIST ACTION…
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Wet’suwet’en Solidarity people against Coastal GasLink, the courts, cops, Trudeau and Horgan
Socialist Action condemns the outright violation by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and BC's NDP Premier John Horgan, of the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) rules in dealing with the indigenous peoples on resource development…
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