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Reform or Revolution: Annual Education for Activists’ Conference

Socialist Action-Canada invites you to ‘Trotsky School’

its 8th annual Education for Activists’ Conference

‘Reform or Revolution!’

Woodsworth Residence (U of T) • 321 Bloor Street West • Room 35 (lower Level)

The theme “Reform or Revolution” attracted dozens of activists to the eighth annual Fall educational conference hosted by Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste at the University of Toronto, November 20-21.

Over fifty people attended one or more of the sessions, which consisted of the following (Scroll down for the schedule).

Following lively discussions and brisk literature sales, two people applied to join SA/LAS.

All sessions were video recorded and are posted on YouTube (A link to the “playlist” is provided below).

Next on the activist agenda are Climate Justice marches across the country, including in Toronto on Sunday, November 29, 4 p.m. at Queen’s Park, and the Federal Conference of the NDP Socialist Caucus on Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at OISE U of Toronto, in room 5-250.  The latter gathering will be transmitted live-stream via the internet.


All Videos (Scroll down the page for separate videos for each panel):


Friday, November 20

7 p.m. “Is social democracy over? From Mulcair to Corbyn to Tsipras” 

  • Desmond Cole, a Toronto Star columnist, radio talk show host, and leading opponent of racial carding by police.
  • Marty Goodman, a leader of Socialist Action USA, a retired New York City transit worker;
  • Robbie Mahood, a leading member of SA/LAS based in Montreal.

Videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Saturday, November 21

10 a.m. – Imperialism today: Is China Imperialist? Is Turkey breaking with Washington?

  • Armagan Tulunay, Revolutionary Workers Party (Turkey) [via Skype]
  • Y. Fikret Kayali, a leader of Socialist Action Canada and PhD candidate in Political Economy at York University.

Videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

1 p.m. “Why inequality?” – “They say ‘the poor have always been with us’. If so, why?”

  • Jim Stanford, chief economist for UNIFOR, a regular commentator on CBC-TV;
  • John Clarke, provincial organizer for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

Videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

4 p.m. “Where is U.S. politics going: Trump, Sanders, $15 Now, and Black Lives Matter”

  • Marty Goodman, SA New York.

Videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


  • $5 per session or PWYC
  • $10 in advance for an all-sessions ticket
  • $20 at the door.

Trotsky School Poster


SOCIALISM 2014 CAPITALISM IS ORGANIZED CRIME: an International Educational Conference


What: an International Educational Conference

When: May 23-24, 2014

Where: OISE, U. of Toronto 252 Bloor St. W. Room 2-212 (just above the St. George Subway Station)

Click here for the map | Click here for the Facebook event | For the poster click here


  • $15 in advance for weekend;
  • $20 at door for the weekend;
  • $5 per session or PWYC.



3 p.m. Registration opens, literature sale

4 p.m. Capitalism Damns the Environment

  • Eva Portillo, Coordinator of Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network;
  • Malu Baumgarten, Toronto Socialist Action;
  • Marc Bonhomme, member Quebec Solidaire, in Montreal.

7 p.m. Scandals, Repression and Corporate Dictatorship

  • Barry Weisleder, federal secretary, Socialist Action – Canada;
  • Jaime Gonzalez, LUS (Socialist Unity League) – Mexico;
  • Chris Hutchinson, Socialist Action USA, Connecticut.

10 a.m. Science: For Profit, or for People?

  • with special guest speaker Cliff Conner. He is the author of “A Peoples’ History of Science”, and teaches history at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

[12 noon lunch break]

1 p.m. When Labour Won

  • Julius Arscott, SA Canada;
  • Chris Hutchinson – SA U.S.A.; Marc Bonhomme – Quebec Solidaire;
  • Lindsay Hinshelwood, auto worker at Ford Oakville, was candidate for President of UNIFOR in 2013.

4 p.m. Is Inequality Inevitable?

  • Claudia Espinoza, President of USGE Local 00079 (Public Service Alliance of Canada) and organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers;
  • Kaylie Tiessen from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives;
  • John Orrett, member Toronto Firefighters Association and SA Canada.

[5:30 p.m. Supper break]

7 p.m. What Would Socialism Look Like?
with special guest speaker Cliff Conner, co-author of the new book “Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA”.

10 p.m. Social at a nearby pub Fox and Fiddle, 280 Bloor Street W. Click here for the map


co-sponsored by: Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste – Canadian state, Socialist Action – USA, and the Socialist Unity League (Liga Unidad Socialista) – Mexico
http://www.socialistaction.ca | (647) 986-1917 or (647) 728-9143


Free PDF is available: Concessions No More! Fight to Defeat Austerity

Below is a copy of “Concessions No More! Fight to Defeat Austerity”, a collection of talks presented at Socialism 2013, the annual international educational conference hosted by Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste, held May 10-12, 2013 at the University of Toronto.

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