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“Education for Activists” Conference

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“Education for Activists” Conference
November 15-16, 2019 at Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor St. W., Room 30, lower level. (at St. George station on the Bloor St. subway line).

Friday, Nov. 15 7 p.m. Imperialism,
Origins and nature of the system. Are Russia and China imperialist?

Speakers: Jeff Mackler, socialist candidate for President of the United States, and Robbie Mahood, leading member of SA/LAS Canada based in Montreal.

This session will open with Giovanna Riccio reading her poem about the public campaign to ‘Take the Plant’ at GM Oshawa, and George Elliott Clarke, National Poet Laureate, 2016-17, with an anti-imperialist poem.

Saturday, Nov. 16 1 p.m. The Next Great Recession — The business cycle, decline in the rate of profit, and the socialist alternative.

Speakers: Dimitri Lascaris, lawyer, journalist, Montreal-based coordinator of Disruption Network Canada; John Clarke, founding member of Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and Jeff Mackler, national secretary, Socialist Action-USA, and Rebecca Keetch, worker at GM Plant in Oshawa and UNIFOR Local 222 Political Action Committee and Education Committee.

4 p.m. Capitalism versus Life on Earth. Is the answer the ‘free’ market, green capitalism, or mass anti-capitalist action?

Speakers: Ian Angus, editor, Climate and Capitalism; Gary Porter, leading member of SA based in Victoria, B.C.; Yvonne Hanson, NDP candidate in Vancouver Granville.

7 p.m. Working class politics — The crisis of the labour movement, lessons of the federal election, and a strategy to win.

Speakers: Dirka Prout, NDP candidate in London North-Centre; Jessa McLean, NDP candidate in York-Simcoe, and Barry Weisleder, federal secretary of Socialist Action Canada.

Admission: $5 per session; $15 for weekend pass, or PWYC.

Please visit: www.socialistaction.ca Write to: socialistactioncanada@gmail.com or call: 647-986-1917 or 647-728-9143 for more information.

Socialist Education Conference – 2018

Socialist Action presents: “How to Change the World”

  • November 16-17, 2018
  • Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor St. W., Room 25, lower level.

Friday, November 16

7 p.m.  How to Defeat Doug Ford, and contend with the NDP and Labour Bureaucracy

Speakers:

  • Julius Arscott, OPSEU Executive Board Member;
  • Pam Frache, provincial coordinator of $15 and Fairness;
  • Barry Weisleder, co-editor, S.A. newspaper;
  • Dirka Prout, Chair, Federal NDP Women’s Committee.

Saturday, November 17

1 p.m.  The Rise of Authoritarianism and the working class response

Speakers:

  • Yasin Kaya, leading member of SA Canada
  • Lisa Luinenberg, a leader of Socialist Action USA, based in Minneapolis, works in immigrant rights movement;
  • David Pijoan, a leader of New Anti-capitalist Party, France.

4 p.m.  Capitalism and Patriarchy – the Marxist alternative to identity politics

Speakers:

  • John Wilson, SA Canada, a pioneer of the gay liberation movement in Ontario;
  • Lisa Luinenberg, a leader of Socialist Action USA, based in Minneapolis;
  • Arielle Concilio, writer for Left Voice based in New York;
  • A video statement from OKDE, Fourth International section in Greece.

7 p.m.  Boycott Apartheid Israel – Is it time for a coordinated, Pan-Canadian, mass action movement? 

Speakers:

  • Gary Porter, leading member of SA Canada, based in Victoria, B.C.;
  • Michaela Lavis, recently detained in Israel for protesting demolition of Palestinian village;
  • Karen Rodman, director, Palestine Just Trade; and
  • Dimitri Lascaris, lawyer, 2015 Green Party candidate in London West, current target of a smear campaign by CIJA and B’nai B’ríth.

Admission:

  • $5 per session;
  • $10 for weekend pass,
  • or PWYC.

For more information:

Lives in the Revolution – Trotsky Conference 2017

The theme was “Lives in the Revolution”.  The tenth annual Socialist Action Trotsky School, held at OISE University of Toronto, made the case that while social classes fundamentally determine the course of history, individuals lead the social classes, and can inspire us all to fulfill our potential to transform ourselves and the world.  Over eighty people attended all or part of the two-day educational conference.  Participants came from as far away as Victoria, B.C. and Saint John, New Brunswick, and included a delegation from Montreal, Quebec.
 
The conference began with a timely session titled Fascism: What it is and How to Fight It, with speakers Yasin Kaya, a leading member of Socialist Action Canada who joined the socialist movement in Turkey, and Steve Ellis, a pro-Palestine BDS activist and a veteran socialist.
On Saturday, November 18, the topic was Canadian Revolutionaries:  Papineau, Riel, Ginger Goodwin, Jack MacDonald, Maurice Spector, Ross Dowson, and 1980s Women into Industry, with speaker  Robbie Mahood, SA/Ligue pour l’Action socialiste leader and pro-choice physician based in Montreal.
Next up was the topic Rosa Luxemburg:  Revolutionary and Internationalist, featuring speaker Zarrin Mortezaian, a long time political activist from Iran, followed by Che Guevara: The enduring and inspiring revolutionary icon, 50 years after his murder, with presenter Bob Lyons, Socialist Action correspondent based in Central America, and former NDP MLA in Saskatchewan.

Lives in the Revolution: Socialist Action presents Trotsky School

Lives in the Revolution

Socialist Action’s Trotsky School: 10th Annual Education for Activists’ Conference

November 17-18 ●  OISE Room 2-212, U of T, 252 Bloor Street West


Fascism: What it is and How to Fight It

Speakers:

  • Yasin Kaya, a leading member of Socialist Action in Toronto.
  • Steve Ellis, veteran socialist

Canadian Revolutionaries:  Papineau, Riel, Ginger Goodwin, Maurice Spector, Ross Dowson, 1980s Women into Industry

  • Speaker: Robbie Mahood, SA/Ligue pour l’Action socialiste leader, pro-choice physician, based in Montreal.

Rosa Luxemburg:  Revolutionary and Internationalist

  • Speaker:  Zarrin Mortezaian, long time political activist from Iran.

Che Guevara: The enduring and inspiring revolutionary icon, 50 years after his murder

  • Speaker:  Bob Lyons, Socialist Action correspondent based in Central America, former NDP MLA in Saskatchewan.