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.

WEBCAST: Choice is Under Attack! Women Resist from Texas to Toronto to New Brunswick

This upcoming Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. EDT, you are invited to watch our next live webcast entitled, "Choice is Under Attack!  Women Resist from Texas to Toronto to New Brunswick," with speakers Lisa Luinenberg, Socialist Action – USA, Rubina…

Grace Carlson: Unsung Hero of the Early Trotskyist Movement

Grace Carlson was the only female member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) (predecessor organization of Socialist Action) to be convicted and sentenced under the notorious anti-communist Smith Act of 1940. She was sentenced to sixteen months in the Federal Correctional Facility For Women in Alderson, West Virginia. The trial and convictions of the 17 male leaders of the SWP is a well known part of Trotskyist history. All 18 leaders were  convicted of allegedly trying to overthrow the U.S. government by force and violence on the eve of the U.S entrance into World War II . (See “Socialism On Trial” by James P. Cannon).

On the 110th Anniversary of IWD: For Feminism and Socialism!

·         The statement below was presented by Socialist Action Treasurer Elizabeth Byce to lead off the SA webcast on March 4, 2021. A women's conference of the Socialist International in Copenhagen in 1910 launched International Women's Day globally in 1911.  Trotskyist parties,…

WEBCAST: The Sport and Prey of Capitalists: How the Rich Are Stealing Canada’s Public Wealth

Thursday, March 18   4 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. EST, “The Sport and Prey of Capitalists: How the Rich Are Stealing Canada's Public Wealth” (published 2019) with author Linda McQuaig.  Host: Elizabeth Byce.   Discussants:  John Orrett in Thornhill and Emily Steers…

Workers Action Movement Conference

Watch here: https://youtu.be/djQD5ExQ4Ks Join us for the first cross country Workers Action Movement (WAM) Conference which will take place online on Sunday, February 28, starting at 10 a.m. PST (Vancouver), 11 a.m. MST (Edmonton), 12 noon CST (Winnipeg), 1 p.m.…

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…

How to Get the Change We Need

My name is Lisa and I am a member of Socialist Action USA, from its Minneapolis branch. I thank SA Canada for inviting me to speak (to the “Revolution or Ruin” conference, November 21). I look forward to hearing your…

Education for Activists Conference: Revolution or Ruin

Socialist Action - Canada presents an internationalEducation for Activists Conference“Revolution or Ruin” An online gathering to address the multiple crises of world capitalism WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/nuLDI5rZ_xE Saturday, November 21, 2020  4 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time “The Change We Need”Kathy McDonald, Trustee on the…

WEBCAST: How to Build a Revolutionary Party Today

Thursday, October 29,  7 p.m. EST, 4p.m. PT  How to Build a Revolutionary Party Today, with Henry Heller, professor of history at the University of Manitoba, Gary Porter, Socialist Action organizer in British Columbia, and Suzanne Weiss, author of “Holocaust to Resistance”…

WEBCAST: SOCIALISM 2020

WEBCAST - Socialism 2020, an international education conference online Saturday, June 6, with sessions at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.   https://youtu.be/RoGzJRICBTA 4 p.m. Capitalism is the Virus – pandemic, climate change, economic ruin and authoritarianism, France –…

34th Annual SA Celebration of International Workers’ Day

Webcast 34th Annual SA Celebration of International Workers’ Day, Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m.  with a number of speakers and entertainers, chaired by Elizabeth Byce.   https://youtu.be/3_LJwZZolYs with guest speakers: John Clarke, co-founder, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. Naila Saeed, Indocanadians4humanity.…

Book review: The Testaments

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood McClelland & Stewart, 2019 By: Barry Weisleder Margaret Atwood's 2019 Man Booker Prize-winning sequel to “The Handmaid's Tale” offers a glimpse of a grim future, a post-Trump, totalitarian, arch-patriarchal society. It depicts a fragment of…