On May 28th, close to 200 people attended a very successful
conference on Cuba and Venezuela, entitled "Cuba
after Fidel, Venezuela at the Crossroads." Hands
off Venezuela Montreal and the Bolivarian Society of Quebec, in collaboration
with the International Marxist Tendency and Gauche Socialiste, organized the
public round-table discussion on the theory of Permanent Revolution and
the ideas of Leon Trotsky, and how these ideas are now shaping the
revolution in Venezuela, Cuba, and the rest of Latin America. Leading the discussion will be Celia Hart and Jorge Martin.
14 students at UofT, including Canadian Marxists active with Fightback, have been arrested on false charges for fighting for free education. The charges include assaulting a police officer and forcible confinement, which could lead to serious jail time. The University is trying to crush this movement under repression before it takes off. Solidarity action is needed now!
Canada has one of the highest levels of strikes in any country in the world. It has also experienced several factory occupations over the past year or so. Now its giant neighbour, the USA is in recession. Canada is facing a turbulent period, where all relations, economic, political and social, will be turned upside down.
Last month marked the 100 year anniversary of one of the B.C.
labour movement’s darkest moments – the anti-Asian riots of 1907. This
mobilization of organized workers against other workers along racial
lines highlights the need for a clear understanding of why racism
exists and is allowed to exist, the pernicious role it plays under
capitalism, and the real road to its abolition.