From June till September, the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee of Toronto will be offering free workshops to the public in different proletarian neighborhoods to spread the message and vision of revolutionary communism. Motivated by the need to develop a communist politics that can speak to the contradictions in this era of imperialism, this workshop series is designed to address pressing and unavoidable questions cropping up in the contemporary terrain of struggle.

We recognize that a revolutionary communism can only animate the working classes when it speaks to the reality of the everyday toil of working life under the system of wage slavery, including issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia/transphobia. PRAC-Toronto is thus excited to announce its first workshop “This ain’t your grandpa’s communism: connecting race, gender and sexuality to class politics.”

Canada is often considered in mainstream propaganda as a hospitable place to live and work. It is a common refrain from the oppressing classes, and some sections of the working classes, that if racialized immigrants complain about employment or residential opportunities, their jobs or the harassment that they experience on a daily basis then “they can go back to where they came from.” However, the reality is that in our current imperialist system these economic immigrants have been forced to come to Canada due to the imperialist plunder and underdevelopment of their home countries. The reality is that these workers come to Canada and do not get to enjoy the Canadian dream. Even worse, their children are criminalized and are not offered the Canadian dream either.

In February, Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, reported that Canada’s reliance on temporary foreign workers increased sharply from 2006 onwards, where reliance on these workers far surpassed reliance on permanent economic immigrants. The sectors dominated by temporary foreign workers include some of the most exploitive sectors: seasonal agricultural work, nannies and caregivers, and more increasingly, the service industry.

When we think about who are working these jobs, we find that they are often racialized. They work for far lower wages than most Canadians, with little job security and benefits, and are often victims of racism. Furthermore, proletarian women also suffer sexual harassment from their employers and society as a whole. While all women tend to be more impoverished and over-worked due to the fact they are often required to be wage earners and caregivers simultaneously, the double burden tends to be worse for racialized women. For some racialized women, they may be forced by poverty to leave their families in order to work in another women’s home as a nanny.

For these reasons and many more, we find it necessary to discuss the need for anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic/transphobic communism: a truly revolutionary communism. Please join us in Toronto at Accents Bookstore at 1790 Eglinton West at 5pm on June 11.

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