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People’s Social Forum

“Harper Out!”… But for What?

More than five thousand social and union activists took part in the People’s Social Forum (PSF) held on August 21-24 in Ottawa. Organized according to the World Social Forum’s principles, the event featured some 500 workshops on a myriad of topics, making the event a veritable smorgasbord where attendees were invited to pick among a wide variety of dishes, many of which were re-heated.

When they decided to organize the event, the convenors chose to name it the People’s Social Forum, instead of the Canadian Social Forum, in consideration for the multinational character of the people living on

Montréal | September 12-13, 2014
Concordia University
1455, boul. De Maisonneuve Ouest, 7th Floor, Room H-765

UPDATE: Representatives of the PCR-RCP Canada will testify on Saturday, September 13th at 3:10pm.

The People’s Commission on Political Repression—a citizens’ initiative supported by the “Association pour la Liberté d’Expression”—invites you to take part in its public hearings.

The Commission wishes to give a voice to victims and witnesses of political repression in Québec since 1990. “Political repression” not only refers to legal and legislative repression, but also the repression by the media and the police. Through testimonies and briefs, the project also aims

Since the Nakba (the “Day of the Catastrophe”) in 1948, the Palestinian people have been the target of violent colonial policy—a policy that never stopped, despite various condemnations from the UN. Settlers stole crops and destroyed olive plantations; millions were expelled from their land and were forced to take refuge in neighbouring countries in conditions of misery, with the help of Arab countries more concerned about the health of their monarchy (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Jordan) or their military regimes (Egypt, Turkey, Syria) than the life of the Palestinian people.

The Zionist racist and colonial policy that led to the

Partisan №54

Bring Back Djaber!

Friday, August 22 at 12:30pm
365, Laurier Avenue West (corner Kent St.)

On June 26, Iranian activist Djaber Kalibi was forced to leave the country after the Immigration and Refugee Board gave him a deportation order.

After having lived for nine years in Canada, Djaber Kalibi, who is now 78 years old, has been deemed inadmissible for “serious criminal offence.” His “crime?” Having supported the fight against the Islamic regime in Iran around 30 years ago while he was living in France.

For more than 50 years, Kalibi has been a vocal political opponent to the reactionary regimes that

On August 23rd, J. Moufawad-Paul will be in Ottawa to attend the launch of his book, The Communist Necessity. A sleek and punchy treatise about the problems of social movementism and the need for a “new return” to a revolutionary communist tradition, The Communist Necessity is a philosophical intervention that forces the reader to think through the problems presented by contemporary capitalism that are not answered by mainstream left-wing theories of organization and strategy inherited from the anti-globalization movement.

According to Robert Biel, author of The Entropy of Capitalism, Moufawad-Paul’s book is “important and timely” and “profoundly reconnects

Partisan №54

Full Citizenship Rights for All!

The recent adoption of Bill C-24 in Ottawa is a new step in the tightening of the Canadian state’s immigration policy. Now it is increasingly difficult—if often impossible—to enter Canada and obtain the right to stay, whether one is a refugees or a poor and low-skilled worker. The latter are still welcome to work shit jobs under the Temporary Foreign Worker program, but as soon as their contract ends so does their residency in Canada. According to the capitalist class, these people are good enough to work, but not good enough to stay.

Accepted on June 19th, Bill C-24 is

This past month saw increased resistance to the Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline reversal project across Ontario. On July 14th, protestors shut down a construction site in Etobicoke. The Line 9 pipeline runs through several proletarian neighbourhoods in Toronto including Rexdale, Jane and Finch and East York. It runs under a number of schools, workplaces, homes and even Finch subway station.

While the line 9 pipeline has existed for some time, transporting oil from Montréal down to refineries in Sarnia, it was just recently that Enbridge was approved by the National Energy Board to proceed with the flow reversal, as well

Rally in front of the Canadian embassy in Dublin to protest the imprisonment of the three comrades from the 32CSM after their arrival in Canada.

On Friday, July 25, 2014, three members of the 32 Counties Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) had planned to speak with communist organizers in Toronto about the revolutionary struggle in Ireland. The event was jeopardized by the fact that the Canadian state refused entry to the three Irish comrades, despite the fact that they had committed no crime in Canada. They were detained—one of them at Maplehurst maximum security prison—before being deported back to Ireland. Nevertheless, the event went ahead with Martin Rafferty, one of the speakers, joining us by speakerphone from his home in Ireland.

The refusal of entry for these

“Québec – Palestine, Solidarity!” This slogan was enthusiastically chanted on Saturday, July 26 in Québec City during a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian people where a hundred people gathered outside the National Assembly. The demonstrators first walked through the Vieux-Québec, stopping in front of the consulates of France and the United States where they chanted: “Israel Murderer, France & USA Accomplice!” They then stopped at the CBC studios and also walked on the popular Saint-Jean Street.

Several bystanders, residents and small traders in the crowded streets, either supported the demo or delivered pro-Zionist verbal attacks. The latter reaction demonstrates

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Resistance in Québec City: an art!

The seventh edition of the “Manif d’Art” exhibit (“Art Demo”) was held from May 3 to June 1 in Québec City. Under the theme of “Resistance,” this biennial exhibit presented various works whose common purpose was to question the current system and even propose a new society—communism.

At the exhibit’s central venue, the works of Claire Fontaine critically examined capitalism. The words “CAPITALISM KILLS LOVE”, written in neon like a giant billboard, greeted the visitors at the entrance. Also written in neon, the word “STRIKE” would appear when visitors stopped moving at the same time, suggesting that a joint effort