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Let’s Support Our Jailed Comrades!

On June 19, 1986, after a heroic resistance, nearly 300 prisoners associated with the Communist Party of Peru (PCP) were cowardly murdered by the genocidal regime of the social-democratic President Alan Garcia. A few days later, in memory of those comrades, the PCP Central Committee declared June 19 as the “Day of Heroism.” This day is now known worldwide as a day of solidarity with revolutionary prisoners. This issue of Partisan newspaper is dedicated to them.

Throughout history, the capitalist state has always suppressed its opponents. The so-called “democratic rights” the system officially recognizes are made irrelevant when the capitalist

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» Shawn Brant

Shawn Brant is an indigenous activist who lives on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in central Ontario. In the 1990s, he took part in protests at Kanehsatake and Ipperwash. He also became involved with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).

In November 2006, the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga occupied a gravel quarry that was in full swing despite that the federal government had recognized the quarry as Mohawk land in 2003. For the next year, the Ontario government refused to revoke the license of the company operating the quarry. Brant continued to help organize protests in opposition to the invasions on

If political prisoners as such are only a small part of the global prison population, jails are massively filled with proletarians and poor, many being from oppressed nations. The capitalist system is ruthless with those who deviate from the social control standards it has developed. We must see the struggle to defend the rights of all prisoners as being part of our global fight against capitalist/imperialist exploitation and oppression.

On July 1, between 50 and 100 prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison, California, in the Security Housing Unit (SHU), Corridor D, will begin an indefinite hunger strike.

The D corridor

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» Rashid Johnson

In 1990, Kevin “Rashid” Johnson was arrested for dealing drugs in a ghettoized U.S. neighbourhood. While many African Americans arrested for drug dealing and using can be seen as political prisoners due to the criminalization and ghettoization of their communities, Johnson became conscious of himself as a political prisoner in the years of his internment: he studied revolutionary theory and began to organize and educate other prisoners. Now he is a member of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party–Prison Chapter (NABPP–PC) and an outspoken organizer in the Red Onion State Prison of southwest Virginia.

America’s racist capitalism incarcerates a grossly

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Formation of ILPS-Canada

On May 21, 2011, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the foundation of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), 70 delegates representing over 24 different community organizations met in Toronto to announce the formation of ILPS-Canada. Delegates from the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee-Toronto, in the capacity as observers, were among the numerous participants and welcomed the formation of the Canadian national chapter.

The ILPS was founded on May 25, 2001 in the Netherlands at the First International Assembly and saw an attendance of 339 delegations from 218 mass organizations from over 40 countries. The ILPS is organized around

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» Fred Rose

Fred Rose was born in Poland in 1907. In 1916 he immigrated to Canada where he soon joined the Young Communist League and began what would be a life-long dedication to the struggle of the working class. He eventually rose to prominence as a factory worker and union organizer in Montréal. Never backing down from the class struggle, Rose wrote several articles linking Québec’s Duplessis government to the fascist governments of Hitler and Mussolini. In the 1930s he was jailed for sedition for his efforts.

Fred Rose is, however, best known for his actions in parliament. After coming in second

On the first anniversary of the G-20 summit in Toronto, comrades remember gathering in the streets in solidarity with workers around the world and in opposition to the bankers and their political leaders who were desperate to reorganize the system to fit their own needs after the global financial fallout.

The state allocated one billion dollars to Toronto’s Police budget and placed the operations under federal control. It paid for the import of thousands of riot cops, miles of fencing and hundreds of surveillance cameras. The coup de grâce was the resurrection of an old wartime law that granted police

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Defend Our Own Interests, and Nothing Else!

Every day the system prompts us to act as “consumers,” “Canadians,” “Quebecers,” “citizens” and so on. There are even cases where some try to make us believe that we are anything except what we really are: workers!

To cite a particularly strange case, we can look at Wal-Mart employees who are called “associates” though they are paid only a few cents above minimum wage! But rarely, if ever, are we asked to think and act as workers, which is what most of us are, Wal-Mart employees included.

Yet, whatever one may say, the proletariat —those who have no means of

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I Am a Worker!

I work in a hotel. Not in the housekeeping department, where the work is strenuous, tenuous and carries a high risk of injury. Not in the kitchen, where the craft of creating delicious food in large quantities is treated as “unskilled” and waged accordingly. Not in the restaurant where a person’s income depends on the kindness of a customer’s tip (a good portion of which is taken off the top by the company!) and understaffing has reached crisis levels. I work at the front desk, where I’m guaranteed 40 hours a week, where I’m more likely to be promoted to

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Squeezing the Workers

Two Montréal-based organizations, “Au Bas de L’Échelle” and the Immigrant Workers Centre, recently launched a campaign to protect the rights of workers in temporary employment agencies. While the use of these agencies is spreading like wildfire, their practices contribute to the insecurity of a growing number of workers. In Québec alone, there are more than 1,200 agency offices currently in operation. In 2008 their earnings exceeded one billion dollars.

The two organizations listed poor working conditions, especially low wages, unfair contracts, the use of agencies to circumvent regulations or weaken unions (where they exist), the higher risk of accidents and