On June 29th, 2011, the Anti-Gang unit of the Montréal Police Service’s Organized Crime Division arrested four political activists they considered to be part of the Revolutionary Communist Party (PCR-RCP Canada), in connection with the most recent May First demonstration organized by the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC).

During that demo, police officers were allegedly injured when demonstrators opposed a provocative attempt to arrest the photographer of this newspaper, who was apparently shouting too loudly some slogans against… the police.

The four activists are now facing serious criminal charges, including “assault with a weapon,” “assaulting a police officer,” “obstruction of justice” and

The hunger strike in the Security Housing Unit at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison may have been temporarily suspended this past July, but the fight for the rights of prisoners, especially political prisoners who oppose the capitalist system, is only heating up.

The Pelican Bay strikers suffered extreme weight loss and put themselves at risk of organ failure. Those who participated also lost their yard time and work options. Strikers have released letters warning of new protests if demands are not met. These demands include adequate food, ending long-term solitary confinement, abolishing the policy that forces inmates to fabricate lies

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Soldiers, Stay at Valcartier!

Translated from Le Drapeau Rouge, No. 64, May 2007.

Next summer, a Canadian Forces contingent from Valcartier (outside of Québec City) numbering some 2,000 soldiers will depart for Afghanistan. These soldiers will replace the current Canadian forces based in and around the Kandahar region. With this contingent, Canada will be the most important component within the NATO imperialist occupation force in Afghanistan.

After more than five years of military occupation, the Afghani people are subjected to the daily horrors of the deteriorating situation in their country: in the North, warlords enjoy passive compliance with the occupation forces, enforcing their own

Each year, the arrival of summer coincides with a surge of nationalism in Canada and Québec. The website of the federal government recently urged us to “celebrate Canada” from June 21 (National Aboriginal Day, as declared by the settler-colonial state) until July 1 (Canada Day), including Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24) and even “Canadian Multiculturalism Day” on June 27. As workers, we have nothing to celebrate on these occasions, for we have nothing in common with the capitalists who run this country.

The Canadian (and Québécois) bourgeoisie would like us to celebrate that an opulent minority of people rule the roost

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The Real Face of Canada

Growing up in Canada, it is repeated like a prayer that “our country” is one dedicated to and renowned for “peacekeeping,” “human rights” and “freedom.” Even some elements of the left, rightly critical as they may be of Canadian foreign policy, see Canada as something different, in some way, from the broader imperialist system —that it is at once “semi-imperialist” and “semi-colonial.” That it is at once both exploits with and is exploited by imperialism.

The truth of these claims, however, is often very dubious. When we look beneath the surface we find that Canada is a settler-colonial state built

The collapse of the Bloc Quebecois in the recent federal election has led some to predict the death of the Québec independence movement. It is true that the fall of its popular support —both in terms of percentage of votes (from 38% to 23%) and the number of seats (from 49 to only 4)— was pretty spectacular.

Equally spectacular is the crisis the Parti Quebecois is now facing, as six MPs have resigned or were excluded during the month of June alone. While it would be foolhardy to prophesize the end of Québec’s independence movement, the crisis it is undergoing

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) last month completed its public hearings that took place in various communities across Canada and heard testimony from hundreds of indigenous people who were abused and dehumanized in the residential school system.

Elders spoke about being beaten for talking their language. They described sexual abuse by nuns, priests and teachers. One man said he was forced to eat his own vomit after he was unable to digest the food that was so foreign to him.

The Chair of the TRC said hundreds of indigenous children disappeared during the residential school years. They were taken

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A world without oppression–this is what we fight for!

More than 150 people responded to the call of the Revolutionary Communist Party and marched behind the banner “For Workers’ and Poor Peoples’ Struggle Against Capitalism!” at the May 1st demonstration in Montréal. Carrying colorful red flags and vigorously chanting various revolutionary and communist slogans, the participants to the anti-capitalist detachment emphasized the true nature of May 1st—the day of world-wide proletarian struggle. Other banners flew along with the RCP, such as SIKLAB (which defends the rights of Filipino working men and women), PINAY (a community organization for women of the Philippines, the Union of Iranian Socialists,

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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

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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