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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

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» Jose Maria Sison

Founder of the new Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in 1968, Jose Maria Sison is one of the most important political personalities in this South-East Asian archipelago. Arrested during the time of the Marcos dictatorship, Sison spent nine years behind bars before his release in 1986. But repeated threats on his life from the military and the Philippine regime eventually forced him to leave his homeland. Jose Maria Sison is presently the chief negotiator in the peace talks with the Philippine government for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). He also heads the International League of People’s

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» Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a renowned journalist from Philadelphia who has been in prison since 1981, and on death row since 1983 for allegedly shooting Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. He is known as the “Voice of the Voiceless” for his award-winning reporting on police brutality and other social and racial epidemics that plague communities of colour in Philadelphia and throughout the world.

In 1981, while he was working as a taxi driver, he saw his brother staggering in the street. Mumia exited the cab and ran to the scene, where he was shot by a uniformed police officer and fell

Here are some short presentations of current and former political prisoners who have been jailed because of their participation in people’s and revolutionary struggles. They are only a few among thousands of others who dared to oppose the capitalist/imperialist system. We hope their example will be an inspiration in our struggles to come. Some of them are still in need of solidarity: we urge our readers to use the provided links to show their support.

» Marilyn Buck (1947-2010)

» Red Aid 4 (Belgium)

» Vancouver 5

» Repression of communists in the 1930s

» Mumia Abu-Jamal

» Jose Maria

In 1926, Dawn Fraser wrote a poem that began:

Listen, my children, and you shall know Of a crime that happened long ago In the dark and dismal days of old When the world and all was ruled by Gold 
When the earth was a rich man’s institution That was before the Revolution.

Canada, of course, has yet to see its Revolution, but in the 1920s and 1930s, hopes for this revolutionary future were at their peak.

On August 11, 1931, the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) were raided and Tim Buck, General Secretary of the CPC,

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» Vancouver 5

The anarchist group Direct Action in Vancouver wanted to attack the symbols of corporate greed in order to wake the masses up to the atrocities that feed capitalism and to show that it is possible to fight the system. After vandalizing targets such as the headquarters of mining company Amax, the group decided to step up tactics. In the spring of 1982, a bomb made up of an estimated 200 sticks of dynamite destroyed the Cheekye-Dunsmuir Hydro substation, which was nearly completed and was widely opposed by the surrounding community because it would pave the way the development of a

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» Red Aid 4 (Belgium)

On February 12, 2007, dozens of Communist trade unionist and anti-fascist activists were arrested in several Italian cities. Italian police was investigating a clandestine organization, the Political-Military Communist Party, which was allegedly planning attacks on a residence and a television station belonging to Silvio Berlusconi. Among the thousands of documents the Italian police found were photos of four members of the Belgium Red Aid.

Italian police secretly communicated information to the Belgian police. After one and a half years of secret investigation, and in the absence of any result of this espionage, a judge ordered a wave of raids and

An important activist from the U.S. radical Left, Marilyn Buck died from a rare and aggressive uterine cancer on August 3, 2010, only two weeks after being released on parole. Marilyn Buck, like many of her fellow activists in the 1970s, firmly believed that the duty of any revolutionary is to make the revolution.

Born in Texas, she became involved in the 1960s with the Students for a Democratic Society. As the black liberation struggle grew in power and determination, Marilyn’s political work focused increasingly on solidarity with that movement. In 1973, when Marilyn was 26, she was arrested for

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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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