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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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

Rising from the crushing poverty of the long-suffering Peruvian masses, the Communist Party of Peru has since 1980 supported the strategy of People’s War. Following decades of failure of the bankrupt parliamentary strategy to empower and uplift the oppressed and exploited in Peru, the Communist Party of Peru blazed new trails, and thus evoked a particularly brutal response from the Peruvian state and murderous Garcia regime.

The general experience of the Communist Party of Peru up to this day shows that the state will resort to any amount of repression and fabrication to protect the ruling class and private property;

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Nepal: Revolution at a Turning Point

Abridged from an article published in Le Drapeau Rouge newspaper, No. 63, April 2007.

Developments over the last year in Nepal, after more than 10 years of armed struggle that shook the foundations of the old regime and won admiration from millions of exploited people and proletarians around the world, did not go without generating debates within the international communist movement—and within forces supporting revolution in that country. Many wonder about the decisions made by the leadership of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN[M)]) and the future of their revolution. Important Maoist parties like the Communist Party of India

On May 9, Québec Premier Jean Charest unveiled for a second time his famous “Plan Nord” that aims to occupy, develop and exploit this vast territory north of the 49th parallel. The area is 1.2 million square kilometers and makes up over 70% of Québec’s land mass.

Coordinated by a new state corporation, the Charest plan anticipates public and private investments of about $80 billion over a period of 25 years. This includes some 11 mining projects that are already underway, like the one announced a few days ago by ArcelorMittal, which plans to significantly increase its iron extraction in

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

The next stage for the ongoing revolution in Nepal remains in question as of the writing of this article, as the constitutional deadline of May 28, 2011 draws near.

The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) grew out of a decade-long people’s war between peasants and feudal landlords, the royal army, the police and the monarchist regime. It has the support of 80% of Nepali people, including peasant farmers, workers, students, women and other marginalized groups.

After negotiating a ceasefire, the Maoists entered parliament and have proposed a new constitution that enshrines social justice and emphasizes Nepalese economic and political

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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

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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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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