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Where is Canadas Socialist Resurgence?

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1822 ... May 10, 2019
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Where is Canada’s Socialist Resurgence?

David Bush

Socialism is back, at least south of the border. The popularity of Bernie Sanders, the election of open socialists such as Kshama Sawant, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Ilhan Omar, the growth of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the teacher strike wave across many ‘red states’ are just some of the signs that socialism is on the rise in the United States of America.

The growth of socialism is just one side of the political polarization taking place in the United States. The surge of the far-right and the confidence Trump has empowered racists and reactionaries everywhere is extremely troubling. This dynamic of political polarization is occurring in many advanced capitalist countries such as France, the...

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This is where we, LabourStart and you, come in

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cell phones at the border

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Paov, cell phone and laptop searches at the border have been back in the headlines since I was last in touch with you.

Toronto business lawyer Nick Wright was pulled aside by border agents at Pearson airport, who searched his luggage, then demanded the passwords to his phone and laptop. The agents gave...

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What is the Socialist Project?

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A Socialist Project podcast ... No. 16 ... May 9 2019
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What is the Socialist Project?

“Oats for Breakfast is affiliated with the Socialist Project,” our listeners hear at the beginning of each episode. In this episode, we finally get into talking about what the Socialist Project is – its structure, goals, as well as the vision of socialism that guides its work. We also discuss the SP’s Action Keele project, an on-the-gound organizing campaign based in working class neighborhoods in Toronto.

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What do you want to see in a Green New Deal?

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Earlier this week, we joined more than 60 organizations and thousands of people across Canada to launch the Pact for a Green New Deal. The pact is a call from artists, Indigenous and migrant rights groups, economists, unions and young people to bring forward a bold and ambitious plan to seriously tackle climate change and inequality, and it’s the next piece of our work to win a Green New Deal for Canada.

The plan is to build this together, from the grassroots up. That’s why we need you. From May 18th to 31st, people will gather in communities across the country at local town halls to help build a shared vision for Canada’s Green New Deal. Join a Green New Deal town hall in your community -- or sign up to host...

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SEA Members Meeting for May

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We don’t have much time. In just 2 days, 186 governments will decide on an international law that could help save our oceans from plastic waste.

But corporate lobbyists are working overtime to undermine this new anti-plastic law.

Can you fight back by chipping in for digital ads that our leaders won’t be able to ignore?

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Extinction Rebellion: A Cause for Hope for the Planet and Maybe for Revolution

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1821 ... May 8, 2019
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Extinction Rebellion: A Cause for Hope for the Planet and Maybe for Revolution

Mike Shaughnessy

The worldwide protests organized by Extinction Rebellion (XR), have put the issue of the ecological crisis into mainstream political discourse. Non-violent actions have been carried out in more than 30 countries and within them, many more towns and cities. But it has been in the UK, the birthplace of the movement, that has seen the most spectacular actions, particularly in London. Four central London locations were held, and blockaded, three of them illegally, for almost a week, with over a 1,000 arrests being made by police.

It has astonished me that protesters held on for so long in London, but I had obviously misjudged the numbers that Extinction Rebellion...

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Green New Deal Townhall

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Hate plastic? Read this now

A simple but brilliant new international rule could stop rich countries dumping shiploads of plastic in our oceans and on poor communities.

We have 3 days to convince governments to vote YES -- can you donate now to flood their feeds with powerful ads?

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Europe and the USA flood Southeast Asia with shiploads of plastic waste every single day.

Beaches home to sea turtles and birds there are being smothered with straws, wrappers, bottles, and bags.

But in literally 3 days, 186 governments meeting in Geneva will decide on an international law to cut reckless...

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Muslims Under Attack: Solidarity or 'Left Secularism'

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1820 ... May 7, 2019
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Muslims Under Attack: Solidarity or ‘Left Secularism’

John Clarke

Western governments and the xenophobic far right are engaged in a veritable war on Muslims. One way in which this attack unfolds is an ongoing effort to force Muslims to embrace dominant ‘values’ and change their forms of dress or abandon religious observances. Though he was not speaking exclusively about Muslims, the infamous war criminal, Tony Blair, recently sounded off on this very theme of the obligation to ‘integrate’ and was challenged very powerfully by Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian.

As this vicious and escalating attack on Muslim communities unfolds, many on the left appreciate clearly its racist nature and the need for active solidarity with those on the receiving end. However, there are others...

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Green New Deal

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The Green New Deal is a visionary plan to move us off the corporate-dominated fossil economy and stop the biggest threat our planet has faced: climate change.

Take the pledge to support the Green New Deal.

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“We have 12 years to combat climate change before it's too late.” -- United Nations IPCC report.

“Canada is warming at twice the global rate” -- Canada's Changing Climate Report

It seems that every week, there’s another groundbreaking report...

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Quaker Concern is back!


We're pleased to bring you the Spring 2019 edition of Quaker Concern, the 8 page print and digital newsletter of Canadian Friends Service Committee.

In this issue Keira Mann and Matt Legge discuss CFSC's new book Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division in the cover story CFSC Launches Are We Done Fighting?

Keira Mann describes her experiencing with a delegation of church leaders who visited Canadian senators to express support for Bill C-262 (An Act to Ensure that the Laws of Canada are in Harmony with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples). Church Delegation Visits Senate to Support Bill C-262

Daisie Auty describes her experience, which at times felt overwhelming, of participating in a two day dialogue on how children are impacted when their parents come into conflict with the law. Why I Stand Up for Respectful Dialogue

And we share some brief highlights from CFSC’s work and recent travels in support of justice and peace.

You can find the current and previous issues of Quaker Concern at https://QuakerConcern.ca, where you can also download them in PDF.

All donors to CFSC receive a print copy of Quaker Concern FREE. Donate now to get yours.

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Happy (belated) International Workers Day :


body. rabble.ca logo Happy (belated) International Workers’ Day!

The struggle for workers’ rights and our collective movements for social, economic, racial and environmental justice continues -- but this week, we celebrated working people’s contributions to our communities and the world!

Read Duncan Cameron on the significance of May Day demonstrations of hope, solidarity, and support for collective action at a time of major distress and unrest.

Read Bill Blaikie’s book review of 1919 by The Graphic History Collective and David Lester, a new graphic novel about the general strike that rocked Winnipeg a century ago.

And we were especially thrilled to celebrate here at rabble by welcoming Zaid Noorsumar, our new labour beat reporter for 2019! We’re proud to be one of the few media outlets in Canada that prioritizes our coverage of labour stories. The labour beat reporter program was created in 2012 by rabble.ca in partnership with Unifor, Canada's largest union in the private sector, with the goal of improving understanding of the labour movement across Canada and creating a bank of labour reporting expertise among emerging journalists.

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Stop the war against Brazil's indigenous peoples



Stop the war against Brazil's tribal peoples
Dear PAOV,

President Jair Bolsonaro has “declared war” on Brazil’s tribal peoples, but you can help.

Will you send him a message today and ask him to stop Brazil’s genocide?

Since taking office, Bolsonaro has:
  • Taken the government’s indigenous affairs department, FUNAI, away from the Ministry of Justice and placed it under the control of Minister Damares Alves, an evangelical preacher whose NGO is under investigation for inciting racial hatred against indigenous peoples
  • Taken the responsibility to map out indigenous territories away from FUNAI and given it to the Agriculture Ministry, which is run by anti-indigenous politicians of the agribusiness lobby
  • Drafted decrees to make it harder to protect indigenous territories, and to “monitor” indigenous peoples’ allies
  • And more…

These moves spell disaster for tribal peoples nationwide and could wipe out dozens of uncontacted tribes.

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2019 CoDev Fundraising and Solidarity Dinner

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Update: cell phones at the border

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Hi Paov, would you know what to do if a Canadian border agent asked to look through your phone or laptop?

Most people in Canada...

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