April 28, 2016

May Day 2016: Events across Canada

Special to RY

Rebel Youth sends revolutionary greetings to all those participating in May Day events across the country this year!

In recent years there has been a renewal of the May Day tradition which this year is 130 years old. In the context of capitalism's economic and environmental crises International Workers' Day is as relevant as ever. Long live May Day!

Events throughout the country:

April 15, 2016

De Beers' Colonial Plunder in Attawapiskat

Jay Watts

In 1995, a report issued as part of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples called suicide “one of the most urgent problems facing aboriginal communities." 22 years later, Canada’s ongoing colonial project is still taking a staggering and gruesome toll on the health and lives of First Nations. In Attawapiskat, a community of close to 2,000, there were 11 suicide attempts last Saturday, on top of 100 suicide attempts since last September.

In response to such events there has been mobilization. In Toronto, Idle No More and Black Lives Matter have responded with an occupation of an Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office; in Ottawa people are marching from Parliament Hill to INAC in Gatineau; while other INAC offices are being occupied in Winnipeg, Regina and James Bay.

April 12, 2016

April 15th Cross-Canada Day of Action to Fight for $15 [list of actions]

Special to RY

A cross-Canada Day of Action has been called for this Friday, April 15th to demand a raise to minimum wages across the country. Despite some small increases in the minimum wage, there is not one province or territory in Canada that has increased the minimum wage to above the poverty line, even if workers are able to find full-time work. This continues to allow many large corporations to pay poverty wages and impoverish our communities.

Well over 20 cities are participating in the Day of Action to raise the minimum wage and rallying around the “Fight for $15” campaign. This campaign began in the United States a few years ago and has won some real victories in several American cities.

March 31, 2016

Letter from a young Cuban to the US President Obama

Julio Alejandro Gomez Pereda

Reposted from cubanos.org.uk with some change in translation

March 22nd, 2016, Havana, Cuba.

Mr. President,

Some hours ago, I had the opportunity to listen to all of your speech through our national television channels, and I should recognize, that precisely your words motivated this letter that now, right after I have reflected on what you have said, I decided to write you.

I speak to you from the respect that a young Cuban feels for a man who has been able to change the history of his country, regarding its foreign policy toward Cuba, which will be an indelible merit during all his life, and the best is that it will be a multilaterally attained merit.

March 28, 2016

Black Lives Matter TO’s Tent City: a look back at the first week

Special to Rebel Youth

As Black Lives Matter–Toronto’s Tent City outside Police Headquarters in downtown Toronto enters its 2nd week, participation and solidarity have continued to grow.

Here Rebel Youth is republishing statements, videos and media releases from the past week, which talk about why this action is taking place, the demands of Toronto’s Black communities, and provide an overview of the brief but important history of this ongoing struggle.

Saturday, March 19th

(The day before the “BlackOUT for Justice” rally and the beginning of BLM TO’s Tent City)

BLM TO statement on Facebook:
"This week, Toronto’s Black community was inundated with anti-Black violence from the state at every turn. From the erasure of another Black community festival in Toronto, to the slaying of two Black community members to the SIU decision not to charge the police officers responsible for murdering Andrew Loku. The Black communities of Toronto have waited over six months for a decision that confirms what we have always known: the system is set up to protect an anti-Black police system that continues to target, brutalize and destroy Black communities, Black dignity and Black life.

Obama’s Cuba Visit Illustrates US Arrogance

Garry Leech

Reposted from counterpunch.org

In his speech to the Cuban people in Havana, President Barack Obama declared, “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas. … I’ve urged the people of the Americas to leave behind the ideological battles of the past.” But Obama made clear that his desire to end the decades-long US economic blockade of the island is not based on the fact that it constitutes the bullying of a small country by the world’s most powerful capitalist nation, nor is it a response to the sheer inhumanity of the blockade, it is simply an acknowledgement that the policy has failed to bring down Cuba’s socialist system and return the country to capitalism. Obama then proceeded to spend much of his speech telling Cubans that they should live under a US-style democracy and a capitalist economy. In other words, he has no intention of leaving behind “the ideological battles of the past.” He is simply shifting strategy.

March 9, 2016

Young Communists around the world mobilize for IWD 2016

Special to Rebel Youth

Rebel Youth looks at the actions of young Communists around the world to commemorate International Women's Day and struggle for the rights of women globally. Here's a snapshot of some of the activities that took place in honor of March 8th, 2016.


March 4, 2016

The Revolutionary Life of Clara Zetkin – Founder of International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day 2016, Rebel Youth republishes this biography of the founder of IWD, Clara Zetkin, from the YCL Britain.

CLARA ZETKIN (1857-1933) was a German communist, anti fascist and founder of International Women’s Day. Here Communist Party of Britain General Secretary Robert Griffiths outlines her remarkable and exemplary life.

Clara Zetkin, who first proposed International Women’s Day 100 years ago, was an outstanding figure in the socialist, Communist and women’s movements. Her own commitment, vision and courage have left a legacy which deserves to be celebrated on March 8 every year.

March 3, 2016

Meet the Communists on McMaster campus

Ajit Singh & Mike Van Arragon

While tabling on campus, and being active in the student movement, the YCL Hamilton noticed that some students have unfounded anti-communist prejudices.

At the same time, when engaging with students the comrades in Hamilton found that many students are concerned with many of the same political struggles as the young Communists; against climate change, war, inequality and exploitation, racism, sexism, transphobia and homophobia, for example.

This opinion piece was prepared for the student press in order to fight anti-communism on campus and give the YCL Hamilton a space to describe themselves in their own words.

The following article is republished from McMaster’s student newspaper the Silhouette.

February 16, 2016

Feb 14th Actions for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women [Photos]

In dozens of cities across Canada on Feb 14th, memorial marches and events took place in commemoration of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Here are photos submitted to Rebel Youth from Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.


February 15, 2016

From Airstrikes to “Training” Missions: Reflections on the Canadian Militarism in the Middle East

Trudeau and Secretary General of NATO
Kurt Biray

War-torn Iraq and Syria have been centres for sectarian violence and civil strife for years, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. They've become hotbeds for jihadi terrorists and bastions for Islamic extremism. The 2003 Invasion of Iraq and the subsequent ouster of Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi Ba'ath Party had severe ramifications for the entire region and Western governments. Western funding, military equipment and foreign aid provided to Syrian rebel forces to combat Bashar Al-Assad's government have also exacerbated existing political turmoil and social cleavages in the Middle East. Having said this, some crucial questions and concerns arise. Who are the real victims of Western military intervention and resource-based wars? Who are the biggest losers of this ongoing battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?

February 12, 2016

Communist Youth of Syria: 'We will never give up!'

From International Communist Press - February 9th, 2016

Special interview with Wessam Kahel, member of the International Relations Committee of the Communist Youth Union of Syria - Bakdash.

WK: I would like to give some information from the latest events. The Syrian army recently has progressed in different places. As you know, it is a quite large country. So, the  Syrian army cannot spread all its forces to all places. This progress should be considered due to Russia, which we will talk about later.

February 9, 2016

Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: actions across Canada Feb 14th

Shafiqullah Aziz/ BASICS News
YCL-LJC Women's Commission's call for mobilization

This Valentine’s Day, the annual memorial march will honour the lives and memories of women who have been lost to gendered violence. The march, founded in Vancouver in 1991, first came about in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman that received little attention by police or media. Although the march commemorates women of all backgrounds, emphasis will be given to native women, who are the disproportionate targets of this systemic violence.

The recently launched inquest is welcome news, but we need more than just words - we need real change!

February 3, 2016

Call-out for young worker horror stories

We often hear that our generation has it worse off than our parents. As the capitalist class continues to deepen their attack on the living and working standards of working people as a whole, the jobs available to young people in particular keep getting worse: part-time, non-union, precarious work, internships, or straight up unemployment are often the 'choices' we have.

But what does it look like at the ground level? Rebel Youth is calling on young workers to write about their experiences for the upcoming 20th issue of the print magazine.

Raise your voice, cause you’re not alone! In a recent, small-scale investigation blitz of employers by the Ministry of Labour in Ontario, it was discovered that 3/4ers of employers were breaking already substandard labour laws.

January 15, 2016

"Fuck it all": Review of the Spring 2015 Quebec student strike

Marianne Breton Fontaine

We need to be careful not to underestimate the importance of ideology in shaping our strategies and our daily struggles. This is demonstrated by the latest attempted general strike, which the Quebec student movement initiated last spring. This strike was conducted primarily based on anarchist principles. It was also the result of dissatisfaction among activists from the Maple Spring which ended in 2012, a dissatisfaction that comes from an incorrect analysis of the transformative potential of a student strike.

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