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The Struggle Against Trans Oppression

Fightback At Trans MarchIn recent years, transgender rights and issues have gained widespread public attention with some advances being made as the result of the diligent organizing efforts of trans activists and community organizations. Most provinces in Canada now allow for a change of gender on identification without requiring gender reassignment surgery and have included gender identity and expression in their human rights acts as prohibited grounds of discrimination. Bill C-16 was passed at the federal level in June of 2017, adding protection for gender identity and expression to the Canadian Human Rights Code and the Criminal Code. However, despite these advances transgender people continue to face an alarming degree of discrimination, violence and harassment.

Ontario PCs Attempt to Erase Trans People

Fightback At The Trans MarchJust days before the Trans Day of Remembrance and Trans Awareness Week, the Ontario Tories passed a resolution stating the party’s intent to “remove the teaching and promotion of ‘gender identity theory’ from Ontario schools and its curriculum.” What they actually mean by this statement is that trans people do not exist and are merely a “theory”.

The violence comes from the right

Memorial at Tree of Life Synagogue  (CREDIT: JARED WICKERHAM/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUT)On October 27th, Robert Gregory Bowers, a far-right activist, gunned down 11 people at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh while yelling "All Jews must die!". This was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history. A few days before the Pittsburgh attack, pipe bombs were mailed to prominent critics of US president Donald Trump including HIllary Clinton, George Soros and members of CNN’s New York bureau. While these events are shocking, they should not surprise anyone. This is just the most recent on a growing list of atrocities committed by the far-right over the past few years. 

Fightback Oshawa takes action at Durham Pride

prideOn Sunday, June 4, Fightback Oshawa joined various groups in Durham Region, including “Queers Crash the Beat - Durham” and members of several trade unions, to take the streets back at Durham Region's Pride March. 

Marx Was Right!

The Communist Manifesto opens with the lines, "A spectre is haunting Europe." Over 160 years later it appears that the spectre of Marxism is as potent as ever, with supporters and detractors increasing daily. Why is it that an old German philosophy student, buried over 100 years ago in Highgate cemetery in London, excites such controversy? In fact, Marxism reveals the truth about their system, capitalism, and they must do whatever is necessary to hide this fact from the mass of the people —  especially the workers and youth.

Stop the corporatization of Pride!

The increasing commercialization of today’s Pride parades has corroded and concealed the political nature of Pride’s roots in commemorating the historic and heroic Stonewall riots of 1969, which was a response to the endemic police brutality and repression suffered by LGBTQ people. Pride has now regressed into little more than a giant party, with massive corporate sponsorship from TD, Trojan, and Pfizer.  There is nothing wrong with a great party—but when the party stops, LGBTQ youth and workers continue to be amongst the most oppressed layers of society. This is why we must link LGBTQ issues to the broader struggle for socialism—so we can celebrate our victories while continuing to fight for genuine liberation.

The life and times of Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

We lost a spirited voice of the oppressed and exploited on January 27, as Pete Seeger drew his last breath. Pete Seeger came of age at a time when popular music was gaining influence in a commodified form, as recording companies began to assert their dominance over popular culture. He played a central role in assuring that the experiences, hopes, and dreams of generations of working-class people were preserved and spread through the new mass media.

Slavoj Zizek: Apologist for the social democratic turn of SYRIZA

Slavoj Zizek has built up a reputation as a respected “Marxist” academic and is seen as somewhat of a “rock star” on the left. However, his recent attempts to translate his theories into concrete policies for a possible future SYRIZA government in Greece reveal that there is nothing revolutionary in his thinking. He is in fact providing academic credibility to a modern reformist current and has become an apologist for the shift to the right on the part of the leadership of SYRIZA.

PRISM, the NSA, and privacy in the age of the Internet

In the past couple of weeks, Edward Snowden has become the latest in a long line of whistleblowers. It has been revealed that the US National Security Agency has been given backdoor access to telephone exchanges and a long range of online accounts from major service providers, underlining how the state breaches users’ privacy on a massive scale in order to get intelligence.

Save the workers’ game from the owners’ greed: A Marxist look at the National Hockey League lockout

For the second time in seven years, workers in Canada and the northern United States have been deprived of a much-needed respite from a long cold winter.  The owners of the 30 National Hockey League (NHL) teams have imposed a lock-out, demanding that players receive a much smaller piece of league revenues.  A battle between multi-billionaire owners and multi-millionaire players may, on the surface, seem to be a trivial issue — especially when so many workers are losing their jobs or living paycheque-to-paycheque.  But, hockey plays a vital role in the life of workers in Canada and, indeed, this particular lockout has many of the same hallmarks of the bosses’ offensive against other workers. Adopting a cavalier or dismissive view of the NHL lockout only helps to serve the interests of the greedy NHL owners, as well as ignores the way in which we can fight the corporatization of the game and reclaim it as our own.

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