Toronto: 400 rally in support of the movement in Turkey

On Sunday, 2nd June, 400 people showed up at Toronto’s Queen's Park in solidarity with the recent protests in Turkey. Banners were raised high to show resentment towards the current AKP government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and to express solidarity with the movement in Turkey.

Over 60 attend historic Marxist conference in Canada

Supporters of the Marxist journals, Fightback and La Riposte, recently gathered in Toronto for the 13th national conference of the Marxists across the Canadian state.  The conference was a historic one for a number of reasons.  Over 60 people registered to attend the conference, making it the best attended conference in the history of the Canadian Marxists.  More importantly, this was the first national conference that was fully bilingual, with all sessions and discussions translated consecutively into English and French.  Finally, the conference was held in conjunction with the centennial celebrations of the birth of British Marxist, Ted Grant. Ted’s ideas featured quite prominently throughout the weekend, helping to arm a new generation of militants in the struggle against capitalism.

[AUDIO] The need for socialism in the NDP

Jessica Cassell and Christine Montgomerie-Mione are two Fightback supporters and are also members of the NDP. Recently, they were invited to speak on "3 Women", a radio show hosted by Ontario NDP MPP Cheri di Novo and broadcast on CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto. Jessica and Christine talk about why Marxism is more relevant than ever to young people today, and present the need to keep socialism within the NDP.

Join the socialist fight back!

The rightward turn of the federal NDP under Thomas Mulcair means that there has never been a more important time than now to build the socialist alternative within the party.  Socialism cannot be “amended” out of the NDP.  It has been there since the founding of the CCF and NDP, and it takes energy from the struggles of the youth, or workers, and of oppressed peoples (such as the Quebec student movement, Occupy, and Idle No More).  Even though we have had this temporary set-back with the watering down of the party constitution, the battle for the future of the NDP is nowhere near over.  We call on everybody who opposed the change to the preamble of the constitution to help us continue the fight!

The crisis facing youth in Canada — York University students and workers look for answers

On a busy Thursday evening on March 7, the Socialist Fightback Club at York University in Toronto held a public event at the campus’ Student Centre. More than 25 activists, students, and workers engaged in a roundtable discussion focusing on the economic crisis and austerity facing youth and workers. Aside from outlining the difficulties that are brought on by the global capitalist crisis, there was a resourceful and vibrant conversation about what folks at the event could actively and concretely do to change the situation that they have been confronted with.

Internationalism and class unity on display at Marxist Winter School 2013

Over 60 comrades attended the third annual Marxist School in Montreal this past weekend, a significant increase from previous schools. Organized by supporters of La Riposte (Quebec), Fightback (Canada), and the Workers' International League (USA), the school was a resounding success, helping to unite revolutionaries from eastern North America in common struggle. Comrades from Quebec, English Canada, and the USA enjoyed two days of vibrant political discussions in both French and English, using consecutive translation during all discussions.

Marxist Winter School/École Marxiste Hivernale 2013

[Accommodation info updated] Please join us for the third annual International Marxist Tendency winter school in Montreal, Quebec. Coming after the fantastic and victorious Quebec student strike there has never been a better time to visit Montreal to discuss how to overthrow the capitalist system with Quebec student activists and working class fighters from across Canada and the USA. The school will include discussions on the European and Arab revolutions, the history of class and national struggles in Quebec, and what is Bolshevism.

Help us fight back! Make 2013 a Red New Year!

The year 2012 is coming to an end. This has been a year in which the optimism of the capitalists was crushed under the millstone of the world recession. The early signs of growth have given way to desperation as the world economy is once again plunged into recession. Battles are coming in Canada and internationally, but nothing can be achieved without material resources. We are not funded by multinational companies buying favours of politicians. We have to rely on the sacrifices of our supporters and allies. This is the way socialists have always organized. We would like to wish all our comrades and friends a red new year 2013, full of fruitful revolutionary struggle, while at the same time we appeal for a donation towards building the movement against capitalist austerity.

Packed audience at Dawson College listens to Alan Woods speak on the Bolivarian Revolution

Over 50 students and teachers gathered at Dawson College in Montreal on Wednesday to hear Alan Woods speak on the Venezuelan Revolution. There was a healthy discussion on the progress of this magnificent movement, as well as some of its challenges. This was the third successful gathering in Montreal, and marked the last in an energetic series of events across Canada on Alan Wood's North American speaking tour. The US leg of the tour begins in the next days, and is sure to be a similarly resounding success — especially in light of recent mass struggles of the youth and of the trade unions.

Alan Woods outlines the resistance to capitalism at Montreal's Concordia University

Alan Woods’ first tour of North America continues to be a big success. Over 50 came out on Tuesday evening to hear Alan speak at the Graduate Students’ Association building at Concordia University. This was the second event in Montréal, after the successful French-language event on Monday, and yet another important step forward for the work here.

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