Militant Greetings for May Day 2010|
The Young Communist League of Canada extends greetings of solidarity to the working people of Canada, and especially to young workers, on May 1st – International Workers Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when police opened fire on workers protesting for an eight hour working day.
Today young workers must consider what kind of future is offered to them by our current capitalist socio-economic system.
Late last year, youth unemployment hit a 30 year high. While media reports trumpet “economic recovery,” in reality there is recovery for the capitalists but not for the vast majority of youth, women, aboriginal peoples, and workers. Unemployment remains high and those jobs which do exist are increasingly “McJobs” with minimal pay, no benefits or job security, and part time or casual hours. The process of deindustrialization is worsening this situation rapidly, while eroding Canadian sovereignty. Major ecological problems, especially global warming, are getting worse. And if the solution gets in the way of the drive for profits, it is not considered.
YCL Central Convention: May 21-23|
The 25th Central Convention of the Young Communist League of Canada will be held in Toronto on May 21-23. The Convention will bring together young communists from across the country as well as special guests including a representative of the World Federation of Democratic Youth.
The following in an excerpt from the Call to Convention:
"(the Convention) comes at a significant moment in the labour and people’s struggle, including the youth and student fight-back.
In the last few months, the Harper Conservative's anti-environmental approach in Copenhagen, their dictatorial January prorogue of Parliament, and the corporate circus of the Olympic games (breaking the sham Olympic truce with a major offensive in Afghanistan) have all engendered widespread public outrage and protest by youth and students. Our discussion documents were released immediately after the 2010 Federal budget, which is an accelerated attack on the youth and the people.
The main these of the documents is that the global economic crisis, transferred through the policies of the Harper Conservatives, is the primary attack that the youth and people’s movements must unite and combat."
read full convention documents
Young Communist Summer Camp 2010|
Once again this year the YCL will hold its annual summer camp on the sunshine coast, from July 31-August 2. Last year the camp was the largest yet since efforts began to re-found the YCL several years ago.
The camp is open to both YCL members and other youth who are interested in learning about the YCL, and about socialism. Participants will enjoys both education and fun at our beautiful Sechelt location near the beach.
This year the camp will be preceded by our BC Provincial Convention at the same location on July 30th. All members are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome.
This years topics of discussion will be Reform & Revolution, Capitalism & the Environment, and Racism & the National Question.
Further information will be available shortly. If you would like to attend the camp or want more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
17th World Festival of Youth and Students|
On April 23-25, delegates from anti-imperialist youth organizations across the globe will converge in Caracas, Venezuela, to attend the first International Preparatory Meeting for the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students.
The meeting will include delegates from the JCV (Venezuelan Young Communists), who hosted the 16th Festival in 2005 as well as from the ANC Youth League and YCL South Africa, hosts of the next festival this December in South Africa. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will also be in attendance.
The World Festival of Youth and Students is the biggest gathering of anti-imperialist youth in the world. It is organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and the International Union of Students. The last festival brought together over 16.000 youth for a week of workshops, forums, cultural performances, music festivals, and more.
If you are interested in attending the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students this December in South Africa, please contact us for more information.
world federation of democratic youth website
Rebel Culture: Life & Debt|
"Life + Debt" is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the daily realities of the people whose lives they impact. The film opens with the arrival of vacationers to Jamaica, leading into the profound contrasts and economic challenges behind the breathtaking natural beauty of the island.
You can see Life & Debt at the next Vancouver Left Film Night (7 pm, Sunday, April 25, 706 Clark Dr.)
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International Solidarity: Remembering Chris Hani|
Chris Hani, born on 28 June 1942, in Cofimvaba, Transkei, was a leading South African Communist and anti-Apartheid fighter. He was assassinated by a Polish immigrant who was a member of South Africa's far-right in 1993.
The following are excerpts from a short autobiographical article he wrote in 1991:
"In 1954, while I was doing my secondary education, the apartheid regime introduced Bantu Educaiton which was desighend to indoctrinate Black pupils to accept and recognise the supremacy of the white man over the blacks in all spheres. This angered and outraged us and paved the way for my involvement in the struggle."
"In 1961 I joined the underground South African Communist Party as I realised that national liberation, though essential, would not bring about total economic liberation. My decision to join the Party was influenced by such greats of our struggle like Govan Mbeki, Braam Fischer, JB Marks, Moses Kotane, Ray Simons, etc.
In 1962, having recognised the intranisgence of the racist regime, I joined the fledgling MK. This was the beginning of my long road in the armed struggle in which there have been three abortive assassination attempts against me personally. The armed struggle, which we never regarded as exclusive, as we combined it with other forms of struggle, has brought about the present crisis of apartheid."
read the full article
Rebel History: Vancouver Post Office Strike|
On May 20th, 1938, 1200 unemployed members of the Communist-led Relief Project Workers Union marched in Vancouver to protest the governments cancellation of relief programs for unemployed workers.
The protesters occupied the Vancouver Post Office, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Hotel Georgia. The groups in the Art Gallery and Post Office remained for several weeks. On June 19th, police dispersed the Art Gallery protesters with tear gas. Meanwhile, at the Post Office similar attempts were met with more resistance. Protesters smashed the windows for ventilation from the gas and armed themselves with whatever projectiles they could find in self defense.
The police then entered the building, viciously beating the protesters. 37 protesters were hospitalized, many more were injured. The day became known as "Bloody Sunday" because of the brutality of the police in dispersing the protesting unemployed men.
Liberal Premier Duff Puttulo refused concessions on the issue of relief for the unemployed, claiming they had been shown "too much sympathy already." Bloody Sunday is to this day one of the most famous days in BC labour history, highlighting the fragility of capitalist "democracy" and the willingness of the capitalist parties and the state to resort to savage brutality to protect their exploitative system.