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Delegation returns from South Africa

163724_593387989034_48300176_34911238_2003692_n Around 40 delegates from around Canada, including 9 from BC, returned from the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students in late December. Amongst these delegates were many members of the YCL.

The Festival brought out over 15,000 progressive and revolutionary youth and students from around the world, representing 156 countries.

Delegates attended forums, seminars, and rallies on a numerous different issues affecting youth, participated in the International Anti-Imperialist Court, met with youth and youth organizations of the world, and enjoyed a broad assortment of cultural performances.

Politically, the festival focuses on the issues of young workers and students, and the struggle for peace. Delegates learned about the struggles of the Palestinian, Cuban, Western Saharan, and Korean people amongst others.

read the final declaration of the 17th wfys

2001 New Years Greetings

P9260176 2On behalf of the Central Executive Committee of the Young Communist League of Canada - Ligue de la jeunesse communiste du Canada, we send our strongest wishes for peace, social progress and socialism in 2011.

We would especially like to thank everyone our League we worked with on many campaigns, including: 

·         The 17th World Festival of Youth and Students, attended by 15,000
people in South Africa and to which Canada sent a delegation of 40 youth; 

·         Issues of peace, solidarity and friendship, especially the call
for immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan 

·         For higher minimum wages, pay equity, and accessible public

·         To reduce and eliminate tuition fees and make access to education
a right; 

·         For climate justice and to put nature before profit; 

·         Solidarity with Palestine, including the Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions campaign; 

·         Solidarity with Cuba, especially the campaign to Free the Cuban

·         Organizing for our successful 25th Central Convention in Toronto
this September.

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Common Questions Asked by Youth About Communism

320The YCL BC Committee has recently published a 42 page pamphlet entitled Common Questions Asked by Youth About Communism.

Common Questions Asked by Youth About Communism strives to answer the most frequently asked inquiries of young people about the ideas and policies of communism. It also discusses the YCL, what it is, why it is important, and why progressive youth should consider joining.

Topics covered include:

- What is Communism?
- Myths about Communism?
- What is capitalism and how do we beat it?
- Does Socialism Work?
- Socialism in Canada
- Communists, the NDP, and Reforms
- The YCL
- Why Join the YCL?

It also includes the YCL's programmatic document, the Declaration of Unity and Resistance.

Common Questions can be obtained for $10 per printed copy or $5 per ebook download. All income from the sale of Common Questions returns to the YCL to help fund our campaigns and activities.

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International Solidarity: Western Shara Highlighted at WFYS

_21746_polisario_talksThe 17th World Festival of Youth and Students, hosted last month in Tshwane, South Africa, shone a spotlight on the struggle of Western Sahara, Africa's last colony. Delegates from the Polisario Front national liberation movement addressed the Festival's Anti‑Imperialist Court to denounce the crimes of Morocco, which has brutally occupied Western Sahara for decades.

The origins of the Polisario Front go back to 1971, when Sahrawi university students in Morocco organized The Embryonic Movement for the Liberation of Saguia el‑Hamra and Rio de Oro. In 1973, the group relocated to Spanish‑occupied Western Sahara and prepared for armed rebellion. On May 10 of that year, the Polisario Front was formed with the aim of forcing an end to Spanish colonialism through armed struggle.

In 1975, the fascist Spanish government of Francisco Franco began negotiations with Morocco and Mauritania to hand over its colonial subjects to its regional friends. By 1976, the Madrid Accords had been signed between the three countries. Spain departed Western Sahara while Morocco and Mauritania moved in.

The Polisario Front continued its guerilla war against the new occupiers, refusing to accept the notion that one set of occupiers is better than another. They also guarded fleeing refugees escaping occupied cities. The Polisario's strength grew immensely during this period, despite Morocco's bombing of refugee camps, and the assassination of Polisario leader El Ouali.

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Rebel Culture: The Red School Yard CD

deckblatt_sdaj_gemeinsam_gegen_rechts_kleineBulletin readers may remember last year when we featured Project Boneyard, and anti-fascist musical compilation aimed at countering a neo-nazi campaign of distributing racist music to students at high schools.

As YCL members learned at the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students, this idea is being applied in other countries as well.

In Germany, a similar neo-nazi campaign was started, and it was countered by the Red School Yard CD's. The Red School Yard project was initiated by the SDAJ, Germany's equivalent to the YCL here in Canada.

The CD's bring together anti-fascist, anti-racist songs of different genres. Some are in English, others in German. The CD's can be found many places online by searching for their German title: Die rote Schulhof CD

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Rebel History: MLK Was a Working Class Hero

mlk"I AM A MAN," the signs proclaimed in large, bold letters. They were held high, proudly and defiantly, by African-American men marching through the streets of Memphis, Tennessee, in the spring of 1968 .

The marchers were striking union members, sanitation workers demanding that the city of Memphis formally recognize their union and thus grant them a voice in determining their wages, hours and working conditions .

Hundreds of supporters joined their daily marches, most notably Martin Luther King Jr. He had been with the 1,300 strikers from the very beginning of their bitter struggle. He had come to Memphis to support them despite threats that he might be killed if he did The struggles of workers for union rights often are considered to be of no great importance. Dr. King knew better. He knew that the right to unionization is one of the most important of civil rights. Virtually his last act was in support of that right, for he was killed by an assassin's bullet on April 4, 1968 as he was preparing to lead strikers in yet another demonstration.

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