Migrant Justice @ the Peoples’ Social Forum

No One Is Illegal | Personne n’est illégal | Nadie es ilegal from Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver (Coast Salish Territories) and other migrant justice organizers are coordinating the following set of workshops, films, dialogues and assemblies at the Peoples Social Forum – Forum social des peuples in Ottawa from Thursday, August 21 to Sunday, August 24.

+ THURSDAY – AUGUST 21, 2014

9am – 1030am, FTX 133
Canadian Unemployment & the Temporary Foreign Worker Program with: Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Pmsc Ottawa, Justice For Janitors SEIU Local 2, Justice for Migrant Workers and No One Is Illegal – Ottawa.

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People’s Social Forum, Ottawa August 21-24!

In case you haven’t heard, the People’s Social Forum – part of the global movement of social forums that have emerged at different levels since the first World Social Forum (WSF) was held in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in January 2001 — will be happening in Ottawa from August 21-24, i.e. next week!

The Social Forum will be centered at the University of Ottawa, but will also include events happening throughout the city. There are over 400 workshops planned (!) as well as marches, films, book and magazine launches, and all of the informal and spontaneous things that will happen at ...........READ MORE


Ottawa Book Launch: The Communist Necessity

As part of the Peoples Social Forum, on August 23rd, J. Moufawad-Paul, author of MLM Mayhem! (http://moufawad-paul.blogspot.ca/) will be in Ottawa to attend the launch of his book, The Communist Necessity. A sleek and punchy treatise about the problems of social movementism and the need for a “new return” to a revolutionary communist tradition, The Communist Necessity is a philosophical intervention that forces the reader to think through the problems presented by contemporary capitalism that are not answered by mainstream left-wing theories of organization and strategy inherited from the anti-globalization movement.

According to Robert Biel, author of The ...........READ MORE

How come so many UK leftists are Trots?

In Terry Bisson’s interview with Ken MacLeod in The Human Front (PM Press, 2013), there’s this great answer to Bisson’s question “How come so many UK leftists are Trots?” :

Short answer: because Trotskyists in Britain moved fast on the CP’s crisis in the 1950s, and moved with the times in the 1960s.

Long answer: in the 1960s in a lot of countries semimass currents arose to the left of the official Communist Parties. In some countries, including the United States and West Germany, most of the radicals who wanted to be revolutionaries became some kind of Maoists. In others, ...........READ MORE

July 7-14 Stuff to Read

Things i found interesting this week:

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Montreal Demonstration Against Slaughter in Palestine

There is a demonstration on Friday, July 11th, to stop Israel’s war against Palestine, in Montreal at the corner of Guy and St-Catherine St (by Guy-Concordia metro).

The demonstration is called for 5:30pm.

Please note that the demo was initially called for Sunday, but the date changed. So if you were planning on going Sunday — it is now on Friday!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/254851571380699 ...........READ MORE


Queer Between the Covers 2014

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Queer Between the Covers, Montreal’s annual queer book fair, is almost upon us!

Join us:

August 16th
11AM-6 PM

Comité social Centre-Sud
1710 rue Beaudry

Free entry, wheelchair-accessible venue.

Please note that the entrance to the book fair will be through the parking lot on the south side of the building!

Books and zines and snacks!

Childcare available
Wheelchair accessible
We are striving to make QBTC a scent-reduced space – please try to avoid wearing scented products (perfume, cologne, deodorant, etc)!

Please get in touch for more accessibility information!

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NYS Parole Board’s War Against Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim

New York State Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim was recently denied parole for the 8th time by the New York State Parole Board. Jalil first became eligible for parole in 2002, and has been denied parole from that time to the present. At this point there is no longer a need to discuss Jalil’s accomplishments and why he should be home. Instead, let’s talk about the forces that are working to influence the parole denials of Jalil Muntaqim.

Law Enforcement officials across the country, spearheaded by The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), have led a nationwide media campaign against ...........READ MORE


Statement on recent FBI visits and questioning of political activists (Bay Area Committee to Resist Political Repression)

Over the past few weeks, more than a dozen political activists in New York, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area have been visited by FBI, US Marshals, and Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) agents. In some cases the agents have shown a more than 30-year-old wanted poster of Donna Borup, who was arrested with others during a 1981 anti-Apartheid demonstration at JFK International Airport. Borup was charged with “riot” and “assault on a police officer,” but did not appear for a 1982 federal trial in New York.

Because the government considers her a fugitive, there is no statute of ...........READ MORE

Of Interest

Some stuff i have found interesting over the past couple of weeks:

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