Articles Social Movements

  • The Leap Manifesto and the NDP

    Canadian Politics

    It’s possible that backing the Leap Manifesto would bode poorly for Mulcair’s centrist vision, but it might also be the case—should he read the writing on the wall—that he supports this new initiative as a way forward for him, and the party. We shall soon find out.

  • Twilight of the Idols: Rise and Fall of the Personalist Left

    Social Movements

    They fell because they lost competitive elections, not because of US invasions or military coups. These same leftist leaders, who had successfully defeated coups and withstood gross US political intervention via AID, NED, the DEA and other US government agencies, lost at the ballot box.

  • Palestinian Popular Resistance: Building the BDS and Student Movement

    Middle East

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Palestinians continue to struggle for their fundamental rights of freedom, self-determination, equality, and a right to return.

  • Manitoba women were first to win right to vote 100 years ago

    Social Movements

    A hundred years ago this week, the first group of women in Canada won the right to vote after a decades-long battle. It happened in Manitoba on January 28th, 1916; other provinces eventually followed suit. Michael Enright speaks with Joan Sangster about this little-known and seldom-taught chapter of Canadian history.

  • The case for revolution

    Social Movements

    Chris Hedges will speak in Montreal next week, with an introduction from Gabriel Nadeau Dubois. The following interview is a preview of that talk, a December 1 conversation that demonstrates his keen interest in Canadian affairs.

  • Workers in Québec are in the middle of an historic moment

    Quebec

    As many workers navigate the formal structures of their unions to push for greater militancy, general meetings are being organized regularly for member locals to determine what to do in the face of back-to-work legislation.

  • ‘Most-read’ article at Washington Post calls Israel ‘savage, unrepairable society

    Middle East

    But how do you just end the occupation? You don’t. The Jim Crow south didn’t end Jim Crow. You need outsiders to help you. Governments have done nothing of course. So that means civil society, and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

  • Beyond Parliamentarism: Historical Bases and Prospects for Corbynism

    Europe

    If the Corbynite forces cannot break such parliamentary dogmatism, it will be unable to seriously threaten the capitalist class interest, and to break the tyranny of TINA, in the world in which even social democracy has been banished for the most part.

  • Spring 2015 Anti-Austerity Movement in Quebec: A Critical Retrospective of the Organizing

    Education

    A wet snow fell in Montreal, Quebec, on March 21, 2015. Thousands of people walked in a demonstration through the streets that afternoon and 38 000 students went on strike two days later, March 23rd, launching a much-anticipated movement, Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015). Spring 2015 was to be a mass mobilization in Quebec against austerity and fossil fuels.

  • In conversation with Chris Hedges

    Social Movements

    We are living in revolutionary times that are ripe for rebellion. So says Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Chris Hedges in his newest book Wages of Rebellion in which he explains that a major uprising will soon inevitably erupt in the United States.

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