Articles Tagged ‘Activism’

  • They Dared: The Legacy of the October Revolution

    Socialism

    The legacy of the October Revolution for the left today is, in fact, the least ambiguous. It can be summed up in two words: “They dared.” By that, I mean that the Bolsheviks, in organizing the revolutionary seizure of political and economic power and its defence from the propertied classes, were true to their mission as a workers’ party: they provided the workers with the leadership that they needed and wanted.

  • A wake-up call for radical communities

    Muhammed’s book states plainly that we must end capitalism or capitalism will end humanity. He dismisses Western democracy as the plutocracy the powerful that created it intended it to be, and calls for something radical to be instituted. Although emphasis is placed on broad mass movements and civil disobedience to bring along this change, Muhammed does not negate the importance of capturing state power.

  • Bob White, Union Organizer, Union Leader: April 28, 1935 – February 19, 2017

    Labour

    The story of Bob White will only provide a living legacy if it inspires workers and unions to draw on elements of his achievements to figure out anew how, in this particular era, unions can once again mobilize their members and their communities and lead the more general struggles for equality, justice, solidarity and a more meaningful democracy.

  • The athletes’ revolt

    Culture

    In the billion-dollar sports industry, players seem aware of the power of their voices and their labour. The director of the NBA players’ association, Michele Roberts, put it best when she said: “There would be no money if not for the players. Let’s call it what is. There. Would. Be. No. Money.” With Donald Trump in the White House and the right on the rise, a growing number of athletes know which side of history they intend to be on.

  • Syria and the Antiwar Movement

    Middle East

    The global war against the people (as Jeff Halper refers to militarized neoliberalism) is being fought with political impunity and with increasingly horrific technology. It demands an antiwar movement in Canada and the U.S. that is unrelenting in its opposition to the global arms trade, to militarization and austerity regimes, to resurgent racialized nationalism and closed borders, and to ineffectual international institutions.

  • A is for Activist: Igniting children’s radical imaginations

    Culture

    A is for Activist is the most recent addition to the field of radical children’s literature, but it is by no means the first revolutionary children’s book. In fact, there is a long history of oppositional children’s storytelling, from socialist primers in the 1910s to the anti-authoritarian and contrarian sensibilities of stories from authors such as Dr. Seuss in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • When We Were Young

    Socialism

    Radicals including our own founding editor Cy Gonick, legal theorist Ummni Khan, author Gary Kinsman and musicians Geoff Berner and Todd Kowalski recount the early experiences that shaped their political lives, galvanized their spirit for activism and ultimately defined their diverse creative work.

  • Chiefs should stand with their people against Harper’s plans to destroy Indigenous rights, identity

    Indigenous Politics

    Two years ago, Idle No More burst onto Canada’s political scene as a celebration of Indigenous spirit and an expression of mass anger at the Harper government’s attacks on Indigenous and Treaty rights, its dismantlement of environmental protections and consultations, and its indifference to the plight of murdered and missing Indigenous women.

  • Campaign against Alberta tar sands given massive boost by Quebec public

    Social Movements

    Quebec’s movement against climate disaster has been given a major boost by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the former student leader who just received the Governor General’s Literary Award for his book on the 2012 student strike.

  • Moving Forward After the People’s Climate March

    Economic Crisis

    The September 21 People’s Climate March in New York City was a huge success. Over 310,000 people consisting of hundreds of contingents of various origins and interests marched in New York (some have put the number of marchers as high as 400,000). The organizers report that 2,807 similar actions took place in 166 countries during that weekend.

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