September 30, 2019

Young Communists challenge capitalism in the Federal Elections

Special to RY

Capitalism has no future, but the youth does!

It is increasingly clear that young people have nothing to gain from a system that has nothing else to offer them than crises, exploitation, destruction of the environment and wars. This is why out of the 31 candidates who will defend the Communist Party’s ideas and fight capitalism, almost a third are young communists. Indeed, 9 young people respected in their colleges, universities, workplaces or in their neighbourhood decided that enough is enough, and that now is time to build a new world, one that suits the interests of the majority, not the minority of the exploiting minority.

September 24, 2019

Your list to the climate strikes on Friday, September 27th

Special to RY 

In a statement released at the beginning of September, the Young Communist League – Ligue de la jeunesse communiste du Canada calls for an active support of the “youth and workers around the world fighting for a sustainable future and their right to a clean, sustainable and safe environment” and calls “on all progressive people and organisations (including student unions) to take an active part in local activities during the Climate Strike.” This is an appeal that Rebel Youth wishes to bring to its readers while literally hundred of actions are being organised in the lead to what is likely to be the biggest worldwide strike for environment on Friday, September 27th.

September 6, 2019

Strike for Climate!

By James Chumsa and Lia Sommer

This article is an updated version of the article published in the latest printed version of Rebel Youth

On Friday March 15, over one million young students from around the world walked out of class to demand that their governments take serious action against climate change. The global student strike for climate was held in 2000 cities across 125 countries. In Canada over 56 cities had youth climate protests, with many YCL clubs in attendance such as in Victoria, Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver. In Nanaimo, members of the YCL were also organizers of the local climate protest.

Since then, other student lead protests have taken place. According to the official Fridays For Future Canada website, 98 cities participated in the nation wide climate strike on Friday May 3 and 104 Canadian cities participated in the Friday May 24 global strike. There are also plans for a global Earth Strike during the week of September 20-27.

August 29, 2019

INVITATION: Rebel Youth Festival, Sept. 6-7: let's celebrate alternative and progressive media!

Special to RY 

It is increasingly clear that corporate media empires considerably reduce our ability to access quality information. Big corporations and the ruling class love it. With the commodification of information, they control the editorial line of major media groups by financing them generously.

This kind of media is presented as being moderate and holding the truth. This is in the context of the rise of the extreme right (of which it is a major sponsor) and while the dangers of imperialist wars and the destruction of the environment (which it does not seriously challenge). There is no doubt that promoting an alternative, militant and combative press is a necessity.

August 9, 2019

“Against looting, socialism!” Say the Çanakkale people (Turkey) against Canadian Mining Corporation Alamos

Thousands protest against Alamos Gold Mining in Çanakkale
By Adrien Welsh 

It was with this rallying cry that activists from the Çanakkale branch of the Turkish Communist Party joined the thousands of demonstrators who stormed the site of the Kirazli gold mine project operated by the Canadian mining company Alamos. Despite a few altercations with security personnel, a human tide of thousands of protesters were determined to voice their opposition to the company caused deforestation and defeated the company's security agents. Once on the site, the event went off without a hitch, the protesters came among others to make an eminently symbolic gesture: planting trees.

July 31, 2019

Canadian Network on Cuba’s campaign to reopen IRCC office in Havana well underway

Special to RY

Coming out of its last biennial Convention held this past June in Toronto, the Canadian Network on Cuba resolved to continue a major campaign to reopen Canada’s Visa office in Havana.

For this purpose, activists in solidarity with Cuba have begun gathering signatures for a petition addressed to the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed D. Hussen, and Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign affairs. It states that “on May 8th, 2019, the Government of Canada made the abrupt decision to shut down the section of its Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship (IRCC) Office in Havana.”

July 30, 2019

Forestry workers down saws to stop cuts

By James Chumsa Jones, YCL-LJC Organiser in Nanaimo 

This article was initially published in the August issue of People's Voice, Canada's leading socialist newspaper. Click here to read more news that no other media would tell you!  
Sawmill workers across Vancouver Island have been picketing for a fair contract with Western Forest Products since the Canada Day long weekend. The strike by 3000 members of United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 is in opposition to WFP’s proposed clawback of holidays, pensions, seniority rights and many other contract areas. The workers are also striking for a living wage – the company has proposed a two-tier wage structure – and against a strict drug policy that WFP is using to target employees who have stood up to it.

July 29, 2019

Why remain a communist?

By Peter Miller 

We often are asked what made us become communists, but I think the more interesting question we should ask is why we remain communists? Becoming a communist is not as hard as remaining one, and the latter question is more critical to our struggle against imperialism and for socialism.

I joined the Young Communist League of Canada as a left social democrat involved in campaigns for free education. I realized that the Young Communist League on my campus was the most organized, and I wanted to become a member to have more support in my work in the student movement. As often expressed by fellow activists, the communists work the hardest in the union movement, and this is true in the student movement as well.

July 24, 2019

Anti-communism and Vice Media : is all alternative media really progressive?

Special to RY 

This article is a response of the YCL-LJC Canada to an article published on July 24th by Vice Media.

In an article published online on July 24th, the so-called alternative media reported on two young men, Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, both researched by the RCMP in relation with two murders that occured in BC on July 14th. Reporting on facts revealed by the Globe and Mail linking these two individuals to ultra-right, neonazi and violent groups especially, the Vice article also states that « on Facebook, Schmegelsky also liked the Young Communist League of Victoria page » before continuing to enumerate his gun loving activities.

July 3, 2019

Successful New Members School held in London in June

Group photo of the participants to the school
Newsflash by Rowan Morris - London 

The London club of the Young Communist League, for the first time since its formation in 2017, held their first school for new members on June 1st, 2019.Central Executive Committee member and co-chair of the Ontario Council Peter Miller attended and talked about the structure of the YCL and the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike. Club organizer Clara Sorrenti gave a presentation on YCL democratic centralism and YCL policy and procedure, and treasurer Mohammed presented on the history of our organization. Local activist Yeyatalunyuhe George (Six Nations, Oneida) talked about Indigenous sovereignty, environmental rights, and actions against national oppression. We had a wonderful lunch served to us by members of the London Vegan Foodbank, with special thanks to Cassidy Jordyn, LVFB founder and YCL Member.

June 24, 2019

Québec's National Holiday: for a combative alliance against Legault and big corporations

Declaration by the Ligue de la jeunesse communiste and the Parti communiste du Québec

On the occasion of National Day 2019, the Communist Party and the Communist Youth League of Quebec call on all democratic, social, labor and popular movements to unite in a fighting and militant alliance against the reactionary and racist government of François Legault.

Indeed, this government presented as respectable, even praised by the mainstream media of Quebec, is yet the most reactionary since the time of Duplessis and the “Grande Noirceur” period.

June 17, 2019

Student loans: Can’t pay? Don’t pay!

In Canada, the average student debt sums up to $30,000

This article is an essay of personal experience in avoiding repayment of student loans from the period of 2010-2019. Read on to learn how you might avoid repayment, as one act in a broader struggle for universal free tuition!

Growing up in a single-parent home where we often couldn’t afford the basics, how I was going to pay for university was the last thing to cross my mind. Upon high school graduation, I got accepted to university, ready to start my academic career. I signed the student loan application without even a thought and was loaned $8,000 for my first year at 7% interest. I was 17 years old. Each year the debt kept piling up. At 21 I owed $33,000, and before I was even handed my degree I received a bill for my first loan payment: $600 per month. I hadn’t even graduated yet, and I certainly had no job prospects.

I researched for weeks prior to graduation, knowing I would receive a bill I couldn’t pay. I had heard all the horror stories: harassment by collection agencies, garnished wages, parents still paying off their loans into their 40’s and 50’s. I knew it was an injustice and that I would do whatever it took to avoid 20+ years of debt repayment for an education that is a human right. Nine years later I have not made a single payment, and the debt is legally dissolved. I now have a Master’s degree and am starting a PhD in the fall. Here’s how I avoided paying, and if you’re looking for a way out, you can too.

June 14, 2019

Anti-imperialist youth of the world says, “imperialists, hands off Venezuela!”

Special to RY

To mark the anniversary of Cuban-Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, the anti-imperialist youth of the world launches a solidarity campaign with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Is there any better way to celebrate Che than by showing that young people are determined to fulfill their objective of seeing a free and sovereign Latin America?

The decision to initiate this campaign on June 14 was made by the General Council of the World Federation of Democratic Youth, which met last April in Caracas during a solidarity mission with Bolivarian Venezuela. Around thirty organizations from all over the world have unanimously endorsed this call for mobilization, a timely one considering the growing aggressiveness of Western imperialism against Venezuela and Latin America.

June 10, 2019

5 reasons why the Raptors could be a socialist metaphor

A semi-parody by Peter Miller

The Toronto Raptors are, I think, an exciting team to watch, and with Kawhi Leonard, they could win the finals for the first time in franchise history. Any time I watch them play it can't help but remind me about the superiority of the socialist system over capitalism. Here are five reasons why watching basketball reminds me of socialism.

The YCL-LJC Concludes a Successful Central School

By Clara Sorrenti 

From May 19-22nd, the Young Communist League held a successful Central Committee school in Toronto, Ontario attended by comrades from across the country.

This was an interesting time for the school to be held, as it coincided with the 39th Central Convention of the Communist Party of Canada. The 39th Central Convention celebrated the 98th anniversary of the Communist Party of Canada and elected a new central committee to continue forward with the work of building the Party and the struggle for Socialism.

Popular stories