February 7, 2017

Experience the Cuban Revolution: the Che Brigade turns 25

Special to RY

For the last 24 years, a group of people from across Canada have gone to Cuba together. Not as tourists, but as solidarity activists and people interested in learning about Cuba from Cubans themselves. The annual “Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade”, a two-week solidarity tour of the island, is organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba. It’s purpose: to build Canada-Cuba friendship and solidarity, and celebrate the gains of the Revolution, now in its 57th year.

January 23, 2017

Eva Bartlett Tour on Syria: debunking the lies, finding a path to peace

Special to RY 

Eva Bartlett, Canadian independent journalist, will be the featured speaker for a tour on the war on Syria taking place this week. The tour is co-sponsored by the Canadian Peace Congress and the Syria Solidarity Movement.

The tour is part of a Central & Eastern Canada Tour which will take Ms. Bartlett to Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal from Jan. 24-28.

Women's Marches attract millions against Trump [photos from Canada]

Special to RY

On Saturday, January 21st, more than 600 US cities and several million people participated in marches against the new US President Donald Trump and his racist, mysoginist, pro-corporate agenda.

The Women's March on Washington, which initiated the organizing for January 21st, released a common platform which goes beyond just condemning Trump. The platform calls to end violence against women, against racism in policing and incarceration rates, for reproductive rights, against misoginy in culture, for LGBTQIA rights, higher wages and better paid leave for women, equal pay, migration as a right, and more.

December 16, 2016

Aleppo: a broken but liberated city

Adrien Welsh

Those who mourn the victims of raids and bombardments are right to do so provided they make NATO and its allies responsible for these atrocities. The war in Syria and Iraq is not a civil war, but an imperialist war of aggression. In this context, the so-called ‘pacifists’ who claim to be neutral, refusing to focus on the crimes of Western imperialism, who equate military operations led by the Syrian army with the attacks perpetrated by Islamist fascist forces, are pleading for lasting war, not lasting peace.

December 7, 2016

Precariousness & Poverty for Young Workers: StatsCan Report

Drew Garvie

This Monday, Statistics Canada released a report that confirms what young people already knew: youth jobs are few, temporary and part-time. Canada’s so-called “recovery” economy has little to offer youth besides precariousness and poverty.

The report, entitled “Perspectives on the Youth Labour Market in Canada, 1976 to 2015”, focuses on young workers aged 15-24 who are not enrolled as full-time students and compares this generation to past generations of the same age group.

December 2, 2016

Hypocrisy and lies against Cuba: A letter to Tory MP David Anderson

TJ Petrowski

The following is a letter to David Anderson, Conservative MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands Saskatchewan. It exposes Mr. Anderson and the hypocrisy of those politicians who have put forward a deceitful campaign against the Cuban Revolution in the wake of Fidel Castro's death.

Dear David Anderson,

I am writing to express my disgust with your false and outright disgraceful polemic in the House of Commons recently about the death of Fidel Castro and the revolutionary government of Cuba.

I’d like to respond to some of your criticisms of Castro and of the Cuban “communist regime.”

November 26, 2016

WFDY on Fidel: “Death is not real when the work of one’s life has been fulfilled"

World Federation of Democratic Youth statement. English translation edited by Rebel Youth.

The World Federation of Democratic Youth receives with deep pain the news of the physical disappearance of the undefeated Commander of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

The youth of our organizations will continue the struggle and act in following the example and the ideas of comrade Fidel for the construction of a world free from of exploitation with equal and full rights for all the people. The legacy he leaves to the history of humanity also includes a legacy for our own Federation, illustrated by Fidel’s role in rescuing of the World Festival of Youth and Students movement in 1997, and also as a model of perseverance and combativeness that must characterize us all when we defend just ideas.

The Polytechnic lives! From Athens to Montreal, the student struggle continues

Adrien Welsh

Last Sunday, November 20th, the Ligue de la jeunesse communiste du Québec participated along with the Greek Workers’ Association of Québec in activities commemorating the 43rd anniversary of Athens’ Polytechnic popular uprising that contributed to the end of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece between 1967 and 1974 with the full support of the USA and NATO.

November 16, 2016

Young Communists speak out at C-51 consultation meeting

Edited from People's Voice

Rebel Youth presents a speech by the Young Communist League of Quebec organizer Adrien Welsh, to a Montreal consultation convened by the Federal Liberal government. The government has started quietly convening public meetings on C-51, although they have repeatedly refused to get rid of this Harper era legislation. Stop C-51 rallies erupted across Canada in the Winter and Spring of 2015, demanding that the C-51 not pass, and when it was, that it be scrapped. C-51 remains the most serious assault on democratic rights, labour rights, and civil liberties in recent times.

Members of the committee, members of the public, and witnesses, I would like to start by invoking the memory of Pablo Picasso, in whose honour the room where we are meeting this evening is named. Pablo Picasso was a communist.

October 30, 2016

The Right to Education vs. Capitalism

Drew Garvie

We students have the “privilege” of going to school in capitalist Canada in 2016 – an imperialist country during an economic crisis. Globally and at home, Capital is trying to rollback the gains of working people, built up over the last century, in order to place the burden of the crisis on the backs of the vast majority.

“Austerity” currently defines the policies used by the capitalist state to restructure itself and the economy. Corporate lobby groups and bankers hired by governments to write reports all say the same thing: “we can’t continue with the welfare state.” The goal is to privatize everything – to commodify and increase direct corporate control over all aspects of our society, in order to extract the maximum amount of profit. “This is the only path to recovery.” A recovery for who is the question! Certainly not for the millions that will be denied access to health and education, to decent paying jobs, to housing, to a life of dignity. Also, as this process takes place domestically, the same class responsible for it expands their wars and environmental destruction. This bigger picture explains a lot of what we’re seeing in the attack on post-secondary education (PSE) today.

October 22, 2016

Student action ramping up for November 2nd

Peter Miller

This November 2nd, students from across Canada will be mobilizing for the Pan-Canadian “Student Day of Action” for free and accessible education initiated by the Canadian Federation of Students. As discussed in the statement from the YCL-LJC on the Day of Action, students are facing attacks across the country but are also fighting back.

October 9, 2016

Che Guevara & the struggle of young Communists in Canada

Today, October 9th, marks the 49th anniversary of Che Guevara's assassination by the CIA. The following is an interview conducted by TeleSur with the Young Communist League of Canada's General Secretary Drew Garvie about what Che's legacy means for young Communists today. The written interview was conducted in June of 2016 and contributed to the article Beyond the T-Shirt: What Che Actually Stood For.

Can you tell me about your experience going to Cuba on the Che Guevara Work Brigade? Why did you decide to go, what did you you there and what did you think of your overall experience?

The Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade has been running annually for 24 years. It is a solidarity Brigade where between 30-50 people of all ages, from across Canada, visit and tour Cuba for a couple weeks.

October 7, 2016

Energy East: Pipeline of discord

Yan Chun-Leduc

This summer in Saskatchewan, the company Husky Energy spilled 250,000 litres of crude oil into the North Saskatchewan River, the source of drinking water for nearly 100,000 people. Water now has to be transported to villages and communities by truck. Husky Energy has paid $5 million to Prince Albert, the largest city affected by the spill, to limit the damage. This heavy oil does not float, it flows and spreads over all seabed surfaces. The consequence of this is that only half of the oil spilled into the river has been cleaned, the other half that has sunk is not cleanable and never will be. Oops.

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline would allow for 1.1 million barrels of the same type of heavy oil per day to travel over a distance of 700 km in Quebec. This distance includes traversing more than 800 rivers, including the St. Lawrence where sixty percent of the Quebec population, or five million people, draw their drinking water. A spill of 250,000 liters of oil there would be catastrophic. But Energy East is an enormous pipeline project, with incomparably larger potential for harm than the spill in the North Saskatchewan River.

September 20, 2016

Race & Racism: Biology or Systemic?

"You can't have capitalism without racism" - Malcolm X
Kayla Hilstob

The way we come to identify ourselves and others within our society has much to do with our social conditioning. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that because of the colour of our skin, naturally we belong to a certain group. This is the concept of race, the mother of racism.

This creation happened only a few hundred years ago in a deliberate move to justify and enforce the system of slavery for white Southern American plantation owners. Scientists have continuously tried to find a biological basis for race since its inception, to justify racial oppression, conflict, segregation, apartheid and genocide, yet there have been no findings whatsoever. Conclusively, there is no biological difference between people of different complexions, other than the few genes that produce the trait of skin colour. Race is a social construct that was created to impose a hierarchy of oppressed people to make a few powerful plantation owners very, very rich.

September 15, 2016

Young Worker Horror Stories

We often hear that our generation has it worse off than our parents. As the capitalist class continues to deepen their attack on the living and working standards of working people as a whole, the jobs available to young people in particular keep getting worse: part-time, non-union, precarious work, internships, or straight up unemployment are often the ‘choices’ we have.

In a recent, small-scale investigation blitz of employers by the Ministry of Labour in Ontario, it was discovered that 3/4 of employers were breaking already substandard labour laws. But what does this look like at the ground level?

Here are some stories from Rebel Youth readers about their work experiences:

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