Socialism 2006 — Workers Against the Empire

a Socialist Action educational conference
April 28–30, 2006 in Toronto

all sessions at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, second floor, at St. George Subway Station.
Cost: $20 for the weekend, or $3 for each of 9 sessions, or PWYC.


Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.: We are the Majority—Opposing the US War in Iraq
with Gerry Foley, a national leader of Socialist Action (US) and international editor of SA newspaper; (t.b.a.) a US war resister; Ali Mallah, a CUPE Ontario V.P. and human rights activist; and Diana Ralph of the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada.

Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.: Does Anti-Zionism equal Anti-Semitism?
with speakers Suzanne Weiss of Socialist Voice, and Max Silverman, a founder of Jewish Youth Against the Occupation.

11:30 a.m.: For profit or people? — Medicare in Canada and Cuba,
with Robbie Mahood, Socialist Action in Montreal, and Johan Boyden, health care activist in Toronto.

1 p.m.: Lunch

2 p.m.: Where is the Labour movement going?
Barry Weisleder, SA Toronto, and Jeremy Haicken, UNITE HERE & SA Connecticut

3:30 p.m.: Québec and the national question in the Canadian state with Aaron Donny-Clark, SA Montréal, and Gordon Lefebvre, member of Québec Solidaire party and steering committee member of the Conseil de la >souveraineté du Québec.

5 p.m.: Canadian Imperialism in Haiti
with Kabir Joshi-Vijayan and Isabel Macdonald, members of Toronto Haiti Action Committee. Isabel spent two months doing research in Haiti in winter 2005–2006, including during the February 7 election.

6:30 p.m.: Supper break

7:30 p.m.: Latin America in revolt against Neo-liberalism
with Maria Paez Victor of the Luis Riel Circle, Carlos Torres of the Centre for Social Justice, John Riddell of Socialist Voice, and Gerry Foley of Socialist Action (US).

Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m.: Poverty and the Neo-liberal agenda,
with John Clarke, organizer for OCAP, and Judy Koch, Toronto Socialist Action.

11:30 a.m.: Marxism and Feminism, a presentation by Wendy Forrest, member of Socialist Alternative and an activist in the Ontario Nurses Association.

1 p.m.: Lunch

2 p.m.: SA internal conference session (for members and invited supporters)

7 p.m.: May Day Celebration rally, Sunday, April 30 Torontos 20th Annual Socialist May Day Celebration — Workers Against the Empire
Speakers:
John Clarke
Organizer, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Gerry Foley
International editor, Socialist Action newspaper based in San Francisco
Wendy Forrest
Spokesperson, Socialist Alternative, member, Ontario Association of Nurses
Jane Marsh
President, Toronto Local, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Barry Weisleder
Substitute teachers
— organizer, and spokesperson, Socialist Action
M.C.: Elizabeth Byce
federal Treasurer, NDP Socialist Caucus, and member of Toronto Local, Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Celebrate with entertainers:
James Gordon, founder of folk group Tamarack, writer of the song about Cindy and Casey Sheehan
Bill Heffernan, activist, teacher and songsmith
Glen Hornblast, folk singer on the social justice scene
Linda Saslove, rising star singer-songwriter
Mama D, singer/songwriter, children's rights activist
Steve-Paul Simms, multi-talented songwriter, singer and guitarist.

Enjoy delicious food from  the menu and drinks from the bar. For details, call the Free Times Café at 416-967-1078. At the event there will also be a literature display, raffle, and surprises.

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 7 p.m.
Free Times Café, 320 College St., (2 blocks west of Spadina) Toronto, Ontario

Admission: $10 waged, $5 non-waged, or pay what you can

Information: e-mail: barryaw@look.ca
Phone: (416) 535-8779

sponsored by Socialist Action
(Fourth Internationalists in the Canadian state)

Event endorsed by:
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, NDP Socialist Caucus, and Socialist Alternative.