Socialism 2007: Canadian Imperialism and its Discontents

a Socialist Action Educational Conference
April 27, 28, 29, 2007

at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE),
252 Bloor Street West, at the St. George subway station, Toronto

Friday, April 27 — Registration opens at 5 p.m.
Cost: $20 for weekend, or $4 per session (or PWYC).

6 p.m. The Peacekeeper Myth — Canada in Afghanistan, Haiti, Suez and Congo
with Angela Joya, York U. grad student originally from Afghanistan, Norman “Otis” Richmond, journalist and host of Diasporic Music on CKLN-FM, and Kabir Joshi-Vijayan of the Toronto Haiti Action Committee.

8 p.m. Will the US defeat in Iraq be bigger than Vietnam?
with Jeff Mackler, national secretary of Socialist Action (US), and Dean Walcott, US war resister who was a Marine for 6 years and served in Iraq.

Saturday, April 28

10 a.m. What is Canadian imperialism, and How to fight it
with Tom Baker, SA Hamilton.

1 p.m. Is there a two-state solution? Palestine Solidarity and the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions campaign,
with Hazem Jamjoun of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, and Ali Mallah, a leading CUPE human rights activist.

3:30 p.m. A working woman’s guide to social justice — Feminism and Socialism
with Sarah O’Sullivan, member of Socialist Action in Halifax, and Suzanne Weiss of Socialist Voice.

7 p.m. Imperialism and Eco-Catastrophe — Global warming, extreme weather, crises in food, health, and habitation What is the socialist alternative? with Jeff Mackler, Socialist Action (US), and Darrel Furlotte, member of Socialist Project and Socialist Voice.

Sunday, April 29

10 a.m. Venezuela and Latin America challenge the Empire
with Barry Weisleder, federal secretary of Socialist Action-Canada, and John Riddell, co-editor of Socialist Voice.

12 noon Québec self-determination versus the Canadian state
with Gordon Lefebvre, member of Québec Solidaire and steering committee member of the Conseil de la souveraineté du Québec, and Robbie Mahood of SA/Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste in Montreal.

2 p.m. Lunch (followed by a 3–5 p.m. meeting for SA members and invited supporters only)

Sunday, April 29, 7 p.m. Socialist Action’s 21st Annual Toronto May Day Celebration, featuring live music, speakers, theatre, and a raffle at Free Times Café, 320 College Street, 2 blocks west of Spadina Avenue, Toronto
admission: $10 (or PWYC).
Here are the details:
Toronto’s 21th Annual Socialist May Day Celebration: “Canadian Imperialism and its Discontents”
Speakers:
Jeff Mackler, National Secretary, Socialist Action, United States (based in San Francisco)
John Clarke,  Organizer, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Sabrina Johnson, on behalf of the Free the Cuban Five Committee
Jane Marsh, President, Toronto Local, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Kabir Joshi-Vijayan, Toronto Haiti Action Committee
Barry Weisleder, Substitute teachers’ organizer, and Federal Secretary, Socialist Action – Canada
M.C.: Elizabeth Byce, federal Treasurer, NDP Socialist Caucus, and member of the Toronto Local, Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Celebrate with entertainers:
The Downsize Theatre Company, performing a new skit in support of freedom for the Cuba Five;
plus
Norm Hacking, brilliant singer-songwriter and godfather of the Toronto folk scene;
Selina Martin, popular recording artist;
Bill Heffernan, activist, teacher, and song smith;
Glen Hornblast, folk singer on the social justice scene; and
Linda Saslove, rising star singer-songwriter.

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 29, 2007 7 p.m.
Free Times Cafe, 320 College St.,
(2 blocks west of Spadina) Toronto, Ontario
Admission: $10 waged, $5 non-waged or PWYC
Information: e-mail: barryaw@rogers.com
Phone: (416) 535-8779
sponsored by Socialist Action (Fourth Internationalists in the Canadian state)

Event endorsed by: Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, NDP Socialist Caucus, and the Free the Cuban Five Committee.

For more information call 416 - 535-8779 or visit: www.socialistaction.org/ca.htm