IN THIS ISSUE:
1. OCCUPY CANADA!
2. YCL-CPC CALL TO ACTION
3. CANADIAN PEACE CONGRESS GOES TO CONVENTION
<http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lt6kl4Qd741qcir3yo1_500.jpg> *Sign at
the Occupy Toronto Rally**This weekend occupation actions took place in over
twenty six communities from coast to coast across Canada, in solidarity with
the Occupy Wall Street movement. *
People’s Voice Newspaper editorial
To paraphrase the famous Russian Nikolai Chernyshevsky, the road to
revolution takes many unexpected twists and turns.
Who could have predicted a year ago that Tunisia would be the spark for a
series of uprisings, or that the magazine Adbusters would initiate an
occupation of Wall Street which now involves tens of thousands? In both
cases, circumstances were ripe for a popular upsurge. In every capitalist
country, even the U.S. empire itself, unemployment, poverty, and inequality
feed the sense of desperation and give birth to a wide range of fightback
strategies. The most advanced struggles are in countries such as Greece,
where revolutionary Communist parties with significant working class support
are building broad, militant struggles around key demands.
Starting without a declared political aim, the Occupy Wall Street movement
combines rage against oppression and poverty with hope for a better world.
These sentiments are moving millions into the streets, and Occupy is
spreading like wildfire.
The challenges faced by this openly anti-capitalist but extremely diverse
crusade are enormous. But the decision to rise up together against corporate
domination is a powerful and liberating act, with enormous potential.
Through their bold attempt to defeat the system, the “99 percenters” will
learn more about social change than any textbook could teach. This movement
deserves the unhesitating support of all progressive activists.
More “occupations” will begin in cities across North America in mid-October.
We urge our readers to jump in and help build these struggles, taking
People’s Voice and socialist ideas into the debates.
Our next issue will report on the progress of this unique political
Join the Occupy
*Occupy demonstration in Vancouver*The 1% are united, organized and have
clear goals – continued exploitation, cutbacks to social services, amassing
wealth for themselves at the expense of the vast majority of people and of
The capitalist-owned media endlessly repeat that the people’s movements in
the U.S. and Canada are unorganized and don’t have clear demands. And the
ruling circles want to keep it that way.
Our response, the 99%, should be unite, organize and demand!
Some immediate demands could be:
- Double the corporate tax rate, especially for the largest
transnationals, oil companies, etc.
- Nationalize the banks and insurance companies!
- Good jobs, liveable wages and benefits for all!
- End attacks on workers’ rights and stop privatizations and cutbacks to
- Make education (including post-secondary), healthcare and childcare
accessible and affordable!
- Build social housing, and significantly raise the minimum wage and
- Cut military spending by 75%!
- Fight climate change, not wars for energy resources!
- Our aim is a socialist Canada.
We welcome discussion and debate.
Call to the Canadian Peace Congress Convention ****
Toronto ~ November 25-26, 2011****
*Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,*
The 2011 Convention of the Canadian Peace Congress is called for November
25-26 in Toronto, Ontario. This meeting occurs at a time when Canadian
foreign policy is taking an increasingly aggressive approach that is based
on imperialist expansion, deeper integration with the United States military
and security apparatus, increased subordination to NATO expansionism, and
war. As the economic crisis continues to intensify in domestically and
globally, the Harper government continues to promote an economic policy that
is centred around accelerated military spending on the one hand and, on the
other, severe austerity measures that threaten jobs, working conditions and
social programs. ****
At the same time, we are witnessing a strong and militant surge in popular
resistance to imperialism around the world. These struggles are an
inspiration, demonstrating the breadth of opposition to militarism and war,
and they demand our solidarity. ****
Our convention is an important event for strengthening and building the
anti-imperialist peace movement in Canada, which works in full solidarity
with the World Peace Council and other fraternal peace organizations around
the world. As such, the convention will also provide a valuable opportunity
for the Congress to determine how it can make the most effective
contribution to a coordinated opposition in Canada to war and aggression,
among a broad range of peace and solidarity organizations. ****
*Time and Location:*
The meeting will convene at Metro Hall on November 25 at 7 pm, and continue
on November 26 at 10 am. Metro Hall is located at 55 John Street in
Toronto, two blocks east of Spadina on the south-east corner of King and
According to Article 8 of the Constitution and Principles, delegates to the
Convention shall have a designated status – Peace Council member, Associate
member, Affiliate member or Guest. Members of the outgoing Executive
Council shall be ex-officio delegates to the Convention with status equal to
an “Associate” delegate. A member of the outgoing Executive Council may be
designated as a “Peace Council” delegate by the representing Peace Council.*
Credentials and status of delegates to a Convention shall be determined by
records of the Canadian Peace Congress and accepted by the Convention. ****
*Each Peace Council shall submit a written resolution to the Executive
Council naming their delegate and alternate(s) to the Convention by November
6, 2011. *
*Purpose and Work of Convention:*
The Convention has three main areas of work: ****
1. Discuss, amend and adopt a Main Resolution which will
include assessments of the overall international situation,
imperialism's role and impact in Canada, the peace and progressive movement
in Canada, and the work of the World Peace Council and
Canadian Peace Congress;****
2. Consider amendments to the Constitution and Principles of
the Canadian Peace Congress;****
3. Elect a President and members to the Executive Council.****
A draft Main Resolution will be circulated by the outgoing Executive Council
to members, who are encouraged to discuss the draft and submit amendments
for consideration at the Convention. ****
*Proposed amendments to the Main Resolution should be received in writing by
November 11, 2011* to ensure that they are considered by the Convention.
Proposed amendments received from the floor will be considered as time
permits, and as determined by the Convention.****
*Proposed amendments to the Constitution and Principles of the Canadian
Peace Congress shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Council no
later that October 26, 2011*, and will be circulated to members.****
The Rules of Order and the Agenda shall be established by simple majority
votes of delegates attending the Convention. The Executive Council shall
prepare and circulate the recommended Rules and the proposed Agenda prior to
Only Peace Council delegates shall vote on amendments to the Constitution
and Principles of the Canadian Peace Congress. Such amendments require
approval by delegates representing at least eighty-five percent (85%) of
Peace Councils that are members in good standing of the Canadian Peace
Proposed members of the Executive Council shall be sanctioned by the
representative Peace Council.****
*Travel and Accommodations:*
Delegates are responsible for their own travel expenses to Toronto. The
Convention will attempt to provide billets for delegates who indicate a
need, but such requests will be considered on a first-come basis and cannot
be guaranteed. A list of accommodation options will be provided on
request. Peace Councils are encouraged to assist with delegate expenses.***
There is no delegate fee. However, a donation of $25 per delegate is
requested upon registering, and will assist with Convention expenses. ****
Individuals and organizations wishing to attend the Convention should
Dave McKee ****
President, Canadian Peace Congress****
Email: dmc...@canadianpeacecongress.ca ****
*Issued by the Executive Council, Canadian Peace Congress*
*9 October 2011*****
*About the Canadian Peace Congress:*****
*The Canadian Peace Congress was formed in 1949 as an organization of
Canadian people that works for world peace and disarmament. We maintain that
peace, not militarism and war, is the guarantor of democracy, human rights,
and social and economic justice. The Congress is affiliated to the World
Peace Council and is a founding member of the Canadian Peace Alliance.*****
*For more information on the Canadian Peace Congress, or to join, please
*President, Canadian Peace Congress*****