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Statement by the Central Executive
Committee, Communist Party of
The Communist Party’s Executive Committee is demanding the federal government
immediately block the corporate deal with Airbus that will kill thousands of
new jobs and give away controlling interest in
Further, Parliament must step up to put Bombardier under public ownership and democratic control, and pull the plug on NAFTA which has contributed in a big way to this debacle.
Bombardier’s $8.7 billion debt includes over $6 billion spent on development of
the C-series jet – a project meant to make
While reaching into the public purse time after time, Bombardier’s executives were being paid millions in publicly funded bonuses year after year – without any public oversight or control.
induced Bombardier to hand over control of the C-Series jet to the European
based Airbus, was NAFTA, and the decision of the US administration to slap a
300% tariff on Bombardier’s sales of the C-series jet to Delta airlines in the
US. The tariff was the result of demands by the
Canadian workers get left holding the bag for public investments and loans that
will never be repaid, and for jobs that will never materialize because wages
are so much lower in the
This is another perfect example of why
Continuing in NAFTA means continuing to watch as manufacturing and industrial
jobs are routinely stripped out of
Private corporations have repeatedly demonstrated, in their pursuit of profit,
that they cannot be relied upon to provide good jobs with fair wages and
benefits, to the working class in
Enough is enough! Get out of NAFTA! Nationalize Bombardier and block the deal
with Airbus. Build the C-series jet in
Statement of the Central Executive Committee, Communist Party of
celebrations around the world will mark the centenary of the outstanding
political event of the 20th century: the Great October Socialist Revolution of
1917. By overthrowing the Russian capitalists, landowners and aristocrats, the
workers, peasants and soldiers of the Tsarist empire opened the door to a new
society in which humanity's dreams of peace, equality and democracy began to
become reality. The storming of the
The October Revolution was far more than a change in government. It was a fundamental social upheaval, a sharp break with thousands of years of class-divided societies. For the first time, the working class took lasting political power, shattering the myth that only the owners of wealth can rule.
Under the slogan "Peace, Land, Bread" and with the support of the overwhelming majority of the working class and poor peasants, the Bolsheviks (the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, which the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was then called) began the long and complex effort to build a new "system of civilized cooperators," as the great revolutionary Vladimir Lenin described the essence of socialism.
The new Soviet government
immediately issued its famous "decree on peace", taking
The Soviet revolution shook imperialism as never before. Yet it stood on the shoulders of more than one hundred years of working class and national liberation struggles. Millions of workers had supported the First and Second Internationals, whose goal was world peace and socialism, in sharp contrast to the imperialist strivings of the leading capitalist countries.
The Internationals were
inspired by the slogan "Workers of all lands, unite!" and by
revolutionaries such as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels who declared that the
working class was the agent of socialist revolution. The working class movement
was steeled by persecutions, and educated by the bloody vengeance of the French
and Prussian capitalists in 1871 against the
Great October holds a unique and honoured place in history, as the first socialist revolution to achieve and retain political power, withstanding both internal counter-revolution and foreign intervention. It dramatically changed world politics, breaking the hegemony of imperialism, and establishing a new and fundamentally different approach to relations between peoples, nations and states.
The October Revolution proved that socialism could become more than a utopian ideal. The working class and its allies could move beyond sporadic resistance to challenge the capitalist system as a whole, and achieve social emancipation. The exploited and oppressed, through conscious and united struggle, could shape their own destiny. It was this truth about the Russian Revolution that filled the privileged classes with a fear and hatred of socialism, from the earliest days of the Soviet state.
imperialist hostility and subversion, the Soviet Union endured for over seven
decades, scoring many great achievements, overcoming unemployment, illiteracy,
and social deprivation. Socialism in the
was the Soviet Union which led the heroic military struggle to defeat Hitler
fascism on the battlefield, creating the conditions for the emergence of other
socialist states in
The gains achieved by workers under socialism inspired the working class in the advanced capitalist countries, compelling the ruling class to concede reforms around labour rights, the 40-hour work week, unemployment insurance, health care, public education, and pensions. The progress toward economic and social equality by women in the USSR was a powerful stimulus to the struggles of women in the capitalist countries for pay and employment equity, and for child care and other social programs which would weaken the patriarchal double burden of capitalist exploitation and unpaid domestic labour.
Ultimately, however, the first workers' state was overturned and capitalism restored, due to a combination of interrelated internal and external circumstances and contradictions which culminated in the temporary victory of counter-revolution.
The defeat of socialism
Whatever the failures and
mistakes which occurred during that first great experiment in building a new,
higher form of society, these do not detract from the enduring significance of
Great October. Socialism's historical balance-sheet was overwhelmingly
positive, not only for the people of the
Despite its so-called victory, capitalism itself remains in profound systemic crisis. The widening gap between rich and poor, the endless wars and conflicts spawned by imperialism, and the environmental crisis which threatens human civilization, all show that the private profit system, driven by personal and corporate greed, cannot meet the fundamental needs and interests of the people and the global environment.
capitalism generates war, austerity, and catastrophic climate change, people
everywhere are yearning for freedom. Struggles against imperialist
globalization have grown sharper, and in many countries, the working class is
mounting fierce resistance against the corporate drive for higher profits. The
powerful example of
Imperialism is responding with growing reaction, militarism and war. In the US, Canada, Europe, India and other regions, far-right, racist and neo-Nazi forces aim to divide and weaken the working class movement, and to roll back the equality gains achieved by trade unions, women, LGBTQ people, and immigrants. But the forces of imperialism and reaction cannot hold back the irresistible power and attraction of socialist ideas, the growth of the international working class, and the striving of the vast majority of humanity for social progress, a sustainable environment, and peace.
Not least, the Great October Socialist Revolution proved the importance of creating the "revolutionary party of a new type" - solidly grounded in the working class, and based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism and the principles of democratic centralism. At a time when working people increasingly reject both the old-line capitalist parties and social democratic opportunism, it is more critical than ever to strengthen the revolutionary political parties which can win the working class for a genuine socialist alternative.
Nothing can erase the accomplishments of
Great October. The Communist Party of
PV Vancouver Bureau
The October 14 Vancouver civic byelection for one city council seat and nine school trustees was an interesting test of political winds heading towards the regular municipal elections next year. The results were mixed, with strong votes for progressive candidates, but the Communist Party renews our warning that right-wing and pro-developer forces could easily take advantage of divisions among progressive groups to win majorities at both levels in 2018.
The council campaign focused almost entirely on the housing crisis in
Vision won a majority in 2008 with the support of the organized labour movement, after the NPA provoked a bitter strike by outside civic workers. But in this fall's byelection, for the first time Vision failed to win the backing of the Vancouver & District Labour Council, in part due to its policy of taking jobs out of the scope of collective agreements with CUPE and other civic unions. The loss of labour backing, and wide public anger over the housing crisis, left Vision's Diego Cardona fifth among nine council candidates, taking just 11.3%.
Not surprisingly, the right-wing NPA's Hector Bremner won the seat, but with
just 27.8% of the total, hardly an overwhelming victory. Jean Swanson, on the
ballot as an independent candidate for council, took 21.4% and second place,
after mobilizing hundreds of volunteers and mounting a strong campaign around
demands for a rent freeze and a "mansion tax." Pete Fry of the Greens
started the campaign strongly, but faltered to finish third at 20.3%. In fourth
place was the city's former housing advocate, Judy Graves, who took 13.2% as
the candidate for the left-oriented
This creates a new political terrain for the VSB. The new NDP government has
partially addressed the education under-funding crisis created by the former
Responding to the outcome of the byelection, the BC Provincial Executive of the
Communist Party of
“Our Party stated at the outset of the campaign that divisions among
progressive forces gave the advantage to the two big pro-developer parties,
which we said could allow the NPA to win the council seat with as little as
thirty percent of the vote. This projection was remarkably close to the final
result. There is no guarantee that if
“We also note that byelections are not always an indication of future results. In 1985, for example, COPE won all nine positions in a special VSB byelection, after the trustees elected the previous year were undemocratically removed by the Social Credit provincial government. At the same time, Bruce Yorke, a well-known Communist Party member, won a runoff byelection as a COPE candidate against the NPA's Phillip Owen. These results led COPE to believe it could win majorities at all levels in the 1986 campaign, and its highest profile City Council member, Harry Rankin, was nominated for mayor. Instead, the NPA's Gordon Campbell easily defeated Rankin, and the NPA won 7 of 10 council seats plus 8 trustee positions.
“The outcome on October 14 reinforces our view that unity of left and
progressive forces must be a high priority heading into the 2018 municipal
election. The Communist Party urges an end to sectarian accusations in the wake
of this byelection. We support the post-election efforts to bring together all
left and progressive civic forces, including the Swanson campaign,
“In the past, COPE's electoral successes were based on building a powerful alliance of the trade union movement, anti-poverty and tenant groups, grassroots community organizations, and NDPers, Communists and other left-wing activists. Such a strategy is needed again today, to reach a minimum agreement to avoid vote-splitting, maximizing the chances to elect city councillors on a platform based on defending the interests of working people and the poor, and school trustees who will fight to defend and improve public education.”
PV Ontario Bureau
On October 16, 12,000 college faculty went on strike at Colleges of Applied
Arts and Technology (CAATs) across
The strike began after the College Employer Council (CEC) rejected a streamlined final offer from the union and walked away from the table. OPSEU negotiators described the offer as “bare minimum we need to ensure quality education for students and treat contract faculty fairly.” The union’s offer included several non-monetary proposals such as stronger recognition of academic freedom, improved seniority provisions, and longer notice periods for teaching contracts and work assignments.
The offer also included the union’s key demand for a 50:50 ratio of full-time to non-full-time faculty. Ontario colleges have steadily and deliberately increased the number and proportion of part-time and contract teaching positions, which currently outnumber full-time positions by nearly three times.
The strike is also about the faculty’s desire to enhance the quality of education they provide to students. The union has argued that precarious employment for faculty directly erodes their ability to properly prepare and present courses.
As with many other public services and institutions in
Ontario Communist Party leader, Dave McKee, observes that, “One of the
underlying issues to this dispute is the provincial government’s ongoing
underfunding of colleges. At a time when colleges have expanded their mandates,
provincial funding has dropped by nearly 20%, and continues to fall.” OPSEU has
McKee said that pressure from underfunding has led colleges to make up the
difference through a combination of increased student fees and increasingly
precarious employment conditions for faculty. “Instead of standing up for
public education at the college level and demanding adequate funding, the
colleges have used government underfunding as an excuse to increase precarious
employment for faculty, to pursue different forms of privatization, and to
diminish education for 300,000 college students in
The Communist Party is demanding that the College Employer Council return immediately to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract with faculty. The Party is also calling on the provincial government to increase college funding now, so that faculty can provide students with the education they need and deserve.
College faculty have set up picket lines at each of Ontario’s 24 CAATs, and have already received strong support from other labour and community organizations.
More information and updates are available at the union’s strike page, www.collegefaculty.org.
People’s Voice Editorial
62, Quebec's legislation requiring those who access public services to show
their faces, is a attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred, under the
false claim of promoting "secularism." The law was adopted in the
National Assembly, literally under a Catholic crucifix which symbolized the
unity of church and state at a time when criticism of religion was virtually
illegal. Like its predecessor, the
This vicious law is intended purely to harass a small number of women who practise certain Muslim beliefs - those who wear the niqab, or likely even the hijab which does not actually obscure one's face. The aim is to villify Islam as a religion which is counter to so-called "western values". In a country founded on the "values" of genocide against indigenous peoples, and brutal racism against immigrants of Asian origin, the excuse that Bill 62 “protects secularism” is an utterly shameful version of the lie that Canada is a "white man's country."
Of course, this newspaper does not defend religion - we believe that public institutions must display neutrality towards religions. We seek to unite the working class against the attacks of the capitalists and to fight for socialism. But we also support the freedom of conscience and the democratic right of individuals to practice their religions or to have none. We advocate persuasion and education to develop scientific understanding, not coercion which will inevitably backfire. As Frederick Engels said, “persecution is the best way to strengthen adverse convictions,” to heighten interest in religion, and to make its actual decline more difficult.
People’s Voice Editorial
The level of Norteamericano
imperialist arrogance towards the
But anyone who listens only to politicians in Washington and
The fact is that the Venezuelan regional elections were conducted peacefully by
the National Electoral Council, and that over than 11 million people cast
ballots, a turnout of 61.4%. The results have been accepted by most of the
opposition. This is in sharp contrast to the
By Darrell Rankin
The 100th anniversary of
The socialist revolution animated the politics of the 1919
When the Borden Conservative government ordered troops to board ships and crush
A month after the Winnipeg General Strike, Mackenzie King promised free
medicare at the Liberal convention where he was elected leader. Across
Here is the text of the resolution submitted by Jack Kavanagh, chair of the
Resolutions Committee of the Western Labor Conference in
Be it Resolved that this Conference places itself on record as being in full accord and sympathy with the aims and purposes of the Russian Bolshevik and German Spartacan revolutions and,
Be it further Resolved; that this Conference declares its full acceptance or the principle of “Proletarian Dictatorship” as being absolute and efficient for the transformation of capitalist private property into communal wealth, and that fraternal greetings be sent to the Russian Soviet Government, the Spartacist League of Germany, and to all definite working class movements in Europe; recognizing that they have won first place in the class struggle.
Tim Buck writes: “The resolution was adopted unanimously and the thoroughly aroused delegates climaxed their demonstration of solidarity with a motion, offered spontaneously by a delegate in the body of the hall, that the conference send a cablegram directly to Lenin, expressing their warm fraternal greetings to him personally. The delegates stood up as one man and cheered, when the motion was declared “carried unanimously.””
“(The delegates) adopted a strongly-worded telegram calling upon the federal
government to Withdraw the Canadian Troops From Soviet
“The Credentials Committee reported official representatives present from
almost every local union in
The conference also adopted resolutions to support forming industrial unions and for a referendum on a general strike to demand free speech and remove restrictions on working class organizations.
(See Tim Buck, Canada and the Russian Revolution  and Forty Years of Great Change, 1917-1957 )
Buck’s books also record the text of a resolution adopted unanimously a month
earlier at the
“Trade Union Support to the Russian Revolution
“WHEREAS: The war between opposed imperialist interests has ceased; the
suddenness of its collapse being due to the Social Revolution which, starting
in Russia, gradually found its way into Austria-Hungry and Germany. Those who
where expecting at any moment to be called upon to don the khaki and face the
ghastly horrors of twentieth century wholesale slaughter, owe a deep debt of
gratitude to those splendid Russian revolutionists. Millions of soldiers on the
battle fronts of
“The aspirations of organized Labor as embodied in the preamble to the
“RESOLVED, that this convention of the Alberta Federation of Labor places itself on record as being in full accord and sympathy with the aims and purposes of the Russian and German socialist revolutions, and be it further
“RESOLVED, that this convention gives the incoming executive officers full power to call a province-wide general strike should the Allied powers persist in their attempt to over-throw the Soviet administration in Russia or Germany or in any country in which a Soviet form of government is or may be established and be it further
“RESOLVED, that this
resolution be forwarded to the Western Labor Conference, to be held in
“RESOLVED, that Copies
of this resolution be sent to all Central Labor bodies throughout
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is calling on the
In a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, the union, which represents 20,695
“We applaud the efforts of all the community organizations, workers, and unions who fought tirelessly to bring about these important changes,” says the letter, signed by CUPW National President Mike Palecek.
“Immediately following the announcement of the legislation, big business – led by millionaire CEOs –came out in force, declaring publicly just how much they stand to lose by being required to provide decent wages and working conditions. Their outcry exposed the truth that working people in this province have always known: big business makes huge profits off exploiting workers in low-wage and precarious jobs.
“While Bill 148 takes us in the right direction, it falls short in some vital ways. We are especially concerned with some of the amendments that were made after the legislation was announced. We call on this government to strengthen, not weaken, Bill 148.
“CUPW has over 3000 members living in Peel Region and working at facilities
like Gateway Mail Processing Plant, one of the
We know that temporary, contract and part-time workers are some of the most vulnerable workers and that women, immigrants, and people of colour make up a disproportionate percentage of these workers. Temporary, part-time, and contract workers should be paid the same as permanent workers doing the same job, deserve fair and advanced scheduling, and genuine protections if they become ill or injured on the job. We are very concerned with the loopholes that have been introduced to the Bill that will allow employers to evade the scheduling and equal pay provisions. Workers will be unable to meaningfully enforce their new entitlements regarding right to refuse shifts and last minute cancellation of shifts if they do not receive their schedules in advance. Defining seniority by number of hours worked, as opposed to date of hire, will only further entrench inequality between part-time and full-time workers and undermine the intent of the equal pay provision. We are also very concerned by on-going employer efforts to further weaken the language on job definition in order to be able to evade their equal pay responsibilities.
“Our members know that unionization is critical to ensuring truly fair workplaces. Bill 148 improves access to unionization for Ontario workers, but further steps are still needed to provide greater access to employee information and to remove undue restrictions on workers’ right to unionize when lists are provided. We urge you to remove exceptions for agricultural, horticultural and domestic workers that deny vital protections to some of the most vulnerable workers. Card check certification needs to be extended to all sectors and workers also need quicker access to first contract arbitration. Succession rights need to be improved to ensure companies cannot flip contracts in order to drive down wages and working conditions and thwart collective efforts by workers. Finally, the legislation should prohibit the hiring of replacement workers, which undermines a union’s fundamental right to fair bargaining.”
By Ed Lehman,
Miguel Figueroa, Acting President of the Canadian Peace Congress, addressed a
well-attended public meeting in
Figueroa discussed key hot spots in the world and mentioned that many conflicts
are under the radar. He singled out
Discussing the interconnectedness of the various conflicts in the world, Figueroa observed that any place that says it won’t follow the dictates of the World Bank finds itself under assault. He discussed the use of economic levers against countries striving for economic independence, the role of the international media to attack leaders who do not go along with the World Bank and IMF, and observed how opposition forces are financed and create crisis.
The current government of
However, he also pointed out that the domination of
Referencing Donald Trump’s threats against the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, Figueroa explained that the DPRK believes it needs a deterrent, after living without a peace treaty since 1953 because the U.S. refuses to sign.
Having recently returned from a solidarity conference in
Touching on Venezuela, which Figueroa also recently visited, he noted the left victory there in the Oct. 15 regional elections, and observed that we in Canada should be responsible for our own government, which along with the US has been undermining the government of Venezuela.
Concluding his talk by discussing Canadian foreign policy, Figueroa said the
so-called BMD is not “defensive” - it is a repackaged version of Reagan’s Star
Wars, and part and parcel of the
PV Ontario Bureau
In early October, one of our People’s Voice distributors in
When we finally got through to Service
Well that’s our policy, the man at Service
We’re not in the habit of paying other people’s bills, he said.
They reinstated Billy’s benefits that day, though it would be two or three days before the funds arrived in the bank. Two days later Billy died on the street. He was in his usual spot on the Danforth selling People’s Voice. He suffered a heart attack, brought on by stress they said. No kidding.
Capitalism kills. Austerity kills.
Justice for Billy means an end to arbitrary cutoffs of pensions and assistance
to vulnerable people. It means increasing pensions and incomes to livable
levels. It means affordable housing that’s not on the edge of town. It means
dignity and respect for human rights, and the enforcement of those
economic and social rights. A million seniors in
It’s time for the labour and peoples’ movements to demand real action on pensions and incomes now. Pensions need to rise substantially and the age needs to drop. And pensions need to be locked into defined benefit plans like the CPP, not jumped-up RRSP plans that leave people penniless soon after retirement. Governments jump when big corporations make their demands. No more cap in hand – the public must fight to force action on pensions and incomes. And labour must lead.
People’s needs, not corporate greed.
By Larry Wasslen,
On July 30, 2017 over 8 million Venezuelans went to the polls to elect a
national constituent assembly (Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, ANC). The
working class of
Peace or violence, democracy or repression, submission or independence: calling for the 2017-ANC, President Maduro put these questions to the people, placing sovereignty into their own hands.
On July 18, the Trump regime threatened “strong and swift economic sanctions”
should the Maduro government proceed with the ANC. After the vote, Trump threatened
military intervention. The Canadian government has been a virtual echo chamber
Seriously lacking in the capitalist press is a thoughtful discussion of what led to the 2017-ANC, the actual struggles that have taken place in Venezuela over the past two decades, the Bolivarian constitution, and the aims and objectives of the 2017 ANC.
Hugo Chavez swept into power in the December 1998 election with the explicit objective of building a new Venezuela out of the shambles of the Fourth Republic, a time during which more than 11,000 political disappearances occurred.
The electoral success of the ‘dictatorial’ Bolivarian Revolution is impressive. Of the 21 elections, the revolutionary forces have won 19, including four presidential elections: in 1998 Chavez won 56.2% of the popular vote; 2000: 59.8%; 2006: 62.8%; 2012: 55.1%. Nicolas Maduro won the 2013 election with 50.6% of the popular vote after the death of Chavez. The Polo Patriotico led by the PSUV has won three of the four National Assembly elections since 1999. President Chavez narrowly lost a referendum regarding constitutional reform in 2007 and President Maduro lost the National Assembly election of 2015.
In the 2015 election, the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) won 109 of the 164 deputies. There was video evidence of electoral fraud and vote buying on the part of the opposition in southwestern Amazonas state, and the Venezuelan Supreme Court temporarily suspended the deputies and launched an official investigation. Henry Ramos Allup, the president of the National Assembly, ignored the ruling and swore in the members, leading the Court to nullify all actions taken by the legislative body.
The two priorities of the illegal National Assembly were to immediately remove Maduro from office and release from prison several violent criminals, responsible for 43 deaths. Freddy Guevara, a member of the far-right Voluntad Popular, stated “we have to accelerate the exit of this government as soon as possible.”
In February 2016 the Assembly passed a controversial amnesty law to free several criminals involved in the 2014 violence, including Leopoldo Eduardo Lopez Mendoza, founder of Primero Jusicia, in clear violation of the Bolivarian Constitution. The Assembly made no effort to address the capitalist economic crisis affecting the population.
Unable to overthrow the elected government by constitutional maneuvers, the
opposition changed tactics to fascist violence and foreign intervention. The
street violence known as ‘guarimbas’ cost the lives of more than 120 persons
with 1200 people injured between April and July of 2017. Foreign financed
street violence caused millions of dollars damage to public and private
Venezuela needed to find a way through the constitutional impasse and to
respond to the capitalist economic crisis, the fascist violence and the direct
threats of foreign intervention. President Maduro turned to Article 348 of the
Bolivarian Constitution. On May 1, 2017, he issued Decree 2830, calling for a
National Constituent Assembly, based upon the constituent popular process. Far
from being a dictator, President Maduro turned to the people of
Maduro suggested nine programmatic objectives:
Peace: “The constituent process is a great call for a nation-wide dialogue to contain the escalation of political violence”
Economy: “The perfection of the national economic system moving towards a Venezuelan Power by conceiving the new post-petroleum, mixed, productive, diversified and integrating economic model”
Missions: “To enshrine the Missions and Grand Socialist Missions in the Constitution”
Judicial System: “The broadening of the responsibilities of the Judicial System to eradicate criminal impunity, particularly regarding crimes committed against the people”
Democracy: “To enshrine in the Constitution the new forms of participatory and protagonist democracy through the recognition of the new subjects of the People’s Power, such as the Communes, Communal Councils, and the Workers Councils”
Sovereignty: “The defense of sovereignty and integrity of the nation and the protection against foreign interventionism” and “the promotion of the consolidation of a multi-polar and multi-centric world that ensures respect for law and international security.’
Multicultural character of the Homeland: “enabling us to recognize each other as Venezuelans in our ethnical and cultural diversity” “inoculating us from social and racial hatred that is today incubated in a minority of society.”
Youth: “enshrine the rights of youth…free and conscious use of information technologies, the right to a dignified and creativity-liberating job.
Biodiversity: “the sovereign rights to protect our biodiversity and the development of an ecological culture in our society.”
Curiously the opposition had demanded a constituent assembly to try and oust Maduro, but when the call went out for its convocation, the MUD boycotted the election.
The make-up of the 2017-ANC is extremely interesting. 364 seats were designated for geographic regions, including at least one seat per municipality and two more for each state capital. Eight seats were guaranteed for indigenous peoples to be elected according to their traditions. A total of 173 seats were allocated to sectoral groups, including workers groups (79), peasants(8), fishers (8), students (24), pensioners (28), disabled (5), communal council members (24), and business people (5). Clearly the working class is heavily favoured within the 545 seat 2017-ANC.
More than 6,000 candidates ran for the various seats on the ANC.
Despite significant efforts to prevent voting, including physical attacks on those trying to cast their ballot, more than 8 million people participated. The election of the 2017-ANC has enabled the government to take the initiative. The most important advances include an immediate halt to the street violence, the dismissal of Luisa Ortega from her position as Attorney General for ‘grave misconduct” including lying about her approval of Supreme Court Justices, calls for revamping the economy, and new anti-hate legislation.
The 2017-ANC is a major step forward in the struggle for national independence
and sovereignty, against violence and war. It opens the door to more political
and economic democracy. It will allow the government to address many of the
(The author was a delegate to the “Todos Somos
By Nino Pagliccia
The international meeting “Todos Somos Venezuela” that took place in Caracas on September 16-19 still reverberates in the minds of many of us who had the privilege to attend.
The timing of the meeting was well planned to impress on the participants the importance of solidarity actions, particularly before the Oct. 15 elections for governors of the 23 Venezuelan States. The Bolivarian Revolution and Chavismo have a reason to celebrate a great victory with 18 governorships in the hands of the government party in those elections.
However, the greatest winner of the elections of October 15 was socialism and
the anti-imperialist spirit dominant in
Former foreign minister and current president of the National Constituent
Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, said that the
The renowned academic Sonia Gupta praised
The delegate for the Popular Front for Liberation of
In fact, I heard repeatedly the reference to “Bolivarian socialism”. There was never a formal definition of the term and I will not attempt to define it here. In context, I took that to be a proud affirmation of the revolutionary struggle that Chavismo has embarked on and is committed to continue.
Hugo Chavez referred to it as “socialism of the 21st century”, a renewed vision of classic socialism prevalent in the 20th century, and a projection into a new conception of a society where the people are the recipient of the social gains but at the same time they are the protagonists of the social organization.
Chávez himself said, "El socialismo es la democracia participativa y sobre
todo la protagónica" (Socialism is participatory democracy and above all,
protagonist [democracy]). This concept that views all Venezuelans as authors
and builders of democracy is embedded in the preamble of the 1999 Constitution
But perhaps Maduro’s statement, addressing a crowd of Venezuelans in front of the Presidential Office of Miraflores, following a large anti-imperialist march, contains the essence of what may still be a process under construction in the Venezuelan context. “Socialism is a patrimony that comes from the original people, from the history of Venezuelan fighters that struggled for freedom and continues rebelling to domination,” Maduro said.
All of us in the crowd cheered those words and his acknowledgement of the upcoming centenary celebration of the October Revolution. He also recognized Vladimir Lenin, leader of first socialist revolution.
Venezuela appears to be intent on building its own brand of socialism – Bolivarian socialism – with its own characteristics based on its past revolutions of independence and heroes, people’s aspirations and needs, defiance to the current colonial empire, and with a good doses of 20th century Marxism.
With that spirit in the air at the
Celebrating the October Revolution
While many readers of People’s
Voice will observe the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist
Revolution at official commemorations across
Robertson honoured by Six Nations
Robbie Robertson, the
guitarist, songwriter, film composer, producer, author, and actor, who rose to
world-wide fame with the rock group known as The Band, was honoured on October 14 by the Six Nations of the