Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
It is with mourning and indignation that we greet the news of the mass shooting that took place at a Quebec mosque. With love and rage we stand with the families who have lost their loved ones and the Muslim community in Quebec and across Canada, who are the target of this attempt to terrorize.
Beginning with colonialism, racism has long been a tool of Canada’s ruling class. Xenophobia is not new to Canada, and there is a proud history of struggle for immigrant rights and against various forms of racism throughout Canada’s history. However, there is at this moment a rise in hate crimes which now includes mass murder.
Joint statement from the Young Communist League of Canada and the Communist Party of Canada
The massacre in Orlando at the Pulse gay night club makes it clear that the struggle for the rights of LGBTQ2SI people is far from over. (NOTE: In this statement, the acronym “LGBTQ2SI” and the term “Queer” refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender variant, two-spirited, queer, questioning, intersex and others.)
In the Queer community, a gay-bar is often the one place Queer folk feel safe and able to be ourselves. Pride marks the anniversary of a riot of resistance -Stonewall- defending gay-bars from police attacks. Pride marches and events have grown into global movement to assert human rights. Pride’s political significance cannot be forgotten.
Women's Commission, YCL-LJC
This February 14th, like years prior, marches will be held across Canada to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women. Since 1980, nearly 1200 women’s names have been added to the growing list of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Despite the horror of these lost lives, the media and the police have largely ignored the cries for help from the families of these women. Their murders continue to create an atmosphere of impunity and indifference. The march to commemorate these women was founded in 1991 in Vancouver to demand an end to this silence. This February 14, the Young Communist League will join others in marches across Canada in remembrance of these stolen lives.
Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
The Young Communist League of Canada mourns the lives of all civilians killed in the latest wave of mass shootings and bombings in Paris, Beiruit, Yola, Suruç, and elsewhere. Attacks targeting civilians, whether committed by individuals, sectarian groups or imperialist states are terrible crimes. We must also condemn the government of Canada’s participation in the latest bombing campaigns in Iraq and Syria which have only served to further destabilize these countries.
The YCL-LJC condemns the intensification of Islamophobia, xenophobia and pro-war sentiment being perpetuated by the corporate media, imperialist politicians and racist groups in the wake of these recent mass killings. As was the case with similar attacks before them, these events are being used by imperialism to fuel a cycle of war that has led to the death of between 1 and 2 million people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan alone, since 2001.
Joint statement from the Young Communist League of Canada and Communist Party of Canada
The annual Pride summer season is here, with hundreds of activities in major cities and small towns across the country. The Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League of Canada extend warm solidarity to the LGBTIQ community and allies, and urges voters to dump the anti-equality Harper Conservatives in the coming federal election.
Huge legal, political and cultural victories for basic LGBTIQ rights have been achieved since the first Pride parades, thanks to decades of efforts by the LGBTIQ community and our allies. Internationally, more countries are recognizing fundamental equality rights, as seen in the recent Irish marriage referendum.
This is only one element of a far wider civil rights campaign. The movement in Canada to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender expression/identity has made important progress since last year, especially around support for transgender rights. For example, growing numbers of School Boards are finally taking real action to make schools safer and more welcoming for trans* students. The expansion of queer- and trans-positive expressions in the popular media, pro sports, the labour movement and other areas of society continues to break down barriers.
Join the 25th Che Brigade!
Since 1993, the Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade has offered hundreds of Canadians the opportunity to join an exciting and informative 2-week tour of Cuba. Volunteers are afforded a first-hand view of the gains and victories of the Cuban Revolution through both a tour of significant historical and political locales of Cuba and by working alongside ordinary Cubans. The next Brigade leaves in Spring 2017.