Here is reproduced the speech delivered by Adrien Welsh, General Secreatary of the YCL-LJC Canada, for the occasion of the Event attended by 36 Communist Youth Organisations to celebrate the October Socialist Revolution that took place in the framework of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students on October, 18th in Sochi, Russia. A video of the final declaration signed by the participating organisations, including the YCL-LJC Canada can be found here.
The Great October Socialist Revolution was an event that changed the world. It demonstrated to the world that the working class and popular masses could take power, overthrow capitalism and build a new world free of wars and exploitation. For the first time, this idea that existed only in theory was put into practice. Revolutionary measures implemented by the Bolsheviks included nationalizing the banks, key sectors of the economy and monopolies, redistributing the land, developing women’s rights in order to put an end to their oppression and bestowing the right to self-determination to the national minorities that were, in tsarist Russia, enclosed in a « Prisonhouse for nations »; these are all measures taken by the revolutionary Soviet state that inspired the working class and popular masses throughout the World. For the first time, they were able to appreciate the difference between their capitalist state and the new state built by and for the workers, peasants and popular masses.
Central Executive Committee
The World Solidarity Day with Venezuela conference was held on September 16 and 17 in Caracas. For this occasion the Young Communist League of Canada would like to reiterate its support to the Bolivarian process, the Venezuelan people and their representatives in the National Constituent Assembly. We would also like to take this opportunity to pay special tribute to our sister organization, the Communist Youth of Venezuela, which on September 16, celebrated its 70th anniversary, marking many years of struggle and sacrifice in the service of Venezuelan youth under all possible conditions (bourgeois democracy, dictatorship, more or less progressive Left-wing governments, etc.). Today, the JCV stand at the forefront of the struggle to maintain and deepen the process of the Bolivarian Revolution in increasingly hostile conditions.
Since the beginning of the year, the reactionary forces, which have never accepted that the people have chosen a government that serves their interests rather than the profits of the oligarchs, are redoubling their efforts to try to defeat all the social advances obtained since the arrival of Hugo Chávez in power. Their methods, similar to those used in 1970 to defeat the Allende government in Chile, involve urban violence, economic warfare and the sacking of social institutions. They are helped and supported by the United States and their allies, including Canada, who finance and support their henchmen who spread terror in the country and wage a media war against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela .
International Commission, YCL-LJC
Between Friday night and Saturday morning of last week, it was with great sadness that we learned the death of the main architect of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, at the particularly noble age of 90. This is particularly remarkable given the 638 listed assassination attempts which imperialism financed and attempted to set in motion.
To the Cuban people, in particular their youth organization, the Union of Young Communists (which is a sister organization of the YCL-LJC Canada), and to all organizations fighting for peace and against imperialism, to all progressive organizations in Canada, Quebec and around the world, we extend our deepest condolences at the loss of an unparalleled revolutionary that history has finally absolved.
A message of condolence, solidarity and friendship from the Young Communist League of Canada to the Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas de Cuba. The YCL-LJC and the UJC are sister organizations through membership in the World Federation of Democratic Youth.
On behalf of the Central Committee of the Young Communist League of Canada we wish to convey our deepest condolences on the death of the undefeated leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. His heroic example, tied forever to the example set by the Cuban people, has been a source of strength for young Communists in Canada for the last sixty years.
Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is a serious danger to working people in that country and around the world, including Canada. This election has resulted in a shift to the far-right in the White House, as well as both houses of government, and will likely be reflected in the judiciary. There is an immediate need to organize and unite against this dangerous new reality.
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