April 11, 2014

McMaster students extend an olive branch to Palestine as the struggle continues

Edward Lovo,
Special to Rebel Youth

Beside the rubble—perhaps a Palestinian home once stood there—olive trees grow. Beside highways, roads where for years Palestinians could not even traverse by foot, shrubby boughs of olive trees overhang the asphalt.

On Gazan soil, where Palestinians inhaled burning phosphorus into their lungs, trees bear olives ripe for the picking. These trees bear more than olives: memory is born into its bark.

As if to unravel the colonial tapestry of tales that spoke of a barren Palestine, the trees roots latch onto an earth which has born the brunt of the occupation. In the Mediterranean basin, what does it mean for Palestinians to extend an olive branch?

April 9, 2014

Greenpeace questions whether links between the Conservative Party and Ethical Oil break election rules

By Greenpeace Canada

It’s one thing to cooperate – it’s another thing entirely to collude in order to get around laws that help make our democracy work.

So Greenpeace Canada has asked Elections Canada to investigate whether the Conservative Party is colluding with the Ethical Oil Institute in violation of the measures in the Canada Elections Act that prohibit donations to federal political parties from corporations.

“We have compiled some very troubling evidence on the relationship between Ethical Oil and the Conservative Party that we believe merits investigation by the Commissioner of Canada Elections,” said Keith Stewart, Climate and Energy Campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Canada.  “Our laws still ban oil companies from directly or indirectly funding political parties, so we hope that Ethical Oil and the Conservative Party will cooperate with the Commissioner in an investigation to clear this up.”

The Ethical Oil Institute does not publicly disclose its funding sources, but its website states that it does “accept donations from Canadian individuals and companies, including those working to produce Ethical Oil.” The institute was founded in July 2011 by Alykhan Velshi, who left Jason Kenney’s political staff to create Ethical Oil. He returned within a few months to a senior position in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Greenpeace’s request for an investigation presents evidence indicating that money raised by the Ethical Oil Institute has been spent on advertising and other activities that were developed and implemented by people directly involved in the Conservative Party of Canada.  The request provides details on the multiple crossovers between Ethical Oil Institute staff and ministerial staff; examples of mirrored messaging between Ethical Oil spokespeople and Conservative cabinet ministers; and a coordinated attack on government critics.

“Whether it is robocalls, in-and-out election spending, or the Mike Duffy secret payment, the Conservative Party seems to believe that playing by the rules is something other people have to do,” said Stewart. “Election finance laws are a core part of our democracy, which is why we are asking the Commissioner to determine whether the Conservative Party’s relationship with Ethical Oil has crossed the line that bans corporate donations to political parties.”

Greenpeace is bringing its concerns to Elections Canada now in advance of the 2015 federal election campaign.

Greenpeace’s full submission to Elections Canada can be found here

April 7, 2014

We can not have another World War.

Contribution to the Lisbon meeting of the World Federation of Democratic Youth's Commission of Europe and North America by the Young Communist League of Canada.

Dear comrades,

We would like to thank the World Federation of Democratic Youth and our hosts, the Juventude Comunista Portuguesa, for organizing this important meeting. We meet on the eve of the JCP's 10th Congress to which we send warm fraternal greetings. We are confident our work today will strengthen the efforts of the WFDY in the European and North American region.

This year, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of a social nightmare -- the First World War.

The Canadian government is launching a campaign to re-write history. To use this anniversary to celebrate militarism.

This is a horrible lie. The First World War saw close to 40 million civilian and military casualties.

Those who survived said: No! Never again!

The Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia helped end that war. The Soviet Union began to build a socialist society, based on peaceful cooperation.

Such history may seem dusty and old to some in our generation. But 100 years later it still frames our struggle, as the progressive youth grow more determined in our fight for the future, and we in WFDY advance the slogan of revolutionary social transformation.

April 1, 2014

Quiz time

The YCL and Rebel Youth have developed a new quiz as part of our ongoing series to honour the history of our movement. All communists are from the 1920s to 1940s.  Check it out below! or click on the link here.

Minister of Transport given "Sardine Award" by Toronto transit users

Story by TTC Riders,
Toronto transit advocacy group 

TTCriders and supporters presented the inaugural TTC Sardine Award to Liberal Minister of Transportation, Glen Murray, for failing to fund the TTC.

“Transportation Minister Glen Murray received the TTC Sardines Award today because the Liberal Government has for years refused to regularly contribute fair funding to the TTC, even though it has had the power to do so,” said TTCriders member, Jennifer Huang.

A letter to the editor of the Ottawa Citizen

By Nicolas Lopez,
Hugo Chavez People's Defence Fund

A Venezuelan citizen living in Canada corrects lies in Ottawa Citizen published on March 25, 2014: Venezuela and the Canadian Left

As a Venezuelan who recently returned from visiting family and friends in Venezuela, I’m taken aback by the extent to which this article doesn’t reflect the reality in Venezuela. In most of the country, people are going about their business with absolute normalcy. In almost all of Caracas you don’t see protests. This is with the exception of the affluent neighbourhoods in the east of the City where violent protestors only make things difficult for people living in those areas.

Hence, I was bewildered as to why I couldn’t take Air Canada to come back home from Caracas, but I could if I were travelling back from Cairo or Kiev.

Ex-CIA agent reveals how Venezuelan “students” get putschist training

First published in Spanish on Aporrea.org, translated into English by Sabina C. Becker

Raúl Capote is a Cuban. But not just any Cuban. In his youth, he was caught up by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). They offered him an infinite amount of money to conspire in Cuba. But then something unexpected for the US happened. Capote, in reality, was working for Cuban national security. From then on, he served as a double agent. Learn his story, by way of an exclusive interview with Chávez Vive, which he gave in Havana:

Q. What was the process by which you were caught up?

It started with a process of many years, several years of preparation and capture. I was leader of a Cuban student movement which, at that time, gave rise to an organization, the Saiz Brothers Cultural Association, a group of young creators, painters, writers, artists. I worked in a city in southern-central Cuba, Cienfuegos, which had characteristics of great interest to the enemy, because it was a city in which an important industrial pole was being built at the time. They were building an electrical centre, the only one in Cuba, and there were a lot of young people working on it. For that reason, it was also a city that had a lot of young engineers graduated in the Soviet Union. We’re talking of the last years of the 1980s, when there was that process called Perestroika. And many Cuban engineers, who arrived in Cuba at that time, graduated from there, were considered people who had arrived with that idea of Perestroika. For that reason, it was an interesting territory, where there were a lot of young people. And the fact that I was a youth leader of a cultural organization, which dealt with an important sector of the engineers who were interested in the arts, became of interest to the North Americans, and they began to frequent the meetings we attended. They never identified themselves as enemies, or as officials of the CIA.

March 28, 2014

The Rock says: Grants not loans!

Canadian Federation of Students

The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s decision to replace all provincial student loans with grants is a landmark step towards equality of access to post-secondary education.

“By listening to students’ concerns about the growing student debt crisis, this government is helping both young people and the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Jessica McCormick, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. “This decision builds upon 15 years of growing investments in post-secondary education by successive Newfoundland and Labrador governments.”

The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s decision to replace all student loans with grants, announced in today’s Budget, is a significant step towards fully public, accessible post-secondary education.

March 27, 2014

On the dangerous developments in Ukraine

A sign at the 18th World Festival of Youth
and Students in Quito, Ecuador
Central Executive Committee,
Communist Party of Canada

The deepening political crisis in Ukraine and the threat of regional conflict, possibly an even wider war erupting over the fate of Crimea, is extremely alarming. The "war of words" emanating from Washington and Brussels is inflaming international tensions and could in turn provoke a global catastrophe. This crisis has been stoked by the ongoing imperialist strategy of the U.S. and NATO to encircle Russia, as seen in the installation of anti‑missile systems in Poland, and the integration of Georgia into the NATO alliance. Their goal is to isolate Russia and China, neutralizing potential obstacles to the drive by transnational capital based in the NATO countries to exploit the resources and labour power of the entire planet.

It is appalling that the Harper Conservative government has been playing an active role in this dangerous escalation, and that the mainstream media continue to whip up lies and distortions around recent developments in Ukraine. The claim by right‑wing forces that the March 16 referendum on the status of the Crimean Autonomous Republic is equivalent to the 1936 Nazi occupation of Sudetenland is particularly odious. The unchecked expansion of Hitler fascism led to World War Two, which killed some 60 million people, including over 27 million citizens of the USSR. As an autonomous republic, Crimea has the legal right to determine its status, free from all foreign interference.

March 26, 2014

Labour activist calls to 'Take Back CLC'

Peoples Voice Newspaper

For the first time since 2005, there will be a contest for the presidency when the Canadian Labour Congress meets May 5-9 in Montreal. Ken Georgetti, who has led the 3 million member federation for 15 years, will be challenged by Hassan Husseini, a negotiator for the Public Service Alliance of Canada and a member of Unifor local 2025.

A long‑time labour activist, Husseini has launched a campaign to "Take Back the CLC." A statement on his campaign website says, "As workers and unions, we are facing a massive and unprecedented right wing attack. Labour and employment standards, collective bargaining rights, and the right of workers to organize and be politically active, are all targets of right wing governments at the federal and provincial levels. The labour movement is in a fight for survival as a force for progressive social change in Canadian society.

"In recent years, grassroots activism has won real gains. There is much we can learn from these successful struggles such as that of the Quebec students, Idle No More, the Toronto Library workers, the Chicago teachers and others. As CLC President I will empower and support that kind of local activism. I will help build the local leadership it takes to challenge someone like Stephen Harper, and his corporate backers....

March 25, 2014

A road-block to action?

Murry Dobbin is a long-time social activist, journalist and supporter of the New Democratic Party.  He has been associated with groups like the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Rabble.ca, and the Council of Canadians, which are to the left of today's NDP. Here he comments about a recent NDP day of action which shows even long-time supporters are upset with their party's rejection of extra-parliamentary action. We reprint a short part of Dobbin's commentary for that reason, which is also discussed by the Young Communist League in its 26th Convention Documents.

On Feb. 22, in the aftermath of a "boring" budget, Thomas Mulcair's NDP undertook a National Day of Action -- a welcome idea that's been long in coming and has the potential over time to be a political game changer...

And yet the potential in this first experiment of engaging Canadians between elections seems to have been squandered by the focus of the day of action. How is it possible that the NDP would finally understand the importance of this kind of citizen engagement and at the same time completely abandon any substantive ideas with which to start a conversation? The whole day of action is one huge political contradiction -- engaging citizens but only after you have redefined them as consumers.

March 24, 2014

Protests demand Fix or scrap "Fair Elections Act”

A member of the YCL being arrested at a
recent anti-Harper protest action in Vancouver
 Canadian Federation of Students

Canadians rallied at over 25 Conservative MP offices today to oppose the government’s proposed changes to election law and tell their MPs to “Let People Vote!”

Citizens delivered an 80,000-strong petition that opposes the unnecessarily strict voter ID requirements that could stop hundreds of thousands from voting in the next election, and calls for election fraud investigators to be given the power to compel political operatives to testify.

The “Let People Vote!” national day of action was supported and facilitated by Leadnow.ca, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students.

March 20, 2014

Violent protests and police restraint characterizes street battles in Venezuela writes first-hand observer

By Antoine SteMarie, from Caracas
Special to Rebel Youth

This is the second article we have run from Antoine SteMarie, who is currently on the ground in Venezuela. Antoine wanted to also share this article by Venezuela Analysis about the violence of the anti-government protesters. Antoine believes the corporate media is spreading considerable mis-information about Venezuela today, especially when it says the anti-government protests peaceful and being violently repressed by the state. Last month the Harper Conservatives, Liberals, Bloc and Green Members of Parliament all supported a motion of support to the "peaceful protesters" in Venezuela, condemning the government. You can read Antoine's first article here, where he talks about the situation in Venezuela outside of the capital region.  

Venezuela -- the only country in the world where the rich are barricading their own communities and obstructing traffic!

Venezuelanalysis.com has said that protests are occurring in no more than just 18 municipalities of the country, out of well over three hundred municipalities. From my experience in Caracas and Valencia it is also true that they are almost only happening in rich and middle-class neighborhoods -- but certainly not in the poorer areas.

March 14, 2014

See socialist Cuba!

To all Members and friends, 
Regarding the 2014 Che Guevara Work Brigade of the Canadian Network on Cuba

Dear Comrades,

As you are no doubt already aware, the Canadian Network on Cuba will be holding their 22nd annual Che Guevera Work Brigade tour of Cuba from April 28th, returning May 17th. This will be a significant 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip for Cuban solidarity among youth and students across Canada, and it is important for the Young Communist League of Canada that the Brigade be a tremendous success.

New issue of Rebel Youth looking for articles

Rebel Youth magazine is coming out again, soon!

The theme of the next issue will be women's struggles today and the feminist movement.

The magazine will also run report-backs and stories about anti-imperialism and the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students.

If you would like to submit an article, photo, cartoon or graphic, poem, etc. to Rebel Youth, in English or French, please write to: rebelyouth@ycl-ljc.ca

The deadline for articles is MARCH 28th and we are looking for submissions!

March 12, 2014

For a peaceful and just resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, no to the ultra-right coup!

International commission,
Young Communist League of Canada
March 12th 2014

Recent events in Ukraine show the urgency for youth to fight for peace and genuine internationalism, and against imperialist alliances like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO and the European Union, supported by US and Canadian imperialism, are backing reactionary elements in Ukraine, dangerously threatening the stability of the region and the world.

The Western corporate media and the Harper Conservatives are portraying the new Ukrainian government as democratic; however, the real story is that an ultra-right coalition including fascist groups staged a "regime-change" coup against a democratically elected government.

March 11, 2014

Revolutionary women: Melba Hernández Rodríguez del Rey

Haydée Santamaría Cuadrado and
Melba Hernández in prision
Melba Hernández (28 July 1921 – 9 March 2014) 
Special to Rebel Youth

Born in Cruces, Las Villas, Melba Hernández was the only child of conservative parents with mulatto ancestry (mixed Afro-Cuban and White heritage). She grew up in a modern third-floor apartment on Jovellar Street in Vedado district of Havana, not far from where Jose Marti Plaza is today.

Graduating from the University of Havana School of Law in 1943, Hernández worked as a Customs attorney for the Carlos Prio government and was a practising lawyer.

Like many in her generation, as a young woman she grew increasingly fed up with government corruption under dictator Fulgencio Batista, who had seized power in a 1952 coup. Together with Haydée Santamaría Cuadrado, she became one of two women involved in the famous 1953 Moncada Barracks assault. Hernández also helped obtain 100 uniforms for the attackers from a sympathetic army sergeant, sewing on military insignia and pressing the clothes in a nearby farm, hours before the attack before picking up a gun herself. She later wrote that she didn't expect to live to survive the attack, but was convinced it was necessary.

YCL-LJC launches convention discussion with Toronto meeting

The Young Communist League of Canada launched its 26th Central Convention discussion with  special series of workshops held in Toronto this past month. The meeting marked the public release of the main political report and call to the YCL-LJC Convention, which is rallying behind the slogan "with unity and militancy, the youth will strengthen the fightback!" and was attended by activists from across southern Ontario and Quebec.

Rebel Youth magazine recently sat down with Johan Boyden,  General Secretary of the YCL-LJC, to talk about the YCL's convention.

So when and where is the convention taking place?

It is at the University of Toronto in three months from now, May 23-25th, and is expected to bring together delegates from across the country and especially Quebec and Ontario. Non-members are welcome to come and check it out, and you can read the documents on our website and the Rebel Youth blog.

More: Read the documents here

Your documents say the convention comes together at an important time for youth. Isn't this just another tired phrase of the left?

Not at all! What we are saying in the documents is that there is a lot at stake for young people and need for a more active, visible and coordinated fight back of youth.  With the economic crisis and the growing threat of war, we won't stay in the same place. Either our future is ripped from the current generation by the capitalists and we are thrust further -- much further than our parents -- into poverty, debt, insecurity, an increasingly dangerous world of imperialist war, and ecological catastrophe.  Or we push back.

Dwayne's home fire raises huge questions

By Corinne Benson,
Peoples Voice newspaper

On February 12, there was a fire at Dwayne's Home, a hotel in Edmonton that has been converted into a transitional housing facility for 130 people, who are probably all on AISH, Alberta's "assured income for the severely handicapped" program.

These individuals are in the category of homeless and considered hard to house. I know one of them because the community of the disabled are highly ghettoized, and my daughter, also disabled, is friends with her. As I was listening to the radio, my sobbing was stilled when it was announced that all 130 had escaped the fire, and only one had been taken to the hospital.

March 10, 2014

Isaac Asimov on 1984

This year marks the 65th anniversary of one of the classic tomes of anti-communist writing, George Orwell's 1984.  Today the book is required reading in high schools, colleges and universities across Canada. It has been made famous and is on best readings lists across the country.

What is less well known is that its author, Eric Blair, wasn't adverse to helping Big Capitalist Brother, passing a list of over 30 friends and acquaintances he had made in public life and whom he regarded as Soviet sympathisers, including film star Charlie Chaplin, the actor Michael Redgrave (Vanessa Redgrave's father) and the historian E. H. Carr. 

But was Orwell a very good science-fiction writer? Here we publish the view of the famous science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, whose critique while not pro-socialist does raise some serious criticisms that might be especially helpful to high school readers "struggling" with this mandatory text.

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I've been writing a four-part article for Field Newspaper Syndicate at the beginning of each year for several years now and in 1980, mindful of the approach of the year 1984, FNS asked me to write a thorough critique of George Orwell's novel 1984.
   I was reluctant. I remembered almost nothing of the book and said so - but Denison Demac, the lovely young woman who is my contact at FNS, simply sent me a copy of it and said, 'Read it.'
   So I read it and found myself absolutely astonished at what I read. I wondered how many people who talked about the novel so glibly had ever read it; or if they had, whether they remembered it at all.
   I felt I would have to write the critique if only to set people straight. (I'm sorry; I love setting people straight.)

March 6, 2014

Communist youth denounce developments in Ukraine

The developments in Ukraine are particularly crucial and dangerous, first of all for the people and the youth of the country, who are being transformed again into victims of the intense antagonisms between the USA-EU and Russia, for the control of markets, of natural resources and the transportation networks of the country.

The open intervention of the EU-USA-NATO, the utilization of  fascist groups and organizations which are the descendants of the SS and spread fascist and Nazi venom and anticommunism, the planned persecutions and banning of political parties primarily against the communists, and the racist laws that are being prepared against the Russian-speaking population and other minorities, all demonstrate the character of the developments, and uncover the lies about the “triumph of democracy in Ukraine”.

Valentina Tereshkova

Born this day on March 6, 1937. Valentina Tereshkova, first woman astronaut and first woman in space; first and only woman to ever do a solo space mission. She entered space on June 16, 1963 in Vostok 6. While her individual views have changed on many questions, her social accomplishment is what history will remember her for. View some photos, click below.

March 5, 2014

Equality for Women is Progress for All

IWD 2014 greetings from the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League of Canada

For over a century, March 8 has been the international day to honour the women in all countries who strive to achieve full equality. On IWD 2014, the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League of Canada send our warmest greetings to all women in the fight against poverty, austerity, violence, misogyny and war. As the United Nations has declared for this year's IWD, "equality for women is progress for all."

Here, the ruling class claims that Canada is a country of equality, fairness and social justice. Yet recent years have seen huge struggles around issues such as access to education, pay equity, union rights, jobs, devastation of the environment, deportations of migrants. Women have played a leading role in the Quebec student strike, the Idle No More movement, grassroots environmental struggles, and defence of labour and social rights.

March 4, 2014

The reality of sexism -- a few examples

It is International Women's Day this week. All over the world. this event is marked by women in various ways as they celebrate victories and mark the struggles ahead. Progressive-minded women and men in the youth and student movement across Canada are also finding ways to raise the important issues marked on this day in our communities, work-places and campuses. But, we all know the story. Sooner or later some guy blurts out -- women are equal today and sexism is over. Well, here are just a few anecdotes that friends and readers of Rebel Youth have brought to our attention over the past days. 

March 3, 2014

Documentary: Status Quo, The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

This is part of our IWD 2014 series.

Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today?

The National Film Board presentation Status Quo? (Karen Cho, 2012, 87 min) zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues.

It uncovers answers that are provocative and at times shocking. Rich with archival material and startling contemporary stories, Status Quo? is crucial viewing for every Canadian. View the trailer below or visit the film's official site here.

February 26, 2014

A first-hand account from Venezuela

A pro-government counter-demo. Venezuela has been
hit by many anti-Chavez actions recently
By Antoine St. Marie
Special to Rebel Youth

I am currently in a remote area of Venezuela and have been for the last week and a half. It is somewhat difficult to imagine all these events going on outside of the towns of San Simon and Pregonero, where I am based. Here people say these are the biggest protests since the 2002 CIA-backed coup against the government of then leader Hugo Chavez.

Originally the centers of the protests were San Cristobal (Tachira state) and Merida (Merida state). I was in San Cristobal when they started and I rather unexpectedly happened to stumble (almost literally) across what may have been the very first of these protests.  A group of opposition members were throwing rocks at the house of the state Governor, who is with the PSUV (or Socialist Party founded by Chavez). There was a small security force inside the walls of the house which was not responding to the attack; so unprovoked violence played a part right from the beginning.

Dangerous developments for the people of Ukraine

Members of the Communist Party of Ukraine rally
to defend a statue of Lenin from ultra-right forces
Joint Statement of Communist and Workers' Parties, circulated by the Communist Parties of Germany and Greece. 

The recent dramatic developments in Ukraine do not constitute the "victory of democracy" by the alleged "revolutionaries", as it is described by the mass media of the USA and the EU, but is a dangerous development, above all for the people of Ukraine themselves.

Reactionary political forces, ideological descendants of the Nazis, have risen to the political "surface" with the assistance of the EU and the USA. These are forces which apart from destroying the offices of their opponents, are planning political persecutions, and the banning of parties, above all against the communists, and even racist legislation at the expense of the Russian‑speaking population, like what has been in force for the last 20 years in the countries of the "European" Baltic, with the blatant political support of the EU.

February 25, 2014

Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

Exposing troubling ties in the U.S. to overt Nazi and fascist protesters in Ukraine

By Max Blumenthal

Reposted from Alternet – Feb 24, 2014

As the Euromaidan protests in the Ukrainian capitol of Kiev culminated this week, displays of open fascism and neo-Nazi extremism became too glaring to ignore. Since demonstrators filled the downtown square to battle Ukrainian riot police and demand the ouster of the corruption-stained, pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, it has been filled with far-right streetfighting men pledging to defend their country’s ethnic purity.

White supremacist banners and Confederate flags were draped inside Kiev’s occupied City Hall, and demonstrators have hoisted Nazi SS and white power symbols over a toppled memorial to V.I. Lenin. After Yanukovich fled his palatial estate by helicopter, EuroMaidan protesters destroyed a memorial to Ukrainians who died battling German occupation during World War II. Sieg heil salutes and the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol have become an increasingly common site in Maidan Square, and neo-Nazi forces have established “autonomous zones” in and around Kiev.

February 24, 2014

Venezuela: Who’s the bully?

By Zach Morgenstern
Originally published by UofT's "the newspaper" Feb 23rd, 2014

From solidarity rally in Toronto - Feb 22nd 2014
Photo from Hugo Chavez Peoples' Defense Front
Imagine you went to school with a bully, someone who intimidates and physically assaults other students to get their way. Imagine one of the bully’s targets is an honors student with no blotches on his/her permanent record. Finally, imagine you are approached by the bully. The bully tells you the honors student has been beating up other kids, and that you should do whatever it takes to stop the violence.

Now chances are if you are most people, you would not buy the bully’s attempt to the play the angel and slander his/her very likeable, and trustworthy enemy.

Unfortunately, it seems we do not have this common sense when it comes to our perception of international politics. In 2002, Venezuela’s opposition launched a coup against then President Hugo Chávez. Their short-lived government named businessman Pedro Carmona president, and then proceeded to shut-down the national assembly and supreme court. The coup regime abolished the country’s constitution, which had been approved by popular referendum in 1999.

February 19, 2014

"Fire Kevin O’Leary" Campaign crashes O’Leary book signing in Guelph

This Tuesday, supporters of Rebel Youth’s “Fire Kevin O’Leary” Campaign picketed Mr. O’Leary’s book signing at Chapters in Guelph’s Stone Rd Mall.

The Guelph Young Communist League and supporters of the campaign flyered mall customers and displayed large signs in support of Firing Kevin O’Leary from the CBC.

Although Chapters management and mall security were less than pleased to see them, there was warm response from many members of the public.  Even outside a Kevin O’Leary book signing it seemed that there was more support for the campaign than for Mr. O’Leary’s pro-big business bigotry.

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