Fidel Castro and the Legacy of the Cuban Revolution

For more than half a century Fidel Castro has stood as a symbol of revolution and resistance to capitalist imperialism. Contrary to the scenes shown on the American news channels, millions around the world mourned the passing of the Communist icon last November. In celebration and memory of the life of Fidel Castro the Guelph Young Communist League and the Communist Party of Canada are hosting a presentation on the life and legacy of Fidel and the Cuban Revolution.

Speaking will be Liz Hill from the Canadian Network on Cuba, and Miguel Figueroa, the former leader of the Communist Party.

The event will be on Thursday, February 16th, in Room 442 of the University Center at the University of Guelph from 6-8pm.

If you have any Questions, feel free to email us, or post them on the event page which can be found here:
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Yves Engler Launches New Book: A Propoganda System

When: Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 pm

Where: MacKinnon 227 GUELPH FB (Shareable for facebook page) (1).png

Join OPIRG Guelph, CFRU 93.3 Community Radio, and the Guelph Young Communist League for a discussion with Yves Engler on his new book!

About the Author
Dubbed “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “part of that rare but growing group of social critics unafraid to confront Canada’s self-satisfied myths” (Quill & Quire) , “ever-insightful” (Rabble), “Chomsky-styled iconoclast” (Counterpunch) and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen), Yves Engler is the author of nine books and hundreds of articles.

About the Book
A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation. The book details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada’s foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers.

A Propaganda System traces the long history of government information control during war, including formal censorship, as well as extreme media bias on topics ranging from Haiti to Palestine, investment agreements to the mining industry. The book also details the corporate elite’s funding for university programs and think tanks.

Written for ordinary Canadians interested in the structures impeding understanding of this country’s role in the world, the book should be of interest to journalists curious about the institutions seeking to “spin” them, development workers dependent on government funds and academics interested in the foreign-policy establishment’s influence on campus.

 

Guelph Young Communist League Poster!

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YCL Ontario School

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The YCL Ontario, friends and allies will convene in Guelph from Friday Sept 20th – Sunday Sept 22nd. We will be learning from each other and guest presenters in a series of workshops. We hope to strengthen our analysis and our organizational skills to strengthen the struggle against austerity and for socialism in Ontario!

The classes will include:
• Racism, Sexism and Heterosexism
• Capitalism IS Crisis
• The YCL, Mass Movements and Political Parties
• Communist Myth-Busting
• Reform, Revolution and the Minimum Wage
• Anti-Imperialism and the World Festival of Youth and Students

Logistics
All food will be provided
Billets in Guelph will be provided
There may be a vehicle leaving from your area

Please email ycl.ontario@gmail.com to register and include your club organizer if you are a YCL member. Please include any dietary or billeting requirements and how you plan on getting to the school.

“Learn to struggle/ struggle to learn!”

NATO and the Drive to War

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When: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Where: University Centre Room 441

What:
Dave McKee is stopping in Guelph on Feb 26th as a part of the Canadian Peace Congress “Drive for Peace” Campaign.

Dave McKee is President of the Canadian Peace Congress and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Peace Council. He is meeting with people across Canada to discuss the impact that NATO membership has on our foreign and domestic policies.

Dave presents the case for Canada to withdraw from NATO and pursue an independent foreign policy based on peace, international cooperation and solidarity.

On the recent murderous aggression against Gaza

The Young Communist League of Canada greets the announcement of a cease-fire in Gaza positively and the halt of the slaughter committed by Israel towards the Palestinian people over the past days.

We call on all youth and students who oppose war to remain vigilant less the aggression be restarted with a ground invasion. We urge youth and students to deny the Netanyahu government any credit or thanks for stopping the bombing, and re-double and continue our mobilization efforts to win a just peace in the Middle East.

Deliberately confusing the way forward to justice, imperialism and the corporate media has again tried to present the Israeli-Palestine conflict as a struggle of equals — while the US government alone pours billions of dollars of military aid to maintain Apartheid Israel. This lie is wearing very thin. Youth should take note that the massive and rapid vocal support for the Palestinian cause in the streets of the world (including by pro-peace voices in Israel and the imperialist countries) was helpful and necessary to win this latest cease-fire.

We cannot have a repeat of 4 years ago where the Israeli state launched a 3 week massacre of 1,400 Palestinians (including over 300 children), targeted Palestinian civilians, destroyed civilian infrastructure and used weapons made illegal under international law.

This most recent attack could have also dangerously escalated into a broader regional conflict. We denounce the Harper Conservative government for immediately giving full diplomatic support for the bloodshed (and further note that, shamefully, the Mulcair New Democratic opposition did not even call for a cease-fire). In just a few days the bombing not only further shattered and wounded the social and economic fabric of Gaza — which is already under siege like a giant prison-camp — but also claimed the lives of hundreds of Palestinians, including children and babies.

The so-called ‘Operation Pillar of Defense,’ coming between the US and Israeli elections, cannot be viewed separately from the continuous occupation of Palestine and the genocidal strategy of Zionism with the full support of imperialism. Since 1948 the people of Palestine have been fighting for their right of self- determination. As long as there is occupation there will be resistance.

The Young Communist League of Canada repeats our full support for a viable and truly independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, respecting the Green-line boundaries and including the right of return for all displaced Palestinians, the removal of all the illegal settlements, the total dismantlement of the infrastructure of the occupation like the Apartheid wall, and the de-militarization / de-nuclearization of Israel including its occupation of the Lebanese Shebaa Farms and the Syrian Golan.

Until this is won, the YCL will continue to mobilize in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, including voicing our support for the Palestinian statehood recognition bid at the United Nations and supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

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