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Labour-Community Solidarity and Climate Change

By Gene McGuckin

This is the slightly edited text of a presentation to CEP BC Provincial Council in Vancouver on April 27, 2013.

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Up Against the Neoliberal Parties: What Should the Left Do? Four Views

The editors of New Socialist Webzine recently sent the following short description of the situation in which the Left finds itself today to a number of people we respect and asked them for their thoughts. We are glad to publish four responses, from Cindy McCallum Miller, David McNally, Leanne Simpson and Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte. We welcome additional constructive responses from readers.

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The NDP Convention: The Decline and Fall of an Old Preamble (or A Social Democratic Party Becalmed)[1]

By Murray Cooke

Like the federal Liberal Party leadership race, the NDP policy convention this past weekend proved to be rather anti-climactic.

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Indigenous Feminism Without Apology

By Andrea Smith

"...Allegiance to 'America' or 'Canada' legitimizes the genocide and colonization of Native peoples upon which these nation-states are founded. By making anti-colonial struggle central to feminist politics, Native women place in question the appropriate form of governance for the world in general." Andrea Smith, New Socialist, 2006

In the fall of 2012, four women - Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean, Jessica Gordon, and Nina Wilson, began discussing the implications of the Harper government's omnibus Bill C-45 for Indigenous rights and the environment. That discussion gave rise to an "Idle No More" Facebook page, followed by teach-ins and rallies in Saskatoon and Regina in November. A national solidarity day on December 10 was the catalyst for a movement that spread across the continent and provoked international expressions of solidarity. Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation declared a hunger strike the following day, further raising the profile of the movement.

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Indigenous Peoples and the "Politics of Recognition"

By Glen Coulthard

"...Indigenous societies have truths to teach the Western world about the establishment and preservation of relationships between peoples and the natural world that are profoundly non-imperialist." Glen Coulthard, New Socialist, 2006.

These words, written more than half a decade ago, ring truer than ever as the Journey of Nishiyuu is nearing its Ottawa destination as part of the Idle No More movement. Since their departure from the isolated Cree community of Whapmagoostui on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec on January 16, the ranks of walkers have swelled to nearly 200.

Meanwhile, Defenders of the Land and Idle No More have issued a joint call for intensified action against the Harper government and the corporate agenda: a “Solidarity Spring” to precede a “Sovereignty Summer,” with actions on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, Earth Day on April 22, and through the summer. New Socialist celebrates this mobilization and the solidarity that can defeat the Harper agenda.

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