December 22, 2016
2016 Photo Review
All Out for Democratic Renewal!
TML Daily's month by month photo
review of actions carried out by workers and their allies in 2016
continues with notable events in April.
The 40th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day was an occasion for
Canadians to show their support for the just struggle of the
Palestinian people and their right of return.
A visit to Canada by Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Hero of the
Republic of Cuba and leader of the Cuban Five drew packed crowds at
events in every city. Canadians from all walks of life who had been
part of the worldwide efforts to liberate the Cuban Five from U.S.
prisons were enthusiastic to receive a legendary fighter for Cuba's
right to be.
The Canadian government's criminal refusal to fulfill its obligations
to the Indigenous peoples resulted in further crisis, with the
community of Attawapiskat forced to declare a state of emergency
because of the situation facing the youth. Protests were immediately
held across the country including occupations of Indigenous and
Northern Affairs Canada offices by Indigenous youth.
On April 28, workers marked the National Day of Mourning for those in
their ranks killed or injured on the job. Solemn ceremonies were held
across the country in the spirit of the slogan "Mourn for the Dead,
Fight for the Living."
Canadians mark the 40th anniversary of Palestine Land Day,
commemorating March 30, 1976. On that day, Palestinians living in the
Galilee region declared a general strike to protest land
confiscations and Israel's project to construct new settlements in the
region. Israel responded with state violence, killing six
Palestinians and confiscating more land.
Canadian Palestine Cultural Association, N. Khatatba, H. Kawas)
Hero of the Republic of Cuba makes a tour across Canada and Quebec where he is enthusiastically welcomed at
stop. Gerardo is the
leader of the Cuban Five
Heroes, who risked their lives to monitor anti-Cuba
terrorist organizations in south Florida for which they
were falsely imprisoned
Toronto, April 3
Bottom right: Toronto City
Councillor Joe Mihevic and Gerardo Hernández.
Niagara Region, April 5
Left: Gerardo next to plaque at Niagara
Falls dedicated to Cuban poet José María Heredia; Right:
Meeting with Mayor of Fort Erie Wayne Redekop.
Montreal, April 6
Left: Gerardo with Cuba's Ambassador to
Canada Julio Garmendia Peña
Vancouver, April 12
Nanaimo, April 13, 2016
(TML, USW, Chief Bob Chamberlin, Cuban Consulate)
The Marxist-Leninist Party
of Quebec hosts a Conference on Rights in Montreal. Workers and
activists discuss the challenges facing the workers' movement in Quebec
and the need for Quebec's nation-building project to be armed with a
modern definition of rights.
Actions in Montreal
condemn the killing of Sandy Michel, an Anishnabeg youth in Lac-Simon,
Quebec, by a member of the local police force.
Across Canada people respond to the
declaration of a state of emergency by the Attawapiskat First Nation
due to the crisis facing their youth including many suicides.
Occupations and protests take place at several offices of Indigenous
and Northern Affairs Canada to demand immediate government action.
Workers across Canada and
Quebec mark the National Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or
made ill at work.
(J. Clarke, L. Gagnon, V. Ketchum,
G.M.N. Dootem, M. Joehnck)
Edmonton picket condemns
Canada's arms sales to Saudi Arabia and deceit
of Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion.
Monthly pickets demand an
end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba and a return of U.S.-occupied
territory at Guantanamo Bay to Cuba.
Toronto, April 16
Ottawa, April 17
Vancouver, April 17
hearings oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trudeau government's
Richmond, April 18
Calgary, April 19
Saskatoon, April 20
An action is held at the
U.S. Consulate in Vancouver as part of World Day
of Solidarity with Venezuela.
Workers' Centre of CPC(M-L)
holds discussion in Calgary featuring Party President Rolf
on finding a way forward for
the workers' movement.
http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2016/W46018.HTM#4 (Photos: TML, PSAC, CUPE, M. Isinger, T.
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