December 23, 2016
2016 Photo Review
All Out for Democratic Renewal!
TML Daily continues its month by
month photo review of actions carried out by workers and their allies
in 2016 with May, beginning with May 1, International Day of Working
Class Unity and Struggle.
May Day 2016 was an opportunity to highlight and put the weight of the
workers behind the resistance battles the class is fighting throughout
Canada, as well as emphasize the historic necessity to develop the
working class movement to end exploitation of persons by persons and to
safeguard humanity against nation-wrecking and imperialist war.
In May, the workers and people of Alberta faced devastating wildfires.
In Fort McMurray, thousands of people lost their homes, while emergency
workers, first responders and people from all walks of life stepped up
ensure no one was left behind.
CPC(M-L) began discussion of the Trudeau government's electoral reform
program at a meeting at the Party's Workers' Centre in Toronto,
pointing out that the current situation underscores the urgent need for
a political movement led by the workers.
Working people mobilized at the Liberal government's consultation
events to promote the neo-liberal Trans-Pacific Partnership to condemn
the free trade agreement. Actions in support of the democratically
elected government of Brazil continued as the coup by neo-liberal
forces got underway. Canadians held rallies and other events to mark
the 68th anniversary of Al-Nakba ("the Catastrophe"), the forced
removal of Palestinians from their land by Israel.
Across Quebec, National Patriot's Day was marked on May 23 with rallies
and gatherings to honour the martyrs of the 1837-38 rebellion against
the British Empire in Quebec and highlight their significance today.
As well, actions in Ottawa and Montreal opposed the annual CANSEC
weapons fair held in Ottawa. In particular, they condemned Canada's
arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is in the midst of a
brutal U.S.-backed war against the people of Yemen.
Injured workers in Ontario ended the month with an action leading up to
the June 1 Injured Workers Day, affirming that they refuse to be
victimized by irresponsible employers, the Workplace Safety Insurance
Board and the provincial government.
May Day actions across Canada show
a deepening spirit of resistance
among working people, with the
opposition to the anti-social offensive, support for particular strike
struggles and locked-out workers, and
defence of the rights of all workers.
around Fort McMurray, Alberta in early May. Firefighters, first
responders and other emergency services workers go above and beyond the
call of duty. Ordinary people from all walks of life ensure
that no one is left to fend for themselves.
CPC(M-L) holds a meeting at
its Workers' Centre in Toronto under the
theme "Finding a Way Forward for the Workers' Movement" to sum up the
workers' experience so they can develop and lead the political movement
the times. Shown here are MLPC National Leader Anna Di Carlo and
Party President Rolf Gerstenberger.
Rallies outside Liberal
government's consultations in Montreal, Windsor and Toronto oppose
Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
Montreal, May 10
Windsor, May 12
Toronto, May 13
Action at the Human Rights
Monument in Ottawa in support of democracy
the legitimate government of Brazil. A parliamentary coup
the next day.
Across Quebec and Canada, people commemorate the 68th anniversary of
Al-Nakba ("the Catastrophe"), Israel's dispossession of the
Palestinians and affirm the people's right of resistance
to occupation and their right of return.
Demonstration at the
in Toronto in support of democracy and condemning the coup against the
government of Dilma Rousseff.
Monthly pickets in Ottawa
and Vancouver continue to demand that the
U.S. lift its criminal
blockade of Cuba immediately.
Marches and celebrations
across Quebec honour the Patriots and their rebellion in 1837-38 and
pledge to continue their cause today.
Anti-war actions at CANSEC
weapons fair in Ottawa vehemently oppose Canada's role as an
international arms dealer. An action is also held in Montreal on May 25
to coincide with those in Ottawa.
(TML, J. Hansen,
M. Behrens, J. Patterson, No Saudi Arms Deal)
Ontario injured workers
hold their overnight "sleepless" vigil at Queen's Park in the lead-up
to the annual June 1 Injured Workers' Day. It emphasizes that instead
of being made sleepless and sick with worry, injured workers are
taking collective political action to hold governments accountable.
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