December 18, 2019
2019 Photo Review
Speaking and Acting in Our
to Uphold the Rights of All and
Make Canada a Zone for Peace
In this issue of TML
Daily, CPC(M-L) continues its month-by-month photo review of
2019 with March.
March saw spirited actions to
mark International Women's Day across the country and around the world.
Women affirmed their place in the front ranks of the movements for
rights, peace and justice, addressing the broad concerns of the people.
At rallies, marches and gatherings of all kinds, women discussed their
concerns and reiterated their demands for an end to the brutal
neo-liberal anti-social offensive and that the government take up its
responsibilities on such questions as workers' rights, housing, health
care and childcare. Participants demanded status on arrival for migrant
workers and stood with the courageous Indigenous women demanding the
situation be ended where women and girls are considered "fair game."
Importantly, they demanded an end to Canada's participation in U.S.
imperialist aggression and raised the demand "Hands Off Venezuela!"
On March 15, an estimated 1.5
million youth in some 130 countries around the world held 2,200 events
as part of a global Student Strike for Climate, the first of a number
of large-scale climate strikes that took place throughout 2019. The
youth are taking up their responsibility to look after the social and
natural environment and also demanding that governments today ensure
the well-being of their generation and those yet to come. In Canada,
actions took place from coast to coast to coast, with outstanding
organization and participation of 150,000 Quebec youth.
Throughout March, the
locked-out ABI aluminum smelter workers in Bécancour, Quebec
continued their determined resistance to the demands of Alcoa/Rio Tinto
for concessions and their fight that the Quebec government stop
allowing the global cartel to renege on its electricity contract with
Hydro-Québec and force the company to pay for its reserved
preferential rate energy block. The broken agreement meant that the
public utility and Quebeckers were essentially subsidizing
the company during the lockout. The workers have made it abundantly
clear that the lockout, planned and decreed by the company, does not
constitute a "force majeure" that would free the company from its
responsibility to pay for that energy. On March 1, they took their
demands to Premier Legault's office and to their local MNA's office. On
March 11, they held a general assembly at which they vigorously
rejected Alcoa's attempt to dictate unacceptable contract terms with
its latest offer. They closed out the month with an Energy March in
Trois-Rivières and Quebec City, mobilizing public opinion
behind their just cause.
March ended, actions took place in a number of cities on the occasion
of the 70th anniversary of NATO to say No! to NATO and express the
determination of the Canadian people to end the country's participation
in imperialist aggression and war and make Canada a zone for peace.
workers protest outside Premier Legault's office demanding the Quebec
government take action to make Alcoa/Rio Tinto meet its commitments to
pay for its reserved block of energy. Workers also visit local MNA
Donald Martel's office.
Peace Coalition holds "Hands Off Venezuela" action and issues a
denouncing Canada's role in destabilizing Venezuela.
at the Ontario Legislature protests the Ford government's cuts to
programs to assist children and youth with autism.
take place across Canada to mark International Women's Day, affirming
women's claims on society and their leading role in all the movements
of the people to defend the rights of all, against imperialist war, to
humanize the natural and social environment and on many other important
Prince George, BC
nursing home workers meet March 9 to plan their next moves after they
are deprived of the right to strike by the provincial government and
the courts. Two days later workers picket MLAs' offices.
Bécancour aluminum workers hold a general assembly and
Alcoa's attempt to dictate unacceptable contract terms and back to work
and incoming presidents of the 14,000 unionized workers at
Hydro-Québec deliver a message of continuing support for the
locked-out ABI workers to Quebec Director of
the United Steelworkers union, Alain Croteau.
of children with autism protest the Ontario government's cuts to autism
outside Premier Ford's press conference in Cambridge.
(Photo: K. Visser)
outside Hamilton, Ontario MP Bob Bratina's office demands workers'
security in retirement be guaranteed, including through changes to the
CCAA bankruptcy protection legislation to put workers' claims in first
coast to coast to coast across Canada and Quebec participate in Student
Climate Strike actions. The
largest scale organizing and actions took place in Quebec.
Magdalen Islands and
La Pocatière, QC
Quebec City, QC
St. John's, NL
Invite Ecole, Student Climate Strike, Peoples Climate Movement, Spectre
Media, Le Placoteux, Le Nord Cotier, Le Manic, E. Chouinard, Shev 11,
Stephen L., I. Froude, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, G.
Fitzgerald, K. Boerder, S. Seck, Kingston Climate Hub, M. Ilnyckyj, N.
Voinot, E. Mackey, Dying circles cub, Davoren Lab, M. Oberman, S.
Schroeter, L. Shasko, Saskatoon Climate Strike, D. Forbes, M.
Kalmanovitch, Climate Justice Edmonton, Calgary Social Change, H.M.
Kobluk, youth rising 2030, S. Furstenau, Sierra Club, M. Lien, W.
Gagnon, Abedrennan, A. Hofford, A Bhardwaj, Haiyya, School Strike 4
Climate, L. Owen, S. E. Smith, A. Greenberg, N. Arnold, A. Diouf )
rally demands justice for Brazilian activist and Rio de Janeiro city
councillor, Marielle Franco, on the one year anniversary of her
assassination. Progressive Canadians continue to express their concern
about the political retrogression in Brazil following the 2016 coup and
the subsequent anarchy and violence in which Franco was targeted for
taking a stand against the coup, police brutality and extrajudicial
and college students hold walkouts and rallies across Ontario to reject
the Ford government's assault on post-secondary education and the
students' right to freedom of association and to organize collectively
in defence of their rights.
University of Windsor
University of Toronto
and education workers meet the Ford government's latest assault on
public education March 15 with sustained acts of solidarity, making it
clear they intend to fight for their rights and those of their
students. They hold "black shirt" and "red for ed" days in their
schools to involve everyone.
representing Ontario teachers and education workers, along with fellow
workers, hold protests outside Progressive Conservative Party events in
Nepean and Essex.
Bécancour ABI aluminum smelter workers participate in an
Energy March in Trois-Rivières and Quebec City. The march
calls upon the Legault government to intervene so that the Alcoa/Rio
Tinto cartel ends the lockout in a manner acceptable to the workers,
and demands that the energy contract between Alcoa, the government and
Hydro-Quebec be re-opened so that Alcoa pays for its reserved
preferential rate energy block.
Chantier politique, Métallos)
Quebec nurses protest against poor working conditions, including
mandatory overtime, outside health care human resources offices in
across Canada on the occasion of 70 years of NATO say No! to NATO and
express determination to make Canada a zone for peace.
Picket against NATO's "Women in
International Security" Conference" in Toronto
http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49012.HTM (TML, Canadian Peace Congress)
Palestine Land Day affirm the Right of Return of the Palestinian people
and demand an end to Israel's and Egypt's 12-year blockade of Gaza.
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