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03/07/14
Author: 
Brad Hornick

Sam Gindin's recent contributions to the The Bullet  and Jacobin explore the lost potential of the working class in revolutionary politics. On the economic and ecological fronts, he argues, working-class politics has been incapable of catalyzing widespread and consequential societal mobilization, or becoming vital sites of theoretical and practical struggle.

24/06/14
Author: 
Brad Hornick

A very large and loud event is about to reshape New York City once again this September – and likely propel social change across the continent. A convergence of organizations under the banner of the "People's Climate March", have pledged to make this event in New York City an opportunity for an unprecedented climate mobilization.

24/06/14
Author: 
Roger Annis

Roger Annis is a member of the Vancovuer Ecosocialsit Group

Details of the events leading to last July’s oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec have been made public for the first time. They reinforce an existing portrait of the accident as a perfect storm of corporate malfeasance.

19/06/14
Author: 
Brad Hornick

But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence… illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness. Feuerbach, Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity

16/06/14
Author: 
Brad Hornick
In a recent speech, environmental journalist George Monbiot argues that opposition to the central drivers of climate change (neoliberal economic policies being the key) is consistently neutralized by environmentalists themselves. He says environmentalists shape their strategies to appease people who do not share their values.
16/06/14
Author: 
Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

Statement by the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group www.ecosocialistsvancouver.org 15/06/14.

04/06/14
Author: 
Roger Annis

A trial of three employees of the bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA) had a brief opening session in Lac Mégantic, Quebec, May 13. They are charged with criminal negligence in the oil train crash and conflagration on July 6, 2013, that killed 47 people and destroyed the center of the town. The three - engineer Thomas Harding, manager of operations Jean Demaître, and traffic controller Richard Labrie - were formally charged and then released on bail. Their next court appearance is September 11.

03/06/14
Author: 
Brad Hornick

The first lesson we must learn, therefore, is that if it looks like class struggle and acts like class war then we have to name it unashamedly for what it is. The mass of the population has either to resign itself to the historical and geographical trajectory defined by overwhelming and ever-increasing upper-class power, or respond to it in class terms (David Harvey, 2005: 202).

02/06/14
Author: 
Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

Statement of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group, May 28, 2014

Last month, four leaders of the main construction unions in British Columbia issued a statement in support of the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. The statement is signed by the Teamsters, Plumbers, Operating Engineers and Labourers’ unions. The text is enclosed below.

26/04/14
Author: 
Gary Engler, Gene McGuckin, Karen Cooling

The BC Expansion Committee of the People's Social Forum held an assembly in Vancouver on April 24, 2014 to discuss climate change and oil and gas pipeline issues in BC. Watch this video session on 'Trade unions and climate change'.

Speakers:

- Gary Engler - Longtime Vancouver journalist who is currently vice-president of Unifor Local 2000 and author of The New Commune-ist Manifesto—Workers of the World It Really is Time to Unite.

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