Mr. Netanyahu: War Criminals Not Welcome!
The vast majority of the world, through the UN, has opposed Israeli expansionism for over 40 years as one of the principle road blocks to peace in the region. This is the view most commonly held by Canadian youth, but it is not being reflected in Harper’s unconditional support for the most extreme pro-Zionist and genocidal measures taken by the Israeli state.
Netanyahu is now increasing the casualties in Gaza as a result of the ruthless siege. Human Rights groups from around the world have referred to Gaza as the “world’s largest open air prison” and have repeatedly called on Israel to lift the siege in order to allow international aid to reach a society in tremendous need of reconstruction. Israel’s actions today in regards to the siege have been correctly described as “collective punishment”, which is a war crime under the Geneva Convention.
War Criminals Not Welcome Here! Youth unite for Peace and Socialism!
Statement of the YCL - Ontario Provincial Executive Committee
Published in YCL Ontario statements
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CC Report - February 2008
TO YCL-LJC CENTRAL COMMITTEE BY J. BOYDEN, GENERAL SEC.
Our meeting today comes at a time of continued volatility in the political situation. This is reflected in the struggles of the student and youth movement. In the opinion of the CEC, the analysis and resulting priorities of work adopted by the Fall 2007 meeting of the YCL-LJC Central Committee are still valid – not least our observation that “it is the mass movements of people’s organizations that will embolden the opposition parties to fight the Harper Tories,” the main menace to Canadian youth today.
Before turning to the main task at hand in this meeting – a deep reaching discussion about Rebel Youth – I would, however, like to make a few brief comments about the current domestic and international situation.
Published in WFDY statements
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Published in YCL BC Statements
Ligue de la jeunesse communiste du Québec
LES JEUNES SONT L'AVENIR, L'AVENIR EST AU SOCIALISME!
Published in LCJ-Q Statements
CC Report - WFDY General Meeting
CC REPORT ON WFDY GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING IN HAVANA
On May 8th and 9th, the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) held its General council meeting in Havana, Cuba. The Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas of Cuba played host to more than one hundred delegates, from fourty-three different youth organizations from around the world. I had the pleasure of being the delegate from the YCL-LJC Canada, a founding member of WFDY immediately after WWII and which successfully regained its membership in WFDY last year.
CC Report - May 2009
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS AND THE YOUTH AND STUDENTS IN CANADA
YCL-LJC CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING
Our meeting comes at an extraordinary and critical period for labour, the people’s movements, and the youth movement. A lot has happened in just the eight months since we last met. As the Central Executive said this May Day, “With the current economic crisis, the mask of imperialism has been ripped off with the full explosive force of its own internal contradictions. Youth and students and the working peoples of the world are being forced to pay for a crisis we did not create.”
We agree that, while neo-liberalism has intensified the outcomes of the current crisis, the crisis “is not the result of the implementation of neoliberal policies such as free trade, deregulation, privatization, and anti-labour employment policies, etc.; rather, it is the inevitable outcome of the systemic crisis of capitalism itself.”
It’s all the more important for young people to empower their critical thinking with though study of Marxism. But if we kept our response at the level of analysis, we’d be making a terrible mistake. We’re in a juncture that is importunately calling out for action.
In the opinion of the CEC, it is imperative for the youth movement, including the YCL, to catch this wave, and do our best to funnel it into constructive, united mass struggle. We must come out of this meeting with a commitment to a focused discussion on this question, grounded in local work, across our league.
CC Report - September 2009
MAIN POLITICAL REPORT
YCL-LJC Central Committee
Finalized by CEC Oct, 2009
As our Central Committee meets, students in high school, Cégep, college and university have recently returned to school. It was a “bum summer” indeed we just went through, with record high youth unemployment. Again the young people are paying education user-fees, housing bills and getting deeper into debt.
September shows our generation turning to reject big business policies, and also combat them.
Then there’s us, the Young Communist League. We in the executive are frankly scrambling. It is a good kind of scrambling. In the May Central Committee our political report talked about “catching the wave” – connecting with the sentiments of anger of the youth. There is evidence we’re making progress here. Certainly there’s a hell of a lot to get active with. Were stretched and we have to talk about priorities.
Spreading the word, putting the Young Communist League’s ideas into action, building the fight-back – you can’t say it enough. It’s really important at this juncture.
Let’s get into it.