Pride 2017 Statement from the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League
In 2017, Pride events across Canada take place in a much different context than one short year ago. The election of Donald Trump has encouraged fascists and other reactionaries to emerge from their dark corners and to openly promote hatred in the form of homophobia and transphobia, as well as Islamophobia, racism, misogyny and sexism – all of which are intended to roll-back the hard-won rights of oppressed peoples, including the LGBTQ2SIA community. Signs of this appeared last summer, when the shootings at the Pulse gay club in Florida seemed to galvanize the Pride season, and focused attention on the backlash against the gains made by the LGBTQ2SIA movement in the USA, where reactionary forces have been resisting the extension of civil rights for LGBTQ2SIA people, and actively attempting to roll-back rights already won. In this context, it is necessary to remember that Pride is not only a celebration of the rainbow community, but also a reminder that our gains are the result of a political defense of our community and a political struggle for our rights.
Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
Unite & fight ultra-right hate!
International Women’s Day in 2017, the 103rd anniversary of the first IWD, is characterized by rising misogynist danger but also renewed resistance.
Reactionary anti-feminist and anti-women movements such as the “Gamergate” movement and the “Men’s Rights” movement, which is largely organized on Canadian campuses by “Men’s Issues Awareness” groups and the “Canadian Association For Equality”, have gained strength and joined with white supremacist and transphobic individuals and groups against supposed “political correctness” and for “free speech”. In reality they are united to defend hate speech. The “alt-right” movement is an internet based movement that has cobbled together a repackaged neo-Nazi ideology and has gained some traction among some younger people looking to reinforce white supremacy and patriarchy and by extension imperialism and capitalism.
Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
It is with mourning and indignation that we greet the news of the mass shooting that took place at a Quebec mosque. With love and rage we stand with the families who have lost their loved ones and the Muslim community in Quebec and across Canada, who are the target of this attempt to terrorize.
Beginning with colonialism, racism has long been a tool of Canada’s ruling class. Xenophobia is not new to Canada, and there is a proud history of struggle for immigrant rights and against various forms of racism throughout Canada’s history. However, there is at this moment a rise in hate crimes which now includes mass murder.
For the 2017 Pride statement from the YCL-LJC please click here.
Joint statement from the Young Communist League of Canada and the Communist Party of Canada
The massacre in Orlando at the Pulse gay night club makes it clear that the struggle for the rights of LGBTQ2SI people is far from over. (NOTE: In this statement, the acronym “LGBTQ2SI” and the term “Queer” refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender variant, two-spirited, queer, questioning, intersex and others.)
In the Queer community, a gay-bar is often the one place Queer folk feel safe and able to be ourselves. Pride marks the anniversary of a riot of resistance -Stonewall- defending gay-bars from police attacks. Pride marches and events have grown into global movement to assert human rights. Pride’s political significance cannot be forgotten.
Women's Commission, YCL-LJC
This February 14th, like years prior, marches will be held across Canada to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women. Since 1980, nearly 1200 women’s names have been added to the growing list of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Despite the horror of these lost lives, the media and the police have largely ignored the cries for help from the families of these women. Their murders continue to create an atmosphere of impunity and indifference. The march to commemorate these women was founded in 1991 in Vancouver to demand an end to this silence. This February 14, the Young Communist League will join others in marches across Canada in remembrance of these stolen lives.
Join the 25th Che Brigade!
Since 1993, the Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade has offered hundreds of Canadians the opportunity to join an exciting and informative 2-week tour of Cuba. Volunteers are afforded a first-hand view of the gains and victories of the Cuban Revolution through both a tour of significant historical and political locales of Cuba and by working alongside ordinary Cubans. The next Brigade leaves in Spring 2017.