The 2012 U.S. election is taking place against the backdrop of the greatest world economic and social crisis since the 1930s. Mass unemployment, poverty, unending war and the assault on basic democratic rights - this is what capitalism holds out for the population of the world.
As in Canada, the U.S. elite and its political representatives are, in the name of austerity and corporate competitiveness, mounting a front assault on public education and health care and slashing workers' wages and living standards. Whatever their tactical differences, the Democrat Obama and the Republican Romney are equally committed to the defence of the interests of the corporate and financial elite.
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is holding a public meeting in Montreal on Thursday, June 21 as part of its fight to mobilize the working class in defence of Quebec's striking students and to make the student strike the catalyst for a cross-Canada working class offensive against all job, wage and social spending cuts.
SOCIALISM 2012 - Fighting for the 99%!
Friday, June 1
3:00 p.m. registration opens, literature sale
4 p.m. What Future for Youth? Tyler Mackinnon, Chair, Youth for
Socialist Action; Renee Taylor, Co-Chair, Ontario New Democratic Youth; and Luis Rivera, youth leader with the Socialist Unity League (LUS) of Mexico (via webcast)
7 p.m. The Occupy Movement - Results and Prospects Lana Goldberg, member of Occupy Toronto; Adam Shils, a leader of Socialist Action USA, based in Chicago; Marty Goodman, retired transit worker, SA-USA, lives in New York City.
Tumultuous uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya seized the attention of the media last year - but the rebellions taking place in Benin, Senegal, Ethiopia, Uganda, and other parts of Africa have been all but ignored. What is happening and what does it mean, for Africa, and for the world?