Spartacist Canada No. 167

Winter 2010/2011


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The SYCs intervene into social struggles armed with the revolutionary program of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky. We work to mobilize youth in struggle as partisans of the working class, championing the liberation of immigrants, women, Natives and all the oppressed. The SYCs fight to win youth to the perspective of building the Leninist vanguard party that will lead the working class in revolution, laying the basis for a world free of capitalist exploitation and imperialist slaughter.

1. Mobilize students behind the social power of the working class! Picket lines mean don’t cross! On strike means shut it down! For union-run job recruitment and training programs for minorities and women! For union hiring halls! Down with union-busting “workfare” schemes! Jobs for all at union wages! Organize the unorganized! Down with multi-tier wages, which pit younger and older workers against each other! Cops, prison guards, security guards out of the unions! Keep the capitalists’ government and courts out of the unions!

2. Independence for Quebec! Down with English Canadian chauvinism! Down with the “Clarity Act” and Ottawa’s other machinations against Quebec’s national rights! Chauvinism and nationalism are poison to working-class struggle! No support to the bourgeois nationalist Bloc/PQ! Equal language rights for all! Down with chauvinist “English-only” ordinances and restrictive French language legislation!

3. Full citizenship rights for all immigrants! Down with racist anti-immigrant laws! Down with anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and all racist bigotry! No deportations! No detention of immigrants or refugee claimants! Down with the government’s “anti-terrorism” scare! For mass labour/minority mobilizations to stop the fascists and race terrorists! No reliance on the capitalist courts! Fascist terror is not a question of free speech! Stop the Nazis! Stop the KKK!

4. For free, quality education for all! For an end to streaming! For open admissions, no tuition and a state-paid living stipend for all students! Abolish the administration—the universities should be run by those who work and study there! Cops off campus! Drive army and police recruiters off campus! For a single secular school system! No prayer in the schools! For separation of church and state! Defend science against superstition and mysticism! For the right of people to be educated in the language of their choice! Defend bilingual education programs and ESL training!

5. For women’s liberation through socialist revolution! For free abortion on demand! Down with parental consent laws and “squeal rules”! For free, quality 24-hour childcare! Down with attacks on medicare—for free, quality healthcare for all! For mass, labour-backed mobilizations to defend abortion clinics! Equal pay for equal work! Down with reactionary age of consent laws and all laws against consensual sex! Full democratic rights for gays! Government out of the bedroom! Down with the anti-sex witchhunt! Down with all laws against “crimes without victims” like prostitution and drugs!

6. The capitalist state—at its core consisting of the cops, courts, prisons and the standing army—is the executive committee of the ruling class, an instrument of organized violence by the capitalists against the working class and the oppressed. The state is not neutral and cannot be reformed—it must be smashed through workers revolution! Defend victims of racist cop terror and police frame-up! Down with the “war on drugs,” a racist war by the ruling class against blacks, immigrants, Natives and other minorities! For mass labour protests against cop terror! Free all class-war prisoners! There is no justice in the capitalist courts! No illusions in civilian review boards or “community control” of the police! Abolish the Senate and reactionary relics like the monarchy and governor-general! No to gun control! For the right of armed self-defense!

7. Labour must defend Native rights! Abolish the racist Indian Act and the Department of Indian Affairs! Police and courts keep off the reserves and other Native land! Only socialist revolution can end the deep-going oppression of Native people.

8. Down with Canadian nationalism! Defeat Canadian imperialism through workers revolution! For the defeat of Canadian imperialism in all its military adventures! Not one person, not one penny for the Canadian military! Beware the fraud of “human rights” imperialism! Canadian imperialist troops are not “peacekeepers” but bloody enemies of the world’s workers and oppressed! The UN is a den of thieves, their victims and their lackeys! All Canadian/UN/NATO troops out of Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf! Down with the colonial occupation of Iraq! Defend the Palestinian people against Zionist terror! For a Socialist Federation of the Near East!

9. Down with anti-communist China bashing! Defend the gains of the 1949 revolution which smashed the rule of the landlords and capitalists, and collectivized property! No to imperialist penetration of China! For unconditional military defense of China and the other bureaucratically deformed workers states—Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea—against imperialism and internal capitalist counterrevolution! Defend their right to nuclear weapons! For workers political revolution to oust the Stalinist bureaucrats and establish regimes of workers democracy based on the power of workers councils and revolutionary internationalism! Workers of the world unite!

10. Break with the Anglo-chauvinist, pro-imperialist NDP —a bourgeois workers party that upholds the rule of racist capitalism! The trade union bureaucracy is an agency of the capitalist class—for a class-struggle leadership of the unions! For international working-class solidarity! Smash NAFTA through united class struggle from the Yukon to the Yucatán! Down with the chauvinist poison of protectionism! For a revolutionary, multiracial, binational workers party that fights for socialist revolution! Look to the example of the heroic, Bolshevik-led workers of 1917 Russia! For new October Revolutions! For the international rule of the working class!

The Spartacus Youth Clubs are the youth groups of the Trotskyist League/Ligue trotskyste, Canadian section of the International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist).