Friday, April 25, 2008

Lower Mainland Action Update, April 25, 2008

Lower Mainland Action Update, April 25, 2008

In this Update:
1. Left Film Night
2. May Day
3. Next Discussion Group
4. Upcoming Events

1. Left Film Night


Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA (1976, 103 minutes) unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.

Sunday, April 27, 7 pm

Centre for Socialist Education,
706 Clark Drive, Vancouver (corner of Clark & E. Georgia)

No admission charge, but donations towards our costs are welcome. Coffee and refreshments available. Left Film Nights are presented by the Centre for Socialist Education, Young Communist League, and the Vancouver East Club of the Communist Party of Canada. Call 604-255-2041 or email for further information.

2. May Day

International Workers Day (May Day, May 1st) is fast approaching and there are two events we should be aware of on that day. The first is a May Day march and rally being held starting at 5:30pm beginning at Clark park (14th & Commercial) and marching down Commercial Dr. to Grandview Park for a rally.

The second event is a forum being organized by B.C. Labour Against War which is being held starting at 7pm at the CAW Hall (326 12th St.) in New Westminster.

Please respond via e-mail to if you are able to attend either of these events. We should aim to get Rebel Youth Magazine out to any young people attending the events and make bring our banner to the rally.

3. Next Discussion Group

Our discussion group on Monday was a success, we discussed topics such as local and world economics, the economic crisis of capitalism vs. the economies of socialist countries and those moving towards socialism. We did not begin discussion of the Activists Guide to Political Economy because the copies of the book were delayed in the mail. As a result, we will continue with that topic at our upcoming discussion group.

The reading will be "Activist's Guide to Political Economy" by our own comrade Jason Mann. Copies are on order currently and should be available soon. This will likely take a couple of discussion groups to get through, so start thinking about what you want to see us move on to next!

Once again, the discussion groups are open to all members of the Young Communist League, the Communist Party and guests who are genuinely interested in learning more about Communist philosophy, theory and practice and getting involved. They are a place for open discussion and debate where your thoughts can be heard and your questions can be answered. After the discussion group, those in attendance will decide what the next month’s topic will be.

Learn to Struggle, Struggle to Learn!

WHAT: YCL Discussion Group
WHEN: TBA in next update
Centre for Socialist Education, 706 Clark Dr.
ORGANIZED: by Red Star Club, YCL

4. Upcoming Events

If you know of an event missing from this list, e-mail us and we can add it for next time.

April 26 (Saturday), 7pm, International Workers Solidarity Cultural Night @ Rhizome Cafe, 317 E. Broadway St.
April 27 (Sunday), 7pm, Left Film Night "Harlan County USA" @ Centre for Socialist Education, 706 Clark Dr.
May 1 (Thursday), 5:30pm, May Day March & Rally @ Clark park (Commercial @ 14th Ave.)
May 1 (Thursday), 7pm, Labour Against War forum: Economic Consequences of War @ CAW Hall, 326 12th St. New Westminster
May 3 (Saturday), 1-2pm, Stand for Affordable Housing @ Nanaimo & Hastings, Commercial & 1st, 33rd & Main AND King Edward & Main
May 6 (Tuesday), 7pm, CUP-W Forum on the Future of the Canadian Postal Service @ Vancouver Public Library
May 8 (Saturday), 5pm, Frank Paul Memorial Demo @ 377 E. Hastings

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