Monday, June 21, 2010

YCL events this month

1. Red Star Club discussion of Provincial Convention documents
2. 17th WFYS meeting
3. Historical Materialism Pt. 2 - CHANGED DATE!
4. YCL BC Summer Camp
5. Strike solidarity
6. Slam the Gate on the G8
7. Left Film Night: Plunder, The Crime of Our Time

1. Red Star Club discussion of Provincial Convention documents - TONIGHT

The Vancouver YCL (Red Star Club) will meet on June 21st to discuss the documents of the upcoming Provincial Convention which will be held on July 30th.

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2. 17th WFYS meeting

The 17th World Festival of Youth and Students will be held this December 13-21 in Pretoria, South Africa!

The World Festival of Youth and Students is the biggest gathering of anti-imperialist youth in the world. It is organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and the International Union of Students. The last festival brought together over 16,000 youth for a week of workshops, forums, cultural performances, music festivals, and more.

The second meeting of the Vancouver Festival Preparatory Committee will be on June 24th, 7pm, at 706 Clark. Dr.

If you are interested in attending the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students this December in South Africa, please attend, or contact us for more information.

3. Historical Materialism Pt. 2

Part two of our study groups on historical materialism will be June 25th at 7pm at the Centre for Socialist Education (706 Clark Dr.). If you couldn't make it to part one, fear not, you can still join us for part two and get caught up. Reading material will be Historical Materialism by Maurice Cornforth.

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4. YCL BC Summer Camp

Once again this year the YCL will hold its annual summer camp on the sunshine coast, from July 31-August 2. Last year the camp was the largest yet since efforts began to re-found the YCL several years ago.

The camp is open to both YCL members and other youth who are interested in learning about the YCL, and about socialism. Participants will enjoys both education and fun at our beautiful Sechelt location near the beach.

This year the camp will be preceded by our BC Provincial Convention ( at the same location on July 30th. All members are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome.

Educational topics this year include:
- Capitalism, the environment & climate change. Why working class power is the only solution to environmental crisis.

- Racism & the national question in Canada.

- Reform & revolution: what is social democracy, communism, revolution, and the role of the state.

Further information including camp program will be available shortly. If you would like to attend the camp or want more info, e-mail

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5. Strike solidarity

The Vancouver & District Labour Council Young Workers Committee is planning another strike solidarity events this month. We encourage young workers including our members to attend and show solidarity with their sisters and brothers on strike at Extra Foods in Maple Ridge. Please see the link below for details.

Facebook event:!/event.php?eid=106541796059751&ref=mf

6. Slam the Gate on the G8!

The YCL endorses the following event:

A Rally & March in Opposition to the G8/G20 Summits

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 @ Noon
Grandview Park

(Commercial Drive, between William and Charles St.)

Bring noise makers, banners, water and friends!

Come join us as we march in solidarity with the thousands protesting the G8/G20 Summits in Toronto and around the world. Let’s send a loud and clear message to the G8/G20 elite that we wholly reject their unaccountable meetings. We know their decisions will only lead to further economic and social disparity, promote exploitation environmental degradation and colonization.

From June 25 to 27th, the so-called ‘leaders’ and bankers of the twenty richest countries are gathering in Huntsville and Toronto for closed door meetings. The outcome of this summit is predictable: more of the same. More trade deals that benefit only multinational corporations. More threats to the existence of the worlds most vulnerable. More impoverishment. More addiction to the consumption of energy – dirty or clean. More economic policies that value profit and expansion over community and health. These are the policies that brought us to the crisis now facing the world economically, politically, environmentally and socially.

We say NO! We say that a better world is possible, there is an alternative! Add your presence and voice to the thousands in Toronto and millions around the world demanding a new vision of social and environmental justice. Change the System, not the Climate!

Organized by the Vancouver Community Mobilization Network Contact:

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Endorsed by: Friends of UBC Farm, UBC Social Justice Center, Vancouver Climate Justice, Purple Thistle, Justicia for Migrant Workers, No One Is Illegal - Vancouver, Ugnayan ng kabataang Pilipino sa Canada (Filipino-Canadian youth alliance), SIKLAB (Overseas Filipino workers organization), Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, Council of Canadians - Delta Richmond chapter, Streams of Justice, VANACT, Solidarity with Anti-Olympic Convergence Arrestees, Young Communist League.

7. Left Film Night: Plunder, The Crime of Our Time

Next Left Film Night: Sunday, June 27, 7 pm, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver

"Plunder: The Crime of Our Time" (directed by Danny Schecter, USA, 2010, 100 minutes) explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity, uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed. It argues that the wrong doing committed by a few individuals distracts from the real story, implicating the institutions that financed and profited from fraudulent sub prime lending. These firms recklessly put trillions of dollars and the world economy at risk.

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