“A World in Revolt” Conference Set for May 22-25 in Toronto

by Barry Weisleder

You won’t want to miss this. Four days of stimulating, enriching political education, discussions, and debates on the biggest issues facing humanity. Get set for an exciting tri-national revolutionary socialist conference titled, “A World in Revolt: Prospects for Socialism in the 21st Century”, to be held in Toronto, May 22-25.

Co-sponsored by Socialist Action-Canada, SA-US, and the Socialist Unity League (LUS) of Mexico, the gathering will feature writer, scientist and foremost Cuban proponent of Trotskyism, Celia Hart. It will also showcase Esteban Volkov, Mexico City-based
grandson of Leon Trotsky; Bryan Palmer, Canadian biographer of the founder of American communism, James P. Cannon; Gerry Foley, international editor of SA newspaper; Jeff Mackler, SA National Secretary and co-coordinator of the Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal; Christine Gauvreau, prominent U.S. East Coast antiwar movement leader; LUS leader Ismael Contreras; plus socialist activists from Quebec, Atlantic Canada, Ontario Labour unions, the feminist movement, the NDP, Palestine solidarity, environmental struggles, and many other areas.

Conference topics include: Prospects for Socialist Revolution in Venezuela and Latin America; Was Che Guevara a Trotskyist?; U.S. Imperialism in Crisis—The Failing War in Iraq and the Deepening Crisis at Home; James P. Cannon and the Revolutionary Tradition in North America; the Class Struggle in Canada and Quebec; Feminism, Anti-Racism and Immigrants’ Rights; Palestine, the Annapolis Trap and the Global Boycott Campaign; Eco-Socialism or Barbarism?; and Labour’s Retreat and its Coming Re-resurgence.

There will also be a special lunchtime encounter with Celia Hart and Esteban Volkov.

Now is the time to take advantage of the early registration rates. Prior to the conference, a four-day pass costs $30 (in U.S. or Canadian dollars). At the start of the gathering the pass price rises to $40, or you can pay $6 per session (there are nine sessions in all), or pay whatever you can afford (no one will be turned away). Please send cheques or money orders to: SA, 526 Roxton Road, Toronto, Ontario M6G 3R4.

Inexpensive housing is available for conference participants at the University of Toronto’s New College, located just five blocks from the conference site. Until March 1 only, the cost is $25 per night for singles, or $30 per night for shared accommodation.

To take advantage of this low rate, please book your space now by going to: http://www.torontores. com. Just print the Reservation Form and fax/mail/email it to the
office. You can also call in your room reservation at (416) 946-0529 or (416) 946-5317.

There is a section on the form that asks for a Special Rate Code. In order to get the special rate, submit the Special Rate Code “SAC2008”, or refer to this message about the Socialist Action Conference when calling in the reservation.

Remember, the deadline is March 1 for visitors to book at the special rate.

Please pass along this information to folks who might be interested in attending. And when you have made your definite plans to attend, just to facilitate coordination and preparations, or if you have any questions, please let us know by sending an e-message to: barryaw@rogers.com.

I hope to see as many of you as possible in Toronto in May for “A World in Revolt!”

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