Author Archive: Bill Hopwood

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Hong Kong: 140,000 demonstrate against government repression

Hong Kong: 140,000 demonstrate against government repression

The massive August 20 demonstration called at just five days’ notice showed the depths of the popular backlash against the jailing of 16 young activists On August 20, up to 140,000 poured onto Hong Kong’s streets in the biggest anti-government protest since the 2014 Umbrella Movement. This incredible demonstration, protesting the imprisonment of 16 young […]

Posted in: Hong Kong, International
Finding a Route to Socialism USA

Finding a Route to Socialism USA

At the end of June, amid a growing discussion about socialism in the US, Bhaskar Sunkara wrote an important op-ed in the New York Times entitled ‘Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past’. ALAN JONES wrote a contribution on behalf of Socialist Alternative. This is an edited version – the full article is here, from the […]

Make Vancouver Affordable for All

Make Vancouver Affordable for All

Socialist Alternative Vancouver voted unanimously to support Jean Swanson’s election campaign for the City Council by-election on October 14. Jean, running as an independent, has already gained wide support in her drive to bring a political revolution to Vancouver city hall. She is a tireless campaigner fighting for over 40 years against poverty, and for […]

Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville Reawakens the Resistance

Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville Reawakens the Resistance

Mass Demonstrations and a Left Alternative Needed to Fight the Right The vicious white nationalist violence in Charlottesville and across the country this weekend has acted as a collective wake up call. A powerful left challenge must be built against racist violence, vigilante intimidation, and bigoted government policies. Leaders like Bernie Sanders, alongside the unions, […]

Posted in: International, Racism, US
Toronto Airport Teamsters Strike

Toronto Airport Teamsters Strike

Since July 27, 700 members of Teamsters Local 419 have been on strike at Toronto’s Pearson International airport. They are in dispute with Swissport, which services some 30 airlines including Air Transat, British Airways and Sunwing. The workers are baggage handlers, cargo handlers, cabin cleaners and other ground staff, and they also tow airplanes. The workers voted […]

Canada’s Housing Bubble – Heading for a Burst?

Canada’s Housing Bubble – Heading for a Burst?

Housing, whether renting or buying, in Vancouver and Toronto, is among the most expensive in the world. Having an affordable roof over their heads remains a pipedream for many of the nearly 10 million people that call these two regions home. The high cost of housing is fuelled by a worldwide bubble of speculative money […]

Posted in: Canada, Housing
Venezuela: Imperialist offensive sharpens following Assembly elections

Venezuela: Imperialist offensive sharpens following Assembly elections

Only the working class taking power from capitalists and bureaucrats can defeat reaction On 30 July elections were held to elect members of the “National Constituent Assembly” (ANC). In the days prior to the election, US imperialism and the MUD (the coalition which unites the right and far-right in Venezuela) backed a campaign of threats […]

Posted in: International, Venuzuela
CWI/IR unification: An historic strengthening of the forces of Marxism

CWI/IR unification: An historic strengthening of the forces of Marxism

22 July unification congress unanimously approves unification The Committee for a Workers’ International and Izquierda Revolucionaria held a special unification congress on 22 July in Barcelona. This was the culmination of an intense and thorough process of discussion, exchange, and practical joint militant work between both organisations over more than 10 months. Delegates elected by […]

Posted in: International, Marxism
Canadian Perspectives

Canadian Perspectives

Socialist Alternative Canada has published a new pamphlet.  Canadian Perspectives: 150 years of the Canadian State: Capitalism, Colonialism, Corruption and Resistance Canada Today and Looking Ahead A pdf is available here If you are interested in what we say, contact Socialist Alternative about joining: contact@socialistalternative.ca If you can afford a donation towards the costs, please […]

Posted in: Canada, Resources
Hong Kong: Judge’s disqualification of legislators threatens democracy struggle

Hong Kong: Judge’s disqualification of legislators threatens democracy struggle

The decision by Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung on July 14 to expel four legislators from the Legislative Council (Legco), including veteran democracy campaigner, ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung, is a massive blow against the democracy struggle in Hong Kong and, by extension, also in China. This was nothing short of a coup by the right-wing authoritarian […]