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Profile of a Revolutionary: Assata Shakur

Profile of a Revolutionary: Assata Shakur

By Hadia Akhtar Khan Assata Shakur is a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army who has been living as a political refugee in Cuba for the last 32 years. Falsely accused of killing a New Jersey State Trooper, she was imprisoned while under trial for 6 years before she escaped

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An Honest Tribute to “The Greatest”: Against Whitewashing Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

By Sara Jaffri On June 3rd, Muhammad Ali passed away. While he was known for being a boxing champion and entertainer, Ali represented so much more. In the context of the broader struggle against racism, capitalist exploitation and imperialism in the 1960s, Ali was consistently vocal about revolutionary justice and black liberation. He supported Native-American

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A Look Back at Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Plan

  By Saeed Mohamed On November 3rd, 2015 the City of Toronto published TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Plan, a 48-page interim policy report receiving unanimous City Council approval. For the first time, poverty reduction strategies have been formally introduced into the 2016 City Budget, also marking the first time all levels of government have

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Convincing Your Killers? Black Lives Won’t Matter until Black Power Exists

By Basics Editorial Committee “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur On Saturday March 26th, over a thousand people gathered for #BlackOut Against Police Brutality to demand justice for Andrew Loku and Alex Wettlaufer

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Brown Faces in White Places: The Imperialist’s Multicultural State

By: Nooria Alam It has been over five months since the victory of Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau in the Canadian federal elections, ending Stephen Harper’s nine-year rule of tyranny in Parliament. Canadians rejoiced, thinking that there has finally been an end to the racist fear-mongering tactics of the Conservative party leader. But what has

Why Taxi And Uber Drivers Should Unite In Common Struggle

By Liam Fox On December 9th, taxi drivers from across Toronto staged a series of protests against the rival company Uber. Protesters shut down four high traffic areas before finishing with a demonstration at City Hall, calling upon the mayor to ‘bring justice’ to drivers by stopping Uber from operating illegally. These disruptions reverberated throughout

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Temp Agencies are Parasites in Our Communities

By: Michael Romandel   In Toronto, one of the main ways that working class people find work when they find themselves out of a job and need to pay bills is through various temporary agencies. These agencies play the role of middlemen between corporations and workers. Corporations use them for a number of reasons, though they all add

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