By Erin Searle
Annie Buller (December 9th, 1895 – January 19th, 1973)
Buller was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to Montreal with her parents in the early 1900’s. She became active in the Socialist Youth Movement during World War I and studied Marxism at the Rand School of Social Science in New York. Once back in Montreal, Buller, Becky Buhay, Bella Gauld founded the Montreal Labour College.
Buller joined the Communist Party of Canada in 1922. She devoted herself to party organizing full-time and party publications managing for papers such as the Tribune and National Affairs.
In 1931 she led a general strike for better wages and working conditions for dressmakers in Toronto. That same year, she organized support for coal miners in Estevan, Sask. After a riot in which 3 strikers were killed by the RCMP, Buller was jailed. While working as a business manager for the communist paper The Western Clarion in 1939, she was again arrested and interned until 1942.
Buller ran for public office several times. In 1932 she ran for a Toronto City Council position as a Workers United Front candidate. She ran as a Labour Progressive candidate in St. Paul's in 1952 and in Spadina Ward in 1957.
After World War II Annie Buller continued to be involved in CPC activities such as the campaigns to roll back prices organized by National Women's Commission and the Housewives' Association.
She remained active in the CPC until her retirement from her publication responsibilities in the late 1950s.
Sources: Louise Watson, She was Never Afraid: The Biography of Annie Buller (1976); The Canadian Encyclopedia.ca
November 25, 2010
YCL BC Executive Committee
November 25, 2010
British Columbians were recently pleasantly surprised when, in an obvious attempt to put the brakes on a popularity free fall, the BC Liberals forced the resignation of their leader, Premier Gordon Campbell. While trying to shake the scandal of undemocratically instating the HST payout to big business this government has publicly flogged and booted the Energy Minister, Bill Bennet, for being critical of the failing regime. But cracks are showing in other areas of Liberal policy, including the question of BCs shameful $8 minimum wage. While we welcome the resignation of the Premier, the firing of the minister, and the possibility of a minimum wage increase, this must not be used as a way to divert public attention from the lies and failings of the BC Liberal government. Full, complete, and immediate, resignation of the entire government is the only remedy to the political problems facing BC.
Meanwhile, the opposition BC NDP has begun to prepare for election. But the division around the leadership of Carole James has broken out into a public fight. While it is not our place to advise our NDP sisters and brothers on who ought to lead their party, we do express concern with James' moves to distance the NDP from labour and to reach out to business. We reject the politics of "fairness" between business and labour and maintain that one cannot represent both the working people and their bosses. Two NDP MLAs have left that party recently, Bob Simpson and Katrine Conroy, in public protest over the unwillingness to hold a leadership convention. We hope for a strong, united, NDP with progressive policies going in to the next election. The danger from the right is too great to risk.
This danger comes not only in the form of the disintegrating Liberal Party which is struggling to find legitimacy in the wake of its own collapse, but also in the increased popularity of both the BC Conservative Party and the BC First Party, both of which have been given increasing media attention in recent weeks. These parties represent the same backwards, big-business interests as the Liberals and will undoubtedly continue their anti-worker, anti-youth, anti-student offensive.
The Young Communist League re-iterates its call for resignation or recall of the BC Liberals. We reject wholeheartedly the Conservative and BC First Parties. Our schools, ours hospitals, our libraries, our collective agreements; our province and everything that working people have fought for in BC are at is at stake. It's time for progressives across the province to unite and ensure that every pro-corporate candidate is defeated in the next election so that our province can begin down a new path. It's up to us as workers, you, and students, to stand up before, during, and after that election and actively make sure that our interests are looked after - no matter what government takes power. The economic hardship of Canada's lowest minimum wage, highest child poverty, and increasing barriers to education must be stopped or BC is in trouble for a generation to come.
November 21, 2010
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A private members bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender expression or identity will get a third and final reading in the House of Commons in December.
C-389 is Burnaby MP Bill Siksay's third attempt to give transgendered and transsexual people protection under federal human rights and hate crime legislation.
For trans people – those whose gender identity and gender expression does not match their birth sex – using a public bathroom, applying for a driver’s license, and similar daily interactions can trigger hostility, intolerance, discrimination and even violence.
But neither the Canadian Human Rights Act nor federal hate crimes legislation protect people from discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
PSAC has negotiated contract language prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression and the Northwest Territories territorial human rights legislation, provides these protections to its residents.
It's time for the federal government to do the same. Everyone deserves dignity and respect in the workplace and on the streets.
In honour of November 20, the 12th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance email your MP and ask them to support Bill C-389
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