Aug 202013

Peoples Museum single side handbill

A People’s History of Nova Scotia will feature a People’s Museum that will tell a visual narrative of radical struggle in Nova Scotia. The tools of resistance, be they posters, banners, t-shirts or song sheets, help demonstrate the creativity, resourcefulness and perseverance invested in the work of creating lasting, positive change.

The Museum will be on display throughout the conference and will be mounted on the walls, displayed on tables and hung in the conference space.

We are seeking:

  • posters,
  • banners,
  • buttons,
  • letters to officials,
  • t-shirts,
  • photos,
  • videos,
  • audio,
  • puppets,
  • or any other souvenirs you may have to contribute to the narrative of the left in NS.

Where possible, please also include a brief write up about where this object came from and what the context was that surrounded its creation. We hope to highlight the struggles of the left through the inclusion of these items in the conference.

Items must be received by September 25th to be included in the ‘museum.’

Object drop off will be arranged by phone or email. To contribute to this project, please call 454-5784 or email

The owners of the objects are responsible for the pick-up of their items from the ‘museum’ organizer. Pick-up can be arranged at time of drop off.


Aug 202013

Tribute to Palmira Boutillier
Thurs. 29 Aug. 6.30 pm.
Just Us Cafe, Spring Garden Road

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It is with shock and sadness that we have learned of Halifax Media Co-op editor Palmira Boutillier’s death. Palmira was a wonderful person and an activist with many friends in the activist community and beyond. She was particularly interested in environmental, food and Indigenous issues. She was also very involved in the recent anti-fracking protests in NB. We offer our condolences to Miles, to the team at the Halifax Media Co-op and to all of Palmira’s family and friends. Halifax has lost an important and deeply caring voice in the struggle for a better world.

To remember Palmira, you can find here a list of articles she had written for the Halifax Media Co-op:

Halifax Media Co-op – Palmira Boutillier

Here is a remembrance from The Media Co-op:

In loving memory of Palmira Boutillier


From Facebook



Aug 192013

Solidarity Halifax presents a free screening + discussion of “The Take” (Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis 2004).

7pm, Thursday, August 22nd – rm 303, Dal Student Union Building

>>Facebook Event

Workers all over the world have had to find ways to resist the most severe excesses of global capitalism. In Halifax, baristas are organizing against a system that views them as expendable and normalizes labour abuses and job insecurity. In Argentina a decade ago, workers were facing plant closures and the flight of capital. “The Take” is the story of how they fought back.

Join Shelby Kennedy, barista union activist, and members of Solidarity Halifax for a movie night and discussion about the global fight for workers rights.

Aug 092013

By Kyle Buott, president of the Halifax and Dartmouth District Labour Council and a member of Solidarity Halifax.

A statue of Napoleon toppled during the Paris Commune of 1871. (André Disdéri photo via Wikipedia)

A statue of Napoleon toppled during the Paris Commune of 1871. (André Disdéri photo via Wikipedia)

People say Left and Right are no longer relevant terms in the new millennium.  They say we have moved beyond such simple identifications.

This is a right-wing argument that tries to disorient and trick people. Left and Right are terms just as meaningful today as when they were created.

Using the term “left-wing” to refer to people who are politically progressive and the term “right-wing” to refer to people who are politically conservative comes from the French Revolution in 1792.  Those who thought the revolution’s goals of democracy and ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’ were being betrayed sat on the left side of the room, and those who wanted to restore the old regime sat on the right side.

Yet the concept goes back much further.

When I say that I am on the Left, or that I am a leftist, I am identifying with a political tradition dating back as far as the Roman Empire, maybe further.  I am identifying with the good, the bad, and the ugly.  The major successes and the major defeats.

By calling myself a leftist I put myself on the side of slaves who rose up against the Roman Empire.  On the side of peasants who rebelled against the Catholic Church and Aristocracy.  On the side of all workers organizing collectively and striking for their rights.  On the side of all revolutionaries everywhere struggling for justice, compassion and equality. On the side of the oppressed against the oppressor.

This is a history that dates back well over 2,000 years.  It is the history of the class struggle.  The history of the dreams and struggles of the working classes for a better world and the often violent repression used by the ruling class to crush those dreams.

JB MacLachlan, a socialist and trade union leader from Glace Bay, said it best:

“I believe in education for action. I believe in telling children the truth about the history of the world, that it does not consist of the history of kings, or lords or cabinets. It consists of the history of the mass of the workers, a thing that is not taught in the schools. I believe in telling children how to measure value, a thing that is not taught in any school.”

The ruling class tries to erase our history. In schools they teach of kings and queens and ‘great men’ while ignoring the history of the majority of us. We forget this history at our peril.  “No root. No fruit.”

As radicals and progressives, when we remember our history, we are the Left.

Originally posted at the Halifax Media Coop on August 8, 2013.

Note: Articles published by Solidarity Halifax members do not necessarily reflect positions held by the organization.


Aug 082013

Note: Articles published by Solidarity Halifax members do not necessarily reflect positions held by the organization.