We have decided to change the program for the upcoming Marxist Winter School in Montreal to hold a special session on the situation in Venezuela. Below are details about the session and other important details for the weekend.


On January 23, the president of the opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly Juan Guaidó appointed himself as “president in charge” at a street rally. He has been recognised as “legitimate president” of Venezuela by Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Justin Trudeau, 19 countries of the European Union and the Organisation of American States. A coup is underway!

Utilizing the mass media, the imperialists are attempting to fool the population into supporting another right wing coup in Latin America. Contrary to what they try to make us believe, this is not due to any “humanitarian” concern. The imperialists want to end once and for all the revolutionary process sparked off by the election of Hugo Chavez 20 years ago, and reverse all the gains of the Bolivarian revolution.


This coming Sunday February 17th, at the Montreal Marxist Winter School 2019 (Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2095017234082817/), we will hold a special session on the situation in Venezuela. This session will be free and open to the public.

The presentation will be given by Alex Grant, editor of Fightback (www.marxist.ca). It will be in English with consecutive translation to French.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/410307856442893/

Montreal Marxist Winter School 2019

Reform or Revolution – In honour of Rosa Luxemburg

Join us for the 9th annual Montreal Marxist Winter School! 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of the death of the great Marxist, Rosa Luxemburg who was captured and executed by the Freikorps in January 1919. In her honour, we are dedicating the 2019 Marxist school to her with presentations on her life and her ideas. The Montreal Marxist Winter School has grown every year with over 230 participating in 2018. We expect to continue this great tradition and attract hundreds of participants for 2019. Register today!

16-17 February, 2019

Université de Montréal, Montreal

3200 Jean-Brillant Building

Room B-2245

Agenda :

Saturday, February 16th

9:00am: The life and ideas of Rosa Luxemburg – presented by Jessica Cassell, from of the editorial board of Fightback (www.marxist.ca)

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Rosa’s Reform or Revolution – presented Vincent R. Beaudoin, activist and writer for La Riposte socialiste (www.marxiste.qc.ca)

6:00pm: Dinner at UdeM

7:00pm: Social at Saint-Houblon Bar (5414 Avenue Gatineau)

Sunday, February 17th

9:00am: The fight against fascism – presented by Jules Legendre, from the editorial board of the French marxist journal Révolution (www.marxiste.org)

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Hands off Venezuela! – presented by Alex Grant, member of the editorial board of Fightback (www.marxist.ca)

5:00pm: End

7:00pm: Social at Mad Hatters pub (1240 Rue Crescent)

Discussions will be held in French and English using consecutive translation.

Fee (including food): $25 for out-of-town participants; $50 for Montreal residents.

To reserve your spot, you can pay using major credit cards and Paypal here:


You may also register by sending an e-transfer to finance@marxist.ca with a clear note indicating what you are paying for, your full name and what city you are from. Alternatively, send a cheque made out to Fightback to: Fightback, 366 Danforth Ave., Suite 201, Toronto, ON M4K 1N8.

Accommodation: For those who need a place to stay in Montreal, we recommend reserving a place at the HI-Montreal Hostel. The cost is approximately $25 per night. Note: We do not have reserved places here so the spots will be limited and you should book yours right away!

The hostel is located at: 1030 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC, H3G 2H1.

To reserve: http://www.hihostels.ca/quebec/342/hi-montreal/index.hostel

If you cannot find space at the HI-Montreal Hostel, we recommend that you try booking here:


Travel: We have booked a charter bus which will be leaving Toronto for Montreal on Friday, Feb. 15th at 3:00 PM from Chester station and leaving Montreal back to Toronto on Monday, Feb. 18th at 11:00 AM. The cost of the return trip is $70, and you can book your space by paying the fee along with school fee above. Reserve asap if you wish to get a spot on the bus! For anyone who does not make it on the bus or cannot leave at that time, we will be organizing carpools which will be departing at various times.

For more information contact fightback@marxist.ca or 416 461-0304