Down from Vancouver, where it’s labour to our labor, is journalist, writer, and cultural/political organizer David Spaner with his recent book, Solidarity: Canada’s Unknown Revolution of 1983 (Ronsdale Press). A nominee for the 2022 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, this book traces a widespread series of actions that drew united support from numerous groups and factions not known to work as allies before, especially labour and worker groups, in responding to a right-wing political/corporate power grab in western Canada. It’s in recent enough time, yet has run the risk of being ‘forgotten.’ David Spaner does much to keep that history alive and in place for inspiration/instruction for work now.
“Solidarity is a compelling portrayal of the landscape that roused dozens of groups — diverse in age, culture, and beliefs — to work together. This is an essential volume.” - BC History.
“His book rescues an important moment in B.C. history from mainstream amnesia and does so in stylish, effective prose. Highly recommended.” – Vancouver Sun.
“It’s a story that cries out to be told. His book reminds us that there was a time when British Columbians united in common resolve to stand up for justice and human rights.”– Rod Mickleburgh, BC BookWorld.