Solidarity with Youth and Student Militants in Brazil and India!

Solidarity with Youth and Student Militants in Brazil and India!

 

The Revolutionary Student Movement is in solidarity with Umar Khalid, Igor Mendes and the Brazilian 23!

Around the world militants and organizers face harsh repression. This past week it was made clear by the arrest of 8 prominent revolutionary supporters in India. Students and youth are calling for strikes across India to rally to the defense of the imprisoned organizers. This is just a month after an assassination attempt by Hindu-fascist agents against Umar Khalid – a member of Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students’ Organisation (BASO) in India. On the other side of the globe – Igor Mendes and 23 other student organizers were convicted in Brazil for being defenders of the oppressed masses.

In these cases what are the reasons behind the attacks, be they from the state or the fascists? Umar was simply attending a presentation on the lynching of Dalits which took place after the Hindu nationalist BJP Modi government took power. Igor and his comrades had been organizing with the residents of the impoverished neighbourhoods around the large cities to fighting displacement resulting from the FIFA and Olympic events. In short, these militants were targeted for daring to defend and fight alongside the oppressed masses in their respective countries. Umar Khalid says it best: “the question is what does “freedom” even mean if the citizens of this country have to be ready to die for their “crime” of just being vocal against injustice?”

The events this summer have shown two things: First, as the revolutionary movement grows the ruling class becomes so terrified of revolution and liberation that it goes to greater and greater extremes to stop the next generation of organizers from raising our heads high. Second, in the face of repression the only response can be to continue the fight against the state and recognize the trio of enemies of the people: Capitalism, Imperialism, and Colonialism.

As the Revolutionary Student Movement our tasks are to unite proletarian youth and students to fight for their interests as well as training the next generation of organizers. While it would be arrogant to compare our experiences to what the militants mentioned above are facing, we have also seen growing repression of our comrades and supporters being arrested and harassed by police and fascists. We know that as our efforts reach the scope of organizing of our comrades abroad, we too will see attacks on us escalate. We are never glad to face repression, it wastes time we can better spend organizing, but when the choice is to cower or resist there is only one clear choice.

Solidarity with Umar Khalid in the face of fascist attacks!
Solidarity with Igor Mendes and the Brazilian 23 facing arrests for democratic protest!
Solidarity with the August 29th 8 in India unjustly imprisoned by the hindu-fascist state!

Solidarity with all revolutionary youth and students across the globe facing the intensifying counterrevolutionary trend of repression!

In struggle,

Revolutionary Student Movement – 2018 Ontario Regional Conference
Revolutionary Student Movement – Pan-Canadian Coordinating Committee

Ontario Conference Report Back

Ontario Conference Report Back


The Revolutionary Student Movement is ready to take on organizing in the upcoming school year! Most of our comrades across the country have already made plans for re-launching of work after the summer, and we are as prepared as ever. Last weekend, we have held the first ever Eastern Regional Conference in Hamilton, Ontario. Comrades from Hamilton, Toronto, Peterborough, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Ottawa came together for 2 days of sharing of experience, learning to become better organizers and building better connections within our movement.

The Conference was a definite success, being the first conference of revolutionary students that the majority of the comrades participating have ever attended. The political level of discussions held was formidable, with comrades connecting our work and experiences to the longer-term goals of the broader revolutionary movement and grounding their analysis in communist theory and practice. Instead of focusing on lectures and workshops prepared by one presenter, we have decided to focus on giving everyone the chance to share their different organizing experiences and the result was truly inspiring – all of the comrades engaged with exceptional discipline and respect, strengthening their leadership and organizing skills. The Conference allowed participating sections to build higher political unity around our methods of organizing and we move forward as united as we have ever been. Special thanks from all of us to Hamilton Against Fascism for organizing a fantastic show, which partly served as the social event for the weekend. Even the attempted attack of a lone fascist later that night did not ruin the fun, but only made us all more resolute to unite and fight against this heinous political tendency and all of its adherents.

If you support the revolutionary struggle against capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, racism, patriarchy, ableism and other deplorable forms of oppression – we invite you to join our movement this fall! We are the most active revolutionary student organization that isn’t afraid of militant action and doesn’t support the tired methods of appealing to student bureaucracy and bourgeois politicians for small handouts. We build the power of working class students to take control into our hands, remove all barriers to free and good education, and make our education serve the interests of the working class for liberation instead of service of the ruling class. Together, we can win this fight!

Come out to our events and meetings in September, send us a message on Facebook or send us an email if you would like to get involved or to get more information.