Constitution

Constitution of the Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM)

I. Preamble

We are the Canada-wide revolutionary, combative, militant, and anti-capitalist student movement. We align our struggles with those of the broader working class. We are a movement guided by communist principles that serves the people in their fight for emancipation from the capitalist system. We organize proletarian students in the interest of the revolutionary working class movement.

We are revolutionary, not reformist. We maintain our independence from the bourgeois state, and we support the peoples’ struggles against capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism in Canada and internationally.

We will end exploitation, alienation, and all oppressions by supporting struggles against institutional and individual oppressions in their various forms. We strive to support externally and maintain internally a strong anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-ableist, LGBTQ2SIAP+ inclusive, and proletarian feminist culture in both word and action.

 

II. Structure

A. Local Chapters

a. A local chapter is defined as two or more people who wish to organize with the MER-RSM and uphold the mandate as set out in the preamble.

b. Duties of local chapters include, but are not limited to:

i. Engage in political activity as according to our principles.
ii. Send delegations to the Congresses.
iii. Chapters of more than five (5) members are required to maintain an internally democratic structure.
iv. Uphold the decisions of the Congress.
v. Engage, when applicable, in pan-Canadian RSM campaigns.
vi. Where incidents requiring discipline occur, the local chapter shall appoint a mediator in order to facilitate the establishment of the correct political line and where applicable the application of transformative justice. In cases where the mediation process is not successful, the Coordinating Committee will ultimately have the responsibility to engage in a viable resolution of the conflict.
vii. It is the responsibility of each section to be in communication with their Regional Organizer.

c. Local chapters are entitled to:

i. Send delegates, who are empowered to vote, to the Congress.
ii. Propose motions to the Congress.
iii. Use the name, logos, and promotional materials associated with the RSM. To publicly represent the RSM.
iv. Receive support in the event that they are facing political repression.

d. Local chapters are created by ratification of the Coordinating Committee, following a written request for ratification.

e. The CoCo may not have the authority to dissolve a section without appropriate investigation. A committee will be struck to investigate a given chapter being considered for dissolution, who will then make their recommendations to the CoCo for how to proceed. This committee be composed of, if possible, one member delegated from each section.
Members of the section being investigated must be given a chance to be interviewed by the investigation committee before they make a recommendation to the CoCo. When a criticism is raised to the coordinating committee, the CoCo should send notice within 48 hours to all sections that each section should appoint committee delegate within a week. The investigation period will last for three weeks after the committee is officially formed, unless the committee determines further investigation is needed. The decision regarding expulsion will be expressed in a document sent to all sections within 7 days of the conclusion of the investigation. Dissolution means the suspension of the right of a local chapter to represent the RSM, use the RSM name and logo, and vote at the Congress

f. Pre-existing organizations can request affiliation with the RSM. This pre-existing organization will have to present itself to the Congress. If the Congress decides that the pre-existing organization has a political line in accordance with our political line, the pre-existing organization will become a local chapter. In the event that significant differences are uncovered, the Congress will launch a unity-struggle-transformation process with the pre-existing organization with the intention of resolving the contradiction between the RSM and the pre-existing organization.

B. Members

a. What is a member?

i. A member of a local chapter is defined as an individual who upholds the preamble, and attends and participates in local RSM meetings or events.

ii. Local chapters can define any further requirements for their own chapter.
ii. All members of local chapters are by extension members of the pan-Canadian RSM.
iii. Individuals who are not affiliated with any existing local chapter, in a region where there is no local chapter, can apply to the Coordinating Committee of the RSM for individual membership. It is expected that this member organize a local chapter.
iv. Individual RSM members may belong to independent anti-capitalist youth or student organizations provided they are attempting to build unity in those organizations with the political perspectives of the RSM as elaborated in the pre-amble. These members, unless they are also members of a local, have the right to propose motions at Congresses but do not have the right to vote.

b. Membership Responsibilities:

i. Members will be involved in the local chapters where they exist.
ii. Members will uphold the preamble of the RSM.
iii. Members will uphold any decisions made by the Congress and their local chapter.

c. Membership Rights:

i. Members have the right to propose motions at the Congress.
ii. Members have the right to run for and hold positions on committees struck by the Congress.
iii. Members have the right to critique the RSM leadership.

C. Congress

a. The Congress is the highest decision making body of the RSM.

b. The Congress passes proposals by majority vote, which are binding on all members and local chapters of the RSM.

c. The Congress elects committees of the RSM, including the Coordinating Committee.

i. An open nomination period will take place before the election of each respective committee.
ii. Following nominations, there will be an open period of debate on the candidates.
iii. The outgoing Coordinating Committee will give a recommendation for the size of all committees.
iv. In cases where there are more people nominated than there are positions available, the nominees with the highest amount of votes will comprise the committee.
v. All committee members will be ratified by majority vote of the Congress.

d. The Congress is empowered to strike any additional committees it deems necessary.

e. The Congress is empowered to recall any member of any committee.

f. The Congress is composed of delegates from local chapters of the RSM.

i. Votes are distributed to delegations as follows:

1. Each local chapter will receive 2 votes.
2. Each local chapter will receive 1 additional vote per 5 members, rounded down.

g. The Congress shall be held once per year.

i. The Coordinating Committee is responsible for calling the Congress.
ii. An extraordinary Congress can be called by the Coordinating Committee.
iii. An extraordinary Congress can be called by either a petition of the majority of members or a majority of local chapters, submitted to the Coordinating Committee.

h. The Congress is empowered to amend the constitution by majority vote.

i. The Coordinating Committee can allow observers to attend the Congress. Observers do not have voting rights.

D. Coordinating Committee

a. The Coordinating Committee is responsible for:

i. Coordinating between various local chapters of the RSM.
ii. Coordination of yearly activities and the Congress.
iii. Ensuring the spread of the RSM.
iv. Acting as the central leadership body of the RSM.
v. Directing and overseeing the work of all committees struck by the Congress and ensuring the work uphold the RSM constitution and decisions voted upon at the congress.

b. The Coordinating Committee is composed of:

  1. Chair

a. Responsible for Chairing Meetings.
b. Having final say in the event of a tie in Coordination Committee discussions.
c. Responsible for publicly representing the organization.
d. Responsible for additional Regional Organizer tasks as needed.

  1. Regional Organizer

a. Responsible for maintaining contact with and guiding sections in specific geographic regions, as determined by the Coordinating Committee each term.

  1. Regional Organizer

a. Responsible for maintaining contact with and guiding sections in specific geographic regions, as determined by the Coordinating Committee each term.

  1. English Propaganda Officer

a. Responsible for translation into English of materials.
b. Responsible to maintain the English side of the website.
c. Responsible for producing a journal in cooperation with the French Propaganda Officer.
d. Responsible for additional Regional Organizer tasks as needed.

  1. French Propaganda Officer

a. Responsible for translation into French of materials.
b. Responsible to maintain the French side of the website.
c. Responsible for producing a journal in cooperation with the English Propaganda Officer.
d. Responsible for additional Regional Organizer tasks as needed.

  1. Outgoing Chairperson

a. This position will only exist in years where there is a newly elected chair.
b. This position will not have voting rights within the Coordinating Committee, but will act as an advisor.
c. Outgoing Chairperson’s presence at Coordinating Committee meetings will be at the discretion of the Coordinating Committee.

c. The Coordinating Committee is empowered to replace vacant positions of the Coordinating Committee in between Congresses, and to appoint additional regional organizers as needed.