In Struggle for a Proletarian Feminist Line!

In Struggle for a Proletarian Feminist Line!

Gender Oppressed Worker’s Day

Today, March 8th, the Revolutionary Student Movement celebrates Gender Oppressed Workers Day. Our celebration is part of a long tradition of celebrating International Working Women’s Day, a day that since 1911 has served to remember the history and current reality of patriarchal and capitalist violence. But it is not just to celebrate but to organize, resist, and win. Until the full liberation of proletarian women through the end of patriarchy and the end of capitalism we must continue to dare to struggle, and dare to win!

In celebrating under the name Gender Oppressed Workers Day, we recognize the need to continue developing an analysis to smash patriarchy. More specifically the ways in which patriarchal ideology exists to oppress the working class under capitalism and through cis-normative and binary ideas of gender. Our task as the Revolutionary Student Movement remains to uphold the struggles of historical revolutionary victories against patriarchy while fighting to end capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism.

“Gender Oppressed Workers Day” was adopted at the 6th MER-RSM Pan-Canadian Congress in an effort to challenge cis-normative narratives and put forward an analysis on the root of patriarchy. At the Congress and since then there has been line struggle within the organization. Moreover, we have received criticism from Comrades both in Canada and internationally over the decision. As the leading body of the MER-RSM, the Coordinating Committee is happy to receive these criticisms. Instead of retreating to dogmatism, we recognize the need to take them seriously and sharpen our work in the coming years, as we continue to celebrate and resist every March 8th, be it under Gender Oppressed Worker’s Day or International Working Women’s Day.

In order to give this struggle a means to resolve itself, the Coordinating Committee has voted to re-initiate the debate in the MER-RSM on the purpose of the name change and the name change itself. We hold that the organization was in error to change the name performatively without having struggled to develop an elaborated political line on patriarchy and celebrating resistance to patriarchy. While we are mandated to uphold the decisions of the Congress, the Coordinating Committee will be initiating an internal struggle on this question before the next MER-RSM Pan-Canadian Congress in 2019 to rectify this issue. We will be distributing more detailed criticisms of the resolution to all sections in the coming weeks and will ask all sections to adopt positions on this question, in order to push this struggle forward.

Whatever the result of the line struggle is, our core political commitment to proletarian feminism will not change. The name Gender Oppressed Worker’s Day acknowledges that it is not only the working-class cis-women who are oppressed by patriarchy, but that patriarchal ideology reinforces a binary and biological essentialist ideas of gender, neither of which reflect material reality. In rejecting these patriarchal ideas, the MER-RSM upholds proletarian feminism. We remain opposed to liberal and/or bourgeois feminism that erases class analysis and views gender identity through homogeneous categories and says the plight of the working mother and the trans-woman line worker can be solved in the same way as the “feminist” CEO who gladly exploits workers in Canada and abroad. The solution for proletarians will always be revolution. Without the end of capitalism the exploited masses of workers who are disproportionately women (trans and cis), trans-men, and gender non-conforming will continue to suffer.

Historical significance

March 8th is a day of celebration of the historical and ongoing revolutionary efforts in fighting patriarchal oppression under capitalism and is commonly celebrated by socialist movements. Its acknowledgment around the globe began with historically communist countries. The historical significance of March 8 can be traced back to 1911 when International Working Women’s Day was adopted by a congress of revolutionary women from across the world. In turn it was chosen to commemorate the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union and the mass action of garment workers for a 10-hour work day and other better wage conditions on March 8, 1857. Perhaps the most famous and significant mobilization took place in 1917 Petrograd, Russia, when women textile workers have started a strike as a mass protest against the war, to the Czarist rationing system on flour and bread and the monarchy. The strike paralyzed the city and sparked the February Revolution which abolished to monarchy only 7 days after the strike. This strike sharpened the class struggle in the former Russian Empire and eventually paved the way for the first successful socialist revolution to take place – the Great October Revolution.

Local actions for Proletarian Feminism

Following the footsteps of our comrades from a history of mass-orientated action, we remember the revolutionary theoretical developments of feminism initiated by Anuradha Ghandy, a Maoist from India, who first put forward a theoretical base to proletarian feminism and Comrade Pavarti from Nepal who organized the women of the country to combat feudalism, capitalism and patriarchy within their own party. Locally in Canada, RSM sections have been actively organizing and pushing forward lines on proletarian feminism.

In Winnipeg, the RSM sections have occupied tables used by anti-abortion groups to stop them from spreading their hateful and fascist propaganda, disrupted on-campus anti-abortion presentations, and more recently held a workshop on “Proletarian Feminism: Combatting Anti-Choice Groups in Winnipeg”.

In Hamilton, RSM comrades organized a large disruption at Jordan Peterson’s talk (a known fascist and transphobe) and comrades in other cities have joined to protest and shut down his events.

In Peterborough the development of the Revolutionary Sexuality and Gender Education Initiative, and a March 8th rally and social last year were part of the work done to forward proletarian feminist politics, in addition to shutting down anti-abortion protestors.

In Ottawa and Toronto our comrades have organized actions to shut down the so-called anti-feminist “men’s rights activist” organizing throughout the last several years, effectively pushing them out of some campuses.

And in Charlottetown, the RSM has been a leading force in successfully organizing the mass movement to allow abortion access in PEI in 2016-17. All of our comrades study proletarian feminist works as part of our organizing and actively support local actions aimed at combating patriarchy.

We congratulate the efforts of RSM sections in upholding proletarian feminism and organizing against class-based patriarchy and fascism on campuses. We hope that the fight and growth of the revolutionary movement continues until the working class is liberated from their chains!

In Struggle for a Proletarian Feminist Line!
In Struggle against capitalism and patriarchy!

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

 

Readings and sources

Philosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement – Anuradha Ghandy
https://rsmtoronto.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/brave-new-world-philosophical-trends-in-the-feminist-movement-by-avanti.pdf

International Working Women’s Day: a day of class struggle
http://koleksyon-inip.org/international-working-womens-day-a-day-of-class-struggle/

Video of RSM Hamilton disrupting fascist and transphobe Jordan Peterson talk
https://www.facebook.com/RSMHamilton/videos/473619419636861/

Militancy Not Masculinity – Proletarian Youth Organization

What the MER-RSM Has Done in 2017

What the MER-RSM Has Done in 2017

This year has been full of major events for the MER-RSM and for the revolutionary movement in Canada. We have held our 6th Pan-Canadian Congress in February, where delegates from 14 sections across the country came together to decide on the course of our organization and share organizing experience. The Congress has elected an almost entirely new Pan-Canadian Coordinating Committee to guide the work of our organization and serves as a good indication of the growth and qualitative improvement that we are experiencing.

As the Canadian state was celebrating 150 years since its founding, many anti-colonial movements and organizers have shown their opposition to this blatant celebration of settler colonialism, capitalism and imperialism. The MER-RSM has joined the FuckThe150th campaign initiated by the Revolutionary Communist Party to protest these celebrations on the ground and to counter the messages spread by the Canadian state on social media.

More MER-RSM sections than ever before have joined in the International Workers’ Day (or May Day) events across the country by taking part and organizing marches, public talks and social events. We have also taken part in celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Great October Revolution, a very important historic event to commemorate and learn from.

This year has also been marked by the rise of the extreme right organizations, which have been trying to take to the streets in a series of coordinated, country-wide efforts. Most of these attempts have been shut down or constrained to tiny perimeter by anti-racist and anti-fascist organizers that have been coming out to oppose them. Members of the MER-RSM have joined the efforts to stop the extreme right from taking root on campuses and anywhere they try to rear their ugly head.

It has never been a secret that the state and its running dogs – the police, try to suppress any radical organizing that challenges it and aims to change the society. As the quality of work of revolutionary organizations across the country has been on the rise, police repression followed. This has been particularly evident in Sudbury, Quebec City, and Ottawa. Despite that, we are committed to continuing to build solidarity against state repression and against the rising threat of fascism.

Many new comrades have joined our organization this year, with several new sections being created: Brandon (Manitoba), Guelph (Ontario), Waterloo (Ontario), Windsor (Ontario). Other sections have seen growth of membership and the scope of work. Regrettably, we have seen the departure of the Montreal section of the MER-RSM due to serious political disagreements. However, we have restarted our organizing in Montreal, namely at Concordia university, and we expect to expand our organizing there in the coming year.

We have big plans in the coming year! We are going to distribute our first-ever publication, Classmates, in January. Comrades in Ottawa, Hamilton, Peterborough, Saskatoon, Toronto and Winnipeg are going to be engaged in campaigns to create or improve General Assemblies on their campuses, which will become a platform where political struggles get brought out in the open and a tool to exert direct democratic control over student unions. As the experience of campuses with functional General Assemblies demonstrates, it is one of the best tools for advancing radical politics; building the culture of resistance to capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, patriarchy and other reactionary systems of oppression; and challenging the bourgeois notion of representative democracy, where the small minority detached from the needs of the majority holds most of the decision-making power. Lastly, we will hold Regional Conferences where comrades will come together to meet each other, share organizing experience, and come up with ideas and proposals for the time between then and the 2019 Pan-Canadian Congress.

We are the largest and the most active anti-capitalist student movement in Canada. We remain committed to organizing in struggle against capitalism, colonialism, racism, patriarchy, ableism and other forms of oppression both on and off campuses.

Now is a good time to join our movement!

Get in touch with us: info@mer-rsm.ca

https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionaryStudentMovement/

 

Dare to struggle, dare to win!

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

Solidarité avec les antifascistes de Québec  – (Solidarity with the Quebec City Anti-Fascists)

Solidarité avec les antifascistes de Québec – (Solidarity with the Quebec City Anti-Fascists)

 

[English follows below French]

Le Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire (MER-RSM) félicite les courageux efforts de tout.es ceux/celle qui étaient présent.es le 25 Novembre pour contrer le rassemblement fasciste qui a eu lieu à Québec. Touefois nous sommes furieux d’entendre qu’une fois encore la police a protégé les fascistes, en mettant en arrestation 44 anti-fascistes et en retenant des charges contre 4. Ça ne devrait surprendre personne. Les poulets n’ont jamais été les amis du peuple, puisque leur fonction première est de réprimer violemment toute opposition à cet État capitaliste, colonial et impérialiste qu’est le Canada. Seulement le mois dernier, nous avons appris le meurtre vicieux de David Tshiteya Kalubi, pendant qu’il était en garde à vue, ceci n’est qu’une continuation de la chaîne de la brutalité rasciste que la police inflige constamment aux personnes autochtones et racisées.

Quatre groupes fascistes étaient présent à la manifestation: La Meute, Storm Alliance, les III%ers et Atalante Québec. Plusieurs de ces fascistes étaient ouvertement armés. Malgré tout, la police a choisi d’attaquer les anti-racistes et anticapitalistes qui étaient venu.es déterminé.es à défendre les intérêts du peuple. Les forces policières affirment avoir une bonne relation avec les fascistes, mais quelle bonne relation de travail que ceux-ci entretiennent! Nous condamnons la police, les fascistes et l’État canadien qui prétend être au service du progrès et de la justice sociale, tout en permettant à la violence racistes, coloniale et patriarcale d’être nettement ressentie à tous les jours par les gens de la classe ouvrière.

En face de cette alliance méprisable, nous sommes fières de voir que des camarades du MER – Québec étaient parmi les forces qui ont menées la confrontation contre les fascistes. Illes ont démontré un excellent exemple de pourquoi nous ne pouvons pas faire confiance à l’État et à la police pour contrer les fascistes. À la place, nous devons nous organiser, souder des liens de solidarité et résister de par nos propres moyens! À cause de leur bon travail, quelqu-un.es de nos camarades sont parmi ceux et celles qui ont été la cibles de la répression policière. Nous ferons tout ce qui est dans notre possible pour les appuyer et pour s’assurer qu’aucun.e camarade n’est laissé.e derrière.

Les événements du 25 novembre nous indiquent que le choix est clair: soit nous ne faisons rien et permettons ainsi au fascistes de s’en prendre aux personnes les plus vulnérables, ou bien nous nous opposons à eux et les écrasons ici et maintenant! Nous ne devons jamais oublier que le fascisme est une facette du capitalisme. Notre combat ne sera jamais terminé tant que cet État capitaliste pourri et colonial, qu’est le Canada -y compris la province du Québec, la police et les groupes racistes et fascistes- ne seront détruits.

Nous tenons aussi à remercier les camarades qui ont démontré.es une solidarité exemplaire avec les personnes arrêtés, entre autre en allant chercher des personnes au poste de police et en gardant le contact avec l’avocat. Nous saluons également l’excellent travail du CO25 et de tous les groupes et individus ayant participé à l’organisation du rassemblement, qui a été un succès malgré tout.
Solidarité avec le MER Québec et avec toutes les personnes courageuses qui se tiennent debout pour s’opposer aux fascistes et à la violence étatique! 

En Lutte,

Le Comité de Coordination du Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire/Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM)

 

 

 

 

The Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM) commends the courageous efforts of all those who turned up on November 25th to counter the combined fascist gathering in Quebec City. However, we are enraged to hear that once again the police protected the fascists, arresting 44 anti-fascists and charging 4. This should come as no surprise to anyone. The pigs have never been a friend to the people, violently protecting the capitalist, settler-colonial and imperialist state from any opposition is their primary function. Only last month we have learned of the vicious murder of David Tshiteya Kalubi of Montreal while in police custody, a continuation in the chain of racist brutality that the police constantly unleashes on Indigenous and other racialized people.

4 fascist groups were present at the gathering: La Meute, Storm Alliance, the III%ers and Atalante Québec. Many of these fascists came openly armed. Yet the police chose to attack the anti-racists and anti-capitalists who arrived committed to defending the people. Police forces report good relations with the fascists, what a good working relationship they have! We condemn the police, the fascists, and the Canadian state that pay lip service to progress while enabling and enacting racist, colonial, and patriarchal violence sharply felt every day by working class people.

In the face of this despicable alliance we are proud to see that comrades from the RSM – Quebec were among the leading forces that confronted the fascists. They show an admirable example to all of us that we cannot trust the state and the police to stop fascists. Instead, we must organize, build solidarity and resist with our own hands! Because of their good work, several of our comrades are among those who have been targeted by the police. We will do all we can to support them and ensure no comrade is left behind.

This past Friday reminds us that the choice is clear: either we do nothing and allow fascists to target our friends and neighbors, or we resist and stamp them out here and now! We must never forget that fascism is only one of the faces of capitalism. Our fight will never be over until this rotten capitalist, settler-colonial state of Canada – including the Province of Quebec, the police and the racist and fascist groups – are destroyed. In rage and solidarity we celebrate the work of dedicated anti-fascists in Quebec. We will learn from the good work they do and will resist fascism wherever it arises.

We thank the comrades that have shown an exemplary solidarity with the people that were arrested by getting the arrested comrades to the police station and by keeping contact with the lawyers, among other things. We want to salute the excellent work of the CO25 and of all the groups and individuals that took part in the making of the rally, which was a success despite everything.
Solidarity with RSM Quebec City and all the courageous people who stand up to oppose fascist and state violence!

In Struggle,
Coordinating Committee of the Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire/Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM)

 

 

 

 

 

Continue the Legacy of the October Revolution! Join the Movement to Build the Revolution in Canada! / Poursuivons sur la lignée de la Révolution d’octobre! Joignez-vous au mouvement qui construit la révolution au Canada!

Continue the Legacy of the October Revolution! Join the Movement to Build the Revolution in Canada! / Poursuivons sur la lignée de la Révolution d’octobre! Joignez-vous au mouvement qui construit la révolution au Canada!

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A hundred years ago today, a new stage of struggle against oppression was achieved in the Russian Republic, which became the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a result. Workers and peasants organized by the Bolshevik communist party led a courageous attack on the old order of the Russian Tsar and the new bourgeois state that refused to fully break with it, successfully overthrowing both. Never before had a socialist revolution successfully destroyed the old order, while lasting long enough to go down the socialist road.

The October Revolution has proved that it is possible for the oppressed to throw off their chains and build a society not rooted in capitalist exploitation. The revolution brought significant progress in worker’s rights struggles, national liberation, women’s liberation, and many other struggles. Achievements of the revolution improved the lives of people within the USSR and across the world, inspiring and supporting revolutionary movements everywhere, some of which continue the struggle today. This process was neither smooth nor perfect, though it is unfair to expect it to have been. Many mistakes were made, but through this lessons were learned by revolutionary movements worldwide, in order to constantly keep improving our practice.

Just as it is important to understand that the masses are the only force that can make revolution, it is also important to remember that the revolution needs to be defended constantly against external attacks and internal threats. Under socialism, capitalists and those with bourgeois ideas wage class struggle as relentlessly as ever. Capitalist states have viciously attacked every revolutionary society, from economic sanctions to various acts of sabotage, from military threats to an all-out war. Less than two decades after the October revolution, the USSR had to defend itself from Nazi invasion. The Red Army played the most significant part in defeating fascism in Europe, demonstrating the might and the commitment of communists in struggles against the darkest, most reactionary forces. Relics of the Cold War – such as anti-communist propaganda and repressive methods developed during that period – still negatively affect the organizing conditions of revolutionaries today.

Contrary to bourgeois propaganda, the legacy of October Revolution lives on. More and more people in Canada and across the world are coming to the conclusion that capitalism cannot offer a fair and sustainable future. More and more people worldwide are joining various organizations which work to make revolutionary changes a reality. Resistance to emerging fascist forces is rising and becoming more and more organized. Resistance to forces of imperialist exploitation is intensifying across the Third World.

In nearly every historical revolution, students have joined in, playing their part in supporting the revolutionary movement. The MER-RSM seeks to build a base of support for the revolutionary movement among the students in Canada and connect our organizing with the struggles against capitalism, colonialism, racism, patriarchy, ableism and other forms of oppression both on and off campus. We do not believe in taking a reformist road. We do not support capitalist political parties and non-governmental organizations that pay lip-service to social justice, while upholding the existing power structures at the end of the day. We support working class organizing and the building of people’s power for a revolution. These are the principles which have led to us becoming the largest left-wing student organization in the country, and now is the time to join us and build the revolutionary movement together!

This centenary is an occasion to celebrate the achievements that workers, oppressed nations, gender-oppressed people and many other groups have made in the struggle against all forms of oppression. But it is also a reminder that it is up to us to make revolution wherever we are, using the tools that October Revolution has given the world.

Dare to struggle, dare to win!

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

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Il y a cent ans, aujourd’hui, un nouveau stade de la lutte contre l’oppression a été franchi en République de Russie, qui est devenue l’Union des Républiques Socialistes Soviétiques. Les travailleur(euse)s et paysan(ne)s, organisées par le Parti Communiste Bolchévik, menèrent une attaque courageuse contre l’ordre ancien du Tsar russe et le nouvel État bourgeois qui refusait de rompre avec ce vieux système, les renversants tous les deux. Aucune révolution socialiste, avant celle-ci, n’était parvenue à détruire l’ancien ordre tout en survivant assez longtemps pour effectuer l’expérience du socialisme.

La Révolution d’octobre prouve qu’il est possible pour les personnes opprimées de se libérer de leurs chaînes et de construire une société qui n’est pas basée sur l’exploitation capitaliste. La révolution amorçait un progrès important dans les luttes pour les droits des travailleurs, de libération nationales, de libération des femmes, et plusieurs autres. Les réalisations engendrées par la révolution ont amélioré la vie des personnes en URSS, et à travers le monde, tout en motivant et en appuyant les mouvements révolutionnaires dans le monde entier, dont certains qui poursuivent la lutte jusqu’à aujourd’hui.  Ce processus ne fut pas sans fautes; plusieurs erreurs ayant été commises. Mais c’est face à ces défis que des mouvements révolutionnaires du monde entier ont appris des leçons afin de toujours améliorer nos pratiques.

Il est important de comprendre que les masses représentent la seule force capable de révolution, et tout aussi important de comprendre que la révolution doit perpétuellement être défendue contre les attaques externes et internes. Sous le socialisme, les capitalistes, et ceux qui s’alignent avec les bourgeois, mènent une guerre de classe plus incessante que jamais. Les États capitalistes ont toujours brutalement attaqué toutes les sociétés révolutionnaires,  que ce soit à travers des sanctions économiques ou divers actes de sabotage, des menaces militaires ou carrément des guerres. Moins de deux décennies après la Révolution d’octobre, l’URSS a dû se défendre contre l’invasion nazie. L’Armée rouge a joué le plus grand rôle dans la défaite du fascisme en Europe, démontrant la force et la détermination des communistes combattants contre les forces les plus sombres et réactionnaires. Les reliques de la guerre froide – par exemple, la propagande anti-communiste et les méthodes répressives développées à cette époque– ont toujours un impact négatif sur les conditions d’organisation des révolutionnaires contemporains.

Malgré la propagande bourgeoise, l’héritage de la Révolution d’octobre demeure vivant. De plus en plus de personnes au Canada et à travers le monde viennent à conclure que le capitalisme n’offre pas un futur juste et viable. De plus en plus de personnes à travers le monde rejoignent diverses organisations qui luttent afin de réaliser des changements révolutionnaires. La résistance face aux forces fascistes émergentes est en hausse et devient mieux organisée. La résistance face à l’exploitation des forces impérialistes s’intensifie à travers les pays exploités.

Dans presque toutes les révolutions historiques, les étudiant(e)s se sont joint à la lutte, et ont fourni un appui aux mouvements révolutionnaires. Le MER-RSM cherche è construire une base de soutien pour le mouvement révolutionnaire parmi les étudiant(e)s au Canada et à joindre notre organisation aux luttes contre le capitalisme, le colonialisme, le racisme, le patriarcat, le capacitisme, et toute autre forme d’oppression sur et hors campus. Nous ne croyons pas au réformisme. Nous ne soutenons pas les partis politiques capitalistes et les organisations non-gouvernementales qui lancent de belles paroles en l’air, tout en maintenant la structure de pouvoir actuelle.  Nous soutenons l’organisation de la classe ouvrière et l’édification du pouvoir du peuple au profit de la révolution. Ce sont là les principes nous ayant permis de devenir la plus grande organisation étudiante de gauche au pays, et il est plus que jamais le temps de nous rejoindre pour bâtir un mouvement étudiant révolutionnaire ensemble!

Ce centenaire est une occasion de célébrer les réussites des travailleu(ses)rs, des personnes de nations-opprimées, des personnes opprimées par le genre, et ceux des nombreux autres groupes ayant contribué à la lutte contre toutes formes d’oppressions. Il sert aussi de rappel qu’il n’en tient qu’à nous de faire la révolution où que nous soyons, usant des outils que la révolution d’Octobre nous a légué.

Osons lutter, osons vaincre!

Comité de coordination du MER-RSM

Students for Ontario College Faculty Campaign Launch

Students for Ontario College Faculty Campaign Launch

The Revolutionary Student Movement stands in full solidarity with the striking college faculty workers in Ontario. The strike began on October 16th, after the demands of the faculty have been rejected several times by College Employer Council, an organization responsible for negotiating collective agreements with unionized staff at the 24 Ontario colleges. We are launching a campaign “Students for Ontario College Faculty” with the goal of mobilizing students across the province to show solidarity with the striking faculty workers.

We support the demands made by the faculty and advanced by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), the union representing over 12,000 college faculty members across Ontario. These are:

  • A 50:50 ratio of full-time to contract faculty, which currently sits at over 70% contract faculty;
  • Increased job security for partial-load faculty, who currently work on one-semester contracts; and
  • Academic freedom to give faculty a stronger voice in academic decision-making.

We see these demands as fully justified and fighting for them will benefit not only the faculty but the students as well. Winning this battle will improve the quality of our education and the working conditions of our teachers and other faculty workers. We call on all students to mobilize in support of these demands, as well as an additional demand we will be pushing for:

  • A refund of tuition fees for the period of the strike to all students.

College administrations across the province have been trying to misrepresent this labour dispute as the fault of the faculty workers, but the opposite is true. It is administrations that have been cutting full-time teaching position and making working conditions harder and harder for faculty, while increasing tuition costs for students and increasing their own salaries. Algonquin and Mohawk college presidents are trying to increase their salaries more than 50% this year, while other college presidents attempt to get a pay increase of around 40%. Median college president salary in Ontario is already at $288,505, with the highest salary at $403,911.

It is clear that college administrations have no interest in making the education more accessible for students, or improving its quality. It is college administrations that treat our education as a business, reaping huge profits at the expense of students and staff. This cannot continue unopposed, students and faculty have the interest to improve the education process and we need to support each other in this struggle if we want to win.

Check our campaign page Students for Ontario College Faculty on Facebook for strike updates and information on how you can get involved! You can email us at info@mer-rsm.ca

Dare to struggle, dare to win!

#Students4Faculty

Get involved with the Revolutionary Student Movement! / Impliquez-vous dans le movement étudiant révolutionnaire

Get involved with the Revolutionary Student Movement! / Impliquez-vous dans le movement étudiant révolutionnaire

 

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As we return to school across Canada we are all faced with a grim sight. Everywhere we see the perpetuation of racism and colonialism by a capitalist state interested in maintaining the status quo. Our task is to fight back, because it is right to rebel. This is just what the Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM) intends to continue doing!

Launched in 2012, RSM is the largest and fastest growing anti-capitalist student organization spanning across Canada. With the recent resurgence of interest in revolutionary politics, the RSM has come to engage with a range of theory to guide our movement. Struggles against capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy, racism, and ableism come together with communist principles to lead a movement that is revolutionary, not reformist, and isn’t afraid to break the mould.

The RSM recognizes that if we ever truly want to end the systems of exploitation and oppression, such as capitalism or racism, we must break with outdated ideas of activism that have been proven not to work. We do not aim to work with the electoral parties which serve the capitalist class, or to become a training ground for the next round of parliamentarians. Rather, we engage with working class youth and students, those who face the hardships of surmounting debt and workloads, and mobilize our class to be a militant and combative force.

Within just the past year, RSM sections have mobilized around campaigns such as “Fuck the 150th”, which aimed to highlight the devastating history and current policies of Canada’s capitalism, settler-colonialism and imperialism. We mobilized for free anti-colonial education, both in fighting for tools like GAs and more militant actions such as protests, traffic disruptions and occupations.

We have also continually been at the forefront of mobilizations against Fascism. From Vancouver, to Quebec City, to Hamilton, we have seen the rise of white supremacy and fascist organizing, and have continually been there to shut it down.

Similarly, we have combated “men’s rights activists” who often use the same “free speech” rhetoric to defend their oppressive attacks against women and other gender oppressed people. From combating anti-choice activists in PEI and Ottawa, to shutting down the transphobe Jordan Peterson in Hamilton, our theories of proletarian feminism are put into action.

With newfound militancy and breaking from old moulds, RSM sections have not strayed from successful revolutionary tactics. RSM sections have supported various striking workers, from faculty in Manitoba, to cafeteria workers at York.

Going forward, the RSM will push for student strikes, to end tuition and financial barriers which serve as barriers to the working class, and as a general tool which can serve class struggle. We aim to mobilize student strikes in areas of Canada where they have been unheard of. The drive for strikes on our campuses won’t come from handfuls of student bureaucrats. We will not aim to lobby those student organizations which have become little more than student-managers. We can only do this by mobilizing students, and putting campus power into student hands.

We must unite with all students interested in ending oppression and exploitation. We must unite to put control of our society and education into the hands of the working class. We must unite to fight the ongoing processes of colonialism, and support full self-determination for all Indigenous nations. We must unite for the liberation of all oppressed genders.

Contact us to join the struggle, and to help us build revolution!

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

info@mer-rsm.ca

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Comme le retour à l’école s’effectue à travers le Canada, nous sommes tous confrontés à une dure réalisation. Partout, l’État bourgeois, qui n’est intéressé qu’à maintenir le statu quo, perpétue le racisme et le colonialisme. Notre tâche est de lutter contre ces injustices, il est juste de se rebeller. C’est justement ce que le mouvement étudiant révolutionnaire (MER-RSM) a l’intention de continuer de faire!

Lancé en 2012, le MER est l’organisation étudiante anticapitaliste la plus importante et à la croissance la plus rapide au Canada. Avec la récente rémergence de l’intérêt pour la politique révolutionnaire, le MER est guidé par toute une gamme de théories. Les luttes contre le capitalisme, le colonialisme, le patriarcat, le racisme et le capacitisme se conjuguent avec les principes communistes pour diriger un mouvement révolutionnaire, non réformiste, et qui n’a pas peur de briser le moule.

Le MER reconnaît que si nous désirons réellement mettre fin aux systèmes d’exploitation et d’oppression, comme le capitalisme ou le racisme, nous devons rompre avec les conceptions obsolètes d’activisme qui ont fait preuve de leur inefficacité. Nous ne désirons pas travailler avec les partis électoraux qui ne font que servir la classe capitaliste, ou devenir un terrain de pratique pour la prochaine génération de politicien.nes. Plutôt, nous nous engageons avec les jeunes et les étudiant.es de la classe ouvrière, ceux et celles qui font face aux difficultés de surmonter la dette et le salariat, et à mobiliser notre classe pour être une force militante et combative.

Au cours de l’année écoulée, les sections du MER se sont mobilisées autour de campagnes telles que “Fuck le 150e”, qui visaient à mettre en évidence l’histoire dévastatrice et les politiques actuelles du capitalisme, du colonialisme et de l’impérialisme au Canada. Nous nous sommes mobilisés pour une éducation anticolonial et gratuite, à la fois en luttant pour des outils comme les AG, et avec des actions plus militantes telles que les manifestations, les perturbations du trafic et les occupations.

De plus, nous avons été continuellement à l’avant-garde des mobilisations contre le fascisme. De Vancouver, à Hamilton, jusqu’à Québec nous avons été témoins de la montée de la suprématie blanche et des organisations fascistes, et nous avons continuellement lutté contre celles-ci.

De même, nous avons combattu les « masculinistes » qui utilisent souvent la même rhétorique de «liberté d’expression» pour défendre leurs attaques oppressives contre les femmes et les personnes de genres opprimés. De la lutte contre les activistes anti-choix à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et à Ottawa, à nos actions pour taire le transphobe Jordan Peterson à Hamilton, nos théories du féminisme prolétarien sont mises en action.

Avec le nouveau militantisme et la rupture d’avec les vieux moules, les sections du MER ne se sont pas éloignées des bonnes tactiques révolutionnaires. Certaines sections du MER ont supporté les grèves de faculté au Manitoba et des travailleurs et travailleuses de la cafétéria à York.

En allant de l’avant, le MER poussera pour des grèves des étudiants, pour mettre fin aux frais de scolarité et aux barrières financières qui servent d’obstacles à la classe ouvrière et en tant qu’outil pouvant servir à la lutte des classes. Nous visons à mobiliser des grèves étudiantes dans les régions du Canada où celles-ci n’ont jamais été vues. La volonté de faire la grève sur nos campus ne viendra pas d’une poignée de bureaucrates étudiants. Nous ne voulons pas lobbyer ces organisations étudiantes qui sont devenues des étudiants-gestionnaires. Donc pour ce faire les grèves étudiantes ne se feront qu’en mobilisant les étudiant.es, et en remettant le pouvoir du campus dans les mains des étudiant.es.

Nous devons nous unir à tous les étudiant.es intéressé.es à mettre fin à l’oppression et à l’exploitation. Nous devons nous unir pour mettre le contrôle de notre société et de notre éducation entre les mains de la classe ouvrière. Nous devons nous unir pour lutter contre les processus en cours du colonialisme et soutenir l’autodétermination pour tous les peuples autochtones. Nous devons nous unir pour la libération de tous les genres opprimés.

Contactez-nous pour rejoindre la lutte et pour nous aider à construire la révolution!

Comité de Coordination du MER-RSM

info@mer-rsm.ca

On the Expulsion of a Carleton RSM Member / Sur l’expulsion d’un membre du MER Carleton

On the Expulsion of a Carleton RSM Member / Sur l’expulsion d’un membre du MER Carleton

Content warning: This statement includes recent events of sexual violence towards gender oppressed people

 

 

On the Expulsion of a Carleton RSM Member

 

On July 28, 2017, the Carleton Section of the MER-RSM voted unanimously to expel a member who had sexually harassed and assaulted another member of the organization. In order to protect the survivor and at their request, the name of the expelled member will not be mentioned here but organizations and individuals who may come into contact with the perpetrator will be notified. With the perpetrator’s expulsion, all Carleton RSM members have voted to break ties with the perpetrator, both personal and political. This decision extends to all members of the MER-RSM who are being notified about this.

 

The sexual assault case was initially brought up to Dimka, current chair of the Coordinating Committee (CoCo), in December 2016. Investigation began between Dimka and the perpetrator through private discussions. However, additional incidents of sexual harassment, predatory behavior, and assault became evident and proved that the perpetrator was all-together unable to self-criticize, unable to uphold proletarian feminism, and unable to uphold the mandate of the MER-RSM. Unfortunately, correct action was not taken until July 2017 when the case was brought up to the rest of the CoCo.

 

Although Dimka and Carleton leadership initially attempted to address the situation, the approach was ad hoc and subjective. It failed to engage the section and organizational leadership (the CoCo) in rectification and as a result both Dimka and the perpetrator’s actions were not held into account. It also failed to protect and inform new and existing members who were in contact with the perpetrator. Dimka has since self-criticized for his errors both to the CoCo and the Carleton section. To ensure this failure in protecting comrades and upholding MER-RSM’s political line is not repeated, he is undergoing a process of rectification. His task in rectification is to correct his understanding of sexual violence, consent, patriarchal behavior and the proper way of addressing sexual violence and predatory behavior within our organization. His rectification plan, along with a self-criticism will be made available to all members of the MER-RSM soon.

 

On behalf of the CoCo, we would also like to present a self-criticism of our handling of this incident by outlining what should have happened.

 

  • Presentation of the incident to the CoCo as soon as soon it was discovered in December with investigation and subsequent action.

  • Presentation of the case to a general meeting of the Carleton section, instead of exclusively presenting to the section’s leadership. This process would have made it possible to make the perpetrator accountable for his actions by the entire section.

  • Expulsion and then engagement in rectification outside of the organization in order to protect comrades and those we struggle with and for.

 

We take this failure seriously and will work to ensure no member of the coordinating committee will repeat Dimka’s errors. And in accordance with the MER-RSM’s 2017 Congress resolutions, the CoCo is working towards formalizing investigation and rectification processes through the Transformative Justice Committee.

 

We apologize to the survivor and to all members of the MER-RSM whose safety was put at risk because of the continued membership of the perpetrator so long after his actions were exposed. As a leadership body in the organization it is the duty of the CoCo to ensure that the actions of all members live up to our commitment to proletarian feminist politics. By failing to act accordingly we failed our gender oppressed comrades. It is our task to ensure that members are not subject to sexual violence and that support will always be there.

 

Solidarity,

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

 

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Avertissement: Ce texte aborde des actes de violence sexuelle envers des personnes opprimées par le genre

 

Sur l’expulsion d’un membre du MER Carleton

 

Le 28 juillet 2017, la chapitre Carleton du MER-RSM a voté à l’unanimité l’expulsion d’un membre qui a agressé et harcelé sexuellement un.e autre membre de l’organisation. Afin de protéger la survivant.e et à la demande de celle/celui-ci, le nom du membre expulsé ne sera pas mentionné ici, toutefois les organisations et les personnes qui pourraient entrer en contact avec l’agresseur en seront informées. En plus de l’expulsion de l’agresseur, tout.es les membres du MER-RSM Carleton ont voté de rompre tous liens avec celui-ci, à la fois personnel et politique. Cette décision s’étend à tout.es les membres du MER-RSM qui seront informé.es de la situation.

 

Le cas d’agression sexuelle fut initialement rapporté à Dimka, le président actuel du Comité de coordination (CoCo) en décembre 2016. Une enquête a a été mise sur pied entre Dimka et l’agresseur par conversation privée. Cependant, des incidents supplémentaires de harcèlement sexuel, de comportements prédateur et d’agression ont eu lieu et ont prouvé que l’agresseur n’est pas capable de s’auto-critiquer, incapable de défendre le féminisme prolétarien et incapable de respecter le mandat du MER-RSM. Malheureusement, la procédure appropriée n’a pas été faite avant juillet 2017 lorsque l’affaire a été portée au reste du CoCo.

 

Bien que Dimka et le leadership du MER Carleton aient d’abord tenté de résoudre la situation, l’approche était ad hoc et subjective. Celle-ci a échoué à intégrer le chapitre et le leadership organisationnel (le CoCo) dans la rectification et, par conséquent, les actions de Dimka et de l’agresseur n’ont pas été prises en compte. Celle-ci a également échoué à protéger et à informer les nouveaux/nouvelles membres ainsi que les membres existant.es qui ont été en contact avec l’agresseur. Dimka a depuis critiqué les erreurs qu’il a commises à la fois au CoCo et à la section Carleton. Pour éviter que cet échec de la protection des camarades et du maintien de la ligne politique de MER-RSM ne soit répété, Dimka a entreprit un processus de rectification. Sa tâche de rectification est de corriger sa compréhension de la violence sexuelle, du consentement, des comportements patriarcaux et de la manière appropriée de traiter la violence sexuelle et les comportements de prédation au sein de notre organisation. Son plan de rectification, ainsi qu’une auto-critique, seront bientôt mis à la disposition de tout.es les membres du MER-RSM.

 

Au nom du CoCo, nous aimerions également présenter une auto-critique de notre traitement de cet incident en décrivant ce qui aurait dû arriver :

 

  • Présentation de l’incident au CoCo aussitôt qu’il a été découvert en décembre avec une enquête et actions subséquentes.

  • Présentation de l’affaire à une rencontre du chapitre de Carleton, au lieu de le présenter exclusivement au leadership du chapitre. Ce processus aurait permis de rendre l’agresseur responsable de ses actions par l’ensemble du chapitre.

  • L’expulsion de l’agresseur et ensuite le commencement de sa rectification en-dehors de l’organisation afin de protéger les camarades et les personnes avec et pour qui nous luttons.

 

Nous prenons cet échec au sérieux et nous nous assurerons de faire en sorte qu’aucun.e membre du comité de coordination ne répète les erreurs de Dimka. Et conformément aux résolutions du Congrès 2017 du MER-RSM, le CoCo travaille à la formalisation des processus d’enquête et de rectification par le biais du Comité de la justice transformatrice.

 

Nous nous excusons auprès de la survivant.e et de tout.es les membres du MER-RSM dont la sécurité a été mise en danger en raison de la présence de l’agresseur dans notre organisation aussi longtemps après que ses actions aient été exposées. En tant que leadership de l’organisation, il incombe au CoCo de veiller à ce que les actions de tout.es les membres soient à la hauteur de notre engagement envers le féminisme prolétarien. En omettant d’agir en conséquence, nous avons failli à nos camarades de genres opprimés. Il est notre devoir de veiller à ce que tout.es membres ne soient pas sujet.tes à la violence sexuelle et que le soutien soit toujours là.

 

Solidarité,

Comité de Coordinaiton du MER-RSM

 

Fuck le 150e! Feu sur la prison des peuples! // Fuck the 150th! Burn down the Prison-House of Nations!

Fuck le 150e! Feu sur la prison des peuples! // Fuck the 150th! Burn down the Prison-House of Nations!

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Le MER-RSM se range derrière la campagne Fuckle150e qui a été lancée par le Parti Communiste Révolutionnaire du Canada. Dans un peu plus d’un mois, le Canada va célébrer les 150 ans de sa confédération. Alors que la bourgeoisie dilapide plus d’un demi-milliard de dollars dans les festivités, dans des babioles en plastique et dans des déploiements de nationalisme à faire vomir, c’est la vraie nature de l’État canadien qui refait surface. Né d’un génocide des nations autochtones, et maintenu à travers une série d’offensives impérialistes brutales dans des pays comme la Corée, l’Afghanistan, Haïti et le Honduras parmi tant d’autres, le Canada demeure autant le symbole de la misère, du génocide et du pillage qu’il l’était déjà il y a 150 ans. Alors que les célébrations du 150e culmineront le 1er juillet pour le jour du Canada, plusieurs sections du MER-RSM s’apprêtent à initier et à prendre part à une série de rassemblements anti-Canada à travers le pays pour freiner l’offensive de propagande hyper-nationaliste. Tandis que les étudiant.es prolétaires continuent de ressentir l’impact des mesures d’austérité à l’échelle du pays, étant forcé.es à cumuler des emplois mal-payés pour pouvoir finir leur éducation post-secondaire; tandis que des centaines d’écoles secondaires sont fermées à travers le pays, et tandis que les écoles sur les réserves continuent d’être sous-financées et de manquer de personnel, l’État canadien a réussi à trouver un surplus d’un demi-milliard pour les célébrations du 150e. C’est pour cette raison que le MER-RSM lance à l’unisson: Fuck le 150e!

-Comité de Coordination du Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire

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The MER-RSM endorses the Fuckthe150th campaign initiated by the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada. In just over a month, Canada will celebrate 150 years of confederacy. While the bourgeoisie pours over half a million dollars into celebrations, useless plastic novelties, and gross displays of nationalism, we’re reminded of the true nature of the Canadian state. Born out of the genocide of Indigenous nations, and maintained through a series of brutal imperialist ventures in countries like Korea, Afghanistan, Haiti, and Honduras among others, Canada is no-less a symbol of misery, genocide, and plunder today as it was 150 years ago. As 150 celebrations ramp up for Canada day on July 1st, several sections of the MER-RSM plan to initiate and participate in a series of anti-Canada rallies across the country to counter the onslaught of hyper-nationalist propaganda. As proletarian students across Canada continue to feel the effects of austerity, forced to work several low-paying jobs at a time just to get through post-secondary, as hundreds of high schools are closed down across the country, and as schools on reserves continue to be underfunded and understaffed, the Canadian state still manages to find a surplus of over half a billion dollars for Canada 150 celebrations. For this reason the MER-RSM unites to say: Fuck the 150th!

– Coordinating Committee of the Revolutionary Student Movement

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May Day 2017: Fight to Smash Capitalism, Imperialism and Colonialism! / 1er Mai 2017: Luttons pour Écraser le Capitalisme, l’Impérialisme et le Colonialisme!

May Day 2017: Fight to Smash Capitalism, Imperialism and Colonialism! / 1er Mai 2017: Luttons pour Écraser le Capitalisme, l’Impérialisme et le Colonialisme!

 

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Today, millions of people worldwide take to the streets to mark May Day – the International Workers Day. For more than 100 years, workers, students and communities fighting against oppression have marched on this day for revolution. We continue this tradition in Canada this year as well. In Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Quebec City, Sudbury, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon our members have been active in planning May Day actions and will be joining red contingents to take to the streets. In Peterborough, Vancouver, and Charlottetown there will be public talks and celebrations to engage the masses on the necessity of revolution.

Many gains were made by the workers and people fighting for liberation in the last 100 years, with the October Revolution of 1917 paving the way for movements that led to radical changes worldwide. However, today we still live in very challenging times. The forces of reaction and fascism are on the rise in Canada and across the globe, the imperialists are escalating their criminal warmongering efforts, and life becomes harder for the majority of working class people. We need to remember that we can only resist effectively and turn the tide in our favor through organizing in solidarity with the most oppressed groups, while advancing revolution as the goal.

We reaffirm our commitment to organize to end Capitalism, Imperialism, Settler-Colonialism and all forms of oppression by broadening the Canada-wide movement of youth and students, a movement that can fight and win. For over 150 years Canada has been built on the colonial exploitation of Indigenous peoples at home and by imperialism abroad. Furthermore, the building of the illegitimate state of Canada is just one part of the crimes of European colonialism that has lasted for over 500 years here on Turtle Island, and across the Western Hemisphere. As expensive and elaborate celebrations are already being held to mark 150 years of the existence of Canada, we in the MER-RSM hold that there can be no Indigenous liberation while there is still Canada. So today we mark May Day, International Workers Day, and we affirm yet again that it is right to rebel, and better to make revolution!

Red Salute,

MER-RSM Coordinating Committee

Aujourd’hui, des millions de personnes prennent la rue pour souligner le 1er mai, la journée internationale des travaileurs/euses. Pendant plus que 100 ans, les travailleurs/euses, les étudiant.es et et les communautés luttant contre le capitalisme ont manifesté pour la révolution en cette journée. Nous poursuivons cette tradition au Canada cette année comme toutes les autres. À Toronto, Ottawa, Québec, Sudbury, Winnipeg et Saskatoon nos membres ont pris activement part dans la planification du 1er Mai, et se joindront à un contingent rouge pour prendre la rue. à Peterborough, Vancouver et Charlottetown auront lieux des discussions publiques et des célébrations afin d’attirer l’attention des masses sur la nécessité de la révolution.

Au cours du siècle précédent plusieurs gains ont été réalisés par les travailleurs/euses et les personnes luttant pour la libération, la révolution d’Octobre de 1917 ouvrant la voie vers une multitude de mouvements qui ont apporté des changement radicaux à l’échelle mondiale. Toutefois, nous vivons encore dans des temps difficiles. Les forces réactionnaires et le fascisme reviennent en force au Canada et à travers le monde, les impérialistes intensifient leurs efforts de guerre, et la vie devient de plus en plus ardue pour la majorité de la classe ouvrière. Cependant, il faut se rappeler que nous ne pouvons résister efficacement et tourner la vague en notre faveur qu’en s’organisant en solidarité avec les groupes les plus opprimés, tout en mettant la révolution de l’avant comme notre but final.

Nous réaffirmons notre engagement de mettre fin au capitalisme, à l’impérialisme, au colonialisme et à toutes autres formes d’oppression, en élargissant le mouvement étudiant et de la jeunesse, un mouvement qui peut lutter et gagner. Pendant plus de 150 ans le Canada a été construit sur l’exploitation coloniale des peuples autochtones, ici, et ailleurs par l’impérialisme. La construction de l’État illégitime canadien n’est seulement qu’une partie des crimes du colonialisme européen qui a perduré pendant plus de 500 ans sur l’Île de la Tortue, et à travers l’hémisphère occidental. Tandis que des célébrations dispendieuses et élaborées ont lieu pour marquer les 150 ans d’existence du Canada, nous soutenons qu’il ne peut y avoir de libération pour les peuples autochtones tant que le Canada existera. C’est pourquoi nous célébrons le 1er mai, la Journée Internationale des travailleurs/euses, et affirmons encore qu’il est juste de se rebeller, et mieux encore de faire la révolution!

Salut rouge,

Comité de Coordination du MER-RSM