Rapport du 6eme congrès du MER-RSM

Rapport du 6eme congrès du MER-RSM

Le MER-RSM a tenu son 6eme congrès pancanadien le 18-19 février. Des délégués de 14 sections à travers le pays sont venus à Ottawa afin de  décider quelle sera le cours que prendra l’organisation, partager de l’expérience organisationnelle et réaffirmer notre engagement à avancer la lutte de classe partout où l’on s’organise! De par la résolution du 5e congrès, de consolider et de bâtir des racines, la plupart de nos sections ont grandi, quelques-unes ayant doublé le nombre de leurs membres. Le MER-RSM demeure le plus grand mouvement étudiant au Canada et nous allons continuer de s’organiser pour s’étendre et de grandir dans les régions où des sections sont établies.
À l’issue congrès, nous avons établi des plans clairs pour avancer. Le but principal à court terme pour toutes les sections du MER-RSM au Canada anglais est de travailler à la création d’assemblées générales (AGs) sur les campus, afin de faire des corps étudiants la plus haute instance décisionnelle dans les organisations étudiantes tel que les syndicats, les associations et les fédérations. Plusieurs sections se sont déjà engagées dans des campagnes d’AG et planifient d’intensifier leur travail durant les semaines à venir. Le congrès a rendu explicite une autre raison de lutter pour les assemblées générales; la capacité de celles-ci de travailler vers une grève étudiante illimitée dans laquelle les politiques révolutionnaires seront la force dirigeante. Cette tâche concorde avec l’engagement du MER-RSM d’établir la révolution au Canada. Afin de faciliter la lutte des sections pour les AGs, le Comité de coordination (CoCo) du MER-RSM centralisera la propagande et l’analyse des campagnes réussites et de cela développera du nouveau matériel de propagande qui aidera à la propagation d’un leadership étudiant pour la démocratique directe à travers les assemblées générales.
Le congrès a aussi décidé de changer la façon dont était vue le Comité de justice transformative( CJT). Initialement fondée en 2014 au congrès de Québec, le comité a pris du temps à se matérialiser. Afin de rectifier ceci, le 6e congrès a défini un nouveau plan pour la création d’un CJT ad-hoc qui adressera les possibles plaintes contre les membres du MER-RSM ayant fait montre de comportements ou de violence patriarcale, transphobe, raciste, capacitiste, etc. Dans le mandat du CJT est inclus un processus d’investigation, de médiation et de rectification. Tout.es camarades intéressé.es à participer dans le CJT quand le besoin surgira sont encouragé.es à contacter le CoCo par le moyen de leur organisatrice/teur régional.e. En plus de ça, le CoCo créera une liste de ressources qui aideront le CJT dans son travail et rendront cette liste disponible au leadership de chaque section. N’importe quel.le membre du MER-RSM ou personne de sa périphérie qui a une plainte et souhaite que celle-ci soit étudiée par le CJT ou le CoCo a le droit de contacter leur organisatrice/teur régional.e et de voir leur plainte traitée aussi vite que possible. Nous prendrons toutes plaintes avec l’attention et la gravité qu’elles méritent. Par ce mécanisme le MER-RSM va réaliser son engagement de maintenir une forte culture inclusive des orientations et identités LGBTQ2SIAP+ ainsi qu’une culture féministe prolétarienne en paroles et en actions.

Pour faire progresser ces mêmes politiques à l’extérieur, nous appliquerons les deux résolutions suivantes. Le Congrès a ordonné que, dans la mesure du possible, les sections tiendront des événements ce 8 mars prochain sous la bannière de la Journée des travailleur.es de genres opprimés et de promouvoir une célébration du féminisme prolétarien et des personnes de genres opprimés révolutionnaire. De plus, le MER-RSM intensifiera son opposition, au cours des prochaines années, à l’Association canadienne pour l’égalité et à d’autres organisations masculinistes. Pour ce faire, le CoCo centralisera et produira des lignes directrices et de la propagande pour les campagnes et les actions contre ces réactionnaires.

D’autres décisions ont porté sur le renforcement de nos organisations locales et l’amélioration de notre matériel de propagande. Au cours de l’année à venir, le CoCo travaillera à organiser les cégeps et les collèges, ce qui élargira notre organisation dans ce site crucial de lutte au-delà de notre section unique actuelle au Collège Algonquin. De plus, le CoCo élaborera également des listes de lectures recommandées de base et avancées pour l’avancement idéologique des membres et rendra ces cours accessibles sur le site Web du MER-RSM.

En encourageant une culture révolutionnaire dans les écoles canadiennes, le CoCo a présenté le projet de la première publication du MER-RSM – «Camarades de classe». Après discussion et rétroaction, il a été décidé qu’elle sera publiée au moins une fois par an, le premier numéro étant prêt pour septembre 2017. Cela ajoutera du dynamisme à notre mouvement et permettra aux partisans et aux membres de contribuer activement à la perspective de l’organisation soit par l’art, l’analyse, ou la polémique.

Finalement, le 6e Congrès a exprimé sa solidarité avec les camarades du RSM Sudbury, qui sont confrontés à une forte répression policière. Le MER-RSM condamne sans équivoque les actions outrageuses de la Police de Sudbury et de la Police provinciale de l’Ontario et offre le soutien et l’aide qui sont dûment nécessaires pour que nos camarades de la région continuent à faire leur excellent travail. De plus, le MER-RSM exprime sa solidarité envers Igor Sadikov, un étudiant de McGill qui est confronté à un contrecoup important de la part de la Société étudiante de McGill et de l’administration de l’université pour avoir exprimé publiquement ses opinions antisionistes. Le MER-RSM soutient les luttes contre l’impérialisme et le colonialisme au Canada et à l’échelle internationale et défend donc sa critique du sionisme. Dans cette veine, nous affirmons également notre solidarité avec les organisations membres de la Ligue internationale des luttes populaires. A travers chacune de ces déclarations, le MER-RSM espère développer camaraderie et force en célébrant ceux et celles qui nous rejoignent dans la lutte contre l’impérialisme, le colonialisme et le capitalisme.

En tenant compte de la qualité et la croissance de l’organisation, notre Comité de coordination se compose principalement de camarades qui ne l’ont pas encore fait partie auparavant. De ce fait, certaines responsabilités seront réparties entre plusieurs personnes, afin d’assurer une transition stable. Les organisateur.es régionaux communiqueront bientôt avec leurs sections pour se présenter:

Président: Dimka Melnik (membre sortant)
Organisateur pour l’Ontario: Ken Kollontai
Organisatrice pour l’Ontario: Emma Calico
Organisateur pour le Québec et les Maritimes: Dimka Melnik & Juju Rmd
Organisatrice/teur pour les Prairies et la Colombie-Britannique: Yan Ni & Ian Desales
Agent à la propagande Anglaise: Cameron Mcalpine
Agent à la propagande française: Juju Rmd

Le MER-RSM a grandi et s’est considérablement développé depuis sa fondation. En dépit de nouveaux défis, nos luttes parmi les masses étudiantes ont fait de nous la plus grande organisation étudiante de gauche au Canada. De plus, nous avons commencé à jeter les bases pour développer, à travers le Canada anglais, un mouvement étudiant véritablement militant. Nous l’avons accompli sans tomber dans des stratégies réformistes, et affirmons qu’il est juste de se rebeller, et mieux encore de faire la révolution!

En solidarité,

Le Comité de Coordination du Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire – Mouvement Révolutionnaire des Etudiants (MER-RSM)

Report Back from the 6th Congress of the MER-RSM

Report Back from the 6th Congress of the MER-RSM

On February 18-19 the MER-RSM has held its 6th Pan-Canadian Congress. Delegates from 14 sections from across the country came to Ottawa to decide on the course of our organization, share organizing experience and reaffirm our commitment to pushing the class struggle forward wherever we organize! Realizing the resolution from the 5th Congress to consolidate and build roots, most of our sections have grown, with some doubling their membership numbers. The MER-RSM remains the largest anti-capitalist student movement in Canada, and we will keep organizing to expand our reach and grow in places where sections are established.

Coming out of this Congress, we have set out clear plans for moving forward. The main short term goal of all MER-RSM sections in English Canada is to work to create general assemblies (GAs) on campuses, in order to make students the highest decision making body in student organizations such as unions, associations and federations. Several sections are already engaged in GA campaigns and plan to intensify their work over the coming weeks. The Congress made explicit another reason to struggle for general assemblies, the ability to build towards an unlimited student strike, in which revolutionary politics will be the leading force. This task is in furthering the commitment of the MER-RSM to build towards a revolution in Canada. To help facilitate section’s struggle for GAs, the Coordinating Committee (CoCo) of the MER-RSM will centralize propaganda and analysis from successful campaigns, and from this develop new materials to aid in the spread of direct democratic student leadership through General Assembly.

The Congress also decided to change the way we view our Transformative Justice Committee (TJC). Initially called for at the 2014 Congress in Quebec City, the committee has been slow to materialize. To rectify this the 6th Congress set out a new plan for an ad-hoc TJC to address complaints against MER-RSM members that may have engaged in patriarchal, transphobic, racist, ableist, etc. behaviour or violence. The mandate of TJC includes a process of investigation, mediation and rectification. All comrades interested in acting for the TJC when the need arises are encouraged to get in touch with the CoCo via their Regional Organizer. In addition, the CoCo will create a list of resources to aid in the work of the TJC and make this list available to the leadership of every section. Any member of the MER-RSM or its periphery who has a complaint that they wish to be investigated by the TJC and CoCo has the right to contact their regional organizer or any Coordinating Committee member and to have that complaint dealt with as soon as possible. We will take all complaints with the attention and seriousness they deserve. Through this mechanism the MER-RSM will realize its commitment to maintaining internally a strong LGBTQ2SIAP+-inclusive, and proletarian feminist culture in both word and action

To advance these same politics externally we will implement the two following resolutions. The Congress directed that wherever possible sections to hold events this upcoming March 8th under the banner of Gender Oppressed Worker’s Day, and to promote a celebration of Proletarian Feminism and revolutionary gender oppressed people. In addition, the MER-RSM will intensify our opposition, in the coming years, to Canadian Association for Equality and other “Men’s Rights Activist” organizing. To guide this the CoCo will centralize and produce guidelines and propaganda for campaigns and actions against these reactionaries.

Other decisions focused on strengthening our organizing locally and further improving our propaganda materials. In the coming year CoCo will produce a plan for organizing at CEGEPs and Colleges, this will expand our organizing in this crucial site of struggle beyond the single section currently at Algonquin College. Also the CoCo will also develop recommended basics and advanced reading lists for the ideological advancement of members and will make these courses accessible on the MER-RSM website.

In fostering a culture of revolution in Canadian schools, the CoCo presented the draft of the first MER-RSM publication – “Classmates”. After discussion and feedback, it was decided that the publication will be released at least once a year, with the first issue being ready for September 2017. This will add a vibrancy to our movement and allow supporters and members to contribute actively to the perspective of the organization be it through art, analysis, or polemic.

Finally, the 6th Congress expressed solidarity with the comrades from RSM Sudbury, who are facing heavy police repression. The MER-RSM unequivocally condemns the outrageous actions of the Sudbury Police and Ontario Provincial Police and offers the support and assistance necessary for our comrades there to continue doing their great work. Further the MER-RSM extends our solidarity to Igor Sadikov, a student at McGill who faces major backlash from McGill’s Student Society and university’s administration for publicly expressing his anti-Zionist views. MER-RSM supports struggles against imperialism and colonialism in Canada and internationally and therefore stand in defence of his critique of Zionism. In this vein, we also affirm our solidarity with the member organizations of the International League of People’s Struggles. Through each of these declarations MER-RSM hopes to build comradery and strength by celebrating others who join us in the fight against imperialism, colonialism and capitalism.

Demonstrating the quality and growth of the organization, our Coordinating Committee now mainly consists of comrades who have not been on it previously. Due to this fact, some responsibilities are going to be shared between several people, in order to ensure a steady transition. Regional organizers will contact their sections shortly to introduce themselves:

Chairperson: Dimka Melnik (returning)
Ontario Organizer: Ken Kollontai
Ontario Organizer: Emma Calico
Quebec and Eastern Provinces Organizer: Dimka Melnik & Juju Rmd
Prairies and British Columbia Organizer: Yan Ni & Ian Desales
English Propaganda Officer: Cameron Mcalpine
French Propaganda Officer: Juju Rmd

Our struggles among the student masses have made us the largest left-wing student organization in Canada!

In Solidarity,
The Coordinating Committee of the Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire – Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM)

Sixth Pan-Canadian Conference Callout! [February 18th-19th]

Sixth Pan-Canadian Conference Callout! [February 18th-19th]

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We are back! 6th Revolutionary Student Movement Conference Callout

As many comrades, supporters and organizers of the MER-RSM are aware, we unexpectedly had to push back our 6th Revolutionary Student Movement Conference. But we are back and will be hosting our 6th Congress on February 18th-19th 2017 in Ottawa!

With invitees from coast to coast, this is shaping up to be another historic leap forward in building the revolutionary movement in Canada! We will witness and shape the transformation of the political landscape of the country and forge ahead toward revolution!

Interested comrades are encouraged to register for participation either with their local MER-RSM Section or by contacting the Coordinating Committee at info@mer-rsm.ca . We are currently soliciting proposals to guide our ideological, political and organizational work for debate at the Conference, and these should be submitted by February 12th 2016.

Assistance with accommodations and transportation are available, but given the difficulty with pushing back the conference our resources are limited. We will do our best to assist everyone despite our limited resources – No comrade left behind!

Nous sommes de retour! Appel pour la 6e Conférence du Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire

Comme de nombreux camarades, supports et organisateurs du MER-RSM ont connaissance, nous avons été contraint, de façon inattendue, de repousser notre 6e Conférence du Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire . Mais nous sommes de retour et nous organiserons notre 6e congrès du 18 au 19 Février 2017 à Ottawa!

Avec des invités d’un océan à l’autre, cela représente un autre bond en avant dans la construction du mouvement révolutionnaire au Canada! Nous allons assister et façonner la transformation du paysage politique dupays et avancer vers la révolution!

Les camarades intéressés sont encouragés à s’inscrire pour participer soit à leur section locale du MER-RSM, soit en contactant le Comité de coordination à info@mer-rsm.ca. Nous sommes actuellement en train de recueillir des propositions qui guideront notre travail idéologique, politique et organisationnel. Celles-ci seront débatues à la Conférence, et doivent, ainsi être soumises avant le 12 février 2016.

De l’aide pour l’hébergement et pour le transport est disponible, cependant compte tenu des difficultés rencontrés dû au reportnde la conférence, nos ressources sont limitées. Nous ferons de notre mieux pour aider tout le monde en dépit de cet inconvénient – Aucun camarade ne sera laissé derrière!

No Nazis on Campus! Fascist Propaganda found at McMaster University

No Nazis on Campus! Fascist Propaganda found at McMaster University

mcmaster-thumbnailOn Monday morning Neo-Nazi propaganda was discovered on McMaster’s Campus and in the Westdale neighbourhood calling for the preservation of ‘white culture’ and organization in support of white ‘self-interest’. This represents an attack on all marginalized students in the McMaster community. Fascists lie, propagandize, and distort the facts to support a twisted narrative of supremacy and racial purity and as such the Revolutionary Student Movement is categorically opposed to all alt-right organizations. The Revolutionary Student Movement is a militant and combative anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist student organization. We are definitively anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, LGBTQ2S*-inclusive and proletarian feminist. We will fight fascism wherever it shows itself. We will ensure that alt-right, white supremacist, and Nazi propaganda cannot be distributed at McMaster. We will not allow fascists to organize openly, and wherever they decide to come out into the open, they will be met with fierce resistance.

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Postponement of the 6th Pan-Canadian RSM Congress

Postponement of the 6th Pan-Canadian RSM Congress

Regretfully, the Revolutionary Student Movement’s 6th Pan-Canadian Congress will be postponed. The venue where we had planned to host the Congress backed out of our booking last moment, and all attempts to find another venue were unsuccessful. This cancellation happened due to the political nature of our organization, and while we cannot confirm it at this time – state repression may also be a factor.

 

As we were unable to find another venue on such short notice, the Congress will instead be held February 18-19, 2017. More details about the location will follow soon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our organizers, supporters, and any intended observers. Despite this setback we remain firm in our revolutionary resolve. We will keep on building the largest revolutionary, combative, militant, and anti-capitalist student movement in the country, and invite everyone to join us for the next Congress. We will make sure that it will be the best Congress to date!

 

Red Salute!

 

– The Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire: RSM Expands Westward!

A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire: RSM Expands Westward!

The Prairies are Rising Red

Within the last year of the work of the MER-RSM, perhaps the most promising development of our organization has been the affiliation of two anti-capitalist organizations in the prairies with our Pan-Canadian organization – the Socialist Student Association (SSA-RSM) at the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba Student Action Network (UMSAN-RSM). Through this, the MER-RSM has been capable of uniting revolutionary students across this previously untapped area of central Canada, creating a basis of experienced and already engaged organizers that can spread the militant student movement across Canada.

With the degradation of the economic conditions in the prairies for working class people, as unemployment increases; the intensity of the contradiction of settler-colonialism within this area of the country due to significant high populations of Indigenous peoples posed against resource extractive economies; and the intense attacks upon education across English-Canada, the situation is all too ripe that such a spark as the MER-RSM will undoubtedly start a fire across the Prairies. 

  • A Statement of the Pan-Canadian MER-RSM Coordinating Committee

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After the Day of Action: What Next?

After the Day of Action: What Next?

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The Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) is excited to see that so many students across the country participated in November 2nd Day of Action, demanding an end to an education system which is unaffordable and inaccessible to most working class people and people from marginalized communities. Seeing this mobilization is truly inspiring, especially since most students who participated did not have an academic amnesty and many had to skip classes in order to demonstrate that they want these changes to be made now. Members of the RSM across the country have joined the actions in their cities with enthusiasm and have been involved in organizing in support of this initiative – we took part in marches and demonstrations, handed out leaflets outlining our position, promoted today’s events, and organized walk-outs.

However, despite today’s Day of Action being a success in mobilizing a large number of students across the country, we maintain our critiques of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). We maintain that it is an ossified, anti-democratic, bureaucratic, and reformist organization that serves as a barrier to the creation of a combative student movement in English Canada. The CFS did not call for a day of action out of a genuine desire to launch a truly mass-based anti-tuition campaign, nor out of a desire to increase the level of militancy in its current activities against the rising cost of tuition. Instead, it will again use the day of action as part of its lobbying efforts, as a means of cynically using the mobilization of students to provide weight to the annual meetings that CFS bureaucrats have with politicians.

The actions of CFS bureaucrats today proved our critique to be correct. At many rallies, organizers made the call to vote for politicians who would supposedly bring us free education, and to vote out the ones who do not support this demand. Organizers who sought to put forward the necessity of a strike were, in some places, barred from speaking. The CFS has used mobilizations like today as part of their lobbying efforts for more than a decade, and meanwhile tuition fees have steadily been on the rise across the country. 

Furthermore, the demands of the CFS do not go far enough. The current campaign and day of action is directed only against tuition fee increases. The RSM stands for the complete abolition of tuition and ancillary fees, the cancellation of all student debt, and for complete open access to all post-secondary institutions in Canada. Only by eliminating fees and entrance requirements can education become truly accessible for the working class in Canada. The RSM stands for access to post-secondary education for all Indigenous people, and an anti-colonial aspect to all education programs. Not just the Indigenization of programs and institutions that aim to continue to dispossess Indigenous people from their land, but independence of all Indigenous departments and students from settler organizational models. The RSM stands for education to be put in the service of people and not profit; we argue that research should be for the benefit of all people and not the benefit of corporations, and that education should serve struggles for justice and liberation.

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But now that the Day of Action is over, where do we go from here? The RSM proposes the following concrete steps as a program for building a fighting student movement across Canada:

  1. Students should fight for General Assemblies as the highest decision making bodies of their student unions. In turn, where General Assemblies already exist, students should fight for General Assemblies at both the campus and faculty level.
  2. Revolutionary students should campaign and promote the idea of a one-day strike against tuition.
  3. Votes for a one-day strike against tuition should be held in General Assemblies where they exist as a means of building a culture of striking.
  4. These sorts of activities should be continued and escalated, until it is possible to coordinate strikes between campuses.
  5. Strikes should serve as a way of forcing social crises where possible: we will force the state and ruling class to act, rather than simply beg them for table scraps.

The end of tuition, debt, the bourgeois education system, and capitalism are all possible. But in order to win, we need to be organized, and we need revolution.

In just over a week the RSM will be holding its Sixth Pan-Canadian Congress in Montreal. We invite all revolutionary youth and students, who agree with the political perspectives we uphold as well as the concrete steps we propose, to attend either as members of the RSM or observers.

For a truly democratic student movement in English Canada!

Towards a student strike for the elimination of tuition fees!

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Against American Chauvinism: SDS Go Home!

Against American Chauvinism: SDS Go Home!

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Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is an American multi-tendency student organization started in 2006, which is roughly based off of the organization with the same name from the 1960s. While they have many chapters and affiliates within the United States, recently SDS has branched out and gained an affiliate in British Colombia: a high school student organization called the BC Student Alliance.

The Revolutionary Student Movement denounces the spread of SDS into Canada. We think it is entirely inappropriate for an American organization to organize in Canada: a distinct country, with a distinct political history and tradition. SDS has virtually no knowledge of the material conditions in Canada, nor do they understand the context of student organizing and student politics: they simply have not done the social investigation. SDS has no ability to support any organization or any struggles that are in Canada, and their leadership has even admitted that they are not able to focus on Canada due to a lack of resources. In this sense, they do a disservice to the student and revolutionary movements in Canada by organizing in Canada.

The fact that SDS believes that they bring forward a unique perspective, or have unique insights into the Canadian situation –insights and perspectives that other organizations in Canada do not possess – reeks of American exceptionalism and national chauvinism. The Canadian left has a long history of perspectives gained through trial and error, as the left has responded to the conditions as they exist in Canada. SDS is totally ignorant of this history. Proof of this is the fact that organizers from SDS have actually reached out to RSM organizers, and have asked us to clarify the conditions on the ground and the practice of their own affiliate, the BC Student Alliance!

These actions by SDS show SDS’s complete lack of respect for revolutionary organizations in Canada, and our struggles here in building a revolutionary movement. For instance, when the RSM first approached SDS (in private) about our concerns, the SDS suggested that the RSM become the Canadian section of SDS! Such a condescending, national-chauvinist approach to international relations has no position on the left, let alone coming from a self-described anti-imperialist organization like the SDS.

By approaching organizing in Canada in such a haphazard, uninformed, and amateurish way, SDS actually harms the construction of a revolutionary movement among students in Canada. Furthermore, SDS wastes the time of organizers in Canada by bringing them into an organization that SDS openly has said they are not able to support. SDS has no place in Canada.

The RSM demands that the Students for a Democratic Society disaffiliate from all of their international sections, including the BC Student Alliance.

The RSM demands that the Students for a Democratic Society not organize outside of the United States.

The RSM demands that the Students for a Democratic Society issue a public self-criticism of their chauvinistic political line and actions.

The Revolutionary Student Movement will continue to build the revolutionary movement in Canada, with respect to the unique conditions faced by proletarian students across Canada. The RSM will not take orders from, nor will it affiliate to, American organizations.

The Revolutionary Student Movement stays dedicated to the struggles of working class students and the broader working class in Canada. While we disagree with the BC Student Alliance in affiliating to SDS, we remain dedicated to continued joint-work and line struggle with the BC Student Alliance as a means of building greater unity in Canada. 

  • A Statement of the Pan-canadian MER-RSM Coordinating Committee
Sixth Pan-Canadian Congress!

Sixth Pan-Canadian Congress!

display-imageThe Revolutionary Student Movement is pleased to announce our Sixth Pan-Canadian Congress, to be held in Montreal on November 19 and 20, 2016!

We invite all interested people and organizations to attend, to help build the revolutionary movement among students!

Since our last Congress in Ottawa during the fall of 2015, the Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) has continued to grow. Multiple new sections have opened across Canada: our expansion has been particularly notable in Western Canada and in the Maritimes. Our work as also developed: as part of our last Congress’ focus on consolidation and “digging-in”, nearly every section of the RSM has engaged in meaningful mass work. Our mass work has included: the fight against school closures in Vancouver, solidarity work with indigenous activists across Canada, serve-the-people programs including the “bouffes populaires” in Montreal, radical sex-education in Peterborough, the successful fight for access to abortion in PEI, solidarity with striking newspaper workers in Halifax, the campaign to remove the racist former police chief from McMaster’s campus in Hamilton, and the continued struggle against men’s rights fascists particularly in Ottawa. These are just a few of our activities; the sum total would be too great to list.

However, while the RSM has grown and our work has improved, we have also made errors. Chief among these errors was a failure to really specify what we meant by “consolidation”. Because of this, in some locations the RSM sections turned inwards, rather than orienting toward the masses of proletarian students. In turn, because of the speed at which the RSM has grown, we have often had difficulty leading an organization of our size: leadership development has not always kept pace with the growth of the RSM. On a political level, despite the last Congress adopting a comprehensive political report, the line has not always informed nor translated into the work of local sections. Further, the RSM has not moved forward in its plans to develop a comprehensive program for proletarian students across Canada. While the period between our Fifth and upcoming Sixth Congresses has been generally positive, there was certainly room for improvement.

With this in mind, the Coordinating Committee has identified the following focus areas for the Sixth Pan-Canadian Congress of the RSM:

  • Leadership Development: The RSM needs to better develop its middle-leadership. Given the size of the RSM, there needs to be a focus on building structure and an “internal staff” of sorts tasked with helping the work of the organization as a whole.
  • Further Consolidation: We need to grapple with precisely what it means for RSM sections to consolidate, and to really “dig in” to the mass struggles in their respective areas.
  • Strengthen Organization: We need to pay more attention to spreading best practices across different RSM sections. To that end, we will create a series of “organizational documents” – a guide to revolutionary work – in order to help the work of current sections and also to help build new sections.
  • Deepening Perspective: We invite updates to the political report which was agreed on at the last Congress.
  • Against Tuition Increases in Ontario: There is a strong possibility that Ontario will deregulate tuition fees in 2017. The RSM should initiate a mass struggle against the deregulation of tuition fees, pulling together a broad based campaign across political lines.

To this end, the Coordinating Committee invites all sections of the RSM to prepare resolutions dealing with these themes or others, and submit them for discussion at the Congress.

The Coordinating Committee invites all RSM sections to send delegates to the Congress. Details will follow regarding delegate selection procedures.

The Coordinating Committee invites all supporters of the RSM to form new sections of the RSM before the upcoming Congress, and apply to send delegates.

The Coordinating Committee invites existing groups to vote on joining the RSM to participate in the upcoming Congress, so as to strengthen the movement of revolutionary students.

And finally, the Coordinating Committee invites anyone interested in our practice and political line to send observers to the Sixth

Congress so as to better understand what we’re about.

The development of the revolutionary movement in Canada –both among students and among workers more broadly- is advancing by leaps and bounds. We invite you to become a part of the struggle.

If you or your organization is interested in participating, email: info@mer-rsm.ca .

See you in Montreal!

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The RSM is the Canada-wide organization of revolutionary and anti-capitalist youth and students. We first came together as a collection of small groups from Ontario and Quebec in December of 2012. We now exist in every region of the country, with over 15 different sections. We organize in CEGEPS, colleges, high-schools, and universities. We are against exploitation, alienation, and oppression in all its forms; in short, our goal is to contribute to the struggle against capitalism by organizing working-class students towards revolution.