Communist School Presents: Proletarian Feminism

Communist School Presents: Proletarian Feminism

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Communist School is back this fall!

First session is a workshop/facilitated discussion on proletariat feminism led by members of the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee!

Using a historical materialist framework, the workshop aims to:

1. discuss what has been happening in the global feminist movement for the past century, its current form/s, and how we got there
2. historicize and expose the contradictions of reactionary and liberal trends in feminism.
3. situate class and class struggle as the centre of feminist analysis/politic
4. understand the necessity of building a militant and revolutionary feminist movement!

The description might be jargon-y, but do not fret! Communist School sessions are designed to be accessible and encourage participation from everyone.

Where: 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100
* wheelchair accessible via Bancroft Ave.

When: November 10, Sunday, 4-6PM

Childcare available on site. Refreshments will be served.

Revolutionary Student Movement All Saints Day Film Screening and Social

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Join the revolutionary students movement for a tongue in cheek look at some anti communist propaganda, eat delicious food, and play Halloween themed games!

The film we will watch is called “If footmen tire you, what will horses do?”, which is a Cold War era anti-communist propaganda film.

Here is the synopsis from IMDB:

“Based on the preachings of Reverend Estus W. Pirkle, this film warns what will happen to America if the citizens do not give up their depraved ways and turn to God and Jesus for salvation. Communist infiltrators, the “footmen”, will pave the way for an all out invasion by weakening our will through TV, dance, rock music and alcohol. Once the invasion begins, the new Communist government will proceed to round up all Christians, and either execute them or force them to undergo re-education. Only by putting their faith in the bible where it belongs, says Rev. Pirkle, can America resist the coming Red Menace.”

Revolutionary Student Movement – Toronto Orientation: Thurs Oct 10

Revolutionary Student Movement – Toronto Orientation: Thurs Oct 10

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The Revolutionary Student Movement sees its mission to create a combative, anti-capitalist student movement that will serve the proletariat and oppressed peoples in the fight against exploitation. We’re committed to making the city a site of class struggle!

We currently have chapters at University of Toronto, Centennial College and York, and are looking to expand towards all campuses and high schools in the city.

We invite all revolutionary minded youth and students to come to our first orientation event in order to:

– Learn what we mean when we talk about communism and revolution and find out more about student and youth revolutionary movements all over the world

– Vent to us and let us vent to you about the increasing difficulty of being a young person in capitalist society

– Discuss campaigns and actions we can do across various campuses and parts of the city to take a stand against exploitation and oppression in our communities.

We will be meeting at 6:00, Thursday Oct 10th.

There will be yummy snacks!

Join us afterwards 8:00 pm at Red Room (444 Spadina Ave) for drinks and conversation.

Boundless for Whom? The Working-Class Students within the Academic-Industrial Complex

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September 26, Thursday
12-2PM
Hart House Music Room, 7 Hart House Circle

The University of Toronto’s Boundless Campaign describes boundless possibilities and potentials for its students, but for a large segment of the student population, the reality is a different story. Working-class students, mostly racialized, face countless barriers to enroll, stay and graduate from post-secondary education. While millions are spent on programs to increase the university’s global competitiveness, Transitional Year Programme (TYP), a program that allows working-class students to access an undergraduate degree, is in constant threat of elimination. More and more, the university is making a statement: the Boundless Campaign is NOT for the unaccounted Black, Indigenous, queer & trans, single mothers, disabled and poor students that TYP could be further serving.

Join us for a panel and discussion as the Transitional Year Programme Preservation and the Revolutionary Students Movement Coalition (TYP-RSM coalition) share their perspectives on the intensified corporatization of the university and their work in the “Expand the TYP!” campaign. All marginalized, working-class and progressive youth and students are encouraged to attend!

Childcare will be provided! TTC tokens available! And join us for a small picnic afterwards!

Speakers:
Kerri Kimoto is a member of the Revolutionary Students Movement.

Carla Rodney is a member of the Transitional Year Programme Preservation Alliance.

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This event is part of Disorientation Week 2013. See the week’s full list of events at: http://disorientation2013.com/

Revolutionary Frontlines: Reports from the Revolutions in Venezuela, India, and the Philippines

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Join to learn more about the ongoing revolutionary processes in Venezuela, India and the Philippines. A comrade will report back from his recent experience doing research in Venezuela in a community organized by an autonomous revolutionary organizations, while two comrades from Toronto will give us insight on the struggles led by Maoist rebel movements in India and the Philippines. The presentation will be followed by a discussion period.

DATE: MONDAY, August 12, 2013

TIME: 7-9PM

LOCATION: ROOM 5160, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON *this building is wheelchair accessible

Childcare will be available at this event. Please email revolutionarystudentsto[at]gmail[dot]com for more info.

This event is part of a Quebec-Ontario speaking tour organized by the Revolutionary Student Movement and its counterpart in Québec, the Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire (MER-RSM)

Indignation and a rejection of capitalist power is on the rise everywhere in Canada. The masses are chomping at the bit for new ideas and strategies to launch a revolution that is capable of ending the cruel and unjust system that is poisoning our lives. Given the advanced state of revolutionary movements elsewhere, the Canadian masses have much to learn from foreign revolutionary struggles. This panel will present the experiences of various revolutionary groups -particularly from Venezuela, India, and the Phillipines- that have made significant headway in the struggle against capitalism and successfully established a democratic, socialist counter-power in their respective countries.

In Venezuela, the CRBZ is struggling autonomously, in a context made more favourable to anti-capitalist forces by former President Hugo Chávez. It has organized dozens of communes where the people are learning to govern themselves while being at the frontlines of the resistance against fascist paramilitary forces. Meanwhile, in India and the Philippines, revolutionary Maoist groups have been involved for decades in a protracted armed struggle against their respective states. In so doing, they have sown the seeds of people’s power among the most marginalized groups in their society and accumulated invaluable practical experience. All anti-capitalists are invited to come learn more from and discuss the experiences of these major revolutionary organizations and struggles.

Join Revolutionary Student Movement-Toronto at Trans March Toronto on the 28th

DOWN WITH TD, DOWN WITH THE BOURGEOISIE!

pridetorontoThe Board Members of Pride Toronto Celebrating Gay Capitalism

June 24, 2013- Toronto Pride Festivities opened this week with the board of directors of Pride Toronto on Bay Street helping to ring in the Toronto Stock Exchange. A news release from the TSX describes Pride Toronto as “celebrating the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s Pride community”.  We need to stop and ask ourselves, a future for whom?

This event, along with the ever present sponsorship from banks such as TD have caused many involved in the left in Toronto to call for an end to “corporate pride”.  However, corporate interests are only one segment of bourgeois society, and what we should be doing is attacking the rotten system that is capitalism.

 

GAY POLITICIANS ARE NOT THE SOLUTION, WHAT QUEERS NEED IS REVOLUTION!

Liberals and so called “progressives” are also taking the time to celebrate Ontario’s out lesbian premier, Kathleen Wynne, as a supposed evidence of the inclusiveness of the capitalist state. However, as the gap between the rich and poor grows ever deeper, the rights of workers to organize is under attack, political protest against the capitalist order is increasingly repressed, and youth in the province suffer high rates of unemployment and overwhelming student debt- it is evident that “victory” of liberal democracy is one that serves only the elites and not the masses.

The liberation of the working class will not come from the board room nor the ballot box.  We commemorate the militant histories of Stonewall, the San Francisco White Night riots, and the Toronto Bathhouse Raid Riots of 1981, by asking LGBT people to join us in fighting capitalism in the streets.

IT IS RIGHT TO REBEL- SEE YOU IN THE STREETS!

-Revolutionary Students Movement Toronto

Join us! Meet us June 28, at 730 pm at George Hislop Park.  Look for the Red Flags.  A link to the march route can be found here.

Students Challenge Hate-Activists at University of Toronto

On the evening of Thursday April 3rd, students from the Toronto Revolutionary Students Movement (RSM) and several other progressive campus groups at University of Toronto (U of T) gathered at the corner of St. George and Harbord. They stood on the manicured lawn and shouted, “Down with misogyny! Down with U of T! Down with the bourgeoisie!”

What were the students protesting? Once again, U of T had lent its halls to Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs), inviting them to do its fourth event on campus since September 2012. The prim bourgeois facade of the university provided a good cover for the ugly misogyny being hosted inside.

The vilest of the MRAs are associated with the website, A Voice for Men (as if men lacked a voice in our society!). The members of this website are best known for posting photographs of female students who protested their event back in November 2012, publishing their names and other personal information and going so far as to encourage people to “track down and harass” the students. Amusingly referring to themselves as non-violent and civil, they incite hatred against women who dare to speak up against them.

The men came together on a talk that examines how society has changed from being misogynistic to misandrist (yes- this is a serious concern of MRAs). Of the 40 or some people who attended the event, about 40+ came to protest. The group of protestors were modestly sized but effective and garnered a great deal of support from people passing through the area. Several students spoke, but it was the member of the RSM who revealed the true nature of men’s “oppression” – laying the blame squarely at the feet of capitalism.

At 7 pm, the students entered the building where the MRA were hosting their event. They banged on the doors behind which locked MRAs were too scared to come out. Campus pigs were called in to defend them. The students’ chanting thundered down the hallway of the building, “One struggle, one fight! Women, men & trans people unite!”

By 8 pm the MRAs had been flushed out by a fire alarm. The protesters and the MRAs converged outside the building. The students chanted and shouted through their megaphone and one MRA hit a student in anger. The student fought back. Several people scuffled and exchanged verbal assaults. The tension between those who wish to see liberation of all oppressed women and those who refer to women as “fuckmuffins” was understandably high.

The most interesting fact about the MRAs is how easily they have laid claim to the language of equality and anti-oppression. It is telling that this language is so effortlessly co-opted. According to the MRAs they are being silenced and oppressed, their voice drowned out by the evil feminists- they frame themselves as victims.

The RSM rejects the postmodern idea that every viewpoint is inherently valid and that reactionaries are entitled to free expression, we see how backwards politics can be easily masked by a veil of liberalism.

Segments of the population that are suddenly experiencing a loss of privilege have been retreating to reactionary politics to look for answers. Revolutionary working-class consciousness is so low that any loss of privilege is perceived as an act of oppression.

If the MRAs were genuine they would be mobilizing with anti-poverty groups to struggle for shelter beds for the homeless, or protesting the racist prison-industrial complex that kills hundreds of marginalized men. The MRAs who gathered around the U of T campus would do well to fight to save the Transitional Year Program, where many proletarian men and women alike are given a second chance to receive a university education. This is assuming the MRAs are serious when they say they care about these issues and are not just using them as excuses to rage against feminism.

There are legitimate questions that must be addressed – why are men overwhelmingly the ones inside prisons? Why do men often work dangerous jobs while simultaneously suffering poor mental health? The answer to these questions can be traced to capitalism which upholds oppressive gender roles for its own profit. It is not feminism that has made men “disposable” – it is capitalism, where human beings become mere commodities. The MRAs refuse to acknowledge that even with these issues facing men, men are still the ones with power; even the most powerless man can feel superior to women in this misogynist society. Proletarian women are still the most economically marginalized, they are still harassed and assaulted on a daily basis and burdened with childcare, care of the elderly and domestic duties in addition to their undervalued and underpaid jobs.

The modern day reactionary phenomenon known as MRAs shows the agony of the animal who does not know where his pain comes from, but also the vicious claws of a rabid dog. Communists should definitely fight the MRAs, but they should reach the masses before MRA ideology and similar backwards ideas take a firm hold. Communists should also struggle with liberal feminists to assert the correct feminist position, one that traces the root of oppression to the class struggle.

Gender and race are but class in drag!

PCR-RCP Calls for May Day Evening Rally

The Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada (PCR-RCP) has asked for its supporting organizations in Toronto to participate in an evening rally on international workers day.  

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From the Partisan:

The Revolutionary Communist Party calls on all workers, unemployed, retired, youth and students to make May 1st, International Workers Day, a moment when the bourgeoisie will fear our class is in the process of choosing insubordination; that we are rising and reclaiming the essence of our legitimate struggles —including those powerful ones that will radically change the face of Canada.

Let’s protest by the thousands in all major cities across the country. Let’s brandish our red flags everywhere and throughout this whole day of struggle. Prevent the police from seizing and destroying the red flags and class struggle banners. Let’s forge a new fighting spirit made of unity and militancy. Shoulder to shoulder, let’s answer the various calls that will arise by May 1st. Workers, students or pensioners, let’s make May First a powerful day of revolutionary action!

• In Montreal: Rally the red contingent from the PCR-RCP Canada in the May Day demonstration organized by the Convergence of Anti-Capitalist Struggles (CLAC-Montréal)! Gathering at exactly 6pm at Place Jacques-Cartier (in front of City Hall).

• In Ottawa: Take part in large numbers in the event organized by the PCR-RCP Canada at the Babylon Night Club, 317 Bank Street. Doors open at 9 pm.

• In Toronto: Join the May First demonstration initiated by the PCR-RCP Canada at 8pm in Moss Park (Queen and Sherbourne).

PRAC-Toronto asks for all of its supporters and friends to participate in what will probably be a small but exciting rally.

2nd Communism-Out-Loud School!

It’s time for another Communism Out Loud School on Monday March 25th, at 5:30PM. This time, we will be reading about and discussing the formation of the Third Internationale, the national-colonial question, a short biography of Stalin, the task of socialist construction, and dealing with opportunistic trends within the Left.

Want to learn more about the basics of communism but have trouble finishing required readings? Come out to Communism Out Loud and learn about the basics of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.These sessions are meant for beginners with no prior knowledge of MLM. We will be taking turns to read out loud.

The group meets twice a month. This time we are meeting at the Tim Hortons near the College and Spadina intersection. Everyone willing to learn is welcome.

Please arrive on time. We will provide the reading when you get here.

Hope to see you there!

Denounce the MRAs! Defend Womens’ Rights! Build the Revolutionary Student Movement!

Recently, U of T has seen an upsurge of men’s rights activism (MRA).  Warren Farrell travelled to the university to discuss his new book, The Myth of Male Power.  His “in-depth” outline of male powerless has incited a new pro-men movement on our campus.  MRAs on campus have been campaigning with posters and guest speakers in order to draw attention towards new issues men are facing within our society. Some of these issues revolve around the erosion of masculinity, sexual consent, biased portrayals of men in the media and a global lack of representation.

It is not a surprise that significant numbers of Western men are drawn towards a pro-male movement that distinguishes women as the reason for economic depression and the erosion of patriarchal norms. Men feel threatened by dramatic changes in their traditional roles in recent decades. They have seen a dramatic decline in their economic status and ability to achieve economic success or stability, a shift in their ‘historic’ role as breadwinner and a general shift away from patriarchal structures of the family.

As a result, the underworld of misogynists has been unleashed. From the blogosphere, to men’s separatist movements and now to campuses nationwide their fury goes well beyond criticisms of the family court system, domestic violence laws and false rape accusations. The scary reality is literally hundreds of websites, action groups and advocates whose political line reeks of misogyny: within this movement, women are branded sluts, gold diggers and temptresses and the police have been named ‘armed enablers’ or women’s rights. Unfortunately, men’s rights activist and the organizations they politically affiliate themselves with hold other anti-modern, proto-fascist sentiments such as opposition to same sex marriage, immigration, women in the workplace and the economic advancement of non-white citizens.

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We do not deny that men have suffered in daily life, mental health and self-esteem. However, we contend that blame placed on women is misdirected.  Instead of understanding economic hardship and political powerlessness as the manifestations of the capitalist order, in which increasing numbers of proletarians are forced to compete for crumbs, while the bourgeoisie reap record profits, MRAs categorically blame women for their losses of social, legal and economic status. We cannot tolerate this reactionary point-of-view! The MRAs must be exposed for what they really are—at best, opportunistic hate-mongers who are taking advantage of the powerlessness keenly felt by the masses. At worst, they represent the most reactive, backward voices within the masses. As such, they need to be verbally condemned as well as physically challenged.

Only a revolutionary students’ movement that unites the progressives on campus will be successful in fighting this hateful, opportunistic trend as well as future proto-fascist movements. Only a RSM can unite proletarian women on campus with those who seek to defend and further women’s rights, and all genders’ liberation. Let’s build the RSM!