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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Movie Night: “Communists on Campus!”

Movie Night: “Communists on Campus!”

Take a break from studying for exams and come out to an end-of-semester social night hosted by RSM-Sudbury. There will be popcorn, camaraderie and a screening of an unintentionally hilarious anti-communist documentary from the Cold War era.

When: This Thursday, March 30, 6:30-8pm.
Where: Room C-102, Classroom Building, Laurentian University.

Communists on Campus is a crude attempt by a right-wing U.S. lobby group to “expose” communist activity in the student, black liberation, and anti-war movements of the 60s, with comically off-base results. The movie desperately uses every anti-communist trope in the book, embodying the capitalists’ deep dread of being overthrown by the workers and oppressed peoples. Fortunately the subject matter is given a chance to speak for itself through extended footage of young militants from progressive and revolutionary groups of the time; they are shown giving speeches and interviews, organizing strikes and armed campus occupations, and working to unite forces against U.S. imperialism and the Vietnam War.

There will be an open discussion after the movie, plus a quick presentation from RSM to help debunk its Cold War clichés, explore the actual role of revolutionaries in the student movement, and connect it with RSM’s local and pan-Canadian work. There will also be Marxist literature and hand-made swag on sale to raise funds for the club.

Please invite friends to the Facebook event and share it widely! Everyone is welcome to attend. The venue is accessible. Entry is $0 (donations welcome).

 

RSM Movie Night: SNOWPIERCER

RSM Movie Night: SNOWPIERCER

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When: This Friday, February 26, 5-8pm
Where: Movie Room @ Single Students Residence, Laurentian University

In the near future, a failed experiment to avert global warming kills all life on the planet, except for a lucky few who take refuge on a train that travels endlessly around the globe with a special engine at its head. Soon a class society with two main poles emerges on the train. On the one hand, a powerful minority who control the engine and live lavishly with their allies and protectors at the front of the train; on the other, a huge dominated underclass confined to the darkness and squalor of the back.

As contradictions sharpen aboard the train, the tail sections launch a revolutionary charge aimed at taking power from their oppressors at the front. But to finally control the engine, they must overcome great material and ideological obstacles, distinguish friends from enemies, unite all who can be united under their revolutionary leadership, build real solidarity by fighting oppressive divides within their own ranks, and resist the temptations of reformism and retreat.

Snowpiercer gives an unflinching, ultimately optimistic view of what it will take to win. Entry is free but donations are welcome. Popcorn will be served and there will be an open discussion after the movie. Venue is accessible. Free parking available at Lot 7 across from West Residence.

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Class Struggle on Campus: Limits of the Current Student Movement

Class Struggle on Campus: Limits of the Current Student Movement

For many, politics are essentially grasped in terms of the following categories: “left” or “right,” “radical” or “moderate.” Certainly useful categories, but they paint too broad a portrait, and merely approximate reality. These categories are essentially relative, lacking both content and precise political orientations; they change according to the ebb and flow of the class struggle. Does being on the “left” in Canada in 2013 mean the same thing as being on the “left” in Russia in 1917? Or in Spain in 1936? Or in France in 1968? Moreover, to be on the “left” of what?

RSM-Niagara welcomes you to attend the first in a series of biweekly open forum meetings and discussions concerning such topics as anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, climate justice, Revolutionary Marxism(MLM), student unionism and international solidarity.

LOCATION: Skybar Lounge

Our Website — http://mer-rsm.ca/
RSM Niagara Contact Email — niagara@mer-rsm.ca
Find an RSM chapter near you! — http://mer-rsm.ca/sections/

RSM-York’s new radical, lefty newspaper called Outcry!

RSM-York’s new radical, lefty newspaper called Outcry!


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RSM-York is pleased to announce our new campus newspaper, The Outcry!
You can read our first issue by clicking the link above. We’ll have a new one for you every month!

Why a left wing paper?
At York University, there is no paper that truly represents and expresses the interests of working class, marginalized, and oppressed students. There is no paper committed to speaking about anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, and anti-ableism. Some of these topics may be mentioned sometimes in Excalibur, but they are often presented with a “both-sides” slant in an attempt to be “unbiased”. Outcry will be unapologetically left-wing, providing a platform for left-wing groups and students on campus. It will allow students who are active or inactive with politics on campus to understand and get involved with what’s happening politically on campus. Outcry will provide left-wing commentary and critiques of events and groups on campus, and groups can broadcast meetings and events if they choose to. As the paper develops, it can become a medium between people and groups, in ways such as questions and responses between students and groups.

Are you a York student or resident in the nearby area, and interested in writing for the Outcry?
Send us an email @ OutcryYorkU@gmail.com
or
Message and Like us on: facebook.com/rsmyork

Class On Campus: How does Class Decide Education?

Class On Campus: How does Class Decide Education?

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Join Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) Peterborough as we present and discuss the University as a place of class conflict. Many groups continue to propose that students are a single group, but all of us know in some way this is a lie. Some students will go on to run businesses and exploit others and some will go on to be exploited.

Discuss with us as we cut through the BS and take a hard look at what it means to be a student and who really is gaining from education as it stands. The RSM stands with all oppressed students who want to end oppression not form false alliances with their own oppressors.

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For those unable to attend or interested in more information take a look at our documents found here on the website:

Limits of the Current Student Movement

Class Struggle or Democratic Struggle?

About our Methods of Work

 

Solidarity!

The People’s Dinner: Anti-Capitalist Community Meal

The People’s Dinner: Anti-Capitalist Community Meal

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When:  Thurs, Dec 17, 5:30-8pm
Where:  Meeting Room 1 (downstairs), MacKenzie Public Library, 74 MacKenzie St

The Revolutionary Communist Party (Organizing Committee) – Sudbury and RSM-Sudbury are teaming up with other members of the community to put on an end-of-the-year social event with an anti-capitalist theme. We’re hosting a free community meal and it is open to everyone!  See this event on Facebook and share it with your friends and comrades.


Why an ‘anti-capitalist’ meal?

Capitalism is a system where decisions are made based on what makes the most money, and not what best meets the majority of people’s needs. The result is that the real material needs of the people are ignored and unmet. Even in Canada, capitalism has resulted in around 20% of people living in need on a permanent basis, having trouble putting food on the table and maintaining stable housing. Internationally, the spread of capitalism results in tens of thousands of people dying of starvation every day. Meanwhile, the rich capitalists keep getting richer by making more profit off of our labour.


Serve and empower the people

There are some attempts to make the conditions under capitalism more tolerable by charities and others, but these are only band-aids and do not empower people or improve people’s material conditions in any lasting way. In order to combat hunger and fight for our basic needs, we must fight capitalism. We must reject the capitalist values of individuality and competition and instead co-operate to serve the interests of the dominated classes. It is our hope that the People’s Dinner will begin to nurture these values which will be necessary to build a larger and stronger movement along these lines.


Everyone is welcome at the People’s Table this season!

Come out to the Mackenzie Library downtown on December 17th to share some food and good conversation.  This event is child-friendly but childcare is also available on site upon request. Venue is wheelchair-accessible.  Contact us on Facebook, or at SudburyRevNet@gmail.com or RSM.Sudbury@gmail.com for more information and opportunities to contribute.

Open Planning Meeting for “People’s Dinner”, Anti-Capitalist Community Meal

Open Planning Meeting for “People’s Dinner”, Anti-Capitalist Community Meal

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When: Wednesday, December 2, 3:30-5:15pm
Where: Meeting Room 1 (downstairs), Main Public Library, 74 Mackenzie Street

The Revolutionary Student Movement – Sudbury and the Revolutionary Communist Party (Organizing Committee) – Sudbury are teaming up to put on an end-of-the-year social event for the whole community with an anti-capitalist theme, but we need your help! We are planning a free community meal for mid-December and there will be lots to do to bring this all together, so we ask the community to help make it happen by donating their time, food, or monetary support. Everyone who recognizes that the barriers we face to meeting our basic needs are the result of systemic problems is invited to help organize this event!

Capitalism is a system where decisions are made based on what makes or saves the most money, and not what best meets the majority of people’s needs. The result is that the real material needs of the people are ignored and unmet.

Canada is a relatively prosperous country, but the majority of people do not get their share. Millions of people in Canada live in poverty as a result of joblessness and precarious and low paying work which disproportionately affect women and other gender-oppressed people, immigrants, youth, and indigenous peoples. Many people face long-term unemployment and around 20% of people live in need on a permanent basis, have trouble putting food on the table and maintaining stable housing. Meanwhile, the rich capitalists keep getting richer by making more profit off the labour of workers.

The situation is even worse in oppressed and colonized countries, with imperialist countries acting on the international scene to dominate and intensely exploit the people living there. The global spread of capitalism results in tens of thousands of people dying of starvation every day.

This is why in order to combat hunger and fight for our basic needs to be met, we must fight capitalism. We must reject the capitalist values of individuality and competition and instead co-operate to serve the interests of the dominated classes. It is our hope that the People’s Dinner will begin to nurture these values which will be necessary to build a larger and stronger movement along these lines.

Movie and Discussion – ‘Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance’

Movie and Discussion – ‘Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance’

The Indigenous Students Circle and the Revolutionary Student Movement – Sudbury invite you to a free screening of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, an award-winning documentary about the Mohawk resistance to theft of their land by the Canadian state in the summer of 1990. The event will be held on Thursday, December 3, 6-9pm at the Lower Fraser Auditorium (FA-054), Fraser Building, Laurentian University.

One of the finest works by Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, this is the definitive on-the-ground record of the just rebellion of the Mohawk Nation against the forces of settler-colonialism. The armed stand-off between the Mohawk Warriors vs the Canadian army and Québécois police was sparked when the latter laid siege to a pine forest near Kanehsatake, home to a traditional Mohawk cemetery, which had been occupied by the Warriors in protest against the planned expansion of a golf course onto the territory. The government’s aim was to secure the land in the interests of the Canadian bourgeoisie, which has lived and grown off the oppression and exploitation of Indigenous peoples for centuries.

The stand-off lasted for over two months, with the colonial Canadian state showing to all the world its ugly face by unleashing its full arsenal of repression against the Warriors: thousands of soldiers deployed, arrests made, trumped up charges pressed, fascist settler groups given room to terrorize the Mohawk community. This powerful documentary takes you right into the thick of an important episode in the long history of Indigenous struggle against dispossession and genocide. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, giving insight into the Mohawks’ unyielding determination to protect their lands.

The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film’s events, connecting them to the present plight of Indigenous people, and drawing out the important lessons that cannot fail to inform ongoing struggles for national liberation and social revolution in this country today.

Snacks will be served. Venue is accessible. Support available on site. Donations are welcome and will go toward supporting future events organized by the RSM and the ISC.

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No Revolution without Trans Liberation: Statement of RSM-Sudbury on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

No Revolution without Trans Liberation: Statement of RSM-Sudbury on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Below is a statement of solidarity with trans people and the trans liberation struggle, distributed by RSM-Sudbury on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov 20, at a vigil held at Tom Davies Square. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and has become an annual event marked around the world.

On the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Revolutionary Student Movement – Sudbury joins with trans people and allies in remembering the countless trans lives lost to the vicious system of patriarchal imperialist capitalism. Whether it is hateful violence, social neglect or suicide, the oppression that trans people face daily is as undeniable as it is outrageous. As an organization based on revolutionary anti-capitalist and proletarian feminist principles, the RSM strives to combat all forms of individual and institutionalized oppression, including transphobia, in order to build a genuinely liberatory unity among all working and oppressed peoples in their common struggle for emancipation.

In today’s society – an imperialist, capitalist society based on exploitation of the working class for private profit – the patriarchal oppression of queer people ultimately serves the interests of the dominant class: the minority of bourgeois profiteers. A basic function of systemic barriers, for example, is to bar trans people from sections of the capitalist job market, as reflected in the high rates of underemployment, poverty and precarity they face. They are thus pushed into the ‘reserve army of labour’, a necessary part of the capitalist system that drives down wages to ensure a favourable market for the capitalists. Trans people are therefore overwhelmingly part of the proletariat, which is borne out by the fact that in 2012 the median reported income for trans people in this province was only $15,000 per year, with a sizable proportion relying on social assistance.

Historically capitalism has found many uses for patriarchal ideology and practices. On this continent, the foundations of the present-day capitalist ‘prison-house of nations’ were laid on top of the ruins of Indigenous societies which were in contradiction to the new order envisioned by the white European settlers. The imposition of the patriarchal gender-binary through direct and indirect violence played a key role in this project of colonial domination. And despite some liberal reforms, it remains a painful reality for most gender-nonconforming people, especially those who are proletarian, racialized or nationally oppressed. Recall the murder in 2012 of Filipina trans woman Jennifer Laude by a United States Marine, one of countless soldiers sent by various colonial and imperialist powers to oppress the Filipino people over the centuries. And in so-called ‘Canada’, too, the gender-fluid traditions of two-spirit Indigenous people put them especially at odds with the gender-disciplined labour force demanded by capitalism today.

That is why a consciousness of class and class struggle in all their various guises is fundamental to building a movement that can really stamp out transphobia, as well as all other oppressions that result from and sustain the imperialist, capitalist, settler-colonial organization of society. Doubly so, because the capitalists and their political lackeys have to some extent managed to co-opt some demands of the LGBTQ2S movement that they find less threatening, in an attempt to present bourgeois democracy as the best possible framework for resolving the contradictions of the sexed and gendered division of labour. They have even tried to mobilize LGBTQ2S supporters for imperialist interests under cover of ‘promoting liberal queer rights abroad’! All this must be vigorously opposed. We must remember that although capitalism may allow for the assimilation of sections of the trans community into the bourgeois order, it can never ensure the full liberation of all trans people. Anti-capitalism and proletarian internationalism thus remain indispensable components of trans liberation.

The radical problems that most transgender people face demand a radical solution: a revolutionary mass movement lead by the proletariat and aimed at destroying the roots of all oppression – a movement that dares to struggle for socialism. Yet not only do trans people need socialism; socialism also needs trans people and their full participation in the struggle to build it! To ensure this, we revolutionaries must take a critical look at our own spotty record on the question of queer liberation. Past ‘communists’ have often adopted a tragically incorrect theory and practice on this front. Their male-chauvinist and cis-sexist deviations drove away the rebellious energy of gender-oppressed people, doing great harm to the movement. The RSM is completely opposed to that phony brand of radicalism! We acknowledge that we have much to learn from the long struggles and rich perspectives of trans people. That is why we are here today, to show our solidarity, and to learn how we can struggle alongside trans people for a completely new world.

Down with transphobia and patriarchy!

Fight against chauvinism in the revolutionary movement!

Unite our common struggles against imperialism and capitalism!