No Free Speech for Enemies of the People

No Free Speech for Enemies of the People

Since coming to power in June of 2018, the reactionary Ford government in the province of Ontario has been leading a relentless attack against all the progressive values that the people have fought hard to secure for decades. It represents the deepening of reactionary politics in Ontario which is part of an international trend towards reaction. Cutting the funding for necessary social services, canceling the $15 minimum wage increase, scrapping the work to include the history of genocide inflicted upon Indigenous nations (specifically through Residential Schools), and reversing positive changes to the sex-education high school curriculum. Now they are shielding the extreme right from justified protests against their attempts to spread their vile messages. The conservatives have laid bare the nature of bourgeois politicians, enemies of every progressive aspect of society. At every turn they attack and attempt to reverse the gains that the workers, Indigenous people, women, racially oppressed, and LGBTQ people have fought so hard to achieve.

These attacks will not be met with silence and tolerance – just like there can be no silence and tolerance of racist, sexist and other extreme right views on and off campuses! Already mass protests are happening. On September 21st, thousands of students all across Ontario high schools have organized a walk-out against the attack on the progressive sex education. Smaller protests have begun and will surely multiply in coming months. No bourgeois party can or will end the system of capitalism, colonialism and imperialism in Canada. It is clear that under the conservatives attacks on the people will become stronger, and therefore the resistance we need to put up has to become fiercer in response.

The Revolutionary Student Movement has a long tradition of organizing and boosting events and actions aimed at shutting down extreme-right reactionary events from taking place, both on and off campuses. Many events that the so-called “men’s rights activists” have tried holding across the country have consistently been disrupted and shut down by our organizing, making it impossible for them to take root on campuses, gain legitimacy and increase their ranks. Similarly, we have supported protests against Jordan Peterson’s misogynist, trans-antagonistic speeches. And we have always supported confronting fascist and other extreme-right organizing in the streets across the country.

The new push for legislation to develop campus-based free speech policy is a clear attempt to make it easier for abhorrent reactionary views that get confronted by the masses to be promoted at universities. The rightful backlash against those who promote and organize around such views is now at risk of being further restricted, with heavier penalties for individuals and groups who stand up to oppose them. Ironically, the new free speech rules are aimed at shielding and sheltering the despicable organizers of reactionary events from facing the appropriate response from the public. They should be continuously taught what the people think about their opinions when those are brought out in the open, instead of being allowed to exist in an academic bubble free from consequences. After all, spreading their messages has consequences, as exemplified by the current Ontario government, where they now have powerful allies.

We commit to continue organizing in the combative and militant spirit we have always had. We call on all of our comrades and supporters to organize with renewed energy and vigor and take part in events and actions to resist the reactionary attacks by the Ontario government against the people. We must do all we can to help unleash the power of the masses to oppose it effectively!

No shelter for reactionaries!

It is right to rebel, but better to make revolution!

 

 

In struggle,

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step back : A Successful Start for BDS at uOttawa

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step back : A Successful Start for BDS at uOttawa

On Tuesday March 13th, the SFUO held its 6th General Assembly. It was marked by a record attendance of over 500 people and a mobilization in support of Palestine that was without precedent. However, there is a lot to discuss as far as the events of the evening goes.

Firstly, the majority of votes that our Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) motion against the Israeli state received was overturned by a ruling that the motion needed 2/3 support, which was not communicated to attendees beforehand.

The evening proceeded with a number of hurdles, the first being a series of logistical issues. The room wasn’t large enough to accommodate all the students that came out to participate in the GA et nearly half of them were required to sit in the UCU Agora where they could not get speaking rights. No translation was offered and so the proceedings were only done in English to the detriment of francophone students who make up a quarter of campus. In the end, the General Assembly started 1:30 behind schedule due to last minute requirements on top of which the room had only been reserved for 3 hours, which is clearly to little for an assembly of over 500 members.

We should also criticize the measures taken by the SFUO that consisted of removing voting cards from students who didn’t follow the “no clapping” rule that was spontaneously adopted without precedent. There are good reasons to expel students acting in a racist, sexist or other unacceptable way, however the bureaucratic and non- transparent way this was implemented only further built up tension and derailed the meeting.

Secondly, the progression of the meeting was itself fairly bureaucratic and hindered actual debate on motions. The first proposal was on the adoption of online voting during SFUO elections, a proposal made by the right-wing student politician clique in the hopes that technology could act as a magical antidote for electoral fraud and voter absenteeism. The motion even argued for putting the elections in the hands of a private company. The RSM is opposed to online voting since it is no more democratic and does not really promote a larger participation from students. Democracy is not simply the act of voting. It must be a process in which politics are vigorously debated before being voted on. Unfortunately, procedural manoeuvres cut short debate on this proposal and it was approved without being challenged. As for our motion on BDS which followed, we were only given a brief period of discussion. Three interventions were made for each of the sides before the vote was called. Each side seemed convinced that they would win the vote, and assumed no further debate was necessary. As mentioned, we believe that democracy goes beyond simply voting, and that the way the GA developed prevented the effective combat of reactionary and liberal ideas that were brought up against BDS. The assembly had only just begun the debate on the Israeli occupation of Palestine when it was closed, ending any chance at addressing and exposing Zionist and anti-Palestinian arguments.

Despite this, we should be proud of our accomplishments that evening. We experienced a student mobilization that surpassed our expectations and that the University of Ottawa had not seen in a long time. We see that students are far from apathetic and want to participate in political life if they are given the chance. If we compare the result of the GA to the bureaucratic methods by which pro-Palestinian policies were attempted to be implemented at the Board of Administration last semester, we can confirm that mass mobilization and politicization are powerful strategies. Working with local Palestinian solidarity groups like Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and Independent Jewish Voices, over 250 students came out in support of Palestinian liberation. The majority of votes we obtained on the motion is a victory in itself. Despite their considerable political and material advantages, we overcame the doubts of the bureaucrats and the attempts that the right-wing made to block the motion.

This experience has shown that it is possible to struggle even in situations where reactionary positions are the norm. In conclusion, we would like to reiterate or opposition to colonialist and imperialist forces and that it is therefor our duty to end the support that the capitalist, colonialist and imperialist state of Canada extends to Israel. This effort will allow the removal of barriers to the national liberation struggle of the Palestinian people.

 

From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!

We Say Yes to BDS at UOttawa!

We Say Yes to BDS at UOttawa!

The Israeli colonization project is causing untold suffering to the Palestinian people. Families are losing their land and livelihoods as the military and illegal settlers swoop in; adults and children alike beaten, jailed or even killed simply for trying to resist dispossession; and Palestinian society becomes fragmented as their territory gets divided into enclaves separated by checkpoints and illegal colonies, while millions of Palestinians continue to live abroad in refugee camps, unable to return to their homeland.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign was started by Palestinian civil society groups as a means to put pressure on both state and private actors who play a hand in the colonization process. Inspired by the successful boycott campaign that helped put an end to South African apartheid in the 1980s, it seeks to expose those companies and other institutions that enable Israel’s military and make them turn their back on this vicious operation.

Israel currently benefits from an unfair power balance over Palestine, due to its multi-billion dollar support coming from the US government, its alliance with NATO and partnership with multiple transnational corporations. As a result, fair dialogue is impossible and Israel continues to invade and occupy Palestine in spite of all international condemnations.

The Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) opposes all imperialist and colonial forces, and it is our responsibility to show solidarity with national liberation movements across the world. Full liberation can only be achieved when the Palestinian people are able to wage resistance strong enough to put an end to the Zionist settler-colonial project. In the spirit of internationalism, we aim to end the support that the capitalist, settler-colonial, imperialist Canadian state gives to Israel. We do this in an effort to remove as many barriers as we can for the just struggle for national liberation that the Palestinian people wage.

The call for BDS is supported by hundreds of schools, unions, artists and other groups across the world, resulting in a growing withdrawal of financial, academic and cultural support for Israel. The Israeli state is pouring billions to oppose BDS worldwide, even calling for the criminalization of BDS proponents, and thus proving it is an effective measure. The Canadian government and parliament formally support the Zionist oppression of the Palestinian people, adopting an outrageous resolution in 2016 to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian groups or individuals to promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which it describes as promoting the “demonization and delegitimization” of Israel.

This is why the RSM UOttawa is bringing forward a motion to the upcoming General Assembly to make the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) endorse the BDS campaign. We have joined forces with the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) and Independent Jewish Voices (Ottawa/Carleton University) to mobilize as much support as we can for BDS to be adopted at UOttawa.

The General Assembly will take place Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30PM in the Alumni Auditorium, UCU building.

Let’s bring BDS to UOttawa and show our solidarity with the struggle for national liberation of the Palestinian people!

From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!

 

Say Yes to BDS! | Dites Oui au BDS! Facebook event

Our email: uottawa@mer-rsm.ca

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

Remove the Aung San Suu Kyi Mural!

Remove the Aung San Suu Kyi Mural!

At present, close to a million Rohingya Muslims have been driven out of Burma and into refugee camps in Bangladesh as a result of deliberate ethnic cleansing by the Burmese army. While the plight of Rohingya Muslims has deep historical roots, the sudden upsurge in violence has been qualitatively different from anything in recent decades. Under the context of the legacy of British colonialism, and under the pretext of cracking down on radical Muslim insurgency, the government of Myanmar has unleashed a highly organized and systematic persecution of Rohingya Muslims from their lands in what has been described as by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner as “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing”. Consequently, entire Rohingya villages have been burned down, civilians are massacred, raped, and brutalized indiscriminately, and hundreds upon thousands of people are being forcibly displaced from their homes.

 

Despite the overwhelming evidence of human rights violations reported, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and head of the civilian government in Myanmar, has explicitly denied the existence of the genocidal campaign currently unfolding against Rohingya Muslims. Aung San Suu Kyi, a long beloved puppet of Western imperialism, praised for her ‘civil courage’ and dedication to ‘western liberal values’, has effectively shown her true colours as a genocidal collaborationist.

 

The Revolutionary Student Movement, an organization that stands against all forms of oppression, adamantly denounces the figure of Aung San Suu Kyi for her role in the ongoing crimes against Rohingya Muslims. We categorically reject the appraisal and normalization of any and all leaders that legitimize or are responsible for the systemic oppression of ethnic and religious minorities.

 

Given our current political context, where Islamophobic tendencies are slowly being normalized and tolerated despite the very real danger that it poses to Muslim communities in Canada, it is doubly critical that we actively challenge and denounce it wherever it rears its ugly head. There are stark similarities between the Islamophobic campaign being carried out in Burma against the Rohingya, such as the 969 Movement, which claims to be defenders of their nation’s ethnic purity and religious values, and the various Islamophobic groups such as the Soldiers of Odin, the Proud Boys, and the Northern Guards that are spearheading the normalization of hatred towards Muslims communities in Canada. The violence currently experienced by Rohingya Muslims did not emerge from a vacuum. It is the consequence of decades, if not centuries of systematic marginalization, exclusion and oppression by the Burmese ethnic and religious majority. We are experiencing a similar phenomenon in Canada and we must therefore combat it before it further amplifies, lest similar horrors happen here too.

 

As such, we demand that CUSA removes the Aung San Suu Kyi mural located in the tunnels near the University Center and replace it with a mural that promotes solidarity and equality between all ethnicities and religious creeds. There is no space on our campus for the appraisal of Islamophobes and apologists of ethnic cleansing. Furthermore, we urge Carleton students to join us in demanding that the administration revokes Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary degree given to her by the University in 2011. We also demand that the administration explicitly condemn Aung San Suu Kyi’s position towards the crimes being committed against Rohingya Muslims.

Revolutionary Student Movement Carleton Chapter

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

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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