Red Spring 2019

Red Spring 2019

            Today, March 20th, across Canada students are mobilizing. They are joining together to walkout, strike and rally as part of the Red Spring, rising up to defiantly unite to defend work class student interests and fight a capitalist education system built for profit at the expense of the working class. We have five core

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THE ONTARIO STUDENT MOVEMENT WILL NOT BE CO-OPTED

THE ONTARIO STUDENT MOVEMENT WILL NOT BE CO-OPTED

Yesterday the Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario (CFS-ON) launched a callout for a province wide student walkout on March 20th at noon. It is an interesting coincidence that they chose to initiate a callout for action on that specific date. This date and time is exactly the same as the Red Spring Day of Action which we made a

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Student March Organizers Turn Backs on Antifascists in Ottawa

Student March Organizers Turn Backs on Antifascists in Ottawa

On February 4th, 2019 a rally and a march for student rights was held at Parliament Hill, as part of Ontario-wide day of protests. The event was organized by a new coalition of students who are passionate about resisting the recent cuts in tuition fee subsidies to working class students and the further dismantling of student organizations that were enacted

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Congratulation to the PCR-RCP on the 12th Anniversary of its Founding

Congratulation to the PCR-RCP on the 12th Anniversary of its Founding

This January 25th marks the 12th anniversary of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada (PCR-RCP). We congratulate them on this occasion and renew our commitment to working closely with our comrades to make revolution in Canada. It was the PCR-RCP which made the initiative to call a Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students together in 2012. This meeting was the

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Ontario Students Rise Up! Red Spring is Coming

Ontario Students Rise Up! Red Spring is Coming

Ever faithful to protecting capitalist interests, the enemies of the people in the government of Ontario have struck another blow against the interests of working class students. This time, it is by increasing the cost of education through a particularly conniving scheme: first, they leaked an announcement about a 10% tuition fee decrease for the 2019-2020 school year. They even

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RED SPRING IS COMING: LET’S SHUT THE SCHOOLS DOWN ON MARCH 20TH!

RED SPRING IS COMING: LET’S SHUT THE SCHOOLS DOWN ON MARCH 20TH!

As we sit in the depths of winter, the many hardships that working class students are faced with seem to have no end in sight, and only get worse as time goes by. But as spring comes to replace this difficult season, so too will the masses rise in defiance to bring about change! It’s time to turn the spring

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Vancouver: Transphobes and Bigots Off Our Campus! De-Platform Reactionaries!

Vancouver: Transphobes and Bigots Off Our Campus! De-Platform Reactionaries!

Today RSM members were alerted to the presence of a transphobic rally that was taking place on the University of British Columbia’s campus. The transphobic “rally” consisted of two lone bigots who held a banner reading "God made us male and female. Say no to fake transgender ideology!" Despite no planning or preparation, we quickly mobilized our supporters in the

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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

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Solidarity with Youth and Student Militants in Brazil and India!

Solidarity with Youth and Student Militants in Brazil and India!

  The Revolutionary Student Movement is in solidarity with Umar Khalid, Igor Mendes and the Brazilian 23! Around the world militants and organizers face harsh repression. This past week it was made clear by the arrest of 8 prominent revolutionary supporters in India. Students and youth are calling for strikes across India to rally to the defense of the imprisoned

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Ontario Conference Report Back

Ontario Conference Report Back

The Revolutionary Student Movement is ready to take on organizing in the upcoming school year! Most of our comrades across the country have already made plans for re-launching of work after the summer, and we are as prepared as ever. Last weekend, we have held the first ever Eastern Regional Conference in Hamilton, Ontario. Comrades from Hamilton, Toronto, Peterborough, Kitchener-Waterloo,

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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

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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,

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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,

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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

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

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

  [English follows below French] Le Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire (MER-RSM) félicite les courageux efforts de tout.es ceux/celle qui étaient présent.es le 25 Novembre pour contrer le rassemblement fasciste qui a eu lieu à Québec. Touefois nous sommes furieux d'entendre qu'une fois encore la police a protégé les fascistes, en mettant en arrestation 44 anti-fascistes et en retenant des charges contre

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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

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Un autre cafouillage de la FÉUO : l’importance de la ligne de masse et de l’assemblée générale dans les luttes de libération

Un autre cafouillage de la FÉUO : l’importance de la ligne de masse et de l’assemblée générale dans les luttes de libération

La dernière réunion du Bureau des Directeurs de la FÉUO a été le théâtre d’une bataille autour d’enjeux de taille, allant de la solidarité avec la résistance palestinienne à celle pour l’autonomie corporelle des femmes et comprenant plusieurs autres fronts. Malheureusement, les bureaucrates de la FÉUO ont encore une fois emprunté une stratégie qui écartait la participation des masses et

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Another mess at the SFUO: The importance of general assemblies and the mass line in liberation struggles

Another mess at the SFUO: The importance of general assemblies and the mass line in liberation struggles

The last Board of Administration meeting was the theatre of a struggle around important issues, from solidarity with Palestinian resistance to women’s bodily autonomy. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats at the SFUO once again used a strategy that discards mass participation that consisted of adding a list of liberation movements that would be supported in the SFUO policy manual. By trying to

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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!

[La version française suivra] 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

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Support the Students For Ontario College Faculty Campaign!

Support the Students For Ontario College Faculty Campaign!

Make your profile picture/cover photo the images below to show your support for the campaign!  

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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

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

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

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

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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

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No more tuition hikes! No more lobbying! Time to strike! / Non hausse de frais de scolarité! Non au lobbying! C’est le temps d’aller en grève!

No more tuition hikes! No more lobbying! Time to strike! / Non hausse de frais de scolarité! Non au lobbying! C’est le temps d’aller en grève!

[La version française suivra] Yesterday, the Board of Governors of uOttawa has voted to raise the tuition fees for the 12th consecutive year. The students have only 3 out of the 31 seats on the Board of Governors (BOG). The other 28 seats on the BOG are filled by the university’s upper administration and representatives from large corporations. The university

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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!

[English to Follow] 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

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

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

  La version française suivra Today, millions of people worldwide take to the streets to mark May Day – the International Workers Day. For more than 100 years, workers, students and communities fighting against oppression have marched on this day for revolution. We continue this tradition in Canada this year as well. In Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Quebec City, Sudbury, Winnipeg,

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On Reactionary Trends and Sectarianism Within the UWSA

On Reactionary Trends and Sectarianism Within the UWSA

RSM-UW Report from the UWSA Annual General Meeting   At the 2017 annual general meeting of the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA), the Revolutionary Student Movement-UWinnipeg (RSM-UW) brought forward three motions: a motion to hold a second general meeting each fall, a motion in support of anti-tuition activism, and a motion to denounce Israeli apartheid and support the Boycott,

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Resolutions of the Sixth Congress of the Revolutionary Student Movement

Resolutions of the Sixth Congress of the Revolutionary Student Movement

  CEGEP/College Expansion The MER-RSM Coordinating Committee will produce a general plan to intervene into CEGEPs or colleges that can provide guidance for local sections to intervene in institutions in their areas. Be it further resolved that this plan provide a strategy given the perceived limitations within these institutions that would make organizing in these institutions dissimilar from our experience

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Déclaration sur le départ de la section de Montréal (Statement On the Departure of the Montreal Section)

Déclaration sur le départ de la section de Montréal (Statement On the Departure of the Montreal Section)

Déclaration sur le départ de la section de Montréal du Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire [English to Follow]  Nous, le Comité de Coordination du MER-RSM, sommes déçu.es de voir la déclaration récente du MER Montréal annonçant leur départ de notre organisation. Bien que nous soyons déçu.es, nous ne sommes pas surpris.es: leur déclaration survient dans une suite d’évènement dont; la démission des

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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

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Student Democracy Sprouts at the General Assembly! / La démocratie étudiante fleurit à l’assemblée générale!

Student Democracy Sprouts at the General Assembly! / La démocratie étudiante fleurit à l’assemblée générale!

[La version française suivra] Tuesday night, we had our first General Assembly that met quorum, meaning it had the power to make decisions. Students could modify the agenda and propose a motion to strike down the executives’ 18% salary increase that was approved by the Board of Administration. This motion was adopted with an amendment limiting future salary increases to

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Happy Gender Oppressed Worker’s Day! / Joyeuse Journée des Travailleuses(eurs) de Genres Opprimés!

Happy Gender Oppressed Worker’s Day! / Joyeuse Journée des Travailleuses(eurs) de Genres Opprimés!

  [La version française suivra] Gender Oppressed Worker’s Day On March 8th we celebrate a Gender Oppressed Workers Day. We bring attention not only to the struggle of women in modern society, but to the struggle of all those whose who face violence and oppression for their gender. We recognize that the violence of patriarchy, misogyny, binarism, imperialism, and colonialism

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Rapport du 6eme congrès du MER-RSM

Rapport du 6eme congrès du MER-RSM

Le MER-RSM a tenu son 6eme congrès pancanadien le 18-19 février. Des délégués de 14 sections à travers le pays sont venus à Ottawa afin de  décider quelle sera le cours que prendra l’organisation, partager de l’expérience organisationnelle et réaffirmer notre engagement à avancer la lutte de classe partout où l’on s’organise! De par la résolution du 5e congrès, de consolider

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

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

On February 18-19 the MER-RSM has held its 6th Pan-Canadian Congress. Delegates from 14 sections from across the country came to Ottawa to decide on the course of our organization, share organizing experience and reaffirm our commitment to pushing the class struggle forward wherever we organize! Realizing the resolution from the 5th Congress to consolidate and build roots, most of

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RSM-UPEI Opposes School Closures!

RSM-UPEI Opposes School Closures!

On February 1st a public meeting about the proposed closure of 5 PEI schools was held at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown. RSM-UPEI chairperson Nova spoke at the meeting, highlighted that these closures are an attack on working class communities and, in the case of closing St Jean Elementary, they are a step toward gentrifying the midtown area. This

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RSM-Sudbury Targeted by Police Repression, but Continues to Organize!

RSM-Sudbury Targeted by Police Repression, but Continues to Organize!

Since the string of revolutionary street art began to appear around town on Monday of last week and the March Against School Closures on Tuesday January 24th, the police have intensified their attacks on the Sudbury chapter of the Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM-Sudbury). A small group of RSM supporters were chased by unidentified men in the downtown core that Monday

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On the Recent Wave of Revolutionary Street Art in Sudbury

On the Recent Wave of Revolutionary Street Art in Sudbury

The social media frenzy over the spray-painted slogans was in full swing by Monday morning last week. The local media outlets started to pick up the story soon thereafter. By lunchtime the news had already spread and mutated all over town. And over a week later, the wild speculation continues unabated, fueled by the appearance of more slogans. How could something

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

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

[French to Follow] We are back! 6th Revolutionary Student Movement Conference Callout As many comrades, supporters and organizers of the MER-RSM are aware, we unexpectedly had to push back our 6th Revolutionary Student Movement Conference. But we are back and will be hosting our 6th Congress on February 18th-19th 2017 in Ottawa! With invitees from coast to coast, this is

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No Nazis on Campus! Fascist Propaganda found at McMaster University

No Nazis on Campus! Fascist Propaganda found at McMaster University

On Monday morning Neo-Nazi propaganda was discovered on McMaster’s Campus and in the Westdale neighbourhood calling for the preservation of ‘white culture’ and organization in support of white ‘self-interest’. This represents an attack on all marginalized students in the McMaster community. Fascists lie, propagandize, and distort the facts to support a twisted narrative of supremacy and racial purity and as

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Postponement of the 6th Pan-Canadian RSM Congress

Postponement of the 6th Pan-Canadian RSM Congress

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

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Defend Our Democratic Rights! Defend Our General Assemblies!

Defend Our Democratic Rights! Defend Our General Assemblies!

On Saturday November 6th, the Board of Administration (BOA) of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) held its monthly meeting. It was at this meeting that the executive presented the results of a legal assessment of the organization's constitution. Despite allegedly having had this assessment since June, neither Board members nor students were made aware of it

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

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

The Prairies are Rising Red Within the last year of the work of the MER-RSM, perhaps the most promising development of our organization has been the affiliation of two anti-capitalist organizations in the prairies with our Pan-Canadian organization - the Socialist Student Association (SSA-RSM) at the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba Student Action Network (UMSAN-RSM). Through this,

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After the Day of Action: What Next?

After the Day of Action: What Next?

The Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) is excited to see that so many students across the country participated in November 2nd Day of Action, demanding an end to an education system which is unaffordable and inaccessible to most working class people and people from marginalized communities. Seeing this mobilization is truly inspiring, especially since most students who participated did not have

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Closure for Consolidation: Solidarity with TASS and LDSS!

Closure for Consolidation: Solidarity with TASS and LDSS!

Across Canada, high school students are feeling the brunt of government austerity measures. Their schools are being closed; a process known as ‘closure for consolidation’. In Peterborough, these destructive and anti-student measures were experienced by Lakefield District Secondary School students in September when they were forced to consolidate into Thomas a Stewart Secondary.   In May of 2015, Peterborough public

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RSM-UPEI Denounces the UPEI Student Union Council!

RSM-UPEI Denounces the UPEI Student Union Council!

The November 2nd Day of Action against tuition increases was initiated by the Canadian Federation of Students, and while the Revolutionary Student Movement has a different political line and practice with regard to tuition issues, we resolutely support efforts to resist tuition increases. RSM-UPEI would like to delineate our position on the Day of Action from the positions of other

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Solidarity with LDSS and CVDCS Student Walkouts Against School Closures!

Solidarity with LDSS and CVDCS Student Walkouts Against School Closures!

This past Wednesday, in solidarity with last week’s student walkout at Lively District Secondary School (LDSS), members of RSM-Sudbury gathered there to distribute a slightly different version of the statement below among the students, and to write messages of solidarity in chalk around the school. That same day, students at Chelmsford Valley District Composite School (CVDCS) also staged a walkout, inspired by

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Crisis in the SFUO and the way forward

Crisis in the SFUO and the way forward

There is a lot more than what appears on the surface concerning the financial crisis at the student federation (SFUO). As a militant anti-capitalist organization active on campus for 6 years now, we have been a part of, observed and struggled with the SFUO for some time and have noted what we have identified as structural weaknesses leading to an

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Support the November 2nd Day of Action! (#ALLOUTSTRIKE Graphics)

Support the November 2nd Day of Action! (#ALLOUTSTRIKE Graphics)

With the November 2nd Day of Action quickly approaching, the Revolutionary Student Movement encourages supporters to outfit themselves online with our custom #ALLOUTSTRIKE graphics/designs. Show your support for the Day of Action! 

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Against American Chauvinism: SDS Go Home!

Against American Chauvinism: SDS Go Home!

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

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Sixth Pan-Canadian Congress!

Sixth Pan-Canadian Congress!

The Revolutionary Student Movement is pleased to announce our Sixth Pan-Canadian Congress, to be held in Montreal on November 19 and 20, 2016! We invite all interested people and organizations to attend, to help build the revolutionary movement among students! Since our last Congress in Ottawa during the fall of 2015, the Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) has continued to grow.

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CITY OF OTTAWA GIVES PUBLIC SPACE TO MISOGYNIST ORGANIZATIONS!

CITY OF OTTAWA GIVES PUBLIC SPACE TO MISOGYNIST ORGANIZATIONS!

In February of this year, following public outrage, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson voiced his opposition to the misogynist “pick-up artist” Roosh V and the Return of Kings meet up in Ottawa that he has called for to happen across the world. People organizing to protest this unacceptable event has caused the predatory, women-hating “pick-up artist” organizers to cancel their public

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All Out November 2nd – Towards a Student Strike in Canada!

All Out November 2nd – Towards a Student Strike in Canada!

ALL OUT NOVEMBER 2nd! On November 2, 2016, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) has called for a Canada-wide day of action against tuition increases. The Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) unequivocally supports the call for a day of action. While we have differences of both political line and tactics with the CFS, the RSM will always support action against tuition

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De Caire Off Campus Campaign Stages Disruption at McMaster

De Caire Off Campus Campaign Stages Disruption at McMaster

On August 29, members of the De Caire off Campus! Campaign disrupted the President's of McMaster’s undergraduate address. Students distributed leaflets as two members of the coalition spoke about why the De Caire Off Campus! Campaign opposes De Caire, and the effect that a Director of Security and Parking like De Caire could have on new students at McMaster. In

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Greetings to Jugendwiderstand!

Greetings to Jugendwiderstand!

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades, We in MER-RSM are excited about the presentation on our organization that Jugendwiderstand is going to hold. This is the first time, to our knowledge, that such a presentation takes place abroad and we are glad to have gained such attention from another anti-capitalist organization abroad. While we are not strictly a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist organization, our organizations have

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Down with Displacement, Up with Decent Housing!

Down with Displacement, Up with Decent Housing!

British Columbia’s Lower Mainland includes some of the most expensive places to live in occupied Canada. Of the 523 municipalities surveyed in the Canadian Rental Housing Index, Vancouver and Burnaby rank last, or close to last in measures of rental affordability and quality of rental units. [1] The lack of affordable housing for working class people has been termed the

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Immigration Detention in Canada

Immigration Detention in Canada

Today at Central East Correctional Centre 50 immigration detainees are hunger striking to protest worsening living conditions, abuses, and indefinite detention. This comes one year after the death of Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan who was in the custody of Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). Hassan had spent 4 years waiting to be deported, suffering

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Solidarity Statement with Lindsay/Toronto Immigration Detainees on Hunger Strike

Solidarity Statement with Lindsay/Toronto Immigration Detainees on Hunger Strike

The Revolutionary Student Movement (Peterborough Chapter) expresses solidarity with 50 immigration detainees undergoing a hunger strike at Toronto and Lindsay prisons to protest worsening living conditions. These men are currently being held without a trial at the Central East Correctional Centre and Toronto East Detention Centre indefinitely, they are demanding to speak to Ralph Goodale (Canada's Minister of Public Safety).

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The Revolutionary Student Movement Celebrates International Workers Day!

The Revolutionary Student Movement Celebrates International Workers Day!

May Day 2016! The Revolutionary Student Movement will be participating in various actions across Canada to celebrate the ongoing struggle of the working class against capitalism, and to mourn the many people who have lost their lives to the abhorrent conditions of this oppressive system. On this day we extend revolutionary greetings and wishes of solidarity to all people struggling

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Reject Austerity- No to VSB Cuts and School Closures!

Reject Austerity- No to VSB Cuts and School Closures!

The Revolutionary Student Movement, Vancouver chapter, (RSM-Vancouver) is a group of anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist student organizers, based on unceded Coast Salish Territories. We are aware that the Vancouver School Board (VSB) is currently finalizing its operating budget for the 2016/2017 school year. In this process, the VSB has proposed cuts to make up for a $24.6 million funding shortfall, the largest

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International Working Women’s Day 2016 – A March and Demonstration for Abortion Access in Charlottetown, PEI

International Working Women’s Day 2016 – A March and Demonstration for Abortion Access in Charlottetown, PEI

In February 2016, the Revolutionary Student Movement at UPEI initiated a united front for abortion access. Working with affiliates of the Campus Alliance for Reproductive Justice (CARJ), the PEI Reproductive Rights Organization (PRRO), the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARRC), and Abortion Access Now PEI (AANPEI), we organized a demonstration which took place on March 8th, International Working Women's Day,

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Join the Fight Against MRA Reactionaries! CAFE has no Place in our Communities!

Join the Fight Against MRA Reactionaries! CAFE has no Place in our Communities!

In the first week of February 2016, notorious "neo-masculinist" Roosh V's proposed meetups for his "pick-up artist" (PUA) followers across the world were crushed by the collective anger and power of the masses. Across Canada, the people mobilized protests and militant responses to what was correctly identified as the hate speech of the anti-feminist Roosh V and his misogynist followers.

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Hands off Atikameksheng Land! Solidarity with Defenders of the Benny Forest!

Hands off Atikameksheng Land! Solidarity with Defenders of the Benny Forest!

The Benny Forest is threatened by the invasive arm of capitalist industry and the forces of colonization. Pristine blocks of old-growth forest, located an hour’s drive north of Sudbury on the ancestral lands and territorial hunting grounds of the Anishnawbek, are being clear-cut by the logging giant EACOM Timber and aerially sprayed with toxic herbicides. Innumerable rare species of animals and medicinal plants

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Oppose the Laurentian Board of Governors’ Attacks on Students! Expand the Fight to Defend the Barrie Campus! – RSM in Solidarity with Laurentian Barrie Students

Oppose the Laurentian Board of Governors’ Attacks on Students! Expand the Fight to Defend the Barrie Campus! – RSM in Solidarity with Laurentian Barrie Students

Greetings from the Sudbury chapter of the Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM) to the students of Laurentian Barrie! We stand in solidarity with you in the struggle against the University Board of Governors' plans to shut down many of your programs in Barrie by April 2017, denying hundreds the chance to finish their education there. We are an anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist student group

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RSM Movie Night: SNOWPIERCER

RSM Movie Night: SNOWPIERCER

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

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Police Rush to Defend MRAs! Statement on RSM-uO’s Protest of CAFE

Police Rush to Defend MRAs! Statement on RSM-uO’s Protest of CAFE

Last night, February 10th, the RSM participated in protesting a meeting of misogynists under the guise of "men's rights activism" on uOttawa campus. As a result, this event, which was organized, led and attended almost entirely by retired and tenured professors and other non-students, turned into a totally inappropriate, disgusting, and illegitimate show of repressive force against students. First, campus

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Police Repression, Popular Solidarity!

Police Repression, Popular Solidarity!

The RSM Montreal was present at the ‘’Fucking Big Night Demo’’ on December 18th. This anticapitalist demonstration was called by the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal Student Association for Free Tuition, a student group at Old Montreal Cégep, in a context of ruthless cuts to public services by our parliamentary bourgeoisie. The dogs of capital had also severly repressed two night demonstrations

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

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

outcryV1N1 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

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Class On Campus: How does Class Decide Education?

Class On Campus: How does Class Decide Education?

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

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DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOW! WHAT WE CAN DO TO BRING OUR STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION UNDER STUDENT CONTROL

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOW! WHAT WE CAN DO TO BRING OUR STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION UNDER STUDENT CONTROL

  The democratic pathways that students have open to them at the college are very narrow, in no way do students have a way for our voices to be heard, in no way can we make the Students’ Association (SA) reflect our interests as working class students. The representative system that we have now is anti-democratic and only serves the

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Political Report of the Coordinating Committee of the Revolutionary Student Movement

Political Report of the Coordinating Committee of the Revolutionary Student Movement

Table of Contents   A. The Education Sector in Canada   2 B. The Student Movement in Canada   12 C. The Work of the Revolutionary Student Movement   21   This report represents the current understanding of the Coordinating Committee of the Revolutionary Student Movement on the state of the class struggle in the education sector. We proceed by examining the

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Statement of Solidarity with Manitoba Harvest Unionists

Statement of Solidarity with Manitoba Harvest Unionists

The Revolutionary Student Movement stands in solidarity with the 19 workers fired by Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods for attempting to unionize their workplace. These men and women attempted to unionize to create a collective voice and fight against the racial discrimination, health and safety violations, and inadequate training that are found at the Manitoba Harvest workplace. Despite formerly having majority

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The People’s Dinner: Anti-Capitalist Community Meal

The People’s Dinner: Anti-Capitalist Community Meal

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

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Report Back from the 5th Congress of the Revolutionary Student Movement

Report Back from the 5th Congress of the Revolutionary Student Movement

The fifth congress of the Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire -Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM) was a huge success. This was the first congress in which we had consolidated sections across the country (rather than just contacts or activity in several regions); we were joined by delegates from Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, all over Ontario and Quebec, and PEI (in total 16 sections sent

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Resolutions of the Fifth Congress of the Revolutionary Student Movement

Resolutions of the Fifth Congress of the Revolutionary Student Movement

1. General line of work in the following year The MER-RSM will not hold a pan-Canadian day of action this year; Be it further resolved that we make the next year a year of consolidation and building roots; Be it further resolved that each section makes recruitment its primary focus; Be it further resolved that for effective recruitment, each section

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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RSM-Sudbury Meets Every Weds, 6-8pm at Laurentian University: All Students and Youth Are Invited!

RSM-Sudbury Meets Every Weds, 6-8pm at Laurentian University: All Students and Youth Are Invited!

The Sudbury chapter of the Revolutionary Student Movement now meets every Wednesday, 6-8pm in the Clubs Room (SCE-210) at the R.D. Parker Building, Laurentian University. Each meeting begins with reading aloud an important work of Marxist theory and discussing it in relation to today's world, to arm ourselves with a revolutionary understanding of Canadian society as an imperialist, colonial and capitalist system

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Down with Racism! Saturday 1PM in Confederation Park! All out Against Racism, Fascism, and Islamophobia!

Down with Racism! Saturday 1PM in Confederation Park! All out Against Racism, Fascism, and Islamophobia!

Down with Racism: Saturday November 21st 1pm This past Saturday night Masjid Al-Salaam (the sole Mosque in Peterborough and religious and cultural home to the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association) was the location of an arson attack. The community reached out in efforts to raise funds to fix the Mosque. However recent actions have shown that Racists, Fascists and Islamophobes are undeterred.

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RSM Peterborough is in Solidarity with Victims of Racist Attacks

RSM Peterborough is in Solidarity with Victims of Racist Attacks

RSM Peterborough stands in solidarity with the members of Masjid Al-Salaam, Muslims and people of colour throughout Peterborough and the Kawarthas in the face of an attack on the community’s Mosque this past Saturday Night. An arson attack just hours after the community was celebrating in the space is a clear message of racism and islamophobia. Such attacks by reactionary elements

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RSM Peterborough Serves the People

RSM Peterborough Serves the People

RSM Peterborough is glad to say we are hosting a Serve the People event on Monday November 23rd at 6:30pm in Confederation Park next to the weekly Food Not Bombs Peterborough dinner. At this event we will be distributing winter clothes from the OPIRG Free Market. In our actions we help to get those who need them warm clothes for

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Fascists Attack the RSM, Fail Miserably

Fascists Attack the RSM, Fail Miserably

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 A meeting of the Revolutionary Student Movement – Algonquin College was attacked by fascists. A group of neo-Nazis attempted to prevent the RSM’s first meeting of the 2015-2016 school year. Like cowards, they tore down a number of posters put up by the RSM before disrupting the meeting itself. The fascists then tried to enter the

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Statement of RSM Carleton on the OPIRG Carleton Eviction Crisis

Statement of RSM Carleton on the OPIRG Carleton Eviction Crisis

The Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) - Carleton is disappointed in the agreement reached between the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) - Carleton and the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA). We consider this to be an unqualified victory for CUSA. It is now apparent that CUSA executives can easily get away with threatening to destroy progressive spaces on campus and

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Fifth Congress of the Revolutionary Student Movement – October 31-November 1, Ottawa!

Fifth Congress of the Revolutionary Student Movement – October 31-November 1, Ottawa!

Update!!!: The RSM Coordinating Committee has made the decision to postpone the upcoming Congress to the weekend of October 31-November 1. This will give everyone -the Coordinating Committee, the sections, groups outside of the RSM, etc.- more time to prepare in order to ensure that the Congress is a success. See you in October!   The Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM)

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Rally in Solidarity With Baltmore

Rally in Solidarity With Baltmore

The Revolutionary Student Movement - Montreal is inviting you to a rally in support of the ongoing protests in Baltimore The rally will take place at Philips Square on May 20th at 6:30PM   A white police officer killing a black person is one racist murder among others, until the oppressed organize and rebel. The murder of Freddie Gray catalyzes

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#redspring2015 Day of Action Statement

#redspring2015 Day of Action Statement

The #redspring2015 Pan-Canadian day of action has finally arrived! When the Revolutionary Student Movement first called for a March 2015 day of action, we had no idea how students across Canada would respond. We hoped of course that students would take up the demands we issued –for free, democratic, liberating, and anti-colonial education- and run with them. So far we

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U-Pass referendum launches Nov.17-21 through ACSIS

U-Pass referendum launches Nov.17-21 through ACSIS

By Nicholas Hodge Almost four years after University of Ottawa and Carleton students were presented with the same choice; the Algonquin Students’ Association will hold a referendum on U-Pass implementation. The vote will take place Nov. 17 through 21 and will be accessible through the Algonquin College Student Information System (ACSIS) online. The SA committed to a referendum earlier this

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Algonquin’s RSM Takes Back The Night

Algonquin’s RSM Takes Back The Night

By Steph Hulse Participation in a downtown “Take Back the Night” rally by five Algonquin students has spurred them to seek to begin a similar movement here. The Algonquin College Chapter of the Revolutionary Student Movement attended the Take Back the Night Event on Oct. 8, and the rain, men and women of all ages gathered in Minto Park at

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Campus revolutionaries look to feed hungry students

Campus revolutionaries look to feed hungry students

By Lauren Khalil Algonquin’s Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) had to postpone the unveiling of its new People’s Stone Soup (PSS) initiative due to recent changes in policies regarding safe food handling. The initiative was expected to be up and running for Sept. 17, but has been rescheduled to kick off Sept. 24.  The RSM is hoping to have the necessary

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RSM Takes Vandalism Blow

RSM Takes Vandalism Blow

By Devin Orsini A new Algonquin political club called the Revolutionary Student Movement, has had 41 posters torn down off of billboards across campus. “It’s reprehensible; it should never happen. The nature of politics is oppositional, but something like this is not alright,” said Faris Lehn, clubs and communities co-ordinator. “It’s very rude, they’re wasting our time and money. It’s just

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Algonquin’s revolution

Algonquin’s revolution

By Aidan Cullis   The college could see a new voice given to the student body in the form of the creation of an Algonquin chapter of the Revolutionary Student Movement. Regi Neppel, a 20-year-old horticulture student, became one of the lead organizers of the Algonquin chapter in early November. Neppel and fellow RSM organizer Brendan White, an 18-year-old marketing

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#redspring2015 March 24 Day of Action Against Austerity! Solidarity with the Spring 2015 Movement!

#redspring2015 March 24 Day of Action Against Austerity! Solidarity with the Spring 2015 Movement!

The Revolutionary Student Movement is calling for a pan-Canadian day of action against austerity and in solidarity with the Spring 2015 movement on March 24, 2015. We call for the creation of mobilization committees on campuses across Canada with the intent of organizing actions –strikes, demonstrations, walk-outs, etc. – on March 24. Let’s use this opportunity to build a student

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How to Form a Spring 2015 Mobilization Committee

How to Form a Spring 2015 Mobilization Committee

You’re new to political organizing. You don’t have the experience or the networks, but you know you want to help somehow. You’re excited about the March 24 day of action that’s coming up, but don’t know where to start. You want to organize a Mobilization Committee, but aren’t sure how. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. The only way to

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1st General Meeting of RSM-York!

1st General Meeting of RSM-York!

The Revolutionary Student Movement - York University Chapter is ready to start things off this year! Join us on our 1st meeting of the term if you want to learn more about RSM and what we do, if you're interested in getting involved, and what to know what our plans are for the term. WHEN: February 2, 5-7PM WHERE: York

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York University, Rise Up! Join the #RedSpring2015 Mobilization Committee!

York University, Rise Up! Join the #RedSpring2015 Mobilization Committee!

Students of York University! Rise-up! Mobilize Towards the Pan-Canadian Day of Action, March 24 We are calling for individual students, campus organizations and allies to join the #redspring2015 mobilization committee. 1ST MOBILIZATION COMMITTEE MEETING: WHEN: February 11, 2014, 4-6PM WHERE: HNES lounge at the 1st Floor On the FIRST MEETING, we will discuss: - Our demands (Are these demands applicable

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Resisting White Supremacy, Colonialism, and Racism on Campus Event

Resisting White Supremacy, Colonialism, and Racism on Campus Event

The Equity Committee and the Accessibility Community Equity Committee in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) are holding an anti-colonial and anti-racist event on Tues January 20th between 2:00 - 4:00 pm, with a special panel from groups on campus! York friends and comrades, please come to this event to learn, share and strategize! Our university continues to deny that

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Communist Discussion Group at St. George Campus

Communist Discussion Group at St. George Campus

WHEN: Every Friday from 6-8PM, starting on January 23rd, 2014WHERE: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 2268 on the second floor. Join the Revolutionary Student Movement for the first communist discussion group of the winter semester. The discussion group will include discussions about the struggles of proletarian students in Canada, class struggle, imperialism, settler colonialism and the need to

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Students of Canada: Rise-up! Pan-Canadian Day of Action, March 24

Students of Canada: Rise-up! Pan-Canadian Day of Action, March 24

This spring, students across Quebec will strike against austerity. The Spring 2015 movement has united students and workers in the fight for free and accessible education, and is benefitting from the lessons learned in the Maple Spring of 2012. Coming from outside the traditional student organizations, the Spring 2015 committee has already organized a number of actions to promote the

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Revolutionary Students Disrupt Cop Recruitment at Laurentian University

Revolutionary Students Disrupt Cop Recruitment at Laurentian University

On 9 October 2014, the Sudbury chapter of the Revolutionary Student Movement carried out disruptive operations against an RCMP recruitment event held on Laurentian University campus. As the recruitment presentation began at 4pm, members of the RSM stood up to read aloud a statement condemning “the RCMP – enforcers of the racist settler-colonial capitalist order – and their presence here

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RSM in Solidarity with Students at UBC!

RSM in Solidarity with Students at UBC!

Dear Students of UBC, The Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM) sends you revolutionary greetings! We stand with you in solidarity in your recent struggles against tuition fees and against all barriers to post-secondary education. We support your opposition to the unaffordable housing policy and tuition hikes upon international students that have been imposed upon you by your University's administration. Over the

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RSM Algonquin Statement on 2014 Trans Day of Remembrance

RSM Algonquin Statement on 2014 Trans Day of Remembrance

According to a prominent GLB organization, Pride Toronto, Trans Day of Remembrance ‘serves several purposes’ from ‘raising public awareness of hate-crimes against trans people’ to mourning and honoring ‘the lives of our “brothers and sisters” who might otherwise be forgotten.’ We, the Revolutionary Student Movement: Algonquin College Chapter, understand Trans Day of Remembrance to be a day to mourn victims

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Politicians Are Liars, And Trudeau Isn’t Any Different

Politicians Are Liars, And Trudeau Isn’t Any Different

Tomorrow, on March 28th 2014, Justin Trudeau is coming to the ‘Gonk to try to convince students to vote (presumably for the Liberals) in the upcoming election, to become politically involved, despite the falling voter turn-out due to a general disenchantment wand loss of confidence in our bourgeois parliamentary ‘democracy.’ All over Canada, it’s plain to see that folks know

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QSA Under Fire: Rally for Support

QSA Under Fire: Rally for Support

Against homophobia and trans*phobia! Against capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism! The struggle against homophobia and trans*phobia is part of the struggle for socialism! The Revolutionary Student Movement: Algonquin College Chapter (RSM), in light of the attack on the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) office, wishes to express our solidarity with the QSA and outrage against what is rightfully being called a hate

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Why Strike?

Why Strike?

To Undergraduate Students of the University of Ottawa, Last year UOttawa made history when we became the first campus in Ontario to have General Assemblies as the highest decision making body of our Student Federation. We achieved this victory with a referendum that ended in 1968 students voting YES to GA’s. This clearly showed us that students not only wanted

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RSM-UOTTAWA CONDEMNS ISRAEL’S RENEWED ASSAULT ON PALESTINE

RSM-UOTTAWA CONDEMNS ISRAEL’S RENEWED ASSAULT ON PALESTINE

University of Ottawa Revolutionary Student Movement in association with OPIRG denounces the unceasing attack on the people of Gaza perpetrated by the State of Israel that to this hour has resulted in more than a thousand Palestinians killed, thousands wounded, overwhelming majority of them civilians - children, women, the elderly and men not affiliated with any armed group. As we

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CHAIRPERSON OF UOTTAWA SECTION OF THE RSM ON THE MEN’S RIGHTS FASCISTS

CHAIRPERSON OF UOTTAWA SECTION OF THE RSM ON THE MEN’S RIGHTS FASCISTS

After the uOttawa RSM was successful at shutting down a men's rights fascist event in Ottawa, the organizers of the action were approached by The Fulcrum, uOttawa's English language newspaper, for an interview (available here). Given the increased interest of this event in recent days, and that The Fulcrum's article omitted much of the political content contained in the interview, we

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RSM-UofT Expands to the Scarborough Campus!

RSM-UofT Expands to the Scarborough Campus!

WHEN: Every Monday 6-8PM, starting on January 19th, 2014 WHERE: University of Toronto Scarborough Library, Room 253A We're pleased to announce we now have two chapters at the University of Toronto! Those who were unable to make it out to St. George now have the opportunity to meet and discuss revolutionary theory with us in Scarborough. Join us for the

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The Mass Line and Student Organizing

The Mass Line and Student Organizing

This is an adaptation of a presentation given by a member of the RSM at the Montreal Student Movement Convention in the Summer of 2014. I. Introduction This section of the workshop is titled “The Mass Line and Student Organizing”. As the name implies, I’m going to be talking about the relevance of the mass line to work that we

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SOME NEWS FROM COMRADES AT UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

SOME NEWS FROM COMRADES AT UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

The uOttawa Marxist Students' Association has been actively involved in the creation of the Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) since the RSM's initial conception. Over the past year our movement has grown in ways that we did not expect, both in Ottawa and across Canada. We've expanded the RSM to new provinces, seeded organizations on new campuses, and have built our

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Revolutionary Students of Canada and Quebec: Get Involved with the RSM!

Revolutionary Students of Canada and Quebec: Get Involved with the RSM!

In December 2012 a loose collection of anti-capitalist student organizations, inspired by the experience of the Maple Spring, came together with the goal of building a Canada-wide anti-capitalist student organization. Between December 2012 and now, we have experienced many successes. We succeeded in unifying around a political line that emphasized class struggle within the student movement. We spread that perspective

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About Our Methods of Work

About Our Methods of Work

The MER-RSM is still a fairly new organization. It was conceived of as a result of several years’ worth of experience within the student movement in the Montreal area and in the student strikes that took place there, the critique of the social-democratic student movement in Ottawa from militants located there, as well as the initiation of communist student work

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Call-out for the Fourth Conference of the RSM – Quebec City, November 2014

Call-out for the Fourth Conference of the RSM – Quebec City, November 2014

In the two years since the inaugural Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students, held in December 2012 in Toronto, the Revolutionary Student Movement has made leaps and bounds in its development, reshaping the terrain of the student movement in Canada by building a viable revolutionary force which is advancing class struggle on campuses.  Growing from a small collection of more-or-less

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Class Struggle or Democratic Struggle? : Message to the YCL on the ‘Main Political Report’ to the YCL’s 26th Central Convention

Class Struggle or Democratic Struggle? : Message to the YCL on the ‘Main Political Report’ to the YCL’s 26th Central Convention

First and foremost, the Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM) would like to congratulate the Young Communist League (YCL) on launching the call for the YCL’s 26th Central Convention. The MER-RSM is a new attempt to build a Canada-wide revolutionary, combative, militant, and anti-capitalist student movement. We aim to organise students in the service of the broader working-class movement, towards communism. We

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Resolutions of the Third Pan-Canadian Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students

Resolutions of the Third Pan-Canadian Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students

1) A Constitutional Committee should be established, and tasked with creating a constitution for the MER-RSM. This committee should take into account the various recommendations made during the plenary session. All recommendations to this committee should be submitted no later than two months prior to the next conference of the MER-RSM. A draft constitution should be prepared and disseminated no

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Call-out for the Third Pan-Canadian Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students

Call-out for the Third Pan-Canadian Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students

This is the best time in over a generation to be a revolutionary. The objective conditions for the emergence of a genuine revolutionary movement in Canada exist. The Revolutionary Student Movement is part of an attempt to build up the subjective conditions – the self-conscious self-organization of communists – to a point where we can face the challenges and capitalize

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Revolutionary Frontlines: Speaking Tour

Revolutionary Frontlines: Speaking Tour

This speaking tour is the result of a proposal adopted by the 2nd National Conference of Revolutionary Youth, last June, in Ottawa, following a workshop on Anti-Imperialism. 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

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Resolutions from the Second Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students

Resolutions from the Second Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students

The Organizing committee of the Second Conference of Revolutionary Students and Youth wishes to thank all those who attended this conference. We also invite all activists interested in issues of revolutionary organization in Canada to take note of those proposals adopted to join themselves to the organization of the third conference to be held in early 2014 in Montreal. In solidarity!

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Limits of the Current Student Movement

Limits of the Current Student Movement

  Political Document from the Second Pan-Canadian Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students, August 2013 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

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Second National Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students

Second National Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students

Seize the Time! It’s right to rebel! Ottawa, June 15-16, 2013 Just over a year ago, in February 2012, students in Quebec walked out of their classrooms and began their mass student strike, which raged throughout the province for over six months. The strike against tuition fee hikes, an austerity measure proposed by the former Liberal government, ushered in the so-called

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UPDATE : NATIONAL CONFERENCE

UPDATE : NATIONAL CONFERENCE

ATTENTION PLEASE! The National Conference of Revolutionary Students and Youth of the PCR-RCP Canada will take place in December (more details available on the "Seize the time! Blaze a revolutionary path" Page ). You're interested? Contact us at seizethetime2012@yahoo.ca!  

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Resolutions of the Quebec City Conference

Resolutions of the Quebec City Conference

1. The RSM officially supports the Spring 2015 movement and will dedicate itself to building the movement. The RSM will bring forward an anti-capitalist line into the mobilization committees for the spring 2015 Strike. In Quebec: -comrades should openly throw themselves into mobilization committees and the Spring 2015 committees. -they should aspire to be the best and most active militants

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Close the Barn Door, Keep the Pigs Out! RCMP Recruitment Protest in Toronto

Close the Barn Door, Keep the Pigs Out! RCMP Recruitment Protest in Toronto

On Wednesday, November 19th, the Revolutionary Student Movement—an anti-capitalist, militant student organization—carried out a protest against a Royal Canadian Mounted Police recruitment event on University of Toronto campus. The protest outside the Medical Science Building was joined by comrades from the Proletarian Feminist Front and the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee. Protestors handed out pamphlets to passing pedestrians and attendees of

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Close the Barn Door, Keep the Pigs Out! RCMP Recruitment Protest in Toronto

Close the Barn Door, Keep the Pigs Out! RCMP Recruitment Protest in Toronto

On Wednesday, November 19th, the Revolutionary Student Movement—an anti-capitalist, militant student organization—carried out a protest against a Royal Canadian Mounted Police recruitment event on University of Toronto campus. The protest outside the Medical Science Building was joined by comrades from the Proletarian Feminist Front and the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee. Protestors handed out pamphlets to passing pedestrians and attendees of

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Film Screening and Discussion – Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Film Screening and Discussion – Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

On November 27th at 6:00PM, the Revolutionary Student Movement - University of Toronto, will be holding a film screening of "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance". The film is a documentary on the Mohawk resistance against the Canadian state during the Oka crisis. Following the screening, there will be a discussion surrounding the struggles of Indigenous peoples against the forces of

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RSM-York Air-Time on YorkU’s CHRY 105.5 FM!

RSM-York Air-Time on YorkU’s CHRY 105.5 FM!

Tune in Mon October 20th online on York's campus radio CHRY 105.5 FM to listen to RSM-York do a mini-segment about itself, along with announcing the upcoming ICAWPI event! Air time is between 12-1 pm, and we'll be on likely towards the last quarter of the hour www.facebook.com/chryradio www.chryfm.com

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The War in India: Genocide, Fascism, and Resistance; Joint Event with the International Campaign Against War on the People in India (ICAWPI)!

The War in India: Genocide, Fascism, and Resistance; Joint Event with the International Campaign Against War on the People in India (ICAWPI)!

RSM-York is pleased to be holding a joint event with our comrades from ICAWPI! This will be a can't miss event Come out for an open discussion on the situation in India, where for the past five years the government has been waging all-out war on its population; murdering, raping and detaining tens of thousands of activists, militants and civilians

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Call-Out for the Fourth Conference of the RSM – Quebec City, November 2014

Call-Out for the Fourth Conference of the RSM – Quebec City, November 2014

In the two years since the inaugural Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students, held in December 2012 in Toronto, the Revolutionary Student Movement has made leaps and bounds in its development, reshaping the terrain of the student movement in Canada by building a viable revolutionary force which is advancing class struggle on campuses.  Growing from a small collection of more-or-less

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Call-out for the Fourth Conference of the RSM – Quebec City, November 2014

Call-out for the Fourth Conference of the RSM – Quebec City, November 2014

In the two years since the inaugural Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students, held in December 2012 in Toronto, the Revolutionary Student Movement has made leaps and bounds in its development, reshaping the terrain of the student movement in Canada by building a viable revolutionary force which is advancing class struggle on campuses.  Growing from a small collection of more-or-less

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Tabling for OPIRG-York’s 2014 Disorientation!

Tabling for OPIRG-York’s 2014 Disorientation!

We'll be tabling most of the day between 10 am - 4 pm. Come out and discuss with us how we intend to unleash class struggle on campus! DIS-ORIENTATION @ York U 2014: Fear Of An Active Campus! Full Schedule: http://diso2014.opirgyork.ca/ Volunteer Opportunities/Training: bit.ly/diso2014 York University has a long history of protest and social movements. Lead by both student and

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A New Year at York for the RSM! Discussion Groups

A New Year at York for the RSM! Discussion Groups

WHEN: Every Monday, starting on September 22, 2014 WHERE: Overgrad Cafe, Ross South 167 Join the Revolutionary Students Movement at York University for a weekly discussion group where we talk about the struggles of proletarian students in Canada, class struggle, imperialism, settler colonialism and the need to organize youth and students towards the revolution! Let's make our campus a site

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Weekly Discussion Group at the University of Toronto!

Weekly Discussion Group at the University of Toronto!

Join the members of the Revolutionary Student Movement at the University of Toronto for a weekly communist discussion group! Contact revolutionary.studentsto@gmail.com if you’d like to join!! WHEN: Every Wednesday, starting September 24, 2014 WHERE: OISE room 2190, 252 Bloor Street West

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Revolutionary Student Movement, At an Orientation Near You!

Revolutionary Student Movement, At an Orientation Near You!

The Revolutionary Student Movement chapters at York University and the University of Toronto will be tabling in various orientation events all throughout September! Come visit our table, meet other revolutionary youth, learn how to get involved and get a chance to win FREE TICKETS to the Coup concert on September 5th at the Hard Luck Bar! Catch RSM in the

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Revolutionary Student Movement, At an Orientation Near You!

Revolutionary Student Movement, At an Orientation Near You!

The Revolutionary Student Movement chapters at York University and the University of Toronto will be tabling in various orientation events all throughout September! Come visit our table, meet other revolutionary youth, learn how to get involved and get a chance to win FREE TICKETS to the Coup concert on September 5th at the Hard Luck Bar! Catch RSM in the

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RSM-York Endorses This Letter by RacismWatch@York in light of the White Supremacy Posters Going up Around Campus

RSM-York Endorses This Letter by RacismWatch@York in light of the White Supremacy Posters Going up Around Campus

"August 14, 2014 To Mamdouh Shoukri and York University, This week, students, faculty and staff at York University were attacked by blatant racism on campus.  Flyers created by Immigration Watch Canada (IWC) depicting students of colour as a threat to white Canada were circulated on the York University Keele campus.  Similar flyers were also distributed across the York Village, where

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Revolutionary Student Movement Contingent at the ALL OUT FOR GAZA! Toronto Rally

Revolutionary Student Movement Contingent at the ALL OUT FOR GAZA! Toronto Rally

Join the Revolutionary Students Movement contingent with the Proletarian Feminist Front (PFF) and the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee (PRAC) at the All Out for Gaza rally and march on August 10 in front of the Israeli Consulate. For more info on the rally, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/335278933294901/?fref=ts Also check out PCR-RCP’s article “Terrorist Israel, Canada Accomplice! Gaza Will Live On, Palestine Will

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Revolutionary Student Movement Contingent at the ALL OUT FOR GAZA! Toronto Rally

Revolutionary Student Movement Contingent at the ALL OUT FOR GAZA! Toronto Rally

Join the Revolutionary Students Movement contingent at the All Out for Gaza rally and march on August 10 in front of the Israeli Consulate. For more info on the rally, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/335278933294901/?fref=ts Also check out PCR-RCP's article "Terrorist Israel, Canada Accomplice! Gaza Will Live On, Palestine Will Win!" here From Gaza to Ramallah, Intifada, Intifada!

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Revolutionaries shut down Men’s Rights Activists Event at the University of Toronto

Revolutionaries shut down Men’s Rights Activists Event at the University of Toronto

Comrades from the Revolutionary Student Movement, the Proletarian Feminist Front, and the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee confronted reactionary Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) as they gathered to spread their message of misogyny this past Tuesday at the University of Toronto. MRAs, organized under the dubiously-named “Canadian Association For Equality” were completely unprepared for the opposition they must inevitably face. After facing

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Revolutionaries shut down Mens’ Rights Activists Event at the University of Toronto

Revolutionaries shut down Mens’ Rights Activists Event at the University of Toronto

Comrades from the Revolutionary Student Movement, the Proletarian Feminist Front, and the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee confronted reactionary Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) as they gathered to spread their message of misogyny this past Tuesday at the University of Toronto. MRAs, organized under the dubiously-named “Canadian Association For Equality” were completely unprepared for the opposition they must inevitably face. After facing

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No Matter Who Wins, The Working Class Loses! Ontario Election Boycott Forum- Saturday, June 7

No Matter Who Wins, The Working Class Loses! Ontario Election Boycott Forum- Saturday, June 7

Time and again, the working class is expected to go to the polls and endorse the section of the ruling class that will oppress, exploit and mislead them for the years to come. More and more, we’re refusing to take part in the charade. More than half the working class knows this system can never be for them, and its

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Join the Revolutionary Student Movement and the Proletarian Feminist Front for a Revolutionary May Day!

Join the Revolutionary Student Movement and the Proletarian Feminist Front for a Revolutionary May Day!

This International Worker’s Day, join the Revolutionary Student Movement and the Proletarian Feminist Front Toronto as we celebrate the historical struggles of working class people, and rally together in our fight for communism! The Revolutionary Student Movement will be hosting an hour of radio on CHRY 105.5 FM from 1 pm-2 pm as part of their special May Day Programming. We will be

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Next Communist School: The State and Revolution

Next Communist School: The State and Revolution

The entire capitalist economy is based on the exploitation and oppression of the vast majority of the world’s people. How has it been able to continue? By what means has the power and wealth of the ruling class been preserved despite the fact that they are objectively murderers and parasites? In short: the state. In order to maintain their domination over

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Want to Build a Combative, Anti-Capitalist Student and Youth Movement?

Want to Build a Combative, Anti-Capitalist Student and Youth Movement?

Report-back from the Third National Conference of Revolutionary Students and Youth  The Third National Conference of Revolutionary Students and youths, held March 1 and 2, was a success. It further solidified the determination of young revolutionaries from across Ontario, Quebec, and BC in building the kind of organization that’s capable of leading the masses of oppressed and exploited youths in

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Militant Students at University of Toronto Prepare for a Mass Mobilization to Stop the Eviction of the Transitional Year Programme (TYP)!

Militant Students at University of Toronto Prepare for a Mass Mobilization to Stop the Eviction of the Transitional Year Programme (TYP)!

Members of the Transitional Year Programme Preservation Alliance (TYPPA) are gearing up for a mass mobilization on February 27, 2014, the date of University of Toronto’s Govering Council meeting. The Council will meet to approve the development of “Site 10.” This decision will result in the demolition of 49 St. George Street, which houses the Transitional Year Programme, to make

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Winter Communist School #2: The Student Struggle

Winter Communist School #2: The Student Struggle

Hello everyone, I am excited to announce that RSM-UofT is having its second communist school of winter 2014 this upcoming Monday, February 10th from 4-6PM, at the Centre for Women and Trans People (563 Spadina Ave, room 100). The topic is on the student movement. A more detailed description of some of the issues we will touch on is outlined below. We

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Communist School Presents: Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

Communist School Presents: Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

Communist School is back this fall! Lesson 3 is a read-out-loud and discussion of the document, “Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!” Where: 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100 * wheelchair accessible via Bancroft Ave. When: December 8, Sunday, 4-6PM Childcare available on site. Refreshments will be served. Fall Communist School is a biweekly educational initiative hosted by the Revolutionary Student Movement – Toronto.

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Solidarity Statement for the Revolutionary Students at CUNY

Solidarity Statement for the Revolutionary Students at CUNY

The Revolutionary Student Movement (Toronto Chapter) sends its revolutionary greetings to the Revolutionary Students Coordinating Committee. We write to express our full solidarity with Comrades Khalil Vasquez and Tafador Sourov, and the CUNY 6. We are inspired by the initiatives your comrades have taken in leading righteous struggles on campus that expose the university as a cog in the US

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Proletarianize the University! Expand the Transitional Year Programme!

Proletarianize the University! Expand the Transitional Year Programme!

A primer written by the Revolutionary Student Movement – University of Toronto chapter Situation of proletarian First Nations and Canadian youth Proletarian youth make up a large fraction of the Canadian population! Living in this country means our lives are shaped by the capitalist state’s exploitation of people, plunder of the land, and of resources. Capitalism exists for profit and

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Communist School Presents: Revolutionary Attitude and Combat Liberalism

Communist School Presents: Revolutionary Attitude and Combat Liberalism

Communist School is back this fall! Lesson 2 is a read-out-loud and discussion of two documents on mass work: Revolutionary Attitude and Combat Liberalism. Where: 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100 * wheelchair accessible via Bancroft Ave. When: November 24, Sunday, 4-6PM Childcare available on site. Refreshments will be served. Fall Communist School is a biweekly educational initiative hosted by the

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Join RSM for a Demo to Preserve the Transitional Year Programme (TYP)

Join RSM for a Demo to Preserve the Transitional Year Programme (TYP)

  Transition to Expansion: U of T, Hands off the TYP Town Hall Meeting with Cheryl Regehr Monday November 18th 12 pm Galbraith Building, room 248 35 St. George Street The Transitional Year Programme Preservation Alliance, which the RSM has been participating in, has been meeting in recent months to discuss our concerns around proposed changes to the Transitional Year

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Communist School Presents: Proletarian Feminism

Communist School Presents: Proletarian Feminism

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

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Revolutionary Student Movement All Saints Day Film Screening and Social

Revolutionary Student Movement All Saints Day Film Screening and Social

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

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Revolutionary Student Movement – Toronto Orientation: Thurs Oct 10

Revolutionary Student Movement – Toronto Orientation: Thurs Oct 10

    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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWN WITH TD, DOWN WITH THE BOURGEOISIE! The 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

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Students Challenge Hate-Activists at University of Toronto

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

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PCR-RCP Calls for May Day Evening Rally

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.     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

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2nd Communism-Out-Loud School!

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

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

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

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Join the RSM at Communism-Out-Loud School

Join the RSM at Communism-Out-Loud School

Are you interested in Marxism? Want to learn the basics but can’t get required readings done in advance? The Revolutionary Students Movement (RSM), together with its parent organization Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee (PRAC), are hosting a series of Communist Schools on the topic of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism (MLM). These sessions are meant for beginners with no prior knowledge of MLM. In addition,

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Build the Anti-Capitalist Student Movement!

Build the Anti-Capitalist Student Movement!

Join the RSM for a public documentary screening on the activities of the far-left in the Quebec student struggle and open discussion to follow. Tuesday, Feb. 12th at 7 pm, OISE rm. 4410. The Quebec Student Strike of last year no doubt inspired and radicalized a generation of young people. As capitalists continue ravaging this earth, ruthlessly exploiting and attacking

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Letter of Solidarity to Peterborough Students

Letter of Solidarity to Peterborough Students

This letter was written by PRAC-RSM upon learning of a planned walk-out and potential sit-in, by Peterborough students, on Dec 11, 2012. This walk-out is in support of Ontario teachers fighting for better work conditions, as well as for the reinstatement of extra-curricular activities. The Peterborough students correctly recognized that the blame for the teacher’s work-to-rule action is on the government

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Communist Propaganda: Red Theatre and Music!

Communist Propaganda: Red Theatre and Music!

Hi! In case you haven’t heard, Toronto’s Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee and Revolutionary Student Movement is hosting a communist propaganda event, at Hen House–the same venue where the Born This Red! Communist Dance Party was held. What’s special about this event is that PRAC/RSM will be putting on their first red theatre performance. Here is the event poster: Synopsis: Gandie is a young student activist

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BORN THIS RED! Revolutionary Dance Party in Support of PRAC/RSM!

BORN THIS RED! Revolutionary Dance Party in Support of PRAC/RSM!

BORN THIS RED!: Communist Dance Party On June 26, 2012, the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee (PRAC) and the Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) will celebrate Pride Week with a night of dancing. There will be a performance by Jadelicious, and revolutionary dance tunes will be provided by DJ Hamma-n-Sickle. Please join the PRAC and the RSM at the Hen House to

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A School is a Prison, but Real Education is Liberation; A Call-Out for High-School Students to Join the Revolution!

A School is a Prison, but Real Education is Liberation; A Call-Out for High-School Students to Join the Revolution!

Being a high school student sucks! Not only do parents have authority over you at home, but also the teachers, the VP and the principal at school! You have to take bullshit classes like Careers and Civics that teach you nothing about the real world. Many of you even have to deal with the surveillance of cops in the hallways. Our society is

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Seize the Time! Blaze a Revolutionary Path!

Seize the Time! Blaze a Revolutionary Path!

1st National Conference of the Students and Youth: October 2012, Toronto, Canada Parti communiste révolutionnaire – Revolutionary Communist Party (Canada) It is Right to Rebel From the Arab Spring, to the UK riots and the #Occupy movements in North America, exploited workers and oppressed masses continue taking the streets. To tackle the economic crisis they created, capitalists and their lackey

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From Protest to Resistance: West Germany’s Red Army Faction in the 1970s and 1980s

From Protest to Resistance: West Germany’s Red Army Faction in the 1970s and 1980s

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Settler-Colonialism, Red Power, and Revolutionary Politics–An Evening with Roxanne Dunbar-Oritz

Settler-Colonialism, Red Power, and Revolutionary Politics–An Evening with Roxanne Dunbar-Oritz

Audio recording of this event is now available. To listen, click the appropriate section below: Introduction by PRAC/RSM and Revolutionary greetings from the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada (RCP-Canada): http://www.mediafire.com/?22xmjm3c5mkooe9 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s talk: http://www.mediafire.com/?495rt4k9ucdfjty Question and Answer period: http://www.mediafire.com/?nzvk46ov8wdzpiw In the imperialist countries of the United States of America and Canada, the Native peoples’ struggle for self-determination and liberation is

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Report-Back from the Anti-Corporatization, Anti-Imperialism Rally

Report-Back from the Anti-Corporatization, Anti-Imperialism Rally

Recently, PRAC/RSM participated in an anti-corporatization, anti-imperialism rally organized by a coalition, headed by a student organization at UofT. The rally was by-and-large successful, despite the fact that one of the coalition groups threatened to back out after seeing the previous post. This experience led RSM to make a post about right-wing sectarianism and opportunism. Background info: The deal-breaker, as it came

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Support the Revolutionary Party in Afghanistan! Fight the Occupation and Comprador/Reactionary Forces!

Support the Revolutionary Party in Afghanistan! Fight the Occupation and Comprador/Reactionary Forces!

Military Conference to be hosted at University of Toronto Members of the Revolutionary Student Movement recently became aware of a military conference happening next week, on April 10th and 11th. The event is called “Afghanistan: The Australian and the Canadian Experience Compared“, and is stacked with a “star”-studded cast, including Major-General Jonathan Vance, Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff, Canadian Forces, and

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M1M–May 1st Movement

M1M–May 1st Movement

For May 1st, in recognition of International Worker’s Day, PRAC/RSM Toronto is working with a number of other anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist organizations to put together a unified march from Nathan Philips Square to Alexandra Park. Unlike the previous year, which saw the march divide into two parts, this year’s march there will only be one march. We hope you join us.

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Toward a Revolutionary Proletarian Feminism

Toward a Revolutionary Proletarian Feminism

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the next Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) Communist Night School* will discuss issues of gender and class. Specifically, what does feminism mean to proletarian and working-class women? We will read about various strands of feminist thought—from radical feminism, socialist feminism, liberal feminism, to anarcho-feminism—and critique each strand. Finally, we will explore what proletarian feminism means in order to develop a revolutionary

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Communist Night School on People’s War in India!

Communist Night School on People’s War in India!

Wednesday, Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm Location: Room 223 at Innis College 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S1J5 Readings provided. Click here. Snacks provided. Bring your friends! The third installment of the Revolutionary Students Movement’s Communist Night School will be held in solidarity with the International Week of Support for the People’s War in India from January 14-22. Join us

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Combating Liberalism: Sexuality and Class Politics

Combating Liberalism: Sexuality and Class Politics

The Revolutionary Students Movement in Toronto will be hosting a Communist Night School on Thursday, November 17th, from 7PM to 9PM, at Innis College, room 313. We invite you to the second session of an ongoing series of free educational discussions on various aspects of Communist politics and culture where we will debate questions of identity politics and liberalism. Let’s discuss

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Mao at Occupy Toronto!

Mao at Occupy Toronto!

RSM/PRAC banner of Mao’s face 🙂

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Thoughts on the Upcoming Elections

Thoughts on the Upcoming Elections

With provincial elections on its way, we the proletariat see the usual string of promises. These promises have no other purpose but to diffuse people’s rage at the bourgeois Canadian state. All the candidates have adopted rhetoric that addresses the working class, but it is all a sham! All the candidates are simply slight variations of each other. All of

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Communist Skool Launch!

Communist Skool Launch!

Please read  Prakash’s  “Where Should Students and Youth Make a New Beginning?” We will also be taking a recent youth issue of the Partisan–a newspaper published  by the RCP (Revolutionary Communist Party)–and discussing a segment of it. The newspaper article will be available at the meeting. Our aim is to help students and youth gain a theoretical understanding of our political

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Short speech made at the Oct 15th “Canada out of Afghanistan Now!” rally

Short speech made at the Oct 15th “Canada out of Afghanistan Now!” rally

A more detailed summary of the rally, as well as an analysis of Occupy Toronto, which happened on the same day, can be found on the PRAC website. We are the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee of Toronto. We denounce Canadian imperialism. We denounce the occupation of Afghanistan. We stand in solidarity and support of the Communist-Maoist Party of Afghanistan. The

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A Quick Historical and Contextual Overview of “JRA/PFLP: Declaration of World War by Masao Adachi” (1971)

A Quick Historical and Contextual Overview of “JRA/PFLP: Declaration of World War by Masao Adachi” (1971)

The Proletarian Revolution Action Committee of Toronto and the Revolutionary Student Movement would like to thank everyone for coming out to the event tonight!!! To put the film in context, we would like to provide a  brief historical overview of the political situation in which this film was made, the relationship between the Japanese Red Army and the infamous United Red

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JRA/PFLP” Declaration of World War” by Masao Adachi (1971)

JRA/PFLP” Declaration of World War” by Masao Adachi (1971)

FILM-SCREENING FUNDRAISER Suggested Donation is $10 -$20 (though people without funds will not be turned away). ***With introductory remarks by Toronto based Video Artist and Curator, Victoria Moufawad-Paul *** Filmed in 1971 in the midst of joint anti-imperialist military actions carried out by the Japanese Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Declaration of World War

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Flags Burned at Anti-Imperialist Demo in Montreal

Flags Burned at Anti-Imperialist Demo in Montreal

Protesters denouncing American Imperialist laws and foreign policy gathered en masse today in Montreal.  In a showing of their disgust protesters burned both a Canadian Flag and American flag. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we gather to mourn all those killed by US/Canada/NATO in the terrifying years since 9/11. This protest was called not just to target America, but to expose Canada

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Banner Drop at UofT Clubs Day!

Banner Drop at UofT Clubs Day!

[caption id="attachment_856" align="alignnone" width="300"] "Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it." - Frantz Fanon[/caption]

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4 Things Students Face under Capitalism

4 Things Students Face under Capitalism

4 THINGS STUDENTS FACE UNDER CAPITALISM   Capitalism is a socio-economic system in which the poor majority toils in misery to maintain the wealth of the rich bourgeoisie. These are four conditions that proletarian (working-class) students and youth face under capitalism: 1. The overwhelming majority of working class students will never get to go to university, or even college because

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RSM’s Statement on Jack Layton’s Death

RSM’s Statement on Jack Layton’s Death

Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party, passed away earlier this month. Indeed, this death was regrettable, as friends, families, and supporters mourned their loss. A blog post on MLM Mayhem criticizes the state sanctioned fanfare around the funeral, but more importantly–criticizes  the general radical left in Toronto, who, while identifying as anti-capitalist and anti-statist, took part in the state-sanctioned mass mourning, all the

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Red Spring 2019

Red Spring 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, March 20th, across Canada students are mobilizing. They are joining together to walkout, strike and rally as part of the Red Spring, rising up to defiantly unite to defend work class student interests and fight a capitalist education system built for profit at the expense of the working class. We have five core points of unity which we are joining together in action to defend and propose, not as a quick fix to capitalist education to make it slightly more tolerable, but as a new vision of an education system which is progressive, revolutionary, and liberatory.

We say let us have an education system which realizes:

1. Education in the service of the people, not profit!

Education must serve the interests of the people, not corporations and profit. Everyone needs to have access to post-secondary education. Research has to be done for the benefit of all, not the benefit of capitalists and their wars. A democratic and scientific education must replace the imperialist, settler-colonial and patriarchal curriculum. Education needs to prepare us to struggle for justice and liberation, not simply prepare us to be exploited on the job.

2. Guaranteed paid internships for all students

Interns are workers and must be paid equally for the same work as other workers in their field. Over 300,000 interns across the country do not get proper pay. The times when employers could exploit intern workers without pay must end now!

3. Abolition of tuition fees at all levels of education! Cancellation of all outstanding student debt!

Banks and the government keep using students as cash-cows while tuition fees and debt become unbearable for most of us. We will not be held hostage to the scam of having to give an arm and a leg for a basic necessity such as education!

4. Barrier-free access to post-secondary education for all Indigenous people and an anti-colonial aspect to all programs!

Canada, as a settler-colonial state, is built on stolen land and the genocide of Indigenous nations. All Indigenous people must have barrier-free access to post-secondary education. We support the creation of independent faculties, colleges and universities controlled by the Indigenous people. The education system needs to foster the cultures and languages of Indigenous people within it and include mandatory anti-colonial components in all programs.

5. Democratic control of post-secondary institutions!

Universities and colleges should be run by the people they serve, not by unelected boards of governors and administrators filled with representatives of the big banks and large corporations. We demand the abolition of boards of governors. Instead, schools must be run by committees elected at a general assembly composed of students, faculty, support staff, and members of the community.

The fight of today, the organizing of the last two months, the Red Spring campaign is only one step in the path. What we demonstrate is that simply lobbying is not enough. We can ask all we want instead we need to build a movement which can realize the education system we need. Working class students face an education system that tries to make us obedient subordinates, future workers who will toil for someone else’s profit. But we must continue to defiantly build our own movement, not one that requests but demands a better future and one that can gain the power to make it a reality.

We need not one day of actions, not one day of strikes, but unlimited general student strikes as part of a broader revolutionary front against capitalism, imperialism, and settler-colonialism. That can only come by joining together to organize as we have today and continuing the work we have started. In 2012, 2015 and this year again the students across Quebec are striking. We must learn from their success and failures and build toward similar general strikes from coast to coast.

To accomplish these tasks we need to understand what is necessary, that is a militant, politicized working class student movement. A movement that breaks from old bad habits of reformism and begging for a set at the table to ask for concessions and instead fights to win. This is the movement that we aim to build around us as the Revolutionary Student Movement.

The work does not stop today. In the coming week many local Revolutionary Student Movement sections will be having meetings to continue to organize and to learn from our successes. Join us, whether you were out today or not we cannot let up.

No Fees!
No Debt!

No barriers to education!

In Struggle,

MER-RSM Coordinating Committee

THE ONTARIO STUDENT MOVEMENT WILL NOT BE CO-OPTED

THE ONTARIO STUDENT MOVEMENT WILL NOT BE CO-OPTED

Yesterday the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario (CFS-ON) launched a callout for a province wide student walkout on March 20th at noon. It is an interesting coincidence that they chose to initiate a callout for action on that specific date. This date and time is exactly the same as the Red Spring Day of Action which we made a public callout for on January 19th and have been actively organizing to promote on campuses across the country. Already the CFS leadership is feigning ignorance about this widely promoted campaign, admitting they didn’t try to reach out to us before announcing it. This is a dishonest and opportunistic move to co-opt and undermine what is and continues to be an independent, radical initiative of student organizers across Canada. Failing to mobilize quickly and effectively themselves, they have chosen to try and graft themselves onto the work of others. They hope to take the credit by throwing money at expensive promotion, photo ops with pictures of paid staffers and plastic mass-produced protest signs, all to go towards lobbying the politicians who keep on passing legislation to harm most students and prevent us from organizing. They will keep on pretending they have any semblance of relevance to the 500,000 students they claim to represent, the absolute majority of whom has never heard of the CFS despite funding it. This action cannot be swept aside as a misunderstanding, a miscommunication or an innocent mistake. Leadership of the group with a multi-million dollar operating budget, paid organizers and deep rooted networks among student bureaucracy knows perfectly well what events are organized by which student group across the country. The CFS exposes itself once again not only as ineffective and not useful to the student movement, but also as harmful to us all.

If they were simply useless, trying to foster professional careers in “activism” and secure jobs as staffers for political parties without repercussions for the lives of students it would be easy to ignore them. But they work to co-op, control and undermine every student initiative that is new, radical and bold. Their ossified bureaucratic apparatus is completely disconnected from the reality of most students and is incapable to represent us. They are rife with corruption and embezzlement scandals, as well as dishonest bureaucratic maneuvering instead of open political engagement. Our future is on the line and the CFS is part of the problem. The working class in Canada is facing harsh austerity attacks ratcheted up by every government and working class students are no exception to this. We are facing higher levels of debt post-graduation, if it is at all possible for some of us to afford attending school in the first place. Upon graduation we find ourselves pushed more and more into working temp jobs for capitalists taking a greater and greater share of the wealth that needs to be shared by us all. The situation is dire and therefore we need a movement that can fight and win. We need to put politics in command and build a genuine student movement led by the interests of the people who face the most oppression while making the most sacrifices and putting in the most work for everything around us to exist. We need to stop asking politicians for handouts. Instead, we need to strike as often and for as long as we need until we win major systemic changes. All the CFS can do is lobby and unsurprisingly in their 38 years of existence we have experienced 38 years of defeat. Their demands are hollow. They may sound appealing at times, but at best they pay lip service to the interests of most students they claim to represent. They call on the government to give us the right to organize, to protect student voices, for more grants less loans, and to eliminate tuition fees. But they are afraid of being bold, decisive and of fighting for these demands. Demands are not gifts to be handed down by benevolent lords but victories we must win on the streets, at our schools and at work. We will never win anything on the negotiating table not already won in struggle.

In contrast, our points of unity are explicitly political, they are not requests we make of a government that we already know would rather see us chained by our debt and dutifully working for them and the profit of their boss friends. And we are tirelessly organizing to mobilize more and more students around these:

  1. Education in the service of the people, not profit!
  2. Guaranteed paid internships for all students
  3. Abolition of tuition fees at all levels of education! Cancellation of all outstanding student debt!
  4. Barrier-free access to post-secondary education for all Indigenous people and an anti-colonial aspect to all programs!
  5. Democratic control of post-secondary institutions!

 

We have no illusions that the task of realising these demands is an easy or simple process. But we cannot afford to keep begging for scraps from the table of the ruling class and we have a plan to win our demands. Our task is to build a working-class student movement capable of exercising powerful, united student strikes. A movement that is only a part of a larger set of revolutionary forces which can demand on the negotiating table what we have already won. This is no small feat, but it is possible. The examples of Quebec in 2012 and 2015 most recently show us that we can win victories by strong, continuous resistance and working class solidarity. We do not see these experiences uncritically, but we also are not afraid to get our hands dirty and actually build a student movement that can fight.

The CFS-Ontario can definitely recognize they are at the brink of total collapse, as they cannot exist without money. And their only response is to attempt to pretend they have been at the helm of the work students across the country have been doing since January for the upcoming Red Spring actions on March 20th. We need to reject their insufficient demands and go beyond trying to prop-up the same failed strategies of the last 38 years. That union bureaucrats would stoop to grafting on to existing work speaks to their own pathetic desperation. Calling for an action to conflict with an already existing organizing efforts of many students across the country is an attempt to damage the student movement and assert their dominance in a hostile way. The government and the ruling class couldn’t have gotten better help than this – seeing a major student organization step on toes of independent, radical organizing to try to split students apart must make them really happy.

We reject any attempts to water down the politics of the student movement. We call on all of our comrades and supporters to completely abandon any kind of engagement with every CFS-aligned initiative. The student movement needs to get rid of this dead weight by building a genuinely radical resistance and organizing. We must fight knowing that it is right to rebel and it is even better to make revolution. We will continue to resist and to build a movement that can smash the current system of for-profit education and oppressive anti-people governments and we will unite the students across this country to build a new, better system in its place.

In Struggle,

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

Student March Organizers Turn Backs on Antifascists in Ottawa

Student March Organizers Turn Backs on Antifascists in Ottawa

On February 4th, 2019 a rally and a march for student rights was held at Parliament Hill, as part of Ontario-wide day of protests. The event was organized by a new coalition of students who are passionate about resisting the recent cuts in tuition fee subsidies to working class students and the further dismantling of student organizations that were enacted by the current conservative government. Recently, career activist groups such as the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and Carleton Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) have been latching on to similar spontaneous protests organized by members of the masses. The CFS is notorious for its corruption scandals and waste of student money that sustains them, while both they and the GSA are largely disconnected from most students who are not even aware of the existence of these organizations. Despite access to significant institutional funding and student networks, these organizations are rarely able to mobilize more than a few dozen students on each campus largely due to a lack of political perspective to rally most students around. What these groups bring to student organizing is the push to undermine militancy of the masses, the cooptation of events made by others in order to control the political messaging and speakers, and the same old ineffective methods of organizing that boil down to politely asking politicians for small handouts (which they never even give). These groups and their methods of organizing are one of the major reasons why student resistance is at a very low level everywhere outside of Quebec, as they bring much more harm than good by undermining any sort of radical, combative initiatives while most of their leaders seek to bolster their resumes for a future career.

Despite the abundant organizing resources available to the CFS and GSA, the event only attracted around 50 people and was one of the many traditional methods of organizing that does not threaten the ruling class and their drive to harm the working class and people from oppressed groups. Members of the MER-RSM in Ottawa attend many events like this with the aim of offering a more radical perspective on student organizing, as we talk to participants, and try to push the militancy of such events forward when possible, as well as learning more about the grievances that the people and groups that organize such events have. We recognize that the initial drive to go and do something against outrageous processes that harm the masses is a just cause and we support the intent behind it. However, we also understand the limitations of traditional organizing and lead campaigns of our own, with the goal of growing the militancy of the masses that we organize with and winning major gains instead of defending against every new attack that keeps being hurled at us by the ruling class daily.

We are often met with hostility from some anti-communist participants, who are usually unhappy with our flags and banners, as well as stunts that phoney leftist activists pull to exclude us as they feel threatened by our presence. However, something really uncommon has happened at this event that has left us highly disappointed and dismayed at the conduct of the main organizers. A known extreme right “yellow vest” organizer has attempted to disrupt the event, recording everyone in it and raving about the made-up harms of immigration. Two comrades confronted her, putting flags in front of her camera in order to block her from the event and protect those in attendance. She was aggressively pulling our flags, trying to get into a physical alteration and somehow managed to get a small cut on her face. She backed off shortly after this, which shows that standing up to racists and extreme right organizers is the only way to get rid of them.

Since most of the organizers, especially those in the CFS and GSA constantly talk about how anti-racist and progressive they are, surely they would want to rejoice at the sight of an extreme right troll being pushed away from the rally. But their response couldn’t have been further from this. Instead, the organizers rushed to check up on the “wounded” racist that tried to disrupt the rally, asking if there is anything she wanted them to do. She asked them to go and report this to the police, which some of the organizers gladly did. But one of the organizers shined the brightest among them. Zidane, who works with the GSA and was recently affiliated with the student organization called the Young Communist League (YCL) and the Communist Party of Canada has taken the initiative of being ready to dial 911 on his phone as we were attempting to block the right wing troll. A comrade from our group has notices this and quickly confronted him. In response, he claimed that he was only prepared to call the paramedics in case that the extreme right racist would have needed medical attention.

Such behavior is completely unacceptable, disgraceful and dangerous for any leftist, as everyone knows that doing so would invite police harassment of the rally and its participants. Cops in Ottawa have a long history of racist and politically motivated violence, against leftist protesters. It is especially egregious, since someone affiliated with the communist movement would choose to call the cops instead of helping confront a racist. People who choose to act this way should not be allowed in any progressive organizing, much less be allowed to take leadership of it.

It is extremely disappointing and shocking to see organizers of the event making more efforts to protect a racist organizer rather than students who opposed her attempts to disrupt the rally. The organizers have tried to blame us for the confrontation and kept asking us to leave after that incident. Seeing that the cops were getting closer and pointing at our group, and realizing that most people at the rally do not have our backs, we decided to leave it early.

As the result, we no longer have any reason to join events organized by the same organizers. We cannot be a part of events where we not only have to be on guard against cops and extreme right counter-protesters, but also need to watch our backs around event organizers. It is time to break away from the ineffective, traditional methods of organizing that have exhausted any potential they could have had. We are moving forward with the organizing for a student walk out across Ontario in February 15th, leading on to a one-day student strike across the country on March 20th. It is time to sweep away the corrupt and unprincipled career activists and their decaying organizations that suck the life of radical student organizing. We need to end this blight upon the student movement and organize a truly combative, militant student movement that dares to struggle and dares to win!

 

In struggle,

Revolutionary Student Movement in Ottawa

Congratulation to the PCR-RCP on the 12th Anniversary of its Founding

Congratulation to the PCR-RCP on the 12th Anniversary of its Founding

This January 25th marks the 12th anniversary of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada (PCR-RCP). We congratulate them on this occasion and renew our commitment to working closely with our comrades to make revolution in Canada. It was the PCR-RCP which made the initiative to call a Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students together in 2012. This meeting was the first of several which culminated 4 years later with the creation of our organization the Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM). Along the way we have been lucky to struggle alongside the PCR-RCP and appreciate the strong leadership they have offered us as well as others in making revolution. Our modest success would have been impossible without their guidance and support.

We have never made any bones about the fact we are guided by communist principles and that the end goal of our work is revolution. We recognize that we are only one part of the larger united front against the various enemies of the oppressed people and the proletariat in Canada. The united front that will defeat capitalism, settler-colonialism and imperialism in this country. The PCR-RCP is an integral part of that movement.

Today we say to our comrades Lal Salam or Red Salute and look forward to continuing the revolutionary struggle for as long as it takes to build a new world!

In Struggle,

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

Ontario Students Rise Up! Red Spring is Coming

Ontario Students Rise Up! Red Spring is Coming

Ever faithful to protecting capitalist interests, the enemies of the people in the government of Ontario have struck another blow against the interests of working class students. This time, it is by increasing the cost of education through a particularly conniving scheme: first, they leaked an announcement about a 10% tuition fee decrease for the 2019-2020 school year. They even promised that tuition fees will be frozen at this level for the following year as well. However, this is a diversion from the real news. The far more significant changes are in the structure of loans through the OSAP program. As always, when we delve deeper we find that behind every such announcement, whatever the rhetoric, the goal is for the government to structure education to train a generation of workers equipped only to take on the jobs they desire to exploit us through, and be pacified both through debt and propaganda.

What are the nuts and bolts of these changes? First, the 6-month post-graduation grace period has been eliminated, making repayment process and loan interest start immediately after graduation. This will result in students being forced into deeper debt, faster than before. It will also push more students into jobs outside of their field of study. This will lead to an increase of the class divide between working class and bourgeois students: working class students bear the brunt of student debt and will not have time to pursue work in the field of their study before they are forced to pay their loans. The second change is the altering of the way available funding is calculated, with the maximum cap put on the portion of funding offered in grants to 50%. This change hits working class students the hardest, since they are predominantly low-income. Previously, the grant-to-loan ratio was scaled to income and the number of dependents an applicant has. Now, while this is still the case, those with minimal income will be saddled with a higher debt load. Ultimately, this will push working class students who have the least ability to pay for the loans to have the greatest amount of debt. These changes should remind us that our education system is constructed to serve the interests of capitalists. These changes will entrench the class divisions amongst students and hurt those of us from the working class especially hard. None of us should be so naïve as to think that any politician today can create an education service that is in our interests. But we can fight to build one both in resisting these changes in the here and now and building a movement that can fundamentally restructure society. We can build a movement that can make revolution.

In addition to these decreases, one of the other changes is the so called “Student Choice Initiative”. The choice, of course, was made for the students by this government, without asking for our permission or opinions. The aim of this initiative is to alter the rules around ancillary fees. When realized, it will direct post-secondary education institutions to let students choose to opt-out of “non-essential” fees. This will be realized in two ways:

1. Student union or association fees will be made optional. We need to remember, that outside Quebec these organizations are not democratic, accountable or connected to serving the interests of most students. Corruption scandals and toothless actions are the order of the day for most student unions across this country. But let us be clear on this: this is an issue that working class students need to solve on our own, by organizing to rebuild our student movement in our interests. Politicians need to keep their filthy hands out of our affairs! And the same goes for school administrations, constantly working to sabotage our future.

2. Other fees and levies that predominantly serve working class students will be undermined. We can think of many examples from food banks to daycare services. These fees, while “non-essential”, primarily help working class students who are in need of assistance. What this change will functionally achieve is to further privatize the provision of services that may not be essential to the school as a whole, but are certainly essential for working class students. These meager handouts are not even enough to adequately help most people in need of assistance, but the attack on it cannot be seen as anything other than an attempt by capitalists to profit further off of the misery they create for us.

Most student groups, including those on the left that oppose this tuition increase have adopted a stance of laying all of the blame on one bad man – Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario. He is certainly a bad man, but the changes we fight against aren’t the result of one man’s actions – they are a result of the governing Conservative party’s policies. But even more so, they are the result of how the Canadian state works, on the federal, provincial and municipal levels. It is the result of it serving the ruling class of the wealthiest capitalists and their interests. We do not have universal, barrier-free and accessible post-secondary education. We do not have an education system that serves the people, we only have a system where we take on a huge debt to be able to qualify as sufficiently-trained workers for the capitalist bosses. Our education system only constantly reproduces society as we know it – a society built on oppressive and outright criminal system of capitalism, colonialism and imperialism. It does not help to bring us towards a better future, towards a different kind of world. And those who cannot afford to take on education get forced into increasingly precarious, low-paying, back-breaking labor that can barely suffice for survival.

Outrage against the actions of this government is justified. However, things will not change through expressions of moral outrage and knee-jerk reactions to every terrible measure that this government announces every few weeks. Students and workers need to organize around longer-term goals instead. We need to unite in a fight for a better world, the way we want to see it. Not just be scattered and on the defensive all the time.

This government has already launched an attack on every working class person in the province, by depriving us of the small, overdue, minimum wage increase. It has attacked us by stealing the much needed guaranteed few paid sick leave days and other basic workplace necessities. In a show of adherence to colonial oppression, it has canceled all work to include the general practices, customs and traditions of Indigenous peoples in geography, history and social studies courses in both elementary and high school curriculum. It has forced our high-schools to revert back to an outdated sex-education curriculum, reversing years of improved understanding of healthier relationships. It has deprived the Francophone communities in Ontario of the funding for their education programs. There is much harm this government has done, and much more it will do.

This is why we call on all the communities, groups and individuals harmed and outraged by all these attacks on the people to join us in taking matters into our own hands. We are calling for a one-day Strike and marches on February 15th at noon. We will organize a walk-out of classes across the province, and we are looking for every bit of solidarity and support!

We aim to increase the resistance further, and we call on all the students in Ontario to join our Red Spring Day of Action on March 20th! Students across the country will mobilize for a one-day strike to shut down the schools and make the following 5 demands:

 

  1. Education in the service of the people, not profit!

Education must serve the interests of the people, not corporations and profit. Everyone needs to have access to post-secondary education. Research has to be done for the benefit of all, not the benefit of capitalists and their wars. A democratic and scientific education must replace the imperialist, settler-colonial and patriarchal curriculum. Education needs to prepare us to struggle for justice and liberation, not simply prepare us to be exploited on the job.

  1. Guaranteed paid internships for all students

Interns are workers and must be paid equally for the same work as other workers in their field. Over 300,000 interns across the country do not get proper pay. The times when employers could exploit intern workers without pay must end now!

  1. Abolition of tuition fees at all levels of education! Cancellation of all outstanding student debt!

Banks and the government keep using students as cash-cows while tuition fees and debt become unbearable for most of us. We will not be held hostage to the scam of having to give an arm and a leg for a basic necessity such as education!

  1. Barrier-free access to post-secondary education for all Indigenous people and an anti-colonial aspect to all programs!

Canada, as a settler-colonial state, is built on stolen land and the genocide of Indigenous nations. All Indigenous people must have barrier-free access to post-secondary education. We support the creation of independent faculties, colleges and universities controlled by the Indigenous people. The education system needs to foster the cultures and languages of Indigenous people within it and include mandatory anti-colonial components in all programs.

  1. Democratic control of post-secondary institutions!

Universities and colleges should be run by the people they serve, not by unelected boards of governors and administrators filled with representatives of the big banks and large corporations. We demand the abolition of boards of governors. Instead, schools must be run by committees elected at a general assembly composed of students, faculty, support staff, and members of the community.

 

We can fight and we will fight, but in order to win it is not enough to just push back against the harmful changes constantly being hurled at us before we can effectively organize to resist. The only way we can hope to win is by building a movement of students and workers capable of putting up a fight. This movement will grow in each and every struggle until we have realized a world where education serves the people, not profit and where the governing rules of society are not exploitation and oppression, but mutual support and solidarity among the working class. In order to achieve this, we need to end capitalism and the capitalist education system. Today, this means gathering together and striking back.

On February 15th join us across Ontario and on March 20th join us coast to coast to coast. Let us be the spark to start a prairie fire and burn down this old system, clearing the way for a new one to grow!

 

No fees, no debt, no barriers to education!

Dare to struggle – dare to win!

Coordinating Committee of the MER-RSM

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