Movie Night: “Communists on Campus!”

Movie Night: “Communists on Campus!”

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

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

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

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

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

 

RSM Movie Night: SNOWPIERCER

RSM Movie Night: SNOWPIERCER

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

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

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

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

See this event on Facebook and share it with your friends and comrades.

The People’s Dinner: Anti-Capitalist Community Meal

The People’s Dinner: Anti-Capitalist Community Meal

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

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


Why an ‘anti-capitalist’ meal?

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


Serve and empower the people

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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