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 afternoon. The men pursued the supporters for several blocks, yelling that they believed our supporters were responsible for spray painting a building.

We saw a dramatically increased police presence at our demonstration against public school closures on January 24th. Surveillance was heavy, with cops taking pictures of attendees’ faces and recording conversations. At the end of the demonstration, police approached and then pursued a group of RSM supporters and organizers for a short distance as they were leaving together.

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Pigs invade meeting of RSM-Sudbury on Thurs, Jan 26.

Later on Thursday evening, January 26th, during what was supposed to be our public Winter Semester Orientation at Laurentian University, police occupied the meeting room before we arrived preventing the Orientation from taking place. One RSM supporter who was on the scene was questioned and threatened by police. The cops pressed them for information even after they said they were not willing to share any. They threatened to charge the supporter with obstruction of justice for not giving their name and other information, and implied that ‘liking’ the RSM-Sudbury Facebook page was grounds for laying charges. After asking a number of times if the supporter had been at the demonstration on January 24th and receiving no answer, they attempted and failed to arrest them for trespassing at the Rainbow District School Board office under the assumption they had been at the demo.

And a few days ago, police invaded the home of a supporter and searched their residence without a warrant. They used intimidation and fear tactics to enter the premises, threatening to surround the house on all sides until a warrant to search could be obtained. The cops then searched the house under the pretense they were looking for somebody, but turned over every corner of the place where no person could hide, even inside dresser drawers, under mattresses, and through the contents of their desk. This is despite not laying any charges! They’ve continued to harass this person, showing up at their home three times now, and have shown up at the homes of other supporters as well. No RSM supporters have offered any information despite police intimidation and we continue to urge others to not to talk to the police either.

This heavy-handed police repression may look like a totally unprecedented attack on RSM-Sudbury, but the RSM has faced police surveillance and repression to a lesser degree since its inception. This is in the context of a general strengthening of the repressive state apparatus which targets any radical elements in society that call capitalism and its markers into question. We are facing a blatant attempt to stifle any further political activity of RSM-Sudbury because they see us as a threat.

We won’t allow them to intimidate us! RSM-Sudbury will continue to struggle against this rotten settler-colonial capitalist system, the state which protects it, and its many manifestations including the closures of eight public schools in our city!

We will continue to hold weekly public meetings on the Laurentian University campus. The meeting scheduled for this Thursday February 2nd will be cancelled, but regular weekly meetings will resume on Thursday February 9th at 6pm. All those interested in joining the fight are welcome to attend.


Solidarity with all targets of capitalist political repression!

Resist the campaign of police intimidation and terror!

Dare to struggle, dare to win!

Class On Campus: How does Class Decide Education?

Class On Campus: How does Class Decide Education?

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

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

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

Limits of the Current Student Movement

Class Struggle or Democratic Struggle?

About our Methods of Work

 

Solidarity!

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.

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 based on exploitation and oppression of the majority – and how to fight to transform it as part of the broader revolutionary working class movement.

The second half of meetings is dedicated to planning actions (tabling, presentations, campaigns, etc.) to push the class struggle forward at our schools and neighborhoods. By investigating the concrete conditions of oppression faced by the working class around us, linking (in action) the people’s daily struggles against these conditions with a long-term strategy for abolishing their root cause, and winning small victories along the way, we can prove the relevance of radical politics and start to organize a new people’s power against the old order.

All students and youth are welcome. Bring your radical ideas, rebellious energy, and frustrations with education, work and life under capitalism.

If you don’t go to L.U. but want to organize with us at your college or high school, contact us at RSM.Sudbury@gmail.com or via Facebook! Likewise if you are interested in the RSM but cannot make it to meetings.

Location is wheelchair-accessible. Child-care available upon request.

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 Student Centre, OPIRG Room 449C

We will discuss:
– Why do we need an anti-capitalist, anti-settler colonial, anti-imperialist combative student movement?
– What is the RSM?
– Topics for the weekly Communist Study Groups
– Plans for joining the Proletarian Feminist Front Toronto contingent at the February 14th Strawberry Ceremony for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
– Plans of the York Mobilization Committee and the March 24th Day of Action

If you can’t attend this meeting but would like to get involved, email revstudentsyork@gmail.com or drop us a message on our event page here