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 first weekly discussion group!

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The discussion group will include discussions about the struggles of proletarian students in Canada, class struggle, imperialism, settler colonialism and the need to organize youth and students towards the revolution!

For this session, we will be reading out-loud and discussing a document from the Revolutionary Communist Party, titled “What is Canada”, in which we outline the capitalist, imperialist and colonialist contradictions of the Canadian State.

We will have copies of the document for everyone during the discussion group.

Together, let’s make our campus a site of class struggle!!

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 the organized resistance of the comrades, who disrupted the meeting by shouting slogans, heckling, and singing “The Internationale”, the MRAs disbanded their meeting and attempted to relocate and reconvene. The comrades pursued them, again forcing an end to their event.

After dispersing entirely, the MRAs scattered like cockroaches and found a hidden corner of the campus in which to collectively lick their wounds. Laughably, they have even attempted to use this fact as evidence that their event was not shut down!

The emergence of Men’s Rights Activists, who attempt to paint feminism as the source of men’s “oppression” and “declining status” – is a trend which must be curtailed. From rape apologism to the stalking, harassment and threatening of feminist activists, MRAs have revealed that they are more interested in being the enemies of women than anything else.

This is another in a series of examples where organized resistance to Men’s Rights reaction is met with overwhelming success. They demonstrate time and again that they are incapable of holding firm in the face of opposition. A cowardly politics gives rise to cowardly behaviour, and with resolution and organization we can drive this anti-people ideology into the dustbin of history!

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

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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 way for the construction of the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepeneurship. If passed, TYP will be moved to the basement & first floor of a Woodworth College building, a much smaller space than its current space. More than half of the proposed space will also be shared with the college.

Militant students and alumni of TYP and their allies have been actively intervening in UofT’s board meetings to demand that TYP be relocated to a space that is comparable to its current home and for the program’s budget and operations to be restored to full capacity.In response, the administration has argued that the proposed smaller space allocated for TYP is based on its current operation.

“The provost keeps on insisting that the budget is separate issue from the allocation of space,” says one TYPPA member, “but we can’t be fooled, we know its related and part of the plan to slowly eliminate TYP.”

For the past few years, the administration has flatlined TYP’s budget, refused to replace retired faculty, and reduced its enrolment size. The administration has also been forcing TYP to amalgamate with Woodsworth’s Academic Bridging Program, a change that would compromise its autonomy and lose its focus on recruiting working-class, Black and Indigenous adults to its program.

“First, the university downsizes the program, then decides to move it a smaller space,” explains the TYPPA member. “And it is no accident that the space they have ‘found’ for us is in a college where they’ve always wanted it to be absorbed into,” the member added.

The Revolutionary Student Movement – UofT chapter, has been actively supporting the proletriat TYP students and alumni in their fight to preserve the program. “TYP is an initiative started by radical Black students, aimed to serve the most oppressed sectors of our society,” according to an RSM member, “it is the task of revolutionaries to protect the initiatives and advance the interests of the proletariat members of the student population.”

RSM believes that working-class, progressive students and youth must learn about the vital role that students and youth have and can play in the making of revolutionary history. It calls on all proletariat youth and students to join the February 27th mobilization in solidarity with program’s students and alumni. “It is not the university’s Governing Council, but rather the realization of our will to fight, that will ultimately determine the fate of TYP,” declares an RSM member.

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 towards new issues men are facing within our society. Some of these issues revolve around the erosion of masculinity, sexual consent, biased portrayals of men in the media and a global lack of representation.

It is not a surprise that significant numbers of Western men are drawn towards a pro-male movement that distinguishes women as the reason for economic depression and the erosion of patriarchal norms. Men feel threatened by dramatic changes in their traditional roles in recent decades. They have seen a dramatic decline in their economic status and ability to achieve economic success or stability, a shift in their ‘historic’ role as breadwinner and a general shift away from patriarchal structures of the family.

As a result, the underworld of misogynists has been unleashed. From the blogosphere, to men’s separatist movements and now to campuses nationwide their fury goes well beyond criticisms of the family court system, domestic violence laws and false rape accusations. The scary reality is literally hundreds of websites, action groups and advocates whose political line reeks of misogyny: within this movement, women are branded sluts, gold diggers and temptresses and the police have been named ‘armed enablers’ or women’s rights. Unfortunately, men’s rights activist and the organizations they politically affiliate themselves with hold other anti-modern, proto-fascist sentiments such as opposition to same sex marriage, immigration, women in the workplace and the economic advancement of non-white citizens.

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We do not deny that men have suffered in daily life, mental health and self-esteem. However, we contend that blame placed on women is misdirected.  Instead of understanding economic hardship and political powerlessness as the manifestations of the capitalist order, in which increasing numbers of proletarians are forced to compete for crumbs, while the bourgeoisie reap record profits, MRAs categorically blame women for their losses of social, legal and economic status. We cannot tolerate this reactionary point-of-view! The MRAs must be exposed for what they really are—at best, opportunistic hate-mongers who are taking advantage of the powerlessness keenly felt by the masses. At worst, they represent the most reactive, backward voices within the masses. As such, they need to be verbally condemned as well as physically challenged.

Only a revolutionary students’ movement that unites the progressives on campus will be successful in fighting this hateful, opportunistic trend as well as future proto-fascist movements. Only a RSM can unite proletarian women on campus with those who seek to defend and further women’s rights, and all genders’ liberation. Let’s build the RSM!