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.

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Denounce the MRAs! Defend women’s rights! Build the Revolutionary Students’ 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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The KKK, like the MRAs, also construed itself as “victims”.

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!

Support the revolutionary party in Afghanistan! Fight the occupation and the comprador/reactionary forces!

Munk School's picture-perfect appearances belies the kind of "research" and endeavors that it supports

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 one of the architects of the occupation of Afghanistan; Munk School of Global Affairs director Janice Stein, and Michael Ignatieff, famous for his endorsement of the war on Iraq.

The event is jointly put on by UofT’s Trinity-Munk Centre for the Study of Contemporary International History, Canadian Forces College, and Australia’s Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. Day one of the conference will take place at Hart House, UofT’s supposed “living laboratory of arts, culture, and recreation” (and now apparently also of imperialist war), while day two will take place within George Ignatieff Theatre within Trinity College.

Although the Centre for the Study of Contemporary International History, co-funded by Munk School and Trinity College, proclaims it will “contribute to both teaching and research at the University of Toronto and will involve undergraduates in the International Relations program through special lectures, visiting professors, workshops and conferences”, it is obvious that the military conference is only the latest in a series of UofT-endorsed international plundering schemes.

According to a writer from militaryfreecampus.wordpress.com:

“The Munk School is becoming a testing ground for the militarization of Canadian campuses, reflecting the shifting priorities of UofT’s increasingly corporate-controlled academic planning. As University administrators consent to the withdrawal of public funding, academic decision-making authority is being ceded to the corporate sector. Career prospects in “pure” research are gradually being squeezed to the unfunded margins, and the global security-industrial complex is positioning itself to recruit newly precarious young scholars.”
 

Take anti-imperialist action!

An old poster from an anti-imperialist demo that PRAC/RSM sponsored & attended in 2011

In response to the Munk School and its catering of imperialist war and occupation, a number of allied groups, including PRAC/RSM and UofT General Assembly’s Anti-Corporatization Working Group, have come together to plan an action to:

  • oppose the corporatization and militarization of university space, curriculum, and the recruitment of precarious young scholars, and to
  • oppose the Canadian imperialism, which now no longer takes the form of outright occupation of Afghanistan, but, instead, manifests itself in indirect occupation through new Afghan puppet regimes.

Please check back for more details about the upcoming action.

Support the people’s right to wage revolutionary war!

As an Marxist-Leninist-Maoist student group, RSM denounces Canadian imperialism and its offspring, the occupation of Afghanistan. On the other hand, we support revolutionary wars waged by oppressed peoples against their oppressors, whether these oppressors take the shape of the old, colonial type, direct-intervention type, or the neo-colonial non-direct-intervention, that prefer to dictate international affairs through puppet regimes. As the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan points out:

“Hamid Karzai, the head of the puppet regime, while he is constantly telling the participants and supporters of this regime that soon a “long-term strategic agreement” would be signed with America (an agreement that actually has no other meaning other than prolonging the condition of occupation), has declared the crimes of the occupiers in Panjawai to be a deliberate and obvious act of terrorism and has demanded the trial of the perpetrators. However, it is clear that, according to the previous agreements between the American occupation and its puppet regime, and specifically between George W. Bush and Hamid Karzai, that every American soldier and officer in Afghanistan has legal sanctity; they only can be put on trial in the US, according to the constitution of that country. Hamid Karzai…is showing his servitude in empty and meaningless “nationalistic” gestures towards his imperialist masters in order to “prove” his political competency in their court.”
 

For these reasons, C(M)PA believes that:

“[A] just response to the war crimes of the imperialist occupiers and their satraps, is not to legally prosecute the officers and soldiers responsible for these crimes, to take personal revenge against them as individuals, or the unjust efforts of freeing some prisoners, but the further intensification and expansion of resistance, until the total expulsion of the occupiers from the country and the destruction of their puppet regime.”
 

Our task is to support the work of C(M)PA!

We, as opponents of imperialism at the one of the centres of imperialism, and as university students from relatively privileged backgrounds, must not only insist on getting Stein, Ignatieff, and Vance et al out of UofT. We must support the work currently done by already existing groups resisting and mobilizing against the occupation.

We must support the Afghan revolutionary forces in its struggle to topple the puppet regime the US and its imperialist cronies helped set up!