December 1st and 2nd, 2012, saw the first conference of revolutionary youth and students convened in Toronto. Initiated by the Revolutionary Communist Party and titled, “Seize the Time; Blaze a Revolutionary Path,” the conference brought together revolutionary students from Ottawa, Toronto, Guelph, Montréal, Sainte-Thérèse, Québec City and Rimouski —as well as comrades from New York and Boston— to discuss perspectives for revolutionary student organizing both in Québec and English Canada.
The need for revolutionary action by proletarian youth and students was emphasized in light of the unrelenting attacks globally against the working class —attacks which are disproportionately targeted at proletarian youth— was emphasized.
Comrades gathered also discussed the lessons to be gleaned from the heroic student strike in Québec: especially, that a revolutionary politics and revolutionary programme must be the leading force in such a movement, and that a struggle for reforms can produce only reforms, not the revolution we need. For the maintenance of these revolutionary politics, it was also noted that revolutionary student activists must maintain a separation and independence from the established student federations, which, according to their very nature, can only ever be reformist.
Comrades discussed and adopted a number of proposals for action over the coming months, including (but not limited to): the formation of local groups of revolutionary students in the high schools, CEGEPs, colleges and universities they attend (with a goal of forming a truly national Revolutionary Student Movement); a commitment to take action in support of the right to self-determination for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people; support for comrades waging peoples’ wars in India, the Philippines, Turkey and Afghanistan as well as a plan to take action during the international Week to support the Peoples’ War in India; and a planned walk-out on May 1, 2013 by students to join the revolutionary May Day activities in their cities.
Comrades also resolved to hold another such conference in six months’ time, to be held in Ottawa. This conference will have the goal of reviewing the experiences of revolutionary students in organizing, systematizing a plan of action based on that experience and consolidating the unity of revolutionary students across Canada.
For more information on how to implement these proposals in your own locality, and to arrange attendance at this second Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students, contact the revolutionary students at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Partisan salutes the revolutionary students for making this important first step in establishing a Revolutionary Student Movement and will be closely following their progress in the months to come.