Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
November 17th marks International Students’ Day and it is commemorated around the world by honoring the militant history of the student movement and reinforcing our struggle in the present.
November the 17th has been designated International Students’ Day since the 1939 execution of 9 Czech students at the University of Prague, and the sending of 1200 anti-fascist students to concentration camps by the Nazi occupiers of Czechoslovakia.
International Students’ Day also coincides with the 1973 Athens Polytechnic student uprising, which saw students heroically stand against the military junta in Greece. This history is now commemorated at all schools in that country.
Central Committee, YCL-LJC
This June, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) - National General Assembly voted in favour of a Day of Action on November 2nd, the first day of action since 2012. The Young Communist League - Ligue de Jeunesse Communiste (YCL-LJC) supports the call for a Pan-Canadian Day of Action on November 2nd and calls upon student militants, with the support of labour, to build momentum towards this date, and beyond, for free education and a Federal Post-Secondary Education Act.
Young Communist League - Vancouver
It has been two years since the BC teachers went on strike because the government continued to freeze their wages, while also threatening the BCTF’s collective bargaining rights and making large cuts to public education. Currently, the Vancouver School Board is facing a $25-27 million budget deficit, the worst in over two decades. This yet again results in massive cuts to the public education system in Vancouver because the BC government continues to underfund our schools. The Young Communist League-Vancouver strongly denounces the cuts to public services and the 21 proposed school closures, primarily in East Vancouver--a working class area where there is a large population of racialized peoples, including Indigenous peoples and immigrants. The Young Communist League opposes the elimination of up to 200 positions in the Vancouver School Board. We take a stance against the pro-austerity government’s continuous attack on organized labour and working class people.
Student Commission, YCL-LJC
The fight for accessible education and free tuition in Ontario is just beginning!
The Young Communist League of Canada condemns the intensification of the attack on Ontario’s post-secondary education system (PSE) as indicated in the Ontario Liberal’s budget released at the end of February.
The Ontario Liberal government, since their election in 2003, have been intent on moving Ontario towards a multi-tiered, inaccessible and privatized system, corporatizing campuses. and tailoring the content of teaching and research to big business interests. During that time, they have doubled the average tuition fees across Ontario.
The new budget, which is fundamentally a banker’s austerity budget dressed as a “social justice budget”, pretends to offer “free tuition” to low-income students. This is not only a cynical lie based on what is actually a restructuring of existing grants, but opens the door to further privatization of PSE in Ontario, an even steeper increase in tuition fees, and quite possibly the total deregulation of tuition fees.
Student Commission, YCL-LJC
The Young Communist League of Canada - Ligue de la jeunesse communiste du Canada (YCL-LJC) stands in solidarity with Quebec students fighting against austerity. We condemn the threatened politically motivated expulsions of 9 students at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) by administration, as well as the Liberal government’s and the UQAM administration’s use of police repression in an attempt to stifle the student movement.
Quebec student militants, often affiliated with the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante, have organized local student union strikes. Their movement resulted in a massive rally and march through Montreal on April 2nd where 75,000 students, workers, and progressive forces in Quebec took to the streets of Montreal in the middle of a work day to condemn government austerity.
In this broader context, nine students at UQAM have been threatened with expulsion, including two students on UQAM’s governing council. These students are guilty of organizing with fellow students to fight for their interests and against capitalist neoliberalism.
Join the 25th Che Brigade!
Since 1993, the Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade has offered hundreds of Canadians the opportunity to join an exciting and informative 2-week tour of Cuba. Volunteers are afforded a first-hand view of the gains and victories of the Cuban Revolution through both a tour of significant historical and political locales of Cuba and by working alongside ordinary Cubans. The next Brigade leaves in Spring 2017.