Student Issues

Capitalism and the Attack on Public Education

During the past several decades, government funding for public education at all levels has declined and in some cases plummeted, leaving students languishing in overcrowded classrooms, housed in dilapidated buildings.  An examination into why this is happening offers a glimpse into the ugly mechanisms that fuel capitalism in its onward quest to plunge us all into a state of unmitigated barbarism.

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Formation of Students' Union at Brown University

The newly formed Student Union of Brown University (SUBU) held its first general assembly (GA) meeting on 5-03-07. This founding meeting took place during one of the busiest and most hectic periods in the school year, amid the lead up to finals and everything else which flows from the end of the academic year. Despite this, the meeting was able to sustain a quorum for over two hours, with members packed in, sitting on a hard wood floor.

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Mexico: Mobilisation continues for the release of jailed student activists

After the successful demonstration to the presidential palace on August 8th, the campaign for the release of the student activists from the CLEP-CEDEP and the MENA arrested on August 6th while demanding more university places continued with more demonstrations and actions.

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Mexico: Students arrested – urgent solidarity needed!

On Monday August 6th, a force of nearly 1000 police officers attacked a peaceful sit-in demonstration of students who were demanding access to university. The protest had been organised by the Movement of Non-Admitted Students, a campaign launched by the Committee in Defence of State Education - Committee of Student Struggle.

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Defend the Fundacion Federico Engels - Oppose political censorship

The Fundacion Federico Engels is the sole source of Marxist literature in Spain. The decision to exclude it from this year’s Madrid Book Fair is an act of blatant political censorship. Alan Woods is making a public appeal to get this decision overturned. Please add your voice to the protest!

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Latest news on dissolution of Czech Young Communists

The Czech Ministry of the Interior recently banned the KSM (Communist Youth Union) simply because it "strives for revolutionary overcoming of capitalism and... removal of private ownership of the means of production and its replacement with collective ownership." Here we provide a letter from the Czech Young Communists, explaining the latest developments.

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Urgent! - Appeal for the release of youth activists in Muzaffarabad (Azad Kashmir)

Police in Muzaffarabad baton charged a rally organised by the Jammu Kashmir Revolutionary Alliance and the United People’s Front against the Earthquake Rehabilitation Agency. Eleven leading young activists and comrades have been arrested.

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A Message to the Youth of France

As the revolt of the French youth in and around major cities throughout the country continues we, the revolutionary Marxist youth of the United States, look on with great anticipation.

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16th World Festival of Youth and Students – New Results and Prospects, Hands Off Latin America!

The 16th World Festival of Students and Youth has come to a close. As we have explained on more than one occasion, the task is now to gather our forces, take our experiences to heart, and forge forward to the world revolution. The bonds we made and the lessons we learned will never leave us. They will become our greatest assets in our individual roles in the collective struggle and also in passing on the knowledge we gained.

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The Tasks of the Youth Leagues

Though he discusses details specific to Russia in the early 1900s, there is still a lot to be learned from this excellent speech by Lenin.

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