Resistance at WhiteClay

7:30 PM — University Union Commons Room

Listen to Charles Alires and Victor Puertas talk about the active and ongoing resistance of first-nation people’s resistance against Imperialism at WhiteClay. There will be a 30 minute presentation followed by a Q&A and instructions on how to get involved. See you there!

Which way forward for the LGBTQ movement?

Queer anarchist Nathan Goodman will be presenting this week on the question "Which way forward for the LGBTQ movement?" In 1969, the Stonewall riots kick started the gay liberation movement. Drag queens and kings, trans women of color, and other marginalized and variant members of the LGBTQ community fought back against police harassment and state violence. Today, the LGBTQ movement has a different public face: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This non-profit's logo proliferated throughout Facebook earlier this year as a way of showing support for "marriage equality." But HRC pushes trans folks and people of color aside, and rather than resisting state violence, they take money from war profiteers and hand out awards to prison profiteers. A revolutionary LGBTQ movement in the tradition of Stonewall still exists. In this talk, I will contrast corporate liberal gay activism with radical queer and trans organizing.

Meet in the U of U Marriott Library Frances C. Hoopes Seminar Room at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12th.

Sacco and Vanzetti: Presentation by RSU Member Brandon Ebert

Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were anarchists who were convicted of murdering two men during a armed robbery of a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States in 1920. After a controversial trial and a series of appeals, the two Italian immigrants were executed on August 23, 1927.

Since their deaths, critical opinion has overwhelmingly felt that the two men were convicted largely on their anarchist political beliefs and unjustly executed. In 1977, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis issued a proclamation that Sacco and Vanzetti had been unfairly tried and convicted and that "any disgrace should be forever removed from their names." The case is still officially open.

RSU Member Brandon Ebert will be presenting on Sacco and Vanzetti on Wednesday, July 6th at 7:30 p.m. Meet in room 312 of the Olpin Student Union Building here on campus.

Guest Speaker: Doug Enaa Greene, on Gracchus Babeuf

This Wednesday (May 15th), the UofU RSU will be joined via Skype by Doug Enaa Greene, who will be talking with us about the 18th century communist Gracchus Babeuf. Greene recently had an article published on the same subject in Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal. He writes for Kasama Project and has been involved with The Boston Occupier.

We'll meet in room 312 of the Olpin Student Union Building at 7:30 p.m.

Anarchism, with Krys McIntyre

At this week's meeting we'll be having a discussion on Anarchism, led by self-identified anarchist and UofU RSU member Krys McIntyre. Although there are many types of Anarchism that differ from each other in strategy and points of emphasis, Anarchism can be said to be a political philosophy that has as its ultimate goal the dissolution of the state and the realization of classless society.

Meet in room 312 of the Olpin Student Union Building at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd.

Revolutionary Craft Night!

You read that right! We're going to get together on Wednesday (5/8) at 7:30 p.m. to make some RSU Leaflets, Notebooks, Pins and Buttons and whatever else we can come up with. Meet in room 312 of the Olpin Student Union Building here on campus (200 S. Central Campus Dr.). See you there!

NO TAR SANDS! Fight back for a safe and livable world!

Hey folks! Some news for you. On Tuesday, May 7th, the so-called "Institute for Clean and Secure Energy" (ICSE) is holding a conference glorifying perhaps the least clean and least secure energy that has ever been on the table: tar sands and oil shale.

As many of you probably know, tar sands mining has been ecologically apocalyptic in Alberta where it has really taken off. Now a Canadian company calling itself US Tar Sands is doing its best to bring the disaster to the US. And they want to start right here in Utah.

We can't let these phonies from the ICSE deliver their lies without presenting a message of our own; the truth is that tar sands and oil shale mining are just one more instance in which the need and greed of Capital is allowed to take precedence over the quality of human and animal life.

But in this particular case, what is at stake is nothing less than the habitability of the Earth.

Leading U.S. Climatologist James Hansen (with NASA) has been very vocal about the consequences of mining and burning fuel from tar sands, calling it "game over for the climate." Game over for the climate, as we know, is game over for us.

The UofU Revolutionary Students Union also recognizes that climate change and ecological degradation are class matters. It is the poor, compelled by low wages to live near the refineries and lacking access to adequate health care, who suffer the greatest when the capitalist class processes and burns fossil fuels. The people of the world who have historically borne the brunt of colonialism and imperialism are again made victims by rising sea-levels and imperialist wars for control over increasingly scarce oil reserves. Under capitalism--under imperialism--it is always the poor who pay for the crises produced by the rich. Financial crisis or ecological crisis.

Our friends with Utah Tar Sands Resistance have been doing a lot of amazing work to halt the efforts to bring tar sands mining to the US, and this conference on our campus gives us the opportunity (and the responsibility!) to join them.

While the ICSE are spreading lies about tar sands, we'll be outside picketing and letting people know the truth. You can join us on Tuesday, May 7th, at 1 p.m. We'll meet at the south-west corner of Rice-Eccles Stadium (451 S 1400 E).

See you there!