London Plan C: Support Night for CLASSE (Quebec)
An invitation to an evening in support of CLASSE (Quebec)
Event: Support Night for CLASSE Quebec
Date: Friday 22 June
Address: 21 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8HR (nearest tube: Marble Arch)
In response to an urgent appeal for support from CLASSE in Quebec – due to
mounting legal costs because of the massive student strike and rebellion – Plan
C London is hosting an evening of support and solidarity with films and
discussion. The urgent appeal from CLASSE can be found here:
Solidarity Letter to our comrades in Quebec,
Your defiance and rebellion is beautiful. We watch in awe as you take to the
streets night after night, day after day – filling it, making it yours. We
send you our thoughts and our warmest solidarity. Your courage and tenacity
ignites our resolve. We are, after all, like you.
Like you we suffer the relentless erosion of our livelihoods, like you we are
afflicted by an unending vandalism wrought upon even the vaguest dream for a
future not dictated by those who would keep us precarious. We too are facing a
brave new world of austerity, shock economics and class war. Living under the
militarised rule of capital, with ever-escalating police violence against
anyone who says Enough is Enough! and takes to our city streets and squares to
protest, rebel and reclaim their dignity.
Across much of the globe as here in the UK, the University is being ever-more
rationalised and managerialised. Key performance indicators, imposed not for
the pursuit of knowledge, but for the pursuit of profit and for hierarchies of
prestige, beholden to empty performance metrics and the enclosures of
privatisation. A barren training ground for individualised competition between
students vying to become the most employable in a labour market that can’t
keep its promise. A University these ‘visionaries’ are making unaffordable
for all but the privileged few, at the same time as they are depriving it of
the rich creativity and joy that learning together can bring. We listen and
know that this logic is intensifying everywhere: California to Quebec, Auckland
to Oakland, London and San Miguel.
Your mass defiance and outright refusal give us hope in this moment of fear and
frustration. We see you fight and remember that we too fought, and know that we
can, and will, fight again. We stand together, not only to defend what is being
taken away from us, but to create the kind of world we want to live in.
We are raising funds for your legal battles, hoping to contribute in some small
way to your struggle. Know that our thoughts and dreams are with you.
Plan C London & Leeds
What is Plan C?
We have come together to find a common ground to fight for the world we need
and for the world we want: to construct a space for political organisation, a
space where we can explore and experiment with different forms of political
practice, organisation and activity. A space for everyone who is interested not
just in what is possible, but in what is necessary.
Plan C is an open organisation. Not in the sense that it’s a free-for-all, or
that anything goes. Rather, Plan C is open to working with other groups and
individuals, we are open to trying new practices and new forms of struggle; we
are open in our analysis and in acknowledging mistakes. We take on a critical
stance to our involvement, whilst allowing space for experimentation; If we
fail, we hope to fail better.
At the heart of Plan C is a focus on ‘social reproduction’. By social
reproduction we mean two things. First, the ways in which we are produced and
reproduced as workers for capitalism (whether waged or unwaged), and at the
same time the ways in which we produce and reproduce ourselves as human beings
— creative, playful, attentive, loving, self-organising, and productive.
Second, a focus on all the things that are necessary for a good life, like
decent housing, health care, education, a sustainable environment, decent food
and access to networks of care and support. We think that orientating our
politics around social reproduction opens up important questions,
contradictions and perspectives already present in our day to day lives.
Concretely, Plan C is three things: it is an organisation, focused on building
our collective power. It is also a network, with local groups in Leeds,
Manchester and London (so far), all experimenting with new politics and new
practices in different ways and in conversation with one another. And finally
it is a perspective — experimental, antagonistic and open, yet rooted in the
question of social reproduction as the key question that we, as
revolutionaries, must address. We think that this perspective, which opens up a
multitude of plans against capitalism, is one that needs to be taken seriously
by all those interested in a life beyond capitalism.