Editor’s Note: We are happy to announce the launch of our comrades’ new student organization at VCU, USU, which stands for Unity-Struggle-Unity. The process of unity-struggle-unity is a necessary condition for the internal life of miltant, fighting organizations. If there is no struggle, then there is no need for organization, principled unity can only ever be built through a process of struggle. Ideas have to clash and debate has to occur, so the air can be cleared and decisions made. This is why our comrades have chosen USU as their organizational name to reflect this crucial principle. We, as RSCI, welcome this development and look forward to the collaboration between students and workers as we unite for the purpose of building autonomous working class power in Richmond.
USU Points of Unity
- We, the members of VCU’s Unity Struggle Unity, want you to know our University is bankrupt – both financially, and morally. We are tired of having our tuition increased yearly; we are sick of being harassed by campus cops; we hate how pervasive sexual assault is on campus; we want to fight fascism in Richmond; we want better wages for workers. Everything is fucked up, and we know we can’t click our heels and make it go away. That is why we must unite and struggle.
- We, as communists and anti-capitalists, are in partnership with Richmond Struggle, who were the only active presence on campus in the final week of last semester agitating against the tuition hikes. There are other Unity Struggle Unity student groups starting up at local high schools. Our purpose is to unite students and workers across the city in order to advance the struggle in Richmond – and everywhere.
- Even if you aren’t a communist, but you are sympathetic to our goals, we want you on our side. However, we are not a platform for electoral politics and we never will be. We aren’t gonna help you collect signatures to beg the wealthy for more scraps – we are here to antagonize the rich as much as possible. We are an outlet for anyone who has been fucked over by VCU, the frat bros, and the campus cops.
- To be more explicit, we are fighting for an end to tuition, to get police off campus and out of Richmond, to put an end to white fraternities, to disband the Board of Visitors, and to force President Rao to resign. Actually, we want everything. We want a new world and a new school. And this is possible. You can feel VCU spreading with tentacular force down Broad Street – taking over every black home, displacing every black family. What happened to Jackson Ward? What happened to our country
- Every year, our tuition rises. Every year, more new luxury cars full of wealthy students pull up to the dorms and unpack new white faces. Every year, we lose our favorite exhausted adjunct professors to different universities. Every year, we sink deeper and deeper into debt. Every year, we take out another predatory loan that is hocked to us by not just our banks, but by our school. Every year, the Starbucks creeps outward and gorges on new parts of the library. Every year, our student fees increase by at least 2.5%. Every year, we are presented with statistics on race that are already a decade old. Every year, we are promised humanities initiatives but are forced to fumble with non-functioning sinks while the business school glows in the dark. Every year, President Rao stays a millionaire. Every year, our economy tanks deeper into darkness. Every year, our university dies with our future. Every year, we work and we borrow in order to work and to borrow. Every year, our university produces the compliant, indebted workers that our present job market so desires. Every year, our tuition rises.
- Let’s make this the year that all the aforementioned shit stops – on our campus, in our neighborhoods – in our city – in our state – in our country. That’s all.