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News :: Politics
Protest Suspension of FOSYC at Boston University!
04 Oct 2005
Modified: 09:29:08 PM
Protest Suspension of FOSYC!
Break the Anti-Communist Ban at Boston University! On Monday, September 19, Director of Student Activities Carolyn Norris, on false and unsubstantiated claims, suspended the Boston University Friends of the Spartacus Youth Club (FOSYC).
Protest Suspension of FOSYC!
Break the Anti-Communist Ban at Boston University!


On Monday, September 19, Director of Student Activities Carolyn Norris, on false and unsubstantiated claims, suspended the Boston University Friends of the Spartacus Youth Club (FOSYC). Norris indicated a "pattern of behavior over the past years" including "intimidation of University staff" and "harassing guests," "soliciting," and "non-BU affiliated people" hosting events but does not provide a shred of evidence to substantiate the claims. As for the charge that prompted the suspension, it was "illegally posting flyers in the George Sherman Union." This ban is an act of political censorship! The FOSYC is just what the name implies, a student group whose purpose is to encourage the free exchange of socialist ideas on campus. The defense of the FOSYC is an important and elementary act of self-defense for BU students, faculty and campus workers against attacks on everyone's democratic rights of free speech and political association. An injury to one is an injury to all! Break the anti-communist ban at Boston University!

They are starting with the Marxists, but who is next? Will women's groups on campus who are defending the right to abortion be targeted for intimidation? Will those who advocate defending black rights on campus be targeted for offending white racists? Will LGBT groups be charged with intimidation for defending gay rights and promoting the free discussion of sexuality on campus? The banning of the FOSYC flies in the face of the right of free speech and assembly. This is an attack by the administration, acting in loco parentis, to regiment the campus and decide which views can and cannot be discussed.

The administration is also banning the FOSYC on a pretext that too many non-BU affiliates are present on campus. The "outside agitators" charge is a time worn epithet of southern white sheriffs busting northern civil rights activists in the battle against racist Jim Crow segregation in the south. It was the Free Speech Movement, which originated in 1964 at UC-Berkeley, which first succeeded in breaking the ban on “outside agitators” from speaking on campus. The suspension of the FOSYC is a political witchhunt, seeking to silence Marxists, political dissidents and others with views the administration does not like.

As in other periods of political reaction, civil liberties are being dumped, this time under the guise of the Democrat and Republican waged "war on terror". This is a war waged against black people, immigrants, workers and leftists here at home, while the colonial onslaught against Iraq ensues abroad. For instance FBI counter terrorism agents nationwide rounded up and harassed activists who were organizing the protests around the two capitalist party national conventions last summer. In April of 2003, at the height of the U.S. invasion of Iraq anti-war Professor Tony Van Der Meer at UMass Boston was assaulted by cops and military recruiters for defending an anti-war student. Last November, Professor Joseph Massad at Columbia University was targeted by a Zionist witchhunt, charged with "academic intimidation" for his defense of the Palestinians. U.S. troops out Iraq now! Defend the Palestinians! Down with the “war on terror”!

We have no illusions that the administrations at universities can be neutral arbiters. Under capitalism, their jobs are to maintain the bastions of privilege to train the future layers of technocrats and government officials to administer the capitalist state. It is no accident that the FOSYC was suspended in the most undemocratic way, with Norris making up her mind before hearing any response to the allegations. Attacks by the administration on dissidents are not new at BU. Under the ruthless period of John Silber's administration, the BU Five, tenured professors including Howard Zinn, were threatened with dismissal for honoring a picket line of striking campus clerical workers. Abolish the administration! To redress the race and class privilege of higher education and provide free quality education for all: Nationalize BU and all private universities! For open admissions, no tuition, and a full living stipend for all students!

From the occupation of Iraq to the man-made devastation left in the wake of hurricane Katrina, which left poor and black people to die, capitalism is exposed as a decaying rotten system that needs to be replaced with a planned collectivized economy. The Spartacus Youth Club's purpose is to win students to the side of the working class, which has the organization, social power, and interest to carry out a revolutionary transformation of society. We fight to build a revolutionary party that acts as a tribune of all of the oppressed in the fight for a socialist future. Students have a right to be exposed to many different views on campus, including those of Marxists. Send protest letters to Carolyn Norris (cnorris (at) bu.edu, cc: bostonsyc (at) yahoo.com, Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore at dos (at) bu.edu), sign our petition, invite the SYC to speak at your class or student group meetings, and certainly read the "forbidden" newspaper Workers Vanguard. Join us in the fight against the anti-communist ban on campus!

Spartacus Youth Club
October 3, 2005
Phone: (617) 666 - 9453
Email: bostonsyc (at) yahoo.com

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Re: Protest Suspension of FOSYC at Boston University!
05 Oct 2005
Cults of Campuses is a good idea.
Re: Protest Suspension of FOSYC at Boston University!
05 Oct 2005
well....from what ive experienced of the sparts, id assume all those accusations are true. Unless this campus group is different... but otherwise harrassing, soliciting and intimidating seem right up yer ally.
Re: Protest Suspension of FOSYC at Boston University!
07 Oct 2005
yeah these guys love to disrtupt meetings and events. It takes a mature consideration of other points of view to earn respect. If you're always trying to beat people over the head with dogma, and regularly espouse the idea that you have all the answers and are never wrong, why do you expect people to give you space to voice your beliefs?
The spartacus don't listen to anyone else, why should anyone listen them?
You guys had this coming.
Re: Protest Suspension of FOSYC at Boston University!
07 Oct 2005
This isn;t about your politics but your bullshit.
Re: Protest Suspension of FOSYC at Boston University!
07 Oct 2005
Wait, you're claiming political persecution because a university has chosen to stop funding you?

Rosa Luxemburg would kick your asses if she were still alive. If she could stop laughing.