WHAT IS THE RJZ?
What is the RJZ?
RJZ stands for Revolutionary Youth of Zurich. When we were founded, we
were a group of young people organised around and in
"SchülerInnennetzwerk Zürich" (which was a group of politically interested
pupils and students) and the "Revolutionärer Aufbau Zürich" which is an other
revolutionary organisation. We were founded with the aim of being
active in politics
from a youthful point of view. Formally we are a part of the
"Revolutionärer Aufbau Zürich". We are a group composed of young people of
every kind: students, workers, trainees and others.
For a lot of young people politics is not particularly interesting.
They know politics from school or from boring tv programmes in which they show
old men discussing for hours about themes that no one really
understands. Very often this leads to the impression that politics is not
the thing one should or wants to deal with. An important aim for RJZ is
to show that politics concerns us all. We want to show that it
is correct and important to be active in politics. This is not caused by
the thought of responsibillity in our society or as an effort for our "great
and fair democracy". Politics decide our income, our retirement age,
what and how much we have to learn in schools, whether it is ok to stay
here as an foreigner etc.
We don't do the kind of politics which consists of sitting for hours
in a parliament or
just writes names on electing lists. After many decades of capitalism, it seems
obvious that nothing can be changed by these ways. We want to reach everyone,
that is why we
are on the streets, in schools, companies and youth centers. You will
find us at demonstrations, discussing with other groups, writing texts
together or setting up information desks. An important part of our politics
is to be part of campaigns for the 1st May, the WEF (World
Economic Forum) or the International Women's Day on the 8th of March.
We also stage
cultural happenings, organize concerts, throw parties and lead
workshops. Hanging out together is as important as
Of course, as a left revolutionary organisation the aims of our
government and its capitalist economy is not in our interest. We stand
aside the largest part of the people: those who work hard every
day just to earn enough for the next month while
others get richer and richer. We are on the side of the students and
trainees under growing pressure, on the side of the foreigners
who get to feel the racism and are in danger of extradition, on the side
of the unemployed and people who receive supplementary benefsit whose
small income is in danger of getting smaller every day. We are on the
sidte of those who are not sitting in the chairs of the government nor in
a powerful position as a CEO. We fight for a society in which everyone
has an acceptable income and is able to afford a flat. No one should have
to deal with racist politicians and cops. Of course Zurich or
Switzerland is not the only place we look at: we are
internationalists, which means that we do not care about borders and
passports, we also try to work together with youth organisations of other
If you want to know more, you can just contact us: write
us an e-mail, talk to us on the streets and at events. On our homepage
you'll find informations about upcoming parties, about our political
thinking and more. At the moment only only this text is in English.
You can also contact us via the "Aufbau-Vertrieb", a small bookstore
Kanonengasse 35 in Zurich (inner countryard, metal stairs, opening hours
Saturday 12am-5pm) where you find posters, T-shirts, hoodies and of
course a lot of information.