The student wing strives for a spectrum of social goals, such as a sustainable future, universal access to quality education, attention for mental health and climate action. Reversely, it opposes forms of discrimination, sexism, racism and aims to counteract the far-right. Comac envisions a radically democratic, social and diverse society. While being politically aligned to PVDA-PTB, Comac is autonomous in their affairs; it is not required to be a WPB-member to join Comac.
The student wing's abbreviation reflects its goals:
Change: Comac seeks to unite youth willing to stand up to injustice in society and fight to change the world;
Optimists: hopefulness towards alternatives and a better world;
Marxists: Comac sees Marx's ideas as a platform to understanding present-day capitalism and creating a new society;
Active: the student movement fights alongside climate activists, workers and people of everyday life;
Creative: change requires a broad movement independent of current dominant structures, to work on a new culture based on solidary.
The organization has a joint movement, RedFox, for high-school students.
Comac (short for Change, Optimisme, Marxisme, Activisme, Creativiteit in Dutch and Changement, Optimisme, Marxisme, Activisme, Créativité in French) is a result of the 2002 merger of the Leninist MML, Mouvement marxiste leniniste, and Marxistisch-Leninistische Beweging (MLB), which were active at universities, and Rebelle or Rode Jeugd, who were active in the secondary schools.
In April 2016, a split was made to demarcate between university students and younger members, as well as to represent the movement in high schools, leading to the creation of the sister movement RedFox.
The Flemish part of the youth wing, Hoe Zit Da!? ('How's That Work?'), uploaded a first video discussing the Ukraine war, weapon deliveries and geopolitical tension. The video is critical of the USA's role in the conflict.
In early 2022, during the exam period of the first semester, Covid-19quarantine prevented students from multiple universities from attending their midterm examinations. Some were granted catch-up examinations, but these overlapped with existing exam dates, leading to multiple tests on a single day. Other catch-up tests were postponed for months, forcing students into re-taking them during the summer months. In response, Comac launched a petition to demand guaranteed catch-up exams right after the exam period for those affected by the mandatory Covid-19 isolation. As of the end of the midterms, around 2,000 had signed.
Following the war in Ukraine and subsequent refugee crisis, the organization held actions at universities such as KU Leuven and UGent as part of a peace initiative. Comac wishes to mobilize Belgian universities in a call for de-escalation of the war and diplomatic resolution, as well as raise awareness for student refugees, many of whom faced discrimination while fleeing the country. Comac furthermore opposes Belgian weapon deliveries to Ukraine.
In cooperation with the WBP as well as RedFox, so-called SolidariTeams were created to help victims of the 2021 European floods in Flanders and Wallonia, many of which needed their houses rid of debris, the interior cleaned and repainted, as well as their basements drained. Around 41,000 households were left without electricity in Wallonia. Since 2022, over 1,500 people have volunteered for the program. As of April 2022, the action is ongoing.
Comac also host a many events for members and non-members, some of which return yearly.
Week of Solidarity: during summer, a week-long set of activities, under which camping, playing games, teambuilding, workshops and trekking around the country. Usually, guest speakers from trade unions or the PVDA-PTB come to speak.
Solidarity journey: a travel project where members head to (often times conflicted) regions to connect with local organizations, learn about the situation, and speak to locals. During past journeys, members have been to Greece, the contested Palestine and Cuba.
Karl Marx School: a two-day workshop for beginners to read, discuss, debate and learn about Marxism and derivative views.
General member meetings: meetings are hosted across cities, often as presentations, where recent developments are discussed, members are elected for positions, activities are planned, or a guest speaker gives a talk. New members can attend these gatherings as well.
Basis group: members across Comac join a basisgroep, usually clustered by their location or studies, which hold weekly meetings to review and learn about recent events, and discuss and coordinate actions.
Collective study: people are invited to a collectieve blok, aiming to study intensively over the course of five days. A roster is planned, such that attendants study in chunks of time with breaks in between. Depending on the type of blok organized, it is either complimentary or with a fee.