Student Solidarity Speaking Tour
July 12th, 2012
The University of Ottawa
Resistance. For many of us it has become a part of our lives. We refuse to accept inequality and inefficiency. There is an opportunity to shape our world and yet too often we simply write the wrongs.
Hosted by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) the Québec Student Strike Solidarity Tour began at Ottawa University. The panel of speakers included Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Spokesperson of la CLASSE, Audrey Deveault, Chaiperson of Dawson Students' Union at Cégep Dawson and Marianne Breton Fontaine, former executive member of the student union at Cégep du Vieux Montréal. They presented a clear message. They spoke honestly. The success of the Québec Student movement has come from years of preparation and perseverance. Tireless work came from the grassroots. Thousands attended General Assemblies. Collectively they have orchestrated the longest student strike in Canadian history. Throughout the presentation you could feel the apprehensive hope in the air. The theory of combative resistance was emphasized. The Québec Student movement is inspirational due to the risks they are willing to take. Blockading classes to ensure their democratic strike be respected brought them controversy. Defying loi 78 in what could be the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history brought them infamy.
Our solidarity is with the Québec Student movement. No matter the struggle the lesson is appearant. Il faut être combative. Et moi, je ne parles pas de violence. Cela est une autre débat. L' Accessibilité à l'éducation post-secondaire est étonnant. Les élite economique ne vont pas changer cette problème. Plusieur vont même résister la transition à une système juste. On voit dans Québec que nous pouvons combattre et même gagner cette lutte. Alors prends l'action. Nos influences sont immenses.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Spokesperson of la CLASSE
Jérémie Bédard-Wien, Financial Secretary of la CLASSE
Hugo Bonin, Information Committee Member of la CLASSE
Audrey Deveault, Chairperson of Dawson Students' Union at Cégep Dawson
Marianne Breton Fontaine, former executive member of the student union at Cégep du Vieux Montréal
Sarah Jayne King, Ontario Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Student
LOCATIONS, DATES AND TIMES:
July 12: Ottawa, 7 pm, Agora, University Centre, University of Ottawa
July 13: Kingston, 6 pm, Queen's University, Kinesiology Building, Room 100
July 14: Hamilton, 6 pm, City Hall Council Chambers July 15: Niagara, 5 pm, at 21 King St.
July 16, Windsor, 5 pm, University of Windsor, CAW Student Centre, Commons
July 17: London, 1pm, Tolpuddle Co-op
July 17: Guelph, 7:30 pm, Van Gogh's Ear - 10 Wyndham Street North
July 18: Toronto, 4pm, York University, Keele Campus - CLH B, Curtis Lecture Hall,
July 19: Toronto, 6 pm, Ryerson University, Student Centre, Room 115
July 20: Peterborough, 1 pm, Confederation Square