Showing posts with label law 78. Show all posts
Showing posts with label law 78. Show all posts

Monday, July 16, 2012

Join us July 22 in the streets to celebrate five months of resistance

Join us for a huge Casseroles (Pots and Pans) Night on Sunday July 22 at 8 pm, in solidarity with students in Quebec and Canadians throughout this country who have had enough.

WHY: Because the fight is about more than tuition, debt, and fundamental rights. It is about demanding a future where the rights of people and the health of the environment are MORE IMPORTANT than the health of the economy and the rights of the elite.

This is a demonstration first and foremost about community, joy, solidarity, togetherness, and creating a democratic space for people beyond the ballot box.

It's about building grassroots connections and meeting your neighbours. Building the revolution from the bottom up!

It's about voicing your rejection to the policies of the federal and provincial governments that have repeatedly made us the greatest embarrassment in the global community.

(View recaps of our past Casseroles events downtown here, here, here, and here.)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Casserole Night, Wednesday July 11th

UPDATES (videos)

Concerned citizens gathered once again at Harbourside Park and marched up Water Street in a show of solidarity with the student movement in Quebec (and to denounce the plethora of undemocratic, unconstitutional, and draconian laws that have been passed recently). The omnibus bill c-38, Charest's Loi 78, and Newfoundland and Labrador's access to information Law 29. Get informed, get activated, and get in the streets. The time is now!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Casserole Night, Wednesday July 4th


 The group marched up Water Street to show solidarity, first of all, with the student (and now popular) movement in Quebec, and as a way to show popular discontent with a slew of undemocratic laws at the provincial and federal levels: Loi 78 in Quebec makes it illegal for groups of more than 50 to peacefully assemble, Omnibus bill C-38 (recently passed by the Conservatives) represents the most dangerous disregard for people and the environment we've seen in a long time, and Newfoundland access to information Law 29 (read more about it here, here, or here) hinders the public from accessing information.

 There are so many reasons to be angry, and so we invite the public to gather peacefully with us next Wednesday at Harbourside Park at 8 pm for more discussion, marching, and pots and pans clanging!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mega Casseroles Night - Friday June 22nd

Video: Highlights from June 22 Casseroles in Montreal (at the end, promising to come back July 22 for an even bigger show of solidarity!)

Monday, June 11, 2012

More Casseroles Nights in Canada

Since the epic concert de Casseroles video that went viral on May 24, the rest of Canada has stepped up to show solidarity with the students in Quebec (and a broader popular movement of citizens concerned about the draconian and far-reaching "loi special" Law 78).

View the June 13th Facebook event page here.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Concert de Casseroles in NEWFOUNDLAND to Support Quebecois Students

Concert de Casseroles in NEWFOUNDLAND to Support Students in Quebec

Concert de casseroles (concert of pots and pans) in support of the demands of the Québec students and against law 78. 

TONIGHT - Sunday, May 27th, 8:00 p.m., at Harbourside Park.  

Show your colours: wear red, especially a red square!

This is not organized by an "organization"; we are doing this to demonstrate our support for the Québec demonstrations, and we are doing this to show we value civil rights.

What's a pots and pans concert?
A beautifully shot video of Quebec's nightly demos:

Wondering what the student strike has to do with you?
10 Points Eveyone should now about the Quebec Student Movement:

Wondering what Law 78 is all about?
Why it's wrong from the Quebec Bar Association: and a translation at:

Facebook event:
Related posts:
Our General Assembly will take place directly after this event, at around 8:30 at Harbourside Park

Update:  Here's the CBC article about the event

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Massive student protests in Montreal


    The Maple Spring is important to all Canadians, and not just Quebec. Here's why.

    That's why Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, past student leader of CLASSE, has undertaken a cross-Canada speaking tour to help spread the message of resisting austerity and defeating the stranglehold of neoliberalism across this country.

    Massive student protests have been ongoing in Montreal since March 22nd, when 200,000 protesters took part in a demonstration in downtown Montreal. Exactly a month later, on Earth Day, another 200,000 people took to the streets. And yet another month later, only picking up steam, a wave of people in red packed downtown Montreal on May 22nd, more than 300,000 strong.

    June 22, as expected, was a massive show of solidarity across Canada (and of course massive amounts of people on the streets of Montreal and across Quebec).

    Every month has a 22nd, so here's to ongoing shows of solidarity and support! Check out the global call to resistance on the 22nd of every month.

    As of Sept 20th, after the inauguration of Pauline Marois' minority Parti Quebecois government (and the defeat of Jean Charest's government (he was also defeated in his own riding)), the tuition fee hikes have been repealed.  However, the Concordia Graduate Students Association, still fighting for a very realistic goal of free education in the province, along with other student groups such as CLASSE, will show that they are still organized and come out for a demo on Sept 22.


    Click here for a refresher on what this conflict is about: The Conflict: 101 
    Here is a great explanation of the context for the current mobilisation of students in Quebec. Free education is not a new idea, neither is it impossible. In fact, "it was the state’s very own idea on the recommendation of a Royal Commission, a choice that was respected and prized for four decades."

    Downtown Montreal on May 22, 2012
    Great recap: Ten Things Everyone Should Know about the Quebec Student Movement.

    In response to the emergency law passed, Law 78, people have this to say: Arrest me!

    Concordia Student Union General Assembly operates using horizontal decision making like that used by the Occupy movement, and they spearheaded the student strike originating at Concordia. More info here about how this started. View this video on the 8 Myths of Tuition Hikes.

    For up-to-date and reliable info on the Montreal student movement, check out the Montreal Media Co-op and Concordia University TV (CUTV) to watch the recap videos and livestream from the student protests.


    You can also visit the Concordia Student Union site. And the McGill Student Union has a Student Strike FAQ up on their site.

    Visit the CLASSE website for more info as well. CLASSE is a temporary national student organization that includes, across Quebec, more than 76,000 members in many student unions from both colleges and universities. 

    Visit the MobSquad website for info on the campaign against tuition hikes.

    Click here for more images from the March 22 demonstrations.


    Demands to Concordia's Administration from students on strike 

    Here's a good overview of what's been happening since March 22. 

    April 11th -- Occupy Wall Street reports on Montreal student protests

    April 20th -- CUTV footage of violent police encounter with student protesters

    April 20th -- Footage of protests at the Montreal Palais des Congres

    April 22th-- Crowd shot of Earth Day protest

    April 28th -- Montreal demonstrators march in protest of Jean Charest  (here's why)

    May 4th -- Montreal Students Stage Nearly-Nude Protests

    May 14th -- Quebec's Education Minister Resigns as Protests Continue

    May 17th -- Montreal students occupy University of Quebec

    May 17th -- Quebec announces emergency law to restore order and thousands protest in Montreal

    May 19th -- Quebec steps closer to martial law to repress students

    May 22nd -- Anatomy of a conflict after 100 days of student protest

    May 30 -- We are immense (translated from Le Devoir)

    June 3 -- Protests shine spotlight on skewed priorities

    June 7 -- Canada's Maple Spring (via Aljazeera)

    June 22 -- Highlights from the Streets of Montreal 

    Sept 20 -- It's official: Quebec tuition hikes are history (proof that radical movements can win).
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