May 23, 2012

'Biggest Act of Civil Disobedience in Canadian History'

Sea of red as hundreds of thousands protest Quebec's austerity cuts and new anti-protest law, May 22, 2012. (Photo by @philmphoto on instagram)  Storylink

The climate crisis is converging with the crisis of legitimacy. “Climate change, by putting us on a firm deadline, can serve as the catalyst for . . . profound social and ecological transformation.” (Naomi Klein)

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UPDATE:   Ten Points Everyone Should Know About the Quebec Student Movement

I would add to the following that from the beginning the strike has directed itself in part to across-the-board cuts in social services.

1)            The issue is debt, not tuition

2)            Striking students in Quebec are setting an example for youth across the continent

3)            The student strike was organized through democratic means and with democratic aims

4)            This is not an exclusively Quebecois phenomenon

5)            Government officials and the media have been openly calling for violence and “fascist” tactics to be used against the students

6)            Excessive state violence has been used against the students

7)            The government supports organized crime and opposes organized students

8)            Canada’s elites punish the people and oppose the students

9)            The student strike is being subjected to a massive and highly successful propaganda campaign to discredit, dismiss, and demonize the students

10)            The student movement is part of a much larger emerging global movement of resistance against austerity, neoliberalism, and corrupt power