Cross Canada speaking tour: The Québec student strike!
Its history, Combative unionism and anarchist involvement
Since the start of the Quebec student general strike, members of the Prairie Struggle Organization along with the collaboration of Common Cause, Union Communist Libertaire and the IWW, have been in the process of putting together a cross-Canada speaking tour on the Quebec student general strike. This strike, which has demonstrated once more the power of mass, combative and democratic social movements, is something that does not come often in Canadian history and expresses politics and strategies that are greatly needed in the rest of Canada. The struggles, and organizational principles demonstrated in this strike are examples that anarchists across Canada should aim to share and educate ourselves on, as our comrades in Quebec have done, due to the fact that its core principles are in fact close to our principles.
The purpose of the speaking tour is to give an in-depth look at why radical politics in Quebec have taken the shape of a rank and file, direct action based movement capable of posing a very real threat to the state and its capitalist proponents. It will Look at “combative unionism” and the strategies it uses to fight legislation, repression and general anti-union approaches put forward against the struggle. Also, the tour will discuss an anarchist analysis of the struggle and why anarchists are involved as a whole.
This speaking tour will also serve the purpose of demystifying fetishisms of Quebec political culture as inherently combative by showing that the roots of successful struggle lies in organizing along directly democratic lines, and building combativeness, and solidarity.
Jerome Raza has been a student activist and organizer since 2004. After a year on the board of his local student union, he joined the executive board of ASSÉ on the eve of the 2005 general student strike against massive cuts to student financial aid. As the student strike coalition, CASSÉÉ, was formed, he was delegated to sit the its negotiations committee that was mandated to present the strike movement's demands to the government. After leaving official capacity in 2006, he joined the Montreal NEFAC collective which later became part of UCL. Since February he has been active in supporting the student mobilization through various organizing roles, as well as being involved in his neighborhood's autonomous popular assembly borne out of the spontaneous pots & pans movement.
Toronto - September 18th 7pm - OISE, 252 Bloor Street West; Room 4414
Kitchener/Waterloo - September 19th 1:30pm - Queen Street Commons, 43 Queen St
Hamilton - September 19th 6pm - Westdale Branch, Hamilton Public Library, 955 King Street W.
London - September 20th 2pm - London Central Library, 251 Dundas St.Stevenson & Hunt room
Thunder Bay - September 21st 7pm - Finnish Labour Temple, 314 Bay Street
Winnipeg - September 22th 5pm - the Urban Forest at 93 Albert St
Regina - September 23th 1pm - Regina Union Center, COPE union hall, 2709 12th Avenue
Saskatoon - September 23h 7PM - Root Down Workers' Cooperative Cafe, 120 Sonnenschein Way
Edmonton - September 24th, 2 stops
1pm - Telus Centre 111 Street & 87 Avenue Room 236/238
7pm - Naked Cybercafe, 10303 108 Street
Calgary - September 25th 7pm - Alberta College of Art and Design, Annex C
Lethbridge - September 25th 1pm - The Cave, Lethbrige College, 3000 College Drive South
Surrey - September 26th 1pm - Kwantlen Surrey (main campus) FIR BLDG. ROOM 204
Vancouver - September 26th 7pm - Maritime Labour Center 1880 Triumph Street
Victoria - September 27th 7pm - University of Victoria, Hickman Building, Room 105
More information coming soon. Stay tuned!