These guys were running all over the place, carrying signs that said “OU EST LA JUSTICE?”

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About those students: they aren’t asking for the moon. They aren’t asking for cost of living grants, cars, housing, food, or even books. They are asking for knowledge; the fruits of their own culture that should belong to everybody, free. The only reason I can think of to deny someone the opportunity to learn about the world that they live in is power: to keep the power of knowledge in the hands of the chosen, and out of the hands of the workers.

Many times in history it has been illegal to teach certain classes of people to read. We’re more subtle here. We call knowledge a commodity and put a price on it. By controlling the price of access, we control who gets it. Training in working class (service and building trades) jobs for working class kids; a business degree for the business class. Liberal arts? Maybe a few wealthy dillitantes will take it up as a hobby, like crochet.

I feel passionately about learning, teaching, the preservation and expansion of knowledge. Also about the power of social sciences and humanities to help us to do better in shaping and leading society. Maybe even saving the world.

Give the students what they want. Give anybody who is willing to give their time and effort to learning access to the knowledge, for God’s sake. It belongs to them (and us) already. Tuition needs to become outdated terminology. Surely we afford to collectively pick up the tab for passing along our collectively gathered knowledge and cultural commons to the next generation. Surely we can’t afford not to.

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my mom, telling off anti-strikers on facebook.

Look him in the Eye (Voir) (TW: police brutality)

translatingtheprintempserable:

by Marc-André Cyr, May 14th, 2012, Voir


The original French text can be found here: http://voir.ca/marc-andre-cyr/2012/05/14/regardez-le-dans-l%E2%80%99oeil/

The image is intolerable. A horror.

Maxence is bloody. He was hit directly in the face with a plastic bullet. While he was semi-conscious his friends carried him through the streets of Victoriaville, to the sounds of screams of fear and rage coming from protesters, and the sound of police officers pounding their clubs on their shields, in time to the pace of their steps.

Look him in the eye. You’re lucky, he’s been left with one.

Tell him the police officers “did their job well”, with “professionalism”, “rigor” and “discipline”. [Finet, spokesperson for the SQ].  

Tell him that ‘it’s terrible’, but ‘it’s a risk, as we know, when there is violence’ [Minister Dutil].

Remind him that he should be ‘happy’, since the protest ended with ‘very little damage’ [Rayes, mayor of Victoriaville].

Look him in the eye and talk to him about the ‘victimization of vandals in Victoriaville’. Tell him it gave you a ‘good laugh’ [Martineau]. He’ll think it’s all well and good.

Ask him to condemn the ‘violence and intimidation’ of the strikers [Beauchamp].

Tell him he has to stop saying the state is ‘violent’ [Pratte].

Explain to him why the forces of order have made more than 1300 arrests and caused dozens of injuries since the beginning of the conflict. Remind him that we have to protect property, that we must respect the law, and that violence is perpetrated by ‘vandals’ and not by the police.

Look him in the eye and tell him that, unlike in the case of him and his friends, this conflict has caused REAL victims.

Such as Line Beauchamp’s secretary, who’s glasses were broken by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois!

Like the students opposing the strike who have been intimidated by some very, very mean emails [Journal de Montreal].

And like poor Martineau who was ‘floored’ by a protest of ‘social rage’ in front of his house (protesters even exploded authentic firecrackers) [Bock-Cote].

Look him in the eye and explain to him how you feel ‘taken hostage’ by protesters [Tremblay].

Tell him how hard it was to arrive two hours late to work on account of ‘student terrorism’ [La Presse].

Tell him about your ‘fear’ and your ‘anger’ as a metro user [Journal de Montreal].

Explain to him why you want police officers  - even the army – to stop the strikers who ‘are sewing terror in the streets of Montreal’ [Duhaime].

Go ahead, it’s only a small effort, look him straight in the eye. Two times lucky: not only has he been left with one eye, but it wasn’t even him whose ear was ripped off, so he can still hear you perfectly.

Don’t be intimidated.

Take a big breath of this satisfying liberalism which we call our own and tell him words which he is certainly in need of hearing: ‘We’re living in a democracy’. 


Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.

*Translating the printemps érable is a volunteer collective attempting to balance the English media’s extremely poor coverage of the student conflict in Québec by translating media that has been published in French into English. These are amateur translations; we have done our best to translate these pieces fairly and coherently, but the final texts may still leave something to be desired. If you find any important errors in any of these texts, we would be very grateful if you would share them with us at translatingtheprintempsderable@gmail.com. Please read and distribute these texts in the spirit in which they were intended; that of solidarity and the sharing of information.

these people are the bourgeoise

we must call this a class struggle

[action alert] Sit-in at Charest’s office is happening NOW

@ McGill College and Sherbrooke

They need back-up and media ASAP!

has anyone been able to confirm the rumor

that UQO students who were arrested this past week have been given the following terms for their release:

Pour être libéré, (1) pas le droit de manifester contre la hausse, (2) pas le droits d’aller en outaouais pour ceux qui ne sont pas de cette région et (3) pas le droit d’être à moins de 500 mètres de UQO et du CÉGEP

rough translation: to be released (1) no right to demonstrate against the hikes (2) no right to go to Ottawa for those who are not of this region and (3) no right to be within 500 metres of UQO and CEGEP.

I keep seeing this going around and would really like to know if these were the actual terms given to students for their release. Because if so, I mean, jesus. “We’ll release you as long as you give up your rights to be within 500 metres of your own school.”

I mean it’s pretty similar to the terms given to a lot of G20 arrestees so I wouldn’t be surprised, but I’d just like to know for sure :/

150 arrested in Gatineau today

2 in Montreal

49 throughout the rest of the province.

COURTROOM SUPPORT NEEDED

Last week, a pal of mine and huge supporter of the student movement, CUTV reporter and videographer Laith Marouf, was arrested at a demonstration for videotaping police as they kettled, beat, pepper sprayed, and arrested about 70 students on their way from a demo in downtown Montreal.

Laith’s court date is set for the 18th, at 9 am, at 775 Gosford. Laith has been fucking TIRELESS in his documentation of the Quebec student movement - I haven’t been to a single demo where he wasn’t there somewhere with a videocamera, usually focusing on capturing the actions of the police. His work has been absolutely vital, and this court date is important not only for supporters of the student movement, but for people who care at all about freedom of information and freedom of the press.

If you can be there to support him in person during his court date it would mean a lot.

student strike public discourse drinking game

Are  you participating in or watching one of the many, many public forums, debates, meetings, GA’s, etc on the subject of the ongoing student strike in Quebec? Are you tired of listening to strikers having to re-hash every single point from student poverty to the privatization of education for neoliberal douchebags to return the same tired rhetoric every time? Liven things up with this drinking game I just came up with while I was brushing my teeth just now!!

Take a shot every time:

-someone accuses strikers of making education inaccessible to non-strikers; take two shots if the words “you’re just bringing about what you’re fighting against” are used

-someone says they’re in support of the strike but wants to know why it’s necessary to have pickets

-someone says they support the right of students to “freedom of speech” but follows it up with a statement that makes it clear that they think striking students should really just shut the fuck up; take two shots if they follow it up with a statement actually endorsing police and security actions against protesters “for the good of the community”

-someone talks about students having to pay their “fair share”

-someone conflates the tuition hikes with inflation rates

-someone says that all the money from the hikes will go towards improving education

-someone complains about “not getting their dollar’s worth” on tuition this semester due to strike activities disrupting classes

-someone makes a vaguely-worded and arbitrary appeal to “democracy”

-someone calls non-striking students “the silent majority”

-someone brings up academic amnesty only to have someone else change the subject and bury the topic completely

-someone says they’d support free education “if it were possible” or “if there were any alternative means of funding”; take two shots if the very next words out of their mouths have something to do with having to stay in “competition” with other Canadian universities

-someone accuses strikers of violence without any evidence

-someone talks about protests causing inconveniences to drivers

-someone uses any of the following words or phrases: terrorism, anarchy, student entitlement, silver spoon, passing the bill on to society, the taxpayer, dysfunctional art students, public nuisance, why can’t their parents pay

ADD YOUR OWN! Because nothing makes this whole situation more tolerable than getting shitfaced on a regular basis.

If you can’t afford shots, you may substitute whatever boxed wine or malt liquor is cheapest at the nearest depanneur.

inkstainedqueer:

alexanephotography:

Fight.
Le rouge est à l’honneur au Québec. Battons nous contre la hausse des frais de scolarité !
Montréal - Qc, Canada

Much as I’m against the hike, y’all, this facepaint is racist. I’ve seen it a few times in various marches. It’s not cool.

what gets me is that it’s one of those things where it doesn’t even make sense without casual racism. Like, the fuck do two horizontal lines have to do with the student movement? NOTHING AT ALL. THE SYMBOL OF THE MOVEMENT IS A SQUARE.
Come on you guys, we’ve talked about this before, cut it out.

inkstainedqueer:

alexanephotography:

Fight.

Le rouge est à l’honneur au Québec. Battons nous contre la hausse des frais de scolarité !

Montréal - Qc, Canada

Much as I’m against the hike, y’all, this facepaint is racist. I’ve seen it a few times in various marches. It’s not cool.

what gets me is that it’s one of those things where it doesn’t even make sense without casual racism. Like, the fuck do two horizontal lines have to do with the student movement? NOTHING AT ALL. THE SYMBOL OF THE MOVEMENT IS A SQUARE.

Come on you guys, we’ve talked about this before, cut it out.