This is your daily reminder that I and my pal Jane are publishing a book in September about the Maple Spring and we need your help to make it happen

Check out our Indiegogo page!

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And if you can spare a few bucks, donate to get a copy of the book in September and some really cool perks in the meantime! Patches for your stylish denim vest! Art to make your boring walls more interesting! If you’re really rich, 500 bucks gets you the right to request songs all night at our launch party, from a folk punk band who specializes in covers of Weezer songs with the lyrics re-written to be about hating men!

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here’s a better picture of my carres rouges tattoo.
it’s not the fanciest but it means a lot to me, fuck the haters, & so on & so on.
Since loi 78 was enacted, i’ve said “they can take my red square off my fucking corpse” more times than i can count. Now they can’t even do that; when i die, it will be with the red square on my body. I feel good about that.
Free and accessible education is worth committing to for life. So I do. So there.

here’s a better picture of my carres rouges tattoo.

it’s not the fanciest but it means a lot to me, fuck the haters, & so on & so on.

Since loi 78 was enacted, i’ve said “they can take my red square off my fucking corpse” more times than i can count. Now they can’t even do that; when i die, it will be with the red square on my body. I feel good about that.

Free and accessible education is worth committing to for life. So I do. So there.

brand new tattoo. still kinda bloody.
thanks to emma and oliver for hanging with me while I got this done! This is my third tattoo and it was by far the most painful (I have one on my chest, and a stick-and-poke tattoo on my upper right arm as well). It is a red square, the symbol of the QC student movement and representative of a belief in free and accessible education for all.
i’m gonna pass out now. plz excuse me.

brand new tattoo. still kinda bloody.

thanks to emma and oliver for hanging with me while I got this done! This is my third tattoo and it was by far the most painful (I have one on my chest, and a stick-and-poke tattoo on my upper right arm as well). It is a red square, the symbol of the QC student movement and representative of a belief in free and accessible education for all.

i’m gonna pass out now. plz excuse me.

manif de casseroles

every night at 8, it starts in my neighborhood with a group of a few families, with about a dozen young kids among them, walking down Sherbrooke and circling the block with their pots and pans. Everyone comes out on their fire escapes to join in.

It’s such a lovely little community moment, and I love that it’s happening in other borroughs all over the city at the same time. The anglo media can say that we don’t have the support of most Montrealers, but every night at 8 people step up to make a din and prove them wrong.

Tonight there’s chanting and people honking in support as they drive past. It’s a bit larger tonight than it was the last few nights. I leaned out my window and banged away, and now I’m listening to the fading sounds of pots and pans while I make my dinner.

It’ a nice way to end the day.

elanorthefair:

Solidarity with Striking Students of Québec - New York City 

On May 22, 2012, an ongoing student strike, involving hundreds of thousands of university students in Quebec, reached its 100th day. In New York, hundreds of students, teachers, and Occupy Wall Street participants marched in solidarity with the students of Quebec

There’s something about demos this big - this was the second largest one since the strikes began - of course you know  you’re in a huge crowd, but it’s hard to comprehend just how huge. I keep seeing aerial photos of the demo and it kind of blows my mind.

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THIS GUY! I saw him run and hand his glasses to a friend of his, and then he just started breakdancing in the street! He was really good, too - I wish I’d been able to take better photos of him, he was really something.

THIS GUY! I saw him run and hand his glasses to a friend of his, and then he just started breakdancing in the street! He was really good, too - I wish I’d been able to take better photos of him, he was really something.

IDK here’s a bunch. Lots of costumes, fun t-shirts, clever signs, unions and other orgs, puppies, etc. Montreal protesters & students showing their creativity and senses of humor.

At Marie Riene De La Monde cathedral, some protesters did a little decorating and some climbed up the statues to get a better look at the demo. When these guys saw me taking pictures they all wanted to pose. They threw up peace signs and devil horns and shouted “FUCK CHAREST!” while I snapped their picture.

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This one’s for anedumacation - McGill students representing!

This one’s for anedumacation - McGill students representing!

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.