The students-in-blackface incident came up in almost every interview I’ve done so far, with some people telling me “you have to write about that if you’re going to paint an honest picture of the movement”, and others saying that I shouldn’t write about it because it would “make us look bad”.
I happen to think that if people are worried about making the student movement look bad, they shouldn’t go around in blackface to begin with.
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YUP! last panel speaks to tensions i feel about trade school students not being on strike.
OH MY GOD YESSSSSSSS i’ve had so many awkward conversations with activists and other journalists about this - how come more people weren’t fucking disgusted by that blackface incident, not to mention rehashing this “les nègres blancs de l’amérique” bullshit.
This is a detailed discussion with Students of Color Montreal and their activity within the Quebec Student strike movement.. The discussion moves through detailed discussion in regards to issues of race, exclusion, contestation, presence, visibility, love and solidarity in the Quebec Student strikes.
As Myriam Zaidi, passionately says, “White supremacy, capitalism, racism, patriarchy is all putting us on the same sinking boat…we need to be fighting together…That’s what we’re trying to do here…give the opportunity to people to see the injustices that they could not see before…seeing oppression, injustice more visibility….We just want people to start to have those lenses as well….”
I love these people.
what becca yu has to say @3:32: PREAAAAAAACH
I WANT TO HIGH FIVE THESE FOLKS and wave a magic wand to make their massive student debt go away all at once.
Since 14 weeks, Quebec’s students are on strike. We are on strike to protest against tuition fees increase. 14 weeks and nothing from the government. Except this : today, May 18 2012, a special law is voted. A special law effective from now until July 2013.
That law takes away our associative rights, our protesting rights. For each day that a Student Union (if we follow this logic, all Teacher Unions are in the same shit) don’t follow the law, the school’s administration can refuse to give the financial contribution (payed by each and every student represented by the same Union), the furniture, billboards or even the physical place (offices) where the Union have their address for one semester. A 8 hour notice have to be given to the Police for every time a 10 person or more group gather. No protests should happen in a range of less than 50 meters of any school building. Police have the right to change anything that don’t make them happy about that gather (place, itinerary, people, etc.) The Minister has the right to change anything in that law without notice. Everyone who would give a permission, approve or know about any civil disobedience without denouncing it to the police is also a criminal. To wear the red square is criminal. Fees can go up to 125 000$.
This law is unconstitutional. That means, we can’t go on strike anymore, we can’t protest, we can’t hold General Assemblies in our schools, we can’t have a Student Union, in brief we live in a DICTATORSHIP.
I’ll try to find the complete text in English, because you know, it’s more than important.
Depuis 14 semaines, les étudiants du Québec sont en grève pour protester contre la hausse des frais de scolarité. Depuis 14 semaines, rien n’est venu du gouvernement. Rien à part ceci : aujourd’hui, 18 mai 2012, une loi spéciale est votée. Une loi spéciale effective jusqu’au moi de juillet 2013.
Cette loi nous enlève notre droit associatif et notre droit de manifester. Pour chaque jour qu’une association étudiante (et si on suit cette logique, les syndicats d’enseignants sont dans la même merde) ne respectera pas la loi, les administrations scolaires auront le droit de ne pas remettre les contributions monétaires (payées par chaque étudiants représentés par cette association), le mobilier, les tableaux d’affichage et même les locaux de l’association pour un trimestre. Un avertissement de 8 heures doit être donné à la police pour n’importe quel regroupement de plus de 10 personnes. Aucune manifestation ne peut se tenir à moins de 50 mètres d’un terrain scolaire. La police se réserve le droit de changer ce qu’il ne fait pas leur plaisir (le lieu, les personnes, l’itinéraire). La ministre de l’Éducation se réserve le droit de changer cette loi sans avertissement at en outre-passant l’Assemblée Nationale. Peu importe qui autorise, approuve ou est au courant d’un acte de désobéissance civile sans le dénoncer est aussi criminel. Porter le carré rouge est criminel. Les amendes peuvent s’élever à 125 000$.
Cette loi est anticonstititionelle. Ça veut dire qu’on ne peut plus faire la grève, tenir d’assemblée générale dans nos écoles ou former un syndicat étudiant, en bref, on vit dans une DICTATURE.
reblogging to add the link to the law in english and to clarify:
many of quebec’s student unions have been on strike for the past 95 days. this means cegep and university students, at the undergrad and graduate levels. some high school students have held rallies and protests to show solidarity but technically they are not striking. at its peak, on march 22nd, over 300,000 students were on strike across the province. the same day there was an enormous demonstration in downtown montreal and elsewhere across the province.
if you want more details, here are some good information sources:
this is what i’m talking about when people say how “great” canada is and how it’s this wonderful hippie socialist utopia, especially contrasted with the united states. it isn’t. look at the laws. look at the state of our democracy. look at the criminalization of dissent. i think informing people outside of canada is almost more important these days, because that perception keeps a lot of people from criticizing our government’s policies and from understanding the reality of these situations.
also, i crossed out the word dictatorship because - as unconstitutional and wrong as this legislation is - it is not the case of one individual making all of the decisions (which is a dictatorship, ruled by a dictator). all of the 62 members of the parti liberal quebecois are voting on this this evening, and are debating in favour of it. many people worked on this law and are voting in favour of it today. it is unfair and untruthful to paint a different picture.
the real picture is scary enough.
if you’re going to make the effort to inform people about political injustice (even on tumblr) please fact-check.
“You can’t win with them: no protest will ever be peaceful enough, docile enough, non-threatening enough to suit their wishes. Expressions of anger against the status quo will always be called disruptive, even violent. Meanwhile, we live in a system that privileges the accumulation of capital over the value of human life, and oppresses us according to our gender, race, ability, age, or class in order to sustain that accumulation. This system enacts daily violence on both those who defy it and those who simply live within it. This violence may be physical – such as the police brutality, surveillance, and disproportionate arrests experienced by student protestors and also by communities of colour, queer communities, and others on a routine basis. Or it may be less tangible but equally destructive, such as the effects of being systematically excluded from higher education, higher-paying jobs, and the possibility of economic “success.””