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Activist Communiqué: Mobilize to take back our education – Toronto - June 5

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Here is another Casserole event for Toronto; in solidarity with Quebec students and to demand accessible education for all - not just the 1%

Here are the deets:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
8:00 pm
George Brown College
200 King Street East

The Call Out:

Post-secondary education in Canada is in crisis. Students In Canada collectively owe the federal government more than $14.5 billion. Ontario's tuition fees are 23% higher than the national average. Decades of cuts by both the provincial and federal governments have resulted in tuition fees increasing at more than twice the rate of inflation.

High fees and debts impose a heavy burden on students and their families. Communities impoverished by social oppressions are unable to access education. Indigenous people are denied their inherent treaty rights to education, often high tuition being a tool of denial while undocumented people are completely shut out.

As curriculums are standardized and specialized to fit the corporate agenda, class sizes continue to rise with debt. Our system is increasingly corporate-minded, placing profit ahead of education; ironically, however, most of us now graduate to a jobless future.

This is not just the plight of students, but symptoms of a broken economic system. It is through well-funded higher education that our society grows and improves. Education is not a luxury, or an expense: it is an investment in the future.

For the past few months, as Quebec students have been turning a simple issue of fees into a wider criticism of the neoliberal agenda, in Ontario we have seen our media rejoice at every opportunity to ridicule and discredit a generation saying they want a better world for tomorrow.

On June 5th, we will march together in solidarity with the inspiring struggle of the students of Quebec, and to demand accessible education for the people of Ontario! Bring your friends, your voice, your instruments, your flags, your banners, your red squares, and most importantly, your spirit.

The time for us to stand up and be heard is now. We must ride the momentum of this historic moment. This is more than a hike, more than a strike, more than Quebec; this is the beginning of a new way of seeing education, not just for now but for generations to follow.

Mobilize now!

In Solidarity,

The Ontario Students' Mobilization Coalition


Au Canada, l'éducation postsecondaire est en crise. Les étudiants canadiens ont plus de 14.5 millions en dettes au gouvernement fédéral. Les droits de scolarité en Ontario sont 23% plus élevés que la moyenne nationale. Les coupures en éducation par le fédéral et le provincial, qui s'accumulent depuis des dizaines d'années, ont mené à des frais de scolarité qui augmentent à presque deux fois le taux d'inflation.

Ces dettes imposent un lourd fardeau aux étudiants et à leurs familles. Les communautés appauvries par des pressions sociales n'ont pas accès à l'éducation, et les communautés autochtones ou sans-papiers sont complètement exclus.

Alors que nos curriculums sont standardisés et spécialisés, le nombre d'élèves par classe ne cesse de monter. Notre système suit de plus en plus une logique marchande, où le profit vient avant la qualité de l'éducation. Ironiquement, plusieurs d'entre nous feront face à un marché du travail pour le moins incertain.

Ce n'est pas qu'un problème d'étudiant; c'est un symptôme d'un système économique brisé. Une éducation publique de qualité assure l'épanouissement et l'amélioration de notre société. L'éducation n'est pas un luxe ou une dépense, c'est un investissement dans l'avenir d'une société.

Depuis quelques mois, alors que les étudiants Québécois s'acharnent à transformer un débat sur les frais en une contestation crédible du statu quo néolibéral, nos médias Ontariens se réjouissent à chaque fois qu'ils peuvent se permettre de ridiculiser cette génération qui croient à un monde meilleur pour les générations qui nous suivront.

Le 5 juin, nous marcherons en solidarité avec les Québécois qui nous inspirent, pour demander l'accessibilité à l'éducation en Ontario! Amenez vos amis, vos voix, vos instruments, vos drapeaux, vos affiches, vos carrés rouge, et votre esprit de contestation festive! Il est grand temps de nous soulever et de nous faire entendre. Nous devons nous engager dans ce mouvement historique. C'est plus qu'une hausse, plus qu'une grève, plus que le Québec; c'est le début d'une nouvelle façon de voir l'éducation pour l'avenir. Mobilisez-vous!

En solidarité,

La Coalition Ontarienne pour la mobilisation des étudiants




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