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In an increasingly connected world, our economic and political realities here in Canada have a direct effect on the livelihoods of communities both at home and abroad. As social justice-minded citizens of Canada and of the world, I (and I’m confident you) believe that we have a critical role to respond to some of the greatest challenges we are facing today worldwide, including war, poverty, and other forms of socio economic injustice.
Those of us who struggle for justice need a media that assumes the struggle exists. We need a media that seeks out the stories of equity seeking groups, and we need a media that is not dependent on corporate advertising. We need rabble.ca.
In my work with Canadian Federation of Students I saw first hand how the struggle for student rights gets framed in the mainstream media. Students who struggle under horrific debt and pay the flat tax of tuition get painted as privileged complainers. I see the mainstream media support Canada’s love affair with tax cuts that have hurt public services. I see how thousands of Indigenous learners are denied access to education, that is their right, yet we hear so little about this crisis.
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Bilan Arte is the former National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. The Canadian Federation of Students is the oldest and largest national student organization in Canada, representing over 650,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students across the country.
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