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'Tenir Tête' takes us back inside the Maple Spring

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Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the Maple Spring's most recognizable face, offers a straight-forward account about how the student strike felt from the inside.

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'Languages of the Unheard' asks if militant action is important to democracy

Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy

by Stephen D'Arcy
(Between the Lines,
2013;
$24.95)

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In this time of political action and global protest, what are the politics and ethics of militant resistance?

In Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for DemocracyStephen D'Arcy uses the vivid examples of the Quebec Student Strike to the Mohawk land defence at Kanesatake to the Black Blocs at summit protests and attempts to build off the words of Dr. Martin Luther King that "riot is the language of the unheard."

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Solidarity Against Austerity - Alex Hundert Reads his Article from The Peak, from Jail

November 14, 2012
| Solidarity against Austerity was written for the Sept 2012 edition on The Peak magazine from Guelph which focused on the Quebec Student Strike
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| October 11, 2012

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois: Together we can block austerity

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In February of this year, Quebec students began an unlimited general strike to oppose what would become an 82 per cent increase in tuition fees by the then-Liberal government of Jean Charest.

Six months later, the record of the longest student strike in Canadian history speaks for itself. The resignation of one education minister, then another. The defeat of Premier Charest, and his government. And, finally, the repeal of the tuition hike, and an unprecedented “special law” that sought to deny basic rights to organize and protest.

Throughout the years of mobilization that went into building this social movement, we had a simple slogan: Together, we can block the hike.

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