rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Student solidarity tour kicks off in Ottawa with Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

Please chip in to support more articles like this. Support rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per month!

I wrote earlier in the week about the Quebec-Ontario Student Solidarity Tour, which will see representatives of CLASSE, Quebec's largest student federation, and other grassroots activists touring ten cities in nine days across the province.

Well tonight that tour kicks off with a bang in Ottawa, a city which has seen large solidarity demonstrations with the Quebec student movement all summer long.

Tonight's panel will feature Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the movement's charismatic hearthrob and co-spokesperson for CLASSE. He will be joined by Jérémie Bédard-Wien, a CLASSE executive and financial secretary, Audrey Deveault, Chairperson of the Dawson Student Union, and Marianne Breton Fontaine, a grassroots student activist and independent journalist.

They'll be speaking at the Agora at the University of Ottawa at 7PM tonight. All are welcome and admission is free.

If I could make it to Ottawa, I'd be there. If you're in the vicinity, don't miss this opportunity to hear first hand reports of the student strike come social movement which has gripped Quebec, and engage in a dialogue about how the success in Quebec can be spread throughout the country.

You can get more information, and confirm your attendance, on the Facebook page. It has this to say about tonight's event:

"With a quarter of a million people marching in the streets of Montreal for three months in a row, a broad and powerful united resistance has developed and is shaking Quebec. Despite over a thousand arrests, police violence, and disturbing anti-democratic laws brought in by the Charest Liberal government, the students have held strong.

As federal and provincial austerity budgets have had severe impacts in Ontario, how can we build solidarity as well as a broad, united and growing movement here?

Come listen to first-hand accounts and analysis explaining how the strike grew from a campaign calling for access to education into a people’s struggle for democracy and a better Québec."

Please spread the word far and wide about tonight's event and the whole tour. Building strong bonds of solidarity, and a united national movement, has neer been more important.

 

Follow me on twitter for the latest on the strike, and progressive politics in Quebec: @EthanCoxMTL


Until Friday ONLY, you can become a member of rabble.ca for as little as $5/month, and get a free subscription to a great Canadian magazine. We don't have advertisers, corporate owners or endowments. We have you. Please help us keep delivering "news for the rest of us", and become a member today.

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.