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CUNY STUDENTS AND THE FREE UNIVERSITY TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH QUEBEC STUDENTS #22M #loi78 #ggi


Fuente: http://occupycunynews.org/2012/05/21/cuny-students-and-the-free-university-to-stand-in-solidarity-with-quebec-students-tomorrow/

 This Tuesday, May 22, marks the 100th day of the ongoing Quebec student’s unlimited strike, already one of the largest student mobilizations in recent history.

During 100 days of strike, contempt, and resistance, students have mobilized against steep tuition increases, austerity and debt, and the criminalization of the right to education. In order to break the growing strike and destroy the power of the student union, the Quebec Government enacted a special emergency law (Bill 78) this past Friday. Popularly known as “Loi Fuck,” the law is a blunt and draconian tool that outlaws public assembly, imposes harsh fines for strike activity (even tacit support), and effectively makes organizing an arrestable offense.

On Tuesday in New York City, CUNY students will stand in solidarity with Quebec students who will be marching in record numbers, in defense of the right to protest, and for the right to education as we determine it.

As part of these actions, the Free University is hosting a pop-up occupation Tuesday, May 22nd in Washington Square Park at 5PM about the state of the student unlimited strike in Quebec, the criminalization of dissent, and what this means for the student movement at CUNY. All who want to come and teach a class, facilitate a discussion, or host a skill-share as part of the Free University are welcome. Those interested are asked to come to the park with a sign announcing the class and check in at the table on the North side of the fountain at 5PM. All classes will be announced on a board at 6PM.

LIST OF EVENTS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 22nd

2PM—Demonstrate, 1 Rockefeller Plaza
Demonstration in solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike
Outside the Quebec Government Offices at 1 Rockefeller Plaza

5PM—Gather, Check-in, Washington Square Park, North Side of Fountain
Gather to paint banners, make ‘book bloc’ shields, and cut red squares for the evening march.
Check-in for those who want to facilitate lectures, workshops, skill-shares, and discussions. Please bring all the materials you may need to make banners and host classes.

6PM—Free University, Washington Square Park, various locations– check board on North Side of Fountain
Teach in/Speak out assembly about the Quebec student strike, the emergency laws, and the criminalization of dissent; followed by self-organized lectures, workshops, skill-shares, and discussions of the Free University.

8PM—Assembly and March, Washington Square Park
General Assembly and March against Repressive anti-protest laws worldwide

WEAR RED—
Students in Quebec use the symbol of the “red square” to signify being financially “in the red” amid tuition hikes, cuts in social entitlements, and the spectre of spiraling student and consumer debt. We are all ‘in the red’ as long as the 1% imposes upon us austerity, debt, and repression. An increase in the powers of the police and the state anywhere is an attack on us everywhere.

For more information about the Free University, please contact maydayfreeu@gmail.com

Useful websites:

Facebook page for the May 22 national demonstration in Montreal, QC:
https://www.facebook.com/events/232620616844146/

The poster (PDF)
http://www.bloquonslahausse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/100jours.pdf

The call for solidarity donations (includes an excellent summary of Bill 78):
https://www.facebook.com/notes/max-silverman/urgent-appeal-to-the-rest-of-canada/10150913592787996

Stop the Hike!
http://www.stopthehike.ca/

Edu-Factory
http://www.edu-factory.org/wp/

To better coordinate information between our demonstrations, these hash tags are in use in Quebec and would help student strikers learn of our tweets, etc.

Hashtags to use:
#GGI (Greve generale illimitee/Quebec student strike/movement)
#Loi78 (Bill 78)
#manifencours (Demonstrations in progress, all actions)

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19-20 October – Follow the 48H of Strike in live from Syntagma Square #19ogr, #20ogr


Follow the 48H of strike in live from the new Channel of Syntagma Square
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We participate to the 48 hour strike. We protest in Syntagma Square at 11:00.
Along with the workers and all of society we participate to the 48 hour strike against the bill that abolishes all labour rights.
Along with the workers being affected and the society being impoverished we react, we resist and we will not obey memorandums, troika, banks and that rotten political system.
The time has come for them to go!
We take our lives in our hands.
Direct Democracy NOW!

 

Greek unions said they would extend a planned general strike on 19 October to 48 hours as protests against sweeping austerity measures continued on Thursday, shutting down public transport in Athens and barring tourists from the Acropolis. With the beleaguered Socialist government of Prime Minister George Papandreou fighting to push new cuts through parliament, as demanded by international lenders, the unions said the Oct. 19 strike would be extended to the following day. The strike, which will shut down much of the country, will coincide with a vote on the austerity package on Oct. 20, three days before a European Union summit which leaders are hoping will reach a comprehensive solution to the crisis.”We want to overturn this bill which will destroy Greece and its people” said Ilias Iliopoulos, general-secretary of public sector union ADEDY, which is coordinating the strike with its private sector counterpart GSEE.

The two unions, which represent some 2.5 million members, or half the Greek workforce, have frequently been at odds over the crisis but have put aside differences for the moment to organise what is expected to be the biggest labour action in months.

The austerity bill, including savage pay and pension cuts and lay-offs in the traditionally protected public sector, passed a preliminary vote at committee stage on Thursday, despite misgivings from many in the ruling PASOK party.

I have no intention of voting against the bill, but no one can stop me criticising it” said PASOK deputy Leonidas Grigorakos. “What is taking place has no precedent, society is in turmoil, there is huge insecurity. We politicians must say where the country is heading.

On Thursday, Athens public transport was halted, the Acropolis, symbol of Greece, was closed to tourists for a second day and protesters ranging from Finance Ministry officials to cancer patients demonstrated against the cuts.

Protesters also occupied the printing offices of Greek power utility PPC , to try to disrupt a deeply unpopular property tax which will be collected through electricity bills. The national TV started the strike on Saturday 15 and the garbage trucks are in strike since three weeks now.

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