People’s Assembly – Grand rassemblement populaire: Vers un Printemps québécois!
your family and friends…. this is the launch of our very own “Quebecois Spring”! See you there!!
Organised by la Coalition large de L’ASSÉ
Monday, April 9th, 2012
Émilie-Gamelin Square, Montréal (metro Berri-UQAM)
noon-10 p.m (groups below will speak as of 3:45)
Translated from facebook page: Info: http://www.facebook.com/events/380435101978793/
For over 6 weeks, hundreds of thousands of students are on an unlimited general strike against tuition fee hikes. We recognise that this decision has been made in a broader context of privatisation and commodification of public services and attacks on women’s well-being.
On March 22nd, about 200, 000 people marched in the streets of Montreal. This mobilisation has proven to be unique in Quebec’s – and possibly – Canada’s history. In light of this massive mobilisation, during a congress held on March 24th and 25th , CLASSE student associations resolved to broaden and go beyond the student movement, calling for a “A quebecois spring”. We recognise that this call occurs in the context of unprecedented cases of corruption, furthering the agenda to exploit shale gas, imposing a health tax, and increasing tuition fees by Jean Charest’s liberal government.
In light of the Liberal government’s attempts to divide the population and social movements, CLASSE decided to organise a large public assembly on April 9th, so as to bring together civil society organisations that are opposed to Jean Charest’s neoliberal projects. This will be an opportunity for students, unions, community and environmental organisations, feminists, and citizens to unite their voices and discuss common action plans in the following weeks and months to follow.
On April 9th, at Émilie-Gamelin Square, CLASSE is organising a large public assembly so as to provide an opportunity for thousands of people to participate in a historic event of popular-education, artistic creativity and politicization.
As a way to express solidarity with the students, especially with Women and marginalised communities fighting for accessible education, we will take part in a speak out on April 9th. We wish to continue building bridges between our diverse social movements fighting against patriarchy and capitalism, and movements that are fighting for: Indigenous self-determination and land sovereignty, migrant justice, dignity for Women, children and LGBTQ communities, accessible education, and a society based on mutual-aid and solidarity.
These joint speeches are apart of coordinated efforts to further resist neoliberal projects within Quebec and Canada, as well as to resist a conservative agenda and racist immigration policies (e.g. Bill C-31) pushed by Minister of Censorship and Deportation Jason Kenney and the Conservative Government of Canada.
The following groups will speak between 3: 45pm – 4:15pm
Immigrant Workers’ Centre
Mexicans United for Regularisation (MUR)
No One Is Illegal Montreal
Solidarity Across Borders
Members of the South Asian Women’s Community Centre (SAWCC)
Women of Diverse Origins
in addition to:
Profs contre la hausse
Médecins pour un régime public
Collectif pour un Québec Sans pauvreté
Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)
Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)
Le syndicat des Métallos
Fédération autonome de l’enseignement
Association de personnes retraitées (APR-FAE)
Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes (STTP)
Campagne Couche-Tard (CSN)
Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN)
Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU)
Parents contre la hausse
Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ)
Mouvement Action Chômage de Montréal
Étudiants et étudiantes en grève
Plusieurs autres activités en continu:
Jeux de poches
Maquillage et ballons
Ateliers de tricots