Events April 27 – April 28

Friday April 27

Envahissons Westmount: Un Nouveau Quartier Rouge!/ Let’s Invade Westmount!
12:30pm, Square Cabot (Atwater & Ste-Catherine)  – (fb event)
Let’s support our neighbours at Dawson who are organizing this march. Here is their text:

After a failed Strike Referendum, a group of Dawson College students decided to form a contingent called Dawson Persists to fight against the hikes in other ways and to support those students on strike. On April 27th, we invite you to our riding, Westmount, which is also home to Jean Charest, to protest for our rights. It’s time to show the 1% that we also have a voice and that we will not give up. The government is trying to take away our right to education, we have to fight for it.
Be there, Be Square!

SIT-OUT for Real Negotiations (fb event)
12:30pm, in front of Charest’s office (770, rue Sherbrooke W)
Not sure if this needs a description.

Manifestation: c’est pas une offre, c’est une insulte ! (fb event)
8:30pm, Parc Émilie Gamlin
Another night protest following the gov’ts recent proposition.

Saturday April 28

Action locale: Manif/Sit-In contre la judiciarisation de la grève
10am – 12pm, Place Jacques Cartier
The invite says to bring your chalk, music and good humour — sounds like a pleasant way to protest the injunctions given to the cégeps who voted to strike!

La Grande Corvée en Rouge (Carré Rouge at the annual Mount Royal clean-up)
12:00 Parc Jeanne-Mance (Meet at the statue at Rachel & Parc) (fb event)
Dress in red and help clean up the Mountain!  Pacifistic and a show of good citizenship! A similar event to take place in Côte-des-Neiges on Sunday (fb event)

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The Struggle Continues at Concordia

Concordia has entered exam season despite serious disruptions of the academic semester. Students in GPE have missed 5 weeks of classes, prompting some to argue at our last GA that by the university’s own rules credit given for these classes cannot be considered legitimate without extending the semester.


(photos taken by Brian Lapuz, in thelink)

Unfortunately, the administration repeatedly refuses to enter into a conversation of solutions for these lost classes. There have been no attempts to address this, aside from waiving the fee of $20 usually paid for applying for an Incomplete- a gesture which only came after ongoing and remarkably broad pressure from university faculty at Concordia, students and allied faculty from other institutions.

While much of the momentum of the strike at Concordia has moved from the university to the streets, there are still a diversity of tactics taking place on campus. There is still healthy outrage from both students and faculty that the university intends to push students through exams and hand in assignments on material that was never covered.

This is an invitation to keep a running list of all actions within this ongoing struggle against business-as-usual and the administration’s refusal to acknowledge the loss of over a third of our academic semester. The disruption of the Town Hall meeting for Alan Shepard was one such tactic. The CBC has presented it as “Students Silence New Concordia President” which unfortunately makes invisible the nearly two months of repression and silencing of students which has taken place at Concordia since strike actions began, while glossing over the seemingly immutable, sacrosanct hierarchy of power that structures the university’s daily functioning.


(above photo taken by Brian Lapuz, in thelink)

Alan Shepard was not the victim of this disruption unless the act is viewed in isolation from its context. Because of the continued efforts of concerned students over issues related to the strike (issues internal to Concordia and external) this context is still unfolding daily.

Many students are no longer regularly on campus due to the shift into exam season and many departments are no longer holding regular General Assemblies. These changes combined with the abysmal coverage of the movement in the anglophone media (comment on that by Lilian Radovac here) and the sheer pace and diversity of the actions taking place (from disruptions, to circulating demands, to lobbying from unions, to meetings arranged between faculty and students, motions at Senate, etc) makes it difficult to follow the evolution of the movement in recent days. To continue broad pressure, sharing information can help allies understand as well as feel the breadth of protests against the university’s inaction and keep abreast of efforts being taken to build coalitions and spaces for meaningful dialogue.

Please post links to articles, include notes on the encounters with senior administrators, or facebook events pertaining to continued and sustained action at Concordia here or on other strike blogs. This can provide entry points for people who want to get involved. Being outside the conversation is isolating, and the great thing about knowledge is that it does not diminish when shared!

In solidarity.

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More events for this week

Wednesday April 25

Special Council Meeting
6:00pm – CSU Lounge (Hall – 7th Floor)
Depends on negotiations with the minister, if nothing has come out of the negotiations the meeting will be cancelled.

Thursday April 26

General Assembly of the Concordia-Wide Community
1:00pm, 7th Floor Hall Building
The description is too long to post here, but check out the Facebook event for more.

GUSS/UPA End Of Year Party Time @ Blizzart’s
10pm – 3am, 3956 St-Laurent (Just Below Duluth)

“3 Drinks for $5 – Valid Concordia ID Required @ the bar (Drink tickets will only be sold to GUSS & UPA students.) We’ve got awesome DJs lined, expect some serious dancing. Advice to you, show up early to get your drink tickets before things get crowded.”

Friday April 27

Envahissons Westmount: Un Nouveau Quartier Rouge!/ Let’s Invade Westmount!
12:30pm, Square Cabot (Atwater & Ste-Catherine)  – Facebook event
Let’s support our neighbours at Dawson who are organizing this march. Here is their text:

After a failed Strike Referendum, a group of Dawson College students decided to form a contingent called Dawson Persists to fight against the hikes in other ways and to support those students on strike. On April 27th, we invite you to our riding, Westmount, which is also home to Jean Charest, to protest for our rights. It’s time to show the 1% that we also have a voice and that we will not give up. The government is trying to take away our right to education, we have to fight for it.
Be there, Be Square!

Monday April 30

GUSS General Assembly
4pm, 7th Floor Hall Building

Tuesday May 1 – International Labour Day

General Social Strike
All day, Quebec wide.
Details to come, check grevesociale.info or  facebook event

For more events, check the GEOGRADS calendar or the CLASSE calendar.

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Critical Hope

“The pedagogy of hope are written in rage and love, without which there is no hope.”

“How many times do educators critically consider the emotional investments of moral anger and its significance in struggles for social justice?”

“My hope is necessary, but it is not enough. Alone, it does not win. But without it, my struggle is weak and wobbly. We need critical hope the way a fish needs unpolluted water.”

– Paolo Friere (1994)

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Next GA and other department specific info

Next GUSS GA
Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 4pm
in the CSU Lounge (Hall Building, 7th Floor)
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GUSS / UPA / GEOGRADS office hours to hear strike concerns
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (9am to noon, 1pm to 5pm)
on the 12th floor

If you would like to send your thoughts and comments on the strike, the way it was handled by students, student representatives, the faculty or the administration you can send them by email to GUSS@asfa.ca. They can also be submitted to geographyonstrike.wordpress.com/feedback/ with the option of submitting anonymously.

Informal department meeting (closed, with student reps from GUSS/UPA/GEOGRADS)
Friday, April 27 Thursday May 3rd
to be followed by a departmental Wine and Cheese put together by the faculty open to the students of GPE
(More details as they become available)

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Upcoming Events

Some known upcoming events. Details will be added as they become available.

Shut Down the salon Plan Nord
Friday April 20th @ 11am
Meet at the Hall building; join other students at Square Phillip; disrupt Plan Nord at Palais de Congrès;
As active Concordia students it is important that we stand in solidarity with the various organization and communities fighting against Le Plan Nord, and its plans to sell off Quebec’s northern environment.
Facebook event

Demo in Solidarity with Striking Students in Chile
Monday, April 25th

National Feminist Day of Action
Wednesday, April 27th

General Strike
Sunday, May 1st

For more events, check the GEOGRADS calendar or the CLASSE calendar.

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Encouraging statement from Part-time Faculty Union

CUPFA STATEMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY – April 15th
A very down-to-earth statement from the part time faculty union.

“This Is All We Have to Give You.” A Look at Concordia’s Growing Labour Pains
Article in the Link on Concordia’s extremely long contract negotiations with its various labour unions.

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Friday: Restore Concordia’s Community Rally and Open Forum

Restore Concordia’s Community: Rally and Open Forum
Friday, April 13th @ 12:30pm
in front of the Hall building, 1455 de Maisonneuve

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GA updates

Firstly, the strike mandate was renewed with amendments put forward by  CLASSE delegates (view the renewed strike mandate here).

A motion was passed demanding the cancelled GPE departmental meeting be reinstated (see below for text).

A motion presented by Students of Color Montreal (view pdf for full text) to be presented at the next CLASSE congress was adopted.

The next GA will be tentatively set for Monday, April 16 at 4pm on the 7th floor of the Hall Building (CSU Lounge). If this date conflicts with a scheduled exam for Geography and Environment students, PLEASE contact GUSS (guss@asfa.ca) as soon as possible!

Minutes should be available soon.

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