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Solidarity with Quebec and all those who resist!

Today
Tuesday May 22nd

2pm – Solidarity with Quebec Students Rockefeller Plaza
5-8pm –  Pop-Up Free University in Washington Sq. Park
8pm –  March Against Anti-Protest Laws in Quebec & everywhere Washington Sq.

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Tuesday May 22nd at 2pm
Demonstration in solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike
Outside the Quebec Government Offices at 1 Rockefeller Plaza

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

MEET US IN THE STREETS! SOLIDARITY WITH STUDENTS IN QUEBEC!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_78 
Learn more about the state’s response to attempt dismantling the student movement in Quebec.

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.

We reject the politics of austerity and the policing of our right to assemble. We stand in solidarity with the Quebec student mobilizations. Join us! Wear Red! Long live the unlimited student strike!

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Tuesday May 22nd
Pop-Up Free University 5-8pm in Washington Sq. Park

Pop Up Free University

The Free University is hosting a pop-up occupation Tuesday, May 22nd in Washington Square Park at 5PM on the 100th day of the Quebec students’ unlimited strike, already one of the largest student mobilizat…ions 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.

Pop-Up Free University in Solidarity with the Quebec Student Movement

The Free University is hosting a pop-up university open to all students, educators, and community members.

We call on all who want to come and TEACH a class/ FACILITATE a discussion/ HOST a skill-share as part of the Free University. Come to Washington Square Park on Tuesday at 5pm and join us!

We call on everyone who heard about the how great the Free University was on Mayday, everyone who came to the Free University on Mayday and everyone who is interested in how we can organize education as a free and accessible commons to COME to Washington Square Park on Tuesday. We call on all to COME to defend our right to assembly—everywhere and anywhere.

As part of the afternoon’s activities, The Free University will host discussions about the state of the student unlimited strike in Quebec, the criminalization of dissent, and what this means for our movements.

If you want to teach a class or host a discussion just come to the park with a sign announcing your class and check in at our table on the North side of the fountain at 5PM. We’ll be announcing all the classes on a board at 6PM.

Together we will stand in solidarity, determined to make our universities places of free education, inquiry, and access to knowledge for all.

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.

EVENTS CONFIRMED SO FAR:

Occupy Student Debt Campaign: “Student Debt and the State of Emergency”

How did student debt go from being a subject of personal status to being subject to a fascist state of emergency law in Canada? What are the implications for debtors, faculty and students?

Occupy Theory: “Teach-in on Counterinsurgency Tactics at No Nato Demonstrations in Chicago”

OWS Sustainability:
“Worker’s Cooperatives: Get out of the Cubicle & Into the Transition Economy”
Sarah Baxendell, coordinator of Occupy Sustainability, a former JP Morgan stock broker & Macy’s corporate inventory planner discusses the importance of worker cooperatives, and details how they are a sustainable model for the transition economy. Come learn how to re-invision how you support yourself, contribute to your community & create positive local economic development.

Intro to Permaculture Design: Winnie, coordinator of Occupy Sustainability and Permaculture Designer

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)

FREE UNIVERSITY NYC
twitter: @FreeUnivNYC
phone: 347-670-FREU (3738)
e-mail: maydayfreeu@gmail.com
facebook: on.fb.me/maydayfreeu
trailer: http://bit.ly/freeutrailer
video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id8FaDf3OMI

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Tuesday May 22nd
March Against Anti-Protest Laws in Quebec & everywhere 8pm Washington Sq.

Solidarity with Quebec Students & March Against Anti-Protest Laws

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.

We reject the politics of austerity and the policing of our right to assemble. We stand in solidarity with the Quebec student mobilizations. Join us! Wear Red! Long live the unlimited student strike!

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