Resignation letter to ASSÉ – Lettre de démission du comité aux luttes sociales

Problématiques, réflexions et recommandations

Par Myriam Tardif, Rushdia Mehreen et Beatriz Munoz

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Un autre texte intéressant sur le rapport de domination, à lire, aussi dans le contexte de l’ASSÉ:

http://orientation.bloquonslahausse.com/les-rapports-de-domination-en-et-hors-instance/

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Aux étudiantes et aux étudiants membres de l’ASSÉ, à tous ceux et celles avec qui nous avons partagé des moments intenses dans les derniers mois…

Ça fait déjà un moment que nous fréquentons le mouvement étudiant québécois, tout particulièrement celui qui gravite autour de l’ASSÉ. Nous avons été agréablement surprises et fières de ce que nous avons pu réaliser ensemble. La grève, oui; mais aussi tout le travail accompli à travers des principes de démocratie directe afin de faire vivre ces principes et ces revendications que nous avons adoptés ensemble.

Comme plusieurs, nous sommes habitées par le désir profond d’incarner un changement social radical, pour un monde plus juste et égalitaire; et ce tant dans le monde de l’éducation que dans la société en général, et à travers les années, ensemble, nous avons réussi à rassembler un grand nombre de personnes autour de ces pratiques et valeurs progressistes.

C’est ce qui nous a donné envie, chacune à des moments et pour des raisons différentes, de s’impliquer dans l’équipe nationale de l’ASSÉ, question de mettre de l’eau au moulin de cette belle machine contestataire.

Cependant, bien que ces principes soient toujours aussi importants pour nous et que nous croyons que l’ASSÉ et les militantes et militants qui la forment ont le potentiel d’accomplir de grandes choses, pour nous, la lune de miel est terminée. Continue reading

Why I fight – just a quick note

I wrote this introductory note on the racist, sexist and classist nature of the tuition fee debate (thus the Quebec Student Movement) for TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

Brought up in a low-income family, I struggled throughout my youth in India, and in my adult life in Quebec, as I strove to access quality education. As a woman of colour, I faced further challenges in my professional life in Quebec. I was lucky enough to be able to go back to university for a Master’s degree, during which time I realized how the vicious circle of coming from an under-priviledged background comes into play. High grades are needed to access higher education, but people from low-income families (with racial and gender barriers amplifying the challenges) need to work more than others to make ends meet and pay for their education, and thus do not end up getting good grades. The high price tag and higher debt associated with post-secondary education further deters the same people from attending universities. Continue reading

Response to: Toward a More Perfect Student Unionism: Lessons From the Maple Spring

I wrote this below comment in response to the article Toward a More Perfect Student Unionism: Lessons From the Maple Spring,* posted on Alternet. Sharing it here as I feel what I said in this comment is important to me and it embodies how I hold direct democracy to heart (and how I’d (and continue to) put the concept on a pedestal). In this comment, I also express what I think is important in a student movement. That is, writing a motion and succeeding in passing it are only the very beginning of the work. Continue reading

Rushdia at World Education Forum, Palestine

World Education Forum in Palestine

28 – 31 October, 2010

“Placed within the World Social Forum vision of building a “movement of movements”, the World Education Forum in Palestine seeks to actively contribute to the construction of a just global order, which can tackle issues such as poverty, inequality, market globalization, colonialism, ecological crisis and the domination of peoples and nature.” More information available on World Education Forum website

About Free Education Montreal (FEM)

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