March 26, 2012, Montreal -- This week, Quebec students escalate their tactics, building on almost one month of a general strike, and last Thursday’s massive demonstration against the Charest government tuition hikes.

The ongoing strike and Thursday’s historic demonstration are a starting point, not an end, as many student organizers have pointed out. The upcoming week of disruptive actions is especially important.

We are writing to support the Coalition Large de l’Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (CLASSE) who have called for a week of economic disruption to pressure the Charest government to cancel the tuition hikes. We agree that it’s not just through symbolic protests and actions – which are important to build solidarity and support – that the Charest government will capitulate. Rather, they will respond to the sustained and tangible disruption of the Quebec economy.

Already, business organizations, politicians, police and mainstream media commentators have referred to the economic impacts of the general strike. More blocked bridges, ports, highways and government buildings, as well as the continued disruption of colleges and universities, will force the hand of the Charest government.

Beyond the immediate demands to cancel the tuition hikes, sustained economic disruption opens up political space to talk about broader social demands. In addition to demands for free access to education (“gratuité scolaire”), some student associations have made broader links, by opposing Plan Nord or taking a stand in favor of full access to schools for non-status persons. Sustained strikes and disruptions opens up democratic spaces in the streets and in our communities for larger demands to confront capitalism, patriarchy and all forms of exploitation and oppression. A social strike puts democracy into the hands of people and their grassroots assemblies and institutions, not the sellout politicians and parties loyal to “representative democracy”.

We are writing, as local grassroots social justice collectives, groups and organizations, to publicly support this week’s economic disruptions. We will encourage our members to lend tangible support, by participating, and by engaging others in support of this week’s escalation. We denounce the use of police to attack students who are using legitimate tactics to force the hand of a government that refuses to listen to popular power. We also express our solidarity with blockaders and resisters on the frontlines, and denounce all attempts to use the media or police to divide movements.

For more information, please consult: www.stopthehike.ca/

Statement endorsed by:

- Solidarité sans frontières / Solidarity Across Borders - www.solidarityacrossborders.org
- QPIRG Concordia / GRIP à Concordia - www.qpirgconcordia.org
- La Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC) - www.clac-montreal.net
- Personne n'est illégal / No One Is Illegal-Montreal - www.nooneisillegal.org
- Organisation populaire des droits sociaux de la région de Montréal - http://opdsrm.com
- La Pointe Libertaire - www.lapointelibertaire.org
- Dignidad Migrante - http://dignidadmigrante.info
- Le Centre Social Autogéré - www.centresocialautogere.org
- Réseau de la Commission Populaire / People's Commission Network - www.commissionpopulaire.org
- Ste-Emilie Skillshare - http://steemilieskillshare.org
- Artivistic - http://artivistic.org
- Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC) - www.pasc.ca
- Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière (COBP) - http://cobp.resist.ca

--> To endorse this callout, please contact blocampmontreal@gmail.com . The callout will be re-sent this Thursday morning.

[By signing this callout, we will share information actively via our networks (public contact lists, public events, e-mail announcements, website, social media etc.) and publicly support students and their supporters who are organizing economic disruptions this week and beyond. We also support the CLASSE in opposing all tuition hikes, within the perspective of free access to education.]

Demonstration at the
“Conservative Youth Conference 2012”

Saturday, March 3, from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Delta Hotel, 777 University Avenue, Montreal
(corner of University & St-Antoine, near Bonaventure métro)

https://www.facebook.com/events/248814935201182/


-Distribute widely -
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ANTI-CAPITALIST MAY DAY 2012
demonstration
to mark the International Workers’ Day
May 1, 2012, 4:30 PM
Champ-de-Mars, Montréal (adjacent to City Hall)
(métro Champ-de-Mars, Orange line)
A call out from Montréal’s Convergence of Anti-Capitalist Struggles
(CLAC-Montréal)
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https://www.facebook.com/events/324635217571613/

Launch of the new CLAC Newspaper

CLAC (Anti-capitalist convergence) is warmly inviting you the the launch
of the fourth issue of its newspaper, the second in less than 6 months !

This edition is dedicated to coming student strike, and how to open and
connect it to other struggles !

We'll be welcoming you Thursday February 16 at the Yer Mad (901
de Maisonneuve East, Berri-Uqam Métro), from 5PM !

Welcome to all !

For more info: info @ clac-montreal.net

Toronto G20: The last CLAC organizer still accused of conspiracy sees his charges withdrawn!
CLAC condemns the legal circus and the criminalization of dissent

Montréal, November 23rd 2011 – Yesterday, in a packed courtroom at the Ontario Court of
Justice in Toronto, the Crown counsel in charge of prosecuting the so-called “Main G20
Conspiracy Group” dropped all conspiracy charges against 17 organizers from Southern
Ontario and Québec.

One of the 17, Patrick Cadorette, an organizer from the Anti-capitalist Convergence of
Montréal (CLAC), had all his charges withdrawn by the Crown after almost 18 months spent
under restrictive conditions, including 11 months under house arrest.
This new development is a result of a plea agreement between Crown and Defense counsel.
Of the 17 charged with conspiracy, six pled guilty to “counseling” mischief, while the 11 others
have had all their charges dropped.

“The public has heard a lot about police brutality and mass arrests at the G20 summit,”
Cadorette says, “but the repression went a lot deeper than pictures of angry policemen beating
on demonstrators. We now know that there was a complex strategy aimed at criminalizing
political dissent and anti-capitalist organizing. This strategy included infiltration by undercover
cops, the surveillance of various movements, the intimidation and harassment of activists, and
hundreds of illegal searches and arbitrary detentions during the summit itself. The legal and
penal system also played a major role in this strategy to criminalize dissent. Through imposing
draconian bail conditions like strict non-association with targeted community organizations, long
term house arrest, and banning organizing or attending public demonstrations, legal authorities
clearly meant to weaken movements working for social and environmental justice and to
discourage people who identify with these movements from getting involved. Add to all this the
serious criminal charges targeting organizers, public defamation, and bail hearings held in the
climate of mass hysteria following the protests, as well as the staggering amounts requested
for cash bail, and you have all the elements of a perfect plan to demonize and criminalize
political activism.”

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Le verger au complet!

La Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC) produit une série de podcasts sous forme d'entrevues nommée Le Verger au complet qui vise la diffusion d’informations relatives à l’abolition de la police et des prisons et à la justice, en abordant des thématiques telles que l'emprisonnement des migrant.e.s, la criminalisation de la dissidence et la justice transformatrice.

Alors que les discours libéraux présentent les violences policières comme l'affaire de quelques pommes pourries dans le panier nous proposons plutôt une analyse critique de la police et des institutions punitives: on ne réforme pas un système pourri, on l’abolit! Attaquons-nous au verger au complet!



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