Letter to my mother: why I am striking (Huffington Post)

“It is to struggle to refuse to live in a country that cuts the lives of the most vulnerable to enrich those who already swallow everything, a struggle against the destruction of the environment by exploitation of resources known to be harmful. It is to struggle to ensure that children have access to education that is stimulating and diversified, with competent teachers not near burn-out. It is to refuse a certain economic vision, to refuse an austerity presented as necessary when other solutions exist, and when the IMF, which contains no angels, has denounced it as have negative impacts on the population.”

Language and Dissent

By Gioia Cazzaniga
Originally published on March 26, 2015
See original French text here: http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/gioia-cazzaniga/lettre-a-ma-mere-pourquoi-je-fais-greve_b_6942712.html

My Dear Mother,

I know you are a bit far from here, from Montreal and the hot spot of the protest. You only have access to mainstream media, to [Education] Minister Blais who threatens students with cancelling the semester and right-wing commentators who are bent on pointing out spelling mistakes instead of listening to the message. Only if you would inform yourself a bit better, you would know we are more than 50 000 on strike, without counting the one-off strike mandates and the votes yet to come. Even medical students will take a day or two to denounce the measures of [Health] Minister Barette. Many unions also have their collective agreements ending next week and for them too, it smells strongly of protest.

It is not a question of illusions, it is not a…

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