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Student protest in Santiago de Chile draws big crowd

On Thursday August 4, 2016, Chilean student movements called for a national protest against education reform (la Ley de Inclusión) that students — and others — argue that the reform does not go far enough towards dismantling the market-based and socio-economically segregated education system, a legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990). According to a 2015 article: Students say the reforms don’t go far enough, and may fall short even in meeting their stated objective. They point to loopholes that will allow “flagship” schools to maintain selective admissions for up to 30% of their enrollment. Non-profit schools can also retain transitional...

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Resistimos : solidarity banner given to student movement in Chile

RESISTIMOS is an in situ banner-making performance I did in Santiago de Chile in July 2016 to express my solidarity with the Chilean student movement. It was scheduled within the Resistance in Urban Peripheries, Street Art-Action segment of Encuentro: eX-céntrico: dissidence, sovereignties, performance. I was one of seven consecutive performances that lead spectators through the streets of La Población La Victoria, Chile’s first urban land occupation to create an alternative neighbourhood that actively resisted the dictatorship. It will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017. Thanks to Ana María Saavedra – Luis Alarcón of Galería Metropolitana who organized the ruta. The...

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70 000 étudiants s’unissent pour freiner projets d’oléoducs en sol québécois

[English below] Une nouvelle coalition d’associations étudiantes québécoises prend son envol aujourd’hui pour mettre un frein aux projets d’oléoducs en sol québécois. Étudiant-e-s Contre les Oléoducs (ÉCO) représente aujourd’hui presque 70 000 étudiants et étudiantes du Québec. Ce nombre est appelé à gonfler d’ici la manifestation du 15 novembre organisée par le groupe. ÉCO rejoint la chaude contestation de l’oléoduc Energy East de Transcanada et le renversement de la ligne 9B d’Enbridge par des dizaines de communautés à travers le Québec, dont les victimes de première ligne des changements climatiques: les Premières nations. « Plus que jamais, notre génération est...

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Looking for Banners from Québec’s ‘carré rouge’ Protest Movement for December Exhibit

Include Your Banner in a Giant Quilt representing the Québec Protest Movement! [en français] contact: widge [@] burningbillboard.org During the six-month student strike, hundreds of banners were created to denounce tuition fee increases and protest the privatization of public institutions. These banners lead demonstrations through the streets of Québec’s cities. They affiliated neighbourhood resistance and demanded an end to police repression. Banners hung from l’Îlot voyageur and the Berri street overpass, and they fluttered above the demonstrators at CLASSE’s demonstrations the 22nd of every month. Many banners hung over the  facades of university and CEGEP buildings, while others blocked the...

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Don’t Kid Yourself: We all pay for the defunding of higher education

a guest post by Erika Shaker. I went to McGill in the late 80s and early 90s when tuition fees were less than $1,200 a year, so with summer jobs and some parental help I graduated from my first degree debt-free. For my MA, which I took in Ontario, I worked part-time and graduated after one year with a debt of $10,000. By way of comparison: my partner went to university in Ontario after grants were eliminated, and when the first round of tuition fee hikes were implemented. He completed a BA and then an MA, and graduated with a...