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Do Anglophones care?

Do Anglophones care?

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I often write about oppressors- on naked misandrists, or the history of slavery in Québec, or racist robots– and against the dehumanization of people to justify violence.

Now, let’s tackle a community response: waves of protests are erupting this week in Montréal against the privatization of society by a rich surgeon, and the recent attempt to criminalize abortion by Québec’s Minister of Health in Bill 20.

Creativity

Protests include one where you must dress as the 1%, an occupied park with bloodied pants to protest the new idea to criminalize abortion by the Labour of Health, and general mass waves of occupying streets and public spaces to demonstrate the will of the people against the systemic erasure of rights.

Who?

Students from the Department of Health at Concordia  went on strike for the first time ever – with many other departments – to pair with McGill and the typically strong teams of protesters from CEGEPS and Francophone schools UdeM, UQAM, Polytechnique, and HEC – among others.

Click here for a comprehensive list of events and supporters 

Do Anglophones care?

One filmed incidence of a Concordia student (1:27) yelling against the request to protest underlined a cultural divide in the city has ignited conversations about the stereotype of Anglophone North Americans as more likely to embrace an individualistic interpretation of their education, unimpacted by proposed laws, rather than as one member in a collectivity of interdependent students.

If you listen closely you can hear the shuffles of coats from thousands of shaking heads from thousands of anglo-Québecois out in the streets – accented by the occasional face palm.

Kids complain too much

This week in Montréal demonstrates that the pulse of activism and community is strong – a necessary component of any functioning city.

Those who paint tens of thousands of protesters as ‘out of touch kids’ ignore the fact that not only are people of all types and ages standing up for their nation, but that calling a person who questions decisions rather than acquiesces without question is exactly what is required in order to keep our government accountable, and to bring change to the serious threats to our nation – such as continued white supremacy, patriarchy and gender violence, the destruction and sale of our environment to corporations, or interest groups who exploit those among us who have been denied the privilege of education.

Liam Lachance– 31 March, 2015 – Montreal 

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