ANNOUNCING THE FREE UNIVERSITY IN SOLIDARITY WITH QUEBEC STRIKE!!
The Free University is hosting a pop-up occupation Tuesday, May 22nd in Washington Square Park at 5PM on the 100th day of the Quebec students’ unlimited strike, already one of the largest student mobilizations in recent history.
During 100 days of strike, contempt, and resistance, students have mobilized against steep tuition increases, austerity and debt, and the criminalization of the right to education.
On Tuesday in New York City, we stand in solidarity with Quebec students who will be marching in record numbers, in defense of our right to protest, and for our right to education as we determine it.
Pop-Up Free University in Solidarity with the Quebec Student Movement
The Free University is hosting a pop-up university open to all students, educators, and community members.
We call on all who want to come and TEACH a class/ FACILITATE a discussion/ HOST a skill-share as part of the Free University. Come to Washington Square Park on Tuesday at 5pm and join us!
We call on everyone who heard about the how great the Free University was on Mayday, everyone who came to the Free University on Mayday and everyone who is interested in how we can organize education as a free and accessible commons to COME to Washington Square Park on Tuesday. We call on all to COME to defend our right to assembly—everywhere and anywhere.
As part of the afternoon’s activities, The Free University will host discussions about the state of the student unlimited strike in Quebec, the criminalization of dissent, and what this means for our movements.
If you want to teach a class or host a discussion just come to the park with a sign announcing your class and check in at our table on the Northside of the fountain at 5PM. We’ll be announcing all the classes on a board at 6PM.
Together we will stand in solidarity, determined to make our universities places of free education, inquiry, and access to knowledge for all.
LIST OF EVENTS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 22nd
2PM—Demonstrate, 1 Rockefeller Plaza
Demonstration in solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike
Outside the Quebec Government Offices at 1 Rockefeller Plaza
5PM—Gather, Check-in, Washington Square Park, North Side of Fountain.
6PM—Free University, Washington Square Park, various locations– check board on North Side of Fountain
Teach in/Speak out assembly about the Quebec student strike, the emergency laws, and the criminalization of dissent; followed by self-organized lectures, workshops, skill-shares, and discussions of the Free University.
8PM—Assembly and March, Washington Square Park
General Assembly and March against Repressive anti-protest laws worldwide
Students in Quebec use the symbol of the “red square” to signify being financially
We reject the politics of austerity and the policing of our right to assemble. We stand in solidarity with the Quebec student mobilizations.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook page for the May 22 national demonstration in Montreal, QC:
The call for solidarity donations (includes an excellent summary of Bill 78):
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To better coordinate information between our demonstrations, these hash tags are in use in Quebec and would help student strikers learn of our tweets, etc.
Hashtags to use:
#GGI (Greve generale illimitee/Quebec student strike/movement)
#Loi78 (Bill 78)
#manifencours (Demonstrations in progress, all actions)
phone: 347-670-FREU (3738)