Organizing Canada: Students tell how it’s done


Reporting for The Real News Network, David Dougherty talks with three young organizers the strike by 11-week-old strike by 165,000 students in Ontario, opposing announced tuition increases.

Jérémie Bédard Wien and Gabriel Nadeau Dubois of CLASSE [La Coalition large de l’association pour une solidarite syndicale etudiante] and Alex Matak, a student organizer from Concordia University discuss the strategies used to organize the largest North American student strike of the 21st Century.

For a recent CLASSE position statement on the strike, see here.

What amazes us is that Canadian students have been able to organize a massive action that’s nearing the end of its third month over a relatively small tuition increase, while University of California students, who have been hit by years of soaring tuition hikes have been ineffective in organizing anything comparable.

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