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Marche des Indignés / Indignants’ Marche

Joignez-vous à la marche hebdomadaire d'Occupons Montréal, tous les samedi à 15h! Join Occupy Montreal's weekly march, every Saturday at 3pm! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213515045383698 ↓ Suite / More
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----------------------------  Free Education Montreal We b c i t  e 
http://freeeducationmontreal.org/


About Us

Our Mandate

Free Education Montreal’s mandate is based on principles of social justice and stems from Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states in part:
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Although the Declaration insists on free education primarily at the elementary levels, it is impossible to make higher education equally accessible to all without eliminating fees for education at all levels. It is also impossible for education to be geared towards the full development of the human personality if less wealthy students must choose their course of study based on the burdens of poverty and the need to pay back student debt.
Free education benefits not just young people, but all members of society, as it fosters innovative, creative and unbiased research of benefit to everyone, as well as students who leave their institutions not just with new skills, but as critical thinkers with a fuller understanding of humanity and their role in society.

What do we mean by ‘free‘?

Be free to…
Learn, teach and research creatively:
Everyone should have free access to high quality education and lifelong learning. Educators and researchers should have resources, institutional support and academic freedom.

Study for educational fulfilment:Everyone should have the freedom to pursue education for personal growth and the common good.
Govern our educational institutions:
Educational institutions should be governed by those who study and work there in cooperation with the community.

Be free from…
Financial stress:
Students should be able to pursue their studies without the physical and emotional burdens of poverty and debt.

Profit motives:
Students should be able to pursue their studies in an environment free from excessive marketing and profiteering on textbooks and class materials, foods, etc., and advertising on the university campus. Students, researchers and educators should be free from profit-driven influence on grants, funding.

Corporate interference:
Students, researchers and educators should be free from corporate interference in governance, academic and student life.

Our purpose and objectives

The purpose of Free Education Montreal is to encourage students and other community membersin the Montreal area to think critically and hopefully about education and the role and responsibility of educators and students, as well as to support and bring together student and other community groups fighting the rising costs and deterioration of education.
Our short-term goals are to prevent further tuition and fee increases and profit-driven influences at our educational institutions in Quebec, and to have more accessible grants and supports for students, greater transparency in our educational institutions’ budgets and participation in their governance.
Our long-term goals are to eliminate tuition and fees in educational institutions and increase the quality of education through public re-investment in and the democratization of Canada and Quebec’s education systemas well as to strengthen educational institutions’ positive impact on social justice through research, teaching, and community involvement. In the pursuit of this goal, we will join with other groups across Canada and throughout the world fighting for social justice, equality of opportunity and properly-funded networks of public goods and support them in their work whenever possible.

Who We Are

We are a group of students, researchers, professionals, artists, parents, workers and community members who believe that education is a societal right and responsibility, not a business. We are open to people of all linguistic backgrounds, and to those who may not prioritize the abolition of tuition but oppose the immediate program of increases planned by the Quebec government.
We came together in June 2009, when Concordia University’s Board of Governors decided to increase tuition for international students once again and without notice, resulting in great hardship for many of our fellow students. As a response, members of the Concordia Graduate Students’ Association called for help to students across Montreal – CEGEP and University, anglophone and francophone, graduate and undergraduate, including the Concordia Student Union (for undergraduates), the Association for Solidarity among Student Unions (ASSÉ) and the Quebec Federation of University Students (FEUQ) – to demonstrate outside Concordia’s Board of Governors meeting. We then formed Montreal Students Against Tuition Increases (MSATI), which became known as Free Education Montreal (FEM) in January 2010. Since then we have been working to expand our membership to include other educational institutions and community members in Montreal.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------







Marche des Indignés / Indignants’ Marche

Joignez-vous à la marche hebdomadaire d’Occupons Montréal, tous les samedi à 15h!
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https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213515045383698
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[ENGLISH VERSION BELOW]
Nous, les Indigné(e)s de Montréal, occupons la Place du Peuple (anciennement Square-Victoria) depuis le 15 octobre pour une myriade de raisons. En voici une liste non-exhaustive.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face à l’usage criminel et insouciant de nos taxes, impôts et ressources naturelles.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face aux hausses constantes des frais d’accès à une éducation qui devrait être tout sauf inaccessible.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face aux lobbys, corporations et autres intérêts privés qui ne devraient aucunement avoir préséance sur les intérêts du peuple.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face aux inégalités de revenu selon l’âge, le sexe et/ou l’origine.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s du fait que les profits de quelques-uns aient prédominance sur la qualité de vie de la majorité.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s de la démocratie superficielle qui empêche nos voix d’être entendues.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s de la pauvre place que donne notre société aux différentes identités et orientations sexuelles.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face à la désinformation rampante et la manipulation de l’opinion publique par les médias à travers leur négligence, insouciance et allégeances.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face au marchandage de nos informations personnelles afin de mieux nous vendre des produits dont nous n’aurons jamais besoin.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face au manque d’accès à des technologies existantes qui devraient nous bénéficier à tous et toutes plutôt qu’au monopole de l’industrie pétrolière.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face au manque d’accès à des traitements existants qui devraient nous bénéficier à tous et toutes plutôt qu’au monopole de l’industrie pharmaceutique.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face au statut qu’ont les Premières Nations en ces terres occupées.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s face aux contrats d’armement inutiles profitant à des intérêts privés, locaux et étrangers.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s de la barbarie de notre industrie minière sur l’environnement autant que sur les humains, ici comme ailleurs dans le monde.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s par l’ignorance totale de nos demandes et revendications depuis le jour où l’écoute de l’opinion publique est devenue politiquement incorrect.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s du fait que des enveloppes brunes aient plus de poids dans notre société que le futur de nos enfants.
Nous sommes indigné(e)s devant le fait que nos forces policières soient la dernière ligne de défense de nos ennemis communs.
Ensemble, nous pouvons renverser la vapeur.
Un peuple uni ne sera jamais vaincu.
Nous sommes les 99%
Les problèmes rencontrés au Québec sont nombreux : corruption, gaspillage des fonds publics et des ressources, manque d’investissement dans les programmes sociaux et liquidation de biens publics à des entreprises privées. Ils sont les manifestations locales d’une crise globale.
Les démocraties québécoise et canadienne sont de plus en plus malmenées par des gouvernements qui ne sont plus en mesure de représenter les citoyens légitimement. La population a perdu le pouvoir : il est entre les mains de dirigeants qui ne rendent pas de comptes, si ce n’est qu’aux compagnies qui les financent.
Le gouvernement actuel a choisi de ne pas répondre aux demandes de la population, par exemple en ce qui a trait au moratoire sur les gaz de schistes ou aux commissions d’enquête publique. Il gouverne à sa guise; les pétitions et les pressions populaires n’ont aucun effet.
La soumission du gouvernement aux lois du marché entraîne la négligence des infrastructures, tout en encourageant la liquidation du bien commun et du territoire aux plus offrants.
L’éducation est rabaissée au rang de marchandise qui se vend et se négocie. L’accessibilité des études supérieures et le droit à l’éducation sont compromis par l’augmentation substantielle des frais universitaires (une hausse de 1625$ sur 5 ans). Or, l’éducation est un droit, pas un privilège. De plus, les entreprises se servent de nos universités comme centres de recherches et de développements. Le savoir est un bien public que le privé n’a pas à s’approprier.
Assez des classes surchargées, du manque de services spécialisés, de l’alourdissement de la tâche des professeurs, des dettes étudiantes interminables.
La santé souffre de sous-financement. La coordination entre ses institutions, CLSC et grands hôpitaux, est déficiente. Cette mauvaise gestion affecte les soins reçus. Le système de santé est géré à la manière d’une entreprise privée, ce qui ne permet pas d’offrir à la population les services auxquels elle a droit. Les soins de santé ne sont pas des droits individuels, ils relèvent d’une responsabilité collective qui doit être garantie par l’État.
Assez des files d’attente, du manque de ressources matérielles, de la surcharge de travail du personnel, de l’insuffisance de médecins, du manque d’accessibilité aux soins, des coûts trop élevés pour les médicaments.
Les services sociaux ne doivent pas être considérés comme un service de charité. Ils sont nécessaires à la justice sociale et à l’égalité. L’aide sociale n’est pas une faveur : elle permet de redistribuer la richesse dans la société pour garantir la dignité des moins favorisés. Le désengagement social ne permet pas une qualité de vie décente pour toutes les classes de la société.
Assez de l’attente pour les places en garderies, de la baisse du seuil de la pauvreté, de la réduction de l’accès aux prestations d’assurance sociale, du manque d’aide aux familles monoparentales, de l’exclusion des personnes âgées.
L’environnement n’est pas une priorité pour les gouvernements et ce, au détriment des générations futures. Les protocoles ratifiés ne sont pas respectés. Les plans gouvernementaux pour l’exploitation des ressources ne favorisent pas le développement durable. Au contraire, ils vendent les ressources à l’étranger sans vision à long terme. L’eau, les forêts et le sous-sol sont des biens communs offerts au marché sans la consultation des citoyens. Localement, les initiatives écologiques ne sont pas valorisées par les différentes instances politiques, qu’il s’agisse des toits verts, de l’agriculture urbaine, du compostage, etc. Assez d’offrir les ressources naturelles plutôt que de les vendre, de privilégier les sables bitumineux et les gaz de schiste, de massacrer la biodiversité, de couper à blanc la forêt boréale.
Tous ces problèmes de société s’inscrivent dans une logique de désengagement de l’État. Les gouvernements se soumettent aux lois des banques et du marché. L’État n’est pas une entreprise, il ne doit donc pas être géré comme tel. Dans une société démocratique et juste, les gouvernements se doivent de représenter les intérêts de la population avant ceux des financiers.
Nous sommes les Indignés de Montréal. La situation actuelle nous mène dans une impasse, un cul-de-sac dont on ne pourra pas se sortir. Il faut agir. Nous ne sommes ni de droite ni de gauche; ni fédéraliste ni souverainiste; nous sommes indignés et nous avons une voix. Nous crions notre désir de changement, de démocratie, de justice sociale.
Citoyens, l’espace public nous appartient, nous devons nous le réapproprier: occupons Montréal!
Notre force viendra de nos idées, de notre solidarité, de nos actions, de notre implication. Notre force réside dans notre union. Nous leur avons laissé le pouvoir par peur, insécurité, paresse et insouciance.
REPRENONS-LE !
Rejoignez-nous, diffusez notre message, prenez la place qui vous revient.
OCCUPONS ENSEMBLE !
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We, the Indignant of Montreal, are occupying People’s Plaza (formerly known as Square-Victoria) since October 15th for a myriad of reasons. The following is a non-exhaustive list.
We are indignant about the criminal and careless use of our taxes and natural resources.
We are indignant about the endless rise of tuition costs for an education that should be accessible.
We are indignant about lobbyist groups, corporations and other private interests taking precedence over the interests of the people.
We are indignant about income inequality based on age, gender and/or origin.
We are indignant about the profits of a few being valued as more important than the quality of life of most.
We are indignant about the superficial democracy that prevents our voices from being heard.
We are indignant about the place our society gives to those of different sexual identities and orientations.
We are indignant about the rampant disinformation and manipulation of the public opinion by the media through negligence, carelessness and allegiances.
We are indignant about our personal information being merchandised so that we can be sold products that we do not need.
We are indignant about the lack of access to existing technologies that should benefit us all rather than the monopoly of the petroleum industry.
We are indignant about the lack of access to existing treatments that would benefit us all rather than the monopoly of the pharmaceutical industry.
We are indignant about the status of First Nations Peoples on these occupied lands.
We are indignant about useless weapons contracts profiting local and foreign private interests.
We are indignant about the barbarious ways of our mining industry on our environment as well as humans, both here and abroad.
We are indignant about the complete avoidance of our demands ever since listening to public opinion became politically incorrect.
We are indignant about brown envelopes having more weight in our society than the future of our children.
We are indignant about our police forces being the last line of defense of our common enemies.
Together, we can turn the tide.
A people united can never be defeated.
We are the 99%
The problems in Quebec are numerous: corruption, waste of public funds and resources, lack of investment in social programs and transfer of public assets to private companies. These are the local manifestations of a global crisis.
Democracies in Quebec and Canada are increasingly abused by governments that are no longer able to legitimately represent the people. The people lost power: it is in the hands of leaders who account only to companies that fund them.
The current government has chosen not to meet the demands of the population, for example with respect to the moratorium on shale gas or public inquiries. The government rules at will and ignore the will of the people. Petitions and public pressure have no effect.
Submission of the government to market laws leads to the neglect of infrastructure, while encouraging the liquidation land asset and goods that belong to the collectivity to the highest bidder.
Education is reduced to the level of a commodity that sells and trades. The accessibility of higher education and the right to education are undermined by the substantial increase in university tuition fees (up $ 1,625 over 5 years). Education is a right not a privilege. In addition, corporations are using our universities as centers of research and development. Knowledge is a public good that cannot be privately owned.
We are outraged at overcrowded classrooms, lack of specialised services, the heavier workloads of teachers, the endless student loans.
Healthcare suffers from underfunding. Coordination between institutions, CLSCs and large hospitals, is deficient. This mismanagement affects the care received. The health system is managed like a private company, which does not provide the public services to which we are entitled. Health care is not an individual right, it is a collective responsibility that must be guaranteed by the state.
Enough queues, lack of material resources, work overload of staff, lack of medical doctors, lack of access to healthcare, too high costs for drugs.
Social services should not be considered a service of charity. They are necessary for social justice and equality. Welfare is not a favor: it allows the redistribution wealth in society and ensure the dignity of the less fortunate. Social disengagement does not allow a decent quality of life for all classes of society.
We are tired of waiting for child care spaces, the reduction of poverty threshold to mask social inequities, reduced access to social insurance benefits, lack of support for single parent families, the exclusion of the elderly .
The environment is not a priority for governments to the detriment of future generations. Ratified protocols are not respected. Government plans for resources extraction do not promote sustainable development. Instead, they trade resources abroad without long-term vision. Water, forests, and minerals are common goods offered to the market without the consultation of citizens. Locally, green initiatives are not valued by the various political bodies, whether it be green roofs, urban agriculture, composting, etc.. Enough of giving away natural resources rather than sell them, enough focusing on oil sands and shale gas, enough of killing off biodiversity, enough clear-cut in the boreal forest.
All these social issues are part of the current strategy of disengagement of the state. Governments submit to the laws of the banks and the market. The State is not a business, it should not be managed as such. In a democratic and just society, governments need to represent the interests of the people before those of the bankers.
We are the Outraged of Montreal. The current situation leads to a dead end, a cul-de-sac that we can’t get out. We must act. We are neither right nor left, neither federalist or sovereignist and we are outraged and we have a voice. We shout our desire for change, democracy, social justice.
Citizens, public space belongs to us, we must reclaim it: Occupy Montreal!
Our strength will comes from our ideas, our solidarity, our actions, our involvement. Our strength is our unity. We have abandoned power out of fear, insecurity, laziness and carelessness.
LET’S RETAKE IT!
Join us, share our message, take your rightful place.
LET’S OCCUPY TOGETHER!
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