Occupation of the office of the Minster of Education (Facebook video)

Video by Jonathan Bédard
Posted on February 23 2015
Original French video link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10205173227063998

Occupation of the office of the Minister of Education

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If you are watching this video, it’s because the office of the Minister of Education is currently being occupied. Having taken control of this office, we now hold control of political power. Thus we are unilaterally declaring that education will be free for the whole province. Moreover, we are increasing the funding for all educational institutions, as well as the salary of all teachers. We are effectively going against the neoliberal ideology espoused by governments in recent years. We see education as a historic social achievement, as a right accessible to all, and as the means for economic development and social progress. We also invite the other Ministers to be done with austerity. The current measures are ruining Quebec and lowering the entire population’s quality of life. Austerity has been a failure across the world because the state is the main agent in economic recovery. Instead of imposing cuts to health care, education, pensions, social assistance to the most needy, essentially to the common good, money must be taken from where it is found: in the pockets of the wealthiest employers, in the coffers of banks and corporations, instead of losing it through tax evasion, corruption, PPPs [public-private partnerships], the purchase of private medication, the Plan Nord. This action is the beginning of a far greater and wider political struggle, for social regression is not negotiable. It is fought through radical actions, union struggles, and general strikes. Further actions are to come in the future. We are the future.

Chant:
It is all ours, it is all ours.
Nothing is theirs, nothing is theirs.
What they own, they have stolen, they have stolen.
Stop privatizing and reinvest, or it’s going to blow.

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Translated from the original French by Language and Dissent, a collectively-run blog supporting the anti-austerity struggle in Quebec. These are amateur translations written by volunteers; we have done our best to translate these pieces fairly and coherently, but the final texts may have their flaws. If you find any important errors in any of these texts, we would be very grateful if you would share them with us via email (languageanddissent [at] gmail [dot] com). Please read and distribute these texts in the spirit in which they were intended; that of solidarity and the sharing of information.

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