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Undergraduate Movement at York University: Lessons from the Struggle

pastedImageThe academic workers strike at York University has entered its sixth week. This has generated significant unrest and confusion among undergraduate students on the campus. Most of those walking the picket lines are graduate students. Their struggle has served to inspire a layer of undergraduate students into action.

Movement against sexual violence erupts at McGill

demo3On Wednesday, April 4th, the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) sent an open letter to McGill University calling for an external investigation into how the Office of the Dean of Arts handles complaints against faculty members. In just a couple of days of circulation, the letter was signed by over 2100 individuals. Socialist Fightback Student Association at McGill joined 85 other student groups and associations in endorsing this letter. The support for this campaign was quite impressive. Reflecting the momentum behind the letter, a walk-out was organized by the SSMU External Affairs and the Concordia Student Union (CSU). Over 700 students and professors walked out on April 11th to protest the institutional handling of complaints of sexual violence against professors. The rally included a series of speeches by a variety of students and student representatives.

Sectarian Witch-Hunt Against Fightback at York University: Stalinist censorship campaign sabotages student occupation and university strike

29995787 10215466492552415 74632895 oThere has been a four-week long strike by teaching assistants and sessional lecturers at York University. This strike by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 3903, which is made up primarily of graduate students as well as sessional lecturers, had the effect of inspiring a movement among undergraduate students. The strike is going through a difficult challenge, as the university administration have kept classes going since the beginning of the strike, and are now pursuing a state-administered ratification vote to end the strike.

Fightback's response to CUPE 3903 political ban

28827561 1895643487413879 1774604673216817362 oOn March 28, a decision was made at a Special General Members Meeting of CUPE 3903 (TAs and sessional lecturers at York University) to ban Fightback from picket lines and all spaces associated with CUPE 3903. We are shocked by this decision which was based on misinformation and innuendo. We publish here, Fightback's reponse to this decision.

‘Eat your plan, David Turpin’: Students storm U of A president’s office

29746717 1607275732701949 527299588 oThere has been a sharp and sudden shift in mood among students at the University of Alberta. For the first time in a recent memory, perhaps even in a decade, protests erupted on campus. Students mobilized in great numbers to oppose the administration’s decision to increase tuition for international students by 3.14 per cent, residence rent by four per cent, and implement mandatory meal plan that would result in a massive increase in fees for students. The two latter measures have priced some students out of living in on-campus residency.

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