Let’s unite North America’s progressive student organisations.

Progressive student organisations are growing everywhere in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Quebec. While our realities differ, we share the same goal: an accessible, public higher education school system that does not discriminate students on any factor. In parallel, we wish to build the strength to fight racism, sexism, and all other inequalities in the perspective of a truly intersectional student movement.

The Montreal Student Movement Convention (MSMC), held from June 19th to June 22nd, is a unique opportunity to unite organizers of all fronts to share stories, struggles and tactics.

Come share both tactics and struggles with other organizers.

Sharing lessons and strategies at the international level lets us avoid pitfalls and create stronger organizations and social movements. Not only can we trade tactics and strategies between organizers, but we can also mutually learn from the social context our various local struggles.

Only a continued and sustained international effort can achieve such widespread empowerment, and it is in this perspective that we invite you to Montreal next June.

Learn lessons from the past to shape future movements.

The success of the massive 2012 student strike in Quebec, which lasted more than 6 months and involved over 200,000 students, demonstrated that students were more than capable of a powerful mobilization to oppose attacks on education.

But Quebec is not an exception, and by sharing stories from successful movements all across America, we can pull valuable lessons for future attempts at shaping the political landscape of our countries.

Thursday, June 19th
5:00 PM
 Arrival at UQAM: 315, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, H2X 3X2
6:30 PM
 Opening Conference: International Solidarity

Ahmed Musallam, Gaza (Usa-Skype); Gabriel Ascui L. (Chile-Skype); Fel (Frente Estudiantes Libertarios); Student Forced Labor And Unions (China)

A-M050

8:30 PM
 Housing coordination & Party!

Installation at the housing facilities at Grasset College (1001 boul. Crémazie Est) & Free outdoor music shows at Francofolies until 12AM

Friday, June 20th
8:30 AM
Breakfast
10:00 AM
History of the Student Movements: Quebec
Jaouad LaaroussiA-M050
Forum Theatre
Michael SimkinJ-1120
Local & Federative structures: Toward Student Unionism in the US: OR, CA, OH
Emily Lehr, Inna Levin, Leona Kindermann, Vanessa Lopez, Minh Tran, Tyler BartonR-M110
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM
Building & Structuring Local Student Unions & Federation Using Direct Democracy
Alain Savard, Erik Foreman & Alexandra LepineA-M050
Tuition fees & student debt
Thomas Gokey, Isabel Gil & Gabriela Moreno2hJ-1120
Mobilization tactics : Labor solidarity & reflection on apathy
Mostafa Henaway, Rushdia Mehreen & Michael Truscello2hR-M110
3:30 PM
Political Ecology
Marianne Teixido1hJ-1120
Police & legal defence
Finn Makela & Sibel Ataogul1hR-M110
5:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM
Commodification of education
AJ Segneri, Amanda Bestvater, Nicholas Marlatte & Jean-Michel SavardR-M110
 Debates: Mass media & independent media
Philippe P. Bellemare, Samer Beyhun, Eric Robertson, Sarah Harper & Anne-Marie ProvostA-M050
8:30 PM
 Party!
Free outdoor music shows at Francofolies until 12AM
Saturday, June 21st
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM
Mobilization Tactics: Organizing for the 21st Century Student Strike
Duncan Tarr & James AndrewsR-M110
Local Campaign Planning
Virginie Mikaelian & Eric ForemanA-M050
Research, mapping, charting, and list-building
Sean Estelle1h30N-M510
Class analysis & Mass Mobilization in Canada
Martin Schoots-McAlpine & Coralie JeanJ-1120
11:00 AM
Pressure escalation: Taking Action, or how to plan an action from a petition to a strike
Guillaume LegaultR-M110
Medieval youth organizations & modern student associations in society
Caroline Trottier-Gascon1h30N-M510
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM

Feminism and sexism in student movement

Myriam Leduc & Jeanne Reynolds1h30R-M110

Feminism and transformative justice

Louisa Worrel1h30N-M510

Gender & orientation discrimination

Sophie Labelle1h30A-M050
3:30 PM

Local & federative structures: Toward Student Unionism in the US: MI, VA, IL, NJ

1h30R-M110

Building the Committee, One-on-ones, Door-knocking and Outreach

Ian Matchett1h30N-M510

Direct democracy: how it works in a meeting and in a general assembly

Alain Savard1h30A-M050
5:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM

Collective well-being

Pascale BrunetCafeteria
8:30 PM

Party!

Free outdoor music shows at Francofolies until 12AM
Sunday, June 22nd
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM

Racial justice, immigration & anti-colonialism

Jaggi Singh & Josh OdamR-M110

Anti-Racist Organizing in Student Milieu

Rushdia Mehreen & Beatriz MunozA-M050

Anti-racism, immigration & indigenous struggles

Azucena Reyes Chavez & Erica LeeN-M510
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM

Caucus

  • People of color
  • Women
  • Sexual diversity
  • Other possibilities to be determined

Cafeteria

4:30 PM

Live general assembly & Collective Statement

A-M050 & R-M110

6:00 PM Departure