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missvoltairine:

Lots of schools are hiring extra temp security guards to deal with strike activities on campus.

There have been multiple incidents of temp security guards harassing and even assaulting students, at Concordia and other schools.

Whether you’re a striker or not, you have the right to be on your campus, and you have the right to ask for the ID of ANY security person that is sketching you our or you feel that is hassling people.

If they don’t carry ID - and last year, there was a problem at Concordia with temp security staff not carrying ID with them and not responding to requests for identification from students - you can and probably should file a report with your university about it, because they’re violating the terms of their contract in a way that compromises their accountability to the student population they are supposed to be protecting.

Strikers deserve protection just as much as non-strikers do. Last year when I was picketing, I was attacked verbally and physically for my gender, my sexuality, and my class standing. I was threatened with assault and rape. I witnessed students of colour being singled out for racialized harassment, and visibly disabled students told that they had no place in university anyway.

Picket situations get tense and the university has a responsibility to ensure the safety of ALL it’s students. That means not hiring people who are sketchy and refuse to be accountable to the community to bust up protests in potentially violent ways, while refusing to deal with violence from one group of students towards another. If you see security guards acting in this way, say something. The CSU has student advocates, QPIRG Concordia has legal info, the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy has peer-to-peer counselling, support, and advocacy. Don’t be afraid to reach out for the support you need.

missvoltairine:

This one’s for you, Charest.

Thanks to all the contributors who helped us raise over 2,000 in individual donations on only a month! You guys are incredible and I love every single one of you.

(Source: vimeo.com)

We passed 2k!

We didn’t reach our goal. We reached just over 2,000. 2,002, to be precise. A little less than 2k once Indiegogo takes it’s cut.

What this means

Will you still be putting out the book?

YES!! A ton of work, promotion, etc has gone into this book. We have a sizeable amount of money and over 70 people individually kicked in to  help make this happen.

When/How/Etc will you be putting out the book?

We will be reducing our print size from our initial goal - which was a print run of 500 - to a size that fits more within our budget, somewhere between 200 and 300 books. We will also be looking at releasing ebooks at a reduced price to the print books - something you can download for a few bucks as opposed to have shipped for a few more bucks, basically.

The book will be coming out in mid to late September. Due to our funding status and not being sure about some outstanding grant applications, we can’t nail down a specific date just yet, but it’s really important to us and to multiple people we’ve been coordinating with on funding, etc to get the book released in the first month of the new academic year, so that it can inform and support the student movement in the coming semesters.

As soon as we get our copies printed and bound, perk packages will be going out to indiegogo contributors. If you contributed and haven’t heard from us yet, you WILL be hearing from us in the next few days about when you can expect your perk packages.

What about the launch party?

Plans for the launch party still have to be finalized but it’s gonna be awesome!

I missed the indiegogo campaign! Can I still contribute?

YES! You can contribute by buying something from writer Laura Ellyn’s etsy store - funds from this store will go towards the production of the book.

How else can I help out?

There’s a few ways.

  1. if you know of a local (to you) zine distro, bookstore, or library that you want to see carry our book, please ask them about carrying it. You can give them a link to our tumblr, our indiegogo campaign, whatever, and tell them to e-mail Laura about stocking the book at laura.ellyn@gmail.com.
  2. spread the word around! reblog, tweet, etc about the project, tell your friends, tell your professors, etc. If you are interested in other ways of getting involved  - helping us with book binding sessions, etc - please get in touch at the above e-mail address.

Where can I get the book once it’s out?

The book will be available on Etsy, at the Concordia Co-op Bookstore, and for loan at the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy. We are working on a comprehensive list of zine distros and independent bookstores across Canada and the US - and some in the UK, hopefully - that will be carrying copies of En Greve. This, of course, largely depends on how big our first print run ends up being! So keep checking back, and we’ll keep you informed.

When is MissV doing the cinnamon challenge?!

Tonight! Expect the video this evening or early tomorrow morning, as I manage to get it up.

A HUGE, HUGE thank you to all 70+ people who pitched in via indiegogo to help make this happen. That’s over 70 copies of the book pre-sold, meaning we don’t need to worry about breaking even on our printing costs because we already have. That’s over 70 people who believe in us enough to put cash money on our abilities to put out a quality book and support the Quebec student movement. It is deeply, deeply humbling to look at our fulfillment chart and see so many names. Some of you contributed 100 dollars or more - an inconceivable amount to our broke student selves. Some of you gave 5, 7, 8 dollars - and I personally know so intimately the nature of poverty that I know that sometimes 5 buck is all you have left at the end of the month, so please know that we consider those donations just as important as the larger ones. We have each already kicked in countless hours of uncompensated labour, the cost of artist materials, printing ink, etc in order to make this happen, and now we know that we are not alone in wanting to produce this book. It is an incredible feeling.

Thank you also to everyone who signal boosted, left lovely comments, etc during our indiegogo campaign.

We will continue to update our tumblr and offer updates via twitter, so keep in touch with us. Your help has allowed us to get our book off the ground!

We look forward to sharing the rest of this journey with you.

missvoltairine:

While it looks like we’re not going to meet our ideal goal, we’ve come nearly halfway there, which gives us a good chunk of money to work with until we start getting responses on our grant applications.

That being said, I’d really, really like to pass the 2k mark before our campaign closes. So here’s the deal. We’re 40 bucks away from reaching 2,000 - 2,000 to print a gorgeous graphic novel/art book about the Quebec student movement! If we pass the 2,000 mark, I will take the cinnamon challenge and film it and post it on-line.

If you’ve ever wanted to see me humiliate myself on the internet (and you’re not satisfied with the frequently-embarrassing content of my blog), now is your chance. At 40 bucks, it’s a steal. Go to our IGG page and pitch in.

missvoltairine:

If you’ve been planning on donating or passing the word around but haven’t yet, NOW IS THE TIME.

Here is the tumblr for En Greve. Check out our work. Show us some love. For indie comics and accessible education!

missvoltairine:

TO AN INDIE COMIC BY A COUPLE OF MONTREAL STUDENTS/ACTIVISTS/ARTISTS/BABES/ETC ABOUT THE QUEBEC MAPLE SPRING

U NO U WANNA ~eyebrow wagglez~

missvoltairine:

For the next week, all sales from my etsy store will also be going towards the production of En Greve, a graphic novel about the Quebec student movement.

We’re well shy of our goal but you can still help us make it happen! If accessible education is important to you, please consider kicking in as you can.

There’s been a lot of talk from Canadian officials and administrators about moving towards an “American model” of post-secondary education in Canada, but not a lot of clarifying about what that means for Canadian students. In En Greve, we attempt to deconstruct this and examine it from the perspectives of students and faculty.
I grew up in a family that very much believed in the Canadian (and American) dream, and saw education as the main way to that dream. I’m shocked by how common debt is in Canada, and horrified by what student debt looks like in the US; one thing that’s become apparent not only in my own research, but with things like the 99% and Occupy movements, is that student debt is so overwhelmingly prevalent in the US as to seem inescapable at times. The idea that one can work ones way through school and graduate debt-free is ridiculous when you consider that tuition costs several times more than the average annual household income.

There’s been a lot of talk from Canadian officials and administrators about moving towards an “American model” of post-secondary education in Canada, but not a lot of clarifying about what that means for Canadian students. In En Greve, we attempt to deconstruct this and examine it from the perspectives of students and faculty.

I grew up in a family that very much believed in the Canadian (and American) dream, and saw education as the main way to that dream. I’m shocked by how common debt is in Canada, and horrified by what student debt looks like in the US; one thing that’s become apparent not only in my own research, but with things like the 99% and Occupy movements, is that student debt is so overwhelmingly prevalent in the US as to seem inescapable at times. The idea that one can work ones way through school and graduate debt-free is ridiculous when you consider that tuition costs several times more than the average annual household income.

wow we’ve actually had 3 people claim the 100 dollar perk for #engrevecomic

missvoltairine:

and only one of them is a relative!

that’s pretty cool.

If you ever wanted to be a department head of something, without all the stress and responsibility that comes with being a department head, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! You could go to school for 10 years, OR you could donate 100 dollars to En Greve, an independent comic about the Quebec student movement.