Solidarity with the #6PARTY, Lobbycupiers and campers within and around the McGill James Admin building. Follow their rad partyblog here, and go down to show your support and share in some radical free education, vegan treats and student solidarity! From the partyblog:
Professors, students, MUNACA workers, hanger-ons, and party animals all chose to enter the first floor of James in order to hold teach-ins, lectures, and anti-oppression workshops. Everything was OK until 9:30 pm last night (…) At that point, no one was allowed to leave, or use the washroom. Food that was prepared and delivered by Midnight Kitchen and Pizza Services Inc was turned away.
With regards to the washroom, the Lobbycupiers were told that “security will not kick them out, but that bodily functions will force them out.” (…) At this point (10:30 am 8 Feb 20120) it is unclear whether or not the Lobbycupiers can stay any longer.
THERE IS ALSO A SOLIDARITY TENT CITY BEING BUILT IN COMMUNITY SQUARE / PLACE 10 NOV / JAMES SQUARE / VISITOR’S SQUARE – come down and show your support!
Read more for a statement from the Sixth Floor Partyers
MESSAGE FROM THE SIXTH FLOOR PARTYERS
We write from the office of Morton J. Mendelson — former Deputy Provost, Student Life & Learning at McGill University. We decided to throw a surprise resignation party to wish him the best of luck in all future endeavors.
We stand in solidarity with CKUT & QPIRG. We are a group of Students acting independently to defend these community organizations we love.
In his role as Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning, Mr. Mendelson has failed. Rather than represent Student interests to the Administration, he has served as its mouthpiece, relaying information to Students in a one-sided and authoritarian manner. But this problem extends far further than the actions of the Deputy Provost.
Time and time again, the McGill Administration has attacked Student life, Student space, and Student autonomy. We saw this when the Administration signed an exclusive deal with industrial food supplier Aramark and unilaterally closed the Student-organized and beloved Architecture Café. We saw this attack from Administration in their decision to isolate Student clubs and services — by claiming exclusive ownership of the McGill name. And we see this now with the Administration’s refusal to recognize the results of the QPIRG & CKUT Student referenda — only the latest instance of the Administration’s patronizing attitude toward Students.
But this decision is not just an attack on us, nor is it just an attack on QPIRG & CKUT as institutions. It is an attack on all the people, all the lives, and all the communities that are impacted and supported by these incredible organizations. It is an attack on Barriere Lake Solidarity, a QPIRG working group that supports an Algonquin community struggling to retain land and governance rights in its ancestral territory. It is an attack on Campus Crops, which creates spaces for urban agriculture and sustainable and healthy food production. It is an attack on Under the Olive Tree, a community radio program that links Palestinians living in Montreal and abroad.
We will not leave until:
1) The Administration recognizes the overwhelmingly clear results of the SSMU referenda, giving CKUT & QPIRG control over their own opt-out processes and continued existence.
2) Deputy Provost Mendelson formally resigns.
In response to the McGill Administration’s efforts to control or destroy our spaces and communities, we seize their space – not to destroy or control, but to create, to re-configure, to re-purpose, and to re-make — toward ends defined not by a profit margin but by human feeling and shared need.
We have been insulted and demeaned by the Administration. Our needs and desires have been systematically ignored.
We are here to party, and to stay.
Follow updates and more from the party and solidarity struggle with students, CKUT AND QPIRG McGill: http://miltonrevolutionarypress.wordpress.com/