In yesterday's Star,there was an article about Kenneth Stone, a man whose activism at the
You can read it here: The Man Who Ripped Up His Degree
The man who resists this today:
"'George Bush's war of terror against Arabs and Muslims, into which our own prime minister bought lock, stock and barrel. We're paying for a losing counterinsurgency war in
, where our troops control the groundthey are standing on for a moment." He berates Bush, (Defence Minister) Peter MacKay and (Liberal Leader) Stéphane Dion, saying they clamour for humanitarian interventions in Afghanistan 's Sudan Darfurregion while creating humanitarian crises in and elsewhere.” Afghanistan
…was resisting similar issues at the
"For students like Stone, the civil rights activists who came to"It was a time of intellectual ferment," he says. "We were not accepting what we were being told ... You could put out a leaflet at and have an anti-war rally of 600 people at ."
from sit-ins in Canada and hung around the common room, were galvanizing. Mississippi
Stone, who became president of the Innis College Student Society, pushed hard to win the first student representation on the college council, which at that time was made up entirely of faculty and staff. By 1969, Innis was offering courses on cinema, urban studies, the environment and Canadian culture and society, all of which evolved into U of T's first interdisciplinary programs.
"I learned more about politics from the fight for student power than I ever could learn from books and in the classroom," he says.”
Students who fight for greater representation on university committees today are standing on the shoulders of people like Stone. It's easy to forget that the little representation that students have wasn’t handed to students; it was only made possible by others who fought the same battle years before. And greater representation will only be made possible through organised students using a variety of tactics to bring a broad range of students along.
Tomorrow at , at UofT’s Simcoe Hall, there will be a march against the criminalization of dissent on campus and in support of the UofT 14. Students, like they were forty years ago, will again be fighting for greater representation and their right to dissent against the university’s administration.
As the summer presses on, and as students continue to wake up, who knows that the fall will have in store for activism on our campuses? The Canadian Federation of Students-declared Provincial Day of Action on November 5 will hopefully be a flash point for activists across the province to unite on these issues and force the gatekeepers at the Council of Ontario Universities to comply with these demands that have been made by students year after year.