World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 19 Mar, 2021 03:45 am

Oppose efforts to censor Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee!

Oppose efforts to censor Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee!
The recently established Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (CERSC) was prevented from sharing its founding statement on the “Quebec Parents Stand Together” Facebook page.

The recently established Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (CERSC) was prevented from sharing its founding statement on the “ Quebec Parents Stand Together ” Facebook page — a page whose ostensible purpose is to organize opposition to the right-wing provincial government ’ s criminal response to the coronavirus pandemic.To the administrators of the Facebook page “Quebec Parents Stand Together”: I am writing to you on behalf of the Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (CERSC) to strongly protest your arbitrary decision not to publish our founding statement on your page.Laurent Lafrance for the Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee The CERSC will hold its next meeting on Sunday, March 21, at 1 p.When one of our members asked for an explanation as to why our statement has been censored, one of your administrators responded with two interrelated arguments to which I wish to respond: first, that our statement is “strongly political”; and second, that our strategy is not “legal” as it does not conform to the structures of tripartite government–management–union cooperation enshrined in Quebec’s reactionary labour laws Whether you like it or not, educators and parents are already involved in a political struggle.

Yet the facts demonstrate that unless and until educators, parents and the working class as a whole intervene, a science-based response based on saving lives not profits will not be pursued.This is the same mechanism that has ensured that schools remain open in the midst of a pandemic, and that has suppressed any opposition by educators and parents to the CAQ’s murderous policies.

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