Over the weekend, SEP campaigners in several cities throughout the US spoke with workers about the criminalization of protests and strikes, distributing a statement by Jerry White on recent crackdowns in Chicago and Quebec. (See, “The criminalization of dissent in Chicago and Quebec”)
Many workers and youth knew little about the massive student strike in Quebec, which has been virtually ignored by the corporate media in the US. The Canadian government recently passed legislation that essentially criminalizes the strike action, in an attempt to force students to relent. In Chicago, police attacked protesters and locked down the city during the NATO conference last weekend.
Workers in New York City have had first-hand experience with the connection between social inequality and the attack on democratic rights.
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