What does it take to bring millions of people into the streets and grind the economy of a major nation to a halt? What lessons can today's movements in America learn from the youth and workers' movements in France, 50 years ago and today? Join us, Speak Out Now, and our guest speaker from the French youth movement to learn more:
In 1968, workers’ and students’ movements in France led to a general strike and a nearly revolutionary situation. Today fifty years later in 2018, both workers and students are again fighting the French government.
Tens of thousands of workers demonstrated across France on May Day this year protesting the policies of the government and their rightwing president, former investment banker Emanuel Macron. Since Macron’s election a year ago, his government has attacked the rights of workers, retirees, immigrants, and students, trying to cut jobs, reduce social services and end protections that workers won years ago. Meanwhile Macron has given big tax cuts and gifts to the 1%. Railroad workers have led the response with a series of “rolling” strikes against privatization of the railroads and other attacks on workers’ rights. Workers in other sectors have joined in.
The government also announced a major reform of the French educational system to limit access to higher education, especially for working class students. High school and university students organized protest demonstrations. There have been mass meetings and occupations in dozens of universities. The government sent riot police on several campuses to throw the students out, injuring several students.
Our guest speaker will be an activist from the French New Anticapitalist Party/Fraction l'Étincelle. He is a Ph.D. student at the University Paris 1 (the Sorbonne). He has been involved in the youth movement there.
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