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What: Rally and March against the Criminalization of Dissent on Campus
When: Tuesday June 3rd at 12 pm
Where: Simcoe Hall, University of Toronto, 27 King’s College Circle marching down University Ave. to Old City Hall Courts (60 Queen St. W.) __________________________________________________________________
Join us as we rally outside the headquarters of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council on Tuesday June 3rd, to protest UofT campaign of intimidation against those mobilizing against fee hikes.
We will gather at 12 noon at Simcoe Hall and March to Old City Hall where the Fourteen accused will be inside during their court hearing. Outside the Courthouses we will rally to OPPOSE THE (IN)JUSTICE SYSTEM and let the University and Attorney General know that WE ARE AGAINST THE CRIMINALIZATION OF DISSENT ON CAMPUS!
On March 20, over forty students and allies organized a sit-in at the University of Toronto administration’s offices in Simcoe Hall to protest increasing student fees. The peaceful sit-in ended after police exercised aggression against the demonstrators on the orders of senior administrators. Undeterred, students continued to organize against fee hikes with rallies on March 25 and April 10, and an open forum on the accessibility of education on April 7.
In response, the U of T administration worked with Toronto Police to charge and arrest 14 handpicked students and organizers for alleged involvement in the March 20 sit-in. The “Fight Fees 14” were released on strict bail conditions that prohibited association with one another and banned their access to University of Toronto property. In addition, at least 15 students have been threatened with investigation under U of T’s Code of Student Conduct, with sanctions that can include suspension or expulsion.
The Committee for Just Education, in solidarity with those charged, demands:
1. Equal access to education through the elimination of all fees.
2. That the U of T administration and Toronto Police immediately drop all proceedings against students and organizers and stop the policing of dissent on campus.
3. Student, worker, and faculty parity on university decision-making bodies, including the Governing Council.