Students get politically active

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Students should stop complaining and start acting.

This is the message the Students' Union wants to convey with its second annual Political Action Week, running Oct. 24-28. The week features daily events with speakers, debate and discussion about how students can get involved in the political world around them.

"All the workshops are focused on people being active in what they believe in, not just talking about it with your friends," explained SU Vice-President External Jen Smith.

PAW will feature a political speaker or debate each noon-hour and free movie screenings in That Empty Space in the afternoons. An activist workshop is scheduled for Wed., Oct. 26 to teach budding young grassroots activists the dos and don'ts of protest.

"It's not a bad thing to contact your MLA or contact Harvey Weingarten," said Smith. "They're not going to put a black mark by your name or anything."

Noted speakers for the week include MacLean's columnist Paul Wells and Joel Bakan, author of the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power and the 2003 film The Corporation.





SIENA, 23/10/2005

Dear Concordiaís Students Committee,

We are a large group of Italian students, writing from Siena University.
We are wondering if you know what is happening in Italy and, particularly, at the University Italian System.
We get informed by a Canadian tourist in Siena about the similar situation your University is living in your Country.
So, we are trying to create a global net aimed at informing not only students but also other people.
We would like to get in touch with your Students Committee, which is an active part against the privatization of the university, the control of research and students conditions.
Weíve got a Web Site created during our contestation, which contains all the documents we wrote about our case.
We will translate and send you all the material as soon as possible in order to inform you about our situation and the reasons why we are protesting.
We hope to receive your reply and establish a connection between us.
Yours sincerely.

Permanent Assembly of Siena students