January/February 2013: Youth Rising

Volume 47, Issue 1

Youth radicalism was a big part of Canadian Dimension’s first decade, 1963–1973. It asserted itself again after the “Battle of Seattle” at the end of the 1990s in the struggles against corporate globalization. With the Occupy movement and in particular the Québec Student strike, youth activism is once again a leading force for social change.

Ben Powless, whose magnificent photographs appear on our cover and throughout the issue, introduces the youth activism focus. Joan Kuyek, a prominent youth activist in the ’60s era, offers some fascinating insights on how the movement of today compares with the movement in her youth. Bryan Palmer’s historical sweep of youth radicals goes all the way back to the French Revolution, from there to the Russia of the 1860s to 1919, to the student radicalism of the 1930s, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the rise of the New Left, Black Power, Red Power and Women’s Power, the 1968 moment in France and Germany, Canada’s Students for Peace Action, Third World Liberation movements, the FLQ in Québec and finally to the movements of today. Hugo Bonin offers lessons from the Québec Student strike. Youth activist Maryam Adrangi addresses several issues related to organizing on campus and linking up with community projects off campus in Ontario and BC, and Sharrae Lyon talks about the Unis’tot’en camp of the Wet’suwet’en nation set up to physically block the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline.

  • Regulars
  • Gaza : Resisting Canadian complicity, rethinking solidarity
  • Around the Left in 60 Days
    compiled by Karen Mackintosh
  • Keep It Radical: Queer timelines in Canada since 1970
    Erin flegg and Leah Horlick
  • Climate Injustice: Myths of Adaptation and Mitigation
    Judy Deutsch
  • Ontario Education Workers Resist Austerity
    Herman Rosenfeld
  • Errol Black: A truly remarkable life
    Jim Silver
  • The Tar Sands Come to Ontario
    Judy Deutsch and John Riddell with Dave Vassey
  • Gaza is a Window on our Coming Dystopia
    Chris Hedges
  • Focus

  • Youth In Revolt
    Ben Powless
  • “We are unstoppable; another world is possible.”
    Joan Kuyek
  • The DOs and DON’Ts o f the Québec Student Strike
    Hugo Bonin
  • Revolting Youth
    Bryan Palmer
  • Challenges and Opportunities of University-Based Activism
    Maryam Adrangi
  • Decolonizing Resistance at the Unis’tot’en camp
    Sharrae Lyon
  • All That’s Left

  • Sugar Man’s Sweet Kiss
    review by Bryan Palmer
  • The Betrayal of Post-Soviet Poland
    review by Henry Heller
  • The Politics of Canadian Labour
    review by David Camfield
  • Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety
    review by Dylan Roberts
  • When Media Goes to War
    review by Dylan Roberts
  • Writing the Revolution
    review by Dylan Roberts
  • The Meaning of Hillsborough
    simon black

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