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.