Volume 47, Issue 1: January/February 2013
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.