How to Support the Students First Rally
We understand that not every student who wants to can make it to Toronto for our rally at Queen’s Park on Nov. 1. Fortunately, there are still ways to participate and join the collective student voice.
HOST A SOLIDARITY RALLY
Talk to your peers, friends, and supporters you know in your community and on your campus and see if they feel the same way you do about getting students back in the classroom as soon as possible. If they do, consider hosting a solidarity rally on your campus at the same time we’re at Queen’s Park.
Gather on your campus or in a safe, open space in your community. You can even create signs to help get your message across. Involve your student association and let your college administration know what you’re doing. Remain respectful and be willing to listen to opinions or questions from others. You could also tell your local media what you’re up to in order to spread the word even more. Take photos and share them with us; read how in the next point.
SUPPORT STUDENTS ONLINE
CSA will be using the hashtags #StudentsFirst and #StudentsNotPawns during the rally to gather additional attention online. We encourage students on-site at Queen’s Park, and students and supporters across the province, to join us. Our collective voice will be even louder with a solidified social media message.
WRITE YOUR MPP
Since the strike was called, we’ve been encouraging students to contact their MPP to ask them to publicly pressure the College Employer Council (CEC) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) to reach an agreement immediately. Continuous pressure is key. Here’s a blog that outlines how you can reach your MPP and what you could say.