Langara International Socialists – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Fri, 01 Mar 2019 18:32:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png Langara International Socialists – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Langara students join effort to halt tuition hikes. https://www.langaravoice.ca/langara-students-join-effort-to-halt-tuition-hikes/ Thu, 28 Feb 2019 01:00:34 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=40939 Langara students, and others across the province, were urged last week to join in a movement to cap the rising cost of education.]]>

Reported by Austin Everett

Langara students, and others across the province, were urged last week to join in a movement to cap the rising cost of post-secondary education.

The “Tuition Freeze Now” campaign started at SFU in October after their latest tuition hike, and is now backed by their student body.

All post-secondary tuition fees for domestic students are capped by the provincial government two per cent per year, but international student’s tuition can increase by up to 20 per cent per year, said SFU student campaigner Kayla Phillips.

“The consultation process was a total sham. It turns out the budget is already set in stone almost a year prior before it’s implemented,” Phillips said.

Last Thursday, students from local post-secondary schools were encouraged to attend an informational meeting about the campaign. SFU campaign organizer Giovanni HoSang said he wants to involve all public institutions even though they increase their tuition independently.

“Public education, as the name suggests, should be mostly publicly funded,” said HoSang.

The Langara International Socialists club scheduled a similar strategy session Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m., inviting Langara students to fight for lower tuition fees.

Langara’s chair of the physics and astronomy department Bradley Hughes, who spoke at the SFU event, is head of the Langara International Socialists club.

According to RBC economic research published in June, tuition increases can be largely attributed to a lack of government funding.

The report states that during the mid-1970s, provincial governments were paying for 75 per cent of university education costs, with the federal government transferring additional funding. Today, both provincial and federal government contributions amount to less than 50 per cent of university education costs.

Michael Koke, Langara’s director of financial services, said in an email statement that Langara has not raised international tuition for a “number of years.”

The SFU campaigners and their supporters will rally March 18 in preparation for the SFU board of governors’ meeting, March 21.

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Socialists and Indigenous activists interconnected, says Langara club https://www.langaravoice.ca/socialists-and-indigenous-activists-interconnected-says-langara-club/ Wed, 27 Feb 2019 22:55:55 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=41002 The Langara International Socialists club is tethering its cause to that of Indigenous activists in Northern B.C.]]>

Reported by Missy Johnson

The Langara International Socialists is tethering its cause to that of Indigenous activists in Northern B.C.

The money raised by their parent club, the International Socialists, at their Feb. 19 fundraiser will go towards covering the legal fees for protesters arrested at the Gidimt’en checkpoint in Northern B.C.

The controversial camp

“It’s a key battle between the Canadian state and those of us who want to see reconciliation and justice for our Indigenous brothers and sisters,” said Bradley Hughes, head of the Langara International Socialists and chair of the astrology and physics department. “And also for those of us who want to see a just transition away from climate chaos.”

On Jan. 7, the RCMP arrested 14 people at the Gidimt’en camp in Northern B.C. Those arrested were protesting the temporary injunction issued by the B.C. Supreme Court in December 2018 that would allow Coastal GasLink pipeline workers to cross the blockade and begin work on the pipeline.

Beliefs that bridge time and space

Bryan Jacobs, who attended the fundraiser, sees a link between Indigenous cultures and socialist beliefs. Jacobs believes that Indigenous people have been practicing a form of socialism for a long time.

“I think that we really need to have Indigenous activists and socialists kind of working together to figure out what we can learn from the past and bring into the future,” he said.

Valerie Lannon, a member of the International Socialists and author of Indigenous Sovereignty and Socialism, said that socialists and Indigenous activists share an understanding of and respect for the interconnectedness of all life on the planet.

“We also see that capitalism and materialism exploit both people and land to the point where all of us are now facing extinction,” Lannon said.

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