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Watercooler: Casseroles

Bonjour, y’all.

It’s not the normal music I bring you here but I can’t help but post this inspiring video of a “Casseroles” in Quebec.

Last night in Austin at 8pm we interrupted our schedule of planning meetings to make a little noise: solidarité noise! We brought some pots & pans and red felt squares down to city hall where we marched around, watched by a large crowd at the shops attached to the building and at the neighboring W Hotel, which hosted a Jimmy Buffett concert.

“We Are All Montreal!” was our chant. As usual in Austin, people grabbed their smartphones to shoot us or google what was going on.

There weren’t many of us — perhaps 15 people — but that’s only if you count those of us you could see in Austin. Last night’s action took place simultaneously in over 50 cities around North America:

At 8pm, thousands will take to their streets, parks, and neighborhoods to bang pots in solidarity with the ongoing fight for the right to education going on in Québec and all over. This simple, creative form of protest takes example from the Chilean cazerolazos and presents an easy, fun way to show solidarity with our shared struggle.

It highlights the unique nature of this global moment — as rebellion simmers in one place, it boils over in another, all connected by the social networking revolution. When Twitter started who guessed that a few years later we’d use it to share photos of international civil disobedience against Canadian law?

That’s what’s on my mind tonight. Tell me what’s on yours. This is today’s open thread.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and