Jen Chang Et Al.
Resist! is a collection of mostly first person accounts of the protests, together with photographs and luckily not too much poetry, by some 45 young people. A collection of so many voices will be somewhat uneven, of course, but on the whole there’s a real immediacy to the writing. For most of the writers – as probably for the protesters generally – the Quebec summit was a defining moment in their activist lives, largely as a result of the violence of the police response, which despite the quantity of foreshadowing, came as a shock – this is Canada, after all. We who were not there were led by much of the mainstream media to believe the riot police were trying to keep a lid on the anarchists (there’s a funny piece by Norman Nawrocki on the subject of the anarchist presence) and that their response was both justified and restrained. The accounts in this book, and the many photographs, tell a different story.
As a balance to the frontline action stories, Resist! gives us also some analyses of the globalization movement in Canada, its problems and challenges. Sexism and racism within the movement are discussed, for example, though you wouldn’t want to overstate these (admittedly very real) issues – they exist in all areas of life. It is encouraging that they are given such careful consideration here, however, and characteristic of the earnest and conscientious attitude of the editorial collective. mRb