Our young people are calling for help. Before COVID, it was taking to the streets and going on strike. Today, it is with heavy silence that they challenge us.
Mothers have heard their calls. Despite their overload of work, they are thousands to go to the front. I am one of them.
Create a movement
It all started with a feeling of sadness and anger shared by two mothers. Our elected officials talk about the environment, but the actions are insufficient.
Rather than despairing everyone in our area, we decided to get organized.
Like wolves who feel the need to protect their young, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and I called on our friends. About forty of us gathered in a living room. It was in January. Not too much COVID in sight. But a lot of hope.
Love as a weapon of mass construction
If there is one thing that transcends all cultures, all ages, all religions, all levels of income and education, it is the love we have for our children. We made it a weapon of mass construction for the rest of the world.
Despite COVID, the movement has produced babies. There are about twenty groups of Mothers at the front across Quebec and one in Belgium. We are also in touch with the parents mobilized within For Our Kids in the rest of Canada.
It’s only a beginning. Groups of Mothers at the Front can start in any salon. Even virtual! The movement is decentralized.
One action on October 21
To mark the first anniversary of the re-election of the Trudeau government, a dozen groups of Mothers at the front are preparing actions to exert pressure across Quebec. Fine words are not enough. We demand concrete and courageous action.
In front of Justin Trudeau’s office in Montreal, we are preparing a staging reminding us that it is mathematically impossible to reach our targets without getting out of fossil fuels.
The transition must be now.