Category: activism

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Encore 5 jours pour s’immerser dans la rupture avec Fraction

FRACTION [installation cinématographique] le groupe Épopée La Cinémathèque québécoise jusqu’au 30 octobre 2016 gratuit Description de l’installation : [dropcap]L[/dropcap]e groupe Épopée présente Fraction. Cette installation est composée de plusieurs films présentés simultanément sur trois écrans : Rupture, Insurgence et Contrepoint. L’installation est dédiée à Hugo Le Bleu Tadros. Rupture receuille la parole d’une trentaine de militantes et militants aillant participé activement aux grèves étudiantes de 2012 et de 2015. Ce film se penche sur la rupture causée par la répression policière et la réaction des pouvoirs politiques et médiatiques à la grève. Plusieurs lignes le traversent : Le sense de...

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Coco Guzman’s The Demonstration installation reveals vulnerability of protest movements

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n their website, Coco Guzman begins the description of The Demonstration by quoting historian Eric Hobsbawm who writes that “next to sex, the activity combining bodily experience and intense emotion to the highest degree is the participation in a mass demonstration.” [pullquote-right]“Next to sex, the activity combining bodily experience and intense emotion to the highest degree is the participation in a mass demonstration.”[/pullquote-right]Like with sex, the participation on the front line of a demonstration, in an act of civil disobedience, or in any form of oppositional performance where you put your body on the line, the spectrum of experienced emotions...

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La Casa Central de l’Universidad de Chile à Santiago “en toma”

Le 15 juillet 2016, je suis allé à la Casa Central de l’Universidad de Chile, située sur le boulevard principale de Santiago à quelques rue de La Moneda. L’édifice était sous occupation (“en toma”) des étudiant.e.s et sa bouillonnait d’activité. Voici des photos : On July 15, 2016, I went to the Casa Central of Universidad de Chile, located on Santiago’s main boulevard just a few blocks from La Moneda. The building was under student occupation (“en toma”) and it was fervent with activity. Here are some photos:

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Student protest in Santiago de Chile draws big crowd

On Thursday August 4, 2016, Chilean student movements called for a national protest against education reform (la Ley de Inclusión) that students — and others — argue that the reform does not go far enough towards dismantling the market-based and socio-economically segregated education system, a legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990). According to a 2015 article: Students say the reforms don’t go far enough, and may fall short even in meeting their stated objective. They point to loopholes that will allow “flagship” schools to maintain selective admissions for up to 30% of their enrollment. Non-profit schools can also retain transitional...

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Bannières déployées en solidarité avec les réfugié.e.s / Banner Drop for refugee solidarity

Plusieurs bannières en solidarité avec les réfugié-e-s et contre les frontières! Montréal, le 29 avril 2016 — À quelques jours de la manifestation anticapitaliste du 1er Mai, dont le thème est Contre l’impérialisme, le racisme, les frontières et le colonialisme, les Apatrides anonymes et leurs allié-e-s ont déployé plusieurs bannières dans différents quartiers de Montréal : Rosemont, Plateau Mont-Royal, Pointe St-Charles et Petite-Patrie. Par cette action, nous voulons dénoncer les politiques canadiennes en matière d’immigration et afficher notre solidarité avec ceux et celles qui en font les frais. Mis à part le programme spécial des derniers mois pour quelques milliers de réfugié-e-s...

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Posters from FTAA Protests in Québec on 15th Anniversary / Affiches contre la ZLÉA au 15ième anniversaire des manifs à Québec

For the 15th anniversary of the April 2001 Summit of the Americas protests in Québec City against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), here is a selection of posters related to the FTAA (and other related) protests, taken from the book: Picture This!: Posters of Social Movements in Québec (1966-2007) by Jean-Pierre Boyer, Jean Desjardins and David Widgington. The book was published in 2007 by Cumulus Press. Each of these posters are archived with over 20,000 others in the impressive collection at the Centre for Research in Popular Imagery (CRIP). === À l’occasion du 15ième anniversaire des manifestations...

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Why Activists Must Continue to Block Flow of Tar Sands Bitumen Through Enbridge Line 9

Because it works, it’s easy and because as admitted by Enbridge in documents submitted to the National Energy Board, Line 9 is disintegrating. The documents reveal that the pipeline has 4738 anomalies related to the formation of fissures and 8223 anomalies related to corrosion. Basically they admit that there are at least 12,961 locations along the pipeline that are on the verge of an oil spill. Last Monday, December 7, 2015 three protesters locked themselves to a valve they closed along Enbridge’s Line 9B pipeline as it enters Québec from Ontario. The valve controlling flow of tar sands bitumen was...

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Giving Life to found protest sign in Montréal demo against austerity

Yesterday, March 2, 2015, I walked along downtown streets with about 75,000 other people in Montréal’s anti-austerity demonstration. My bike is clean as I ride it for the first time this spring down St-Urbain street toward Square Victoria where the demo is scheduled to begin at 1 pm. The forecast rain is hiding behind a blue sky and a warming sun. A perfect day to walk the streets of Montréal. I ride into the École nationale de théatre contingent, get off my bike and march the rest of the way with them and their giant puppet. As we turned onto...