Category: activism

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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...

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70 000 étudiants s’unissent pour freiner projets d’oléoducs en sol québécois

[English below] Une nouvelle coalition d’associations étudiantes québécoises prend son envol aujourd’hui pour mettre un frein aux projets d’oléoducs en sol québécois. Étudiant-e-s Contre les Oléoducs (ÉCO) représente aujourd’hui presque 70 000 étudiants et étudiantes du Québec. Ce nombre est appelé à gonfler d’ici la manifestation du 15 novembre organisée par le groupe. ÉCO rejoint la chaude contestation de l’oléoduc Energy East de Transcanada et le renversement de la ligne 9B d’Enbridge par des dizaines de communautés à travers le Québec, dont les victimes de première ligne des changements climatiques: les Premières nations. « Plus que jamais, notre génération est...

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Angola 3 ex-prisoner and former Black Panther, Robert Hillary King, enjoys Sirop du Printemps Érable on his French toast

During his visit to Montréal on late February, I had the pleasure of having Robert Hillary King over for breakfast. He was in town with director, Ron Harpelle for the screening of the documentary, Hard Time about King’s 31-year detention at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, 29 of which were in solitary confinement. King is the only freed member of the Angola 3, a trio of wrongfully accused members of the Black Panther Party. King was released in 2001 after accepting a plea bargain, which automatically set him free, while his inmates, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox remained in solitary...

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Noam Chomsky Speaks in Montreal for 50th Anniversary of Canadian Dimension Magazine

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 1°C] On Octobre 26, 2013, Noam Chomsky was invited by Canadian Dimension Magazine to give a talk at Concordia University and Université de Montréal as part of the magazine’s 50th anniversary events. Chomsky spoke at Concordia earlier in the day and gave an evening talk at Ud’M, which I recorded and make available here. — The talk started with an introduction of Canadian Dimension by Andrea Levy, Coordinating Editor and member of the magazine’s Montréal editorial collective. — It was followed by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, former spokesperson of the Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante...

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Livre d’affiches « À force d’imagination » chez Lux Éditeur

Lux Éditeur, le Centre de recherche en imagerie populaire (CRIP) de l’UQAM, l’Écomusée du fier monde et Artéfacts d’un printemps érable sont heureux de vous inviter au lancement de l’essai graphique À force d’imagination. Affiches et artéfacts du mouvement étudiant au Québec 1958-2013. Quand ? Jeudi 17 octobre, de 18h à 21h Où ? Écomusée du fier monde 2050, rue Amherst, métro Berri-UQAM EXPOSITION D’AFFICHES ET DE BANNIÈRES Au plaisir de vous y voir ! ================== À propos de l’ouvrage ================== Avec plus de 400 affiches et artéfacts archivés au fil des ans et des luttes qui ont animé le...

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À la recherche banderoles des manifesta(c)tions du printemps québécois pour exposition en décembre

Joignez votre banderole dans une exposition et dans une courtepointe géante pour représenter le mouvement du printemps québécois contactez: widge [@] burningbillboard.org [in English] Pendant les six mois de la grève étudiante, des centaines de banderoles ont été créées afin de dénoncer la hausse des droits de scolarité et manifester contre la privatisation des institutions publiques. Ces banderoles ouvraient les manifestations tout au long des rues du Québec. Elles ont affiché la résistance de quartier et ont revendiqué l’arrêt de la répression policière. Des banderoles ont été suspendues à l’Ilot Voyageur et au viaduc de la rue Berri. Et elles...

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Looking for Banners from Québec’s ‘carré rouge’ Protest Movement for December Exhibit

Include Your Banner in a Giant Quilt representing the Québec Protest Movement! [en français] contact: widge [@] burningbillboard.org During the six-month student strike, hundreds of banners were created to denounce tuition fee increases and protest the privatization of public institutions. These banners lead demonstrations through the streets of Québec’s cities. They affiliated neighbourhood resistance and demanded an end to police repression. Banners hung from l’Îlot voyageur and the Berri street overpass, and they fluttered above the demonstrators at CLASSE’s demonstrations the 22nd of every month. Many banners hung over the  facades of university and CEGEP buildings, while others blocked the...

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Mapping Occupy Montreal’s Indignation

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -3°C] Occupy Montréal is now in its 35th day with below zero temperatures. As other occupations in other Canadian and American cities get violently evicted from their encampment, Montréal’s “indignated” continue onward. Support from people who are not actively living on-site is evident in the postcard below. the Occupy Montreal have also mapped out their encampment revealing an organized collectivity, despite the challenges. This postcard is part of my Did you get my postcard? series. —–

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People Counting: 6200 at Montréal demonstration for Gaza

[MONTRÉAL] In many cities across Canada, demonstrations were held yesterday in support of the people of Gaza and the end of the Israeli bombardment of the coastal Palestinian territory. Based on the media representations of the various protests, including Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Montréal‘s was the biggest in the country. But exactly how many people were there? Who decides and how are the protesters counted? The air was frigid, hovering at around -16 degrees Celcius. Not too much wind and a bright sun made the 1.5 km walk bearable as the crowd made their way north along Peel street from Dorchester...