Category: Montréal

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« Le doigt d’vote » is 3rd Banner in MTL series

When elections are the only participatory element of a democratic process, an appropriate response could be “fuck their democracy”. I am my own authority. This third banner in La brigada MTL series after Resistimos and “Trump L’oeuil” gives the finger to democracy. The play on words is brilliant in French. Drop an ‘r’, add a ‘g’ and keep the sound while inversing the meaning. Unfortunately it is lost in translation to English. The slogan of the 8′ wide X 12′ high banner: « Au moins il nous reste le doigt d’vote » is a direct resampling of a patch made...

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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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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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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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Don’t Kid Yourself: We all pay for the defunding of higher education

a guest post by Erika Shaker. I went to McGill in the late 80s and early 90s when tuition fees were less than $1,200 a year, so with summer jobs and some parental help I graduated from my first degree debt-free. For my MA, which I took in Ontario, I worked part-time and graduated after one year with a debt of $10,000. By way of comparison: my partner went to university in Ontario after grants were eliminated, and when the first round of tuition fee hikes were implemented. He completed a BA and then an MA, and graduated with a...

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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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Conflict Minerals from the DRCongo

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -2°C]  The Concordia Initiative for a Conflict-Free Campus (CCIC) works “towards consumer and student awareness surrounding conflict minerals as well as amendments to Concordia University’s purchasing policy for electronic products.” On March 22, I attended the CCIC’s panel discussion: The Concordia International Forum on Conflict Minerals. The four panelists offered a diverse perspective of the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. they provided inside to conditions in the mines, the militias that get rich of the minerals, international government collaboration, corporate complicity and our insatiable thirst for the minerals like coltan, in all of our...