Tagged: 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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Une gallerie d’affiches sous un viaduc – An poster gallery beneath an overpass

In Montréal, there is an autonomous gallery of posters, grafitti & tags on Parc Avenue north of Van Horne. Head north on sidewalk under the overpass of the east side. There are posters by #vivasnosqueremos, one by the Howl Arts Festival, a poster to liberate nearby Parc des Gorilles, one announcing Pervers/Cité, a nihilistic poster for the future, another against pipelines in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en people, and others. — À Montréal, il y a une gallerie autonome d’affiches, grafitti et tags sur avenue du Parc au nord de la rue Van Horne. Dirigez-vous vers le nord sur le trottoir...

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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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Montréal Video Project Gets Results Keeping Kids in School

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 11°C] I can’t believe I’ve been offline for such a long time. Whatever, I’m back with a video reportage I edited and helped produce with a group of students from Louis-Joseph-Papineau High School in the St-Michel neighbourhood of Montréal. I was hired as a filmmaker/journalist to mentor this group of students make a documentary film / reportage. The subject they chose was themselves: Le Foyer 636, a special class of students that follow a particular curriculum to help them move forward with their learning and encourage them to stay in school and not drop out. They wanted...

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Sixth International Campaign Against Israeli Apartheid Begins

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 1°C] The little known international campaign to promote the cultural, academic and economic divestment in the state of Israel is set to begin around the world on March 1, 2010. The growing campaign is modelled after the success of the global efforts that successfully dismantles Apartheid in South Africa. In its sixth year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), has become an important rallying event against Palestinian oppression with events organized in more than 50 cities worldwide. The Montréal IAW activities were announced this morning in a press conference that included the publication of an open letter signed by...

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Sudanese-born Canadian May Fly Home on Friday (updated)

[Abyei Town, Abyei Transitional Area, Sudan 40°C] Abousfian Abdelrazik is a man from Montréal whose been living in ‘temporary safe haven’ in the Canadian Embassy in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, since late April 2008. He has been in Sudan since March 2003, when he went to visit his mother. According to a timeline of his case, Abdelrazik was arrested six months later and detained for ten months before being released. Documents obtained under the Privacy Act (.pdf 169Mb or ZIP 52Mb) and available from the website of the People’s Commission on Immigration Security Measures indicate that Mr. Abdelrazik, a Canadian...

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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...

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Montréal fireworks are not always a pleasure of mine

[MONTRÉAL] I sit in my living room reading David Eggers’ What is the What, a fictionalized biography about Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Lost Boys from Sudan’s 21-year civil war. The war ended tenuously in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudanese army in the north and the south’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army. It is 22h00 on a summer wednesday and the Montréal night is bombarded with firework blasts out of view from my comfortable living room sofa.