The proceeds from the 2011 Montreal Anarchist Bookfair supported: i) the DIRA Anarchist Library (Montreal); ii) Anarchist Bookfair Accessibility Fund; iii) G20 Legal Defence Fund; iv) Éditions Écosociété’s defense of two SLAPP suits by Canadian mining companies Barrick Gold and Banro Corporation. More info below:
DIRA ANARCHIST LIBRARY (MONTRÉAL): The DIRA is a space for the promotion of anarchist ideas as well as alternatives to the ideas promoted by the mass media and dominant power. At the DIRA, you can borrow or consult hundreds of books, newspapers, zines, archival materials and more. We function on the basis of a non-hierarchical, equal and anti-authoritarian structure, and we distribute information for free so that it’s accessible to everyone: because ideas are not for sale, they are to be shared! INFO: http://bibliothequedira.wordpress.com/
ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR ACCESSIBILITY FUND: The accessibility fund will help to make the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair accessible in various ways. Last year, the fund supported sign language translation. It has also helped to pay for the cost of two rooms in the Georges-Vanier Cultural Center, a wheelchair-accessible building across from the CEDA that again this year will host a number of workshops. This fund will help the Bookfair collective meet its stated goal of striving towards an accessible event, in diverse ways, including the possibility of moving more activities to accessible spaces in future years.
G20 LEGAL DEFENCE FUND: The G20 Legal Defence Fund in Quebec continues to raise money in support of all people facing charges in relation to the anti-G20 protests in Toronto in June 2010. The Fund considers that all arrests occurred in the context of a legitimate struggle against the capitalist policies of the G20, and that all charges should be dropped immediately. The G20 Legal Defence fund is managed by a group of six local anti-capitalist community organizers who are not facing legal charges themselves, and will ensure that legal funds are properly disbursed. INFO: http://www.clac-montreal.net/en/node/186
ÉDITIONS ÉCOSOCIÉTÉ: Canadian mining firms Barrick Gold and Banro Corporation are suing Montreal-based publisher Écosociété and the three authors of the book Noir Canada : Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique for libel for $11 million. Écosociété asks for all forms of possible support to carry on this David and Goliath struggle. INFO: http://slapp.ecosociete.org/en