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Anti-Racist Struggles Theme Room (May 28 & 29)

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Anti-CanadaAnti-Racist Struggles Theme Room
Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29, 1pm-5pm
Room 2.100, CCGV (2450, rue Workman)
wheelchair accessible / free / whisper translation (English / French)
Part of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (www.anarchistbookfair.ca)

The Anti-Racist Struggles room highlights workshops and presentations confronting racism. There will be three presentations open to all: Building a Solidarity City: Migrant justice and the everyday practice of mutual aid and direct action (Solidarity Across Borders); White feminism and its derivatives (Thérèse Namahoro & Lourdenie Jean); and State Violence and Black Lives in Canada: A feminist, prison abolition perspective (Robyn Maynard). There will also be a closed discussion organized by the Anti-Racist Resistance Collective / Collectif de résistance antiraciste de Montréal (CRAM) for people who identify as Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour.

SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, MAY 28

1pm: Building a Solidarity City: Migrant justice and the everyday practice of mutual aid and direct action (FR)
Saturday, May 28, Room 2.100, CCGV (2450, rue Workman)

This workshop will present an overview of the Solidarity City campaign, whose goal is to build networks of support and mutual aid in Montreal to ensure access to basic services for everyone, particularly undocumented migrants. This workshop will present the Solidarity City campaign as a tangible example of the practice of anarchism. The Solidarity City campaign proposes a social struggle based on anarchist organizing principles in order to respond to grassroots needs, all while confronting the state and capitalism as manifested in borders and global apartheid.

Facilitated and presented by members of Solidarity Across Borders involved in the Solidarity City campaign. Solidarity Across Borders is a migrant justice network based in Montreal (info: www.solidarityacrossborders.org)

3pm: Organizing Together Against Capitalism and the State: A discussion for Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour anarchists (FR)
Saturday, May 28, Room 2.100, CCGV (2450, rue Workman)

We are hosting a discussion for individuals who identify as both anarchists and Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour. We want to discuss together, in a non-mixed space, the issues and challenges faced organizing and surviving, specifically as working class Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour anarchists. Together, we will explore together various discussion topics, based on questions brainstormed by members of Anti-Racist Resistance Montreal / Le Collectif de résistance antiraciste de Montréal (CRAM). This discussion is closed, and intended for people who are Indigenous, Black, and/or people of colour.

Organized by le Collectif de résistance antiraciste de Montréal (CRAM).

SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, MAY 29

1pm: White feminism and its derivatives (FR)
Sunday, May 29, Room 2.100, CCGV (2450, rue Workman)

This is a workshop and discussion denouncing white feminism, introducing participants the subject of cultural appropriation, intersectional feminism, racial profiling and police brutality. The discussion will also touch on fetishization, and the exotification of people of colour. This workshop will take the form of a discussion, and includes a short video presentation.

Facilitated by Thérèse Namahoro and Lourdenie Jean. Thérèse is a Rwandan student in correctional intervention and a radical intersectional feminist. Lourdenie is Haitian, feminist and passionate, and a humanities student.

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3pm: State Violence and Black Lives in Canada: A feminist, prison abolition perspective (EN)
Sunday, May 29, Room 2.100, CCGV (2450, rue Workman)

This presentation is on the topic of state violence against Black persons in Canada, taken from Robyn Maynard’s forthcoming book Policing Black Bodies: State Violence and Black Lives in Canada, with Fernwood Publishing in 2017. Covering state violence in its many articulations; the presentation goes beyond respectability policies centering the experiences of too-often neglected Black lives including Black cis and transgender women, Black sex workers, drug users, migrants, and prisoners. Using a Black feminist and prison abolition perspective; the talk will provide an in-depth presentation on current Black realities in contemporary Canada.

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist and member of Montréal Noir and Justice for the Victims of Police Killings. Her writings can be found at: www.robynmaynard.com

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