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Introductions to Anarchism 2013

Come learn more about anarchist ideas and practice. For anyone curious about anarchism. Workshops are currently listed in the language of their presentation. Translations will be posted in this space shortly.

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013

  • 11am: Unity in Diversity: A Portrait of Contemporary Anarchism in Quebec (FR), with Rachel Sarrasin, Fernando Garcia Blanes & Karine Rosso
  • 1pm: Organizing Against Authority: An Introduction to Anarchism (FR), with Simon & Thomas of the Union Communiste Libertaire
  • 3pm: What Does Secondary School Really Prepare Us For? An Introduction to Anarchism (EN), with Adrienne Hurley

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013

  • 1pm: Discovering Anarchism Collectively Through Music (FR), with Philippe Morin
  • 3pm: “Demanding the Impossible”: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (EN), with Jaggi Singh

[detailed descriptions are included below]

All introduction to anarchism workshops take place at the Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV) at 2450 rue Workman, which is wheelchair accessible. There is limited seating and capacity for all workshops, so please arrive early.

These workshops and presentations are listed in the language that they were proposed. French and English translations will be posted here shortly. All workshops are in French (FR) or English (EN). Whisper translation is available for all workshops.

FULL DESCRIPTIONS:

Unity in Diversity: A Portrait of Contemporary Anarchism in Quebec (FR)
Saturday May 25, 11am
Room 1.100 – Centre culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman

Who are the anarchists in Quebec? What issues concern them and how do they approach them? Contrary to the violent and chaotic vision often ascribed to this political tendency, anarchists constitute a varied, dynamic, and ever-expanding movement. Taking on a variety of struggles, the activist initiatives driving this movement share an original way of doing politics beyond dominant institutions. This workshop will discuss the common characteristics of this movement, inspired by the renewal of libertarian political thought, through the presentation of a part of a film on the anarchist movement in Quebec and a summarized discussion on the topic.

Discussion facilitated by Rachel Sarrasin, movement ally and former member of the Collectif de recherche sur l’autonomie collective (CRAC, now dissolved), and by Fernando Garcia Blanes and Karina Rosso, directors of the film “AnarChroniques: Chroniques d’une mouvance libertaire” and members of the “Médi@s libres” committee of QPIRG-UQAM.

Organizing Against Authority: An Introduction to Anarchism (FR)
Saturday, May 25th, 1pm
CCGV – Room 1.100

Anarchism’s categorical rejection of all hierarchies and privileges is what distinguishes it from other ideologies. In order to compromise and tear down these power structures, anarchists put emphasis on organization: it is through these demanding forms of mutual aid and collaboration that they can replace constructed and resilient systems such as patriarchy, the State, and capitalism, among others. This workshop will introduce the principles, strategies, and tactics used by different anarchist organizations. The obstacles these groups face in their struggles will also be discussed.

Facilitated by Simon and Thomas, members of the Union Communist Libertaire, a federation of collectives and individuals coming from different resistance movements who identify themselves with the communist tradition within anarchism.

What Does Secondary School Really Prepare Us For? An Introduction to Anarchism (EN)
Saturday, May 25, 3pm
Room 1.100 – Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier at 2450 rue Workman

What does school prepare us for? This workshop will introduce participants to some anarchist ideas to help us think about the meaning of secondary school/high school in particular. We will discuss the reasons why school can hurt so much, as well as typical homework and lessons that are condescending, uninspiring, or even harmful. The workshop is designed for people who are dealing with secondary school, as well as those who are home-schooling, free-schooling, or un-schooling.

Facilitated by Adrienne Hurley, a member of the Anarchist Bookfair Collective who also teaches East Asian Studies at McGill.

Discovering Anarchism Collectively Through Song (FR)
Sunday, May 26th, 1pm
CCGV – Room 1.100

Anarchism. Anarchists. Libertarians. Anti-authoritarians. Late night or early morning revolutionaries. Let’s listen, or relisten, to songs whose lyrics give us a taste of the history, the values, the radicalism, but also the fragility of the  libertarian and revolutionary movements of yesterday and today. The workshop will be participatory: we  listen to a song and indentify as a group the things that we noticed. A musical intro before diving into the throng of the Bookfair’s tables.

Workshop facilitated by Phillippe Morin, a friend of Montreal Anarchist Bookfair.

“Demanding the Impossible”: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (EN)
Sunday, May 26, 3pm
Room 1.100 – Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier at 2450 rue Workman

This workshop will outline the basic principles of anarchism, from its historical
 origins, to inspirations and antecedents from diverse cultures and movements. From
 support work with prisoners, migrants and victims of police brutality, to inspiring 
insurrections and uprisings world wide, we’ll explore the tangible practice of
 anarchist values of self organization, mutual aid, solidarity and autonomous action.
We will look at meaningful examples of self-organization and resistance from Kabylie
 & Chiapas to Mapuche territories & the Iroquois Confederacy. In particular, this workshop will stress those aspects of anarchism that are inherently threatening to mainstream society. This workshop is intended for Bookfair participants who are new to, or curious about, anarchist ideas and practice (not for people already quite familiar with anarchism).

Presented by Jaggi Singh. Jaggi is an organizer with No One Is Illegal, 
Solidarity Across Borders and the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC), as well as a member of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair collective and the Autonomous Neighborhood Assembly of Villeray.