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BookfairWorkshop2014Workshops that explore topics related to anarchism in some depth, as well introduction to anarchism workshops, take place during both days of the Montreal Bookfair. Our schedule in brief is included below, followed by more detailed descriptions.

The content this year includes 4 introduction to anarchism workshops (2 each in English and French), an Autonomous Media Room (on Saturday, May 23), an Anti-Canada Room (on Sunday, May 24) as well as eighteen workshops exploring a topic related to anarchism in some depth.

All workshops will include whisper translation into English or French.

CCGV = Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2450 rue Workman)
CEDA = Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (2515 rue Delisle)

SCHEDULE IN BRIEF

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 11am

- Anti-authoritarian struggles in Palestine and in the Arab World: Models of self-governance and horizontal organizing (Budour Hassan from Jerusalem, via skype) – CEDA, room #123 (EN)
- (Autonomous Media Room) Indymedia reporting from the streets (CKUT) – CEDA, room #125 (FR/EN)
- Anarchist Writers Meeting (Montreal Anarchist Writers Bloc) – CCGV, room 2.100 (FR/EN)

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 1pm

- (INTRODUCTION TO ANARCHISM) Anarchism and anti-colonialism (Ni Québec, Ni Canada) – CEDA, room #123 (FR)
- (Autonomous Media Room) FemCrypt (FemHack & Koumbit) – CEDA, room #125 (FR/EN)
- Anarchist and anti-racist perspectives against Islamophobia in Quebec (Mary Foster, Nargess Mustapha & Jaggi Singh) – CCGV, room 2.100 (FR)
- Practical strategies & tactics for anarchist writing (Alexis Shotwell) – CCGV, room 1.100 (EN)

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 3pm

- (INTRODUCTION TO ANARCHISM) Anarchism’s Great Ideas Explored in Great Books (Christine Renaud) – CEDA, room #123 (EN)
- (Autonomous Media Room) Transmitter Building Workshop (CKUT) – CEDA, room #125 (EN/FR)
- The tomorrows that sing (Jacques Esnault) – CCGV, room 2.100 (FR)
- Safe Space and Other Problems (Virgil Addison, Estelle Davis, Kristin Li) – CCGV, room 1.100 (EN)

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 11am

- Glamarchy: Black, Indigenous & Femmes of Colour Anti-Authoritarian Organising in Dude-Centric Spaces (Kama La Mackerel, An Li, & Yun Ching) – CEDA, room #119 (FR/EN)
- For the Long Haul: Care, Intention, and Steadiness in Radical Organizing (Chris Dixon) – CEDA, room #123 (EN)
- (Anti-Canada Room) Canada the Apartheid State: Myths and Realities (films by Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas) – CEDA, room #125 (FR)
- Agitprop theatre as a tool of change and experimentation (PASC) – CCGV, room 2.140 (FR)
- We should talk about Facebook (DIRA) – CCGV, room 1.110 (FR)

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 1pm

- Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Anarchist Communities and Learning from Black Lives Matter Resistance (Raissa Simone) – CEDA, main auditorium (EN)
- Radical Sobriety: Anarchist Perspectives on Addiction and Recovery (RadSob) – CEDA, room #119 (EN)
- (INTRODUCTION TO ANARCHISM) Unity in diversity: Portrait of contemporary anarchism in Québec (Rachel Sarrasin) – CEDA, room #123 (FR)
- (Anti-Canada Room) Indigenous Land Defense Against Colonialism (Kanahus Manuel) – CEDA, room #125 (EN)
- Prisoner Support (former prisoners) – CCGV, room 2.100 (FR)
- May 1st and anarchism in Montreal: A partial history (Carl Robichaud) – CCGV, room 1.110 (FR)

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 3pm

- Organizing versus Mobilizing: Making Our Activism Relevant to the People (Network for the Elimination of Police Violence) – CEDA, main auditorium (EN)
- NGOs and neo-colonialism (Andres, Iléana and Robert) – CEDA, room #119 (FR)
- (INTRODUCTION TO ANARCHISM) Everyday Anarchism (Cindy Milstein) – CEDA, room #123 (EN)
- (Anti-Canada Room) Building Resistance to Canada 2017 (anti-Canada anarchists) – CEDA, room #125 (FR/EN)
- Anarchy and Insurrection: The permanent conflict perspective (three anarchists) – CCGV, room 2.100 (FR)
- Where the Wild Things Go: Anarchist Knowledge and Practice (Layla AbdelRahim) – CCGV, room 1.100 (EN)

DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS

- Each workshop takes place in English (EN) or French (FR), with whisper translation into English and/or French.
- All workshop rooms are accessible to wheelchairs. There is limited capacity for all workshops, so please arrive early.

CCGV = Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2450 rue Workman)
CEDA = Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (2515 rue Delisle)
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Anti-authoritarian struggles in Palestine and in the Arab World: Models of self-governance and horizontal organizing (Budour Hassan, via skype) – EN

Saturday, May 23, 11am-12:45pm
CEDA – Room #123

This wide-ranging presentation and discussion, via Skype, will explore daily resistance to colonialism and apartheid, from an anti-state, grassroots perspective. Covering the 2014 siege on Gaza, to ongoing acts of defiance and survival in Jerusalem; from critiques of humanitarian and charity approaches to Palestinian self-determination, to the current crisis in Syria, this presentation will highlight an important grassroots voice of analysis and insight, rooted in anti-oppression and lived struggle against Western colonialism and imperialism.

Budour Hassan is a Palestinian anarchist based in occupied Jerusalem. She is a law graduate, and a regular contributor to the Electronic Intifada.

(This presentation will be in English with whisper translation into French.)
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Indymedia reporting from the streets (CKUT) – FR/EN

Saturday, May 23, 11am-12:45pm
CEDA – Room #125

In this hands-on workshop with the CKUT news collective, we will share our experiences in reporting from Montreal street demos. Using basic tools such as cell phones, digital recorders, and free software, we will show participants how to quickly produce quality reports, as well as show people how to stay safe from the cops, and how to respect people’s anonymity and privacy. Part of the Autonomous Media Room.

(This workshop will take place in both English and French.)
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Anarchist Writers Meeting (Montreal Anarchist Writers Bloc) – FR/EN

Saturday, May 23, 11am-12:30pm
CCGV, Room 2.100


All writers attending the Anarchist Bookfair are welcome to come and meet other anarchist writers of fiction, poetry, theatre, etc. in an informal get-together. This will be a bilingual (English-French) meeting.

Facilitated by the Montreal Anarchist Writers Bloc. The Anarchist Writer’s Bloc, which has existed for four years, has already published 3 anthologies of new anarchist fiction, ‘Subversions 1, 2 and 3.

(This discussion will take place in both French and English.)
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(INTRODUCTION TO ANARCHISM) Anarchism and anti-colonialism (Ni Québec, Ni Canada) – FR

Saturday, May 23, 1pm-2:45pm
CEDA – Room #123

As a philosophy born in Europe, anarchism is sometimes unwittingly the vehicle of white privilege, colonialism and patriarchy. Many activists claiming anarchist principles have tried to remedy this by developing an anarchism from here, on colonized land, to ensure that it can keep its promises to struggle against all forms of oppression. This workshop aims to explore these questions through the presentation of diverse voices on the subject of anti-colonialism.

Presented by Ni Québec, ni Canada, an anti-colonial collective and tour. Info: http://niquebecnicanada.anarkhia.org

(This workshop will take place in French, with whisper translation into English.)
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FemCrypt (FemHack & Koumbit) – FR/EN

Saturday, May 23, 1pm-2:45pm
CEDA – Room #125

The objective of this workshop is to introduce you to the concepts of encryption more generally and to chat and email encryption practices more specifically. The workshop will follow a anarcha-feminist pedagogy and expect everyone to create an anti-oppressive and politicized space. Part of the Autonomous Media Room.

FemHack is an autonomous group from Montreal whose mission is to create an empowering and inspiring environment for activists (particularly feminist, queer, trans and people of color) to experiment with technology in order to hack patriarchy, capitalism and other systems of oppression. Koumbit provides web and tech services, based on values of horizontality, freedom and solidarity.

(This workshop will take place in both English and French.)
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Anarchist and anti-racist perspectives against Islamophobia in Quebec (Mary Foster, Nargess Mustapha & Jaggi Singh) – FR

Saturday, May 23, 1pm-2:45pm
CCGV, Room 2.100

This discussion will look at the rise of Islamophobia in Quebec, and the complicity of broad sections of the Left (including often the anarchist Left). We will analyze the current political conjuncture in Quebec, with a seemingly defeated Charter of Values, but a resurgent and pernicious Islamophobia manifested in many other forms, including physical, verbal and media violence against Muslim communities. We seek to open a space for discussion about effective resistance to Islamophobia, and also the consequences for a grounded anarchist practice of anti-oppression, anti-racism, mutual aid and solidarity.

This workshop is facilitated by Mary Foster, Nargess Mustapha and Jaggi Singh, anti-authoritarians and community organizers, active last year with Ensemble contre la Charte xénophobe, and more recently with anti-Islamophobia/anti-racist mobilizations.

(This presentation will be in French, with whisper translation towards English.)
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Practical strategies & tactics for anarchist writing (Alexis Shotwell) – EN

Saturday, May 23, 1pm-2:45pm
CCGV, Room 1.100


The capacity to write with ease, joy, and fluidity is crushed in us; this serves current oppressive social relations well. Still, writing is a vital tool for struggle. In this workshop, I offer some strategies and tactics for writing. Topics include: dealing with anxiety, procrastination, and panic about writing; organizing the material realities of the writing process; stopping writing; communicating well with people who can give you feedback; setting up support structures for writing.

Presented by Alexis Shotwell. Alexis is an activist and teacher in Ottawa, Ontario, on unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

(This workshop will be in English with whisper translation into French.)
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(INTRODUCTION TO ANARCHISM) Anarchism’s Great Ideas Explored in Great Books (Christine Renaud) – EN

Saturday, May 23, 3pm-4:45pm
CEDA – Room #123

This workshop is for those new to anarchism that are looking for some of the best books to explain what anarchism is, learn its history, answer common questions, and deal with specific anarchist themes. Bring your questions or areas of interest in anarchism and we’ll try to find just the book to help you out. There will be time to share what you might already have read with the group as well.

Presented by Christine Renaud. Christine is a public library and community outreach worker also involved in Food Not Bombs.

(This workshop will be in English with whisper translation into French.)
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FM Transmitter Building Workshop (CKUT Radio) – EN/FR

Saturday, May 23, 3pm-4:45pm
CEDA – Room #125

Pull back the veil on radio transmission and mass communication by building your own FM radio transmitter. We will pull out our soldering irons and assemble all the parts necessary to start up a live broadcast. There will be a cost of $10 for each FM transmitter kit. This cost can be split among a few participants, and you can keep your transmitter after the workshop. Part of the Autonomous Media Room.

(This workshop will take place in both English and French.)
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The tomorrows that sing (Jacques Esnault) – FR

Saturday, May 23, 3pm-4:45pm
CCGV, Room 2.100


We have not always lived no our knees. In fact, our class has never stopped struggling; never completely. Countless songs, sometimes anonymous, have accompanied these struggles. Let’s rediscover them and be inspired again, so that the tomorrows that sing can finally arrive. Jacques Esnault of the Collectif 1984 from Brussels will present some examples of social struggles and the songs that have been passed down to us, especially the great struggles under the anarchist flag.

A presentation by Jacques Esnault of the Collectif 1984 (Brussels, Belgium). Info: www.collectif1984.net

(This presentation will be in French, with whisper translation towards English.)
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Safe Space and Other Problems (Virgil Addison, Estelle Davis, Kristin Li) – EN

Saturday, May 23, 3pm-4:45pm
CCGV, Room 1.100

In this workshop, we want to explore the problems and contradictions found in safe(r) spaces and discuss other possibilities for organizing social spaces. While we share the desire to have a place to go free of oppressive behavior, we recognize the limits to the ideal of safe space. As anti-authoritarians, how do we create spaces without reproducing the forms of oppression that we reject?

Presented by Virgil Addison, Estelle Davis and Kristin Li. Virgil has organized anti-authoritarian events for Aspace, Midnight Kitchen, QPIRG, and various DIY spaces. Estelle Davis has been involved with several DIY spaces and community support organizations that have worked with safe(r) space policies. Kristin Li organizes & makes things in Montreal.

(This workshop will be in English with whisper translation into French.)
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Glamarchy: Black, Indigenous & Femmes of Colour Anti-Authoritarian Organising in Dude-Centric Spaces (Kama La Mackerel, An Li, & Yun Ching) – FR/EN

Sunday, May 24, 11am-12:45pm
CEDA – Room #119

This is a closed caucus for self-identified Black, Indigenous & femmes of colour to speak to and about the intersections of race/ethnicity and femme identity.

Facilitated by Kama La Mackerel, An Li, & Yun Ching, a femme fabulous trio who cares more about their community than anything!

(This discussion will take place in both French and English.)
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For the Long Haul: Care, Intention, and Steadiness in Radical Organizing (Chris Dixon) – EN

Sunday, May 24, 11am-12:45pm
CEDA – Room #123

Anti-authoritarians across North America face many similar challenges as we work to build movements capable of transforming the world: How can we manifest our values through our organizing? How can we move beyond self-selected activist circles? How can we avoid getting stuck in dead-end ways of doing things? Drawing on interviews with experienced organizers, this workshop will distill lessons for developing effective, visionary movements and open a space to discuss what we are learning together.

Presented by Chris Dixon. Chris, originally from Alaska, is a longtime anarchist organizer, writer, and educator who currently lives in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin Territory.

(This workshop will be in English with whisper translation into French.)
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Canada the Apartheid State: Myths and Realities (films by Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas) – FR

Sunday, May 24, 11am-12:45pm
CEDA- Room #125

[UPDATE: Clifton regrets that he is unable to attend this workshop. However, his films - Elsipogtog No Fracking Way! and Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake will be screened.] Part of the Anti-Canada Room.

Presented by Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas. Clifton is a member of the Kanien’kehá:ka community of Kanehsatake. He was part of the resistance at Kanehsatake in his role as a young warrior in 1990. He is active in resisting the proposed Niocan mine and the Energy East pipeline on his territory. As an activist-filmmaker, Clifton operates his own film production company called Devil Dog Productions. His films include Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake, a feature about resistance to pipelines.

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Agitprop theatre as a tool of change and experimentation (PASC) – FR

Sunday, May 24, 11am-12:45pm
CCGV, Room 2.140

Trous de mémoire is an agitprop theatre project that addresses issues related to the oil and mining linked to land and the North/South relations. By highlighting the conduct of a resource company in Quebec and in Colombia, the theatre piece illustrates the dynamics of colonial appropriation and exploitation of land, resources and people. We offer an adapted presentation in which we will share our experiences and hope to have an exchange about popular education practices to put radical analyses into the heart of environmental debates that are often put into very restricted categories (appeals to citizenship, capitalist development, legalism, etc.).

Presented by Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC). PASC, a collective since 2003, organizes accompaniment with Colombian communities and organizations and organizes popular education workshops in Quebec which make links between social movements here and in Colombia, notably by denouncing Canadian interests involved in the social and armed conflict.

(This presentation will be in French with whisper translation into English.)
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We should talk about Facebook (DIRA) – FR

Sunday, May 24, 11am-12:45pm
CCGV, Room 1.110

Did you know that a world without Facebook really existed? It disappeared barely 10 years ago. This workshop proposed by the DIRA Library proposes to evaluate, while there is still time, the importance that Facebook has taken up in our lives. The question of cop surveillance is clearly on everyone’s minds, but how does that weigh versus short-term tactical success, like lightning demonstrations or disturbances sometimes made possible by Facebook? We have no easy answers, but want to initiate a critical discussion, based on your stories and knowledge.

This workshop is organized by volunteers involved with the DIRA Anarchist Library. Info: https://bibliothequedira.wordpress.com

(This presentation will be in French with whisper translation into English.)
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Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Anarchist Communities and Learning from Black Lives Matter Resistance (Raissa Simone) – EN

Sunday, May 24, 1pm-2:45pm
CEDA – Main Auditorium

This workshop will outline histories of Black resistance on Turtle Island, with particular focus on the Black Power movement and the Black Lives Matter movement. Participants can learn how anarchist principles were and can continue to be employed within Black Lives Matter resistance and similar moments of anti-racist outrage. It will explore how to challenge anti-Black racism in anarchist circles, providing resources in how to effectively combat white supremacy and understand Black resistance as a crucial component of anarchistic action.

Presented by Raissa Simone. Raissa is a Kingston-based poet, musician, and activist currently pursuing a PhD at Concordia University.

(This workshop will be in English with whisper translation into French.)
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Radical Sobriety: Anarchist Perspectives on Addiction and Recovery (RadSob) – EN

Sunday, May 24, 1pm-2:45pm
CEDA – Room #119

Radical Sobriety (RadSob) was started by anarchists as a grassroots recovery group. We consider our radical politics to be directly related to both our addictions and to our recovery. We want to provide a political analysis and anarchist perspectives on intoxication culture and cultural attitudes toward addiction and recovery. There is a tremendous isolation that comes with being an addict, especially when one cannot or will not access mainstream recovery services. Major misunderstandings and stereotypes about addiction and recovery continue to circulate both in rad scenes and in the broader society. We believe it is crucial to challenge these things, and crucial to do so from a grassroots, community-oriented, non-institutional perspective.

Presented by RadSob. RadSob is a grassroots recovery group by and for anarchists, queers, punks, and weirdos.

(This workshop will be in English with whisper translation into French.)
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(INTRODUCTION TO ANARCHISM) Unity in diversity: Portrait of contemporary anarchism in Québec (Rachel Sarrasin) – FR

Sunday, May 24, 1pm-2:45pm
CEDA – Room #123

The anarchist perspective today is articulated by activists involved in a wide variety of struggles, ranging from the gentrification of our neighbourhoods to feminist issues, from the fight against resource extraction practices here and abroad and to education issues. Despite this diversity, it is possible to identify common characteristics that help us to better understand contemporary anarchism as it has developed in Québec in the turn of the 21st century. What are the particularities of this anarchist perspective? Are anarchism’s ideas and practices only employed by its ideological adherents? This workshop aims to demystify contemporary anarchism in Québec through an interactive approach. The presentation will be based in popular education tools designed by the Collectif de recherche sur l’autonomie collective (CRAC), which researched anarchism in Québec between 2006 and 2012.

Facilitated by Rachel Sarrasin. Rachel was a member of CRAC (Collectif de recherche sur l’autonomie collective) from 2009 to its dissolution in 2012. She has been an ally of the anarchist movement since the mobilization against the Summit of the Americas in 2001, with the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC).

(This presentation will be in French with whisper translation into English.)
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Indigenous Land Defense Against Colonialism (Kanahus Manuel) – EN

Sunday, May 24, 1pm-2:45pm
CEDA – Room #125

A frontline view of resisting state control, as well as resisting settler-colonialism, in its many forms. Part of the Anti-Canada Room.

Presented by Kanahus Manuel. Kanahus is a mother and warrior from the Secwpemc Nation in the Shuswap region of “British Columbia”. She has been active in fighting against development projects and corporations such as the Sun Peaks Ski Resort and Imperial Metals. Recently, she has been involved in organizing to raise awareness about the Mount Polley gold-copper mine tailings spill, possibly the worst mining pollution disaster in Canadian history. For her efforts, she has been named as a defendant by Imperial Metals in a court injunction to stop blockades of the mining company’s operations.

(This presentation will be in English, with whisper translation into French.)
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Prisoner Support (former prisoners) – FR

Sunday, May 24, 1pm-2:45pm
CCGV, Room 2.100

Prison sentences sometimes result from state repression and it is important to be able to organize to put into place effective support for these situations. What does support look like, during and after incarceration? By welcoming all initiatives and resources, past and present, we propose a collective reflection that will allow us to push the limits of our means to face this problem.

Organized by a group of former prisoners and others working on prisoner support, hoping to consolidate various resources in this area to compensate for some missing aspects.

(This presentation will be in French with whisper translation into English.)
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May 1st and anarchism in Montreal: A partial history (Carl Robichaud) – FR

Sunday, May 24, 1pm-2:45pm
CCGV, Room 1.110

May 1 is part of the anarchist tradition. Beyond the celebration and commemoration of past struggles, this day is often a starting point for those who struggle for liberation. In Montreal, the May 1st tradition goes back more than a century, giving rise to a multitude of important events. This workshop will share those stories.

Presented by Carl Robichaud, a history student and anarchist. Carl is very interested in urban issues. His political engagements are undertaken by affinity, whether in neighborhood struggles or during the 2012 student strike.

(This presentation will be in French with whisper translation into English.)
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Organizing versus Mobilizing: Making Our Activism Relevant to the People (Network for the Elimination of Police Violence) – EN

Sunday, May 24, 3pm-4:45pm
CEDA – Main Auditorium

The overall goal of this workshop is to foster a stronger awareness and knowledge of the difference between organizing and mobilizing and to envision and discuss what organizing would look like in our communities/regions, if we should commit ourselves to that path. This workshop will be strongly interactive and participatory. We should leave this workshop with a better sense of what must be done to make our activism relevant to the lives of the people.

Facilitated by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, Ellie Adekur Carlson and Ajamu Nangwaya, members of the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence based in Toronto. Kelly is an award-winning writer, student, and social activist. Ellie is a trade union activist, student and organizer. Ajamu is an educator, anarchist, writer and organizer.

(This workshop will be in English, with whisper translation into French.)
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NGOs and neo-colonialism (Andres, Iléana and Robert) – FR

Sunday, May 24, 3pm-4:45pm
CEDA – Room #119

Anarchism is clearly closely linked to opposition to colonialism and imperialism. NGOs are a new form of colonialism. We will provide a comprehensive workshop on humanitarian ideology, the deconstruction of its advertisements, the true interests of non-governmental organizations and their links with the state. We will also explore how the promise of democratization abroad, especially in Colombia, is related to the implantation of capitalism, the exploitation of resources and ultimately the destruction of self-determination of peoples.

Facilitated by Andrea, Iléana and Robert, anthropology students, anti-colonial activists, anarchists, and fucking cool people!

(This presentation will be in French with whisper translation into English.)
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(INTRODUCTION TO ANARCHISM) Everyday Anarchism (Cindy Milstein) – EN

Sunday, May 24, 3pm-4:45pm
CEDA – Room #123

This workshop will briefly sketch out the ethics of anarchism in order to bring them into conversation with contemporary anarchist(ic) experiments in self-determination and self-organization. In particular, gazing through what James C. Scott has recently called “anarchist eyeglasses” to reveal already-existent lived examples, we’ll look at the antiauthoritarian impulse within recent moments of resistance and uprising, but peer far more closely at the everyday anarchism that appears within seemingly commonplace practices.

Presented by Cindy Milstein. Cindy is actively engaged in resisting evictions, including her own home (Station 40, an anarchist collective space; station40.org), and anti-cop organizing in San Francisco’s Mission, is author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (IAS/AK Press) and coauthor with Erik Ruin of Paths toward Utopia (PM Press), and blogs at cbmilstein.wordpress.com.

(This workshop will be in English, with whisper translation into French.)
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Building Resistance to Canada 2017 (Mandy Hiscocks, Dan Sawyer, Jaggi Singh) – FR/EN

Sunday, May 24, 3pm-4:45pm
CEDA – Room #125

Three anti-Canada organizers based in Ottawa/Gatineau, southern Ontario and Montreal, will share the background to anti-Canada 2017 organizing, as well as ideas around building decentralized by coordinated campaigns to undermine the celebration of Canada. The underlining reasons for a concerted and public opposition to Canada will also be discussed. This session will also focus on the beginnings of a potential network for anti-Canada organizing. Part of the Anti-Canada Room.

The Anti-Canada Room at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is organized by three anarchists who despise Canada: Mandy Hiscocks (Guelph), Dan Sawyer (Ottawa) & Jaggi Singh (Montreal, via Toronto), with the support of No One Is Illegal-Montreal and the Anti-Canada Committee in Montreal.

(This discussion will take place in both English and French.)
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Anarchy and Insurrection: The permanent conflict perspective (three anarchists) – FR

Sunday, May 24, 3pm-4:45pm
CCGV – Room 2.100

The purpose of this presentation will be to better define the informal anarchist tendency to put forward the concepts, sensibilities and ruptures that give it its breath. We discuss ideas that seem central to this trend: affinity, informality, freedom, insurrection, projectuality, permanent conflict, society, civilization, the individual, the State. We will try to contextualize these theories in our time and reality here, that’s to say in North America, on stolen and colonized lands. In addition, we present the authors who continue to inspire us.

Presented by three anarchists from Montreal who are part of the insurrectionary/informal tendency of anarchism.

(This presentation will be in French with whisper translation into English.)
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Where the Wild Things Go: Anarchist Knowledge and Practice (Layla AbdelRahim) – EN

Sunday, May 24, 3pm-4:45pm
CCGV – Room 1.100

This workshop examines the role of knowledge and education in civilised economy and the ways in which they sabotage resistance and revolution. We will discuss both the temporary successes and the reasons behind the failure of most revolutions that have consistently been co-opted by a culture of stratification and exploitation within the past millennium in order to build on that experience for a lasting change and a viable planet in which diversity will thrive.

Presented by Layla AbdelRahim. Layla is an anarchist anthropologist, author of two books: “Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education” (Fernwood 2013) and “Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation: Narratives of Civilization and Wilderness” (Routledge 2015).

(This workshop will be presented in English, with whisper translation into French.)

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