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Workshops & Presentations 2018

Workshops & Presentations at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 26 & 27)
SCHEDULE IN BRIEF

(full descriptions are included below)

All workshops and presentations will include whisper translation into English or French, depending on which language(s) the presenters use to communicate; some workshops and presentations will include whisper translation into Spanish.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

three events are starting later than their positions in the time slots would indicate (like, between 15 minutes and 60 minutes later); these are marked with a ‡ and one can see the real starting time by looking up the detailed description.

EN = English, FR = French, ES = Spanish
‡ = indication that the event isn’t perfectly synchronized with the time slotting, go see the detailed description (Ctrl+F)

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

Saturday, May 26
TIME SLOT 1: 11:00-12:45

- Vivre en commun pour remettre en question les bases du capitalisme (Arielle and Vincent) – CÉDA, room #119 (FR)
- ABIPoC and the Rise of the Fascist Right in Turtle Island, pt. 1 (Andrea) – CÉDA, room #125 (EN)
- Anti-State Politics on the Far Right (Matthew) – CÉDA, room #211 (EN)
- Les patrons ont toujours tort! (CLAC Montréal) – CÉDA, room #300 (FR) ‡
- How and why the G7 is destroying the planet and its inhabitants! (Anti-G7 Resistance Network) – CCGV, room #1.100 (FR)
- Rest to Resist: Meditation for QTIBIPoc and allies (Dexter X) – CCGV, room #2.100 (EN/FR)
- Short Videos by the PASC (Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie) – CCGV, room #2.140 (FR/ES)

Saturday, May 26
TIME SLOT 2: 13:00-14:45

- Making Our Relationships More Free: An Introduction to Anarchism (Boskote) – CÉDA, room #119 (EN)
- APOCs and the Rise of the Fascist Right in Turtle Island, pt. 2 (Andrea) – CÉDA, room #125 (EN)
- For the Recognition of Student Work: Towards an Unlimited General Strike in Winter 2019 (Unitary Committees on Student Work) – CÉDA, room #211 (EN/FR)
- Thirty Years of Community Radio (CKUT 90.3 FM) – CÉDA, room #300 (EN) ‡
- Capitalism and Anti-Capitalism: From Anti-Colonialism to Anti-Globalization (Jaggi) – CCGV, room #1.100 (FR)
- Settler Colonialism in Israel, Canada, and the United States (Nani) – CCGV, room #2.100 (EN)
- History of the Far Right and Anti-Fascist Resistance in Montreal (an antifa from Montreal) – CCGV, room #2.140 (FR)
- Women, Trans* & Femme Self-Defence (Shaiden) – outside / parc Vinet (EN)

Saturday, May 26
TIME SLOT 3: 15:00-16:45

- Fight or Flight: Anarchist [Dis]Engagement with the Left? (Cole, Ashleigh, Bryan, and Alex) – CÉDA, room #119 (EN)
- What is Anarchism in 2018? (Ni Québec Ni Canada) – CÉDA, room #125 (FR)
- Fascism and the Extreme Right in Québec Today: Theoretical and Practical Contributions to Struggle (Michel) – CÉDA, room #211 (FR)
- Revolution in Rojava, Anarchism in the Middle East (Solidarité Rojava Montréal) – CCGV, room #1.100 (FR)
- Mindfulness and Anarchy (Parneet) – CCGV, room #2.100 (EN)
- Mini Medic Training for the Anti-G7 Demos (Nicole) – CCGV, room #2.140 (FR)

Sunday, May 27
TIME SLOT 4: 11:00-12:45

- Anti-Capitalist by Definition: Mapuche Indigenous Sovereignty Against Capitalist Encroachment and Co-Optation (Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu) – CÉDA, room #211 (EN/ES)
- Ni Dieu? Anarchist reflections on the place of faith and religion in our movements (Fred, Mubeenah, and Pierre-Philippe) – CÉDA, room #125 (EN/FR)
- Anti-Fascist Games (Game Curious Montréal) – CÉDA, room #211 (EN)

Sunday, May 27
TIME SLOT 5: 13:00-14:45

- Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (Cindy) – CÉDA, room #119 (EN)
- Demanding the Impossible: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (Jaggi) – CÉDA, room #125 (FR)
- Authentic Relating Games: Anarchy Edition (Parneet) – CÉDA, room #211 (EN)
- Autonomy, Cannabis, & Indigenous Sovereignty (Clifton) – CCGV, room #2.140 (EN) ‡
- Reconnecting with Plants in a Land of Dispossession (Heather) – outside / parc Vinet (EN)

Sunday, May 27
TIME SLOT 6: 15:00-16:45

- Injecting Drugs These Days (Jes and Yannick) – CÉDA, room #119 (EN/FR)
- You shall be as gods: torah and anarchy (reb velvel) – CÉDA, room #125 (EN)
- Let’s Play WINTERHORN! (Game Curious Montréal) – CÉDA, room #211 (EN)
- Understanding Our Colonial History to Fight It Better (Ni Québec Ni Canada) – CCGV, room #2.140 (FR) ‡

DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS

Anti-Capitalist by Definition: Mapuche Indigenous Sovereignty Against Capitalist Encroachment and Co-Optation (EN/ES)

Sunday, May 27, 11:00 to 12:45

CÉDA, room #211

How is anti-capitalism intrinsic to indigenous struggle? How have some indigenous movements been co-opted to conform to ENGO standards and capitalist logic? We explore these questions in recounting the experience of the Mapuche indigenous sovereignty movement, through the lens of Coordinadora Arauco Malleco (CAM) spokesperson Hector Llaitul and other organizations in struggle for territorial control against state/corporate interests in Wallmapu. Connections between the Mapuche movement and other indigenous struggles in Abya Yala and Turtle Island will also be explored. Two short films from Wallmapu will be presented along with discussion.

The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu is an indigenous Mapuche anti-capitalist grassroots organization based in Toronto, Turtle Island.

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Anti-Fascist Games (EN)

Sunday, May 27, 11:00 to 12:45

CÉDA, room #211

Ever thought of using games for radical political ends? During this workshop we’ll introduce you to a selection of games related to different social justice struggles, including games made during the International Anti-Fascist Game Jam, hosted by Game Curious Montreal and various other groups in March. We’ll also talk about using games as a means of political expression, and as a way to bridge different communities and struggles.

Game Curious Montréal is a collective that organizes welcoming events connecting games with social justice struggles.

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Anti-State Politics on the Far Right (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 to 12:45

CÉDA, room #211

In recent decades, some far rightists have combined anarchist language and symbols with white supremacist or other anti-egalitarian philosophies, under labels such as National-Anarchism, anarcho-pluralism, and Autonomous Nationalism. Focusing on developments in the United States and Europe, this workshop will explore these groups’ ideologies, political roots, attempts to recruit or ally with left-wing anarchists, and relationship with broader trends within the far right.

Matthew N. Lyons maintains the radical antifascist blog Three Way Fight and is author of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire (Kersplebedeb Publishing and PM Press, April 2018).

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APOCs and the Rise of the Fascist right on Turtle Island (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 to 14:45

CÉDA, room #125

From Charlottesville to the Québec City to the Plateau, the far right and fascist are becoming more visible than in previous years. This will be a three-part workshop about the rise of the far right and fascist in Québec, Canada and the US. The first part of the workshop will be an overview of the current situation, the second-part will be an open discussion about our emotional and physical responses, and the third part will be a facilitated space to start organizing, sharing projects or meeting other people who shared similar goals. This is a space for indigenous, black and people of colour ONLY.

Andrea is a Latina interested in having conversations with other APOCs about feelings, care, and anarchy.

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Authentic Relating Games: Anarchy Edition (EN)

Sunday, May 27, 13:00 to 14:45

CÉDA, room #211

Anarchy often gets seen on a systemic level, between macro-level structures and institutions. But what does anarchy look like inter- and intra-personally? Between two human beings? What would it like to relate to one another with anarchy practices and values in mind? This 2-hour workshop offers a unique opportunity to practice vulnerability, honesty, and curiosity through relational games. Come explore new ways of interacting and being with other anarchists. Authentic Relating Games provide the opportunity to lean in to your edge in a social context and a safe environment. The goal is to dissolve old patterns of behaviour that don’t serve us, to connect more authentically and relate from a place of self-governance and self-observation. This is a great place for anarchists who are feeling burnt out who are seeking some relational nourishment. Come refuel your curiosity, validation and recognition tanks. For more information about AR games: https://www.meetup.com/Authentic-Montreal/

Parneet Chohan is a counselling therapist inspired to decolonize the mind, heal the body and reclaim the heart.

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Autonomy, Cannabis, and Indigenous Sovereignty (EN)

Sunday, May 27, 13:30 to 15:00 ‡

CCGV, room #2.140

Marijuana prohibition and the War on Drugs have always been a war against the lower classes and against marginalized peoples. Now, our benevolent Liberal masters have opted to generously grace us with the privilege of using the cannabis plant, provided that their corporate bedfellows (including arch-pigs like Bill Blair!) can make bank. This workshop will cover the topic of legalization, a.k.a. Prohibition v2.0, with a special focus on the Indigenous Cannabis Movement and anarchist resistance to the planned corporate takeover of an industry that has long provided livelihoods to rebels and anti-authoritarians.

Clifton Nicholas is a Mohawk Warrior from Kanehsatà:ke.

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Capitalism and Anti-Capitalism: From Anti-Colonialism to Anti-Globalization (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 13:00 to 14:45

CCGV, room #1.100

This presentation and discussion will look at the recent generation of resistance movements in North America to neoliberal capitalism during the period from 1994 to 2017, exploring the strategies used to articulate clear anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist opposition to structural exploitations and oppressions, including mobilizations against G7/G8 summits. It will look critically at the past two decades of resistance and address movement debates ranging from the role of NGOs and political parties, to state and police repression; from rooting resistance in community organizing, to building solidarity through a respect for a diversity of tactics; and about how to effectively prefigure radical alternatives and practice direct democracy. The workshop will emphasize the emergence of clear discourses of opposition that reference capitalism and anti-capitalism, colonialism and decolonization, global apartheid, as well as horizontal organizing and direct action.

Presented by Jaggi Singh of Solidarity Across Borders. Jaggi is from working class immigrant Toronto. He was a co-initiator of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) in 2000 (CLAC 2000-2005 & CLAC 2010), and a co-founder of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (2000-2017).

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Understanding Our Colonial History to Face It Better (FR)

Sunday, May 27, 15:15 to 16:45 ‡

CCGV, room #2.140

We will discuss the colonial history of Canada and Québec in the context of Western colonization and how so many settlers attack the foundations of active solidarity with indigenous peoples. We will equally discuss the projects and struggles underway that aim for the protect of territory and the support of indigenous sovereignty struggles.

Ni Québec Ni Canada is the anti-colonial project facilitating this workshop, which will eventually host the participation of many comrades involved in anti-colonial struggles.

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Demanding the Impossible: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 13:00 to 14:45

CÉDA, room #125

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 of Solidarity Across Borders. Jaggi is from working class immigrant Toronto. He was a co-initiator of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) in 2000 (CLAC 2000-2005 & CLAC 2010), and a co-founder of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (2000-2017).

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Fascism and the Far Right in Québec Today: Theoretical and Practical Contributions to Struggle (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 15:00 to 16:45

CÉDA, room #119

Starting with a rapid historical overview of the birth of fascism and its evolution, we will survey a variety of theoretical models of fascism, ur-fascism, post-fascism, and the far right to try to develop a sense of the actual components, particularly with regard to the notion of populism. We will then provide some theoretical tools and practices for struggling against their obfuscatory speech and their linguistic manipulation.

Michel Sancho is a graduate in sociology, an anarchist and anti-fascist activist, who is particularly interested in themes linked to violence, identity formation, and the imagination.

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Fight or Flight: Anarchist [Dis]Engagement with the Left? (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 15:00 to 16:45

CÉDA, room #119

Tenure within “the left” is a frustrating and often embarrassing experience characterized by years of fruitless misadventures until the day a good leftist begins considering abandoning “the left” entirely. We will draw on our experiences as “leftists” in order to put forward an analysis of where these frustrations originate and draw on our organizing experiences in Parkdale, Toronto, in order to put forward a solution that avoids both careerist self-advancement and nihilist self-interest.

Cole, Ashleigh, and Bryan are anarchists based out of Toronto. Alex is an anarchist based out of Hamilton.

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For the Recognition of Student Work: Towards an Unlimited General Strike in Winter 2019 (EN/FR)

Saturday, May 26, 13:00 to 14:45

CÉDA, room #211

Since summer 2016, activists with the Unitary Committees on Student Work (CUTEs) have organized in cégeps and universities for the recognition of school studies as work, notably by wages for internships. The CUTEs are making a call for an unlimited general strike of classes and internships in winter 2019. In this workshop we hope to discuss the plan of action, the demands, and the primary challenges of this strike.

Presented by Mathilde Laforge, Camille Marcoux-Berthiaume and Sandrine Belley of CUTE-UQÀM. The CUTEs offer a form of organizing based on the formation of committees independent of the student associations and provincial regroupments, and on their decentralized coordination. The CUTEs demand the recognition of studies as work.

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History of the Far Right and Anti-Fascist Resistance in Montreal (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 13:00 to 14:45

CCGV, room #2.140

This workshop will begin with a timeline of anti-fascist resistance to the far-right in Québec, followed by an introduction to active far-right groups, and a discussion on how to combat them.

Presented by an anti-fascist from Montreal.

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How and why the G7 is destroying the planet and its inhabitants! (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 to 12:45

CCGV, room #1.100

This workshop aims to explore the different reasons it’s necessary to massively oppose summits like the G7, as well as the devastating policies applied by the G7′s imperialist member countries. We offer a critical look at the primary themes to be addressed during the upcoming summit (June 7 to 9 in La Malbaie), while providing different paths of action and resistance.

Presented by the Anti-G7 Resistance Network.

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Injecting Drugs These Days (EN/FR)

Sunday, May 27, 15:00 to 16:45

CÉDA, room #125

This will be an open session, flexible to the immediate interests and concerns of participants. Possible topics of discussion include : Naloxone training; Fentanyl testing; demo of materials used to reduce risk; survey of injection services, drug users’ advocacy orgs, other relevant services available in Montreal; and anonymous sharps disposal. The space will be considered ‘confidential’.

Jes and Yannick are intervenants at CACTUS Montreal’s Site-Fixe/Supervised Injection Site (SIS). As anarchists working front line we recognize the need to share all skills, materials, resources, and practices available in an effort to prevent overdose deaths amongst people who inject drugs.

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Let’s Play WINTERHORN! (EN)

Sunday, May 27, 15:00 to 16:45

CÉDA, room #211

Together we will be playing a session of Winterhorn, a live action role-playing game about how governments degrade and destroy activist groups. By playing the game, you’ll learn about the techniques used in the real world in pursuit of these goals. After the game, Game Curious Montréal will be facilitating a group discussion, where we’ll reflect on our own activism and talk about ways to guard against state repression and infiltration.

Game Curious Montréal is a collective that organizes welcoming events connecting games with social justice struggles.

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Making Our Relationships More Free: An Introduction to Anarchism (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 13:00 to 14:45

CÉDA, room #119

Anarchists are for freedom and against domination, but what do we mean by these terms, and how do they relate to power? This will be an introduction to anarchism that focuses on the importance of our relationships to each other and the rest of life on this planet, and how we are fighting for more freedom in these relationships.

Boskote is an anti-colonial settler living on Tioh’tià:ke.

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Mindfulness and Anarchy (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 15:00 to 16:45

CCGV, room #2.100

This 90-minute workshop will provide participants an opportunity to practice anarchy in the body by utilizing the felt sense, through sensations and mindful observation. Come learn and experience the highly important connection between mindfulness practice and anarchy.

Parneet Chohan is a counselling therapist interested in decolonizing the mind, healing the body, and reclaiming the heart.

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Mini Medic Training for the Anti-G7 Demos (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 15:00 to 16:45

CCGV, room #2.140

Mini training open to all interested, but geared particularly toward activists who plan to participate in the anti-G7 demonstrations. Participants will receive information and tools regarding confirmed weapons (particularly chemical weapons) and probable scenarios to be encountered during these demos. Each participant will also receive a mini-kit containing essential medic supplies.

Nicole LaRouge is a radical leftist militant and has been a street medic since 2016. She is also certified in standard and emergency first aid as well as level-C CPR-AED.

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Ni Dieu? Anarchist reflections on the place of faith and religion in our movements (EN/FR)

Sunday, May 27, 11:00 to 12:45

CÉDA, room #125

This workshop will take the form of a facilitated discussion between anarchists who are also religious believers, exploring in depth the experience of anti-authoritarian people of faith and putting into question the often exclusionary practices of anarchist atheism in a context of Islamophobia, antisemitism, and widespread racism. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

Mubeenah Mughal is a single mother of three boys. She has been involved for many years in a variety of feminist and social justice groups, and was particularly active in the now-defunct Montreal Rad School. Fred Burrill is an agnostic anarchist with religious roots. Pierre-Philippe Monette is a practicing Christian and anarchist from Montreal.

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Les patrons ont toujours tort! (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 12:00 to 13:45 ‡

CÉDA, room #300

Eight hours of sleep, eight hours of work, and eight hours of leisure. Over the course of more than forty years, we have probably spent more than forty hours each weak performing a succession of insignificant tasks that don’t require any particular training, all to increase our “efficiency” at work. Have workers’ struggles, despite their gains, actually slowed down capitalist growth? Can we, at once, improve our working conditions, reduce the speed at which bosses grow ever richer at our expense, and tend towards a more egalitarian society? In the last decades, many currents of libertarian thought and social movements have developed, in theory and practice, a radical critique of work, where the fundamental problem is the centrality of “productive” and salaried work in human activity, to the detriment of other spheres of existence.

This short film was realized by the agitprop committee of CLAC – Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes, Montreal.

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Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (EN)

Sunday, May 27, 13:00 to 14:45

CÉDA, room #119

In this workshop, Cindy Milstein will first offer reflections on the relation between structural losses, mourning, and resistance through an anarchist lens. She’ll provide a frame based on her edited anthology Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (AK Press, fall 2017), which, as Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch, puts it, “uncovers the destruction of life that capitalist development leaves in its trail. But it is also witness to the power of grief as a catalyst to collective resistance.” From there, Cindy will hold and facilitate space for stories of structural loss and collective mourning that are at once personal and political.

Cindy Milstein is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations, co-author of Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism, and editor of the anthology Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism, and has long engaged in anarchistic organizing, social movements, and collective spaces. Cindy is also honored to do death doula and care/grief work.

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Reconnecting with Plants in a Land of Dispossession (EN)

Sunday, May 27, 13:00 to 14:45

CÉDA, room #119

This workshop is an invitation to use our senses and intuition to reconnect with plants to reclaim our power to radically care for ourselves, our communities, and our world. Through theory, experiential practices, and sharing, we will practice using and trusting our bodies and intuition around how to use plants as medicine. Challenging romantic notions of Nature, this workshop will explore what it means to connect to the land with our complex identities and histories.

Heather is an settler of British descent who has been actively exploring for over a decade what forms right relationship to the land and its original stewards might take through community-based herbalism and gardening as well as indigenous solidarity work.

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Rest to Resist: Meditation for QTIBIPoc and allies (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 to 12:45

CCGV, room #2.100

Rest to Resist offers body-centred mindfulness instruction & meditation exercises informed by Dexter X’s self-directed studies of the Pali language, the secular life & activism of the historical Buddha, and the interrelations of personal psychology, family dynamics, geopolitical forces, social movements and ecology. With an eclectic personal practice that includes Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism, Rinzai Zen, Vipassana, and Western psychotherapy, Dexter teaches meditation and mindfulness through the lenses of living at the intersections of oppression.

Dexter X is a Tioh’tià:ke (Montreal)-based meditation teacher & artist with a long history of civil disobedience and direct action activism for environmental justice and human rights.

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Revolution in Rojava, Anarchism in the Middle East (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 15:00 to 16:45

CCGV, room #1.100

Since 2012 a revolution has been taking place and developing in the north of Syria. How in this context it has developed and persists against so many enemies and in such an unlikely situation. What is its impact on the societal level, and what are the ideas proposed and put into practice on the ground. During this workshop, at least one person who went there will broach the subject of this revolution from these perspectives and respond to questions.

Solidarité Rojava Montréal is a popular education and pressure group in solidarity with the revolution in Rojava. Çiya is a member who joined the YPG in 2016 and is involved here to support Rojava.

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Settler Colonialism in Israel, Canada, and the United States (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 13:00 to 14:45

CCGV, room #2.100

In 2013, author-activist Nani Ferreira-Mathews traveled on the popular free ten-day “birthright” trip to Israel funded by Taglit-Birthright. During this trip, she witnessed first hand racism, sexism, and colonialism in occupied Palestine. In the years following her return, she began to explore the depths of settler colonialism in the United States, Canada, and even further into Israel. Her recently released book Birthright? Travelogue of an American Radical in Israel/Palestine is a day-to-day account that exposes themes of militarism, sexism, and racism in the “birthright” trip. During this workshop, Ferreira-Mathews will share parts of her experience on the “birthright” trip and excerpts from her book. Afterwards, she will lead a discussion with attendees on their experiences with settler colonialism and explore their solutions and activism fighting against institutional inequality. Attendees are encouraged to share and discuss ways in which anarchism has guided their organizing and ideology while living in settler-colonial nation-states.

Nani Ferreira-Mathews is a freelance journalist, independent musician, and activist currently living in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2011, she was an organizer during the most radical days of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. As an independent scholar, she has an interest in communal decision-making practices and communication styles. She has studied squats, communes, and intentional communities in North America, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

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Short Videos by the PASC (FR/ES)

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 to 12:45

CCGV, room #2.140

It will be comprised of short videos on themes of territory, threats to territory, the specific impacts with relation to gender, and the resistance put forward to confront the exploitation of territories. These videos are jointly conceptualized and directed by people and groups expressing a desire to deliver testimony.

Since 2003, the PASC has provided support alongside Colombian communities and organizations, and diffused information on Colombian social movements all the whole denouncing the Canadian interests that are implicated in the conflict, social and armed, taking place in Colombia. International support represents for the PASC a means of transferring our Canadian privileges to movements and communities in resistance.

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Thirty Years of Community Radio (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 14:00 to 16:00 ‡

CÉDA, room #300

CKUT will be broadcasting live from the Montréal Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday, May 26, from 14:00 to 16:00. In honour of CKUT’s thirtieth anniversary, we will be looking at the evolution of our news department. On the panel will be past coordinators of the department who will be discussing the approach and objectives of the department in the time that they participated. The discussion will be about thirty years of community activism, how we used radio as a way of engaging communities and facilitating social change. We will be looking at the numerous issues the department has covered over the years and reflecting on the struggles and successes of community radio activism. Join us at the bookfair, tune in, or catch it on the archives.

CKUT is a non-profit, campus-community radio station based at McGill University. CKUT provides alternative music, news and spoken word programming to the city of Montreal and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Vivre en commun pour remettre en question les bases du capitalisme (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 to 12:45

CÉDA, room #119

Living in community a choice, in order to: once again, put into the question the foundations of capitalism; experiment with more egalitarian practices; and mobilize our strengths to fight. Our shared-income community in the Gaspé region has existed for 2 and a half years. We are presenting to you our démarche, some resilts, and the issues and challenges that the project brings up. This workshop is an occasion to learn more about this project, and it will privilege discussion and exchange.

This workshop will be led by Arielle and Vincent. Both members of the Manoir community since its beginnings. She is studying sociology and carpentry; he codes software and struggles for the “free”.

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What is Anarchism in 2018? (FR)

Saturday, May 26, 15:00 to 16:45

CÉDA, room #125

This workshop aims to be an introduction to the basic of what anarchism is as a discourse and as a practice. What are the major principles of anarchism? What are the anarchist movement’s practices? This workshop addresses itself to anyone interested in knowing more and introducing themselves.

Ni Québec Ni Canada is the anti-colonial project facilitating this workshop, which will eventually host the participation of many comrades involved in anti-colonial struggles.

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Women, Trans* & Femme Self-Defence (EN)

Saturday, May 26, 13:00 to 14:45

outside, parc Vinet

Effective self-defence requires preparation of the mind. In this workshop, participants will build their political analysis of how violence is organized against women, trans* & femme bodies, and will learn new techniques to physically defend themselves. These techniques are designed to be effective against attackers who are physically larger and stronger, as well as those who have more combat training. The top goal is for participants to leave feeling powerful. This workshop is open only to women, trans*, and/or femme folks.

Shaiden is a white settler queer, self-defence instructor and empowerment-based facilitator who does violence prevention in the community and in schools.

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You shall be as gods: torah and anarchy (EN)

Sunday, May 27, 15:00 to 16:45

CÉDA, room #125

Generations of jewish radicals have been inspired by the hebrew bible (the torah) and its tradition, even if they were not religious themselves. This workshop will examine questions of work, freedom, autonomy, and the ‘world-to-come’ from a radical (in the sense of ‘getting to the root’) interpretation of the biblical tradition. We’ll take a look at torah-based concepts that may be relevant and inspiring for anarchist and anti-authoritarians today. Open to all!

reb velvel is a jewish anarchist based in montreal.