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

The content this year includes four (4) introduction to anarchism workshops (2 each in English and French), two (2) Art & Anarchy workshops, an Anti-Racist Struggles Theme Room (May 28 & 29), a Kids, Caregivers & Comrades Theme Room (Saturday, May 28), and an Autonomous Media Room (Sunday, May 29). In total, there will be 28 workshops and presentations!

All workshops will include whisper translation into English (EN) or French (FR).
CCGV = Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2450 rue Workman)
CEDA = Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (2515 rue Delisle)

(Detailed descriptions below the schedule in brief)

SCHEDULE IN BRIEF

SATURDAY, MAY 28

  • 11am (CEDA, Room #119): Art-based education on cultural and ecological diversity: stories of globalization, climate change, colonization, and resource extraction (Beehive Collective) – EN
  • 11am (CEDA, Room #123): Anarchist Writers Meeting (Montreal Anarchist Writers Bloc) – BIL
  • 11am (CEDA, Room #125): Revolutionary Mothering: Co-creating Radical Communities in Times of War (Mai’a Williams) – EN
  • 1pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Anarchism 101: The What and Why (Christine Renaud) – EN
  • 1pm (CEDA, Room #123): Film: A Different Form Of Organization … and a different form of social relationships (Merry Wafwana & Alice Bernard) – BIL
  • 1pm (CEDA, Room #125): Parents and Caregivers Caucus – BIL
  • 1pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Towards an Anarchist Response to Addiction & Recovery (Radical Sobriety Montreal) – BIL
  • 1pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): A Feminist Bookstore in Montreal: Collective Reflections on the Creation of a Community Space (L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe) – FR
  • 1pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): Building a Solidarity City: Migrant justice and the everyday practice of mutual aid and direct action (Solidarity Across Borders) – FR
  • 3pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Getting to the Roots: An Introduction to Anarchist Ideas and Practice (Pascale Brunet) – FR
  • 3pm (CEDA, Room #123): Re-appropriating Indigenous Identity (Clifton Nicholas) – FR
  • 3pm (CEDA, Room #125): Birth Work as Care Work: Birth, Reproduction and Liberation Politics (Alana Apfel) – EN
  • 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Rojava: The Revolution for an Anti-Patriarchal Society (Rojava Solidarity Montreal) – EN
  • 3pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): What could Indymedia be in the Era of Corporate Social Media? (Mallory Knodel & Stéphane Couture) - EN
  • 3pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): Organizing Together Against Capitalism and the State: A discussion for Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour anarchists (CRAM) – FR

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SUNDAY, MAY 29

  • 11am (CEDA, Room #119): Raw Print (Chris Robertson, La Presse du Chat Perdu) – BIL
  • 11am (CEDA, Room #125): Presentation on Infos.Medias news aggregator (Infos.Medias) – FR
  • 1pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) “Demanding the Impossible”: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (Jaggi Singh) – FR
  • 1pm (CEDA, Room #123): The Human Kennel: Fighting for rights inside jail (Jeannette Tossounian) – EN
  • 1pm (CEDA, Room #125): Video workshop with GAPPA squad: Media, activists and security practices (GAPPA) – FR
  • 1pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Radical Mental Health: foundations and being a good ally (Mad Pride Collective) – EN
  • 1pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): Anarchist Nihilism (Aragorn!) – EN
  • 1pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): White feminism and its derivatives (Thérèse Namahoro & Lourdenie Jean) – FR
  • 3pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Anarchy 101 (Dylan) – EN
  • 3pm (CEDA, Room #123): (For Kids) Story and Mural Against Racism (CLAC Popular Education) – FR
  • 3pm (CEDA, Room #125): Indigenous Media Panel Discussion (Lindsay Nixon & Stephen Agluvak Puskas) – EN
  • 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Our rights in dealing with cops (Collective Opposed to Police Brutality) - FR
  • 3pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): State Violence and Black Lives in Canada: A feminist, prison abolition perspective (Robyn Maynard) – EN

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DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS

SATURDAY, MAY 28

 

- 11am (CEDA, Room #119): Art-based education on cultural and ecological diversity: stories of globalization, climate change, colonization, and resource extraction (Beehive Collective) – EN

The Bees have spent over ten years developing an innovative and story-based education strategy that we share through a variety of interactive, image-based presentations and workshops. In our workshops and presentations we use giant, portable murals to deconstruct complex issues of globalization, climate change, colonization, and resource extraction. We strive to provoke discussion, raise hard questions, and share hopeful stories about actions big and small we can take to build a better world.

Facilitated by the Beehive Collective. The Bees have spent over ten years developing an innovative and story-based education strategy that we share through a variety of interactive, image-based presentations and workshops. In our workshops and presentations we use giant, portable murals to deconstruct complex issues of globalization, climate change, colonization, and resource extraction. We strive to provoke discussion, raise hard questions, and share hopeful stories about actions big and small we can take to build a better world.

 

- 11am (CEDA, Room #123): Anarchist Writers Meeting (Montreal Anarchist Writers Bloc) – BIL

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.

 

- 11am (CEDA, Room #125): Revolutionary Mothering: Co-creating Radical Communities in Times of War (Mai’a Williams) – EN

Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ’80s, Revolutionary Mothering places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice, as well as anti-violence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation are the same challenges that many mothers face every day. Oppressed mothers create a generous space for life in the face of life-threatening limits, activate a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present, move beyond individual narratives of choice toward collective solutions, live for more than ourselves, and remain accountable to a future that we cannot always see. This Paper Quilt workshop is an interactive space in which a group of people will quilt together a motherful publication in 2 hours or less! The workshop is a great way to make your insights shareable and is part of our mission to expand the idea of what stories about mothering circulate in our society.

Facilitated by Mai’a Williams, a writer and artist who has worked and lived in resistance communities in Palestine, Congo, Jordan, Egypt, Mexico and Ecuador. Mai’a is the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (PM Press).

 

- 1pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Anarchism 101: The What and Why (Christine Renaud) – EN

This workshop is a basic introduction to Anarchism- what it is and what it’s not – and how anarchist ideas might be put into practice. Even if you have some understanding of anarchism, if there are still be some aspects you’re not sure about and that you’d like to explore, come out for the discussion. After a brief overview of the basics, we’ll focus on answering questions. A recommended reading list will be available, too.

Facilitated by Christine Renaud. Christine is a community organizer who just wrapped up 10 years of outreach work with public libraries. She currently works in outreach in the Violence Against Women sector and is involved in Food Not Bombs in Prince Edward County (Ontario).

 

- 1pm (CEDA, Room #123): Film: A Different Form Of Organization … and a different form of social relationships (Merry Wafwana & Alice Bernard) – BIL

A film about anarchist ideas and practice, based on interviews and reflections films at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair 2015.

Directors: Merry Wafwana and Alice Bernard; Production: 99%Medias and Rytmico Productions; Interventions by: Pol pelletier, Rachel Sarrasin, Chris Dixon, Jaggi Singh, Kanahus Manuel, Simon Slinky Lefebvre (Tintamarre), Vincent (Le Bloc des auteurs anarchistes); Network for the Elimination of Police Violence (Toronto), Norman Nawrocki, Okup des Cégeps du vieux montréal et du Cégep Saint Laurent, Natahsa Kanapé Fontaine & Michael Deetjens, Collectif du geste gauche (FITAM)

 

- 1pm (CEDA, Room #125): Parents and Caregivers Caucus – BIL

This caucus is open to all parents and caregivers who would like to discuss issues of concern, share frustrations, tips, and strategies, as well as network with other parents and caregivers. There will be co-facilitators present, but the content of the discussion will be determined by those who attend.

 

- 1pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Towards an Anarchist Response to Addiction & Recovery (Radical Sobriety Montreal) – BIL

Radical Sobriety Montreal is an affinity organization by-and-for users of drugs and alcohol who feel they have an addiction or an otherwise harmful habit of longterm repetitive use, and are abstinent or attempting to be abstinent (‘recovering addicts’). Founded more than three years ago as an informal group with the dual purposes of directly supporting one another and of discussing and theorizing addiction from a radical left-libertarian perspective, we are now in the process of formalizing our positions, settling on a mandate, and looking into expanding our involvement in our communities. To that end, we want to discuss with other anarchists and radical leftists ways in which we can more thoroughly support and be supported by our communities.

We ask, what does a coherent, practical, community-based anarchist praxis in relation to addiction and recovery look like? What are some ways this praxis can be expanded to include allies? What are some ways Radical Sobriety Montreal could operate in conjunction with radical harm reduction initiatives, mad pride organizations, or institutions like as Pop’s or CACTUS? In an ideal world, what does organizing for radical care look like, and how can we help and be helped? How can we do what the state and market do badly or fail to do at all, and how can we do it better? At this workshop we will discuss ideas related to the above, and ask participants for feedback and input in order to build on our existing experience, network with other organizations, and begin to work towards a model of radical care that helps and supports all people in the ways that they need.

 

- 1pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): A Feminist Bookstore in Montreal: Collective Reflections on the Creation of a Community Space (L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe) – FR

What are your dreams desires, ideas, worries and projects for the next feminist bookstore in Montreal. The Euguélionne Feminist Bookfair is opening its doors in the fall of 2016. This will be a space to discuss the project with communities touched by the project. Come to share your views and ideas.

 

- 1pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): Building a Solidarity City: Migrant justice and the everyday practice of mutual aid and direct action (Solidarity Across Borders) – FR

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.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 (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Getting to the Roots: An Introduction to Anarchist Ideas and Practice (Pascale Brunet) – FR

This presentation and discussion is an interactive and welcoming space to learn more about the basics of anarchist ideas and practice, as reflected in anti-oppression struggles, collective care work, campaigns, organizing and more. In particular, this workshop will focus on “getting to the roots” of domination, exploitation, and oppression. If you’re new or curious about anarchism, and want to learn more, attend this workshop.

Facilitated by Pascale Brunet, a Montreal-based organizer, artist, and member of Politics and Care.

 

- 3pm (CEDA, Room #123): Re-appropriating Indigenous Identity (Clifton Nicholas) – FR

This presentation looks critically at the uses and misuses of Indigenous imagery, from contact to today. Using a slideshow combined with an oral presentation, topics include negative stereotyping of native people, government and media propaganda against natives, the anti-Indigenous lobby, land rights, and the commodification of Indigenous identity. This workshop debunks past and present cultural appropriation of Indigenous culture and people.

Presented by Clifton Nicholas, a member of the Kanehsatake Kanien’kehá:ka Community.

 

- 3pm (CEDA, Room #125): Birth Work as Care Work: Birth, Reproduction and Liberation Politics (Alana Apfel) – EN

Birth Justice is about much more than birth, it is above all an autonomy-building activity directed towards co-creating an alternative society founded in autonomy and self-determination beyond the state. Through sharing first hand stories of birth work from Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities (PM Press, 2016) this workshop seeks to unpack intersections of birth work and the political, demonstrating connections between birth work as activist practice, radical and prefigurative politics, intersectionality and post-capitalism.

Facilitated by Alana Apfel. Alana is a radical doula, future student midwife, writer, apprentice herbalist, community gardener and birth justice organiser. Alana is the author of Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities.

 

- 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Rojava: The Revolution for an Anti-Patriarchal Society (Rojava Solidarity Montreal) – EN

Description: Rojava, the newly autonomous Kurdish region in Syria, became a household name because of the war between the Islamic State and the Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) and YPJ (Women’s Protection Units) forces. At the same time, photos of the all-female YPJ units began appearing all over Western media and the YPJ were praised for their feminism. Though it is true that feminism is at the base of the YPJ, this is not the extent of feminism in Rojava. Feminism and the struggle against patriarchy are at the very core of the new society in Rojava, and it is also revolutionary in the way it deals with instances of violence against women. The Montreal anarchist community also has a lot to learn from Rojava in this regard.

Facilitated by Rojava Solidarity Montreal, a solidarity group with the democratic and feminist resistance, and respectful of the diversity of Rojava.

 

- 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): What could Indymedia be in the Era of Corporate Social Media? (Mallory Knodel & Stéphane Couture) – EN

It’s been seventeen years since Indymedia.org exploded onto the scene and proved that “Another Media is Possible.” With a network of over 100 media centers that circled the planet, these were spaces organized through principles of unity to produce unfiltered radical news and ideas, alongside a thriving global anti-capitalist movement. Fast forward to 2016 and the majority of “indymedia” is filtered through corporate-owned technology. Today, grassroots tech workers are persisting in hacking at the gatekeeping role that this corporate social media have abrogated for themselves. Multiple workarounds and alternatives are currently being produced or released. These resources allow users to benefit from corporate social media types of online relations without facilitating the for-profit exploitation of personal or network data. Despite these innovations, in recent years, a strong Indymedia network has been conspicuously absent.

We are calling for a convergence of hackers, geeks, video ninjas, writers, photo bugs and anyone who at one point or another knew (or want to know) the meaning of the letters IMC. We are doing this to rekindle the spirit of an international movement of autonomous communications making, during a time where independent media and technology is urgently needed.

Presented by Mallory Knodel and Stéphane Couture.

 

- 3pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): Organizing Together Against Capitalism and the State: A discussion for Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour anarchists (CRAM) – FR

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).

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SUNDAY, MAY 29

 

- 11am (CEDA, Room #119): Art + Anarchy: Raw Print (Chris Robertson, La Presse du Chat Perdu) – BIL

A workshop concentrating on printmaking techniques from materials that can be found all around us for free.  The ultimate guide to DIY screen printing and stencil that can be accomplished anywhere at anytime.  Hands on demonstrations and hopefully lots of experimentation.  Fun for the whole family or the cash-strapped anarchist looking to make some street art.

This workshop is hosted by Chris Robertson from La Presse du Chat Perdu.  A local screen printing studio located in Montreal dedicated to creating high quality works on paper.  But for one day, will transform to the rawest process of screen printing imaginable.

 

- 11am (CEDA, Room #125): Presentation on Infos.Medias news aggregator (Infos.Medias) – FR

INFOS.media is a new information portal bringing together various independent media sources in Quebec. In the fight against media corporatization and newspaper mergers, INFOS.media offers a critical look on the news, with the public interest as the ultimate ethical reference. Urban and rural, transcending media (video, radio, writing etc.) INFOS.media offers a diversity of viewpoints and a promise for critical thinking.

 

- 1pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) “Demanding the Impossible”: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (Jaggi Singh) – FR

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 Justice for the Victims of Police Killings, Solidarity Across Borders and Contempt of Court,, as well as a member of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair collective and Anti-Racist Resistance Montreal (ARM).

 

- 1pm (CEDA, Room #123): The Human Kennel: Fighting for rights inside jail (Jeannette Tossounian) – EN

Incarceration could happen to anyone no matter how well you comply with the law. Circumstances happen and the next thing you are locked in an institution that it set out to break your will. Speaking from her own experience, Jeannette Tossounian found herself in jail and was forced to fight for her basic human rights which were constantly violated. The jail considered her a threat to incite riots and often threw her in solitary confinement.

Presented by Jeannette Tossounian, an artist who spent two years incarcerated in maximum security and is currently appealing her wrongful conviction.

 

- 1pm (CEDA, Room #125): Video workshop with GAPPA squad: Media, activists and security practices (GAPPA) – FR

What constitutes activist media? How can we conceptualize both its autonomy and role as an ally? How can we develop a better security culture amongst activists? GAPPA invites you to come reflect on these questions with us, using our video activism productions as a starting point.

 

- 1pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Radical Mental Health: foundations and being a good ally (Mad Pride Collective) – EN

What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world? How can we work toward personal and community mental health in ways that promote social justice? How can we be good allies and create supportive communities? The participatory workshop explores these questions and proposes non-pathologizing language and practice, as well as ways of promoting self-determination in madness and wellness. An overview of alternative resources is also given.

Presented by members of the Mad Pride Collective, a collective by and for people who identify as mad, sad, crazy, hyper-emotional, psychiatric survivor/consumer, neuroatypical, and/or questioning.

 

- 1pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): Anarchist Nihilism (Aragorn!) – EN
There is a version of anarchism that defines it as the most hopeful of perspectives. It is a political summation of a fierce faith in the capacity of humans to be free. Nihilism, on the other hand, is often described as an expression of hopelessness, political and existential. Anarchist nihilism attempts to exceed both positions by moving past the falseness in the hope/not hope binary and asking questions that range from the deeply personal (identity) to the most /realpolitik/. Rather than a strict political, metaphysical, or individuated perspectve the anarchist nihilism we will discuss will be one of practice. How does one “do” an extreme critical position?

Presented by Aragorn! Aragorn! is a publisher (Little Black Cart) and avid motorcycler (how he arrived in Montreal).

 

- 1pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): White feminism and its derivatives (Thérèse Namahoro & Lourdenie Jean) – FR
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.

 

- 3pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Anarchy 101 (Dylan) – EN

Confused by what the word anarchism means? Interested in discussing radical ideas that have inspired and shaped uprisings and struggles for liberation across the world? This introductory workshop will focus less on the historical roots of anarchism and more on the daily relevance of the anarchist ideas. To be discussed are the anarchist desires of anti-authoritarianism, self-representation and revolution that shape the practices of mutual aid, solidarity, direct action, community and self-liberation with the ultimate goals of autonomy and sovereignty. If these words are confusing don’t be intimidated! Everything will be explained as simply as possible rooted in our current Montreal context.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dylan, a genderqueer anarchist who’s been in Montreal for the past eight years.

 

- 3pm (CEDA, Room #123): (For Kids) Story and Mural Against Racism (CLAC Popular Education) – FR

An interactive workshop for kids, where a mural against deportations will be created. The workshop will begin with a story reading followed by discussion.

Organized by the CLAC Popular Education Committee

 

- 3pm (CEDA, Room #125): Indigenous Media Panel Discussion (Lindsay Nixon & Stephen Agluvak Puskas) – EN

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- 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Our rights in dealing with cops (Collective Opposed to Police Brutality) – FR

A 101 workshop on knowing your rights and maintaining your power in the face of the cops.

Facilitated by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality.

 

- 3pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): State Violence and Black Lives in Canada: A feminist, prison abolition perspective (Robyn Maynard) – EN

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.

Facilitated by Robyn Maynard, 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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