This Saturday, July 19th, The Missing Justice collective and The Centre for Gender Advocacy hosted an event to celebrate the completion of a new public mural on Saint Laurent on the wall of the anarchist bookstore L’insoumise. The mural denounces the injustice against indigenous women and honours the lives of all the indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered. The evening was full of prayer, music, speeches and a beautiful hoop dance. CKUT’s Jehane Yazami and Alice Dutrut were there.
For the third time in less than 10 days, hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets on July 19 to demand an end to Israel’s war crimes and violations of international law. Ten years after the International Court of Justice ruled Israel’s Apartheid Wall illegal, the wall continues to divide Palestinian families, expropriate Palestinian land, and serve as a visual reminder of the system of Apartheid that Israel has instilled both within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and within Israel proper.
Protesters in the hundreds marched through the Jean Talon district demanding an end to Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza that has killed over 435 Palestinians, one third of whom were women and children, since Israel launched an offensive operation entitled “Operation Protective Edge” on July 8.
Protesters stopped in front of the G4S Montreal Office calling for its boycott and divestment. G4S is a British-Danish security company that supplies services and equipment to Israeli prisons where Palestinians are held without charge or trial in Administrative Detention and where torture against Palestinian political prisoners has been proven to be rampant. It also supplies the full-body scanning equipment to the more than 500 checkpoints that operate along the Wall that impede Palestinian freedom of movement. Protesters called on the Quebec Government, which holds shares in the company, to divest from it just as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation did last month.
From Monday,July 7 to Thursday, July 10 the justice committee heard testimony from actors in the sex work industry to hear commentary on the proposed Bill c36, named the ‘Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act’, which would criminalize the purchase of sexual services, replacing the previous law which was struck down by the supreme court last december in the bedford case.
Robyn Maynard, of Stella, a community group located in montreal created and run by sex workers to support sex workers, gave testimony at the hearings on Tuesday, July 8.
Chris Atchison is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria, and is working on ‘sex, safety, and security: a study of the experiences of people who pay for sex in canada’, and gave testimony at the hearings.
On Friday, July 11 the Supreme Court refused to recognize the role that the federal government had in protecting Grassy Narrows’ Treaty 3 from provincial and corporate actions–in this case, logging in Ontario. CKUT’s Tiffany Lam spoke with Grassy Narrows’ Chief Roger Fobister to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court decision and the government’s role in working with indigenous communities.
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Thursday morning members of the 6 Nations community and their allies interrupted work at a Line 9 construction site to protest the building of the environmentally detrimental pipeline. After a standoff, the Enbridge workers were forced to back down and removed their equipment. Aaron and Adina spoke with 6 Nations activist Danielle Boisson about the action.
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In the lead-up to the World Cup final, a group of soccer aficionados gathered to play a very different kind of game. Over the years, and most recently in its incarnation in Brazil, the FIFA World Cup has been accused of everything from neo–colonialism to racism, including by FIFA’s own anti-racism task force. In the wake of World Cup preparations in Rio de Janeiro and the way the games had played out thus far, some critics have claimed that the game of soccer itself has fundamental issues.
Activists from the Immigrant Workers Centre co-organized an anti-racist soccer tournament in the Montréal neighborhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The idea was to show that a different way of playing soccer – not FIFA’s, and not the World Cup’s – was possible. Participants ranged from die-hard activists to die-hard soccer aficionados, and everywhere in-between. CKUT’s Carla Green was there.
The Palestinian death toll continues to rise ever since Israel launched its “Operation Protective Edge” against the Gaza Strip on Tuesday July 8th. At least 274 Gazans have been killed to date. In response, a massive mobilization campaign is taking place worldwide to protest against Israel’s aggression against Gazan civilians. Hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets last Friday July 11th. They marched again this week on Wednesday July 16th. As protesters held the longest Palestinian flag in the world, they demanded an end to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and the Canadian Government’s complicity with Israeli war crimes, calling for citizens to boycott, divest, and sanction Israeli Apartheid.