Justin Trudeau’s Montreal office (529 rue Jarry Est) was the venue for a demonstration under the banner of Solidarity Across Boarders.
“Ouvrez les frontières!” chanted attendees as a marching band played and people danced. Hot chocolate was served for all on the chilly Sunday afternoon of December 13th.
Amidst the fanfare, the demonstration was a serious call to the nascent Liberal government and their current stance on immigration and non-status workers living in Canada.
In light of Canada’s current acceptance of Syrian refugees, Solidarity Across Boarders is urging the government to take their immigration policies a step further. This includes the regularization of current non-status people who are working without documentation, further relaxation of immigration laws, and a halt to the arrest and detaining of already vulnerable individuals.
The rally was also held to denounce racism, in particular islamophobia that has contributed further resistance to immigration.
After a public address was made (some of which can be heard above), the rally marched over to rue Saint-Denis and down to Jean-Talon.
Among the speakers were representatives in support of non-status women living in Canada, and Mexicans united for regularisation.
We discuss the impacts of the sex work criminalization law Bill C-36, paradoxically titled “The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act,” but also we discuss some of the ways that institutions and individuals can better support sex workers who have been victims of violence and oppression.
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Featured on The McGill Daily’s Unfit to Print: A demonstration took place on November 30th 2015 to protest the “austerity measures and savage capitalism” taking place in Montreal. Starting at 8 pm, hundreds of protesters congregated at Phillips Square and marched eastward on the streets.
On Saturday December 5th masters and bachelors students from four different departments at Concordia University participating in the Right To The City course showcased their final projects and performances at Share the Warmth/Partageons l’espoir in Point St. Charles. Share The Warmth is a citizen-led resource founded on the principles of social economy, education as a right, food justice, and community self-determination. The RTTC course project is founded on the concept of spatial justice and accessibility, addressing industrialization and gentrification both within working class neighbourhoods and within the ever-changing urban landscape.
Off The Hour discusses with organizers and students about the significance of using arts-based methodologies, insights, and play to create shared intentionality for social change. We also consider the movement away from the charity model and towards a social economy model in community support organizations.
Chris Hedges is an American journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author. His latest book, Wage of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, investigates the driving social and psychological factors behind revolution, rebellion and resistance. He is speaking on such topics in Montreal on Wednesday December 9, at the event titled Algebra of Revolution.
CKUT had the chance to speak with Hedges before the event. The interview offers insight into current revolutionary action happening in activist communities, complexities of democracy, and the American corporate empire.
This interview was hosted and produced by Celia Robinovitch
On November 19th the group Concordia Against Austerity invited members of the Concordia community who participated in pinnacle moments for political and social justice initiatives, which helped shape activism on campus and the world at large, to share their stories.
Concordia is a breeding ground for activism. From the computer riots, to the G20 organizing, to the Printemps érable mobilizations, activism has always been a big part of the Concordia community.
First speaker, Rodney John, who was active during the 1960s computer riots at Concordia (audio at 0.05). Second speaker, Laith Marouf, who is half-Palestinian, half-Syrian and was involved in shutting down a scheduled speech by Israeli PM Netanyahu at Concordia University in Montreal 2002 (audio at 15.43). Third speaker, Alex Matak, an activist who was deeply involved in the 2011-2012 student strike (audio at 40.12). Fourth speaker, Yves Engler, “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch) (audio at 57.24). Fifth speaker, Dr David Bernans, one of the founders of two unions on campus (audio at 1.09.00). Sixth speaker, Robert Green, a former CSU president (1.18.00). After the discussion there was a period of audience question time (audio at 1.32.00).
In commemoration ofthe Montreal Massacre that happened on December 6th, 1989 in École Polytechnique, CKUT’s Off the Hour hosted a panel discussion to analyze the event once again and the impact it had on the feminist movement and gun control laws.
CKUT’s Rose Woolhouse, Kateryna Gordiychuk and Emily Enhorning had a chance to speak to Maureen Bradley, a filmmaker, who produced a short documentary in 1995 titled“Refraiming the Montreal Massacre”; Rose Marie Whalley, a community radio programmer and a board member atCenter for Gender Advocacy; and Kevin Vowles, a Community Engagement Manager for theWhite Ribbon in Toronto, that empowers men and boys to take a stand against violence directed at women and girls.
The panel tried to unveil the social circumstances within which the crime against women occurred by addressing the issues of gender violence in general and the work done to prevent it in the aftermath of the event.
Although, the speakers said that the issue receives much more acknowledgement nowadays, they emphasized the persisting facts of violence against women and girls in modern society.
83% of all police-reported domestic assaults are against women.This pattern is consistent for every province and territory across Canada.(Canadianwomen.org)
A big part of discussion was dedicated to the media portrayal at the time of the massacre and how the news reporting consequently framed the public’s reaction to the crime. Maureen Bradley, one of the speakers, produced a documentary “Reframing the Montreal Massacre” two decades ago to address this issue.
The matter of violence against women is not an issue for feminists only, but it must be recognized and acted against by all societal structures. Kevin Vowles, one of the speakers, talked about his extensive educational work with White Ribbon, an organization that teaches boys and men to react to gender violence.
What I see when engaging men and boys is that they are willing to come forward, stand up, and say something when they see violence and rape culture happening. White Ribbon encourages men and boys to move away from harmful gender norms. When men and boys start truly getting in touch with their emotions (transcending toxic masculinity), moving away from straight anger, we can end violence against women.
– Kevin Vowles shared with CKUT after the panel discussion
Listen to an insightful discussion on the framework in which the Montreal Massacre occurred and its consequences. Rose Marie Whalley, one of the panelists, also provides a live account from the feminist demonstration held soon after the crime.
Mois contre les prisons hosted a rally at the Palais de Justice on Tuesday, December 1st. Banners were unfurled on the front steps of the courthouse with messages in support of prisoners and decried the current state of the Canadian prison system, which has been steadily deteriorating in the wake of austerity-driven budget cuts.
An array of passionate speeches delivered by the members emphasized the conditions faced by prisoners and detainees alike. Excerpts from the event can be heard in the above audio.