Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This weekend: Montreal Anarchist Bookfair!

Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
Two days: Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26
10am to 5pm on both days
Closest metro: Lionel-Groulx

The book fair takes place in two buildings in Parc Vinet: Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 Rue Workman and Centre d'education popular de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle. The event is free and open to all. For anarchists, and people curious about anarchism. 

Saturday, May 25

  • Building a Solidarity City: The practice of anarchism in Montreal (EN/FR) – Solidarity Across Borders
  • An Anarchist Working for the State: Trojan Horse? (FR) – David Gagnon
  • Autonomous Archiving: History in Our Hands (EN)
 – Interference Archive
  • Women and Anti-fascism (FR) - Montreal Sisterhood


  • No Borders, No Nations, Smash White Supremacy! APOC struggles in North America (EN/FR) – No One Is Illegal-Montreal
  • “We Are Ungovernable” – A Book About Contemporary Anarchism in Quebec (FR)
  • All writers of anarchist fiction – meet the Anarchist Writers Bloc (FR/EN)
  • No System but the Ecosystem: Earth First! and Anarchism
(EN) – Toby V. Potter


  • Anarchist People of Colour (APOC) Caucus: Take Care of Each Other So We Can Be Dangerous Together (EN/FR)
  • Direct Democracy: A Project by and for White Men? (FR)
 – Myriam & Camille from the Union des communistes libertaires 
  • Notre Dame des Landes Airport (Nantes) in France: useless, costly, anti-ecological and anti-social (FR) – No Pasaran 
  • Strategies for Solidarity with Women Prisoners (EN) – Gully Good, Kelly Rose Pflug-Back and Claudia Medina

Sunday, May 26
  • Women, Prisons, and the State (FR) – Clara & Josée
  • Anarchy After Fukushima (EN) – Ayumi Hirai, Yoko K, Sabu Kohso & Norihito Nakata
  • Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind (EN) – Vikki Law & China Martens
  • “We don’t give a fuck”: An alternative history of the spring 2012 uprising in Quebec (FR) Collectif de débrayage
  • RASTA: The Anarchism of the Poor? (FR) – Hélène Lee
  • Decolonization, anarchism, and addressing violence against Indigenous Women (EN) Candice Cascanette
  • Parents and Caregivers Caucus (EN/FR)
  • Anarchists resisting fascists and the far-right: The example of Greece (EN)
 – Christina Xydous et. al.
  • Is the personal political? (FR)
 – Maille à Part
  • Police Brutality and Political Profiling (FR)
 – Francis Dupuis-Déri and Marc-André Cyr
  • Anarchist Education (FR) – Marike Reid-Gaudet and Mubeenah Mughal
*For detailed descriptions of events see here

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Grande Feministes au la Grande Bibliothèque

For those interested in learning more about Feminism within Québec, the Grande Bibliothèque is hosting "An Exhibition on Feminism and Writings by Women in Québec" over the course of the coming year. 

As part of this exhibition, the library will be hosting a Public Reading from the Feminist Archives, on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00pm in the library's auditorium. 

From the library's description of the event:

"BAnQ presents a captivating reading of archival materials revolving around 20 major personalities of the women's rights movement, including Léa Roback, Thérèse Casgrain and Lise Payette.

As a complement to the exhibition La moitié du monde est une femme, the Place aux femmes performance, created by the collective grou Archives à voix haute – Montréal, illustrates the long historic road towards women’s empowerment."

Don't miss out!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Cycle Femmes

Montreal is a city of cyclists, and this week, the Coalition Vélo Montréal is inviting the city to celebrate Urban Cycling Week!

Organized as part of the week of workshops, forums, rides, and other events, a panel discussion will take place Tuesday, May 14 from 5-8 at Bar Alexandraplatz, featuring a panel of women cyclists who will be sharing their experiences of navigating Montreal on two wheels, and highlighting issues that are of particular interest to women cyclists. 

From the Coalition's description of the program developed for Urban Cycling Week:

"Montreal Urban Bike Week was born of a simple intention: to survey the Montreal community and discover issues that are important to cyclists. A public appeal to the various stakeholders involved in Montreal cycling has led to a rich program covering several themes: cycling infrastructure, sharing the road, personal safety, regulations, mobilization, adaptation and maintenance of equipment for urban cycling, local initiatives, female / feminist perspectives, art and activism."

Photo via montrealcyclechic.com

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Natividad Llanquileo

Natividad Llanquileo is courageous and lives resistance. She is a fierce Indigenous rights activist from the Mapuche people in Chile. Her activist efforts have concentrated on fighting the criminalization of the struggles of her people and the militarization of their indigenous territories.

She comes from a family of fighters. Her father was active in the Indigenous movement in the 70's, and two of her brothers are currently in jail, accused of being "terrorists" because of their participation in the current Mapuche movement.

Natividad Llanquileo
Forced to leave her rural reserve in the South because of poverty--imposed by the Chilean state after allowing the corporate pillaging of Mapuche lands, she emigrated to Santiago to work as a live-in nanny at a private home. Tired of the injustices she experienced both as an Indigenous woman living in an Indigenous reserve and working as a nanny, she decided to go to law school to become a lawyer and work for her people, hoping to find "justice within injustice".

Natividad was chose by her people to act as the spokesperson of the weichafe [Mapuche warriors] from the Arauco-Malleco Convergence, an activist group that fights for the self-determination of the Mapuche people. Although she is no longer the spokesperson of this group, she is still active in her fight against the Chilean state.

Sadly, there is very little information about Natividad in English. However, there is some information about the struggles of the Mapuche people available in English. You can check out this video to know more about the persecution and criminalization of the Mapuche. There is also this channel on YouTube.

Contributor: Simona

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nawal El Saadawi

"I'm fighting against the patriarchal, military, capitalist, racist post-modern slave system. I am going to fight for this for ever."

Nawal El Saadawi is a woman who doesn’t quit. Trained as a medical doctor, she has written extensively and passionately on the realities of women in Egypt, from their sexuality, to the practice of genital cutting, to their deprivation of full social and political equality. Her criticisms of the ruling authorities in Egypt led to her imprisonment in 1980. 
While in prison, she continued to write, this time about her experience of living inside the Egyptian prison system. Without access to proper writing materials, she resorted to writing on toilet paper, with an eyeliner pencil. 
In addition to her lifetime of work as an activist fighting for equality for women and against political, imperial, and class-based oppression of all people, El Saadawi enthusiastically participated in Egypt’s spontaneous revolution in 2011 which ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. 
Here at the Wall of Femmes, we are proud to honour Nawal El Saadawi for being a tireless and tough-as-nails campaigner who, as she herself admits, is getting more radical with age. Her writings and arguments have changed lives and minds in the Arab world and beyond. She perseveres with a sense of hope for the future which is built upon her intimate knowledge of the achievements of the past. When this woman talks, we sit up and listen.