TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Outrage au Tribunal Activist legal support mutual aid evening
Call out for event proposals on Social Justice Days;
Friday's Vigil against the occupation of the Palestine;
The after Party #2 : Paris is Burning;
Panel on caceral feminism;
Citizens in action public conference By Mr Julius Grey;
Winter evening of Solidarity across borders;
Technical block (to contact us);
contempt of Court
« All Events (January 6) Activist Legal Support Mutual Aid Evening
January 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Activist Legal Support Mutual Aid Evening
organized by Contempt of Court:
A Legal Clinic By and For Social Movements
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6pm
at Café Aquin (rooml A-2445 at UQÀM)
400 Ste-Catherine East
. accessible to wheelchairs
. childcare on-site
. translation available (English-French)
. there will be coffee and snacks available
contact us for any accessibility needs
"Contempt of Court: A Legal Clinic By and For Social Movements
invites you to its first Activist Legal Support Mutual Aid Evening which
will take place on January 6 at Café Aquin (room A-2445 at UQÀM) at 6pm.
Café Aquin is in the Pavillon Hubert-Aquin (A)
on the second floor of the building at 400 Ste-Catherine Eas
(After January 6, the next Activist Legal Support Mutual Aid Evening
will take place on February 12, 2015 at 6pm
at 1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204.)
We organize on a non-hierarchical, consensus model and recognize the
experience and knowledge of people who have been criminalized.
We are not lawyers nor experts; rather, we want to undermine the monopol
on legal knowledge and practice by participating in the demystification
of legal procedures and rules of law
. Our principles are linked here:
* If you are facing criminal charges or tickets, civil lawsuits, or injunctions;
* If you are making a complaint about the police, if you're suing the City
or if you want to undertake similar actions;
* If you have had experiences with the legal system that you would like
to share: Come to this evening to discuss, share, ask questions
and to research information!
In order to best organize this evening, it's best if you can confirm
if you're attending by e-mail:
. About Contempt of Court:
If you are facing charges, if you want to respond to state violence in the courts
or if you want to share your experiences and offer support, you're welcome
to join us!
call out for Event Proposals
social Justice Days 2015 10 Year Anniversary
QPIRG | GRIP McGill
3647 University Street, 3rd Floor, Montréal H3A 2B3
QPIRG-McGill is looking for workshop, discussions, panels
and film screening proposals for Social Justice Days 2015!!
Deadline for proposals: January 7th, 2015
Social Justice Days will be happening from February 12 -14th, 2015!
Intended to stimulate an alternative political culture in the McGill
University community and beyond, Social Justice Days is about to mark
its tenth year with a weekend of workshops, discussions, film screenings,
and speakers discussing local and global issues.
This is an open callout to individuals, working groups, campus groups and
community groups to propose the workshops, art exhibitions, discussions
films screening and panels for Social Justice Days 2015, celebrating our
This year, we are thinking about things like:
. Prison abolitionism
. Police brutality & state violence
. Criminalization & Sex Work
. Organizing accessible events
. Radical childcare
And all forms of resistance! We'd love your proposals on fighting against
gentrification, for migrant justice, towards environmental justice,
as labour organizers and anti-capitalists, and for dignity and justice!
Some example of past workshops, films screening, etc:
. Where the f*k am I?!: Black Student organizing at McGill
. The Permanence of Temporary Work: the Immigrant Worker's Centre
. Struggles Against Capitalist Colonialism:
How Indigenous Feminisms Will Save the Earth and Destroy the State
. Righting the Wrongs: Sex Workers Organize for Self Determination
If you or your group are interested in submitting a proposal we ask
that you send us the following information:
. The title of your workshop, film screening, etc.
. A description workshop, film screening, etc., including length of presentation
. A short (2-3 sentences) biography of the individuals or group presenting
the workshop, film screening, etc.
. Times that you are NOT available to run the workshop (workshops will
take place during the day February 12th and 13; other kinds of proposals
could take place in the evenings of these dates)
We will be giving out stipends for all the workshops, films screening,
discussions or panels that are selected.
Social Justice Days testifies to the diversity of critical political engagement
on McGill campus, and offers students concrete opportunities to get activ
in their global community.
Social Justice Days is co-organized by the Quebec Public Interest
Research Group (QPIRG) at McGill and the Students' Society of
McGill University (SSMU)
Deadline: January 7th, 2015
Feel free to contact us for more information! Please note that we are
closed between December 15th and January 5th.
Weekly Vigil Noon to 1 PM
End the occcupation !
Join PAJU and support the heroic resistance of the Palestinian People.
Become part of the longest-running protest vigil in Canadian history,
every Friday in front of in front of Indigo Books
on the north-west corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College.
Friday, January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015
Silent vigil in protest against the occupation.
corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College.
Invite your freinds. We hope to see you there.
The Vigil Committe.
PARIS IS BURNING: The Afterparty, Round 2
Organisé par Cerise Surle Gâteau
Friday January 9, 2015 at 10 pm
5656 Du Parc Av, Montréal H2V4H1
Cerise Sur Le Gâteau presents...
Paris is Burning: The Afterparty
An exploration of the influence of Ball Culture and of Black and Brown
(including Latinx, Asian, and mixed race) people on the music, dance,
fashion and pop culture of the 80s, 90s and today.
A celebration of our beauty, power and resilience. A reclamation of worth,
because we don't need those who harm us to validate us.
We are valuable in and of our selves. No matter what.
Live performances by
Kama La Mackerel.
Photos by Stacy Lee
@ La Bar Dina Habib
@ La Porte Tarek El Krs
CHECK OUT PARIS IS BURNING HERE:
Themes we seek to explore:
- How vogueing, waacking, and battling has grown and changed,
but also how it's stayed the same.
- Why is it that the appropriators are more successful and recognized
for their work than the original creators of the artform?
Think Elvis, Picasso, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, etc
- How is Black and Brown sissyness/femininity/dandism expressed?
How does it differ from White male femininity? Why?
- How has the trans* community changed since the 80s?
It seems as if transgender women, transsexual women, transvestite men,
drag queens, gender non-conforming, gender-fluid, and gender non-binary
people who were assigned male at birth, and gay men were all under
the same umbrella at that time. That is not the case now.
How has the terminology and understanding of gender, especially
in relation to sexuality, changed over time?
- The whole point of the ball was to be inclusive. There were a variety of
categories so that everyone could walk, and possibly win
Does that still exist in our LGBT*QIA spaces? Is there a standardized
mage of what or who is acceptable/attractive? Do safe spaces truly exist?
- The idea of being resourceful, instead of/when you don't have money.
Creating instead of buying. Borrowing and sharing resources for thos
who have few. How that has shifted to an idea of individualism and
consumerism. "It's now not about what you can make,
it's about what you can acquire"
"In America, you can do anything you want... if you have enough money".
- How voguing is more than just a dance; it's working out oppressions through
the body... Showing off and flaunting what you've got in a world that wants
to pretend you don't exist. This is exhibited by the people who created
- and still do - vogue.
- The concept of "chosen family" in queer and POC circles and how that's
similar to the Houses in Ball Culture. People even "changed" their last names
to fit the house/family they're in. Providing a sense of belonging to peopl
who were excluded from their biological families.
- The continued violence against trans* women, particularly trans* women of colour, and their continued resilience and resistance to that violence.
- The idea that nothing Black people do or create is originally considered "art"
(e.g quilting, dance), though what Black people create greatly influence
what mainstream society "produces" and consumes. *
"Street" style * Voguing, waacking, twerking * Attitude, terminology.
and mannerisms (reading, shade, hustle, the "sassy Black woman" trope, etc)
This is part of a long history of the treatment of Black art.
It is openly denigrated, then ridiculed/mimicked, then seen as spectacle/funny,
then all of a sudden it's cool and is popularized. You can see it over and
over again, most recently with weaves, nail art, twerking, and "Black attitude".
- How Black and Brown people's mockery of dominant and oppressive society
is turned in to art, which is then co-opted and loses its meaning and power
when performed by members of that dominant group.
For example, the TV shows Dynasty and Dallas influenced the categories
at Balls. Voguing being an exaggeration of Vogue magazine and of White
High Society, something that the members of Balls would never be a part of.
This is similar to how enslaved Africans mocked the slave owner's
pre-Easter traditions, thus creating Carnival and Mardi Gras. How thi
is a way of regaining power that was forcibly removed from
Black and Brown people.
- The Black Lives Matter movement: who gets to respresent us and why
why do we *still* have to fight to be recognized as whole, valable and
valuable humans; how gender and sexuality intersect to increase the
violence experienced by those pushed further and further to the margins;
why those people on the margins are excluded from this movement and
how we can rectify it. To all the Black and Brown trans women who
are forgotten within this movement.
5$ before midnight 7$ after
@ CABARET PLAYHOUS
5656 ave du Parc
Malheursement, l'endroit n'est pas accessible aux fauteils roulants/
Unfortunately, this space is not wheelchair accessible
Want to party, but don't have the ca$h? You can hustle, borrow,
or contact Cerise surle Gâteau and I'll hook you up!
panel: Carceral Feminism /
Ten Months In An Immigration Jail
Organisé par No One Is Illegal Montréal
dimanche à 17:00 - 19:00
1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #204
No One Is Illegal/Solidarity Across Borders Panel Presentatio
and Community Discussion part of the Month Against Prisons Sunday,
January 11, 2015, 5-7pm
1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204
As part of the Month Against Prisons, members of No One Is Illegal-Montreal
and Solidarity Across Borders will present on issues linked to
criminalization, detention, incarceration and prisons.
- Carceral Feminism: The Failure of Sex Work Prohibition
- Ten Months In An Immigration Jail
About the presentations and presenters:
Robyn Maynard will be presenting on Carceral Feminism:
The Failure of Sex Work Prohibition. Robyn is a writer, activist, outreach
worker, and musician based in Montreal. She has previously worked
at youth organization Head & Hands helping run a needle-exchange program,
working with group home youth, and doing harm-reduction education
surrounding safe(r) sex and substance use for youth and drug users
She is currently employed at Stella, a sex workers’ rights organization
in Montreal, doing street-based outreach, and coordinating Stella Deboutte,
a research project on the effects of criminalization on sex workers lives.
She co-hosts CKUT’s No One Is Illegal Radio and plays a supportive
role in anti-police brutality organizing and migrant justice movements.
Arash Aslani will be presenting on his experiences as a refugee and
a detainee. Arash, a political refugee to Canada from Iran, spent 10 months
as a detainee inside the Laval Immigration Detention Center, just north
of Montreal. He will share his first-hand experiences as a detainee, as well
as expose the reality of immigrant detainees in Montreal. At any one time
there can be upwards of 100 detainees at the Laval Immigration
Arash is a member of Solidarity Across Borders.
welcome to all childcare on-site accessible to wheelchairs presentations in English
(with whisper translation to French) snacks and drinks please get in touch about any
citizens in Action Citizens in Action,
a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of concerned citizens,
dedicated to political, social & economic justice, is honoured to present:
a Free Public Conference on
How Growing inequalities are affecting our quality of life
by celebrity guest speaker Jurist, writer, public speaker & human rights’ activist, Lawyer Julius Grey A new book
‘Capital in the 21st Century,’ by French economist, Thomas Piketty,
has quickly become the New York Times’ best-seller of the year 2014
and has turned this obscure French professor, into a household name.
It has also shaken the world of neoliberal economics, which has always
tried to find excuses for the unabashed, unfettered accumulation of wealth
by the one per cent at the top, at the expense of the 99 per cent.
In his review of the book, Nobel Prize economist, Paul Krugman says :
'Piketty manages to destroy the most cherished of conservative myths,
that we are living in a meritocracy in which great wealth is earned and
deserved! We are living in a Gilded Age, says Krugman
''Before World War 1, Western societies were indeed dominated by
an Oligarchy of inherited wealth, and Piketty makes a compelling case
that we’re well on our way back toward that state.'’ Piketty proposes
a global tax of 2% on financial transactions and accumulated wealth
in order to save the world from an impending financial disaster.
Come and listen to Maitre Grey’s exploration of this issue.
To be followed by a discussion period.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Place: Concordia University,
School of Community & Public Affairs, (basement)
2149 Mckay St
(between Sherbrooke & De Maisonneuve Blvd.)
Time: 7.00 p.m. sharp
N. B. We usually meet the second Tuesday of each month, to tackle
a different political issue, at Concordia University, same time, same place.
For further information, please call the founder & coordinator of the group,
Nadia Alexan, at tel. (514) 846-0644, or e-mail:
(sponsored by Concordia's Student Association (CSU)
An Alternative Globalization Organization.
"Another World is Possible"
Together we can make a difference
winter meeting of Solidarity across borders
Tuesday, January 13th, 6pm to 9pm
free childcare! translation english-french-spanish! free food! wheelchair accessible!
Please RSVP if you need childcare; that will help us with planning, thank you!
Do you have any other needs we should meet so that you can participate?
Contact us at
or cell # 438-933-7654.
Come out to winter assembly of Solidarity Across Borders (SAB)!
Solidarity Across Borders holds four open assemblies a year, one each
season. These assemblies are places to discuss overall strategy of Solidarity
Across Borders, react to changes in the political context, bring new proposals
and make decisions. They are opportunities to think and plan together and to
share resources as we oppose deportations, detentions and double punishment
of migrants, and work to make Montreal into a Solidarity City.
** If your committee/ad hoc working group has an action proposal for the
agenda, please send it to the Decision-making and Organizing Committe
(through your DMOC liaison, otherwise to
Proposals can also be made by individuals at the assembly.
The assembly will prioritize the order of proposals.
** The minutes from the Fall 2014 Assembly are available.
Please read them and if you have any changes to suggest, bring them to the assembly.
Thousands of people are deported from Montreal every year. Many others
live in precarity; under temporary workers’ programmes, without full status
or without papers. They are vulnerable to super-exploitation in the workplace
and to domestic violence, and are denied access to healthcare, education
or other social services. Canada’s immigration system is part of a system
of global apartheid, protecting the privileges of a tiny minority at the expense
of the vast majority, who are denied the means to live in dignity. Individually,
we have little power to change this situation; only by working together can
we begin to challenge it.
WHO IS WELCOME?
Everyone who agrees with our demands is welcome, particularly those facin
the impact of the immigration system themselves. While discussion is open
to all, only members will participate in decision-making. Members agree with
our demands and are either directly affected by the immigration system,
involved in one of our committees, or contribute to SAB organizing whe
and as they can.
OUR DEMANDS SAB
opposes the deportations, detentions and double punishment of migrants.
We call for status for all in Canada, now! We work to make Montreal a solidarity
city, where everyone can live in full dignity with equal access to
healthcare, education, and other public services.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Coming to an assembly is a great way to start getting involved in SAB!
In addition, SAB has six committees (Health for All!, Collectif éducation
sans frontières, Food for All, Shelters not Borders!, Support, and Building
A Solidarity City) and two temporary committees
(Decolonize and Anti-Oppression). SAB also actively participates
in the Status for All coalition. Contact us at
to find out which committees are actively recruiting and
how to get involved.
* Read our website solidarityacrossborders.org, contact u
or telephone 438-933-7654.
To receive updates, join our listserve by emailing
or like our facebook page,
ads to calendar:
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