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English Events

March 2017



Citizens in action : Is the Sky-Train project (REM) a Good Idea;

Public conversation : Representative democracy;

Montreal Anarchist Bookfair: Call for proposal;

World Federalists Movement Upcoming Events;

Solidarity across borders Hip Hop Fundraiser Show;

Intermational Colloquium on Climate Realism;

Discussion about incarceration in the week about police brutality;

Technical block (to contact us);


public conference Citizens in Action

An Alternative Globalization Organization

Another World is Possible Together we can make a difference

Citizens in Action, a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group

of concerned citizens, dedicated to political, social & economi

justice is proud to present:

A Free Public Conference on

Is the Sky-Train project (REM) a Good Idea?

Everything you wanted to know about this project?

By Environmental Scientist

& Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada Daniel Green

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), our pension fund,

announced its plans to build a $5.5 billion driverless commuter train system

that will reach the outskirts of Montreal’s suburban communities to provide

a rail transit link to Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport


Is the Metropolitan Electric Network or REM worthwhile? Critics say the

proposed light rail system misses the mark. At this conference, public

speaker, Daniel Green, will demonstrate what is wrong with this project

and whether we should go ahead with it as it stands.


Join us for an exciting evening of information & discussion.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017.


Concordia University, School of Community & Public Affairs,

2149 Mckay St

(between Sherbrooke & De Maisonneuve Blvd.)

metro Guy-Concordia

Time: 7.00 p.m. sharp


N. B. We usually meet 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 the Concordia’s Student Association) 


university of the street cafe public conversation

Representative Democracy

March 9, 2017, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like an

you'd have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people,

more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by

a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track.


To get things started, there's a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling

by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to

the participants.


Different spaces allow for different forms of social involvement and lead

towards varying forms of collective decision-making: parent committees,

exchange forums, neighborhood assemblies, municipal councils and

public consultations. We can also connect to the increasing impact of

social movements that invoke the need for increased transparency and

access to data. In line with this, elected officials are also considering ways

to allow citizen access to public services data.


Our structures and movements are a direct expression of our

fundamental commitments to democracy and our populations ultimately

hold the power to choose representatives that reflect their interest in

informed social decisions. However, when information becomes more complex,

a deeper capacity for analysis is required and public officials are not necessarily

able to teach us how to make sense of data. As such, we can question the

capacity of citizens to engage in an informed manner with the available



Do citizens hold the necessary competencies, tools and knowledge to take

part in democratic process and lead our communities?



Frédéric Lapointe founded, in 2011, the Ligue d'action civique, of which he

is currently the president as well as member of the board of directors

of Transparency International Canada. Frédéric works on promoting shifts

in the structures of our political institutions and fights against municipal corruption.

He has been engaged politically for the past twenty five years, as a student

leader and as a member of groups such as Force Jeunesse and within the

quebec sovereignist movement. Frédéric is a consultant in evaluation at

Université de Montréal.


Jean-Noé Landry is the Executive Director of Open North and has

extensive experience in democracy building at an international level - having

worked in twelve countries over the past fourteen years on the development

of capacities in political processes alongside local civil society organizations

In 2009, he co-founded Quebec Ouvert and Montreal Ouvert, two citizen-led

initiatives that have successfully engaged the municipal government in taking

on a policy on open data.



Noémie Brière-Marquez is the coordinator of the Forum jeunesse de l'île de

Montréal. She works on promoting environments that further citizen participation

and particularly that of youth, leading them to take on an increased role in

Montreal's institutional decision-making, especially as it relates to

citizenship education amongst high-school youth. Her expertise and studies

have led her to develop an expertise in political and civic participation.


Accessibility info: Temps Libre is on the ground floor. The space can be

accessed through an accutely slopped garage entrance south and adjacent

to the entrance on de Gaspé Street. An elevator can then be used to access

he level on which the conversation takes place. In proximity to the space,

there are wheelchair accessible washrooms equipped with grab bars.

Register for this conversation!

Where Temps Libre

5605 De Gaspé St.

Cost : This event is free.


Jean-Noé Landry,

Frédéric Lapointe

Organizer Alex Megelas

Organization University of the Streets Cafe


Contact xt 4893


anarchist bookfair (Montreal)

workshops 2017:

Call for Proposals

Montreal Anarchist Bookfair 2017:

Callout for proposals (workshops, tables, events, theme rooms)

The deadline for proposals is SATURDAY, APRIL 1, before 11pm

(April 15, 2017 for Festival of Anarchy events).

- Workshop Proposals

We encourage your workshop proposals for both days of this year’s Bookfair

(May 27 or 28, 2016). You can submit workshops that are: i) introductions

to anarchism (reminder: introductions to anarchism, not introductions to other


or ii) workshops on other topics related to anarchism that explore an

anarchism-themed topic in some depth (reminder: topics related to anarchism

that explore an anarchism-themed topic in some depth, not just a generic

social justice topic).


–> For full information about making a workshop proposal, visit:


The deadline for all workshop proposals is Saturday, April 1, 2017 before 11pm.


- Tabling at the Bookfair

The Anarchist Bookfair includes booksellers, distributors, independent presses

and political groups from all over Montreal, Quebec, North America, and abroad.

This year, there will be Bookfair tabling on TWO days

Saturday, May 27 from 10am to 5pm

and Sunday, May 28 from 10am-5pm.

Tabling will take place in TWO spaces that are located across from each other

the Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV) at 2450 rue Workman and the

Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne

et de St-Henri (CEDA) at 2515 rue Delisle.


–> For full information about requesting table space, visit:

The deadline to request table space is

Saturday, April 1, 2017 before 11pm.


Festival of Anarchy Events

The entire month of May comprises the Festival of Anarchy, with diverse

anarchist-themed events occurring at different venues in Montreal

The Bookfair collective compiles a Festival of Anarchy calendar, but we count

on you to organize the actual Festival of Anarchy events. Get in touch to

reserve a date for your event in May or early June (calendar dates are

"first come first served").

–> For full information about reserving a date for the Festival of Anarchy

calendar, visit:

The deadline to submit Festival of Anarchy events is

April 15, 2017 before 11pm.


Theme Room Proposals

A theme room brings together related workshops and presentations in one space

for a series of workshops between 11am to 5pm. Some examples of previous

theme rooms include:

Anti-Racist Struggles Theme Room (2016),

Autonomous Media Room (2016),

Kids, Caregivers & Comrades Theme Room (2016),

Autonomous Media Room (2015),

Anti-Canada Room (2015),

Autonomous Media Room (2014),

Kids, Comrades and Caregivers

Theme Room (2013),

Autonomous Media Room (2012),

Anarchist Families Room (2012),

Autonomous Media & Technology Room (2011),

Indigenous Solidarity Room (2010),

Anti-Capitalist Resistance Room (2010),

Anarchist Parent’s Discussion Room (2010).


–> For full information about making a theme room proposal, visit

The deadline for all Theme Room proposals is

Saturday, April 1, 2017 before 11pm.. -------

Mark your calendars


Two days: Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28 From 10am to 5pm

on both days

The Anarchist Bookfair will take place in two buildings across from each

other in Parc Vinet:

Centre d'éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA),

2515 rue Delisle

Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV),

2450 rue Workman A short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro.

[fb event:]

No gods, no masters, no bosses, no borders. FREE

Welcome to all! For anarchists, and people curious about anarchism.


-> Participants from all over Quebec and North America, booksellers

and vendors, workshops, films, discussions, kids' activities, art exhibits and more!


-> Part of the month-long Festival of Anarchy held throughout May 2017

at venues and locations all over the island of Montreal.

-> During this year’s Bookfair, tabling will take place over two days:

May 27-28, between 10am and 5pm.


- CALLOUT FOR PROPOSALS (workshops, tables, events, theme rooms):

(deadline: April 1, 2017)





-> e-mail:

-> mail: Salon du livre Anarchiste de Montréal

1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 204

Montréal, Québec H3G 1N1


-> web:

-> announcements list:



-> facebook:

-> twitter:


We will confirm we have received it at the contact e-mail address you've provided above. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact us at


world federalists movement upcoming Events

(from World Federalists)

Prepared initially for distribution to members of the Montreal

branch of the World Federalist Movement.)

Sommaire / Summary     


Mouvement fédéraliste mondial / World Federalist Movement

Coffee and Discussion, Tuesday, 7 March, 10h.


CIC & Concordia – MIGS – Daniel Stauffacher & Rafal Rohozinksi,

United Against Extremist: How the UN and Tech Companies are

Confronting Online Hate,

Tuesday, 7 March,  18h30.



Citizens in Action

Daniel Green, Is the Sky-Train project (REM) a Good Idea?

Tuesday, 7 March, 19h (at Concordia).


UQAM – IEIM & ACNU François Brousseau, Sergio Rivadeneyr

Martell, François Roch, & Rafai Rohozinski,

Les objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies:

Perspectives des pays en développement,

mercredi, le 8 mars, 17h30.


U de M CÉRIUM  – Colloque: Asie(s): défis, tensions et mobilités.

Approches interdisciplinaires, jeudi, le 9 mars, dès 8h,

et vendredi, le 10 mars, dès 9h.


McGill Faculty of Law  – Proulx Roundtable Conference:

Christian Wenaweser with Betsy Apple, Fannie Lafontaine,

Sarwat Bashi, Barzan Barzani, Payam Akhavan and Irwin Cotler,

What Justice for Syria and ISIS? Thursday, 9 March, 18h.


McGill – ISID  – 2017 Annual Conference: Questioning Crisis

Forced Migration in Theory and Practice, with Keynote

speaker: François Crépeau, Wednesday, 15 March,

from 15h and Thursday, 16 March, from 9h.


UQAM IEIM La journée de la Russie,

mercredi, le 15 mars, dès 9h.


McGill – ISID – Weeda Mehran, Militant Children on Social Media

Cubs of the Caliphate and Taliban’s Little Warriors,

Thursday, 23 March, 12h30.


UQAM – Chaire Raoul-Dandurand – Colloque:

Les relations canado-américaines à l’ère Trump,

vendredi, le 24 mars, dès 8h45.


solidarity across borders Fundraiser hip hop show

Fundraiser Show for Solidarity Across Borders

Thursday, March 9

at Casa del popolo

4873 boulevard Saint-Laurent

Doors at 20h, show at 21h

5-10$ suggested or pay what you can

This event is a hip-hop show and fundraiser for Solidarity Across Borders.

The money will be used to finance the different activities and actions

that will be put in place through the year by the collective.

Invited artists :

- Fallon

- Nazim

- Tshizimba

- Micros armés

- Icky Magdala (du quite nice crew)

- Nonchalance


Status for all!

No deportations!

No detentions!

No double punishment! Build a Solidarity City!


international Colloquium :

Climate Realism



Climate Realism, Media@McGill's international colloquium, asks leading scholars

in the humanities and social sciences to spell out a new research agenda

for climate theory and aesthetics in the age of the Anthropocene.


How is realism-in both the aesthetic history of representation and the

philosophical tradition that underwrites it-transformed by contending

with our new experience of climate in the Anthropocene?

In order to temper climate change - to apprehend its complexity, to address

its short- and long-term consequences, to mitigate its many sources

Climate Realism boldly claims we must develop new aesthetic theories

and projects.


Friday, March 10th, 2017 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest

Free and open to the public.

No registration required.

French and English language interpretation services will be provided.

Live webcast. More information: for program and speakers

see climate realism - colloquium program


discussion on incarceration with

A. Woodfox et R. King des Angola

Friday, March 17

Alumni Auditorium, salle H-110,

au 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest

In the context of the Week Against Police Brutality


a discussion on incarceration and political repression

with Albert Woodfox et Robert H. King

will take place Friday March 17th at 6:00 pm

at the Alumni Auditorium room H-110 of the Henry F. Hall Building

(1455 de Maisonneuve West) of the Concordia University.


Albert Woodfox is a Black Panther activist and ex-political prisoner who was

released in February 2016 at the age of 69 after having been detained and torture

for 45 years in the Angola Penitentiary (Louisiana), of which 43 years were spent

in solitary confinement. No American prisoner has ever been put in

solitary confinement for so long. This cruel and unusual punishment was

inflicted to him for a crime he did not commit, because of his political beliefs

and the colour of his skin.


With Herman Wallace and Robert King, Albert Woodfox was part of a group known

as the Angola 3 (,

three African-American men sent to prison in 1971 in one of the most

violent detention facilities in the United States. Members of the Black Panthers,

they fought to defend prisoners' rights while inside.


Robert King stayed in Angola for 32 years, of which 29 years were spent in

solitary. From the time he came out in 2001, he crusaded to free his two

friends. Wallace was released in 2013, but died shortly after.

Since Woodfox recovered his freedom in February 2016, he has been

travelling Europe and the US with King to advocate for the abolition of

solitary confinement and the liberation of political prisoner in the US.


***Free entrance***

***Wheelchair accessible***

***Translation into French and Spanish***



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