26 June, 2009

Abousufian Abdelrazik's return home to Montreal at last!!

For folks in or near Montréal: I just received the following announcement.

Join us for a late night rally to CELEBRATE his return and welcome him home!

late night Saturday, 28 June 2009, starting at midnight
(during the night Saturday to Sunday)
Corner Ste-Catherine and St-Hubert, downtown Montreal

Abousufian will be returning home to Montreal this Saturday around midnight after a six-year forced exile in Sudan, where he experienced torture, imprisonment without trial, and over one year trapped in the Canadian embassy. All with the involvement of Canadian officials.

Let's give him a warm welcome home. One of the few things that he indicated he would like is to greet some of his supporters upon his arrival. It's the least we can do.

While we await his arrival, there will be an opportunity to make cards, posters, banners and video messages to greet him, as well as friendly conversation and refreshments.

Bring your noise-makers, confetti, coloured flags and festive spirits to celebrate his return and this (small) victory.

****Please note: Check for an update on the website
www.peoplescommission.org/abdelrazik.php at 9:30pm on Saturday. Also, follow his return from Friday morning at http://twitter.com/retouraubercail.

23 June, 2009

Checking in

I've slowed down the blogging a lot since January. After 1,000 posts to this blog and well over 1,000 posts to my other Blogger course blogs (linked on the sidebar), I'm making some changes. While I may decide to use course blogs for large courses again in the future, I won't be course-blogging in the 2009-2010 academic year. Later this summer, I will have a new website that will link to all these blogs as archives, so if you use any of this stuff, don't worry. I won't delete anything (although over the years, of course, more than a few links have disappeared).

In the meantime, some new PM Press blogs and pages, while still under construction, are accessible here and also here.

Click here for an update on a story I've mentioned before.

05 June, 2009

Views from the Margins: An Evening Celebrating Community Media!

This event will also be broadcast on CKUT Radio:
7-10pm, Wed - June 10th
http://www.ckut.ca and 90.3fm in Montreal

Join the host of Radio Sanctuary, Kader Belaoni, for a night celebrating community inspired media.

Wednesday, June 10th
8:00pm, St Gabriel's Church
2157 rue Centre (Metro Charlevoix)
Childcare available, please confirm 514.448.4041 x6788

5$ suggested donation at the door for the Committee to Support Abdelkader Belaouni

You are invited to an evening of music by Abdelkader "Kader" Belaouni with special guest DJ 23 and brief presentations from media makers on views from the margins. Invited speakers include: Samaa Elibyari (Caravan, CKUT), Rufo Valencia (RCI), Dexter X (Igloolik Isuma Productions), Frederic Dubois (Parole citoyenne), Charlotte Bourne (CJSF/NCRA), Stefan Christoff (The Hour), Blandine (Centre de médias indépendant), Sergio Martinez (Latin Time, CKUT), Dave Austin (The Alfi Roberts Institute), and Jooneed Khan (La Presse).

Missing and Disappeared Indigenous Girls and Women in Canada

I just received the following announcement. Also, the Critical RACE conference starts today!

No One Is Illegal Radio reports about the frontline struggles for justice, dignity and self-determination by migrants, refugees and indigenous peoples.

On the MAY 2009 edition of No One Is Illegal Radio: We focus on the issue on the issue of more than 500 murdered, missing and disappeared indigenous girls and women in Canada, as well as get an update from the ongoing struggle at Grassy Narrows, where a trapper and clan mother is facing charges for building traditional cabins.

01 June, 2009

Mohawk Resistance to Armed Canadian Guards

The following comes from: No One Is Illegal Montreal

“[The Canadian Border Service Agency] is a foreign oppressive force who occupies our sovereign community and territory. (They are) unwelcome, uninvited and now carrying firearms. For lack of a different description, that is considered by some an act of war.”
– Larry King, member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory (quoted in Ottawa Citizen, May 29, 2009)

A delegation of three non-native Montreal activists, including a member of No One Is Illegal-Montreal, is currently at the site of protesters at the Kawehnoke Port of Entry (Cornwall Island) on the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne. Native protesters at Akwesasne are welcoming allies to stand in solidarity, and to witness their efforts to resist the imposition of armed guards on Mohawk territory.

The No One Is Illegal-Montreal website will have updates directly from Akwesasne, as well as maintain a mainstream and alternative news compilation, at the following link: http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2009/06/akwesasne.html ]

Update – 5:35am
Monday, June 1, 2009

Dawn is breaking on the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, where local residents have protested for months to oppose the arming of Canadian Borders Services Agency (CBSA) guards on their territory. More than 50 protesters are maintaining a presence near the Canadian customs building on Cornwall Island. There are at least five fires burning to keep demonstrators warm. Many more residents and supporters are expected to be on-site as the morning progresses.

According to residents of Akwesasne (as well as mainstream media reports), CBSA border agents abandoned their posts just before midnight, out of fear of reprisals from the community. CBSA agents were due to be armed at the Port of Cornwall crossing on June 1, a policy universally opposed and condemned by the Akwesasne Mohawk Community.

Vehicular traffic onto the Seaway International Bridge has been shut down by police on both sides of the border, although pedestrians are still being allowed to access the bridge.

The Mohawk territory of Akwesasne straddles the jurisdictions of Ontario, Quebec and New York State, and is a major international border crossing between Canada and the United States. CBSA guards began arming in 2007, and there are currently more than 800 armed CBSA guards across Canada. The entire CBSA aims to be armed, in stages, by 2016. The CBSA announced that their agents at the Port of Cornwall would be armed by June 1 of this year.


June 1, 2009

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder: U.S.-Canada border closed by Akwesasne protest of guns at crossing; Border guards leave posts for U.S.

Ottawa Citizen: Armed border guards abandon posts on First Nation

Radio-Canada: Les Mohawks ne décolèrent pas

May 30, 2009

Mohawk Nation News (MNN): Akwesasne Unity March

May 29, 2009

Ottawa Citizen: Plan to arm borders guards an “act of war”

Mohawk Nation News (MNN): UN asked to stop guns at Akwesasne border

May 28, 2009

Mohawk Nation News (MNN): There will be no guns! “You are on Indian Land”

Centre Social Autogéré

I've been quite remiss in posting this flyer.
Infoshop News now reports, "Montreal's first squatted Autonomous Social Center evicted."
See updates, developments, and actions below.


FROM: www.centresocialautogere.org

-> Demonstration in front of the southwest borough offices
TUESDAY, JUNE 2 at 6pm
815 Bel-Air, near métro Lionel-Groulx

There will be a demonstration this Tuesday, June 2 at 6pm in front of the southwest borough offices at 815 Bel-Air, near Lionel-Groulx métro. It looks as if the consultations on the luxury condo development at 2985 St-Patrick has been cancelled in the aftermath of our re-appropriation. Let’s not stay silent!

More info, in French, linked here: http://www.centresocialautogere.org/fr/content/manifestation-devant-la-mairie-darrondissement

-> To all groups who support, or would like to support, the Autonomous Social Center:

You are being asked to write letters of support to newspapers, to distribute the link to the recent press release (below), mobilize your members, sign the public declaration of support and more. and more. You are also encouraged to attend the demonstration this coming Tuesday (see details above). Read the original release (in French) here: http://www.centresocialautogere.org/fr/content/%C3%A0-tous-les-groupes-qui-appuient-le-csa-ou-qui-voudraient-nous-appuyer-votre-r%C3%B4le-maintenant

-> Press Release: BRUTAL EVICTION AT THE AUTONOMOUS SOCIAL CENTER: the riot squad pepper sprays the squatters.

Read the complete release here: http://www.centresocialautogere.org/en/content/eviction-brutale-du-centre-social-autog%C3%A9r%C3%A9-l%E2%80%99anti-%C3%A9meute-gaze-les-squatteurs

Andrea Smith in Montreal!!! (Plus even more!)

The 9th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference
Compassion, Complicity and Conciliation
The Politics, Cultures and Economies of 'Doing Good'
Montreal, June 5-7 2009
Concordia and McGill Universities
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

If you are in Montréal or anywhere nearby, you should try to avail yourself of the chance to attend the above talks and maybe some more of this great conference.

And in case you hadn't heard, Andrea Smith has joined the amazing Setsu Shigematsu in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.