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Sunday 26 December 2010, by ps

MAY 21-22, 10am-5pm at the CEDA, 2515 rue Delisle (a short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro) FREE. Welcome to all!

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

Curious about anarchism? Check us out!

- 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 2011 at venues and locations all over the island of Montreal.
- NOTE: During this year’s Bookfair, tabling will take place over TWO DAYS: May 21-22, between 10am-5pm.


The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair — and month-long Festival of Anarchy — bring together anarchist ideas and practice, through words, images, music, theatre and day-to-day struggles for justice, dignity and collective liberation.

The Bookfair is for people who don’t necessarily consider themselves anarchists, but are curious about anarchism, as well as a space for anarchists to meet, network and share in a spirit of respect and solidarity. All are welcome.

The Bookfair is organized in a spirit of openness towards the different traditions, visions, and practices of anarchism. Together we share a commitment to promoting anarchism through the values of mutual aid, grassroots democracy, direct action, autonomy and solidarity, while opposing oppression in all its forms.

The Bookfair and Festival of Anarchy provide an important gathering and reference point for anti-authoritarian ideas and practice in North America.

- > What Happens at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair? Read more here: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/about/what-happens-at-the-bookfair
- > Accessibility Policy & Commitment: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/about/accessibility



* 1pm: Anarchism without Anarchists / Anarchism with Anarchists: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (Jaggi Singh)

* 1pm: Discovering Anarchism Through Music (Philippe Morin)


* 1pm: Introduction to Anarchism (tba)

* 1pm: Wage alienation: For an anarchist critique of work: (Camille Robert)


* 11am : The importance of struggle at the workplace (Industrial Workers of the World)

* 11am: Transforming Harm: Supporting Survivors and Confronting Sexual Assault in Our Communities (SACOMSS & Philly Stands Up)

* 11am: Oppose and Propose! Lessons from Movement for a New Society (Andrew Cornell)

* 12pm: Anarchist Writers Bloc Workshop (Anarchist Writers Bloc-Montreal)

* 1pm: Social struggles in Indigenous communities of South America (le Comité d’appui au peuple Mapuche and Nicolas Van Caloen)

* 1pm: Anarchists against "austerity" measures Les anarchistes face aux mesures « d’austérité » (l’Union communiste libertaire and others)

* 3pm: An Introduction to Animal Liberation & Anarchism: How Animal Liberation Attacks the Roots of the Capitalist System (Love & Rage Liberation Collective)

* 3pm: Support and Self-Defence in the Face of State Repression: The example of the G20 in Toronto & Montreal (La Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes, CLAC)

* 3pm: Orwell: The Anarchist-Tory (Eric Martin)

* 3pm: Introduction to contemporary anarchist perspectives (Christian Labrecque)
info: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/workshops-2011


CEDA — 2515 Delisle Street (métro Lionel-Groulx), Room #125
Wheelchair accessible

This room will include hands-on workshops that are bilingual and all-ages. The AUTONOMOUS MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY ROOM is dedicated to sharing the skills and knowledge of different mediums as deployed by anarchists - such as pirate radio, screen printing, secure communication, and more.

(Workshops presented in only one language will have whisper translation towards English and French.)

A co-presentation of: CKUT Radio, Anarchist Tech Support, Montreal Sound Team


Bloc 1 (10am-11:30am)

* “An introduction to the theory of tech security” with Koumbit (FR)
An introduction to basic concepts in computer security, demonstrating key issues and threats. The goal is to be able to make informed choices in computer security and to keep abreast of key threats and best practices. The target audience is people with minimal computer experience.

* “How to build a sound system” with the Montreal Sound Team (EN, FR)
Besides the fact that setting up live sound is an amazing, fun and powerful skill to have, it’s also important that more people in the activist community have this knowledge. For years, a small handful of people have been setting up sound for demos, rallies and fundraisers. But what happens when those people leave town or burn out? Let’s spread the knowledge! Join Soundteam for a workshop on rad sound reinforcement.

Bloc 2 (11:45am-1:15pm)

* Live Radio: Workshop by CKUT 90.3fm (EN/FR)
This workshop will take place in the hall on the first floor. Part one will include training in live radio setup and production followed by the live radio show running from 2-4pm.

* “Basic Tech Security: The why and how of secure communication, anonymization and data storage" by Anarchist Tech Support, includes installing software on people’s computers (EN)

In the digital age, intelligence gathering is generalized and automatic. Whether or not you are a person of interest to those in positions of power, your emails, instant messenger conversations, search terms, and browsing history are being permanently recorded by the likes of Google, Facebook, Bell, and others.

Information held by profit-driven corporations can be accessed by agents of the state at almost any time, either through legal action or (more often) simply by asking. In the context of struggle, it is imperative that we control our information because it can quickly be used against us. At the same time, we must not give up one of our best weapons: the ability to communicate quickly and effectively through electronic means. This workshop aims to help secure communications without giving up efficacy, make our communities and our lives more impervious to data mining and surveillance, and make our struggles more effective.

* FM Transmitter Building Workshop - with Radio Populares (EN, FR, SP)

Pull back the veil on radio transmission and mass communication by building your own FM radio transmitter. We will pull out our soldering irons and assemble all the parts necessary to start up a live broadcast.

Bloc 3 (1:30pm-3:00pm)

* Screenprinting for the Revolution - presented by Sidetracks and The Ste-Emilie Skillshare (EN/FR)

Come to this screenprinting crash course and learn how you can use screenprinting as a tool for revolution. We’ll learn about screens, emulsion, image preparation, paper and fabric printing, basic image registration and all the rad projects you and your affinity group can do.

Bloc 4 (3:15pm-5:00pm)

* “Radio and Resistance: Latin American Solidarity Model” featuring Radio Populares (based in Chicago, US) (EN)

Throughout Latin America, Radios Populares works in solidarity with communities struggling for social justice to amplify voices and affect social change. We will discuss the importance of having communities determine development according to their needs and priorities, as well as using grassroots media outside mainstream outlets to inform and empower communities.


* 11am: Anti-authoritarian perspectives on the ongoing revolutions from the gulf to the ocean: Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain,Libya, Iran, Iraq, Palestine (Tadamon! Montreal)

* 11am: Lessons in Solidarity: The Oscar Grant rebellions and the movement against police terror in Oakland, CA. (Oakland 100 Support Committee)

* 11am: Physical proximity, neighborhood life and anarchist struggles: the experience of La Pointe Libertaire (le collectif de La Pointe Libertaire)

* 12pm: For the International Meetings of Anarchism in St. Imier (Switzerland) in 2012 (la coopérative Espace noire)

* 1pm: Philosophy: A kids game (Louise-Caroline Bergeron, Mubeenah Mughal & Marike Reid-Gaudet)

* 1pm: The Struggle for Reproductive Autonomy: From underground abortion collectives to the fight to decriminalize sex work. (Emily Davidson & Kaley Kennedy)

* 1pm: Round-table: 10 years after the Summit of the Americas: What impact on anarchists? (Hélène Nazon, Maxime Fortin, Sarita Ahooja et d’autres)

* 3pm: Anarchism, Colonialism, and Aboriginal Dispossession in the Canadian West (Paul Burrows)

* 3pm: 50 years of struggle against police brutality in Montreal, 15 demonstrations on March 15: What strategy in the face of an oppressive State? (Collectif Opposé à la Brutalité Policière, COBP)

* 3pm: Todos Somos Japon and Planetary Anarchism (Go Hirasawa, Adrienne Hurley & Sabu Kohso)

* 3pm: Parole Sans Parole (the termite collective)

* 3pm: Our solidarity: A terrain to decolonize (Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie, PASC)
info: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/workshops-2011


- “An introduction to the theory of tech security” with Koumbit
- "Building your own sound system" with Montreal Sound Team
- “Basic Tech Security: the why and how of secure communication, anonymization and data storage" with Anarchist Tech Support
- "Building a 1-watt transmitter" with Radios Populares from Chicago, US (eng., esp.)
- “Screen-printing For the Revolution” with the Ste-Emilie Skillshare (bil.)
- Live broadcast on CKUT, 90.3FM
- Presentations on “Radio and Resistance: Latin American Solidarity Model” featuring Radio Populares

Co-organized by: CKUT Radio, Anarchist Tech Support & the Montreal Sound Team, with Radio Populares (Chicago)
info: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/autonomous-media-technology-room

FILM ROOM (Sunday, May 22):

This year’s Film Room includes the Montreal premiere screenings of: “In the Land of the Free” (USA 2010), “Tales from the G20” (Toronto 2011), and “Bastards of Utopia” (Croatian with English subtitles). We will also be showing the feature film “De La Servitude Moderne” (France 2009) as well as short films from Emmanuelle Lippé, Nicolas van Caloen & Juan Pablo Lepore, Andréann Cossette Viau, Micky Morin, Sofi Périard, Hugo Le Bleu-Tadros, Sara Dupéré and others.

* 11am: De La Servitude Moderne (Jean-François Brient et Victor León Fuentes / 53 min / FR / France / 2009)

* 12pm: In the Land of the Free (Vadim Jean / 84 min / ENG / 2010)

* 1:30pm: Dehors (Emmanuelle Lippé / Full Instinct productions / 28 min / Montréal / FR & ENG / 2010)

* 2pm: IMPA, Usine récupérée, cité culturelle (Nicolas van Caloen & Juan Pablo Lepore / 17 min / Argentine / Spanish, subtitled in French / 2009)

* 2:20pm: Short Films from Télé Sans Frontières

* 3pm: Tales from the G20 (Wandering Eye Productions / 55 mins / EN / Canada / 2011

* 4pm: Bastards of Utopia (Maple Razsa and Pacho Velez / 54 min / Croatian with English subtitles / 2010)
info: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/film-room2011

ANARCHIST CABARET (Friday, May 20, at L’Alizé, 900 Ontario est):

A kick-off and benefit for the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. More info to be posted shortly on our website.


The entire month of May in Montreal is part of the Festival of Anarchy, with diverse anarchist-themed events occurring at different venues all over the island of Montreal. info: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/festivalpage11


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