Saturday, April 08, 2023

Main Blog Moved to Kersplebedeb.com!

Since March 2013, the main Kersplebedeb website has been migrated to a primarily wordpress format.

What this means in practical terms is that everything you are used to seeing on Sketchy Thoughts is now being posted straight to Kersplebedeb and simply being automatically mirrored here. So in general, you will probably have a better reading/viewing experience if you head over to Kersplebedeb.

For those who prefer the Sketchy Thoughts blogger layout for whatever reason, this page will continue to be automatically updated whenever something is posted to Kersplebedeb, for at least the short-term future. However, as additional functionality is added to the Kersplebedeb site via wordpress, the Sketchy Thoughts page will probably begin to show its age more and more.



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Radical Events and Things to Do During the World Social Forum in Montreal

If you are in Montreal for the World Social forum, you will certainly be interested in visiting these radical bookstores and activist spaces, as well as participaing in these events during your time in this city…

(pour accéder à ces informations en français, veuillez cliquer ici)

Radical Bookstores and Activist Spaces to Visit While in Montreal

Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore 2150 Bishop Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2E9
english
website: http://ift.tt/2a93tWS
y
elp: http://ift.tt/2alZxW4

Librairie L’Insoumise 2033 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Québec H2X 2T3
bilingual
website: http://ift.tt/1trlbG4
f
acebook: http://ift.tt/2a93oCJ

Maison Norman Bethune 1918, rue Frontenac, Montréal (Qc) H2K 2Z1
bilingual
website: http://ift.tt/2alZYQi
f
acebook: http://ift.tt/2a93mL1

QPIRG Concordia 1500 de Maisonneuve O., suite 204
Open Mon to Thurs, 12pm – 6pm.
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia is a resource centre for student and community research and organizing. We strive to raise awareness and support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental issues. Our work is rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice. We seek to make campus-community links and inspire social change through engaging, inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches.
website: http://ift.tt/1hy0Pa7

(list of other radical bookstores in Canada)

Progressive Events to Attend While in Montreal

Prisoners Justice Day Punk Show
Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM – 11 PM. Brasserie Beaubien, 73 Beaubien E. Between sets, members of the Termite Collective will share the history of Prisoners Justice Day, which is on August 10th. PJD is a day when folks in prison, and friends and family on the outside, commemorate people who have died in prison. Historically, prisoners have refused to work or eat and supporters on the outside have hosted benefit shows, vigils, and other events to raise awareness about the conditions prisoners face in prison.  Facebook: http://ift.tt/2alZTw1

Vigil to mark the 8th Anniversary of the Murder of Fredy Villanueva
August 9, 6pm, behind 12 000 boul. Rolland, Montréal-Nord, in the parking lot of the Henri-Bourassa Arena: Vigil for Fredy Villanueva, an 18-year old who was murdered in 2009 by  a Montreal police officer. Facebook: http://ift.tt/2a93lGX

Demonstration: For Another World to be Possible… Capitalism Must Be Destroyed!
Place Pasteur, St-Denis Street (between St Catherine and de Maisonneuve), Thursday August 11th at 6pm: Attack the capitalist scum in their cozy hinterland… to make another world possible! More information: http://ift.tt/2am076m

Queer Between the Covers
August 13th, 11am-6pm, Centre communautaire de Loisirs Sainte-Catherine d’Alexandrie, 1700 Amherst, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3L5. Queer Between the Covers is organized by a collective of volunteers with the support of QPIRG Concordia. Through this event, we hope to provide access to queer materials that are otherwise unavailable or hard to find in the city, as well as draw attention to the role of queer bookstores in providing community space and supporting queer cultural production.
website: http://ift.tt/2a93ji9

Black Summit (Hoodstock)
Saturday, August 13 at 10 AM – 11 PM: The Black Summit is the 3rd edition of Hoodstock, an event that aims mobilize the forces of communities of colour through workshops, performances, and discussions by, with, and for members of Black and racialized communities. Come out and meet other engaged residents to discuss and learn about a series of topics, including: Black feminism, white privilege, Black history, gentrification, nutrition, etc.
facebook: http://ift.tt/2am062m

People’s Health Assembly
Monday, August 15, 8:30am-4:00pm at the Centre St-Pierre (1212 Panet). From monitoring environmental impacts on communities to campaigns for access to healthcare and against corporate interests, we work in diverse ways on health justice. But we share a common goal: the right to health for all! An opportunity to come together to reflect, to strategize, and to plan our ways forward in collaboration and in solidarity with each other to build a vision for health justice.
website: http://ift.tt/2am08Hs

Community Radio Stations to Listen to in Montreal



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Activités Radicales à Faire Durant le Forum Social Mondiale à Montréal

Si vous êtes à Montréal pour le Forum Sociale Mondiale, vous allez sûrement être intéressé-e-s à visiter ces librairies et projets militantes, et de participer à ces événements, lors de votre séjour…

(to see this list in english please click here)

Librairies Radicales et Lieux Militants à Visiter à Montréal

Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore 2150 Bishop Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2E9
anglais
site web: http://ift.tt/2a93tWS
y
elp: http://ift.tt/2alZxW4

Librairie L’Insoumise 2033 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Québec H2X 2T3
bilingue
site web: http://ift.tt/1trlbG4
f
acebook: http://ift.tt/2a93oCJ

Maison Norman Bethune 1918, rue Frontenac, Montréal (Qc) H2K 2Z1
bilingue
site web: http://ift.tt/2alZYQi
f
acebook: http://ift.tt/2a93mL1

QPIRG Concordia 1500 de Maisonneuve O., suite 204
lundi-jeudi, 12h00-18h00
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia is a resource centre for student and community research and organizing. We strive to raise awareness and support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental issues. Our work is rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice. We seek to make campus-community links and inspire social change through engaging, inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches.
site web: http://ift.tt/1hy0Pa7

(liste d’autres librairies radicales au Canada)

Événements Radicales à Montréal, 7-15 Août

Show Punk pour la journée de la justice pour les prisonniÈres
Dimanche, 7 août 20h00-23h00. Brasserie Beaubien, 73 Beaubien E. Entre les séances de musique, les membres du Collectif Termite partageront l’histoire de la Journée de la Justice pour les PrisonnierEs, qui a lieu chaque 10 août. Chaque JPP, les gens en prison, et leurs amiEs et famille à l’extérieur commémorent les gens qui sont morts en prison. Historiquement, les prisonniÈres ont refusé de travailler ou de manger ce jour là, et en guise de montrer leur soutient, les membres de la communauté organise des spectacles, des veillées, et d’autres événements de sensibilisation sur les conditions des prisonniÈres le jour même. Cet événement a pour but de démontrer notre soutient pour ceux et celles en prison, et ceux et celles qui sont décédéEs. Facebook: http://ift.tt/2alZTw1

Vigile pour le 8e anniversaire de l’assassinat de Fredy Villanueva.
9 août, 18h00 , derrière le 12 000 boul. Rolland, à Montréal-Nord, dans le stationnement de l’aréna Henri-Bourassa: Le 9 août 2008, Fredy Villanueva, 18 ans, tombait sous les balles d’un tireur fou portant l’uniforme du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal. Facebook: http://ift.tt/2a93lGX

Manifestation: Pour qu’un autre monde soit possible… il faut détruire le capitalisme !
Place Pasteur, rue St-Denis (entre Ste-Catherine et Maisonneuve), le jeudi 11 août à 18h: Attaquons cette racaille capitaliste dans son repaire douillet… pour qu’un autre monde soit possible ! Plus de détails: http://ift.tt/2am076m

Salon du livre Queer entre les couvertures
13 août, 11h00-18h00, Centre communautaire de Loisirs Sainte-Catherine d’Alexandrie, 1700 Amherst, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3L5. Par cet événement, nous espérons rendre accessible du matériel queer introuvable ou difficile à trouver, et attirer l’attention sur le rôle des librairies queers dans la création d’espaces collectifs et dans le support à la production culturelle queer.
site web: http://ift.tt/2a93lqw

Le Sommet Noir (Hoodstock)
samedi le 13 août, 10h00-23h00: Le Sommet Noir est la 3e édition de Hoodstock, un événement visant à mobiliser les forces des communautés culturelles avec des ateliers, des spectacles et des moments d’échange par, avec et pour les membres des communautés noires et racisées. Venez retrouver d’autres citoyen-ne-s engagé-e-s pour échanger sur différents thèmes dont : le féminisme noir, les privilèges blancs, l’histoire des noirs, la gentrification, la santé alimentaire, etc.
facebook: http://ift.tt/2am062m

Assemblée populaire pour la santé
lundi, 15 août, 8h30-16h00 au Centre St-Pierre (1212 Panet). Vous surveillez les impacts de la pollution sur la santé des collectivités? Ou peut-être militez-vous pour l’accès aux soins de santé sans ingérence des sociétés multinationals? Nous travaillons tou-te-s sur des fronts divers pour la justice en santé – mais nous avons un but commun – la santé pour toutes et tous! Venez rencontrer d’autres militants et militantes enez rencontrer d’autres militants et militantes nord-américains le 15 août 2016 à Montréal pour réfléchir, élaborer des stratégies, et planifier nos actions er nos actions en collaboration et en solidarité pour bâtir une vision de la santé en justice.
site web: http://ift.tt/2a93U3A

Radio Communautaires à Montréal



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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Prisoner Justice Day Punk Show (Montreal, August 7th)

prison-society(français suivra – la majorité de l’événement va être en anglais)

Prisoner Justice Day Punk Show

Sunday, August 7th, 2016
Brasserie Beaubien
73 Beaubien Est (metro Beaubien)
Doors at 8pm
Starts promptly at 8:30pm
Sliding scale $5-$10, no one turned away for lack of funds

Featuring:

  • the Termite Collective (not music! demandprisonschange.wordpress.com)
  • Prison: (queerprison.bandcamp.com) synthy post-punk from copenhagen
  • Terse: black sheep d-beat
  • Clayborne: (clayborne-mtl.bandcamp.com) post-hardcore about mars

Between sets, members of the Termite Collective will share the history of Prisoners Justice Day, which is on August 10th. PJD is a day when folks in prison, and friends and family on the outside, commemorate people who have died in prison. Historically, prisoners have refused to work or eat and supporters on the outside have hosted benefit shows, vigils, and other events to raise awareness about the conditions prisoners face in prison.

Accessibility information: There are 2 short steps (about 3 inches and about 5 inches) leading into the space. Then two doors that pull to the exterior.

Bathroom accessibility: There are 2 shared bathrooms that are normally gendered but we will gender neutralize for the evening. The stalls in these bathrooms are rather small and do not have hand rails.

This show is taking place on occupied Kanien’keháka land.

————————-

Show Punk pour la journée de la justice pour les prisonniÈres

dimanche le 7 août, 2016
Brasserie Beaubien
73 Beaubien Est (métro Beaubien)
Portes à 20:00
Musique et presentation à 20:30
Coût: échelle de $5 à 10, mais personne ne se sera refusé par manque de fonds

Avec

  • le Termite Collective (pas musique! demandprisonschange.wordpress.com)
  • Prison: (queerprison.bandcamp.com) post-punk avec synthé de copenhagen
  • Terse: d-beat mouton noir de montreal
  • Clayborne: (clayborne-mtl.bandcamp.com) post-hardcore à propos de Mars

Entre les séances de musique, les membres du Collectif Termite partageront l’histoire de la Journée de la Justice pour les PrisonnierEs, qui a lieu chaque 10 août. Chaque JPP, les gens en prison, et leurs amiEs et famille à l’extérieur commémorent les gens qui sont morts en prison. Historiquement, les prisonniÈres ont refusé de travailler ou de manger ce jour là, et en guise de montrer leur soutient, les membres de la communauté organise des spectacles, des veillées, et d’autres événements de sensibilisation sur les conditions des prisonniÈres le jour même. Cet événement a pour but de démontrer notre soutient pour ceux et celles en prison, et ceux et celles qui sont décédéEs.

Information de l’accessibilité de l’espace: Il y a 2 marches basses (environ 3 pouces et environ 5 pouces) menant dans l’espace. Puis deux portes qui s’ouvrent vers l’extérieur.

Accessibilité des salles de bains : Il y a 2 salles de bains communes qui sont normalement genrés mais nous allons les rendre genre-neutre pour la soirée. Les étals dans ces salles de bains sont assez petites et ne disposent pas de barres d’appui.



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Sunday, July 17, 2016

ANCESTORS ROLL CALL! What Did They Think? (poem by Jalil Muntaqim)


jalil_muntaqin

 

What did they think?

Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Akai
Gurley, Trayvon Martin, Michael
Brown, life precious blood spelled
in the mud FREEDOM …

When will it come?

What did they think?

Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Sean
Bell, Amadou Diallo whose life
breath echoed the dreams deferred
from Afrikan ancestors through
the middle passage, to Denmark
Vesey and Nat Turner, do you
hear it, are you listening?

Micah heard the torturous
mourning echoing over
the ages forcing us to
remember Shaka Zulu, Queen
Nzinga, the Mau Mau to Steve
Biko and Nelson Mandela.

What did they think?

Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Medgar
Evers, Huey P. Newton, Fred
Hampton, George Jackson, from
the African Blood Brotherhood,
to the Deacons for Defense,
the Black Panther Party and
the Black Liberation Army, a
history of noble resistance.

What did they think?

Mark Essex, Zayd Shakur, Frank
Fields, Twyman Meyers, Anthony
” Kimu” White did not forget
Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth
or Rosa Parks, reminiscent of the
fugitive slave laws, Black Codes
and Jim Crow, while Martin L.
King, Jr., revered by all except
J. Edgar Hoover and James Earl Ray.

What did they think?

Freddy Gray, Antwon Shumpert,
Alton Sterling, Philando Castile
Let’s not forget Chicago teenager,
McDonald, 17 hot bullets spun
him like a drunken ballerina,
with Blue arrogance and hubris,
all around the world the same
song. Yet, they call the oppressed
terrorists when they fight back.

What did they think?

Yes, suffering is universal, it knows
no color, race, ethnicity, class or
status. No, they are not immune
to pain and loss, it does not
discriminate, despite their belief
in white supremacy. The racial
divide can not hide the common
blood inside us all, flowing scarlet
red life, they dismiss by the white
heat of hate.

What did they think?

After 430 years of racial strife
and mass incarceration, the 13th
Amendment a violation of international
law, in America — slavery still exists!

What did they think?

Time will absolve the evil within.
But we know time absolves nothing
without sacrifice. So, they trot
out apologetic House Negroes,
talking heads lacking historical
facts, to track the racial divide
that leads to the loss of Black
lives.

Micah destroyed the myth of Tarzan,
Captain America, and Superman.

What did he think?

That Black Lives Mattered???

They have demeaned you and call
you demented, saying you’re
delusional and insane; but, didn’t
they say the same about Nat Turner
and Nelson Mandela? Aren’t we all
a product of our environment? So,
isn’t suffering a racist environment
demented and insane? They called
the Panthers terrorists when they
fed our children with one hand
and fought Cointelpro with the
other. When Black people fight
back they automatically become
crazy; when Black people stand up,
demand justice, they are called
extremist.

What did they think?

White supremacy in all of its subtle
and overt manifestations must prevail
to dispel Black Lives Matter. They
have to blow up this idea, Micah,
like the bomb on MOVE, and the
bomb on the L.A. office of the
BPP. But Chairman Fred said, you
can kill a revolutionary, but you
can’t kill the revolution. You can
imprison a freedom fighter but you
can’t imprison freedom.

What did they think?

We do not celebrate the loss of
life, we mourn as you mourn, we
lament as you lament. We salute
and honor the brave and courageous
whose ultimate sacrifice demands
recognition. It is our collective
shame, we meet at this crossroad, on
the divide of class and race. Yet,
the slow pace for healing is revealing,
our continuing to live a lie, that
Blue blood is more precious than
Black blood.

What did they think?

I urge you to read, to understand
my sensitivity to the matters at
hand, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”, “When
Police Die
”, “A Mother’s Loss
expressing our collective anguish
of a seemingly unrelenting war.
We need not keep score, death
is death, and we should not rest
until hate and racism are cast into
the abyss, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

Remember; We Are Our Own Liberators!

Jalil A. Muntaqim
Apartheid Attica
July 2016



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No Badjacketing: The State Wants to Kill Us; Let’s Not Cooperate (repost)

Every time people organize for liberation, autonomy, and a better world, the state and the bosses try to crush our movements. They don’t particularly care how they do it, but they don’t want to work hard. It’s easier for them, if we do it for them.

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The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison. (repost)

In the early 2000s, the small but militant Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) launched union drives at Starbucks and Jimmy John’s.  At the time, many in the mainstream labor movement scratched their heads.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison.



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Graphic: Conquistador lives don’t matter (repost)

“Of all the panels Rivera made for The Museum of Modern Art, Indian Warrior reaches back farthest into Mexican history, to the Spanish Conquest of the early 16th century. An Aztec warrior wearing the costume of a jaguar stabs an armored conquistador in the throat with a stone knife.

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Toronto Anarchist Bookfair, July 23-24!

torontoanarchistbookfairposter2016The Toronto Anarchist Bookfair is only 9 days away! Join us for a weekend full of anti-authoritarian activities, workshops, books, zines, food, friends, and great conversations!

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th
10:30am – 6pm

Steelworkers’ Hall (25 Cecil Street) (click here for map)

 

There will be a great selection of workshops this year, with presentations on:

  • The Occupation of INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada), before, after and now
  • Pinkwashing and Homonationalism
  • Deconstructing Intoxication Culture
  • Applying Anarchist Ideas to Current Cloud and Standalone Tech
  • Calling In: Doing Justice without Breaking Each Other
  • The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
  • And many more!

 

There will also be an amazing group of tablers:

  • PM Press, Kersplebedeb, The Wheelhouse, Toronto Media Co-op, Upping the Anti, Look Mum! Zine Distro, Waks Fruit Micro Press, Ankle Bone Books, From the Margins, AK Press, the Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu, aNaRCHo’s Bargain Books, Great Worm Distro, KW Inforshop, Blue Heron Books, Little Black Cart, Harvest Noon, Androgynborg, Black Rose Books, The Tower, OCAP, Between The Lines, Radical Design, Anti-fascist defence fund… and more!

 

Want to help out? From postering to childcare, please give us a hand!

Contact us at toanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

We are committed to making the Bookfair as accessible and welcoming as possible: The Steelworkers’ Hall is wheelchair accessible; there will be childcare and kids programming; there will be a People of Colour space. And as always the Bookfair will abide by our Safer Space and Sexual Assault and Consent policies.  If you have other ideas or suggestions for improving the accessibility of the event please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate you.

In Solidarity,
The Toronto Anarchist Bookfair Collective


 

Remember, Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th at the Steelworkers’ Hall:

steel_workers



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No Badjacketing: The State Wants to Kill Us; Let’s Not Cooperate



Every time people organize for liberation, autonomy, and a better world, the state and the bosses try to crush our movements. They don’t particularly care how they do it, but they don’t want to work hard. It’s easier for them, if we do it for them.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at No Badjacketing: The State Wants to Kill Us; Let’s Not Cooperate



The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison.



In the early 2000s, the small but militant Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) launched union drives at Starbucks and Jimmy John’s.  At the time, many in the mainstream labor movement scratched their heads.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison.



Graphic: Conquistador lives don’t matter



“Of all the panels Rivera made for The Museum of Modern Art, Indian Warrior reaches back farthest into Mexican history, to the Spanish Conquest of the early 16th century. An Aztec warrior wearing the costume of a jaguar stabs an armored conquistador in the throat with a stone knife.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Graphic: Conquistador lives don’t matter



Friday, July 15, 2016

More black people were killed by US police in 2015 than were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow (repost)

After the disturbing deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of law enforcement officers this week, racial bias and police brutality have once again become heated subjects in the US.

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Jalil Muntaqim Denied Parole, Jalil’s Official Statement on Being Denied Parole (repost)

As many of you have learned, I was interviewed on June 21, 2016 by the parole board for the ninth time. On June 27, 2016, I received their decision (attached) denying my release, basically reiterating all that has been said the previous eight times I was denied parole.

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More black people were killed by US police in 2015 than were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow



After the disturbing deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of law enforcement officers this week, racial bias and police brutality have once again become heated subjects in the US.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at More black people were killed by US police in 2015 than were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow



Jalil Muntaqim Denied Parole, Jalil’s Official Statement on Being Denied Parole



As many of you have learned, I was interviewed on June 21, 2016 by the parole board for the ninth time. On June 27, 2016, I received their decision (attached) denying my release, basically reiterating all that has been said the previous eight times I was denied parole.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Jalil Muntaqim Denied Parole, Jalil’s Official Statement on Being Denied Parole



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Maroon Sues DOC and Wins! Settlement Reached (repost)

Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel July 11, 2016: Pittsburgh PA —A settlement has been reached in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenged the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz.

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Maroon Sues DOC and Wins! Settlement Reached



Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel July 11, 2016: Pittsburgh PA —A settlement has been reached in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenged the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Maroon Sues DOC and Wins! Settlement Reached



Saturday, July 09, 2016

Alton Sterling, Eric Garner and the double standard of the side hustle



Alton Sterling was outside of a Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge selling CDs on Tuesday when an encounter with police left the 37-year-old man dead on the pavement, according to the 911 call that sparked the incident.

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Alton Sterling, Eric Garner and the double standard of the side hustle (repost)

Alton Sterling was outside of a Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge selling CDs on Tuesday when an encounter with police left the 37-year-old man dead on the pavement, according to the 911 call that sparked the incident.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Arsenic in water at Texas’s Coffield Unit

arsenic

Prisons in Texas endeavour to torture their captives through extreme heat, and to sicken them with arsenic in the drinking water; take a moment to check out this video from Houston TV News 8 on the situation at the Coffield Unit:

 



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Friday, July 01, 2016

Fascist Chic: Inside American Renaissance 2016 (repost)

Since 1990, American Renaissance (AmRen) has been a leader in the “suit and tie” racist crowd that was forming during that period.

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Fascist Chic: Inside American Renaissance 2016



Since 1990, American Renaissance (AmRen) has been a leader in the “suit and tie” racist crowd that was forming during that period.

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PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel to Address White Nationalist-Friendly “Property and Freedom Society” Conference in September (repost)

Founded in 2006 by libertarian academic Hans-Hermann Hoppe, the Property and Freedom Society is dedicated to what it calls “uncompromising intellectual radicalism: for justly acquired private property, freedom of contract, freedom of association—which logically implies the right to not associa

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PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel to Address White Nationalist-Friendly “Property and Freedom Society” Conference in September



Founded in 2006 by libertarian academic Hans-Hermann Hoppe, the Property and Freedom Society is dedicated to what it calls “uncompromising intellectual radicalism: for justly acquired private property, freedom of contract, freedom of association—which logically implies the right to not associa

Read the rest of this post on the original site at PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel to Address White Nationalist-Friendly “Property and Freedom Society” Conference in September



Call for the 2nd Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, July 25, 2016 (repost)

In the year since the first July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners in 2015, there has been a disturbing increase of Far Right activity worldwide.

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Call for the 2nd Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, July 25, 2016



In the year since the first July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners in 2015, there has been a disturbing increase of Far Right activity worldwide.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Call for the 2nd Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, July 25, 2016



Simple Knife Precautions for Antifa Actions (repost)

By Comrade D. These are dangerous times for leftists. The Brexit vote has shown that, within the parasitic, white nations of the first world, fascism has emerged as the primary opposition to overseas imperial ventures, displacing the left (an outcome J.

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Simple Knife Precautions for Antifa Actions



By Comrade D. These are dangerous times for leftists. The Brexit vote has shown that, within the parasitic, white nations of the first world, fascism has emerged as the primary opposition to overseas imperial ventures, displacing the left (an outcome J.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Simple Knife Precautions for Antifa Actions



How ‘Students For Trump’ Terrorized Portland State University (repost)

When Portland State University student Alyssa Pagan woke up on Friday, April 8, she found that she had 500 updates on her phone.

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Canada now the second biggest arms exporter to Middle East, data show Add to … (repost)

Canada has soared in global rankings to become the second biggest arms dealer to the Middle East on the strength of its massive sale of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia, new figures show.

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How ‘Students For Trump’ Terrorized Portland State University



When Portland State University student Alyssa Pagan woke up on Friday, April 8, she found that she had 500 updates on her phone.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at How ‘Students For Trump’ Terrorized Portland State University



Canada now the second biggest arms exporter to Middle East, data show Add to ...



Canada has soared in global rankings to become the second biggest arms dealer to the Middle East on the strength of its massive sale of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia, new figures show.

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Trois militants péquistes reçus par le Front national



Trois militants du Parti québécois (PQ) se sont rendus en France pour présenter un atelier anti-multiculturalisme et « élaborer des stratégies d'action » lors d'un congrès du Front national, un parti français d'extrême droite. Étienne T.

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Free Kara Wild



Kara Wild is an artist, comrade and resilient force of nature, currently being detained in France for her alleged participation in a protest against draconian labor reforms and police repression. She is a trans woman and is currently being held in a men’s jail without access to hormones.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Free Kara Wild



Class Struggle in the Parasite States



[Torkil Lauesen is a long-time anti-imperialist organizer and activist, former member of the Danish Communist Working Circle [KAK] and later Manifest-Communist Working Group [MKA], and author of Det Globale Perspektiv (the Global Perspective), awaiting publication in English.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Class Struggle in the Parasite States



new york's most feminist zine shop just opened in a laundromat



There is no shortage of either laundromats or sex stores in New York City, but there is definitely a shortage of good laundromat sex stores. Combining the two might sound like a recipe for disaster, but the 24-hour Mermaid Laundromat on Bushwick's Knickerbocker Avenue proves otherwise.

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Trois militants péquistes reçus par le Front national (repost)

Trois militants du Parti québécois (PQ) se sont rendus en France pour présenter un atelier anti-multiculturalisme et «?élaborer des stratégies d’action?» lors d’un congrès du Front national, un parti français d’extrême droite. Étienne T.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Trois militants péquistes reçus par le Front national



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Free Kara Wild (repost)

Kara Wild is an artist, comrade and resilient force of nature, currently being detained in France for her alleged participation in a protest against draconian labor reforms and police repression. She is a trans woman and is currently being held in a men’s jail without access to hormones.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Free Kara Wild



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Class Struggle in the Parasite States (repost)

[Torkil Lauesen is a long-time anti-imperialist organizer and activist, former member of the Danish Communist Working Circle [KAK] and later Manifest-Communist Working Group [MKA], and author of Det Globale Perspektiv (the Global Perspective), awaiting publication in English.

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new york’s most feminist zine shop just opened in a laundromat (repost)

There is no shortage of either laundromats or sex stores in New York City, but there is definitely a shortage of good laundromat sex stores. Combining the two might sound like a recipe for disaster, but the 24-hour Mermaid Laundromat on Bushwick’s Knickerbocker Avenue proves otherwise.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead, Wins Expozine Alternative Press Award for “Best Book”

lumpen_edmead_webLumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead, published by Kersplebedeb in 2015, has won the Best Book Alternative Press Award from Expozine, in Montreal, Canada.

Expozine is an annual small press fair held every November in Montreal. Every year, the organizing team asks each of the more than 270 exhibitors to submit a copy of their best new publication for consideration for the Expozine Alternative Press Awards. Last year, Kersplebedeb Publishing submitted Lumpen, just weeks after it had arrived back from the printers. On June 10, 2016, it was declared the best book submitted by the Expozine organizers.

As the Expozine jury put it, Lumpen is “An entertaining and bracing memoir of activist Ed Mead, who takes us through his journey from an impoverished youth through incarceration in a prison for boys, criss-crossing the country and opening windows on the harsh realities of incarceration in the western world’s largest prison system. An often alarming yet extremely inspiring tale well worth reading.”

Indeed, Ed Mead’s incarceration at the age of 13, was the first step in a story of oppression and revolt that ultimately lead to the foundation of the George Jackson Brigade, a Seattle-based urban guerrilla group, and to Mead’s re-incarceration as a fully engaged communist revolutionary, well-placed and prepared to take on both his captors and the predators amongst his fellow prisoners. While incarcerated, Ed organized against solitary confinement, and then with queer prisoners in the legendary Men Against Sexism, an experience that lead to his exile from Washington to the dungeons at Marion, Brushy Mountain, and Florence. Throughout Lumpen, Ed mixes anecdotes and observations about specific prison struggles, with broader discussions of revolutionary strategy and philosophy, all with an eye towards the goal of winning.

Kersplebedeb Publishing is very happy and grateful to the Expozine jury for helping to bring attention to this important book.

Lumpen is available from leftwingbooks.net, AK Press, and Amazon. It has recently been reviewed by Aric McBay in Briarpatch magazine, and by Ryan Conrad in the Gay and Lesbian Review.



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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

FREE SHIPPING AT LEFTWINGBOOKS.NET

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Kersplebedeb’s Leftwingbooks.NET website is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on any order of $50 (US) or more. Don’t delay: this offer is good throughout the month of June, only!



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JMP Reviews Chican@ Power and the Struggle for Aztlán

chicanopowerChican@ Power and the Struggle for Aztlán is available from leftwingbooks.NET, AK Press, and Amazon. The following review appeared on JMP’s site MLM Mayhem:

As regular readers of this blog will be aware, though I tend to be sympathetic to many of the positions expressed by some Maoist Third Worldist groups, particularly the Maoist Internationalist Movement [MIM], I identify with the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist movement that comes through the groups involved in the now-defunct RIM project, as well as the Communist Party India (Maoist) and the Communist Party of the Philippines.  Since I’ve outlined the reasons for this theoretical commitment elsewhere, I feel no reason to go into it here in any real detail, nor waste time expressing why I disagree with MIM’s assessment and critique of the RIM experience (which, to be fair, would conversely contain a recognition of aspects of their critique of the RCP-USA).  I bring up this theoretical demarcation, therefore, not to get into it in any real detail but to highlight the fact that, despite this qualification, I still enjoyed––and indeed highly recommend due to the fact that I believe it is an extremely useful text––Chican@ Power and the Struggle for Aztlán, a book produced by a MIM(Prisons) study group.  Despite placing myself in a different Maoist trajectory, and one that the people in MIM(Prisons) disagree with, I have a general respect for any work produced within the family of Maoism.

Read the full review on JMP’s blog MLM Mayhem



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Tear Down the Prison-Industrial Complex! (Ryan Conrad reviews Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead)

lumpen_edmead_webThe following review by Ryan Conrad has appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of the Gay and Lesbian Review. Remember, Lumpen is available from leftwingbooks.net, AK Press, and Amazon, amongst other places.

Tear Down the Prison-Industrial Complex!

Ed Mead’s autobiography is a welcome addition to a growing corpus of recent nonfiction that examines the relationship between GLBT people and the prison industrial complex (PIC). Released from prison in 1993, Mead spent eighteen years serving time for his role in a Seattle-based revolutionary Communist group responsible for the bombing of banks, government buildings, and corporations accused of racism during the turbulent 1970s. Now in the late stages of lung cancer and well into his seventies, Mead has shared with us his epic tale of life on the front lines of class war for over half a century.

Lumpen joins Dean Spade’s Normal Life, Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock’s collectively authored Queer (In)Justice, and the anthologies Captive Genders (edited by Eric Stanley and Nat Smith) and Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You, edited by this writer. This is not to suggest that queer investment in fighting against the PIC is a new phenomenon: many of us know well the stories of groups like Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners, Vanguard, the Lavender Panthers, and the George Jackson Brigade, which Ed Mead cofounded. But this renewed energy devoted to examining the queer stakes in prison abolition has been gathering steam, and it has produced this challenging and invigorating corpus of literature.

Mead’s unique contribution to this body of writing lies in the highly personal nature of autobiography as a form (while most of the aforementioned literature comes out of scholarly and activist communities). He presents his life story in three parts, each written at different periods of his life. His childhood in the 1940s and ’50s, which included both urban and rural poverty – from the notorious streets of Compton, California, to homesteading in rural Alaska on the so-called frontier – is described in vivid detail in Part One. We learn of his resilient mother and sisters cobbling a life together in the wilderness, his childhood desire for a male peer (which he was only able to articulate in retrospect), and his pathway to petty theft and crimes of survival that landed him in prison before his political education. It was while in prison this first time that he studied criminal law, anarchism, Marxism, and different iterations of communist ideology, thanks to prison libraries and prisoner-friendly bookstores.

In part two, Mead puts his political education to work on the outside. After his release from prison in Alaska, he moves to Seattle to do activist work supporting other prisoners in the early 1970s. The Vietnam War as well as the activity of the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the American Indian Movement, among others, sets the context of this post-release period in his life. Mead’s description of his eventual embrace of armed struggle as the most viable political strategy is both quotidian and logical. It is actually the everydayness, the explicitly non-sexy side of activist organizing, that’s so fascinating in this section. It is hard to imagine today, in our largely defanged anti-globalization movement, that many people would come to the same conclusions: the necessity for armed struggle against American imperialism from within the belly of the beast.

Although Mead does not provide a detailed history of the George Jackson Brigade – he notes that this is already documented in Daniel Burton-Rose’s 2010 book, Guerrilla USA – he does reveal some of the more personal details of how this sexually and racially mixed group of class warriors came together from 1975 to ’77. This retelling is a welcome corrective to the macho posturing in many stories, both in print and on celluloid, that recount this era of radical activism, particularly those focused on the Weather Underground.

In the book’s third part, Mead focuses again on his prison organizing from within the PIC after his arrest during a botched bank expropriation with the George Jackson Brigade in 1975. Again, the everyday description of prison life and prison organizing, from the mundane to the most brutal, punctuates Mead’s story. In the pages of this last section, we learn the fascinating story of Men Against Sexism, the pro-gay, pro-trans, prisoner-run organization that defended the rights of queer and trans prisoners against a deeply homophobic and transphobic prison administration (including church chaplains, of course) and that worked to end prison rape and sexual slavery. This work, though it was short-lived due to his escape attempt, reminds us of the important objectives that can be accomplished when GLBT prisoners are empowered to change their own conditions.

Needless to add, the kind of work that Mead and his comrades embarked upon many decades ago still needs doing. According to a recent 2015 national prisoner survey conducted by Black and Pink – an organization that supports GLBT prisoners through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing – nearly one-third of prisoners surveyed reported being raped in prison by other inmates, while more than half reported unwanted touching and physical harassment at the hands of other prisoners. These statistics do not include the nearly forty percent that reported unwanted touching by prison staff and the twelve percent that reported being raped by prison staff. Perhaps now that the story of Men Against Sexism has been told more comprehensively in Mead’s autobiography, it can serve as both an inspiration and a rough blueprint for future anti-rape organizing within the walls of the prison industrial complex today.

In a final postscript, Mead reflects on his ongoing work at supporting present-day prisoners, particularly those who were engaged in one of the largest recorded hunger strikes in the California prison system in 2011. But, like every good activist, Mead isn’t satisfied simply telling his own story but encourages all of us to learn our histories and join the struggle. The final pages provide a comprehensive list of activist organizations fighting for prisoners’ rights. For those who want to help, there’s no excuse not to get involved!



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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ottawa Zine Fair, June 4th!

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WHEN: Saturday June 4th, 11 AM – 5 PM
WHERE: Mac Hall at the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Avenue) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on unceded Algonquin territory.
Facebook: http://ift.tt/1P0YTHK

COVER: By donation, pay what you can. All proceeds to support the Prisoner Correspondence Project. Find information at: http://http://ift.tt/1P0YTr5roject.com/

TABLERS

¿Serio? Zine
Ace Zine Archive
Babely Shades
Broke Bellies
Decolonizing Street Art
Elijah Wipe
Emtothethird.
Encre Noire
Femme Crimes Distro
Fight Boredom Distro
from the margins
From the Root Zine
Ghost Pine zine
hamda!
Heidi Cho Makes Art
Howl! arts collective
Ian Martin
Jac N. Vanier
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative
Katherine Arnoldi
Kersplebedeb Leftwingbooks.net
Kind
Lane Patriquin
Late Bloom Zines
Lunarbovine
Made by CRO
Metonymy Press
mgglntCREATES
Morgan Sea
Musterni
Naomi Moyer of élastiquedesigns
NCRA Indigenous Zine
Nshannacappo
The RivetCave
Sabrina Scott / Witchbody
Sad Weekends
saicoink
Sarah Mangle
She Shouts
soft cedar – things i make
Starkiss Creations
Steph Meunier
The Piece of Work
tire swing
We’ll Never Have Paris
The Wheelhouse
Zines or Something Press

Full list of tablers with descriptions at this link: https://ottawazinefair.wordpress.com/2016-2/

ACCESSIBILITY

*The Bronson Centre is wheelchair accessible, with ground-floor, push-button entrance and ramps. There are physically accessible washrooms in the building.

*Washrooms in Mac Hall will be made gender neutral for the day.

*OZF strives to be scent free. There will be unscented soap in the washrooms. We ask that all attendees, volunteers and tablers come scent-free. Please take the time to read the following resources about how to be scent-free and why it’s important:
1) http://http://ift.tt/1P0Z1XMfragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15
2) http://http://ift.tt/1P0Zqcu10/07/making-spaces-accessible-scent-free-to-create-opportunities-for-friendship-connection-support/

*This event will not be serving alcohol and we ask that people not consume alcohol or other substances on site. Folks who need drink or use other drugs prior to attending the event will not be turned away.

*There will be complimentary snacks, tea and coffee available for attendees, volunteers and tablers.

*We hope to have support liasons on site to assist and provide support including active listening, ushering and corresponding with event organizers. Please let us know on our volunteer form if this is something you feel able to do.

SAFE(R) SPACE (?)

It would be awesome if we could promise a you safe space. The thing is, we don’t think any space is ever safe. What we can strive for, though, is to be welcoming, inclusive, and committed to accountability.

We value zines as a way for marginalized stories and experiences to be represented. We will not tolerate racist, culturally appropriative, ableist, cissexist, transmisogynistic, homophobic, classist materials or behaviour.

Please do not touch anyone or take anyone’s photo without their permission. Please ask someone’s pronouns before you assume how they should be referred to.

VOLUNTEERING + BILLETING

It is a lot of work to make a zine fair, and we would love your help! We need volunteers in a variety of areas, including hosting travelling zinesters!

Please fill out the form below if you want to volunteer or can offer a place for an out-of-town tabler to stay: http://ift.tt/jCE3DIforms/d/1kqm94G-Wx9GI-YSQj7Q-hAss0QEGZmBco3frB7yq7fY/viewform?edit_requested=true

CONTACT

If you have any questions, comments or concerns (or just to get in touch), please email OZF at glitterandstuds@riseup.net or visit our website athttp://http://ift.tt/1XbQXM6s.com/ for more information.



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Friday, May 27, 2016

Quick Thoughts on Oppressor Reflexes

reflexPeople from oppressor groups develop reflexive ways of reacting to any and all challenges emanating from oppressed groups.

These oppressor reflexes can both express and reinforce the dominant position of the oppressor, though not necessarily to equal degrees.

Silence and meaningless agreement as much as noise and constant disagreement all can constitute oppressor reflexes.

Under neocolonialism, oppressor reflexes can be harnessed by all “sides” in a conflict.

Reflexive action will be determined by underlying structure (thus the “reflexive” element). Certain structures will tend to produce points of polarization around particular questions, which act as lightning rods.

The tendencies towards polarization which inhere in these lighting rod questions, are further encouraged by the fragmentary nature of communication, so that different aspects of opposing positions can be patched together into cohesive if not coherent escalatory positions, despite no one person necessarily holding those positions. And so we escalate.

Reflexes can both express and reinforce the determining nature of the underlying structure, though not necessarily to equal degrees.

Oppressor reflexes do not depend on the initial challenge to members of oppressor groups being “correct” or “incorrect”. Oppressor reflexes are conditional upon the underlying (oppressive) structure, not on the perspicacity or lack thereof of whomever is challenging them.

Where an initial position holds anti-liberatory politics, but provokes an oppressor reflex against these anti-liberatory politics, the reflexive expression (reflecting the underlying structure) of things will at times override the content. Anti-liberatory content can then be conveyed into the future as the content of formally liberatory struggles.

Acting non-reflexively is key.

 



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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Montreal Bookfair Opening: May 27th at CEDA!

artanarchyThe Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will open on Friday, May 27 at CEDA with the launch of Art & Anarchy, a special screening of films by Insurgent Projections, as well as a “mini-Bookfair” of selected participating groups. For details, visit: http://ift.tt/1TCwvgS

Art + Anarchy 2016 brings together creations by more than 50 artists from our communities. The pieces in the exhibit vary widely in their styles, medium, and subjects. We invite everybody to come see the art* on the 3rd floor of CEDA, during the Anarchist Bookfair and on the Friday evening!!

Opening and Launch of the Bookfair weekend
Friday May 27 6-9pm

Come early! There will be PWYC meals; many artists will be present; performances tba; And the Anarchist Film Fest will screen a special program!! This is time to come meet and greet!

There will also be tabling on the first floor hallway of CEDA during this opening — so this is your chance to make sure you can get that book or zine from Kersplebedeb, AK Press, PM Press, or any of the other special tablers at this pre-bookfair event!

Here is a map to show you where CEDA is — remember during the actual bookfair weekend, to also check out CCGV, which is where Kersplebedeb will be tabling:

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SALON DU LIVRE ANARCHISTE DE MONTRÉAL: 28 et 29 mai (derniers détails)

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*LE SALON DU LIVRE ANARCHISTE DE MONTRÉAL 2016* samedi le 28 mai & dimanche le 29 mai de 10h à 17h les deux jours Notez bien : les tables d’exposition prendront place les deux journées.

Le Salon du livre anarchiste se tiendra dans deux bâtiments situés l’un en face de l’autre autour du Parc Vinet:

*- Au Centre culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman- Au Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle* C’est à une courte distance du métro Lionel-Groulx. CARTE : http://ift.tt/1FLoPm8

 

*Ni dieu, ni maître; ni patron, ni frontière.GRATUIT. Bienvenue à tous et toutes.Pour les personnes curieuses de l’anarchisme.*

* Les enfants de tous âges sont bienvenus au Salon du livre Anarchiste.

* Les espaces principaux du Salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal sont accessibles en fauteuil roulant; l’expo Art et Anarchie aura lieu au 3e étage du CEDA qui n’a pas d’ascenseur, le site n’est donc malheureusement pas complètement accessible. Une porte du CÉDA est munie d’une rampe d’accès. Elle est située du côté du stationnement, à la gauche du 2520 avenue Lionel-Groulx, entre la rue Vinet et Charlevoix. —–

L’organisation du Salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal est guidée par notre reconnaissance, nos principes, notre énoncé d’accessibilité, notre politique d’espaces plus inclusifs, et cette année, nous avons une nouvelle déclaration concernant l’appropriation culturelle.

*- Reconnaissance :* http://ift.tt/1TCvTIe *- Principes :* http://ift.tt/1G89VKD *- Énoncé d’accessibilité :* http://ift.tt/1FLoPma *- Politique d’espaces plus inclusifs :* http://ift.tt/1YKB8Zq *- Déclaration concernant l’appropriation culturelle: * http://ift.tt/1TCwaeg —–

*À la recherche des bénévoles ! *Nous avons besoin toujours des bénévoles qui peuvent aider avant ou pendant le Salon du livre anarchiste. Nous avons besoin de votre aide pour 1 ou deux heures avec: i) nos tables d’accueil le samedi et dimanche; ii) la distribution de la nourriture le samedi et dimanche; iii) la traduction chuchotée vers l’anglais ou le français durant les ateliers; iv) l’installation de tables vendredi entre 12h et 16h. Svp, contactez-nous à info@salonanarchiste.ca si vous pouvez nous aider. —

LES POINT MARQUANTS

*-> Ouverture spéciale du Salon du livre anarchiste (vendredi 27 mai, 18h à 21h)* Le Salon du livre anarchiste ouvrira ce vendredi au CEDA avec le lancement de l’Art et Anarchie, une projection de films par Projections Insurgées, ainsi que un “mini-Salon du livre” avec quelques groupes participants. Pour des détails: http://ift.tt/1TCwvgS

*-> Art et Anarchie (27, 28 et 29 mai)* La mouture 2016 d’Art + Anarchie regroupe le travail de plus d’une cinquantaine d’artistes issu.es de nos communautés. Les thématiques abordés et les médiums utilisés sont multiples. Pour info: http://ift.tt/1XVcnMo ou http://ift.tt/1XVcmYJ

*-> Kiosques (28 et 29 mai)* Les tables seront placées dans les auditoriums principaux des deux bâtiments : au CEDA et au Centre culturel Georges-Vanier. Il y aura des tables d’exposition où se trouvent les tables des libraires, des distributeurs, des journaux indépendants et des groupes politiques de partout à Montréal, du Québec, de l’Amérique du Nord et de l’étranger. Pour une liste des groupes participants, visitez: http://ift.tt/1TCvDJm

*-> Ateliers et Présentations (28 et 29 mai)* Cette année il y aura vingt-neuf (29) ateliers et présentations durant le Salon du livre anarchiste, incluant quatre (4) introductions à l’anarchisme. L’horaire en résumé est ci-dessous. Pour les descriptions détaillées, visitez: http://ift.tt/1XVcs2A

*-> Zone des enfants! (28 et 29 mai)* Les enfants de tous âges sont bienvenus au Salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal. Pour plus de détails concernant la Zone des enfants et d’autres activités, visitez: http://ift.tt/1TCww4q

*-> Espaces tranquilles (28 et 29 mai)* Les espaces tranquilles ont été développé en reconnaissance du fait que le salon peut parfois devenir très intense et chargé pour plusieurs raisons. L’idée, c’est d’offrir un espace à l’écart des activités principales du salon, pour décompresser, sans qu’on se sente forcé.e de quitter le salon pour accéder à un peu de calme. Il y aura deux espaces tranquilles cette année: CCGV (2.140) et CEDA (305).

*-> Salle thématique: Enfants, parents et camarades (28 mai)* En plus de la Zone pour enfants, la présente édition du Salon du livre anarchiste accueillera également la salle thématique “Enfants, parents et camarades”, avec la présence de Mai’a Williams, co-éditrice de Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (La maternité révolutionnaire: l’amour en première ligne), ainsi que Alana Apfel, auteure de Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities (L’accouchement en tant que travail: témoignages d’activistes du milieu des naissances). Info: http://ift.tt/1XVc6c9

*-> Salle des luttes antiracistes (28 et 29 mai)* La Salle des luttes antiracistes sera un espace (parmi d’autres) au Salon du livre anarchiste de réfléchir sur comment nous combattons le racisme. Il y aura trois présentations publiques : Bâtir une cité sans frontière : La justice en matière de migration et la pratique quotidienne d’entraide et d’action directe (Solidarité sans frontières); Féminisme blanc et produits dérivés (Thérèse Namahoro et Lourdenie Jean); et Violence étatique et vies des personnes noires au Canada: Une perspective féministe et pour l’abolition des prisons (Robyn Maynard). Info: http://ift.tt/1TCvFRl

*-> Salle des médias autonomes (29 mai)* La Salle des média autonomes est consacrée au partage des compétences et des connaissances sur les différents médias tels que déployés par les anarchistes – comme la radio pirate, montage numérique DIY, la communication sécuritaire, et beaucoup plus. Info: http://ift.tt/1XVcHL5

*-> Nourriture (28 et 29 mai)* Cette année, le collectif du Salon du Livre Anarchiste est responsable de la préparation et de la distribution de la nourriture pendant la durée des deux jours du Salon (les 28 et 29 mai). Il y aura une modeste contribution suggérée qui sera demandée, afin de lever des fonds pour couvrir les frais du Salon. Il y aura des choix vegan, végétarien, avec viande et sans gluten. Il y aura aussi un menu spécial pour les enfants, disponible dans la «zone des enfants». La nourriture sera disponible à la cuisine du Café Mozak, dans l’auditorium du CEDA. Si vous pouvez aider avec la distribution de nourriture samedi ou dimanche, svp contactez-nous à info@anarchistbookfair.ca

*-> Extérieur (28 et 29 mai)* L’utilisation de l’espace extérieur sera beaucoup plus encadrée par le Salon du livre anarchiste. Étant donné qu’une section entière est clôturée, l’espace extérieur dans le parc Vinet est en effet très limité. Lisez plus ici: http://ift.tt/1TCw4Dh —–

 

*Ateliers et présentations au Salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal*

Durant les deux jours du Salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal vous pourrez assister à des ateliers qui abordent en profondeur des sujets liés à l’anarchisme ainsi que des ateliers d’introduction. À l’affiche cette année: 4 introductions à l’anarchisme (2 en français et 2 en anglais), 2 ateliers dans le cadre de l’Art et Anarchie, la Salle des luttes antiracistes (28 et 29 mai), la Salle thématique Enfants, parents et camarades (samedi le 28 mai), la Salle des médias autonomes (dimanche le 29 mai). Au total, il y aura 29 ateliers et présentations durant le Salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal.

-> Les descriptions plus détaillées d’ateliers seront publiées sous peu; consultez le lien suivant : http://ift.tt/1Z32WsD -> L’horaire en résumé est ci-dessous.

Tous les ateliers seront présentés en traduction chuchotée vers le français (FR) ou l’anglais (ANG) CCGV = Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2450, rue Workman) CEDA = Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (2515, rue Delisle) —–

*HORAIRE EN RÉSUMÉSamedi le 28 mai*

– 11h (CEDA, Salle 119): Éducation artistique sur la diversité culturelle et écologique: récits sur la mondialisation, les changements climatique, la colonisation et l’extraction des ressources (Beehive Collective) – ANG – 11h (CEDA, Salle 123): Rencontre des auteur-e-s anarchistes (Bloc des auteur-e-s anarchistes) – BIL – 11h (CEDA, Salle 125): La maternité révolutionnaire: co-créer des communautés radicales en temps de guerre (Mai’a Williams) – ANG

– 13h (CEDA, Salle 119): (Introduction à l’anarchisme) Anarchisme 101: Le quoi et le pourquoi (Christine Renaud) – ANG – 13h (CEDA, Salle 123): Film: Une autre forme d’organisation (Merry Wafwana et Alice Bernard) – BIL – 13h (CEDA, Salle 125): Caucus des parents et des personnes qui soutiennent des parents et des enfants – BIL – 13h (CCGV, Salle 0.100): Vers une réponse anarchiste à la toxicomanie et au rétablissement (Radical Sobriety Montreal) – BIL – 13h (CCGV, Salle 1.100): Une librairie féministe à Montréal: réflexions collectives sur la création d’un espace communautaire (L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe) – FR – 13h (CCGV, Salle 2.100): Bâtir une cité sans frontière : La justice en matière de migration et la pratique quotidienne d’entraide et d’action directe (Solidarité sans frontières) – FR

– 15h (CEDA, Salle 119): (Introduction à l’anarchisme) Une introduction aux idées et pratiques de l’anarchisme (Pascale Brunet) – FR – 15h (CEDA, Salle 123): Réappropriation de l’Identité Autochtone (Clifton Nicholas) – FR – 15h (CEDA, Salle 125): L’accouchement en tant que travail, politiques de libération et de reproduction (Alana Apfel) – ANG – 15h (CCGV, Salle 0.100): Rojava: La révolution pour une société anti-patriarcale (Solidarité Rojava Montreal) – ANG – 15h (CCGV, Salle 1.100): Que pourrait être Indymedia dans l’ère des médias sociaux corporatifs? (Mallory Knodel et Stéphane Couture) – ANG – 15h (CCGV, Salle 2.100): S’organiser ensemble contre le capitalisme et l’État: une discussion pour anarchistes autochtones, noir.es et/ou racisé.es <http://ift.tt/1TCvQMp; (CRAM) – FR

*Dimanche le 29 mai*

– 11h (CEDA, Salle 119): Raw Print (Chris Robertson, La Presse du Chat Perdu) – BIL – 11h (CEDA, Salle 125): Présentation sur Infos.Medias, intégrateur des médias indépendants (Infos.Medias) – FR

– 13h (CEDA, Salle 119): (Introduction à l’anarchisme)«Exiger l’impossible»: La pratique et la pertinence de l’anarchisme (Jaggi Singh) – FR – 13h (CEDA, Salle 123): Le chenil humain: Défendre ses droits en prison (Jeannette Tossounian)– ANG – 13h (CEDA, Salle 125): Atelier de vidéo avec G.A.P.P.A. squad: «Médias militants et pratiques sécuritaires» – FR – 13h (CCGV, Salle 0.100): La santé mentale radicale: les principes de base et comment être un bon.ne allie.e (Collectif Mad Pride) – ANG – 13h (CCGV, Salle 1.100): Anarchisme et Nihilisme (Aragorn!) – ANG – 13h (CCGV, Salle 2.100): Féminisme blanc et produits dérivés (Thérèse Namahoro et Lourdenie Jean) – FR

– 15h (CEDA, Salle 119): (Introduction à l’anarchisme) Anarchie 101 (Dylan) – ANG – 15h (CEDA, Salle 123): (pour les enfants) Conte et murale contre le racisme (Comité éduation populaire de la CLAC) – FR – 15h (CEDA, Salle 125): Table ronde sur les médias autochtones (Lindsay Nixon et Stephen Agluvak Puskas) – ANG – 15h (CCGV, Salle 0.100): Nos droits face à la police (Collectif Opposé à la brutalité policière) – FR – 15h (CCGV, Salle 1.100): L’apostasie, ou comment sortir definitivement du royaume de dieu (Charles Bicari) – FR – 15h (CCGV, Salle 2.100): Violence étatique et vies des personnes noires au Canada: Une perspective féministe et pour l’abolition des prisons (Robyn Maynard) – ANG

-> Les descriptions plus détaillées d’ateliers seront publiées sous peu; consultez le lien suivant : http://ift.tt/1Z32WsD —–

POUR INFORMATION : -> Courriel : info@salonanarchiste.ca -> Poste: Salon du livre Anarchiste de Montréal 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 204 Montréal, Québec H3G 1N1

POUR DES MISES- À-JOUR : -> web: http://ift.tt/1wDugPo -> liste d’envoi: http://ift.tt/1iSm3yl

MÉDIAS SOCIAUX : -> facebook: http://ift.tt/1N608q4 -> twitter: @BookfairAnarMTL

 



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MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR: May 28 & 29 (final details)

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*MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2016* Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29 10am-5pm on both days Note: Booksellers and vendors will be displaying on both days.

The Anarchist Bookfair takes place in two buildings across from each other in Parc Vinet:

*- Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman- Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle* A short distance from Lionel-Groulx metro. MAP: http://ift.tt/1FLoP5Q

 

*No gods, no masters, no bosses, no borders.FREE. Welcome to all!For people curious about anarchism and wanting to learn more.*

* Kids of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair.

* All main spaces of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair at both locations are accessible to people using wheelchairs; we regret that Art & Anarchy, on the 3rd floor of the CEDA, is only accessible by stairs. The CEDA entrance for people needing to use the wheelchair ramp is via the rear parking lot to the left of 2520, avenue Lionel-Groulx, before Vinet, but after Charlevoix. —–

The organizing of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is guided by an acknowledgment, principles, accessibility policy & commitment, safe(r) spaces policy, and this year we have a new statement on cultural appropriation.

*- Acknowledgment:* http://ift.tt/1XVcGGS *- Principles:* http://ift.tt/1G89XlI *- Accessibility Policy and Commitment:* http://ift.tt/1FLoP5S *- Safe(r) Spaces Policy:* http://ift.tt/1r3ZiDQ – *Statement on Cultural Appropriation:* http://ift.tt/1XVcrf3 —–

*Callout for Volunteers! *We still need volunteers to help for a few hours before and during the Bookfair. We need people who can: i) be at our welcome table at either CCGV or CEDA for 1-2 hour shifts; ii) help to distribute food on Saturday and Sunday for one to two hour shifts; iii) help with whisper translation towards French or English during workshops; iv) help with the installation of tables on Friday anytime from 12pm-4pm. If you have a few hours to spare before and during the Bookfair, get in touch with us via info@anarchistbookfair.ca —–

HIGHLIGHTS

*-> Special Bookfair Opening (Friday, May 27, 6-9pm)* The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will open on Friday, May 27 at CEDA with the launch of Art & Anarchy, a special screening of films by Insurgent Projections, as well as a “mini-Bookfair” of selected participating groups. For details, visit: http://ift.tt/1TCwvgS

*-> Art & Anarchy (May 27-29)* Art + Anarchy 2016 brings together creations by more than 50 artists from our communities. The pieces in the exhibit vary widely in their styles, medium, and subjects. For more details visit http://ift.tt/1XVcnMo or http://ift.tt/1TCvFAY

*-> Over 100 Participating Groups (May 28 & 29)* Tabling will take place in the main auditoriums of both our locations: Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA) and the Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV). The main auditoriums of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will include booksellers, distributors, independent presses and political groups from all over Montreal, Quebec, North America, and abroad. For the confirmed list of participating groups, visit: http://ift.tt/1XVcGqq

*-> Workshops & Presentations (May 28 & 29)* This year there will be twenty-nine (29) workshops and presentations during the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, including 4 introductions to anarchism. The schedule-in-brief is included below. For detailed descriptions, visit: http://ift.tt/1TCvYvr

*-> Kids Zone! (May 28 & 29)* Children are welcome and encouraged to attend the Anarchist Bookfair. For more details about the Kids Zone and other programming, visit: http://ift.tt/1XVcp6U

*-> Quiet Rooms (May 28 & 29)* The Quiet Rooms are created out of the recognition that the Bookfair can be really overwhelming and intense for a variety of reasons, and that folks might need a place to be apart from the main Bookfair without feeling like they have to leave altogether. There are two Quiet Rooms this year: CCGV (2.140) & CEDA (305).

*-> Kids, Caregivers and Comrades Theme Room (May 28)* In addition to Kids Zone, this year the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will also have a “Kids, Caregivers, and Comrades” theme room on Saturday featuring Mai’a Williams, co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines, and Alana Apfel, author of Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities. For details: http://ift.tt/1TCvSnv

*-> Anti-Racist Struggles Room (May 28 & 29)* he Anti-Racist Struggles room highlights workshops and presentations confronting racism. There will be three presentations open to all: Building a Solidarity City: Migrant justice and the everyday practice of mutual aid and direct action (Solidarity Across Borders); White feminism and its derivatives (Thérèse Namahoro & Lourdenie Jean); and State Violence and Black Lives in Canada: A feminist, prison abolition perspective (Robyn Maynard). For details: http://ift.tt/1XVctDI

*-> Autonomous Media Room (May 29)* The Autonomous Media Room is dedicated to sharing the skills and knowledge of different mediums as deployed by anarchists – such as pirate radio, DIY digital editing, secure communication, and more. For details: http://ift.tt/1TCw6eB

*-> Food (May 28 & 29)* This year, the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair collective is organizing food for participants over the two days of the Bookfair (May 28 & 29). There will be a modest cost for the food, which is a fundraiser to pay for the expenses of the Anarchist Bookfair. There will be choices for vegans, vegetarians, meat-eaters, and for people who are gluten-free. There will also be a special free kids menu available in the Kids Zone. Food will be available at the Café Mozaik kitchen, beside the CEDA auditorium. If you can help with the distribution of food on Saturday & Sunday, please contact us at info@salonanarchiste.ca

*-> Outdoors (May 28 & 29)* The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is being more organized about the use of the outdoor space. Considering that the field area is fenced off for sports, there is actually very limited outdoor space in Parc Vinet. Read more here: http://ift.tt/1XVcEyZ —–

*Workshops & Presentations at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair* Workshops that explore topics related to anarchism in some depth, as well introduction to anarchism workshops, take place during both days of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. The content this year includes four (4) introduction to anarchism workshops (2 each in English and French), two (2) Art & Anarchy workshops, an Anti-Racist Struggles Theme Room (May 28 & 29), a Kids, Caregivers & Comrades Theme Room (Saturday, May 28), and an Autonomous Media Room (Sunday, May 29). In total, there will be 29 workshops and presentations!

-> More detailed descriptions will be posted shortly at the following link: http://ift.tt/1TCvAx3 -> Schedule-in-brief included below.

All workshops will include whisper translation into English (EN) or French (FR). CCGV = Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2450 rue Workman) CEDA = Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (2515 rue Delisle)

 

*SCHEDULE IN BRIEFSATURDAY, MAY 28*

11am (CEDA, Room #119): Art-based education on cultural and ecological diversity: stories of globalization, climate change, colonization, and resource extraction (Beehive Collective) – EN 11am (CEDA, Room #123): Anarchist Writers Meeting (Montreal Anarchist Writers Bloc) – BIL 11am (CEDA, Room #125): Revolutionary Mothering: Co-creating Radical Communities in Times of War (Mai’a Williams) – EN

1pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Anarchism 101: The What and Why (Christine Renaud) – EN 1pm (CEDA, Room #123): Film: A Different Form Of Organization … and a different form of social relationships (Merry Wafwana & Alice Bernard) – BIL 1pm (CEDA, Room #125): Parents and Caregivers Caucus – BIL 1pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Towards an Anarchist Response to Addiction & Recovery (Radical Sobriety Montreal) – BIL 1pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): A Feminist Bookstore in Montreal: Collective Reflections on the Creation of a Community Space (L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe) – FR 1pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): Building a Solidarity City: Migrant justice and the everyday practice of mutual aid and direct action (Solidarity Across Borders) – FR

3pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Getting to the Roots: An Introduction to Anarchist Ideas and Practice (Pascale Brunet) – FR 3pm (CEDA, Room #123): Re-appropriating Indigenous Identity (Clifton Nicholas) – FR 3pm (CEDA, Room #125): Birth Work as Care Work: Birth, Reproduction and Liberation Politics (Alana Apfel) – EN 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Rojava: The Revolution for an Anti-Patriarchal Society (Rojava Solidarity Montreal) – EN 3pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): What could Indymedia be in the Era of Corporate Social Media? (Mallory Knodel & Stéphane Couture) – EN 3pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): Organizing Together Against Capitalism and the State: A discussion for Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour anarchists (CRAM) – FR

*SUNDAY, MAY 29*

11am (CEDA, Room #119): Raw Print (Chris Robertson, La Presse du Chat Perdu) – BIL 11am (CEDA, Room #125): Presentation on Infos.Medias news aggregator (Infos.Medias) – FR

1pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) “Demanding the Impossible”: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (Jaggi Singh) – FR 1pm (CEDA, Room #123): The Human Kennel: Fighting for rights inside jail (Jeannette Tossounian) – EN 1pm (CEDA, Room #125): Video workshop with GAPPA squad: Media, activists and security practices (GAPPA) – FR 1pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Radical Mental Health: foundations and being a good ally (Mad Pride Collective) – EN 1pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): Anarchist Nihilism (Aragorn!) – EN 1pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): White feminism and its derivatives (Thérèse Namahoro & Lourdenie Jean) – FR

3pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Anarchy 101 (Dylan) – EN 3pm (CEDA, Room #123): (For Kids) Story and Mural Against Racism (CLAC Popular Education)– FR 3pm (CEDA, Room #125): Indigenous Media Panel Discussion (Lindsay Nixon & Stephen Agluvak Puskas) – EN 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Our rights in dealing with cops (Collective Opposed to Police Brutality) – FR 3pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): Apostasy, or how to get out of the Kingdom of God definitively (Charles Bicari) – FR 3pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): State Violence and Black Lives in Canada: A feminist, prison abolition perspective (Robyn Maynard) – EN

-> More detailed descriptions will be posted shortly at the following link: http://ift.tt/1TCvAx3

—– CONTACT INFORMATION: -> e-mail: info@anarchistbookfair.ca -> mail: Salon du livre Anarchiste de Montréal 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 204 Montréal, Québec H3G 1N1

FOR UPDATES: -> web: http://ift.tt/1iSm5pV -> announcements list: http://ift.tt/1iSm3yl

SOCIAL MEDIA: -> facebook: http://ift.tt/1N608q4 -> twitter: @BookfairAnarMTL

 



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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quick Thoughts on Culture

stick-man-thinking-9Tzz6kaTE“Culture” is a framework developed by people to describe patterns of social behaviour, expression, consciousness. A given culture will manifest in multiple ways, will have more than one characteristic. and will in the final analysis be defined by the practice of people, albeit refracted through a distorted view that they have of themselves.

Culture can change, but not according to anyone’s rulebook. It is the result of what large numbers of uncontrollable people will do, often without thinking about it. It is the result of not only what “members of” a culture will do, but also of what others not recognized as such will do.

Culture can be imitative. If people’s lives are intertwined, if they grow up together, live together, work together, struggle together … they’ll sometimes adopt habits or forms just because the cultural expression in question begins to resonate with them, not as alien, but as part of their lived experience. Even if it didn’t used to be.

Culture is made by people, and all people are capable of of the same cultural accomplishments, expressions, and innovations. So “different cultures” can end up developing parallel expressions, just as they can develop radically different ones.

Culture is both form and content, reflected back and forth like two mirrors held up to each other. But if you take one of those parts away, it falls to bits.

Cultural forms (or expressions) carry genealogies which can be traced backwards forever. However, to pick up a cultural form, take it on, integrate it, one needs to know nothing of that, i.e. cultural forms are accessible, nobody needs a rulebook or guide. Cultural forms are dynamic much like an object-oriented programming language. But just like an object-oriented language, the meaning of the form in one cultural context need have nothing to do with its meaning in another.

Cultures are generated automatically and continuously by nations, classes, societies, collectivities. Cultures constitute one of several factors that in turn can occasionally contribute to giving partial form to nations, classes, societies, collectivities.

A culture’s self-presentation can’t be trusted. It’s version of it’s own past is invariably off kilter. Its official boundaries inevitably cut off people who in their lived lives are a part of it. Its dos and don’ts are sometimes followed, sometimes not. Like stars in the sky, what you see is not where things are now, but where they were when the light started streaming towards you, maybe years ago, maybe much longer than that.

“Tradition” refers to what some people feel invested in other people believing the past was like. This may be true, or it may not be true. Politics and ethics are excellent guides to what one should or should not do in life. Whether something is culturally sanctioned, or part of “one’s own” tradition, far less so.

The above is not “good” or “bad”, it’s not a map of the terrain, it’s just a description of how the terrain will operate. One can try to intervene to change that, but as culture is just the aggregate of so many individual realities, you are unlikely to succeed. Far better to intervene on the cultural terrain to get done what you want to get done, rather than try to change the nature of the terrain itself.



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