Tadamon! Bulletin

Charlie Hebdo : The French Left, Islamophobia and state racism

February 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Religion, Events, Imperialism, Repression, Resistance, Solidarity

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    Friday, Feb. 27, 6pm
    La Passe, 1214 de la Montagne
    free / donations welcome
    Montréal Québec (facebook event)

A presentation by Houda and Dror reflecting on the political scene in France in the weeks after the shooting attacks at Charlie Hebdo magazine. Dror will offer some critical reflections on the relationship between the French left and Islamophobia, speaking specifically about the historical dynamics around Charlie Hebdo magazine. Houda is going to give a general perspective on Islamophobia in France and how the so-called “anti-terror” legislation impacts the fundamental human rights, especially of marginalized and racialized communities, specifically Arabs and Muslims.

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Artists Against Apartheid @ la passe

February 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec, Tadamon!, Events, Solidarity

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    as part of Israeli Apartheid Week – Montréal 2015!

Mercredi 11 Mars, 20h30pm
La Passe – 1214 de la Montagne (événement facebook)
20h / 8$ suggérés, selon vos moyens

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Rejecting Canada’s complicity with Egypt’s authoritarian military government

February 19th, 2015 | Posted in Canada, Tadamon!, Egypt, Solidarity
    Tadamon! Montreal statement, Feb. 2015.

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A protester carrying a banner addressed to Mubarak: “The people want you to fall”. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy

Egypt’s 2011 popular uprising, against Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian rule, is now being systematically overturned by the military-backed regime of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, with the open complicity of western powers, including Canada’s Conservative government.

The spirit of Egypt’s globally celebrated revolution, defined by popular demands for “Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice,” chanted out by countless thousands on the streets braving police bullets just over four years ago, is under attack by an empowered army state, shaped by militarized neo-liberalism.

This political reality was made most evident in late January, with the deaths of multiple civilian demonstrators, shot by state police forces in broad daylight, killed during marches commemorating the martyrs of the January 25th “Day of Revolt” protests in 2011 that sparked the broader uprising that winter.

Thousands of political prisoners in Egypt remain behind bars without access to due process, many who are in critical health due to hunger strikes, all while Egyptian authorities continue to pass draconian legislation that violates fundamental human rights. And yet, Canada’s Conservative government provides ongoing political and economic complicity with al-Sisi’s military-backed regime.

This support must be challenged!

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Palestinian Civil Society Condemns Canadian Government Disinformation and Repression Against Boycott Movement

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Quebec, Solidarity

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Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) Condemns Memorandum of Understanding Between Israel and Canada

Canada and Israel signed a series of cooperation agreements recently, one of which included an unprecedented commitment to work jointly to counter the continued growth of BDS.

On January 22, Canadian public safety minister Steven Blaney gave a speech at a meeting on anti-semitism at the United Nations General Assembly, convened in the wake of the Paris criminal attacks, that smeared the BDS movement as “anti-semitic.”

Rafeef Ziadah, a secretariat member of the the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broad coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads the BDS movement, said:

“Rather than seeking to hold Israel to account for its war crimes during the recent military assault on Gaza and its intensified colonization of the occupied West Bank, particularly in Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, the Canadian government is further deepening its collaboration with Israel’s occupation and launching a shameful, propagandistic attack on free speech in the process.”

“The Canadian government’s continued unconditional support for Israel’s colonial policies and its smear campaign against BDS highlight the deeply ideological and reactionary character of this government. Canada is sending Israel the message that it can act with total impunity in violating human rights and international law.”

“Sadly, while claiming to defend free speech the current Canadian government is among the most repressive in the west; it has gone farther than most in suppressing free speech and infringing the rights of its own civil society, including trade unions, community and faith groups, to participate in human rights campaigning, as in boycotts against Israel’s injustices.”

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Moug—Waves : screening @RIDM

November 16th, 2014 | Posted in Tadamon!, Egypt, Events, Solidarity
    Tadamon! supporting Cinema Politica screening
    @RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival !

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    Monday, November 17, 7pm
    Concordia University
    1455 de Maisonneuve west, H-110
    by donation !
    facebook event
    Montréal, Québec

    Ahmed Nour / Egypt – Morocco / 2013 / 71 / Arabic / s.t. English

A deeply personal film that reflects on revolution in Egypt as the lens lyrically moves among rich, captivating images, which are framed by thoughtful narration.

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Demonstration : against war, racism, Islamophobia and austerity

November 11th, 2014 | Posted in Canada, Iraq, Quebec, Tadamon!, Events, Politics, Solidarity

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    Saturday, Nov. 22
    1pm métro Guy-Concordia
    Norman Bethune square
    Montréal, Québec
    facebook event

As health care, education, unemployment insurance, equity programs and the arts are cut in the name of austerity, military spending (at $22.6 billion in 2012) has increased every year since 1998 and is projected to continue. Since 2004, Canada has invaded or bombed Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq and Libya, leaving a trail of destruction followed by corrupt client regimes and neoliberal austerity policies.

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Film screening: Return to Homs

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Revolution, Syria, Events

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    closing event for the “Uprising and Uprooted” photo exhibition
    Tadamon! and Cinema Politica present “Return to Homs”

    November 7, 2014 – 7pm
    Café Aquin Room A-2030 (Pavillon Hubert-Aquin)
    Université du Québec à Montréal
    405 Rue Sainte-Catherine East (Berri-UQAM metro)
    free entrance- suggested contribution 2-3$

Please join us to mark the end of the exhibition

“Uprising and Uprooted: refugees in the Syrian struggle in photos and images”, which is running from October 3 – November 7 at Café Aquin. Tadamon! and Cinema Politica present the film “Return to Homs” by the filmmaker Talla Derki. The projection will take place at Café Aquin, and will be followed by a discussion period.

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Captive Revolution — Montréal launch

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Palestine, Tadamon!, Events, Prisoners, Repression, Solidarity
    Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System

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    photo ActiveStills : Palestinian women lead protest against the Prawer Plan
    Friday November 7th, 4-6pm
    McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies
    3485 McTavish Street, 017 Morrice Hall (the “TNC”)
    venue is wheelchair accessible
    free admission and open to the public

    (facebook event)

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling presents the launch of Nahla Abdo’s latest book Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System.

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Against further war in Iraq and Canada’s involvement

October 24th, 2014 | Posted in Iraq, Quebec, Tadamon!, Solidarity

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    Tadamon! Montréal statement – octobre 2014 (photo Noah Addis)

We reject the Canadian government’s decision to join a US-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. There is little doubt that these acts of violence will have devastating consequences for people living in the region, and will only serve to further conflict and suffering.

In early October, the Conservative government passed a motion in Parliament to go to war without even the pretense of democratic process. This decision authorizes the Canadian military to conduct air strikes for up to six months and includes the deployment of six CF-18 fighter jets, a refuelling tanker aircraft, two surveillance planes, one airlift plane, and about 600 air crew members. Canada joins the US, Great Britain, France, Australia and about a dozen other states, (including authoritarian regimes in Saudi Arabia and others parts of the Arabian/Persian Gulf) in what US President Barack Obama has declared to be “a long-term project.”

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Uprising and Uprooted: refugees in the Syrian struggle in photo and image-2

October 8th, 2014 | Posted in Revolution, Syria, Tadamon!, Solidarity

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    Photo ©UNRWA
    exhibit : October 3 to November 7
    vernissage : Friday October 17, 5 à 7

    film screening and closing night : November 7

    location : Café Aquin, local A-2030 (pavillon Hubert-Aquin)
    Université du Québec à Montréal
    405 Sainte-Catherine East, Berri-UQÀM metro
    facebook event

The popular uprising in Syria for liberation and dignity that broke out in March 2011, has, since the beginning, been met with a brutal regime response that has known no limits. The consequences of the Syrian regime’s response have been devastating: destruction of homes, urban neighbourhoods and infrastructure; deepening social divisions that have taken the form of sometimes violent, armed confrontation; deaths of civilians reaching over 150,000 persons; widening fear and distrust; countless injured; the uprooting of millions. In the face and in the aftermath of regime bombardment, siege, atrocity and aggression millions have taken flight and sought refuge within Syria, in neighbouring states and in states beyond the region.

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