All posts for April 2008

Middle East Popular Education Project II

Tadamon! & l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) present…


A popular education initiative in Montreal emerging from social justice networks struggling against racism, war and occupation from the Middle East to Montreal…

Monday, April 21st 12Noon, Cégep Bois de Boulogne
student-run café: le Caféinné
10 555 ave du Bois-de-Boulogne, Montréal
Hosted by Comité d’action pour la lutte étudiante boulonnaise (CALEB)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 12:30, Cégep Drummondville
960 rue St-Georges, Drummondville
Hoted by l’Association générale étudiante du Cégep de Drummondville

Wednesday, April 23rd 1pm Cégep de St-Jérôme
455 rue Fournier, St-Jérôme
Hosted by l’Association étudiante du Cégep de St-Jérôme (AGES)

Wednesday, April 23rd 12Noon Collège de Lionel-Groulx
100 rue Duquet, Ste-Thérèse
Hosted by l’Association générale étudiante du Collège de Lionel-Groulx (AGECLG)

Wednesday, April 23rd 7pm, Sherbrooke
Le Tremplin, 97 rue Wellington Sud, Sherbrooke
Une présentation de l’Association étudiante du Cégep de Sherbrooke (AÉCS)

Thursday, April 24th 6pm, QPIRG McGill
3647 University St. (metro McGill)
Hosted by Grassroots Association for Student Power (GRASP)

Saturday, April 26th 2:30 – 4:30pm @ MUCS
Hosted by Montreal Freeschool
2000 Northcliffe x. Maisoneuve, #218, Metro Vendome
(enter by the driveway at the north side of the building)


Solidarity with Indigenous Political Prisoners incarcerated by Canadian Government

April 15th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Politics, Resistance, Solidarity

    Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, April 12th, 2008.


    Photo: by Pauline Giglio. Northern Ontario graffiti on Trans-Canada highway.

The Grass-Roots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign wishes to express its solidarity with and call for the immediate and unconditional release of indigenous political prisoners Chief Donny Morris, Deputy Chief Jack McKay, Head Councilor Cecilia Begg, councilors Sam McKay and Darryl Sainnawap and council employee Bruce Sakakeep from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and spokesperson Bob Lovelace from the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN).


Israel Escalates War Crimes inside the Gaza Strip

April 13th, 2008 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Repression, Resistance, War and Terror

    Palestinian Center for Human Rights. April, 12th, 2008


    Image: Ben Heine. Stop the Siege on Gaza!

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) escalated its war crimes in the Gaza Strip disregarding the lives of civilians, who are paying the price of this escalation. Last Friday, 9 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip. Seven of the victims, including 6 civilians that included 2 children, were killed by IOF excessive use of lethal force in El-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. In addition, 27 people, most of them civilians that included 12 children, were injured.


A different vision for Israel

    Toronto Star. Apr 12, 2008. by Stuart Laidlaw.


    Photo: Graffiti on the Apartheid wall in Palestine.

Diana Ralph grew up in a progressive Jewish family in postwar America. Her father’s work as a lawyer at the Nuremberg war crime trials, when she was still an infant, cemented his support for the state of Israel.

But when his daughter, as a young woman, questioned Israeli policies after the Six Day War in 1967, she saw a side of her father she hadn’t witnessed before.


Photos: Against Apartheid in Montreal

April 11th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Independent Media, Palestine, Politics, Quebec, Tadamon!

    Report from photojournalist Ion Etxebarria.


Anti-apartheid protesters scatter political confetti at a lunch-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, reading; “60 years of Israeli Apartheid, 60 years of Palestinian dispossession; Boycott Israel!”

Photos documenting a successfully disruption at a lunch-in sponsored by the Quebec-Israel Committee, marking “60 years of relationship” between Canada and Israel. After effectively evading hotel security and the Montreal police, social justice activists burst into the appointed conference room, abruptly bringing to a halt the pro-apartheid discourse of Israel’s ambassador to Canada…


Confronting Israeli Apartheid in Montreal

    Activists disrupt Israeli Ambassador to Canada…


    Photo: Ion Etxebarria. Protest-confetti scattered at the Queen Elizabeth.

Thursday, April 10th, 2008: Israel’s Ambassador to Canada, Alan Baker, was humiliated by demonstrators at the posh Queen Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Montreal.

Protestors successfully disrupted a lunch-in sponsored by the Quebec-Israel Committee, marking “60 years of relationship” between Canada and Israel. After effectively evading hotel security and the Montreal police, social justice activists burst into the appointed conference room, abruptly bringing to a halt the pro-apartheid discourse of Israel’s ambassador to Canada.


Le Devoir: Des activistes troublent la conférence de l’ambassadeur d’Israël au Canada

    Le Devoir. Claude Lévesque. Jeudi 10 avril 2008


    Photo: Ion Etxebarria.

L’ambassadeur d’Israël au Canada, Alan Baker, était venu parler hier des 60 ans de relations entre les deux pays et plaider pour leur approfondissement dans les domaines économique et culturel. L’intervention d’environ 25 manifestants l’a cependant obligé à aborder aussi des questions plus politiques, dont, évidemment, le conflit israélo-palestinien.

L’ambassadeur Baker venait de rappeler que le Canada est un des 30 États membres des Nations unies à avoir appuyé la création de l’État d’Israël, en 1947, lorsqu’un petit groupe d’activistes a réussi à pénétrer dans la salle de conférence de l’hôtel du centre-ville de Montréal où il prenait la parole, lançant des tracts et criant: «Israël hors de Palestine!» et «Non à l’apartheid israélien!»


Apartheid: from South Africa to Palestine

    opening panel at Study in Action…


    THURSDAY, APRIL 17th, 6:30pm
    De Sève Cinema
    1400 de Maisonneuve West
    Concordia University, Library Building
    (metro Guy-Concordia)


Dispossession in Nahr el-Bared

April 7th, 2008 | Posted in Independent Media, Lebanon, Palestine, Politics, Solidarity

    Photo Essay from Raed El Rafei, Lebanese reporter with the LA Times.


    Tadamon! presents photographs from Nahr el-Bared from Raed El Rafei.

Lebanon’s Nahr el-Bared refugee camp, once home to an estimated 30,000 Palestinian refugees, remains in ruins, almost completely destroyed. Reconstruction efforts of the camp have been slow in the past months. As the military battle between the Lebanese military and the shady armed organization Fatah al-Islam raged, news of Nahr el-Bared filled the pages of newspapers across the world. Now military combat has halted in September 2007, Nahr el-Bared lies in rubble as displaced Palestinian refugees in Lebanon slowly are returning to their former home destroyed by an often indiscriminate military campaign lead-by the Lebanese army.

Today, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon continue to live as second-class citizens, without basic legal rights, a symbol of the continued dispossession of the Palestinian people. 2008 marks the 60th year of the Palestinian Nakba (“catastrophe”)– 60 years of dispossession, ethnic cleansing and exile for Palestinians resulting from the creation of the state of Israel. The Palestinian refugees of Nahr el-Bared present one of the clearest symbols of the continued dispossession of the Palestinian people around the world, the largest documented refugee population on earth.


Lebanon: Labor calls strike for May 7 to press Beirut for higher wage

April 5th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Corporate Media, Lebanon, Politics, Solidarity

    Daily Star, by Michael Bluhm. Tuesday, April 1st, 2008


    Photo: Aerial of Beirut, Lebanon.

The General Labor Confederation (GLC) on Monday called a one-day general strike in Lebanon for May 7 because of the government’s refusal to raise the minimum wage from LL300,000 to LL960,000 per month. While an economist labeled the minimum wage “atrocious,” the GLC’s strike call also has political overtones, as GLC chief Ghassan Ghosn organized a series of sparsely attended demonstrations last year in front of various ministries. He has long been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government, while the minimum wage has sat at LL300,000 for more than a decade.


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