Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Support Gary Freeman - Events in Montreal

- Come find out who Gary Freeman is and why his extradition must be stopped. - Take action to support the campaign to keep Gary in Canada. ******************* --->Panel discussion Monday, January 16th, 7 p.m. Concordia University, School of Community and Public Affairs (SCPA), 2149 Mackay, 1st floor (metro Guy) Featuring Gary's wife Natercia Coelho, and Kaie Kellough of Kalmunity Vibe Collective (speaking and performing poetry written by Gary Freeman). --->Rally Tuesday, January 17th, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.  Justice Minister Irwin Cotler's riding office, 4770 Kent Ave., Suite 316 (metro Plamondon) --->Performance by Kalmunity Vibe Collective -- live organic improv Tuesday January 17th, 8:30 p.m. Sablo kafe, 50 St. Zotique E, corner St. Dominique (metro Beaubien) Natercia Coelho ( Gary's wife) will also be speaking this event (Kalmunity's weekly show). ************************* Background Douglas Gary Freeman (Joseph Pannell) is the subject of a United States extradition request stemming from a 1969 incident in Chicago in which a police officer was injured.  As has been stated in court, he is an innocent man who acted in self-defense. He was arrested on July 27, 2004, outside the Toronto Reference Library, where he worked as a library research assistant for the previous 14 years. He has been in custody since that time. The allegations relate to an incident which occurred over thirty-five years ago in the highly charged atmosphere of racial tension and police repression then present in the African American community of Chicago. After two years in pre-trial custody, Freeman was released on bail.  He left Chicago because he feared for his life.  He believed that he could not receive a fair trial. Irwin Cotler, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, has powers under the Extradition Act to refuse to make a surrender order for the extradition of Gary Freeman to the United States. There are significant inconsistencies, omissions, and contradictions in the evidence offered by the United States in support of the request for extradition. Furthermore, serious questions have been raised about the fundamental justice of the Extradition Act in relation to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Most alarmingly, there is a real possibility of retaliatory punishment due to the nature of the allegations, in particular by guards at Cook County Jail where a recent grand jury has found severe mistreatment of detainees, or at the hands of the Chicago police, whose patterns of abuse, including torture, of suspects in custody have been documented by the respected organization Human Rights Watch and others. Freeman and his wife met while they were working at Concordia's library and they have many family, friends and supporters in Montreal. We do not believe the best interests of justice would be served by uprooting him from his family and returning him to an uncertain fate in the United States. Come learn about the case and how you can support Gary Freeman and his family! Info:(514) 848-7583 noii-montreal@resist.ca Visit www.freemandrum.org for more details on Gary's case Endorsed by: Alfie Roberts Institute Black Coalition of Quebec Books to Prisoners Montreal Anarchist Black Cross Federation McGill Radical Law Community No One Is Illegal-Montreal Solidarity Across Borders

Monday, January 09, 2006

Montreal’s 7th Anarchist Bookfair

This morning this popped in my Inbox, and it said [Please post and forward] – so that’s what i’m doing!

1.     Announcing the Montreal’s 7th Anarchist Bookfair!
2.     Callout, Workshops
3.     How to request a table
4.     Callout, Art Exhibits and Films
5.     Callout, Festival of Anarchy Events
6.     Volunteers, Postering and Publicity
7.     Contact info

* 1.  Announcing the Montreal’s 7th Anarchist Bookfair!  *

Saturday, May 20, 2005, 10am-6pm
Location TBA

--> The largest anarchist event in North America.
--> Part of the month-long Festival of Anarchy (May 2006).
--> Followed by a full day of Anarchist Presentations and Workshops (May
21, 2006). --> Bring your kids! Kids activities and free childcare

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair and Festival of Anarchy is the largest
anarchist event in North America, and an important exchange of anarchist
and anti-authoritarian ideas. The Bookfair is for anarchists and
non-anarchists alike, in French and English, with participants from all
over North America and beyond. Founded in May 2000, the bookfair is now
entering its seventh year.  Anarchist Bookfair events include book and
information tables, workshops, readings, films, presentations, walking
tours and much more. Once again, the Anarchist Bookfair will be followed
-- on Sunday, May 21 -- by a full day dedicated to anarchist-themed
workshops and presentations. As in the past, a "Festival of Anarchy" will
take place during the weeks preceeding the Bookfair, with diverse events
organized by anarchist and anti-authoritarian groups.

Proposal callouts for workshops, presentations, art exhibits, films,
Festival of Anarchy events and tables are included below. We look forward
to your suggestions and contributions!

* 2.  Callout, Workshops  *

The bookfair organizing collective is currently seeking workshop and
presentation proposals for the Bookfair (May 20, 2005) and the Day of
Anarchist Workshops and Presentations (May 21, 2005).

For the bookfair day, we are looking for introductory workshops to
anarchism, or an aspect of anarchism, aimed at people who are curious
about, or new to, anarchist ideas. The workshops should be accessible to
non-anarchists.  For May 21, we are seeking proposals that address an
anarchist-themed topic in some depth, and are intended for people who are
already familiar with anarchism, or might identify as anarchists.

--> For more information about proposing workshops and presentations,
including basic guidelines, please consult:

NOTE: The deadline for all workshop and presentation proposals is FEBRUARY
15, 2006.

* 3.  How to request a table  *

The heart of the bookfair is the main auditorium on May 20, 2006, which
will include booksellers, distributors, independent presses and political
groups from all over Montreal, Quebec and North America, and abroad.
Please make sure to read our principles on our website before contacting
us to request a table.  If you haven't tabled at the bookfair before,
please include a short description of your group and the material you
intent to distribute at the bookfair.

--> For more information about table space and vendors, please consult:

NOTE:  The deadline to request a table is APRIL 1, 2006.

* 4.  Callout, Art Exhibits and Films  *

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will again be displaying artwork relating
to anarchism and anti-authoritarian, autonomous or anarchist-supported
struggles. Please consider proposing an exhibit of photos, posters,
original art, repros - anything within the parameters of the Bookfair that
can be mounted and hung on a wall or placed in a corner!

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will also have a film room running all
day, showing films related to anarchism or anarchist-supported struggles,
that fall within the principles of the Anarchist Bookfair.

NOTE:  The deadline for art exhibit and film proposals is APRIL 1, 2006.

* 5.  Callout, Festival of Anarchy Events *

In addition to the Bookfair and Day of Workshops, the entire month of May
is part of a Festival of Anarchy, with diverse anarchist-themed events
occurring at different venues in Montreal.

--> For more information about proposing Festival of Anarchy events,
including basic guidelines, please consult:

NOTE:  The deadline to submit Festival of Anarchy events, to be included
in our calendar, is APRIL 1, 2006.

* 6.  Volunteers, Postering and Publicity *

This year the bookfair collective will be aiming to do a mailout of
bookfair publicity -- flyers and posters -- sometime in the spring.

--> If you would like to receive bookfair publicity by mail, to distribute
in your community, please send your mailing address to:
anarchistbookfair@taktic.org  Also, please specify whether you want
publicity materials in English, French or both.

--> If you are from the Montreal-area, and would like to help with local
postering and flyering efforts, please pass on your e-mail and/or phone
number to: anarchistbookfair@taktic.org  or 514-859-9090. Also, please
specify what areas you can poster.

* 7.  Contact information  *

If you have other ideas for the bookfair or Festival of Anarchy, don't
hesitate to get in touch with a proposal!   Contact us to to receive
regular updates and announcements by e-mail.

post :     Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 204
Montréal, Québec, H3G 1N1
web:      http://anarchistbookfair.taktic.org
email:      anarchistbookfair@taktic.org
tel:      514-859-9090 (messages only)

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