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Status, Survival, and Solidarity

Non-Status people and the politics of precarity

by Aaron Lakoff and Seth Porcello

Just a few weeks ago, Manuel, a 19-year old refugee, sat alone in a jail cell in a detention center in Laval, just north of Montreal. Frightened and tired, he awaited his deportation back to Mexico. It was one of those freakish situations where one might rack their brain to determine what the hell they did wrong. In Manuel's case, it was very simple - he was a refugee without status who chose to defy a deportation order.

Ruminating On the Likelihood of Conscription in the USA

Class, conscription and the role of anarchists in anti war movements

Everyone has by now heard rumors of a coming military conscription. At first such chatter only wafted through the halls of cyberspace, ignored by the “mainstream media” (as the newspaper editorialists and blow-dried talking heads of the television news are known, who serve as quasi-official spokesmen for the corporations and politicians.)

Mohamed Cherfi recognized as a political refugee by the United States


Mohamed Cherfi recognized as a political refugee by the United States
Will Ottawa and Quebec finally take action?

Montreal and Quebec City, June 2, 2005. The Board of Immigration
Appeal in the United States has just recognized Mohamed Cherfi as a political refugee by overturning the refusal handed down by a U.S. Immigration Court judge on October 22, 2004. That recognition highlights all the injustice suffered by Mr. Cherfi in conjunction with the processing of his application for immigration to Canada and Quebec, which have several
times denied the serious risks facing him in Algeria. The organizations and individuals supporting Mr. Cherfi, along with his partner, Louise Boivin, demand that the Quebec and Canadian authorities take measures so that he can return to Canada immediately.

Student Strike Sweeping Province

Many universities are on unlimited general strike, here UQAM

By Nicolas, People’s Potato Education Co-Coordinator

A strike for accessible education

It has been already a month now since a massive student strike has been sweeping through Québec. It all started in late February when approximately 10 student unions, mainly from the Montréal area, went on an unlimited general strike.

This is a strike in reaction to Liberal government cuts and for accessible education. A strike, if victorious, that will ensure that (almost) everybody has a chance to study, and that Cégeps and Universities are not just available for the rich and privilieged few.

Mohamed Cherfi - your Support is still needed!


Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Below is the Mohamed Cherfi Solidarity Committee’s press release from the
press conference held in Quebec City on March 15, 2005. The following
people took part in the press conference: Reverend Gérald Doré,
spokesperson for the Mohamed Cherfi sponsorship group; Louise Boivin,
Mohamed Cherfi’s partner; Smail Behlouli, spokesperson for the Action
Committee for Non-Status Algerians; Msgr. Pierre-André Fournier, Auxiliary
Bishop and representative of Msgr. Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec City; and

"Shutdown of the Shannon Airport" talk, 3/18 Baltimore

Speaking Friday, April 18th, 8PM at Red Emma's in Baltimore, Maryland

Andrew N. Flood, activist and writer from Dublin, will be speaking on the anti-war movement Ireland, specifically on the campaigns surrounding the U.S. use of Shannon airport. Shannon airport in offically 'neutral' southern Ireland has been used for at least a decade to refuel US war planes. Grassroots Network Againt the War (GNAW) held a series of direct action tresspasses and property destruction.

Debating Economic Vision for a Society without Classes

The working class is a subjugated and exploited group within capitalism. As class struggle anti-authoritarians, we believe that the working class has the potential to emancipate itself from class oppression, and in doing so it creates a new social structure without a division into classes. But how is this possible exactly?

As I see it, participatory economics (often abbreviated as parecon) is an attempt to specify the institutions of a new economic system in which class oppression no longer exists.

The Sad Conceit of Participatory Economics

Participatory Economics (parecon) was proposed in two books (The Political Economy of Participatory Economics, and Looking Forward: Participatory Economics for the Twenty First Century) and has some support among anarchists and autonomists. It is a system for managing the economy of (present and) future society based on a fairer relationship between producer and consumer. While it continues to make use of a (modified) market, it seeks to abolish the power of capitalists to dictate the value of our work and the cost of consumption (i.e.

Grève Générale!: The 1972 Rebellion in Quebec

by George "Mick" Sweetman

"Not since the days of the Industrial Workers of the World, since the days of Joe Hill and the battle for the eight-hour day, has a North American union movement been so dedicated to the tradition of revolutionary syndicalism."
- Marcel Pepin (jailed President of the Confederation of National
Trade Unions, 1972)

Thirty-two years ago one of the largest working class rebellions in North American history exploded in Quebec. 300,000 workers participated in North America's largest general strike to that date, radio stations were seized, factories were occupied, and entire towns were brought under workers' control. What made the rebellion possible was not only an explosive mix of economic exploitation, national oppression, and government repression, but was also a strong, young, and radicalized rank and file of the Quebec trade union movement.

FLOC and the Mt Olive Campaign: an Anarchist Perspective

The Mount Olive Pickle boycott is over.

In the face of a growing boycott promoted by activists of many hues, but dominated by anti-capitalists and with a large anarchist contingent, the bosses have relented. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) has been recognized as representing the workers in the cucumber fields of North Carolina.

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