Following the explicitly anti-Muslim demonstration held on March 4, on April 23 some of the same far right forces tried a different approach, calling for a demonstration against the governing provincial Liberal Party, taking care to not include anything about race or Islam in any of their materials, and telling people not to bring any racist signs or wear anything identifying them as members of their orgs (Soldiers of Odin, La Meute, etc.). On the 23rd between 200 and 300 people attended this demonstration that had been called for and organized by the far right. There was a smaller counter-demonstration, ...........READ MORE
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Back in October, just as the racism was coming to a boil during Quebec’s winter of hate, the Fédération des Femmes du Québec (Quebec Women’s Federation) organized a panel on feminist responses to fundamentalism. It was a very worthwhile evening of interventions clarifying and denouncing the racist arguments at the core of the PQ government’s Charter of Quebec Values.
For several months i have been wishing some kind of recording of this event was publicly available, as i felt it provided a bunch of useful perspectives and reference points with which to discuss the Charter. It is unfortunate that it ...........READ MORE
On April 8, two Islamophobic attacks were carried out in Montreal. In the first case, in the early morning hours, an axe was thrown through a window the Centre communautaire islamique Assahaba with the words “Fuck Liberals” and “we will exterminate Muslims” written on it. Then, later that day, someone rode up on their bicycle, took out a baseball bat, and smashed the windows of three cars in front of the Madani mosque as their owners were inside saying their evening prayers.
The April 8 attacks came the day after the right-wing Liberal Party had defeated the equally right-wing incumbent ...........READ MORE
Some explanations, for those of you who do not read french, or are not from Quebec, are below.
For those of you who do read french, and are from here, you should be able to get it without having to read further. As the below is an explanation of a collage, it is fragmented, basic, bare-bones. So keep that in mind if you do read further. It’s not an analysis, just an explanation of a collage.
The guy in this poster is Bernard Drainville, the Quebec Minister “Responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship” who is in ...........READ MORE