If you are in Montreal for the World Social forum, you will certainly be interested in visiting these radical bookstores and activist spaces, as well as participaing in these events during your time in this city…
These events and projects all exist on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory
Radical Bookstores and Activist Spaces to Visit While in Montreal
Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore 2150 Bishop Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2E9
Librairie L’Insoumise 2033 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Québec H2X 2T3
Maison Norman Bethune 1918, rue Frontenac, Montréal (Qc) H2K 2Z1
QPIRG Concordia 1500 de Maisonneuve O., suite 204
Open Mon to Thurs, 12pm – 6pm.
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia is a resource centre for student and community research and organizing. We strive to raise awareness and support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental issues. Our work is rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice. We seek to make campus-community links and inspire social change through engaging, inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches.
Progressive Events to Attend While in Montreal
Please note that this is not a list of events at the World Social Forum — you can see that here: https://fsm2016.org/en/guide-des-participant-e-s-du-forum-social-mondial-2016/
This is a list of radical events, most of which are not a part of the World Social Forum, but which are occurring at the same time and will likely be of interest to progressive people attending the WSF
august 7: TRANS MARCH – Gender Euphoria
Sunday, August 7 at 2pm, Leaving from the Parc de la Paix. Please join us for a celebratory and political march. Together we will make a genderific splash to celebrate our lives and stand for our rights! Get ready to unleash gender euphoria! This year, we are focused on the rights of trans migrants. Currently, trans migrants cannot change their name or sex on legal documents, and they face multiple barriers in accessing health care, employment, housing and more, putting them in vulnerable positions. We are marching to remove these barriers and for rights and respect for all members of our communities! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1084870851552329/
august 7: Prisoners Justice Day Punk Show
Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM – 11 PM. Brasserie Beaubien, 73 Beaubien E. Between sets, members of the Termite Collective will share the history of Prisoners Justice Day, which is on August 10th. PJD is a day when folks in prison, and friends and family on the outside, commemorate people who have died in prison. Historically, prisoners have refused to work or eat and supporters on the outside have hosted benefit shows, vigils, and other events to raise awareness about the conditions prisoners face in prison. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/315813358807725/
august 8: Vigil to mark the 8th Anniversary of the Murder of Fredy Villanueva
August 9, 6pm, behind 12 000 boul. Rolland, Montréal-Nor
august 10-12: Radical Bookfair during the World Social Forum
315 Saint-Catherine Street East, Pavillon Sciences de la gestion, UQAM (metro Berri-UQAM); August 10-12, 8:30am-7:30pm — Revue À Bâbord!, AK Press, PM Press, Haymarket, Kersplebedeb, Between the Lines, Inanna Publications, Norman Nawrocki, Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio, and more! facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1194588680585275/
august 10: SHUT DOWN THE JDL ON AUGUST 10TH!
Wednesday August 10 at 1 PM – 5 PM; 255 Ontario Est, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (métro St-Laurent ou Berri-UQÀM); Join us in shutting down the Jewish Defense League (JDL)’s plan to organize in Montreal on August 10th and 11th, 2016! The JDL plans to send supporters from Toronto to Montreal to disrupt events that support Palestinian liberation at the World Social Forum. These events are being organized by Canadian Friends of Sabeel, Independent Jewish Voices, Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, and BDS Quebec. The JDL plans to meet on August 10th at 2pm at Cégep du Vieux (255 rue Ontario E) – we plan to get there at 1pm to be ready to greet them and send them on their way. The JDL’s plans may change. Please check this Facebook event for possible last-minute changes: https://www.facebook.com/events/193517527729402
august 10: Free Palestinian Prisoners! Boycott and Divest from G4S! / Liberté aux prisoniers palestinien-ne-s! Boycottons et désinvestissons de G4S!
7889 Boul St-Laurent, August 10, 5pm-6pm: International League of Peoples Struggles and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Support Network invite you to picket in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on August 10, Prisoners Justice Day. Over 100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are currently engaged in a hunger strike demanding an end to administrative detention, which is a form of dentention without trial. This hunger strike was initiated by Bilal Kayed who is being held on administrative detention, without charge or trial, despite having already completed the 14.5 years to which he was sentenced by the occupation courts. https://www.facebook.com/events/525073064358167/
august 11: Demonstration: For Another World to be Possible… Capitalism Must Be Destroyed!
Place Pasteur, St-Denis Street (between St Catherine and de Maisonneuve), Thursday August 11th at 6pm: Attack the capitalist scum in their cozy hinterland… to make another world possible! More information: http://www.clac-montreal.net/fr/node/622
august 12: Demonstration for the right to shelter, in the context of the 2016 World Social Forum
Meet on August 12th at 1pm at the Côte-des-Neiges Sports Center (4880 Van Horne, Plamondon metro) For the right to housing: WE NEED SOCIAL HOUSING! Bring snacks and a picnic blanket! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705008423087054/
august 13: Queer Between the Covers
August 13th, 11am-6pm, Centre communautaire de Loisirs Sainte-Catherine d’Alexandrie, 1700 Amherst, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3L5. Queer Between the Covers is organized by a collective of volunteers with the support of QPIRG Concordia. Through this event, we hope to provide access to queer materials that are otherwise unavailable or hard to find in the city, as well as draw attention to the role of queer bookstores in providing community space and supporting queer cultural production.
august 13: Black Summit (Hoodstock)
Saturday, August 13 at 10 AM – 11 PM: The Black Summit is the 3rd edition of Hoodstock, an event that aims mobilize the forces of communities of colour through workshops, performances, and discussions by, with, and for members of Black and racialized communities. Come out and meet other engaged residents to discuss and learn about a series of topics, including: Black feminism, white privilege, Black history, gentrification, nutrition, etc.
august 15: People’s Health Assembly
Monday, August 15, 8:30am-4:00pm at the Centre St-Pierre (1212 Panet). From monitoring environmental impacts on communities to campaigns for access to healthcare and against corporate interests, we work in diverse ways on health justice. But we share a common goal: the right to health for all! An opportunity to come together to reflect, to strategize, and to plan our ways forward in collaboration and in solidarity with each other to build a vision for health justice.
august 15: Droit d’exister droit de résister! Vers le front anti-impérialiste! Right to Exist Right to Resist! Build the Anti-Imperialist United Front!
10am – 4pm at Resto Végo St-Denis, 1720 rue St-Denis; In the context of the upcoming World Social Forum, ILPS-Canada invites all of our membership from abroad and locally to come together on Monday, August 15 to discuss the importance the anti-imperialist united front in the strategy for creating a better world. Please join us as we discuss Canadian imperialism at home and abroad, focusing on Canada’s militaristic policies historically and presently under Justin Trudeau. We will also discuss the importance of peoples’ right to self defense and sovereignty in the context of the current Peace Talks happening in the Philippines. We will then discuss the democratic structure of the International League of People’s Struggles, and explain how anti-imperialist grassroots organizations can join the ILPS on the front lines of anti-imperialist struggle! https://www.facebook.com/events/1223806830986275/