Archive for the ‘Activism’ Category
Hope to see a lot of you at the vernissage this Saturday between 4 and 7, if not, please drop by during the month. I feel this is the best show I have done yet in terms of it’s scope of ideas, blending old projects with new and the ever ongoing.
4559 Rue Wellington
Metro de l’Eglise
Vernissage Saturday, April 6, 4-7
Today is WORLD WATER DAY and I’m honouring it by launching my next media campaign
There’s very little time left before the Harper government plans to approve the Enbridge Corporation’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project in early 2014. This plan includes hundreds of supertankers navigating through the inside passage along the central coast of British Columbia, loaded with millions of barrels of Alberta Tarsands Bitumen for export to China.
This is one of the most pressing environmental issue of our time. These coastal waters are intense, the shorelines extremely rugged, and the environment extremely diverse. Before deciding its future people deserve to see more than animated TV ads, with glass calm waters absent of a maze of islands, produced by the Enbridge Corporation which is spending $350 million promoting its project. My media project will reveal the reality of this incredible environment and I need your help to complete it. More details: http://coastaltarsands.ca
I’m taking an innovative approach to this media production by producing a series of short ‘mini-docs’ that I will post on the internet to meet pressing public deadlines, which will be combined to complete a full length documentary. I’ve started a fund raising campaign via Indiegogo to cover the production cost of the first ‘mini-doc,’ which needs to be released prior to the BC Election May 14. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/coastal-tarsands
Please join me by donating and help spread this message by forwarding to friends.
Bottom line! Oil and Water Don’t Mix!
Island Bound Media Works
Idle No More!
“Stephen Harper has awoken a sleeping giant”
Solidarité avec Chief Theresa Spence & Idle No More / Solidarity with IDLE NO MORE and Chief Theresa Spence *BRING DRUMS AND PERCUSSION*
On Friday January 11th, 2013, stand in solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence and all First Nations.
January 11, 2013 1-3pm
1001 Place Jean Paul Riopelle
Between Square Victoria and Place d’Armes Metros
I think it is worth mentioning that it is the most disenfranchised portion of Canadians, who are idle no more.
They are leading the way. Is it not ironic, that they are cherishing this land more then us? Or perhaps its not ironic. Perhaps it is logic, after all the First Nations have been on this land for up to 50 000 years, and such time come a cultural bond with the land.
It is HIGH TIME that non-Aboriginal Canadians woke up, and began to shake off the shackles of apathy.
Apathy is destroying this country. The apathy of the masses is eating this great nation from the inside out.
We as CANADIANS must be united. We must stand as one.
Bring signs, and express your outrage PEACEFULLY and NON VIOLENTLY.
However let your outrage be known **loud** and clear.
It’s time we took back our country from this out of control government. We must make our concerns heard. We must spread the word. It IS our duty.
From this page.
Posted in Aboriginal, Activism, Attawapiskat, Community, First Nations, tagged Activism, Assembly Of First Nations, Attawapiskat, First Nations, Hunger Strike, Teresa Spence on December 19, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Open letter on behalf of the First Nations leaders to the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston and the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
OTTAWA, Dec. 16, 2012 /CNW/ – On behalf of the National Executive of the Assembly of First Nations, we write today regarding an urgent matter requiring immediate attention. As First Nations leaders from coast-to-coast-to coast, those with inherent rights and title and those with whom the Crown has entered into Treaty, we collectively raise our voices about the critical situation facing First Nations.
On December 11th, 2012, Chief Teresa Spence commenced a hunger strike to call attention to the dire conditions which many First Nations communities and peoples face, and to protest the disrespect and shameful treatment of First Nations by the Government of Canada. She has stated that she will remain on this hunger strike until a meeting is achieved between the Crown (including provincial Crown representatives where the provincial Crown is involved as in Treaty 9) and all Treaty First Nations to discuss the Treaty relationship and our respective obligations and outstanding issues. This situation creates an urgency that is foremost in our minds and is a direct correlation to the humanitarian crises being faced in many First Nations communities today
The Government of Canada has not upheld nor fulfilled its responsibilities to First Nations, as committed to by the Crown including at the Crown-First Nations Gathering January 2012. Canada has not upheld the Honour of the Crown in its dealings with First Nations, as evidenced in its inadequate and inequitable funding relationships with our Nations and its ongoing actions in bringing forward legislative and policy changes that will directly impact on the Inherent and Treaty Rights of First Nations. Treaties are international in nature and further indigenous rights are human rights, both collective and individual and must be honoured and respected.
We seek an immediate commitment to a meeting with you as the representative of the Crown, together with the Prime Minister of Canada, to demonstrate respect and attention to the priorities set by First Nations. All First Nations across Canada stand united and in solidarity in advancing this urgent call for action and attention.
National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
In behalf of the National Executive of the Assembly of First Nations
SOURCE: ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS
For further information:Contact information:
Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-292-0857 or email@example.com
Don’t forget yer pots and pans!
(en français ci-dessous)
DAVID FENNARIO’S LATEST PLAY – A PERFORMANCE IN THE POINT FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
You are cordially invited to share an afternoon with David Fennario performing his latest play “Motherhouse”, a 65-minute story about the women workers of the British Munitions Factory in Verdun.
The factory employed over 4,000 women to do this work, including David’s mother and grandmother.
It is a strong anti-war play about the effects of war on Verdun, which had the highest casualty rate amongst its army recruits of any city in Canada in the two World Wars.
WHEN : Sunday, November 11th at 2 p.m.
WHERE : Carrefour d’éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles, 2356 rue Centre (metro Charlevoix)
Martine Éloy, spokesperson for Échec à la guerre, will be present to speak about their white poppy campaign.
- Fennario requests that everyone bring pots and pans and spoons to bang and clang (on cue !) as sound effects.
Lastly, there is a feature documentary film being made about Fennario and the making of “Motherhouse”, directed by Martin Duckworth. A camera crew will be present to capture this memorable performance by Fennario.
Please have a look at the attachment. This poster is for the upcoming film to be released in 2013 about David. It was designed and photographed by Thanh Pham, a Montreal graphic designer.
Hope to see you on the 11th !
Wear your red squares !
LA NOUVELLE PIÉCE DE THÉÂTRE DE DAVID FENNARIO
Vous êtes chaleureusement invité à écouter David Fennario présenter sa plus récente oeuvre Motherhouse, une pièce de 65 minutes, sur la vie des travailleuses de British Munitions Factory de Verdun.
Cette usine employa 4 000 femmes, dont la mère et la grand-mère de l’auteur. Il s’agit d’une pièce résolument contre la guerre et ses conséquences pour Verdun, qui connut le plus haut taux de mortalité parmi ses militaires recrutés au cours des deux Guerres Mondiales.
QUAND : Le dimanche 11 novembre (Jour du Souvenir !) à 14 h.
OÙ : Carrefour d’éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles au 2356, rue Centre, (métro Charlevoix)
(Accessible en fauteuil roulant)
Martine Éloy, porte-parole du Collectif Échec à la Guerre, sera présente pour fournir davantage d’informations sur la campagne du coquelicot blanc.
Note : la présentation sera en anglais
- David Fennario demande à tous d’apporter casseroles et ustensiles afin de participer par un tintamarre aux effets sonores de la pièce.
Enfin, parce qu’un documentaire de Martin Duckworth sur David Fennario et sur le “making of ’’ Motherhouse est en cours de réalisation, une équipe sera sur place avec caméra pour enregistrer cette mémorable représentation.
S.V.P, jetez un coup d’oeil à la pièce jointe. C’est une affiche créée par le designer graphique montréalais Thanh Pham pour le documentaire sur David Fennario dont la sortie est prévue en 2013.
Espérant vous rencontrer le 11 !
Portez vos carrés rouges
MONTRÉAL – mercredi 24 octobre 2012 (english below) – L’avenir du Horse
Palace de Griffintown semble mieux assuré avec l’annonce jeudi dernier de
l’intention de la Ville de Montréal d’acheter l’enclos devant l’écurie Horse Palace
en vue de son aménagement en espace vert. La présidente de la Fondation du
Horse Palace de Griffintown est enthousiasmée par cette nouvelle. « Le terrain
est la propriété d’un promoteur qui a voulu construire 4 ou 5 étages de haut, » a
déclaré Juliette Patterson. « Le développement aurait caché la vue du Horse
Palace de la rue. Maintenant, l’espace vert en face du Horse Palace restera
accessible à tous.»
L’intention de la Ville d’acheter l’enclos ne garantissant pas l’avenir du Horse
Palace, la fondation à but non lucratif cherche à recueillir les fonds pour acheter
le terrain sur lequel le Horse Palace est situé, et restaurer les écuries de manière
à assurer un lieu moderne et propre aux chevaux des calèches de la ville et pour
ouvrir les écuries au public.
A cette fin, la Fondation du Horse Palace de Griffintown organise un événement
artistique unique avec encan silencieux le dimanche 4 novembre. Dix artistes
vont peindre ou dessiner les chevaux sur place au Horse Palace, suivi d’un
encan silencieux. L’encan débutera à 13 h 30 quand le public est invité à
acheter les oeuvres d’art. « Nous essayons de trouver des moyens novateurs
d’amasser des fonds et d’engager notre communauté en même temps, » dit
Patterson. « La vente aux enchères réunit la communauté artistique et les
chevaux, ainsi que le public, qui peut regarder un événement artistique unique.»
L’achat prévu de l’enclos fait partie du plan d’urbanisme de la Ville de Montréal
pour Griffintown et comprend six espaces verts et places publiques et 93 M$ en
dépenses d’infrastructure au cours des quatre prochaines années.
Pour plus d’informations sur la Fondation du Horse Palace du Griffintown
ou l’encan silencieux, veuillez contacter Shauna Janssen, administratrice,
au 514 865 5872 ou la Fondation au 514-934-6346 ext 2.
MONTREAL – Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 – Saving the Griffintown Horse
Palace from development took one step closer to becoming a reality with today’s
announcement by the city of
Montreal that it is purchasing the paddock next to the Horse Palace to preserve it
as a green space.
The president of the Horse Palace Foundation is thrilled with the news. “The land
was owned by a developer who wanted to build 4 or 5 stories high,” Juliette
Patterson. “Now the green space in front of the Horse Palace will remain
accessible to all.” The development would have hidden the Horse Palace from
The non-profit foundation is still working to raise funds to purchase the land the
actual Horse Palace sits on and to restore the stables so as to ensure a modern
and clean home for the city’s Calèche horses, and open them to the public.
To that end, the Griffintown Horse palace Foundation is organizing a unique art
event and silent auction on Sunday, November 4th. Ten artists will paint or draw
horses on site at the Horse Palace and their work will be available by silent
auction. Bidding will begin at 1:30 pm and the public is invited to view the art.
The intended purchase of the paddock is part of the city of Montreal’s urban plan
for Griffintown and includes six public green spaces and $93 million in
infrastructure spending over four years.
For more information on the Horse Palace Foundation or the silent art
auction, please contact Shauna Janssen, administrator, at 514 865 5872, or
the Griffintown Horse Palace Foundation, at 514-934-6346 ext 2.
People are coming together like never before to tell our provincial and federal governments that BC’s coast must be protected from tar sands pipelines and tankers.
First Nations leaders have formed an “unbroken wall of opposition”* to the Enbridge pipeline and tanker plan. Over 100 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration to ban tar sands pipelines from their land, and First Nations of the North and Central Pacific Coasts and Haida Gwaii have signed the Coastal First Nations Declaration to ban tankers carrying crude from transiting their lands and waters.
A majority of British Columbians are opposed to the expansion of tanker traffic on BC’s coast, and the BC Union of Municipalities, along with over 20 individual local governments, have called for a tanker expansion ban that would stop Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines.
Still, in the face of this growing BC-wide consensus, our federal government is trying to ram the tar sands pipelines through local opposition, and our provincial government is sitting on the fence and suggesting that BC’s coast can be bought.
We need to send a powerful message now to make sure that BC’s coast is protected.
On Monday, October 22nd hundreds will join together at the B.C. legislature in Victoria to participate in potentially the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience ever to protest tar sands pipelines and tankers.
Then, on Wednesday, October 24th, we’ll link arms in front of MLA (provincial representative) offices across BC to symbolize the unbroken wall of opposition across the province, and say “Defend our Coast” with banners.
Together, we’ll make a powerful visual statement to show the unprecedented depth and breadth of this movement, and make sure our politicians know that we are organizing in the communities they represent.
Let’s shut the door on tar sands pipelines and tankers with a clear message to our provincial and federal representatives. Let’s support the First Nations who have lead the resistance against, tar sands pipelines and tankers. Join us in your community on October 24th to show our governments that BC’s coast must be protected.
Pour le lundi 17 Septembre s’il vous plaît soit aller à Ottawa pour ‘Stop Harper – Real Democracy Now! »ou à New York pour le premier anniversaire de Occupy Wall Street.
For Monday, September 17th, please either go to Ottawa for ‘Stop Harper – Real Democracy Now!’ or to NYC for Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary.
If you really can’t make it to those events, drop by the Place du Peuple (Square-Victoria) any time during the afternoon or evening for live big-screen projections of the actions in Ottawa and NYC, as well as discussions on the last year, the future of the Occupy movement, and Occupons Montréal’s plans for our anniversary on October 15th.
Find your city on the Facebook page.
Posted in Activism, Community, Montreal, Protest, Quebec, Student Strike, tagged Activism, Community, July 22 2012, Montreal, Protest, Quebec, Student Protests, Student Strike on July 24, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
It was hot as hell and I really have to admire the spirit of the people who came to march in this heat. This is the real Montreal, having a party even under what many would consider to be serious circumstances. This Revolution likes to have fun!
People gathering at Berri Square.
Drummers are always good in my book.
Obligatory mask shot.
Some speeches were made.
It’s all because of people like this guy, maybe we should thank him?
There was some riot squad cops at the ready but they weren’t needed.
And the march begins.
The support from all Montrealers is awesome.
Very compressed shot. My guess is that it would be at least a 15 minute walk to the front to the march.
Where is this all leading? Very hard to say right now. But a lot of people in Quebec are quietly organizing for an election where the message will be to vote for anyone but Jean Charest. And if the Ontario students go on strike for the fall semester as they have indicated, this could go national in no time at all. People are ready, they don’t all just know it yet.
Mark August 22 in your calendars.
Bloomsday and a picnic, sounds perfect to me!
Après être sortiEs dans les rues à maintes reprises depuis déjà trois mois, après avoir frappé sur nos casseroles avec constance tous les soirs depuis déjà deux semaines,
Crédit photo: Maryse Boyce: http://marthaboyce.wordpress.com
le sentiment d’impuissance grandit et la colère reste. Le gouvernement n’a pas écouté nos revendications, pire, il les nie et les ridiculise. Mais le pouvoir est entre nos mains. La démocratie participative, ça commence chez nous. Dans nos quartiers. Nous avons en nous les graines du changement, il suffit de leur laisser la chance de germer dans la discussion et l’entraide. Le mouvement est en branle, de nombreux quartiers montréalais s’organisent en assemblées autonomes pour échanger et passer ensemble à l’étape suivante, celle de la mise en commun des idées et de leur mise en action. Venez nombreuxSES à cette première assemblée des citoyenNEs de Verdun, ce samedi 16 juin à 11h au pavillon au coin de Verdun et Lasalle ( le parc en face de Pro-Actif Santé, voir carte). Amenez vos chaises et des plats à partager; nous ferons un potluck!
After already 3 months of protests in the streets, after having banged on pots and pans with constancy, our feeling of powerlessness grows in us and the anger stays. The government have not listened to our demands; worst, he denies and ridicules them. But the power is in our hands. Participative democracy does begins at home. In our neighborhoods. We have in us the seeds of change, we only need to let them grow in the debate and the friendship. The movement is in motion; numerous Montreal neighborhoods are organising in autonomous assemblies to discuss and get together for the next step, that of sharing ideas and putting them into action. You are all invited to this first assembly of the citizens of Verdun at the pavilion on the corner of Verdun and Lasalle (the park in front of Pro-Actif Santé, see map) on June 16th at 11am. Bring your chairs and food to share; we’ll do a potluck!