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QPIRG CONCORDIA WORKING GROUPS

Anarchist Tech Support (ATS)

ATS is a collective seeking to make the use of technology in our communities more secure and resistant to state surveillance and repression. We do this by researching, distributing tools, skill sharing, and doing popular education on secure technology. CONTACT: http://ats-mtl.netats-mtl@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Anti-Colonial Solidarity Committee

The Anti-Colonial Solidarity Committee works in direct solidarity with Indigenous organizers and communities fighting for land, freedom and self-determination, from an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist perspective. We have organized efforts in opposition to the 2010 Olympics, supporting Indigenous-led efforts in particular. We have also been active in support of other Indigenous self-determination efforts, including direct solidarity work with communities in Kanehsatake, Akwesasne, Tyendinaga, Kahnawake, Six Nations, Grassy Narrows, as well as Churchill Falls, Labrador. CONTACT: www.indigenoussolidaritymontreal.netindigenoussolidaritymontreal@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Association pour la Liberté d’Expression / Association for Free Expression

The Association for Free Expression is a political repression watchdog with the goal of informing and supporting individuals targeted by political profiling. We aim to denounce censorship, political mass arrests, and other attacks on freedoms. Specifically, we engage in public education campaigns and direct support of legal cases with financial grants. CONTACT: assoliberteexp@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Centre Social Autogéré/Autonomous Social Center

The Autonomous Social Center aims to occupy a space in the neighbourhood Pointe-St-Charles in order to create a place for self-organized social, cultural and political activities. Various different committees and autonomous projects are already active, including: bar/shows, independent media, bike workshop, roving cinema, popular education, etc. CONTACT: www.centresocialautogere.orginfo@centresocialautogere.org – 514-934-3057

Certain Days Political Prisoner Calendar Committee

The Certain Days Political Prisoner Calendar Committee works to support, educate about and fundraise for political prisoners through the production of a yearly calendar. The calendar is a project produced by organizers in Montreal and Toronto, with the support of 3 political prisoners in upstate New York. We work with an anti-imperialist, anti-racist, feminist, queer and trans positive perspective to help free our movement’s political prisoners. CONTACT: www.certaindays.orginfo@certaindays.org – 514-848-7583

Montreal Childcare Collective

The Childcare Collective, offers strategic childcare in response to the fact that childcare is frequently overlooked and underappreciated. We aim to assist parents, caregivers, youth and children, including but not limited to low-income communities, non-status and immigrant communities, communities of colour, and queer and trans communities. CONTACT: http://childcarecollective.blogspot.comchildcarecollective@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Collectif Opposé à la Brutalité Policière (COBP)

The Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COBP) is an autonomous group that includes victims, witnesses and others who are concerned about police brutality and all abuses perpetuated by the police. The COBP’s goal is not just to denounce harassment, violence, intimidation, arrests and abuse by the police, but also to raise awareness about our rights, and to support victims of police violence. CONTACT: www.cobp.resist.cacobp@hotmail.com – 514-395-9691

Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC)

The Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) is an anti-capitalist group that brings together and unites different struggles. We organize the annual May 1st demonstration, support the G20 Toronto defendants, distribute a bi-annual newspaper, and in general promote anticapitalist ideas and organizing. CONTACT:  www.clac-montreal.netinfo@clac-montreal.net – 438-838-8498

Dignidad Migrante

Dignidad Migrante is made up of Spanish-speaking immigrant workers and their allies. Our goals are to: 1) bring together people of this community in Montreal who face injustice and exploitation in their workplaces, whether they have legal working papers or not; 2) create a space where people of this community feel safe to express their anger, frustration, or any feelings at all about their situation; and 3) work together to think of ways to fight the exploitation and injustice faced by immigrant workers, while making sure that everyone in the group feels safe and comfortable with the actions we take (given the fact that many group members have precarious immigration status). CONTACT: www.dignidadmigrante.orgdignidadmigrante@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

L’école-libre radicale de Montréal/Rad School

The Rad School provides a space for children to pursue their own interests, explore at their own pace and participate in a democratic community. They are encouraged to learn what they are passionate about, to explore, question, discover and grow! This working group is focused on making student centered learning available to everyone, freedom in education for all! CONTACT: www.ecolelibre-freeschool.orgmontreal@ecolelibre-freeschool.org – 514-848-7583

Équipe Sonore / Soundteam

Équipe Sonore/Soundteam provides sound services for Montreal area community groups that cannot afford to pay professional rates. We build, maintain and operate P.A. systems for community events, rallies, conferences and performances. We also strive to disseminate and democratize the technical knowledge of audio production systems. Our purpose is to support people’s grassroots initiatives and act in the interests of communities and their struggles for economic and political justice. CONTACT: http://equipesonore.wordpress.comequipesonore@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Ethnoculture

Ethnoculture is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization whose sole mandate is to organize events addressing social, political, cultural, and economic issues of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirited (LGBTQT-S) people from indigenous and racialized communities living in Montreal and beyond. CONTACT: www.ethnoculture.orgcontact@ethnoculture.org – 514-992-5488

Free Education Montreal

The purpose of Free Education Montreal is to encourage students and other community members in the Montreal area to think critically and hopefully about education and the role and responsibility of educators and students, as well as to support and bring together student and other community groups fighting the rising costs and deterioration of education. Our short-term goals are to prevent further tuition and fee increases and profit-driven influences at our educational institutions in Quebec. Our long-term goals are to eliminate tuition and fees in educational institutions and increase the quality of education through public re-investment in and the democratization of Canada and Quebec’s education system. CONTACT: www.freeducationmontreal.orginfo@freeeducationmontreal.org – 514-848-7583

Justice for the Victims of Police Killings

The Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition brings together directly affected families and friends of the victims of police killings, as well as their allies. Our main goals and purpose as a coalition are to remember the victims who lost their lives due to police violence, impunity and abuse; and to support their families and friends in any way we can. The Coalition follows from years of struggle and support for the families and friends of police killing victims. The Coalition currently involves the family members and friends of Anas Bennis, Claudio Castagnetta, Ben Matson, Quilem Registre, Gladys Tolley and Fredy Villanueva, all of whom died as a direct result of police actions and interventions. We continue to reach out to family and friends of other victims of police killings. CONTACT: www.22octobre.netoct22.mtl@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Collective

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair — and month-long Festival of Anarchy (May 2012) — bring together anarchist ideas and practice, through words, images, music, theatre and day-to-day struggles for justice, dignity and collective liberation. The Bookfair and Festival are as much for people who don’t necessarily consider themselves anarchists, but are curious about anarchism, as they are spaces for anarchists to meet, network and share in a spirit of respect and solidarity. All are welcome. The Bookfair and Festival are together one of the largest anarchist events in North America, and for the past decade, an important gathering and reference point for anti-authoritarian ideas and practice. CONTACT: www.anarchistbookfair.cainfo@salonanarchiste.ca – 514-679-5800

Open Door Books

The Open Door Books (ODB) collective is part of an informal network of Books to Prisoners programs throughout North America. ODB seeks to support and work in solidarity with imprisoned communities. We believe that prisons and the (in)justice system act as institutions of social control and oppression, further targeting marginalized communities as a result of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism and an ongoing history of colonization. CONTACT: opendoorbooks.wordpress.combookstoprisoners@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

People’s Commission Network

The People’s Commission Network is a Montreal network monitoring and opposing the “national security agenda”. The network is a space for individuals and groups who face oppression in the name of “national security” – indigenous people, immigrants, racialized communities, radical political organizations, queers, labour unions – and their allies, to form alliances and coordinate strategies. CONTACT: www.peoplescommission.orgcommissionpopulaire@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Prisoner Correspondence Project

The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a collectively-run initiative based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people a part of these same communities outside of prison. In addition, it coordinates a resource library of information regarding harm reduction practice (safer sex, safer drug-use, clean needle care), HIV and HEPC prevention, homophobia, transphobia, coming out, etc. The project also aims to make prisoner justice and prisoner solidarity a priority within queer movements on the outside through events like film screenings, workshops, and panel discussions which touch on the broader issues relating to criminalization and incarceration of queers and transfolk. CONTACT: www.prisonercorrespondenceproject.cominfo@prisonercorrespondenceproject.com – 514-848-7583

Project X

Project X is a community-based group that’s mission is to give all of those affected by racial profiling from ‘authorities’ a chance to speak their minds. We already know that racial profiling in Montreal (and across the world) is a big problem and a lot of authority figures are abusing their powers. We’re collecting testimonials to see how you feel about the police in Montreal, and gather information on how they’re treating people in our neighborhoods.  We also have a workshop put together on knowing your rights AND on knowing what to do when your rights aren’t respected (which we know they often aren’t). Contact us if you have any testimonials you want to share, or if you want us to give a workshop at your community centre or schools. CONTACT: www.theprojectx.cainfo@theprojectx.ca – 514-848-7583

PROS&CONS: Drugs and criminal justice system

PROS&CONS is a group bringing together people involved in the criminalized drug trade. The aim of the group is to explore the effects and consequences of illicit drugs and the drug trade through the sharing of individual experiences, and by creating dialogue between people involved in different aspects of the drug trade, and those affected by the criminalization of drugs and drug-use. CONTACT: travailderuenuit@cactusmontreal.org – 514-562-4450

Qteam

Qteam is a radical queer collective that organizes around the intersections of oppressions and strives to consciously unsubscribe from the corporate versions of queerness that devalue our realities. Qteam has been a working group of QPIRG Mcgill and QPIRG Concordia for the past four years. Qteam began in 2007 and was originally an initiative of members of the Anti-Capitalist Ass Pirates. Qteam does queer, anti-racist, anti-oppressive programming and solidarity work with other struggles throughout Montreal and beyond. CONTACT: www.qteam.orgqteam.mtl@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Radical Reference

Radical Reference is a collective that supports activist communities, progressive organizations and independent journalists by providing experienced research support, education, and access to information. Services include online reference, workshops and training, and street reference. CONTACT: radrefmtl.wordpress.comradrefmtl@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Re-Con

Re-Con is a prisoner initiated re-integration program, created in 1999, for lifers and long-term prisoners pending release at the Federal Training Center in Laval, as well as, parolees on the outside. The motivation behind its inception was to establish a connection between the prisoner and the outside community, after a long-period of incarceration in an effort to aid in diminishing the effects of institutionalization. It is Re-Con’s main goal to establish links between prisoners and the community, especially regarding community resources which may help them on the outside. To this end, weekly meetings both on the inside and the outside focus on an exploration of the various services, resources and connections that are available outside the prison walls. CONTACT: recon.ftc@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Right to the City

From Milton-Parc to St. Henri to the Mile End, university students are in the vanguard of gentrification—the replacement of one population by another, in which race, class and power play determining factors. As students, alumni, and community members, Right to the City bridges the divide between students and communities, through research and organizing, in struggling against gentrification. CONTACT: antigentrification@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Solidarity Across Borders / Solidarité sans frontières

Solidarity Across Borders is a Montreal-based network engaged in the struggle for justice and dignity of immigrants and refugees. We are comprised of migrants, immigrants, refugees and allies, and come together in support of our main demands: the regularization of all non-status people (Status for All!), an end to deportations and detentions, and the abolition of double punishment of migrants with criminal records. We are in the beginning stages of building a “Solidarity City” campaign – which includes access to all essential services, such as health care and education, for everyone regardless of their immigration status. Some of us have direct experiences with the immigration and refugee system; some of us come from immigrant backgrounds; all of us organize as part of a collective struggle for justice and dignity. For us, there is no such thing as “illegal” human beings, only unjust laws and illegitimate governments. We organize not on the basis of pity or charity, but rather solidarity and mutual aid. CONTACT: www.solidarityacrossborders.orgsolidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Ste-Emilie Skillshare

Based in Montreal’s South-West, the Ste-Emilie Skillshare is a politicized community art space run by a collective of trans people, queers and people of colour. We are artists and activists, working together within an anti-oppression framework and moving towards social transformation. As historically marginalized people, sharing our art and skills are revolutionary acts as the art we produce can be used as a tool for political change. We run a community art space that houses a screen-printing studio, a black and white photography darkroom, sewing stations and a gallery space.  We host workshops and events throughout the year and we are always looking to collaborate and for new volunteers.  Ste-Émilie is welcome to all! CONTACT: www.steemilieskillshare.commtlskillshare@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

TAPthirst

TAPthirst (tap drinkers against privatization) is a QPIRG Concordia working group dedicated to promoting awareness of the environmental, health and socioeconomic costs of the privatization of public water and the packaged water industry. We are also committed to promoting awareness on wider issues of water privatization. At Concordia we have been instrumental in creating a shift towards a bottled water free campus. We work with Sustainable Concordia, CSU, the Polaris Institute and various community groups, and are always looking for new members! CONTACT: http://drinktapconcordia.wordpress.comtapthirst@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Termite Collective

The Termite Collective is a group of creative and concerned people who want to expose the ever increasing repressive nature of prison through political parody and criminal cabaret. We aim to use a humorous alternative method to outline these injustices. The multi-media skits are created using real prisoners’ experiences with prison issues on the inside and out (i.e. parole) as well as the effects of Harper’s new crime bills and plans for prison expansion in Canada. We attempt to highlight the difficulties prisoners face in attempting to navigate through such a invasive and restrictive process. All the situations and experiences in the skits are lived and true, only the names and faces have been changed. CONTACT: gpedicelli@yahoo.com – 514-680-7447