WORKING GROUPS are the heart of QPIRG Concordia. They are groups, collectives, networks, projects, and campaigns that organize together in the Montreal community, and beyond, on a wide variety of issues directly related to social and environmental justice.
*** UPDATE: Consider being a Working Group of QPIRG Concordia for 2016-17! Deadline to apply: October 27, 2016, before 5pm. INFO: www.qpirgconcordia.org/?page_id=1512 ***
Together, QPIRG Concordia’s working groups share skills and knowledge, engage in popular education and art, organize events and protests, provide direct support and solidarity, publish alternative research and analysis, and, in general, contribute, encourage, and maintain resistance in diverse and creative ways. Read more about this year’s working groups below.
* WORKSHOPS: Many of our working groups offer workshops on a variety of topics related to their ongoing organizing and campaigns. Read more about these workshops, which you can request for your own group, HERE.
QPIRG CONCORDIA WORKING GROUPS 2015-2016
- Abundance Project
- Accessibilize Montreal
- Certain Days Political Prisoner Calendar Committee
- Collectif Opposé à la Brutalité Policière
- Collectif TechnoLibre
- Comité d’action des personnes sans-status / Non-status Action Committee
- Contempt of Court: Legal Clinic by and for Social Movements
- Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC)
- C-Uni-T (Community-University-Talks)
- Decolonizing Street Art
- L’École-Libre Radicale de Mtl Rad School
- Équipe Sonore / Sound Team
- Filipino Indigenous People’s Organization in Quebec (FIPOQ)
- Justice for Victims of Police Killings
- Mad Pride “mtl”
- March 8 Committee Women of Diverse Origins
- Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Collective
- Montreal Childcare Collective
- Open Door Books Montreal / Livres-Accès Montréal
- Prisoner Correspondence Project
- Projections Insurgées
- Québec accessible
- Queer Between the Covers
- Qouleur Qollective
- Reclaim Turtle Island / Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit Harm Reduction Coalition:
- Sidetracks Screenprinting Collective
- Solidarité sans frontières / Solidarity Across Borders
Abundance Network aims to use art to create spaces/resources that names and challenges fat phobia through visioning bodies as sites of resistance and power.
Accessibilize Montreal! aims to make Montreal a more accessible place in every way: from the mindsets and interactions between Montrealers to the infrastructure that surrounds us. By holding workshops like Why Accessibilize Montreal, and Gender; Disability and Sexuality: Real Talk with Accessibilize Montreal, we challenge mainstream perceptions of disability, and through advocacy and direct action we protest transit and systemic discrimination. Join us in our movement beyond ableism and a respect of diversity!
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.
Collectif Opposé à la Brutalité Policière
Le Collectif Opposé à la Brutalité Policière (COBP) est un groupe autonome qui regroupe des personnes victimes, témoins et/ou concernés par la brutalité policière et tout abus perpétré par la police. Le COBP a pour but non seulement de dénoncer les harcèlements, violences, intimidation, arrestations et abus de pouvoirs policiers et d’informer les gens sur leurs droits face à la police, mais aussi de soutenir les victimes en les aidant par exemple à porter plainte en déontologie et à faire face à des accusations abusives.
TechnoLibre (aka Free Geek Montréal) is a community centre, hardware education centre and e-waste recycling and reuse centre that’s launching in 2016. For updates on the project, check out the Project Status page. At TechnoLibre we aim to change the way people relate to computer technology. The computer industry is based on planned obsolescence, a system where computers are designed to break down after a few years and new ones are bought all the time, despite the massive damage to the environment this causes and the labour exploitation this requires.
Comité d’action des personnes sans-status / Non-status Action Committee
Nous préconisons le rejet du cas par cas et l’adoption par les gouvernementsfédéral et provincial d’une mesure globale, inclusive pour tous les sans-papiers.
Contempt of Court: Legal Clinic by and for Social Movements
The Contempt of Court legal clinic is an initiative by and for activists whose mission is to support those having to deal with the legal system as a result of political activity or actions that fit within our principles. Our work is grounded in solidarity and is complementary to work of other support and legal defense groups and initiatives. Whether it’s through our monthly or bi-monthly clinics, individual support or workshops on specific legal charges, we seek to recognize activists’ legal experience and want to pool our shared experience with the judicial system, be it theoretical or practical. Our goal is to contribute to a shifting of the balance of power with regards to the judicial system that isn’t simply on a case by case basis. Join us if you are facing charges or looking to file a complaint or would like to share your own experience or support.
Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC)
La Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes – Montréal est un espace de convergence et de coordination pour le milieu anticapitaliste radical de la région de Montréal. La CLAC a le mandat de porter publiquement le discours anticapitaliste par l’organisation de diverses campagnes et manifestations, dont la mobilisation anticapitaliste du 1er mai à chaque année. La CLAC se conforme à un mode de fonctionnement antiautoritaire et adhère aux principes de l’Action Mondiale des Peuples. La CLAC est un espace explicitement anticapitaliste, antipatriarcal, antiautoritaire et anticolonialiste.
Community-University Talks is a collective of students, teachers, and community members committed to the pursuit of accessible education informed by anti-colonial and critical race discourses. Our mission is to create spaces for dialogue in which the diversity of experiences and strengths of Black communities are centred.
Decolonizing Street Art
Unceded Voices: Anticolonial Street Artists Convergence is a biennial convergence of primarily Indigenous-identified and women of color street artists in Tiotia:ke (also known as Montreal). The first two gatherings took place in Tiotia:ke in the month of August in 2014 and 2015. The goal of this convergence is three-fold: to develop a network of solidarity and support between Indigenous street artists and street artists of color; to promote anti-colonial resistance through diverse street art interventions; and to foster relationships and dialogue between the collective and the broader community.
L’École-Libre Radicale de Mtl 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!
Équipe Sonore / Sound Team
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.
Filipino Indigenous People’s Organization in Quebec (FIPOQ)
FIPOQ is a non-profit grass root organization. We are in the process networking with other indigenous groups of Filipinos and non-Filipinos in the community. Our objective is to strengthen and expand network in the Quebec and around Canada so our campaigns will be more visible and more progressive and more productive.
Justice for 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, Jean-Francois Nadreau 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.
Mad Pride “mtl”
We’re a fabulous collective by and for folks identifying as mad, sad, crazy, hyper-emotional, mentally ill/different, psychiatric survivors/consumers and/or questioning. We meet regularly for mad hangouts and support groups, we have a mental health distro and we participate in /give workshops on radical mental health.
March 8 Committee Women of Diverse Origins
Women of Diverse Origins is a grassroots anti-imperialist women’s network that organizes public events particularly around International Women’s Day, to educate and discuss the links between global policies and the situation of women locally, share experiences of struggle and mobilize against injustice and for the right of all to live with dignity.
Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Collective
The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair and month-long Festival of Anarchy (May 2016) 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.
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.
Open Door Books Montreal / Livres-Accès Montréal
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 people. We believe that prisons and the (in)justice system act as institutions of social control and oppression, further targeting marginalized people as a result of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, disableism, and colonialism.
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.
Formed in so-called Montreal during the spring of 2014 by Medi@s Libres, subMedia.tv and Ni Québec, Ni Canada, the folks who inhabit Projections Insurgées continue to recognize the vital importance of radical independent media and still work to build places where beautiful and dangerous ideas can live. Continuing to organize screenings in various venues around the city based on anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, anti-patriarchal and anti-authoritarian principles, we recently helped to facilitate the International Anarchist Film Festival held during the 2015 Montreal Anarchist Book Fair which saw 30 films from 14 countries screened over 2 days in May.
Québec accessible is a grassroots initiative aimed at developing a strong accessibility law in Quebec in order to combat systemic disability discrimination and increase the social participation of people with disabilities. Our group educates, unites and advocates for improved accessibility in the province.
Queer Between the Covers
Queer Between the Covers is a volunteer collective that promotes and provides access to queer materials in Montreal. We organize an annual queer book fair, which attracts hundreds of people, and assembles both local and out-of-town authors, zinesters, independent bookstores, publishers, and community groups. The collective also runs a queer book/zine distro and organizes smaller queer-lit events.
We are a grass-roots collective of artists, performers, writers and political activists based in Montreal, Quebec who have decided to volunteer our time and energy to bring awareness of racialized queer identities and experiences to the wider public. We work to bridge the gaps between communities and create an open space for voices that all too often go unheard.
RE: BODIES is a collective dedicated to supporting the well-being, bodily sovereignty, and creativity of two-spirited, queer, trans, gender non-confirming, intersex people of colour, black and indigenous folks through fostering and sharing body-centered knowledge, resources, practical skills, and community connections between and led by between members of these communities.
Reclaim Turtle Island / Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit Harm Reduction Coalition (IW2SHRC)
IW2SHRC, a subsidiary project of Reclaim Turtle Island, is an Indigenous collective that provides free harm reductive resources, referrals and services to Indigenous peoples in Montreal. We also produce media which explores the intersection between land violence and Indigenous bodies. Reclaim Turtle Island is an NDN run independent media project that focuses on land reclamation in the context of restoring Indigenous nationhood while fighting settler colonial occupation through resistance to resource colonialism and environmental violence.
Re-Con is a prisoner-initiated re-integration program created in 1999. The group is made up of people serving a life sentence at the Federal Training Center in Laval, formerly incarcerated members now serving their sentence on parole, and outside volunteers. It is Re-Con’s main goal to establish links between prisoners and the community after a long period of incarceration and isolation. We aim to diminish the effects of institutionalization through personal development workshops and by introducing those incarcerated to community resources which may help them re-integrate into society upon their release from prison. To this end, weekly meetings that take place both inside and outside the prison focus on exploring the various services, resources, and networks available outside the prison walls.
Sidetracks Screenprinting Collective
We are a superstar screen-printing team of volunteers whose mandate is to make screen-printing accessible to projects and organizations working for social change. Sidetracks was born out of the Ste-Emilie Skillshare and works to uphold its mandate.
Solidarité sans frontières / Solidarity Across Borders
Solidarity Across Borders is a Montreal-based network engaged in the struggle for justice and dignity of im/migrants and refugees. We are comprised of migrants, immigrants, refugees and allies, and come together in support of our main demands: the regularization of all migrants living with precarious status (Status for ALL!), an end to deportations and detentions, and the abolition of double punishment of migrants with criminal records. We are actively building a “Solidarity City” campaign, which aims to build networks of solidarity and mutual aid within the city of Montreal as well as demanding that essential services be accessible to 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.
subMedia.tv is an anarchist film collective whose aim is to spread radical information and aid social struggles. We achieve this by producing high quality videos that are disseminated on the internet and through community screenings. Also we take proposals from grassroots led movements who need video to spread the word about their struggle.