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Montréal le 1er mai 2011 - Pour la quatrième année consécutive, plus de 1 200 manifestant(e)s ont marché dimanche dans les rues du centre-ville de Montréal, dans le cadre de la Journée internationale des travailleurs et des travailleuses. La manifestation, organisée par la Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes Montréal (CLAC-Montréal), visait à dénoncer le système capitaliste, principal générateur d’exploitation et de pauvreté dans le monde.
"Sometimes you put up walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down." - Anonymous
G20 activist Jaggi Singh unrepentant after suspended sentence (Toronto Star):
Jaggi Singh set free: "My only regret is that we didn’t succeed in tearing down that fence.” (NOW Magazine):
Activist Jaggi Singh Given Suspended Sentence for G20 Speech (Toronto Media Co-op):
The banks and big corporations have emerged from the economic crisis as winners. They continue to amass record profits! But, for the majority of the population, things are going differently. The crisis not only funnelled hundreds of billions of dollars of public money into "saving" the financial system, it served as a pretext for big businesses to carry out massive lay-offs and for governments world-wide to cut social services such as education and health.
Capitalism only serves a handful of individuals. There have been endless corruption scandals and thefts of public funds. There have been tax cuts for the rich ... followed by cut-backs imposed on us. The greed of the rich is matched only by the enormous bonuses they lavish on themselves. It's ridiculous!
Immigrants, the unemployed, people on social assistance, single mothers and the elderly are cruelly affected by the crisis of capitalism. But the so-called "middle" class is now also directly affected and the situation is only going to get worse: higher costs of living, lower salaries, reduced social protections, privatization, health care user-fees and more.
We all contribute to the production of wealth. There is no valid reason for not sharing it fairly. There is absolutely no reason why this wealth should be stolen by a handful of billionaires, whether they be business leaders, war-lords, oil kings or dictators! Let's follow the example of the angry people of Tunisia, Egypt and Greece. Here, just like there, against capitalism, against all forms of oppression, for a better life, we have every reason to rise up!
Let's rise up in the streets of Montreal on May 1st, International Workers' Day. Bring your flags and your scarves. Let's hit the streets!
[translated from the French]
*1st General Assembly of the (renewed) Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) of
TUESDAY, MARCH 1st at 6pm
UQÀM, Pavillon Hubert-Aquin (400 rue Sainte-Catherine Est)
Local A-2625 (métro Berri-UQAM)*
(proposed agenda below)
For more than a decade, the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) and similar
groups have been very effective among the radical anti-capitalist left in
Montreal, with a certain degree of success despite limited means. The CLAC
has mobilized around global issues, made links between specific issues and
Our solidarity is stronger than their repression!
The G20 Legal Defence Fund in Quebec continues to raise money in support of all people facing charges in relation to the anti-G20 protests in Toronto in June 2010.
The Fund considers that all arrests occurred in the context of a legitimate struggle against the capitalist policies of the G20, and that all charges should be dropped immediately.
Defendant to ask that all bail conditions are rescinded, including ban on demonstrations
When: Tuesday, November 30, 10am
Where: Ontario Superior Court at 361 University Avenue
between Dundas & Queen Street
(for exact courtroom location, look for “Singh, Jaggi” on the court roll)
If you oppose the restrictive bail conditions imposed on all G20 “conspiracy” defendants – ban on demonstrations, house arrest, non-association, ban on passports and cellphones, and more -- we ask that you attend court in large numbers this TUESDAY.
Contribute to the G20 Legal Defence Fund in Québec!
Our solidarity is stronger than their repression
It’s been two weeks since we launched the “5000 x 5$” campaign to raise money for the G20 Legal Defence Fund in Québec. Thanks to everyone who has supported this campaign so far. We continue to ask for your support in promoting and contributing to this campaign, especially in the next few weeks as we attempt to meet our fundraising goal of $25,000 by December 17. Updated information is included below.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:
Montreal, November 11, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anti-capitalist demonstration against the G-20
Friday, November 12th, 2010
Meeting point at 5:00 PM, Cabot Square, Montréal
(Atwater & St-Catherine west)
On the heels of Toronto, the world’s biggest capitalists will meet again in Seoul on November 11th and 12th for another G20 summit. Rallies will be held all over the world to denounce capitalism, misery and poverty.
While we face an economic, social and environmental crisis, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promotes the « stabilization of financial markets », imposing austerity measures that go against the interests of workers, the unemployed and the poorest of the planet. In response, we take to the streets to demonstrate our rage against the capitalist system and show our refusal to submit to those who enrich themselves on our backs through theft, exploitation and repression!
This march will also underline our solidarity with the dozens of people still facing charges from the demonstrations held in Toronto against the G20 summit last June. Months later, the Canadian State continues to criminalize and suppress the voices of dissent. We invite all people, families and communities who believe in a better future, to join us in denouncing capitalism, the G20 and political repression!
In addition to this child-friendly event, we invite groups to join the resistance to the G20 by organizing autonomous actions during the G20 Summit in Seoul taking place from November 11th to the 12th.
Spread the word!
An invitation from the
Convergence des luttes anti-capitalistes 2010 (CLAC2010)
WWW.CLAC2010.NET – email@example.com