Vagrant 
Member since Feb 17, 2009

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Re: “Voice of the City

If Detroit were under siege and suffered from military repression for decades and its citizens condemned to what is effectively an open air prison, I would expect resistance to the occupier. Not surprisingly, and regardless of if the occupiers were really nice to each other.

Also, I suspect the Quebec bombings and the assault on Oka did happen in your lifetime. Although not exact parallels, lets not treat armed resistance and military repression as foreign to Canada and wash out our own struggles in a national idealism void of history. This is exactly what leads to assumptions that maintain positions of injustice.

Violence does beget violence, so lets start by looking at who's actually in a position to wage constant systemic violent repression and who's clawing back hoping to break free from the stifling fences.

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Posted by Vagrant on 08/12/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Voice of the City

Thanks for the article John! A thoughtful and important reflection.

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Posted by Vagrant on 08/12/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Oscar's ballad

Very much looking forward to this!!!

Posted by Vagrant on 10/11/2013 at 12:50 PM

Re: “False framing of the St. Pat's-Alexandra sale

Once again, staff continues to advise against policy, rather than simply advising to now follow it. In what seems like a deceptive manner, staff confusingly offers the option to “Keep and Follow” the policy (option B) and yet, when describing this option, indicates that this decision would task the Grants committee to review the previously submitted RFP submissions. These original submissions were drafted in haste by organisations that had not received the 90 days notice or been included in public consultations as detailed in the policy and therefore do not represent the full potential of their proposals. On the other hand, the report's option C proposes to invite all community interests to submit new proposals for recommendation, which is the proper way to begin the process anew according to the policy. However, this same option (C), also includes the repeal of the policy pitting the community submissions once again against private sale submissions, thus repeating a similar process as the one already undergone against policy. Since the other two options (A & D) include the repeal of the policy, this clearly means that no options offered by staff in their report allow council to follow city policy. Once again, council is being led by staff to break its own policies and to put itself in a position where legal action is due.

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Posted by Vagrant on 01/23/2012 at 10:36 AM

Re: “To Gaza with love

Thanks for the great article Miles! And thank you The Coast!

Posted by Vagrant on 08/27/2011 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Our Terrain of Struggle: Immigration, the G-20, the Crisis of Capitalism and Global Apartheid

Description

A multi-media presentation with well-known Montreal-based activist Jaggi Singh. Using research and lived experiences, the presentation will raise questions about all border controls and nation-states; make the case that all human beings have the autonomous right to migrate, resist displacement and return home. The big picture is one of global apartheid, and with the economic crisis deeply set and the G8/G20 working to keep unequal relations intact, the terrain of struggle grows rougher.

About Jaggi Singh:

Jaggi Singh is an organizer, active on indigenous solidarity, migrant justice, no border, anti-poverty and anti-police brutality issues. He is a founding member of groups such as the Convergence des luttes anti-capitalistes (CLAC), No One Is Illegal, Solidarity Across Borders and the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, as well as many related campaigns and initiatives. He is also a writer and independent journalist, and has reported from occupied Palestine, India, as well as all over Turtle Island (aka Canada). Jaggi hosts a monthly current affairs radio show on CKUT 90.3fm.

Posted by Vagrant on 02/03/2010 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Critical Mass confusion

Although I (sadly) have not gone to a CM in a little while, I have attended many during the year leading up to this past summer, and I have to say it is an amazing and fun experience. It is true that I have on several occasions witnessed tense moments between motorists and cyclists, but the aggression in all cases originated from a motorist. And, to be honest, I have been quite impressed at how calm and composed cyclists have remained during CM when facing incredibly aggressive and dangerous behaviour from motorists - even cops.

I have seen motorists, yell at cyclists, step out of their cars to confront cyclists, and recklessly cut through a mass. Last summer, during the CM in solidarity with the residents protesting the widening of Chebucto, a cop paddy waggon blazed past me to cut through the mass at an intersection to prevent it from crossing, thus causing extreme confusion among cyclists and motorists. I had no reservations at letting him know, quite bluntly, the danger he was causing.

I have NEVER seen such aggressive behaviour coming from cyclists at CM. And in any case, for the most part, motorists (and pedestrians) support and enjoy CM too. By far, motorists honk and cheer us as we go along, and enjoy the few minutes of entertainment provided by the motley group.

About pedestrians, I agree with comments above. Cyclists on sidewalks are for the most part a symptom of the fear to ride on roads and face the dangers of a road system unsafe for cyclists. I do not agree with cyclists riding on sidewalks during a CM, maybe word should be passed around better to avoid such instances during rides. As for pedestrians wanting to cross the road, the safest thing really is for pedestrians to just wait a few minutes. Crossing through a mass of cyclists is unsafe for everyone. No one can guarantee that cyclists further back will see a pedestrian being let by.

Anyway, I fully support CM and think it is an awesome celebration and example of changing habits and realizing that the "the way things are" doesn't mean that's how things "have to be."

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Posted by Vagrant on 11/14/2009 at 2:10 PM

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Re: “Poor Boy

Yet another beautiful and wonderful play signed Zuppa. Dark, eerie, melodious like Penny Dreadful, but not as fluid or grounded in context. Poor Boy is without specific temporal or geographic setting and told through episodic segments that seem to piece together like rough fragments of a dream through troubled sleep. A porous fourth wall, musical interruptions and an erratic narrative are still part of Zuppa's 'bag-o-tricks', but employed more jarringly here than in Penny Dreadful. Poor Boy has a more Brechtian 'feel' in that respect, but is by no means epic. It is a very personal story of confusion between wonder and bitter sadness, and the manner in which it is presented does not provoke the audience to think too much, but rather to loose itself in that very confusion - that place where you're never quite sure if things are right or wrong, happy or sad, prose or music, and seem to be all at once. One leaves Poor Boy with that desperate feeling of wanting to hear once more a song you overheard on someone else's radio, but can't find again; or hoping to fall back to sleep in order to pursue a mesmerizing dream interrupted by mo(u)rning... that, and a craving for toast!

Posted by Seb on 02/17/2009 at 3:14 PM

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