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(en) Canada, Montreal's Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC): Update and Contact Information

From la CLAC! <clac@taktic.org>
Date Fri, 8 Oct 2004 11:23:21 +0200 (CEST)


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Dear friends and allies -- This is a long overdue message to let you
know how to stay in touch and plug in with Montreal's Anti-Capitalist
Convergence (known by our French acronym as CLAC).
Please note our new e-mail address, and web page (always under construction)
that are the best ways, along with the good old-fashioned phone, to stay in touch:
e-mail: clac@taktic.org tel: 514-409-2049 web: http://clac.taktic.org
If you've corresponded with the CLAC at our old account, and have not
received a reply, our apologies. Please get in touch again!
AS WELL, keep in mind that the CLAC has an announcements list, which
shares information about the diverse activities organized by CLAC groups,
in English and French. To subscribe to the CLAC announcements list, just
visit the following website:

http://lists.taktic.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/clac
(If you don't understand French, just change the language setting on the
top of the page from "Francais" to "Anglais (USA)".)

AND, if you are from the Montreal-area or visiting Montreal, and want to
plug in directly with the CLAC, don't hesitate to attend one of our
general assemblies. There are two assemblies scheduled so far for this
fall:

--> Tuesday, October 12
6pm: welcoming for newcomers
7pm: assembly begins
@ 2515 rue Delisle
(metro Lionel-Groulx)
[childcare available on-site]

and

--> Tuesday, November 9
6pm: welcoming for newcomers
7pm: assembly begins
@ 1710 Beaudry
(metro Beaudry)
[childcare available on-site]

CLAC general assemblies are scheduled at least once every six weeks, and
are open to anyone in agreement with the CLAC Basis of Unity and the
Peoples' Global Action (PGA) Hallmarks (available at:
http://clac.taktic.org/en/index.php?section=0&subsection=2)


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BACKGROUND
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La CLAC -- the Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal -- is a grassroots
anti-authoritarian organization comprised of several autonomous groups
that are active in various social struggles (CLAC groups are listed
below).

The CLAC has been active for more than 4 years, since April 2000, in
Montreal and the Northeast region, organizing various campaigns and
projects -- within the perspective of an anti-capitalist,
anti-authoritarian analysis -- utilizing and respecting a diversity of
tactics ranging from popular education to direct action.

CLAC Assemblies are a place for both active CLAC groups, as well as other
groups and individuals, to share information and, in active solidarity,
reinforce our movements for radical social justice and dignity.


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CLAC GROUPS
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The CLAC is comprised of 11 autonomous groups. Other groups that are
interested in being part of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence are encouraged
to attend a general assembly or to get in touch. The current CLAC groups
include:

* Anarkhia: A local anarchist collective that publishes a journal by the
same name. Contact: anarkhia@mutualaid.org

* Block the Empire-Montreal: A campaign of resistance against local
participation in militarisation, imperialist wars and occupation. Contact:
bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca

* CLAC Housing/Comité des sans-emploi: This group brings together the CLAC
Housing Committee (CLAC Logement), which has been active on housing and
gentrification issues since the fall of 2001, and the Committee of the
Unemployed, which has been active in a variety of anti-poverty struggles
in Montreal for more than a decade. Contact: logement@taktic.org

* CLAC Latin America/FTAA Committee: A collective active in organizing
against neo-liberalism and its various manifestations, such as the FTAA
Plan Puebla Panama and Plan Colombia, as well as organizing direct
solidarity projects with allies in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.
Contact: komiteal@yahoo.ca

* Collectif Reclus-Malatesta: An anarchist collective based in Joliette, a
small town outside of Montreal. Contact: malatesta82@hotmail.com

* DIRA: An anarchist library and resource-center, based in downtown
Montreal. Contact: dira@qc.aira.ca

* Libertad: A radical youth and student collective, based at the Cegep
Vieux-Montreal. Contact: libertad_cvm@ziplip.com

* Liberterre: An eco-anarchist collective, active in supporting various
ecological campaigns in Quebec. Contact: collectifliberterre@yahoo.ca

* NEFAC: The Montreal union of the Northeastern Federation of
Anarcho-Communists. Contact: mtl@nefac.net

* No One Is Illegal: An immigrant and refugee rights group, active in
campaigns of self-determination of self-organized migrant groups and
individuals in Montreal. Contact: noii-montreal@resist.ca

* Pain, Panais et Liberte: An affinity group of activists who organize on
issues related to food and the environment. Contact: clac@taktic.org

CLAC groups maintain their own contact and information lists. Get in touch
directly for more info.


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PUBLICATIONS
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Many CLAC groups also publish their own journals and popular education
materials. Some regular publications by CLAC groups include:

Anarkhia: a French journal/zine by the Anarkhia collective)

C'est arrivé prêt de chez vous: an occasional bilingual publication by the
CLAC Housing Committee/Comité des sans-emploi

Alerta! Le Cri de la Wawa: a trilingual, Spanish, French, English,
publication by the CLAC Latin America Committee

Désinstruction: a radical critique of education published by Libertad, in
French

Land and Freedom: an eco-anarchist journal/zine published by Liberterre,
mainly in French

There are also the various NEFAC publications: "Strike!" and the
"Northeastern Anarchist" in English, and "Ruptures" and "Cause Commune" in
French. The No One Is Illegal group helped with the publication of the
bilingual "Solidarity Across Borders" newspaper on refugee rights issues.

Contact the specific CLAC group for more info about their publications.
All CLAC groups are active in putting out a wide variety of popular
education and awareness-raising materials, which are usually available at
CLAC general assemblies.


That's our quick update! Let us know what you're up to in your local
community, and stay in touch.

In solidarity and struggle,
Your comrades, camarades and companer@s from the CLAC!
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e-mail: clac@taktic.org
tel: 514-409-2049
web: http://clac.taktic.org

To subscribe to the CLAC announcements list (in English and French),
please visit: http://lists.taktic.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/clac
(If you don't understand French, just change the language setting on the
top of the page from "Francais" to "Anglais (USA)".)


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