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(en) Canada, Ottawa, Anarchist Discussion Series

Date Sat, 14 Jan 2006 23:01:14 +0200


Anarchist Discussion Group
The Anarchist Discussion Group meets every second Sunday afternoon. We
are local Ottawa activists and community members who share an
anti-authoritarian viewpoint. We are involved in diverse struggles and
believe in the importance maintaining a link between theory and practice.
Discussions are based on readings, presentations or short films. If
there are readings, they are optional and will be summarized at the
beginning of the discussion. Printouts of readings are available from OPIRG
at U of O.
All are welcome. Accessible! Child-friendly!

Contact aca@mutualaid.org for more information.



Schedule of Topics

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++ Elections vs. Democracy
++ Talk followed by a discussion.
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Date/Time/Location
Sunday,Jan 22/2006 @ 1:30pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre (near Elgin and Gilmour), Ottawa, ON

Description
Democracy is when people have direct input into the decisions that affect
their lives. In representative systems we don't get to make any of these
decisions. Instead we elect representatives who then make all of the
decisions for us. Why do our supposed
representatives seem to make decisions that profit their rich friends
instead of ordinary people? Is this really democracy?


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++ The Battle of Seattle - 7 years later
++ Film "This is What Democracy Looks Like" followed by discussion
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Date/Time/Location
Sunday, Feb 5/2006 @ 1:30pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre (near Elgin and Gilmour), Ottawa, ON

Description
In 1999 tens of thousands of people converged on Seattle raise their voice
in protest against the destructive economic policies of the World Trade
Organization. This was the beginning of the global justice movement which
has grown to take on US imperialism as well as many local struggles against
the devastating consequences of "free" trade and neoliberalism. We will be
watching the film "This is What Democracy Looks Like" which documents the
events on the streets of Seattle in 1999 and in the discussion we will be
discussing the successes and failings of the global justice movement which
emerged after the events in Seattle.


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++ What is Anarchism?
++ Talk followed by discussion
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Date/Time/Location
Sunday, Feb 19/2006 @ 1:30pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre (near Elgin and Gilmour), Ottawa, ON

Description
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the anarchist
vision of a decentralized, non-hierarchal society. This talk and discussion
will explore basic anarchist principles as well as debunking the many myths
about this remarkable political philosophy.

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++ Crime and Inequality
++ Discussion based on readings*
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Date/Time/Location
Sunday, Mar 5/2006 @ 1:30pm
Room 201, Jack Purcell Community Centre (near Elgin and Gilmour), Ottawa, ON

Description
People have always noticed a link between inequality and crime. The majority
of crime is property crime i.e. theft, robbery, etc. The majority of violent
crime also seems to be linked to inequality. Why is this the case? Why
doesn't the state attempt to address the real causes of crime?

Readings
1) Inequality and Violence
http://www1.worldbank.org/prem/poverty/inequal/abstracts/violence.htm#fajnzy
lber98
2) excerpt from "Lockdown America" by Chistian Parenti
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Prison_System/War_All_Seasons_LA.html
3) Philip Zimbardo " A Pirandellian Prison."
http://www.augsburg.edu/psych/vml/zimbardo.html

* readings are optional and will be summarized at the beginning of the
discussion
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