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(en) Canada, Montreal, SATURDAY NOON! Join the Block the Empire* Anti-Imperialist Contingent! (October 28, MONTREAL REMINDER]

Date Thu, 26 Oct 2006 08:35:06 +0200


Contingent, this Saturday, October 28 at NOON at the corner of Guy and
de Maisonneuve! ... This final callout includes updated info about
speakers, endorsers, demo route, and other aspects of the
anti-imperialist contingent. See you on Saturday!]
-> OCCUPATION ANYWHERE ... RESISTANCE EVERYWHERE!
5 YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN ... 500+ YEARS ON TURTLE ISLAND
Join the BLOCK THE EMPIRE anti-imperialist contingent on October 28,
part of a worldwide day of action against the occupation of Afghanistan.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th -- NOON -- Parc Norman Bethune
corner of de Maisonneuve and Guy -- (metro Guy-Concordia)

The BLOCK THE EMPIRE anti-imperialist contingent will be a
"child-friendly" march.

We will be joining and supporting the Échec à la guerre demonstration;
we begin marching at 12:30pm (sharp).

We march in opposition to war at home and abroad, and against
US/Canadian imperialism.

We are denouncing war and occupation, and supporting grassroots
resistance: Palestine ... Lebanon ... Iraq ... Iran ... Bolivia ...
Colombia ... Mapuche territory ... Oaxaca/Atenco/Chiapas ...
Philippines ... Haiti ... Six Nations ... Kahnawake ... Kanehsatake
... Nitassinan ... Turtle Island ... everywhere!.

::: PALESTINE BLOC, MARCHING BAND, AND MORE :::

As part of the anti-imperialist contingent, there will be a PALESTINE
SOLIDARITY BLOC, to raise awareness about continued resistance to
Israeli apartheid in Palestine. The PALESTINE BLOC will also include a
mock Israeli apartheid wall. For more info about the PALESTINE BLOC,
please contact mostafah@riseup.net

There will be a RADICAL DANCE PACK performing dance routines during
the contingent. You can reach the dance pack via efffffffa@yahoo.com

The contingent will also be accompanied by the ANARTCHY MARCHY BAND.
The band will play various revolutionary songs, with their diverse
instruments. Accompaniment by singers and gazoos is welcome! For more
info: fanfare@vichama.org

And other surprises!


::: SPEAKERS :::

The Block the Empire Anti-Imperialist Contingent will include remarks
by the following activists:

Kahentinehta -- Elder from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory
Serge Bouchereau -- Résistance haïtienne au Québec
Leila Celis -- Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC)
Dolores Chew -- The South Asia Center (CERAS)
Carmen Diaz -- La Otra Campaña de Montréal
Youssef Mahmoud -- Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees
Wissam Moussam -- L'Association des Jeunes Libanais Musulman-Montréal
Abdulhadi Qaderi -- L'Observatoire de l'Asie Centrale et du Moyen-Orient
Sophie Schoen -- Block the Empire Montreal!
Tess Tesalona -- Centre for Philippine Concerns


::: ENDORSERS ::::

The BLOCK THE EMPIRE anti-imperialist contingent is so far endorsed by
the following groups:

L'Association étudiante du cégep de Saint-Laurent (AÉCSL)
L'Association générale des étudiants du Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (AGÉCVM)
L'Association facultaire des étudiants en sciences humaines de l'UQÀM
(AFESH-UQÀM)
L'Association des Jeunes Libanais Musulman-Montréal
Center for Philippine Concerns (CPC)
Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees (CADPR)
Le Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière (COBP)
Le Comité d'action politique-UQÀM
Le Comité des sans-emploi (Montréal-Centre)
Documentation Information Ressources Alternatives (DIRA)
GrassRoots Association for Student Power (GRASPÉ-McGill)
Haiti Action Montreal
Immigrant Workers Center (IWC)
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)-Montreal
L'Observatoire de l'Asie Centrale et du Moyen-Orient
La Otra Campaña de Montréal
Libertad (Cégep du Vieux-Montréal)
Liberterre
No One Is Illegal-Montreal/Personne n'est illégal-Montréal
La Pointe Libertaire
Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC)
La RueBrique
Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG-McGill)
Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG-Concordia)
Réseau anarchiste en milieu étudiant (RAMÉ)
Résistance haïtienne au Québec
Solidarité sans frontières/Solidarity Across Borders
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR)
Students Taking Action in Chiapas (STAC)
South Asia Center/Centre d'asie de Sud (CERAS)
Tadamon! Montréal
Unité des socialistes iraniens à Montréal
... and more!


::: PRESS RELEASE :::

[The following was sent to media outlets in Montreal ...]

Attention News Editors
For Immediate Release

-> Canada out of Afghanistan! The BLOCK THE EMPIRE Anti-Imperialist
Contingent takes the streets next Saturday ...

Media Contacts: Louise-Caroline Bergeron (514-378-2511) or Sophie
Schoen (514-998-7243)

MONTREAL, October 23, 2006 - As part of a pan-Canadian day of protest
against the continued occupation of Afghanistan, the Block the Empire
collective of Montreal is organizing an anti-imperialist contingent in
conjunction with local protests.

The Block the Empire anti-imperialist contingent will meet on
SATURDAY, October 28 at NOON at Norman Bethune Park (corner of Guy and
de Maisonneuve). The child-friendly contingent will begin marching at
12:30pm thru the streets of downtown Montreal.

"The so-called responsibility to protect doctrine is Canada's own
contribution to American-led imperialism, used to justify Canada's
presence in Afghanistan and elsewhere," stated Block the Empire member
Sophie Schoen. "This racist responsibility to protect is nothing more
than the 21st century version of the white man's burden," she added.

"Canada's presence in Afghanistan can't be isolated from US-led
domination and control of the Middle East," stated Louise-Caroline
Bergeron, also a member of Block the Empire. "Canadian troops in
Afghanistan mean more American troops available in Iraq."

According to no less a source than Major-General Andrew Leslie,
Canada's military commander in Afghanistan, "Afghanistan is a 20-year
venture ... There are things worth dying for." In the same speech, he
added: "Every time you kill an angry young man overseas, you're
creating 15 more who will come after you."

"The general's "logic" is a plan for disaster, mainly for the people
of Afghanistan," remarks Sophie Schoen.

The anti-imperialist contingent on October 28 will march to denounce
war and repression, and support grassroots self-determination
movements in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Colombia, Oaxaca, Chiapas, the
Philippines, Haiti and everywhere where American-led imperialism is
resisted. We also march to underline the more than 500 years of
colonialism here on Turtle Island. We march in support of
anti-colonial resistance efforts at Six Nations, Grassy Narrows,
Kanehsatake, Kahnawake and elsewhere.

BLOCK THE EMPIRE MONTREAL: 514-848-7583, bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca
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* BLOCK THE EMPIRE is is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative
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