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(en) Canada, Montreal, Commando-bouffe TUESDAY!

Date Mon, 03 Dec 2007 17:21:26 +0200

Ten years after the first "commando-bouffe", we're still hungry! Commando-Bouffe
Food-grab! <->Tuesday, December 4, 2007 <->11:30am SHARP! <->1710 Beaudry
street (metro Beaudry) ---- Ten years ago, a commando-bouffe ("food grab") hit
up the chic restaurant Le Montrealais in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal
to re-appropriate a whole buffet and share it with more than 100 people who came
to support the action. In December 1997, more than 800,000 people were living
on welfare in Quebec, and the food banks were overloaded. The Comite des sans
emploi organized this action to denounce this situation and to demystify the
good consciousness operation of the "guignolées" (Christmas-time charity
collectors) around the holiday season.

Today, 10 years later, the problem of hunger in Quebec has not gotten any
-275,000 families per month accessed food banks, amongst which 1/3 were
single-parent families (in Montreal, 84% of these families are lead by
-3 million food baskets were distributed and 16 million meals were served
per year by 971 community groups;

-52% of people who accessed food banks were welfare recipients, 13% were
low-income workers, and 4.5% were on employment insurance.

These figures come from the Association Quebecoise des Banques
Alimentaires et des Moissons (AQBAM), and from Statistics Canada.

Hunger is one of the worst symptoms of poverty generated by the capitalist
system, a system which produces social and economic inequalities which are
necessary for its survival. The political and economic elites sing the
mantra that we have to create wealth before it can be distributed, while
at the same time telling us that we don't work enough. But nothing could
be further from the truth! We work like maniacs and we're still hungry!
Those who work today are poorer than in 1997. But in 10 years, the wealth
of the 5% of the richest people in the province has risen considerably.
Their part of the total wealth has risen from 21% in 1992 to 25% in 2004.

While they're organizing charity drives, the rich are eating luxury
dinners in the biggest restaurants. The Comite des sans emploi, while
recognizing the important work which is accomplished by certain community
organizations which distribute food aid, refuses to accept charity as a
viable solution to hunger. This charity, which has been literally built
into a system, does nothing except put out fires, as well as assuaging the
consciousnesses of the rich.

We refuse to accept that there are hundreds of thousands of people who are
starving to death while others are stuffing their faces full.

Let's go get food where it's plentiful!

**An invitation of the Comité des sans-emploi Montréal-Centre
cse.mtl.centre (at) gmail.com

Groups, coalitions, and collectives who are endorsing the commando-bouffe,
as of December 1, 2007 are:
Organisation Populaire des Droits Sociaux (OPDS-RM), Comité Social Centre
Sud (CSCS), POPIR (comité logement dans le quartier St-Henri à Mtl.),
Comité logement de Rosement, la Pointe Libertaire, Solidarity Across
Borders, la Mauvaise Herbe, TROC-Montérégie (Table Régionale des
Organismes Communautaires de la Montérégie), No One Is Illegal – Montréal,
Apatrides Anonymes, NEFAC -Mtl (North East Federation of Anarchist
Communists), ASSE (Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante),
Association étudiante du cégep St-Laurent, People's Potato, Comité
logement Centre Sud, Mouvement Action Chômage (MAC-Mtl.), QPIRG-McGill
(Quebec Public Interest Research Group), QPIRG-Concordia, Centre des
femmes d'Ici et d'Ailleurs, Écho des Femmes de la Petite Patrie,
TROVEP-Montreal (Table Régionale des Organismes Volontaires d'Éducation
Populaire), FRAPRU, OCAP(Ontario Coalition Against Poverty), People's
Global Action - Ottawa, Mouvement Autonome et Solidaire des Sans-emploi
(MASSE), Les Marie Debout, GRASP (GrassRoots Association for Student
Power), Le Frigo vert, Comité logement social de Roussillon, Association
facultaire de sciences humaines de l'UQÀM (AFESH-UQÀM), Comité chômage de
l'Est, Comité Bail (logement), l'Association de défense des droits sociaux
***Please note that the meeting time is at 11:30am SHARP*. If you are
late, you risk missing the departure of the action!***
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