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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - [Interview] A portrait of social and anti-authoritarian struggles in the Bas du Fleuve (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 5 Jun 2021 11:04:56 +0300

In recent years, we have seen several interesting projects appear in Bas-du-Fleuve, mainly in the Rimouski / Trois-Pistoles sector, but not only. There is a libertarian swarming around various projects such as a social center and an inn in particular and in community and union circles. The thing is not entirely new, but this revival prompted several questions that I wanted to address to a person engaged in the struggles there. In other words, the resulting interview is not an exhaustive portrait of all the groups involved. It should also be noted that the interview was carried out several months ago. ---- BCEG : Hi! Can you give us a little portrait of the different militant groups fighting in the corner of Rimouski and the ideas they carry?

Comrade of the Lower River: There are several groups mobilized around environmental issues in the region, especially against hydrocarbons (Prosperity without petroleum, No to an oil spill in the St. Lawrence, Rimouski in transition). There are also relatively active groups at the university (UQAR): the Feminist Committee, the Rimouski Student Committee in the Environment (CÈDRE) and the Carrefour international bas-laurentien pour engagement social (CIBLES) (uqarienne branch), which works in popular education on migration justice issues. More militant actions are often carried out by spontaneous groups ... Lately, there is the Églantine collective which has emerged around a watch for Joyce Echaquan. Around Rimouski, y ' a Le Récif in Rivière Trois-Pistoles, which is in the process of setting up a social center and which has been acting as a place of residence and of ideas for a long time. In Kamouraska, there is the La Camarine collective which organizes intercultural activities and support for various anti-oppressive struggles. Afterwards, there may also be other groups that I know less about, but in any case, if you are interested in knowing more about the groups mentioned above, they can all be found on Facebook!

Also, I just flashed on Syndic-à-l'Est, which is a very informal group that focuses more on thinking and supporting the defense of workers' rights. In the community sector, there is Action populaire Rimouski-Neigette which works in collective defense of the rights of people living in precariousness and the Housing Committee of Rimouski-Neigette who are more demanding. During the first confinement, there was a small movement around the rent strike with Solidarité logement - BSL which wanted to encourage tenants to talk to each other and show solidarity ...

There is no collective or group organized around Extinction Rebellion in Rimouski. Basically, there were a few meetings of people to discuss actions and various issues in the region. The Facebook page (Extinction Rebellion Rimouski), which has existed since 2019, is mainly used for public communications, as a showcase for actions / places of anonymous dissemination.

BCEG : What are the driving challenges of the struggles in your sector?

Comrade of the Lower St. Lawrence: Let's say that environmental issues are quite popular in the region, but the people around this page (Extinction Rebellion Rimouski) are perhaps more concerned with anti-oppressive struggles (anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti- capitalists) and associate themselves more with an anarchist movement which would like to redistribute power among the population rather than being in the hands of a politico-economic elite.

BCEG : What are the brakes on these struggles?

Comrade of the Lower St. Lawrence: The main brakes are probably linked to communications between people interested in militant actions ... or at least as soon as we talk about actions that are a little more disturbing, say. The media are often open to distributing our press releases, but obviously that raises all kinds of comments from the population on social networks. On the other hand, I do not think that it acts like a brake. Maybe there is a scattering effect that would be a brake? As much territorial as issues; as Rimouski is the "big city" in the area, is it possible to mobilize around very specific issues and perhaps lose a more systemic vision of the issues? And y ' certainly has a "do not want to disturb" effect linked to the fact that we live in a small environment and that everyone knows each other. But, does this effect also have a positive aspect of encouraging acceptance of various ideas and perhaps encouraging working together?

BCEG : What do you see as the biggest challenges that can arise for the persistence over time of militant groups in your area?

Comrade du Bas-du-rivière : I would say that it is the mobility of activists!! Many people come and go in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, so the length of the passage is certainly an issue. Also, many people who decide to stay do so with a view to carrying out a personal or self-entrepreneurial project that ends up taking up a lot of space in their life (for example, food self-sufficiency market gardening projects have a lot of success. side among local activists).

I hope that answers your questions anyway not worse. I really invite you to also contact the different groups that I havename-droppés if you want to see a larger portrait of the mobilisations in the area ... and the Libertaire Mist Noire Network in Gaspé.

BCEG : Thank you for this portrait! It would certainly be worthwhile to join them and especially to eventually find effective means of forging bonds of solidarity between our communities.

by Collectif Emma Goldman

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