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16
Jun
09

Vancouver: A Van Covered in Protest

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Vehicles captured my attention on several occasions while I was in Vancouver, with its “sky train,” compact taxis, cruise ships, yachts, and buses — most were vehicles for commerce, tourism, and leisure. During my first night I was drawn to loud music blaring several stories below from what must have been the longest stretch limousine I have ever seen, easily at least twice as long as the regular stretch limousines one can see, and this one was apparently a stretch Hummer. Young men in tuxedoes, followed by young women in ball gowns, all stepped in, coming out of what may be Vancouver’s most expensive hotel. I then realized that some of the windows of the limousine were in fact LED screens, projecting psychedelic patterns to the beat of the music, with graphic equalizers at two points on the side of the car. As it filled with about 20 young people, the lights at the front and the back of the vehicle began blinking and pulsing brightly. This must have been a group going to a prom, an American import in a country of mimics living the American Dream in Canada. The whole production, between hotel suites, clothing, and the car must have been in the many thousands of dollars, all to celebrate four years of feigned attention in class. If this is a recession, it is not hitting nearly hard enough, or, as we know is the case, it is not hitting all classes with equal ferocity.

Next, the Norwegian cruise ship. I had not seen a cruise ship since I was in Dominica, and it was “good” to know that I was back in a place that hitches its economic fortunes to the perceptions of others. Apparently I missed the disgorging, as few people were to be seen in the vicinity of the ship. I then headed to a district called Gastown, mostly to see why others have made such a big deal about it (and having seen it now, I still have the same question). On the way there, a very captivating sight, a refreshing change: the protest van. It really put the “Van” in Vancouver for me.

There was no sign of its owner, this blog on wheels. It occupies a prominent position in a central parking space, bordering a sidewalk that all tourists must pass when walking from the cruise ship terminal toward Gastown. Indeed, several were there photographing and videotaping it, quietly, and without comment. The signs are fixed to boards that are themselves screwed into a supporting structure that is itself fixed to the sides of the van, all sides of the van. A canoe sits on top of the van because, after all, this is still Canada, eh.

As one can see from the slide show, the persistent theme of the signs is imperialism and occupation (so right away my eyes turned sympathetic, needless to say). The main topics have to do with Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, oil, and torture. There is a fair amount of artistic work — hands that stick out of the van pointing at the viewer, small auxiliary signs jutting out from the corners of the van, individual words decorated (frequently with dripping blood, the Star of David, or the American flag). Yet, a quote that should have been attributed to Hunter S. Thompson, was instead erroneously attributed to Thomas S. Hunter (a good sign, perhaps, that someone has not fully learned American cultural references). Less forgivable to the pedant was the fact that the designer forgot to run a spell check on his van — again, just like a blog.

Another persistent theme across the signs was “Google ->”. On almost every sign there is a recommendation to the reader to look up a particular phrase in Google. What irony for “the real world” that the extracts from the “virtual world” staked a space in it. More irony, with this slide show that pulls the van back into the virtual world, where one will soon be able to Google “protest van” and come up with images of the van referencing Google. Our distinctions between the real and the virtual seem evermore threadbare.

If one needs a van for physical representations of what would otherwise be recognizable as blog posts…then you realize what is coming next? The Twitter protest bicycle, with short tweet-like statements affixed to each spoke on the wheels, to the frame, along the handle bar. If anyone sees the Twitter bicycle anywhere, please drop me a line, preferably 140 characters in length or less, and I promise to RT you.

In the meantime, here is a small sample of some of the images used in the slide show, at higher resolution:

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16
Jan
09

Next Demonstration Against the War in Gaza: Montreal, January 25, 2009

Why we resist…

Of related interest, a very poignant presentation on Guanaguanare:

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My Country, Right or Wrong

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From TADAMON!

Demonstration: End the siege on Gaza!

    SUNDAY JANUARY 25th
    13h00 carré Cabot
    corner St. Catherine | Atwater
    (metro Atwater)
    Montreal, Quebec

Around the world, major demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine are taking place, from Europe, to the Middle East, to Latin America. In response to the Israeli military invasion into the Gaza Strip, the grassroots movement in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation has been reignited.

Since December 27th, over 800 Palestinians have been killed and approximately 4000 injured, the majority civilians, sparking international outrage against Israel. Israeli military actions have consistently targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure throughout Gaza, a war crime under international law; from U.N. schools, to apartment buildings, nowhere in Gaza is now safe from Israeli military aggression.

Join us for a major demonstration building on previous protests which have united tens of thousands in Montreal in solidarity with Palestine and against Israeli apartheid. Join us to denounce the ongoing Israeli occupation in Palestine and to continue to build the solidarity movement with Palestine.

On the streets in Montreal we will call for an immediate end to the ongoing assault on Gaza, and to the direct complicity of the US and Canadian governments with the Israeli war crimes currently taking place.

The complicity of the Canadian government has been extremely clear, outlined in statements from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, who have consistently defended Israel’s war crimes, whether against civilians in Lebanon in 2006 or in Palestine in 2008.

Both the governments of Quebec and Canada stand in direct complicity with the Israeli apartheid system, which systematically discriminates against the indigenous Palestinian population. The Quebecois and Canadian governments have recently heightened bilateral relations with Israel, increasing bilateral economic, military and political links. This fall, Jean Charest’s Liberal government inked a bilateral trade deal with Israel, an action which stands in stark contrast to the growing international calls for an economic boycott of the Israeli government in light of ongoing Israeli war crimes and systematic discrimination in Palestine.

At this moment, we must instead reaffirm our commitment to continue mobilizing friends and allies in progressive social movements to respond to the call by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations for a comprehensive international campaign of boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS).

Join us on the streets in Montreal in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and to call for an end to Israeli apartheid!

Initiated by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) and Tadamon! Montreal

SPHR is a non-profit, student-based organization that advocates on a strong social justice platform to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people in the face of human rights violations and all forms of racism, discrimination, misinformation and misrepresentation. Through awareness raising, advocacy work, non-violent direct actions, solidarity building, and the promotion of Palestinian identity, culture and history, SPHR works to support and protect Palestinian human rights both locally and internationally.

Tadamon! (Arabic for “solidarity”), is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond. Tadamon’s ongoing political campaigns operating in Canada include the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid. Tadamon! is a working group of QPIRG-Concordia and QPIRG-McGill.

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11
Jan
09

More Gaza Solidarity Protests Against Israel, in Canada and Worldwide (Jan. 10, 2009)

Saturday, January 10, 2009, was a global day of action to show solidarity with the people of Gaza and to protest the Israeli invasion and its murder of hundreds of civilians. See the Stop the War Coalition site for some more details. Today, (Sunday, 11 January, 2009) more protests continue in London: see here for more. Update: According to AP, many tens of thousands of protesters have gone to the streets today in cities across Europe and Asia, in what is quickly becoming a massive global movement against the Israeli slaughter in Gaza. As if to dismiss world opinion altogether, today Israel promised to escalate its offensive against Gaza, where already at least 400 civilians have been killed.

Let’s start with some videos of actions held across Canada:

International Day of Gaza Outrage in Toronto

Montreal Solidarity with Gaza, 10 Jan. 2009

Montreal Demonstration for Gaza

Montreal Solidarity with Gaza

Montreal Protest Against Israel

Vancouver Free Palestine, Protest Against Israel

Frederiction: Informative Protesters Against the Gaza War, at the Farmers’ Market!

Winnipeg: Stop the Genocide in Gaza

Winnipeg Demonstration to End the Gaza Siege

Victorians in Solidarity with Gaza (Victoria, BC)


Other Protests Around the World:

Global Gaza Peace Protests
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London Gaza Protest

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more about “BBC London Gaza Protest 10 Jan 2009“, posted with vodpod

London: Stop the Gaza Massacre

London, Hyde Park

London Gaza Demonstration: George Galloway MP Speaks

London Gaza Demonstration: Tariq Ali Speaks

Washington D.C.: “Let Gaza Live” Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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11
Jan
09

Montreal in Solidarity with Gaza

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09
Jan
09

In Memory of Dr. Roi Kwabena

Today is the first anniversary of the death of Dr. Roi Kwabena, someone whose presence in my own work and evolution was fundamental, a mentor and guide, a great example of a publicly engaged anthropologist — completely public, in the sense of not being tied to any academic position, and inspiring some to call themselves and see themselves as “cultural anthropologists” even without the formal “disciplining” meted out by a university program. I will not write another eulogy. I will instead quote his own words from one of his great spoken word pieces, Whether or Not: “We still thinkin’ ’bout yuh.” And by we, I mean we, since today we collaborated to set up a special ring of commemoration, between myself, Blackgirl on Mars, and Guanaguanare (and on Guacara Dreamtime), all of our lives having been touched directly by you Roi, each of us remembering you in our own way on our respective blogs. As some already know, this blog is dedicated to your memory.

The video below is an animation I made many months ago of one of Roi’s longer hybrid productions as featured on his Y42K album, part spoken word poem, part story, part melody. I was reserving featuring this video on this blog until I was ready for the next installment of (Video) Notes from the Indian Diaspora, which I began and then interrupted several months ago (see here, here, and here). Not to delay further, and to have something to commemorate Roi’s work, I present it now.

This is Sour Chutney, a story whose content is sadly like many that were told of the pains suffered personally and communally as part of the social ruptures of Indian indentureship in Trinidad. It is a story of the ardent defense of tradition and male domination in face of new realities, and the violence that is visited upon one “unlucky” young bride. Most chilling for me was the appearance of the “sin eater,” and the whole piece raised the many hairs on my back.

On this day last year, Dr. Roi Kwabena passed away from lung cancer, just one day after it was diagnosed. He had been hospitalized for suspected pneumonia. His loss weighed deeply on me, but today we celebrate his work, we don’t mourn his passing. Thank you so much Roi, for all you have done, and all you have inspired to be done in the future. You live on!

These are some surviving links to his work, still online:

Also see, Dr. Roi Kwabena: Indigenous & African Heritages, when I first had the pleasure to introduce our friendship to readers online.

09
Jan
09

Uprising News for Jan. 9, 2009: Greece, Gaza

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ON THE GREEK RIOTS promises to report on its blog today concerning today’s mass demonstrations planned across Greece today, with an anarchist assemply currently taking place in the Athens Polytechnic. Demonstrations and riots in Greece have continued, more sporadically since Christmas, and this January 9 mobilization has been planned for at least a couple of weeks now. Also, check Twitter for any updates as people post them from Athens.

Also via Twitter, PALESTINE NEWS offers a news feed on events on Gaza, very rapidly updated. Their news feed can be accessed separately here as well.

To better follow reports on Twitter from tweeters located in Gaza, see this comprehensive list from Jillian C. York.

15
Dec
08

Images of Rage: Multimedia Coverage of the Greek Insurrection

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YouTube playlist: Athens, December 8, 2008, demonstrations and riots

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YouTube Greek Riots (#griots) collection: click here

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flickr: murplej@ne – under deconstruction’s photostream

flickr: Greek riots, December ’08

flickr: riots in Thessaloniki, December 9, 2008

flickr: Murder, Fury

flickr: #griots Athens

flickr: ThirdEye3’s photostream

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IndyMedia – Athens – photo gallery 1

IndyMedia – Athens – photo gallery 2

IndyMedia – Athens – photo gallery 3

IndyMedia – Athens – photo gallery 4

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THE BIG PICTURE

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