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Getting It Together

From Embers

Release Date: 11/15/2018

Unionizing Prison Labour show art Unionizing Prison Labour

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An interview with and , authors of the book .  We discuss the background of the book, some historical and legal precedents, the pros and cons of right-based approaches, the core strategic arguments for a prisoners union, and an exciting new initiative by prisoners in Laval, QC to form a union. If you're around Montreal, check out their upcoming at Concordia University on Friday, November 24th. With music from .

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AudioZine: Under New Management show art AudioZine: Under New Management

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On this special edition of From Embers, we’re sharing a reading of Under New Management: Resistance to Prisons in Ontario & Quebec. Originally published in 2018 on It's Going Down under the title  this article discusses the establishment of the Canadian prison system and highlights some examples of prisoner resistance in Ontario and Quebec over the decades, with an emphasis on the widespread unrest throughout the 1970s. This AudioZine was first broadcast by in Kingston and has been edited and republished with permission.  With music from , Christian Collins, and .

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Dispatches from the Fediverse show art Dispatches from the Fediverse

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Our correspondent Lenny returns to discuss the FBI seizure of the servers of , the largest anarchist instance on Mastodon. We also talk about the continuing discrediting of big tech companies such as Twitter, Meta and Reddit, and what that might mean for people working to build an open-source, decentralized alternative to corporate social media platforms. LINKS (Statement on seizure) Reddit alternatives &  With music from

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Drag Defence in Quebec show art Drag Defence in Quebec

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Talking with Louve Rose from P!nk Bloc Montreal about Quebec’s transphobic far right, drag defence, and building a revolutionary anti-capitalist queer organization for both community self-defence and to intervene against gay assimilationism. Links P!nk Bloc MTL – , , August 12 Rad Pride () Music  

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The Public Order Emergency Commission show art The Public Order Emergency Commission

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Interview with an anti-fascist observer about insights gained from the Public Order Emergency Commission hearings, a public inquiry into the federal government's use of the Emergencies Act to repress the so-called Freedom Convoy in February 2022. We discuss why governments invoke emergencies, OPP's Project Hendon, how the Convoy was funded, the relationship between convoy organizers and police, comparisons with #ShutDownCanada, liberal conspiracy theories, the scale of economic disruption during the Convoy, and more. Links Our previous episodes on and the   - Crimethinc report on the...

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New Communication Infrastructure For Anarchists show art New Communication Infrastructure For Anarchists

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Interview with the author of the , a zine discussing secure digital communication tools from an anarchist perspective. We discuss Signal and its critics, and some new tools being released that incorporate peer-to-peer communication, end-to-end encryption and the . Further reading: Signal PET apps

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Quebec Nationalism and Settler Futurity - Refusing Innocence show art Quebec Nationalism and Settler Futurity - Refusing Innocence

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A conversation with two anarchists following a workshop they gave at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair entitled 10 years since the strike: the place of nationalism within militant struggle. We discuss the history of Quebec nationalism and its influence in anarchist and radical milieus, responsibilities of settlers in anti-colonial struggle and in relating to land, possibilities and uncertain futures opened up by anarchism as a guiding practice, and more.   Further reading: Keshena Robinson - Québec Redux: Settler Coloniality and Reactionary "Decolonialism" Robin Maynard and Leanne...

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Escaping Tomorrow's Cages show art Escaping Tomorrow's Cages

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is a six-part essay being published throughout the month of May that lays out the coming wave of provincial jail expansions in Ontario and propose a strategy for how they might be opposed. We spoke with 3 anarchists involved with the project.

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Student Organizing with Divest McGill show art Student Organizing with Divest McGill

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In this episode I chat with two members of , a student-led organization at McGill University in so-called Montreal. They are fighting to force McGill to divest from the fossil fuel industry and transform the university into something liberatory and accountable to the people whose lives it affects. This spring, they led a more than two-week-long open, social occupation of a university building. All music in this episode is from the 2012 anti-folk opera "" about anarchist participation in the 2012 Quebec student strike. Check it out on Soundcloud here: Learn more about Divest McGill here: ...

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Solidarity with the people of Ukraine - Against the Russian State show art Solidarity with the people of Ukraine - Against the Russian State

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Conversation with the author of , available online at praleski.org. We discuss some of the political and historic context for Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine including Russian state mythology of anti-fascism, the importance of solidarity with people in Ukraine facing Russian imperial agression, and more.   Music in this episode is from a benefit compilation released by titled . Also check out from Anarchist Black Cross Musical Solidarity Group   Links:             (leftist journal from Ukraine)   Letters from Ukraine series published...

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An interview with the Punch Up Collective, a small collective of anarchist organizers based in Ottawa, Ontario.  We talk about living in the capital of Canada, forming collectives, formality and process, and strategies for sustaining movements in the long term.  We also discuss their recent workshop about organizing collectives.

 

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Full curriculum for the collectives workshop(the link will download a pdf)

A Briarpatch article about the collective

Radical events in Ottawa