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Debra

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« on: November 23, 2006, 07:38:29 AM »
I put together my first youtube video in memory of the women of Polytechnique.

The December 6th memorials I have attended always end with a rose being placed on the table, one for each woman.

As you watch the video perhaps it will strike you, as it does me each year, just how many 14 people are and just how insignificant a rose is to represent a life.


You can view the video here
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2006, 12:45:09 PM »
Seeing each of their faces really does bring it home in a very deep way.

Thanks for sharing -
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2006, 12:49:07 PM »
Debra, that is so splendid, so powerful. Really well done. Felicitations.

All those beautiful young women. Och, the tears.   :cry:

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2006, 02:41:17 PM »
This I may have mentioned on another board but it bears repeating.  I worked for many years in an institution of higher learning and the December 6th massacre was a watershed moment for many young women and men - it absolutely galvanized them.  Even though it occurred during exams, it only took a small group of women two days to mobilize and to organize a one-day healing event for women to express their anger and fears.  At the end, we welcomed men in and we had a moving, non-religious yet deeply spiritual ceremony.  

Three months later we held an art exhibition in remembrance of all women who had died as a result of violence.  A friend of mine created fourteen plaster casts of different women - essentially the face, the neck and the shoulders.  She suspended these in a row.  It was evocative and powerful, people came up to her with tears in their eyes, expressing their shock at the physical realization of the senseless death of these 14 women: eleven undergraduate students and one graduate in engineering, one nursing sciences student and one staff member of Polytechnique.  Daughters, lovers, partners - dead as the ultimate conclusion to the misogyny that had been deeply beaten into their murderer's body and mind.

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2006, 09:59:20 AM »
I looked at the Fédération des femmes du Québec site - nothing about this year's action yet. I found this text from a year ago that expresses what so many of us felt, with such a stinging piece of news arriving out of the blue.

http://www.ffq.qc.ca/actions/texte-odil ... -2005.html

I've no doubt said it ad nauseam on this and the other boards, but I was also writing an exam at Université de Montréal that evening, so I didn't find out about the massacre until people phoned me at home - I was too zonked out to turn on the late news. People were phoning from all over the world - to see whether I was alive but also to share their shock and dismay.

I've just heard on Radio-Canada about a project about "des chansons pour le 6 décembre" but I haven't any further details.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2006, 11:18:44 AM »
I've just received a communiqué from Le Regroupement des centres de femmes about the 6th of December commemoration:
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Polytechnique, 6 décembre 1989 : Les centres de femmes invitent la population à ne pas oublier et à œuvrer avec eux afin que cessent les violences contre les femmes.


L’R des centres de femmes, qui regroupe 102 membres au travers le Québec, invite la population à se présenter dans le centre de femmes de leur localité pour s’y procurer un ruban blanc et une chandelle à allumer à une fenêtre le soir du 6 décembre en mémoire des 14 victimes des meurtres ayant eu lieu à la Polytechnique et des 634 femmes assassinées depuis parce qu’elles sont des femmes. Ce geste veut également dénoncer la violence faite aux femmes et témoigner de l’appui et du support que l’on désire offrir à toutes les victimes de violence.

« Tous les jours, des femmes sont victimes de violence simplement parce qu’elles sont des femmes et ce dans la sphère privée autant que publique. » rappelle France Lavigne, présidente de l’R des centres de femmes.  Les 102 centres de femmes du Québec, membres de L’R constituent un véritable réseau de lutte et d’intervention pour contrer toute forme de violence faite aux femmes.  Concrètement, les centres font de la prévention et de la formation, du dépistage, de l’intervention, de l’accompagnement ainsi que des références vers d’autres ressources lorsque nécessaire (juridique, socio-sanitaire ou communautaire).

« Tant qu’il y aura de la violence exercée contre les femmes, les centres de femmes se mobiliseront pour la contrer. Joignez le centre près de chez vous pour participer à leurs actions ! » demande France Lavigne.

Pour connaître le centre de femmes situé le plus près de chez vous, visitez le site  web de L’R des centres de femmes du Québec à l’adresse http://www.rcentres.qc.ca.

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source : Odile Boisclair, L’R des centres de femmes du Québec (514) 876-9965
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
Rosa Luxemburg

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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2006, 11:46:47 AM »
My gawd, Debra, is there nothing you cannot do? That was splendid. I'm all sniffly.

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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2006, 03:01:09 PM »
Maud Haviernick ... seeing her name reminds me that her common-law spouse, also an engineer, became very active in promoting the use of non-violence and gender studies when developing pedagogical instruments for the teaching of science and engineering.  

A few years ago, on the anniversary of December 6th, a follow-up documentary was produced with the families and survivors of the women killed. He gave testimony how he tried to give significance to his life and work with this focus.

 

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