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Cause we're all in this together / Re: Come to our Farewell Party!
« on: February 13, 2015, 06:32:34 PM »
Hello everyone! Yes, many thanks to Debra for all her hard work, and I really hope your health is better!  Hello, sparqui! and hello again to everyone else. It is bitterly, horribly cold here in Montréal right now.

It wasn't as cold yesterday, and a friend took me out for supper in Mile-End south of here. On the way, I dropped in at "PA Nature", the natural-foods grocery just opened by the venerable Greek supermarket, PA. Am enjoying a very good quality chicken leg with some German wine sauerkraut and green salad. A modicum of cheap white wine as well. Renzo, of course, got part of the chicken leg. I'd just roasted a few with no seasoning so he could share it. Yes, I'm spoiling him in his dotage, but he's always been a very polite cat, who doesn't bother me at the table.

Chatting with friends, especially progressive Jewish friends, about how to counter the band of thugs known as the Jewish Defence League, who are actually holding their local founding meeting at Ruby Foo's, of all places. (Antonia will get the rather quétaine cultural reference).

When I was a little girl, a very sophisticated aunt who was a nurse in the Canadian Armed Forces and who had travelled round the world - even to the Soviet Union, when most people simply couldn't do that - took me to either Ruby Foo's or Bill Wong's, don't remember which. One dressed up way back then for such an outing, and I'm sure I had a fancy dress (probably made by my mother) and my thick, curly hair up in plaits. The food, which would be considered "Western Chinese" nowadays, seemed the height of elegance in the postwar years.

We are also up against an extremely reactionary, hardcore austerity government here in Québec. They won a majority in part because many people wanted nothing to do (and rightly so) with the Parti Québécois' "Charter of Québec values". Québec solidaire won 1 more seat, the great feminist, lesbian and advocate for the downtrodden Manon Massé, but far from enough.

Along with the other people who had provided support to the Canadian boat to Gaza, writing press releases, translating, researching... I did the same this past summer in opposition to the assault against Gaza. The new security bill could make that into some kind of (peaceful, over-the-hill) "terrorism". All the while saying nothing about the JDL, who are a bunch of violent thugs who've made death threats against progressive Jewish friends of mine here and in France.

I'm huddling against the cold. I simply can't stand it anymore.

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Cause we're all in this together / Re: Come to our Farewell Party!
« on: February 10, 2015, 07:24:04 AM »
I'm very sad to see this, though I did see it coming, as almost every time I dropped by (often) there was no new activity. Sadly, pretty much only when one of our old friends died.

I don't feel safe on Facebook, though probably there are ways of having an account under a pseudo. I am on LinkedIn as traduction lagatta, but it is basically to look for contracts. Things are very difficult these days.

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Yes, and it turns out she wasn't either cycling or jogging. She was just walking home after her shift, across the river in Montréal.

I'm familiar with that path as I've done it the other way when teaching ESL in Longueuil at the far end of it. Not very long, and lots of people - not at all a deserted area. I've cycled along it and also walked all the way - lots of people do. What is at issue is women's most elementary freedom to circulate, walking, cycling whatever, without the constant fear of being hit upon, humiliated, raped, robbed or even savagely murdered.

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Isn't this also terrorism?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/woman-dies-after-savage-longueuil-bike-path-assault-1.2808491

Sadly, because of the events in Saint-Jean and Ottawa, people are talking about this savage attack on a woman simply for being a young woman cycling or jogging on a path - in the middle of Vieux-Longueuil, the old, dense centre of a large suburb on Montréal's south shore, not an area thought of as deserted or dangerous.

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:41:14 PM »
I most certainly don't wish cancer, or painful death, on him, or Rob Ford. Illness and death aren't punishments; we all die, and I know some very health-centred people who have experienced horrible diseases

I just don't have any "human fellow-feeling" for someone who has collaborated in ecocide.

As another CBC poster has said:
  • v0ci3cau3a
  He seems to ignore the carcinogens unleashed on the unsuspecting public with his slashing of environmental protection.  There is no vaccine for that.
 

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:34:14 PM »
I found her twitter page (which was pretty much only devoted to Assange & co, and I suspect we had battles royal about that, as while of course I agreed with the importance of Wikileaks, I've seen too much shit leftist men have done to women comrades to absolve him of possible wrongdoing when in Sweden)

but never her Facebook page. I've always refused to be on either of those, as I didn't have to be for professional reasons (only LinkedIn) and was very suspicious if not to say paranoid about how revelatory they were of one's private life.

I'll have to write something on the memorial page, but of course I have no kind thoughts towards Peter Kent or any other partner in ecocide. And it would harm innocent grieving people if I said something sophomoric like my thoughts are with you except the eco-criminal sibling. I'll have to find a formulation that is elegant without any "fellow feeling" for an educated piece of shit who signs in to planetary destruction.

Indeed, we all respected her privacy, which is a good thing, but I'm so very sad about how she ended up so reclusive when she was ill.

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:03:07 PM »
I have no idea how on earth I can find out whether the surviving cats are safe and happy. I'm really concerned about this (obviously skdadl would have been as well).

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:13:04 PM »
I don't think so, sparqui, according to the memorial, she was born in 1945, so it would have been the not-so-big 69, non? And October, not September (I checked).

Please don't forget the much younger pencil-skirt.

I was so terribly sad not to have met Boom Boom; he was alway so far away, and I have good friends in the very neighbourhood of Québec City where his hospital is located. It was freezing cold, but one family of friends live only a few short blocks from the hospital. Unfortunately he was in quarantine almost immediately, so I couldn't go up, and he died not long afterwards. I was hoping to be able to work out of my friends' house and run errands for him, as he hated the hospital food. Though I suspect that was nausea, as that particular hospital was famed for having improved its food recently.

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:33:33 PM »
Yes, I've been working on a very complex translation (Intellectual from francophone countries: Global South, Parisian philosophical background) and have been finding it very hard to concentrate. I'm just verklempt, as skdadl would say.

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:47:55 PM »
Oh dear, this is horrifying.

Some of us always relied on pogge to reassure us that skdadl and da kittiez were ok.  :crying

I can't even find an obituary for pogge (under his real name, of course). And his site is down.
 

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:02:56 AM »
I'd been lurking here, visiting in hope of some renewed activity, and am so sad that the activity is due to the death of our old and dear friend skdadl. As I wrote in babble, I had just dreamt about her, because of the cats of course, but also the Scottish referendum (Och, AYE!)

skdadl's eldest cats, Minnie and Tildie, were exactly the same age as my Renzo. Tildie died; I was wondering if Minnie was still alive. I hope all the surviving cats are well cared for. Renzo is 18 1/2 now.

Toedancer, 1945, so she'd have been 69.

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Write On! / Re: Recent blogposts
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:38:55 PM »
That is brilliant. As someone who holds useless history degrees, I actually did recognize most of the peoples and players. Of course all Bread and Roses fans will certainly note that it was 100% male, including the children.

And that was not an oversight.

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Write On! / Re: Recent blogposts
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:53:58 PM »
That is great. Funny how it is all male.

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Cause we're all in this together / Re: How is everyone doing?
« on: March 15, 2014, 11:25:52 AM »
I'm still here - I always read Alison's posts, and pogge's that aren't the Ontario News Digest (I might well read that if it specified a specific subject hook - I'm very interested in Olivia Chow's campaign).

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Write On! / Re: Recent blogposts
« on: March 08, 2014, 06:38:52 AM »
Happy 8th of March!

The English in this is strange; no, I did not translate it.

 8th March 2014 - World March of Women International Women’s Day Declaration WMW 7 mars 2014  n°31284  We strengthen our struggles and solidarity to advance the autonomy, freedom, the defense of our bodies and the progress made by the feminist movements in the world.


Women in the world are dealing with the effects of political situations, violence, extreme poverty and natural situations caused by the destruction and over-exploitation of nature, including by mining companies. These situations are affecting the lives of all women worldwide and it challenges us to find creative forms to confront. However, we organize ourselves and continue to advance our actions and struggles that can build alternatives for women to live in fulfillness.


In Africa, we know that, under situations of war, women in the Central African Republic worked hard and succeeded in electing a woman, Catherine Samba- Panza, as head of state Transition. This is a first step to increase the participation of women in the ongoing negotiation process, but this opens up a new challenge that is - The return of 500,000 displaced persons to Bangui, including persons displaced to the 16 municipalities and 78 sub - municipalities or refugees ; rebuilding a rule of law ; recovery of the economy after the economic decline of the country.


Recently the Uganda government enacted a Law that criminalizes homosexuality until death sentence and further a minister of Ethics and Integrity claimed that “men raping girls is natural and seems to imply heterosexual rape is morally preferable to consensual homosexual activity”. Furtherly, Zimbabwe president Mugabe saluted the government of Uganda and promised that his country shall pass similar law in future. These positions of heads of states clearly show the backlash in women´s rights and human rights in general.


In Western Sahara continues the brutal repression of the Moroccan Saharawi people living in the occupied territory of Laayoune forces. The UNMS (National Union of Saharawi Women) denounce the complicity of European governments who signed the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco and call for solidarity of women around the world. The conclusions of the recent conference of solidarity with the Saharawi women made an appeal to the  international community, to the UN, the African Union and the European Parliament for the end of plundering of Western Saharan’s resources , the condemnation of violations of Human rights in the Occupied Sahara by Morocco, through a mechanism of protection of human rights , the elimination of the wall of shame and the implementation of the UN resolutions , which provide for a referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people to express freely and transparently.


In the Arab world women are still suffering from massive violence from organized conservative powers. In Iraq, Yemen and in Syria millions of people are  killed in the war supported by imperial powers ; in Egypt and Tunisia women are still working hard to gain their rights through a very hard transitional phase ; in Morocco women movement are working for legal reform strengthening their movement towards progressive change.

The Palestinian women are under daily offensive practices from the Israeli occupation, and struggling for their national rights in the same time they are struggling for their social equality, and still calling for solidarity to end the Israeli occupation, and to implement the unavailable rights of Palestinian people.


In Asia, rampant privatization and corporate occupation of public lands and services continue to impoverish women and their families, particularly in the rural and indigenous communities, and deprive them of their sources of food and livelihood. This situation renders women, girls and children vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation, prostitution and sexual violence. Many instances of private business take-over of urban spaces have dislocated urban poor communities, pushing into forests, mining areas and foreshore lands. Corporate land-grabbers have actually intensified the catastrophe and impact caused by typhoons and natural disasters. Deprived of social services, income and livelihood, women’s autonomy is further jeopardized by fundamentalist religious forces that deny them reproductive rights, promoting homophobia and lesbophobia.


In the other hand the widespread prevalence of violence against women is a serious issue, particularly with regard to domestic violence and marital rape, child marriages, and trafficking in women and girls. Collective rape in India and degradation of working conditions in the region remain of big concern.


In Europe, women are on the streets in defense of the right to safe abortion, which is threatened in many countries of the continent where abortion was already an earned right. In the Spanish State, the ultraconservative right-wing government wants to change the law governing access to abortion. Demonstrations also denounce the rise of conservatism and right-wing groups, which especially attack the rights and achievements of women, and state repression to popular mobilization. Women in Europe are fighting everyday against neo-liberal policies and austerity measures destroying our access to health, education, housing and common services, and pushing some people into racism and xenophobia.


In Latin America we find attempts of coup d’état to constitutional government of Venezuela, through violent and systematic attacks of opposition forces through social networking. Our sisters from the World March of women have spoken publicly denouncing the attacks and maneuvers that are generating the right wing, supported by U.S. television channels and Latin channels in the United States.


Several countries continue the defense of their territories while facing physical and psychological attacks. Women also face sexual violence through forced and early marriages, putting girls into slavery lives, as leads also the worldwide development of the sex industry.


The increased power of corporations has contributed to dispossession and accumulation of natural resources like land, water, forests, and replacement of household agriculture by extraction and monocultures, pushing women and communities to a dead end, without alternative livelihoods. The state is resigning from its responsibility to ensure access to basic health services, education and housing where women and families are given this burden and responsibility without any means to bear the costs that it represents. Likewise, we continue contributing pushing for the elimination of patriarchy, capitalism and colonialism, promoting social organization for the defense of the progressive governments of the continents, ones that believe that another world is possible. In these situations, we women continue to organize ourselves, finding creative ways to defend life, to expand our movements, alliances, generate alternatives so that all can be together in action.


The 9th International Meeting in São Paulo, was a time of reaffirmation of our greatness, our strength, our diversity, and above all of our unity and solidarity in the commitment to proceed in our march. With this strength and inspiration we seek from all the women who came before us, and young girls who side-to-side walk with us, to prepare for our 4th Global Action in 2015 , to achieve a mobilization that strengthen us in the defense of our bodies and territories, and advance the independence, freedom and peace for women and peoples.
Solidarity among women around the world is essential for survival, defend and advance.


Women of the World, we are on the march until we are all free.

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