Events | A Workshop: Yiddish Anarchists, Bastard Cops, and Queer Pirates

Thursday, December 15, 2011. 6:00pm

It is often said that history is written by the victors. But screw that. We write our own history, every day.

Montreal has a vibrant history of anarchist struggle stretching back over 100 years. From the first Mayday demonstrations, the old Jewish anarchist bookshops, queer resistance in the village, struggles against police brutality, the anti-conscription riots, to Emma Goldman’s visit to Montreal, this city is brimming with anarchy.

But what is anarchist history? Is it only the history of self-defined anarchists?

In this workshop, we will approach anarchist history as specific moments when oppressed people have stood up to take direct action for the betterment of their own lives and communities. As such, we will discuss moments such as the “Oka Crisis” of 1990, the student strike of 2005, or the struggles of Algerian refugees in 2002.

In the first part of this workshop, the presenter will present some specific “anchor moments” of anarchist history in Montreal, around which we can build a foundation for elaborating our own histories. In the second part, participants will be invited to share their own insights, moments, heroes that they would consider as their part of anarchist history. Finally, no anarchist history is complete without an anarchist future. So drawing from our collective histories, we will discuss where we could go in the years and generations to come.

Note: this workshop will be recorded (audio) by the presenter for archival purposes, but annonymity will be respected for those who don’t wish to be recorded.

Presented by Aaron Lakoff. Aaron has been doing research and giving walking tours on Montreal’s anarchist history over the last 3 years, and he’s obsessed with Jewish anarchist history, and bagels.

La Belle Époque anarchist social space, 1984 Wellington street
(Take the 57 bus from Charlevoix metro, or the 61 bus from McGill metro)
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