Toronto: Blocking Israel’s War Machine

From SubMedia Early on the morning of October 30th, a crowd descended on INKAS Armored, a Toronto-based defence contractor with ties to the Israeli Defence Forces. Responding to a call from Palestinian trade unions for workers around the world to shut down exports to the Israeli military, the protesters set up picket lines to block access to the facility. The Israeli state is carrying out a massacre in Gaza with Read More …

When we leave we do not march: Anarchist thoughts on Palestine solidarity

Today, November 1st 2023, when the veil is at its thinnest, the dead in Gaza speak to us.

We, the writers, are not Palestinian. We write this for fellow north american anarchists of a certain type. You’ll see yourself as you read. We also write this for the anarchy-adjacent, and for anyone who is interested.

The horror of Israel’s genocide of Palestinians is deep, inescapable, and intricate. We, anarchists and those close to anarchy, understand the history, the context of apartheid, the numbers, the hypocrisy, the exceptionalism, the cruelty, the torture. We sob. We lose sleep, and friends, and family.

We feel helpless, so we undertake the relatively and subjectively fearsome tasks available  in the current repertoire of “resistance”. These tasks are fine, and understandable: marches, popular education, “movement-building”, “speaking out” at school or at work, petitions and declarations, non-violent direct action.

Are you truly satisfied with the fine and understandable? Is the moral righteousness of “taking a stand” all that you need to live in freedom with others? Read More …

Kingston: Slow Roll 1 Million March For Children and Counter Protest

Anonymous Submission to North Shore Counter-Info Here in Kingston, the September 20th anti-trans demonstration was a bit larger than expected but still did not manage to outnumber the crowd who showed up to counter-protest in solidarity with trans youth and in support of access to gender affirming care as well as open and inclusive 2SLGBTQIA+ education in schools. From the counter-protest organizers: The protestors are upset about 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusive education, Read More …

Standing Ground on Our Back Foot: A Look at September 20th Counter-Protests in Hamilton and Guelph

September 20th, 2023, saw coordinated protests billed as the “1 Million March 4 Kids” take place at various school boards, city halls and other such locations across Canada and a bit of the U.S. They were spurred on by the Hands Off Our Kids organization. HOOK, under the guise of “protecting children” and their “rights,” and couching itself in the language of Liberal inclusiveness, seeks to eliminate what they have referred to as “LGBTQ+ ideology” from schools. This article does not exist to defend any government institution or politician: its purpose – like our presence at the counter-protests – is to defend queer existence and marginalized communities from the creeping tide of hate and opportunistic fascism. We are two Hamilton queers who put ourselves in the midst of the action in Guelph and in Hamilton, at different stages. We, Ripley and E.D., have set out here to provide our on-the-ground perspectives on the protesters, what took place in both cities, as well as on what comes next. Read More …

Ottawa: June 9th Community Defence Reportback

On a Friday morning in June, something like 200 fascists descended upon Broadview and Carling in suburban ottawa. By the time they’d formed up, a blockade of defenders had already taken the north side of the intersection. Over the next several hours, those two large contingents split into smaller blockades spanning several blocks, with a series of confrontations that ended in around 400 defenders completely corralling the fascists off. There Read More …

Punch Up: May Day as though kids matter

From Punch Up Collective This year Punch Up Collective hosted our seventh contribution to recognizing May Day in Ottawa: a kid-centred picnic and short march. We wanted to share something about why this was so fun and to reflect a little on including kids and families in these kinds of celebrations, and the difference between including them and focusing events on kids and families. We’ve done a mix of things Read More …

From Embers: Drag Defence in Quebec

By From Embers LISTEN HERE 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 – Instagram, Facebook, Linktree August 12 Rad Pride (Facebook Event) Montreal Antifasciste MAF reportback from April 12 drag defence From Embers – Anti-Fascism in Quebec Revolutionary Trans Politics and the Three Way Read More …

Announcing the Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair 2023

Submitted by the Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair Announcing: the Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair 2023! Mark your calendars and join us September 30th 2023 for a day of rad vendors, workshops, and seeing old friends and making new connections! Applications for tables and workshops are open now at https://hamiltonanarchistbookfair.noblogs.org/ – deadline is August 4th. Location to be announced soon. Free to attend. Saturday: Bookfair 10am-6pm Sunday: Community BBQ and pick-up softball game Keep Read More …

Ottawa: Reportback from February Drag Storytimes at NAC and Winter Pride

Anonymous Submission to North Shore Counter-Info DRAG STORYTIME AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE On Wednesday, February 8th, 2023, community turned out in big numbers to protect drag storytime at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON. This was the first major action called by the Save Canada boys since Renfrew, but despite the event being in the middle of the day, drag defenders outnumbered the fash about 200 to 30. Read More …