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Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Farcical Youth Summit Protest

I have to admit it was a great photo-op, and a sure way to get the attention of the Con media.A small group of demonstrators at the CLC's Young Workers Summit turning their backs on Justin Trudeau. "Honour your promises!" hollered some in the crowd, as event moderators tried to keep the peace. "We . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Farcical Youth Summit Protest

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose Accuses the Liberals of Waging Class Warfare

Well move over Margaret Wente, we have a new Canadian Marie Antoinette.A new champion of the suffering bourgeoisie now known as the one percent.Who wants everyone to know that being rich isn't easy.That she's not crazy or desperateRead more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose Accuses the Liberals of Waging Class Warfare

Montreal Simon: Greece, Angela Merkel, and the Failed Policies of Austerity

As Angela Merkel and her gang of EU stooges and bloated banksters give Greece until Sunday to decide how much more flesh they can carve off its shrunken body. Frustrated European leaders gave Greece until Sunday to reach an agreement to save its collapsing economy from catastrophe after an emergency summit meeting here on . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Greece, Angela Merkel, and the Failed Policies of Austerity

Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Moral Revolution to Save the Planet

His enemies tried to undermine Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change by leaking it before it was officially released today.But it's still an incredibly powerful document. Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Moral Revolution to Save the Planet

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Fomentin’ Revolution…

…with Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler and the Shiller brothers.Can’t really go into detail what we were talking about…but…got a mayor you don’t like?  These guys tour in March.From here. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Fomentin’ Revolution…

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Quebec Students

It's been almost a year since the Occupy Wall Street movement was born, and in this very gloomy article Gerald Caplan wonders where it went.

It flashed through our lives like a comet in the sky, illuminating the most insidious development of our time. Then just as suddenly it flamed out and died. Or . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Quebec Students

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Movement That Will Not Die

In the last few days right-wingers in the media and the twittersphere have been going around claiming that the Quebec student movement is running out of steam.

And if you read this story you might think that was true.

Large daytime protests are being held in Quebec today, just as they have for each . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Movement That Will Not Die

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Betrayal of the Young

I like the words on this mural at the East side gallery in Berlin. "If they don't let us dream, then we don't let them sleep."

Because the day we stop dreaming about a better world, is the day that we start dying eh?

And those who would betray the future don't deserve to sleep . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Betrayal of the Young

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Not So Quiet Revolution

There was another amazing freedom party in Montreal tonight.

Thousands and thousands of people marched peacefully through the streets, beating pots and pans. Defying the police to arrest them for taking part in an illegal demonstration.

And what struck me the most apart from the incredible energy, was the diversity of the protesters. Now . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Not So Quiet Revolution

Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto and the Old Rebel

I visited the Occupy Toronto campsite on my way back from work today, and it was a sad and desolate sight. Exhausted street kids tearing down their tents, as an icy wind blew the dead leaves around them.

The demolished kitchen that once fed hundreds of people a day, now only feeding the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto and the Old Rebel

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and The Revolution

This sign in the Occupy Toronto campsite still stands defiantly. But of course the occupiers will be moved eventually. Because the power has the police. Just not tonight.

Occupy Toronto protesters will not be evicted tonight following a last-minute court injunction against the city’s plans to forcibly remove them…Full arguments for and against eviction . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and The Revolution

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Marginalized

I see the Mayor of Vancouver is using a tragic drug overdose to justify evicting the city’s Occupy protesters.”I have directed the city manager to expedite the appropriate steps to end the encampment as soon as possible with a safe resolution being abs… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Marginalized

Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto and the Patient Revolution

When I wandered through the Occupy Toronto campground today it was quiet, like most places in the city on a lazy, chilly, Sunday afternoon.But there were more tents than ever. The food tent was busy…So were the sign painters…Even on a lazy Sun… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto and the Patient Revolution

Montreal Simon: Occupy Oakland and the Power of Peaceful Protest

The backlash against the Occupy Movement has begun. With this assault on Occupied Oakland…And tonight the wounded protester in that video, Veterans for Peace activist Scott Olsen, is in critical condition in hospital.And here in Canada, the writ… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Oakland and the Power of Peaceful Protest

Montreal Simon: Why the Occupy Movement Can’t Fail

I went down to the Occupy Toronto campground yesterday, just as the protesters were setting off on a march to City Hall. So naturally I followed them, and had a great time.Only to discover later, much to my surprise, that according to some in the … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Occupy Movement Can’t Fail

Montreal Simon: Occupy the World: The Uprising Has Begun

I missed the march to the park. But when I saw the pictures on TV at work, and I saw how the Occupy movement is spreading.I knew that I was right when I said the other day that this is a movement that could change the world, and save it from destructio… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy the World: The Uprising Has Begun

Montreal Simon: Occupy Wall Street and the Broken Social Contract

As the Occupy Wall Street protests continues to grow. And unions join the struggle.Some old wankers still struggle to explain what it means.The organizers of Occupy Wall Street are fighting to upend the system. But what gives their movement t… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Wall Street and the Broken Social Contract

Montreal Simon: Occupy Wall Street and the Champagne Party

As frantic efforts to revive the Old Capitalist pig continue.And the Occupy Wall Street protests grow.It seems that some of the fat cats on Wall Street.You know…these pampered pussies…Still don’t get the message. But are caught on video watchi… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Wall Street and the Champagne Party

Montreal Simon: Occupy Wall Street and the Radical Imagination

Their protest may be angry but unfocused. They have been ignored by the MSM. Brutalized by the police, and arrested in massive numbers. But slowly but surely Occupy Wall Street is rediscovering the radical imagination.We are watching the… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Wall Street and the Radical Imagination

Montreal Simon: The British Riots and the Broken Society

First came the feral phase. The young are animals.They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The British Riots and the Broken Society