Past Working Groups Anciens Groupes de Travail

Some Past QPIRG Working Groups Include…

Ad Hoc Committee to Save Parc Oxygène

For 22 years, local residents have fought to save a precious inner-city green space located between Park and Hutchison, Pine and Prince Arthur in the Milton Parc neighbourhood. The community-built and maintained park is now in danger of being sold to a developer who plans to destroy it and turn it into condos. The community group needs help to mobilize local residents, other community groups, as well as students at McGill who might be interested in the issue, raise public awareness through social media and other media, etc., and possibly use direct action to save the parc.

Contact: parcoxygene@gmail.com

The Inclusive Mental Health Collective

The Inclusive Mental Health Collective is a new community for individuals with shared experiences of mental/emotional distress, trauma, extreme states, psychiatric diagnosis, psychological suffering, etc., and their allies. We are psychologically diverse individuals seeking to create a safe, peer-directed environment for social justice work, based on peace, respect for others experiences and collaboration. We promote the creation of options and informed choice – from radical to conventional – based on self-determination. Contact: inclusivemh@gmail.com

Montreal Media Co-op/Coop média de Montréal

The Montreal Media Co-op provides grassroots, democratic coverage of politics, social movements and community initiatives in Montreal. They want to engage mass participation in media production, contributing to a coast-to-coast media network that can challenge the corporate and state media. They also publish The Dominion, a grassroots national newspaper.

Contact: ccm@mediacoop.ca

Life-After-Life: A Collective dedicated to De-criminalization and De-carceration

Life After Life is a community based, intergenerational collective, run mutually by girls, women, queer transgender, and feminists dedicated to de-criminalization and de-carceration. We specifically encourage formerly incarcerated girls, women, queer, trans and gender non-conforming people to move beyond survival and become leaders and advocates for themselves and other incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.

Contact: lifeafterlife@centre2110.org

Campus Crops

Campus Crops is a collective dedicated to sharing skills and knowledge to grow fresh produce in the city, and to think critically about the politics surrounding food production and land use. They run a volunteer-base garden as well as workshops, BBQs, and other events in and around McGill’s downtown campus.

Contact: campuscrops@gmail.com

Filipino Solidarity Collective

The Filipino Solidarity Collective is a student group dedicated to promoting solidarity and education with grassroots groups in Canada on the political, economic, and cultural struggles of transnational Filipino-Canadians. Their primary mandate is to raise awareness of the everyday experiences of Filipino-Canadians as they encounter systemic barriers related to racism/discrimination, transnational migrant work, women’s oppression, and low education achievement among Filipino youth. These activities help promote their ultimate goal of a genuine settlement and integration of Filipinos in Canada’s multiethnic and multicultural society.

Contact: filipinosolidarity@gmail.com

Women of Diverse Origins

The Women of Diverse Origins is a network of women’s groups that promote solidarity among struggle of people across the world. In this respect, it links the issues of working class women here to the bigger pictures experienced internationally. It also projects the militant resistance organized by the women in continuing their determination to liberate themselves and society.

Greening McGill

Greening McGill is an environmental group dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and activism at McGill.  We have participated in Ecolibrium, an eco-friendly radio show, held a campaign for responsible recycling, and hosted winterization workshops and film screenings. We will holding a zero-waste week for participants and community members to learn how to reduce their waste.

Contact: greeningmcgill@mail.mcgill.ca

B. Refuge

B.Refuge combines volunteerism and campus outreach on refugee issues to break down social barriers between asylum seekers, refugees, McGill students, and the greater Montreal community. Their volunteer buddy program matches McGill students with asylum seekers and refugees in order to facilitate language and culture exchange, as well as encourage active engagement with the greater Montreal community.

Contact: brefuge.montreal@gmail.com

Youth Justice Working Group

The Youth Justice working group works to increase access to legal information and justice for marginalized youth. In collaboration with local youth and youth justice organizations, we are creating a body of easily understandable information to hang out to youth in the streets, in community centres and youth courts. Recognizing the power imbalance inherent in the legal apparatus, we will develop and implement inherent in the legal apparatus, we will develop and implement a curriculum for a youth focused “know your rights” training for youth in conflict with the law.

Radical Reference

Radical Reference: answering questions from those who question authority. Radical Reference is a collective that supports activists communities, progressive organizations and independent journalists by providing experienced research support, education, and access to information. Services include online reference, workshops and training, and street reference.

Contact: radrefmtl@riseup.net

 

Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble

Born for the May 2006 “Status for All” demo in Montreal, the Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble is an activist street band that organizes according to anarchist principles. We play songs of a political nature in remembrance of worldwide struggles against oppression and to inspire our communities. All are welcome to join!

Contact: marchingband@vichama.org

Climate Justice Montreal

Climate Justice Montreal/Justice Climatique Montréal is a group that brings a social justice perspective to climate organizing. Rejecting false solutions that address only on CO2 emissions, we make connections with communities that are directly affected by climate change and fossil fuel infrastructure  and work in solidarity with them.

Contact: Dru@dru.ca

FAO-Montreal

FAO-Montreal is a Canadian section of the Mexican Frente Amplio Opositor,which is struggling to defend the ecologically and historically important site of Cerro de San Pedro from destruction by Canadian mining company New Gold (formerly Metallica Resources). FAO-Montreal works in coordination with the rest of the FAO to stop the mine, and also works in solidarity with other struggles against this particular form of Canadian imperialism.

Contact: cerrodesanpedro@gmail.com 

Justice for the Victims of Police Killings/Justice pour les victimes de bavures policières

This initiative came out of the Forum Against Police Violence and Impunity in January of 2010, during which the families of people killed by the police expressed their desire to come together to remember their loved ones and strengthen their respective struggles for dignity, justice and the truth. The symbolic date of October 22 was subsequently chosen for a family-friendly march to commemorate the victims of police killings to coincide with the National Day of Protest in the United States organized by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, which has been mobilizing every year since 1996. The Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition currently involves the family members and friends of Anas Bennis, Claudio Castagnetta, Ben Matson, Quilem Registre, Gladys Tolley and Fredy Villanueva, all of who died as a direct result of police actions and interventions. We continue to reach out to other victims of police killings.

Contact: 22oct.mtl@gmail.com

Les Grrrlz

Les Grrrlz is a group of young Womyn who are concerned about various forms of violence against Womyn. The group aims to further develop physical, mental and emotional skills in order to defend ourselves and to be able to express our opinions in a coherent and effective manner amongst ourselves and to the public. We aim to mobilise youth in our neighbourhoods with respect to this issue and we strive to build a society against systemic violence, and one that is based on social justice.

Contact: les_grrrlz@resist.ca

Project Fly Home/ Retour au bercail

Project Fly Home is a solidarity campaign in support of Montrealer Abousfian Abdelrazik, another survivor of Canadian outsourcing of torture. Project Fly Home supports Abdelrazik’s struggle to hold Canadian official involved in having him detained, tortured and exiled to account. They also support his struggle to have his name removed from the UN “1267” blacklist, and international mechanism that arbitrarily imposes a travel ban and complete asset freeze on listed individuals. Opposing all such state listing mechanism, Project Fly Home calls for Canada to withdraw from the 1267 regime immediately.

Contact: projectflyhome@gmail.com

QTeam

QTeam is a radical queer collective that aims to address the intersections of oppressions and consciously unsubscribe from the corporate versions of queerness that devalue queer realities. We are committed to anti-imperialism, anti-racism, short shorts, queering activist spaces, the downfall of single issue politics, raging queer pervy dance parties, destroying all prisons, opening all borders, burning pink dollar$, and keeping on keeping on.

Contact: qteam.mtl@gmail.com 

Right to the City – Montreal

From Milton-Parc to St. Henri to the Mile End, university students are in the vanguard of gentrification – the replacement of one population by another, in which race, class and power play determining factors. As students, alumni, and community members, Right to the City Montreal bridges the divide between students and community through research and organizing.

Contact: antigentrification@gmail.com

Coalition Justice for Adil Charkaoui

This group came together as a community response to the arrest of Montrealer Adil Charkaoui under a “security certificate” in 2003. Security Certificates allow the government to detain non-citizens indefinitely, without charge or trial, under threat of deportation to torture. The goals of our campaign are: 1) the immediate release of all Security Certificate detainees, 2) a fair trial (if any case exists), 3) an end to deportation proceedings against the five, 4) the abolition of “security certificates”, 5) an end to deportations to torture and 6) an end to the racist scape-goating of Muslim and Arab communities. The Coalition also demands the closure of “Guantanamo North”, the high security prison that was opened in April 2006, specifically for people held under security certificates, further institutionalizing the illegal security certificate regime.

Contact: justiceforadil@riseup.net

Montreal Indigenous Sovereignty Week Organizing Committee

The Montreal Indigenous Sovereignty Week Organizing Committee is a group dedicated to organizing educational events around Indigenous struggles in Canada. We take our direction from Defenders of the Land, a network of indigenous communities spanning all three coasts, united in opposition to policies of dispossession, assimilation, marginalization and criminalization, and united in support of Indigenous peoples’ rights to their traditional land.

Contact: courtneykirkby@gmail.com 

Indyclass Collective

The Indyclass Collective facilitates the creation of student-run independent-study classes inside and outside of Montreal universities. These classes attempt to create an alternative to normal academia, allowing for autonomous collective self-education while striving to make education socially relevant and open to all.

Contact: indyclass@gmail.com  

McGill Global AIDS Coalition

McGill Global AIDS Coalition is an HIV/AIDS advocacy group dedicated to the eradication of HIV/AIDS and to the realization of the universal right to health.  We are committed to helping to create an effective student advocacy network in Canada and to educating the McGill and Montreal community on global health issues.

Contact: director@treatthepeople.com 

STAC (Students Taking Action with Chiapas)-Montreal

STAC (Students Taking Action with Chiapas)-Montreal stands in solidarity with the struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico (particularly the Zapatista movement in the southern state of Chiapas) through education, direct action, and fundraising.

Contact: stacmontreal@gmail.com 

Young Jews for Social Justice

Young Jews for Social Justice is a group of Montreal Jews who take action on racism, inequality in our communities, and injustice in the Middle East, and participate in cultural and artistic activities. We feel the broad spectrum of opinion among Jews is not represented by existing organizations, and we provide a safe environment for young Jews to express their views without fear of marginalization or charges of ethnic disloyalty. We carry out popular education and advocate for an end to the Israeli military occupation, dismantlement of settlements, respect for international law, and self-determination and security for Israelis and Palestinians. We are signatories to the Independent Jewish Voices-Canada basis of unity. 
We are also engaged with issues of Jewish culture and identity (cultural, religious / spiritual and more), both within Jewish communities and as individuals engaged with, and living within, a wide variety of other communities. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds when it comes to politics, cultural participation and affiliation, and religion. And we have potlucks and a klezmer band! (The Jewstice League Ensemble) We are hoping to have new and more events – cultural and political! – in this coming second year of our existence. New people and, especially, fresh ideas are always welcome!

Contact: youngjewsforsocialjustice@gmail.com

B. Refuge

B.Refuge souhaite briser les barrières et créer des liens entre les personnes en demande de status de réfugié et les réfugié(e)s accepté(e)s, les étudiant(e)s de McGill et la communauté montréalaise, avec leur programme de bénévolat et de sensibilisation. Ce programme effectue un jumelage entre des étudiant(e)s de McGill et des personnes réfugiées, dans le but de favoriser l’échange linguistique et culturelle, et afin d’encourager l’implication sociale.

Coordonnées: brefuge.montreal@gmail.com

Femmes de diverses origines

Les Femmes de diverses origines est un réseau de groupes de femmes qui travaillent en solidarité avec des luttes populaires partout au monde. Dans cet égard, ce groupe crée un lien entre les enjeux reliés aux femmes de classe ouvrière ici, et la situation internationale.  Les femmes s’organisent et luttent afin de se libérer elles-même, et de libérer la société aussi.

Coordonnées: tess4a@yahoo.com

Justice Jeunesse

Le groupe Justice Jeunesse  vise à améliorer l’accès à l’information légale et la justice pour les jeunes marginalisés.  En collaborant avec des organismes pour jeunes à Montréal, nous créons et diffusons de l’information légale, facile à comprendre, aux jeunes, dans leur milieux (dans les rues, les centres communautaires, des tribunaux de la jeunesse).  Étant conscient du déséquilibre de pouvoir dans le système judiciaire,  nous voulons développer et distribuer un curriculum pour former les jeunes sur leurs droits, dans le cas où ils/elles auraient des problèmes légaux

Référence radicale

Référence radicale: répondre aux questions de ceux et celles qui critiquent l’autorité. Référence radicale s’agit d’un collectif qui appuie des communautés de militantEs, des organismes progressifs et des journaliste indépendants, en offrant de l’assistance pour la recherche, de l’éducation et de l’information. Les services incluent une référence en-ligne, des ateliers et des formations, et une référence dans les rues.

Coordonnées: radrefmtl@riseup.net

Filipino Solidarity Collective

Le “Filipino Solidarity Collective” est un groupe étudiant dévoué à la promotion de solidarité et d’éducation avec des groupes “grassroots” au Canada, sur les enjeux socio-politiques, économiques et culturels reliés aux expériences et aux luttes de personnes philippins-canadiennes transnationaux.  Leur mission est de promouvoir la sensibilisation des expériences quotidiennes des personnes philippins-canadiennes, qui rencontrent des obstacles systémiques, reliés au racisme et à la discrimination, le travail transnational d’immigrants, l’oppression des femmes, et un niveau d’éducation peu élevé au sein des jeunes philippins. Ces activités ont comme objectif ultime de promouvoir l’intégration véritable de philippins au sein de la société canadienne multiethnique et multiculturelle.

Coordonnées: filipinosolidarity@gmail.com

Greening McGill

Greening McGill est un groupe environnemental qui vise à sensibiliser les étudiants sur les divers enjeux reliés à l’environnement. Nous avons participé au sein de Ecolibrium, une émission de radio avec une conscience écologique, nous avons mené une campagne de sensibilisation afin d’encourager le recyclage responsable, et nous continuons à organiser des ateliers et des présentations de films. Nous allons organiser une semaine de “zéro-déchets” afin de sensibiliser les étudiants et les membres de la communauté sur comment réduire notre gaspillage et nos déchets.

Coordonnées: greeningmcgill@mail.mcgill.ca

Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble

Born for the May 2006 “Status for All” demo in Montreal, the Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble is an activist street band that organizes according to anarchist principles. We play songs of a political nature in remembrance of worldwide struggles against oppression and to inspire our communities. All are welcome to join!

Contact: marchingband@vichama.org

Climate Justice Montreal

Climate Justice Montreal/Justice Climatique Montréal is a group that brings a social justice perspective to climate organizing. Rejecting false solutions that address only on CO2 emissions, we make connections with communities that are directly affected by climate change and fossil fuel infrastructure  and work in solidarity with them.

Contact: Dru@dru.ca

FAO-Montreal

FAO-Montreal is a Canadian section of the Mexican Frente Amplio Opositor,which is struggling to defend the ecologically and historically important site of Cerro de San Pedro from destruction by Canadian mining company New Gold (formerly Metallica Resources). FAO-Montreal works in coordination with the rest of the FAO to stop the mine, and also works in solidarity with other struggles against this particular form of Canadian imperialism.

Contact: cerrodesanpedro@gmail.com 

Justice for the Victims of Police Killings/Justice pour les victimes de bavures policières

This initiative came out of the Forum Against Police Violence and Impunity in January of 2010, during which the families of people killed by the police expressed their desire to come together to remember their loved ones and strengthen their respective struggles for dignity, justice and the truth. The symbolic date of October 22 was subsequently chosen for a family-friendly march to commemorate the victims of police killings to coincide with the National Day of Protest in the United States organized by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, which has been mobilizing every year since 1996. The Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition currently involves the family members and friends of Anas Bennis, Claudio Castagnetta, Ben Matson, Quilem Registre, Gladys Tolley and Fredy Villanueva, all of who died as a direct result of police actions and interventions. We continue to reach out to other victims of police killings.

Contact: 22oct.mtl@gmail.com

Les Grrrlz

Les Grrrlz is a group of young Womyn who are concerned about various forms of violence against Womyn. The group aims to further develop physical, mental and emotional skills in order to defend ourselves and to be able to express our opinions in a coherent and effective manner amongst ourselves and to the public. We aim to mobilise youth in our neighbourhoods with respect to this issue and we strive to build a society against systemic violence, and one that is based on social justice.

Contact: les_grrrlz@resist.ca

Project Fly Home/ Retour au bercail

Project Fly Home is a solidarity campaign in support of Montrealer Abousfian Abdelrazik, another survivor of Canadian outsourcing of torture. Project Fly Home supports Abdelrazik’s struggle to hold Canadian official involved in having him detained, tortured and exiled to account. They also support his struggle to have his name removed from the UN “1267” blacklist, and international mechanism that arbitrarily imposes a travel ban and complete asset freeze on listed individuals. Opposing all such state listing mechanism, Project Fly Home calls for Canada to withdraw from the 1267 regime immediately.

Contact: projectflyhome@gmail.com 

QTeam

QTeam is a radical queer collective that aims to address the intersections of oppressions and consciously unsubscribe from the corporate versions of queerness that devalue queer realities. We are committed to anti-imperialism, anti-racism, short shorts, queering activist spaces, the downfall of single issue politics, raging queer pervy dance parties, destroying all prisons, opening all borders, burning pink dollar$, and keeping on keeping on.

Contact: qteam.mtl@gmail.com 

Right to the City – Montreal

From Milton-Parc to St. Henri to the Mile End, university students are in the vanguard of gentrification – the replacement of one population by another, in which race, class and power play determining factors. As students, alumni, and community members, Right to the City Montreal bridges the divide between students and community through research and organizing.

Contact: antigentrification@gmail.com 

Coalition Justice for Adil Charkaoui

This group came together as a community response to the arrest of Montrealer Adil Charkaoui under a “security certificate” in 2003. Security Certificates allow the government to detain non-citizens indefinitely, without charge or trial, under threat of deportation to torture. The goals of our campaign are: 1) the immediate release of all Security Certificate detainees, 2) a fair trial (if any case exists), 3) an end to deportation proceedings against the five, 4) the abolition of “security certificates”, 5) an end to deportations to torture and 6) an end to the racist scape-goating of Muslim and Arab communities. The Coalition also demands the closure of “Guantanamo North”, the high security prison that was opened in April 2006, specifically for people held under security certificates, further institutionalizing the illegal security certificate regime.

Contact: justiceforadil@riseup.net 

Montreal Indigenous Sovereignty Week Organizing Committee

The Montreal Indigenous Sovereignty Week Organizing Committee is a group dedicated to organizing educational events around Indigenous struggles in Canada. We take our direction from Defenders of the Land, a network of indigenous communities spanning all three coasts, united in opposition to policies of dispossession, assimilation, marginalization and criminalization, and united in support of Indigenous peoples’ rights to their traditional land.

Contact: courtneykirkby@gmail.com 

Indyclass Collective

The Indyclass Collective facilitates the creation of student-run independent-study classes inside and outside of Montreal universities. These classes attempt to create an alternative to normal academia, allowing for autonomous collective self-education while striving to make education socially relevant and open to all.

Contact: indyclass@gmail.com 

McGill Global AIDS Coalition

McGill Global AIDS Coalition is an HIV/AIDS advocacy group dedicated to the eradication of HIV/AIDS and to the realization of the universal right to health.  We are committed to helping to create an effective student advocacy network in Canada and to educating the McGill and Montreal community on global health issues.

Contact: director@treatthepeople.com 

STAC (Students Taking Action with Chiapas)-Montreal

STAC (Students Taking Action with Chiapas)-Montreal stands in solidarity with the struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico (particularly the Zapatista movement in the southern state of Chiapas) through education, direct action, and fundraising.

Contact: stacmontreal@gmail.com 

Young Jews for Social Justice

Young Jews for Social Justice is a group of Montreal Jews who take action on racism, inequality in our communities, and injustice in the Middle East, and participate in cultural and artistic activities. We feel the broad spectrum of opinion among Jews is not represented by existing organizations, and we provide a safe environment for young Jews to express their views without fear of marginalization or charges of ethnic disloyalty. We carry out popular education and advocate for an end to the Israeli military occupation, dismantlement of settlements, respect for international law, and self-determination and security for Israelis and Palestinians. We are signatories to the Independent Jewish Voices-Canada basis of unity. 
We are also engaged with issues of Jewish culture and identity (cultural, religious / spiritual and more), both within Jewish communities and as individuals engaged with, and living within, a wide variety of other communities. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds when it comes to politics, cultural participation and affiliation, and religion. And we have potlucks and a klezmer band! (The Jewstice League Ensemble) We are hoping to have new and more events – cultural and political! – in this coming second year of our existence. New people and, especially, fresh ideas are always welcome!

Contact: youngjewsforsocialjustice@gmail.com