Festival of solidarity: LIVING TOGETHER September 15th and 16th in Côte-des-Neiges

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 19:00 - Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 17:30

Festival of Solidarities: Living Together 

In response to the rise of right wing rhetoric and racism that affects immigrant, indigenous or racialized communities, we resist and organize!  This Festival takes place in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal and combines cultural and recreational activities with conferences and workshops on community action.


Opening Panel: Sept. 15th at 7 pm: Cities: An Arena of Struggles Against Racism 

At  the Côte-des-Neiges Community Center, 5347 Côte-des-Neiges Road

The major cities of North America are not only places where racism prevails, but also, sites where resistance is organized. What can we learn from mobilizations elsewhere on the continent? Is Montreal a true sanctuary city? How to respond to the influx of asylum seekers escaping from the USA?

Kali Akuno, Cooperative Jackson and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement 

Ismael Robert, Haitian community activist on the wave of refugees escaping the US 

Yasmina Price, Co-founder of Afrosocialists & Socialists of Color Caucus of the Democratic Socialists of America

Trina Rose Slapcoff, First Nation Cree activist, involved with the Native Friendship Center of Montreal

Facilitation: Manon Perron, General Secretary of Montreal Labour Council-CSN (Confederation of National Trade Unions)


Solidarity Fair: at Parc Jean-Brillant (corner of Decelles and Jean-Brillant streets)

Saturday September 16th, 10am to 6:30pm: artists, food, information booths

10:30                   Palestinian fashion Show

11:00                   Drummers from  ïle Maurice

12:00                   Rap Battle for Social Justice with Kiwi Ilfonte

2:30 pm               Angolan Capoiera

3:00 pm               Ethiopian Musicians

4:00 pm               Richy Jay, Créole Rap artist

5:30 pm              Main Show: KALMUNITY JAZZ PROJECT

Three Self-organized workshops: Saturday Sept. 16th, 10:00am  to 12:00pm

At  the Côte-des-Neiges Community Center

Campaign for $15 Minimum: Organizing in the Neighbourhood (1st Floor, Room 1)

With: Cheolki Yoon, Immigrant Workers Center (IWC)

Fighting Racism in the Workplace (1st Floor, Room 2)

With: Marie-Hélène Bonin, Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN)

Trash Radio: Right Populism in Action (1st Floor, Room 3)

With: Sébastien Bouchard et Joneed Khan


Round Table Sept. 16th at 1:30 pm: Economic justice for all!

At  the Côte-des-Neiges Community Center

Underpaid and precarious work, high unemployment, poverty : racialized communities suffer the full economic consequences of racism. How can we fightback? What is the impact of the $ 15 minimum campaign? What can trade unions do?

Biju Mathew, New York Taxi Workers Alliance 

Mostafa Henaway, Immigrant Workers Center (IWC)

Jasmin De La Calzada, Secretary of Education at PINAY (Philippino Women’s Organization)

Wilson Jean-Paul, President of Montreal Taxi Drivers Association, affiliated with RTAM-Steelworkers 

Cathy Inouyé and Donalda Gabirel, Project Genesis, Community organization

Facilitation: Marc-Édouard Joubert, President of Montreal Labour Council-FTQ (Quebec Federation of Labour)


Closing Panel: Sept. 16th at 3:30pm: Fighting Systemic Racism 

More than fifty groups have joined forces to combat systemic racism in Quebec.

How can we combat discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance and build a society where justice and equality prevail?

Carmen Dixon, from Black Lives Matter New York Branch

Émilie Nicolas, co-spokesperson for Coalition for Equality and Against Systemic Racism

Haroun Bouazzi, President of Association des musulmans et arabes pour la laïcité (AMAL-Québec)

Widia Larivière, Indigenous activist, co-founder of Mikana and Idle No More in Quebec 

Facilitation: Safa Chebi, Member of the Board at Alternatives 


Co-organized by Alternatives and  Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-New York.

Ssupported by: Immigrant Workers center (IWC),  PINAY, Comité d’action de Parc Extension (CAPE), le Centre justice et foi, Association des musulmans et arabes laïques du Québec (AMAL), Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN), Montreal Labour Council-CSN, Quebec federation of Labour (FTQ),  Montreal Labour Council-FTQ.

For more information, please contact Roger Rashi at Alternatives, roger@alternatives,

Tel 514-982-6606 ext.2244

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/306728596453045/