Monday, March 22, 2010

Survivors of Catholic Abuse to Confront Pope

In the wake of a growing child abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic church, and last October's historic rally outside the Vatican to remember the victims of church crimes, members of The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) will return to Europe next week to help convene an international Tribunal into crimes against humanity in which Pope Joseph Ratzinger is personally implicated.

Rev. Kevin Annett, who has spear headed a movement to bring to justice the churches that caused the death of thousands of aboriginal children in Christian residential schools in Canada, will lead a delegation of the FRD to Italy on March 29 that will include Cree nation elder Lillian Shirt and Ojibway nation elder Charles Cook, both of whom survived incarceration and torture in Catholic residential schools.

The FRD delegation will make a formal presentation to a human rights committee of the Italian parliament and will seek its endorsement for an international inquiry into the death of more than 50,000 children in the predominantly Catholic-run Indian residential school system in Canada.

The delegation will also conduct a sacred ceremony and memorial service for all victims of the Roman Catholic church outside the Vatican in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday, April 4, at 11 am

After speaking to audiences in a half dozen Italian cities between March 29 and April 8, the FRD delegation will travel to England and Ireland to unite with other survivors of Catholic church abuse, and hold public protests and rallies at government and church facilities in both countries.

In England, the delegation will hold memorial rallies outside Westminster (Catholic) Cathedral and Westminster (Anglican) Abbey on Sunday, April 11 between 10 AM and 12 noon, to remember children who died in residential schools run by these two churches.

That same evening, Rev. Annett will speak at a public meeting at 7 pm at Passing Clouds Centre in Dalston, London, 1 Richmond Road, E 8, concerning the genocide of native people in Canada, and the complicity of the Queen of England in this crime.

On Monday, April 12 at 12 noon, Annett and the delegation will hold a protest rally and press conference outside the Canadian Embassy, Canada House, at 5 Trafalgar Square, to indict the government and churches of Canada with charges of crimes against humanity.

In Ireland, on Thursday, April 15, Rev. Annett and the delegation will unite with survivors of Catholic Church abuse at a protest rally outside the Irish Dail (Parliament) in downtown Dublin at 12 noon.

The next day, on Friday, April 16, Rev. Annett will speak at a public meeting at the Happy Pear in Greystones, Co. Wicklow at 7.30 pm.

For more information on the details of these events, or to arrange media interviews with Rev. Annett and the aboriginal delegation, contact Annett through this email, or:

In Italy: Camilla -

In England: Penelope -

In ireland: Judy -

For background information, and to view the award-winning documentary of the FRD on genocide in Canada, Unrepentant, which will be screened at all the venues of the delegation see: .

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Call For Support From Chilean Comrades

Dear comrades,
The situation in this region called Chile is already known, thus we believe more details about the recent earthquake are not necessary, as the Internet offers a lot of information about what took place.

The group of individuals that make up the Productora de Comunicación Social* escaped physical damage, even though during the earthquake a couple of comrades from our organization were in Concepción, one of the most devastated regions - leaving the site where they were pretty much uninhabitable and losing some equipment used for the work of the organization.
In Santiago, our main workplace and where meetings were held, also home to a couple of our comrades - the Casa Volnitza - was partially destroyed. Currently, we are looking into repairing the site, since neither the Productora nor the Sociedad de Resistencia Santiago**, with whom we share the space, have another place to go to. Fortunately, we had no other substantial material losses, but the structural collapse that occurred in the Casa Volnitza was indeed major.
We have had constant contact with some organizations in southern Chile. The comrades that were near the epicenter were able to communicate directly with us about the help they need. There are social center and sister organizations in poblaciones, or working class neighborhoods, that were heavily damaged by the earthquake and also by actions taken by the police, the army, mass media and the government.
Given the circumstances, we are asking for help from our comrades from different parts of the world. Here in Santiago, businesses are up and running, so one can even buy food and basic items that are not reaching us via the government. We have already sent some help to the southern region with what we have here in Santiago, even though we too have been affected.
In our space, the Sociedad de Resistancia Santiago is helping to collect items to send to the most affected area where there are still no basic services, or wherever organizations are requesting help.
As the Productora we would like to request monetary support from all organizations that know our work and trust us. These contributions will be used to recover lost material and equipment, possible restorations or an alternative space and to send aid to the Southern organizations. Obviously no institutional channels work to help the direct work of anti-authoritarian organizations, so we reach out to you.
All persons or organizations interested in providing some sort of collaboration, contact us as quickly as possible at our e-mail:
See you soon.
Reconstructing the social movement,
Health, bread and freedom!
Productora de Comunicación Social.
Videorevista – Sin(a)psis***"
comunicando acción en la construcción del movimiento social"
Valparaíso - Santiago - Valdivia - Temuco - Antofagasta - Concepción – and beyond
Translator Note:
*The Productora de Comunicación Social, or Social Communication Production, are the production collectives that publish the Chilean video-magazine Sin(a)psis***, an independent publication in DVD format covering the praxis of anarchist organizing in that region and beyond. More info at:!/pages/Chile/SINAPSIS-la-video-revista/161436684301
**The Sociedad de Resistencia Santiago groups the working, the unemployed and students into anti-authoritarian initiatives to generate collective solutions for immediate needs, be they economic, social and/or cultural without leaving behind the purpose of collective liberation. More info at:
You can also donate to other autonomous, anarchist and radical community based organizations by emailing or clicking on the links below.
Fondo Alquimia
for the Comunidad Lésbica La Teta Insurgente (lesbian anarcho-feminists in Concepción)
Solo el Pueblo Ayuda al Pueblo- Campana de Solidaridad Popular
Only the People can help the People- Popular Solidarity Campaign
(a coalition of various organizations and individuals, including anti-authoritarians)
For news and updates in Spanish check out:


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Impossibilists – the SPC and One Big Union

Hot off the press, THE IMPOSSIBILISTS is a collection of writings from the Socialist Party of Canada and the One Big Union from 1906 to 1938. There is also an introductory essay which describes the growth of the party in Western Canada and how the OBU developed out of it. Articles were chosen both for contemporary relevance and historical interest. Of interest today is their insistance that socialism be of a libertarian nature and not statism and the holistic philosophy that underlay this view. Of historical interest are the origins of the OBU, the debates on the Russian Revolution and the descriptions of the working conditions and struggles of that period. Included as well are the writings of labour martyr, Ginger Goodwin, back in print after 93 years.

This is a revised and updated version of the 1995 ms., with new material added. 90 pages, $10.00. (add $2.00 postage for US orders.) Will take Pay Pal. Cheques made out to L. Gambone. Available from Red Lion Press, Box 297, Stn A, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 4W7 or

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