Concert for Justice and Open Mic Night

When? February 20, 2016

When does it start? 7:00pm

Where? Cafe L’Artere, Coopérative de Solidarité 7000 Av du Parc

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Presented by McGill BDS and made possible by the collaboration of members of the local community, the Concert for Justice and Open Mic Night will be an evening dedicated to showcasing the voices of those who have experienced marginalization, through live performance. Highlighting the intersectionality between various social justice causes while allowing each performancer to share their unique experience through different modes of artistic expression, the concert will be a night of solidarity and celebration of resistance and resilience against all types of oppression. Please note that ticketing to this event will be by donation at the event, though we do ask for an online RSVP which can be done here.

Présenté par BDS McGill, et rendu possible par la collaboration de membres de la communauté locale, le Concert pour la Justice sera une soirée dédiée à mettre en vitrine, à travers des performances artistiques en direct, les voix de personnes ayants ressentis la marginalisation. Soulignant l’intersectionnalité entre plusieurs causes pour la justice sociale, tout en permettant à chaque performance de partager son expérience unique à travers des moyens d’expression différents, ce concert sera une nuit de solidarité et de celebration de la résistance et de la ténacité contre toute forme d’oppression. Veuillez noter que l’admission pour cette évènement sera par donation.

Accessibility: It is possible to enter Cafe l’Artère in a wheelchair, but the front door does not open automatically. The bathrooms at the cafe are not wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible bathrooms are at the McDonalds on Parc and Jean Talon, 220 metres away.


Palestine Short Films Screening

When? February 18, 2016

When does it start? 6:00pm

Where? Room 204 McConnell Engineering Building, 3480 University St

In collaboration with the Toronto Palestine Film Festival and Cinema Politica McGill, McGill BDS brings you an evening of Palestine short films. From checkpoints in the West Bank to the aftermath of the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, these movies present the blunt realities of the lives of Palestinians under Israeli occupation and siege. “Echoes of Beit Hanoun” hauntingly captures the unbelievable scale of destruction in Gaza in the wake of Operation Protective Edge, while “The Living of the Pigeons” follows two Palestinian coffee vendors stationed at an Israeli checkpoint as they await the swarm of Palestinian workers waiting to cross to the other side. The night will end with a screening of “Born in Gaza,” an intimate and sobering account of how trauma shapes the lives ten children who lived through the horrors of the 2014 Israeli aggression.

The Moral Case for BDS: A Rabbi’s Perspective

When? February 17, 2016

When does it start? 6:00pm

Where? Room 204 McConnell Engineering Building, 3480 University St

Rabbi Cantor Michael Davis comes to McGill to give a talk dispelling the myth that BDS is an anti-Semitic movement and making the moral case for BDS. Rabbi Davis actively promotes dialogue surrounding the merit of BDS as a way to stand in solidarity with and gain justice for the Palestinian people. Davis is a founding member of JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace)’s rabbinical council. He initiated and drafted the 2011 open letter calling on President Obama not to allow Israel to attack Iran, which Archbishop Desmond Tutu publicly praised.

McGill BDS: Panel Discussion with Montreal Activists

When? February 16, 2016

When does it start? 6:00pm

Where? SSMU room 302, 3480 Rue McTavish

Montreal-based activists will talk about BDS and its historical context and claims: the right of return, equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the end of the occupation. They will also discuss how the movement relates to our local Montreal and McGill contexts. Our panelists will include writer and community organizer Mostafa Henaway from Tadamon! and Lebanon-born Palestinian local activist Zahia El-Masri. The discussion will be moderated by Stefan Christoff from Howl! Arts Collective.

Accessibility information : The SSMU Building is wheelchair accessible, including automatic doors, bathrooms, and elevators.