Archive for March, 2013
Happy spring! Trees are budding, snow is melting, and the sap is running in the sugarbush, which means it’s Cabane à sucre season in Québec. Last Friday, 47 parents, kids, and staff headed out to Mont-St-Grégoire to enjoy a day out of the city. They sat down to a big meal together, ate sugar taffy outside, went on horse-drawn wagon rides, saw how sap becomes maple syrup, wandered forest paths, and danced under the disco ball. Participants were really excited to have this chance to take a trip off the island, which can be hard without a car, and also to take part in this seasonal Québec tradition and make memories with their kids.
(Reposted text from the COBP)
The COBP is currently looking for people who were victims of the police attack during the demonstration on March 15th, 2013. We are hoping to organize a contestation of the tickets, to launch other recourses against the abuses of the Montreal police, and to file a complaint at the police ethics commission.
Were You Arrested At The Protest On March 15th, 2013?
If you were amongst the people who were arrested, be it for criminal charges or for a ticket, let us know. We want to organize a meeting with all of the people who were arrested in order to challenge the tickets and charges collectively. We also want to support the work of the lawyer of those charged with criminal offences. We need your contact info (name, address, phone number, email, date of birth, event number, type of infraction, place where you were arrested).
CHALLENGE YOUR TICKETS!
You have 30 days after you receive the ticket to do this. Check the not guilty (« non-coupable ») case behind the ticket and don’t write anything in the « plaidoyer » (plea) section -it is optional information that will not help your case. Let the Municipal Court know of any change of address, and also let the COBP know of any change in your contact info.
IF YOU WERE A VICTIM OR A WITNESS OF POLICE BRUTALITY
Please send us a detailed report of the event indicating the location (street corner), the time, the witnesses, the type of cops (SPVM, undercover, anti-riot, etc.).
GET INVOLVED IN DEFENSE OF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH
The police assault that took place at the international day against police brutality is a serious threat to the freedom of speech and the right to protest. It is necessary to fight this intervention so that it doesn’t create a dangerous norm. But, the COBP can’t lead this struggle without the active participation of the people arrested and the witnesses of the event. If you wish to get involved in the defence, let us know.
DO YOU HAVE PHOTO OR VIDEO EVIDENCE?
If you do, send it to us by email or contact us directly. We don’t want to publish it but to eventually use it as evidence against the police.
To reach us:
Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COBP)
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
mail (you can send an envelope to the COBP):
1500, de Maisonneuve Ouest, suite 204
By phone: 514-395-9691 (Voice machine, please take time to leave a message)
At Head & Hands, we rely on volunteers to do what we do. Volunteers coach basketball at J2K, tutor students at the main offices, provide childcare at the Young Parents Program, work at the front desk, help plan and pull off Faggity Ass Fridays every month, translate blog posts like this one, keep score at SERVE, file financial records, and serve on our Board of Directors. WHEW, that’s a lot! Last year, 308 volunteers gave more than 9000 hours of their time to Head & Hands, and we think y’all deserve a huge thank you in the form of a party! An awesome party!
If you’ve volunteered with us in the past year, you’re invited to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, where we will celebrate you with food, drinks, and amazing raffle prizes! This year will also feature a photo booth and karaoke for all of our entertainment. This evening of awesome will take place on March 15th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm! To find out where, please RSVP to the program coordinator with whom you volunteered by March 10th.
Accessibility information: wheelchair accessible with automatic door and elevator. There is a wheelchair accessible, single-stall bathroom on the same floor as the event. Please let us know if you require childcare or have any other accessibility requests by emailing Juniper at email@example.com by March 10th!