Thursday, April 28, 2011


Sick collects peoples' experiences with illness to help establish a collective voice of those impacted within radical/left/DIY communities. The zine is meant to be a resource for those who are living with illness as well as those who have not directly experienced it themselves. Contributors discuss personal experiences as well as topics such as receiving support, providing support, and being an informed patient. These writings are meant to increase understandings of illness and further discussion as well as action towards building communities of care.

This quick-and-easy facilitator's guide to consensus decision making supposes no prior experience on the part of the reader and breaks the consensus process down logically in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step manner. A highly structured format allows the guide to serve not only as a how-to for the uninitiated, but also as a reference manual for those already familiar with the consensus process. While intended primarily for grassroots political and environmental groups, this handbook can be used in academia, in the corporate world, and by anyone who wants to cooperate with consensus.

Fermentation is one of the earliest natural processes involving food and its preservation that humans sought to control. The earliest puffed-up breads, wines, and cheeses likely occurred by chance, and results were scarcely uniform or predictable. Disconcerted by off-flavors and spoilage in beer, wine, and baked goods, early peoples learned to control microorganisms whose existence would not be demonstrated for centuries. But in that process of control, people lost some of the benefits of wild fermentation. Sandor Ellix Katz has experimented with Wild Fermentation, and his book explains to others how to take advantage of natural fermentation processes to produce bread, yogurt, cheese, beer, wine, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods. A gold mine for science-fair projects, Katz's work presents properly supervised young people ample opportunity to explore both the science and the art of fermented foods

Guerrilla Gardening outlines the power-to-the-people campaign for greening our cities. Tips for effective involvement include:

• Finding plants and seeds cheap (or free)
• Handling city officials
• Getting the dirt on soil
• Planting to bring back the birds
• Knowing when to ask first

Social activists, city dwellers, and longtime gardeners will delight in this fast-paced and funny call to arms.

The Urban Homestead is the essential handbook for a fast-growing new movement: urbanites are becoming gardeners and farmers. Rejecting both end-times hand wringing and dewy-eyed faith that technology will save us from ourselves, urban homesteaders choose instead to act. By growing their own food and harnessing natural energy, they are planting seeds for the future of our cities.
When feminism itself becomes its own form of oppression, what do we have to say about it? Western notions of polite discourse are not the norm for all of us, and just because we’ve got some new and hot language lately in equity-seeking movements like feminism — such as “intersectionality” — to use in our talk, it doesn’t necessarily make things change in our walk (i.e. actually being anti-racist).
Post-anarchism has been of considerable importance in the discussions of radical intellectuals across the globe in the last decade. In its most popular form, it demonstrates a desire to blend the most promising aspects of traditional anarchist theory with developments in post-structuralist and post-modernist thought. Post-Anarchism: A Reader includes the most comprehensive collection of essays about this emergent body of thought, making it an essential and accessible resource for academics, intellectuals, activists and anarchists interested in radical philosophy.
Beautifully designed A-Z of the totality of revolutionary politics. This Crimethinc book is the action guide - the direct action guide. From affinity groups to wheatpasting, coalition building, hijacking events, mental health, pie-throwing, shoplifting, stenciling, supporting survivors of domestic violence, surviving a felony trial, torches, and whole bunch more. Incredible design, and lots of graphics give it that hip situ feel. Loads to read, to think about, and to do. At 650 pages, you could always throw the damn book at a suitable target. What are you waiting for?

Loving openly and freely in this day and age is a political act. Put together your own vision of an ideal relationship, re-sculpt your own belief system, redefine the potential of a friendship, imagine a thousand ways to make love to yourself and to anyone you care about. Radicalize your relationship by imagining your wildest ideal partnership together. Avoid stagnancy by challenging your old familiar routine and re-inventing new levels of commitment.

Monday, December 13, 2010


Vittorio de Sica's wonderful socialist fable.
In the rubble of post-war Italy, the poor construct a shantytown.
When opportunist elements try to re-appropriate the land on which the squatters reside, the protagonist arms his comrades with magic and imagination in their resistance.

Black and White.
Italian with English subtitles.
100 Minutes

Friday, February 19, 2010


The first book to document and emphasize the myriad voices of the free radio movement, from Black Liberation Radio in Springfield, Illinois, to Free Radio Berkeley in Berkeley, California.

Featuring works by “alternative” parents who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought--or remove its influence altogether--this anthology, taken as a whole, carefully considers the implications of parenting while raising children with disabilities.

500 Years of Indigenous Resistance is more than a history of European colonization of the Americas. In this slim volume, Gord Hill chronicles the resistance by Indigenous peoples, which limited and shaped the forms and extent of colonialism.

Life Under the Jolly Roger examines the political and cultural significance of these nomadic outlaws by relating historical accounts to a wide range of theoretical concepts--reaching from Marshall Sahlins and Pierre Clastres to Mao-Tse Tung and Eric J. Hobsbawm via Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault.

Black Flame is the first of two volumes that re-examine anarchism's democratic class politics, its vision of a decentralized planned economy, and its impact on popular struggles in five continents over the last 150 years

The tale of five members of the West Coast Canadian anarchist scene who went underground in the 1980s to carry out armed actions against an arms manufacturer, a sex shop that specialized in hardcore pornography, and a hydro substation. Written by a participant who spent seven years in prison after her capture by the State.

This full color book showcases print art that uses themes of social justice and global equity to engage community members in political conversation.

In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.

Tracing the evolution of the modern police force back to the slave patrols, this controversial study observes the police as the armed defender of a violent status quo.

Dunbar-Ortiz's odyssey from dust-bowl poverty to the urban radical fringes of the New Left gives a working-class, feminist perspective on a time and a movement which forever changed American society.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Nov. 28 & 29

From all the endorsers of this festival we would like to invite you, your family and friends in joining us in our upcoming Film Festival. Please extend our invitation and information to other people you may think would be interested in coming to such and event. We hope to see you there.


1:00pm Camas Books 2590 Quadra
24 Days in Brooks
Producer: Dana Inkster (2009 - 42:03 min.)
In a decade, tiny Brooks, Alberta has been transformed from a socially conservative, primarily Caucasian town to one of the most diverse places in Canada. Hijabs have become commonplace, downtown bars feature calypso and residents speak 90 different languages.
Immigrants and refugees have flocked here to work at Lakeside Packers - one of the world's largest slaughterhouses.
Centering on the 24 days of the first-ever strike at Lakeside, this film is a nuanced portrait of people working together and adapting to change. They are people like Peter Jany Khwai, who escaped war in Sudan, wears an African shirt and a cowboy hat, and affirms his Canadian identity as well as his determination to fight for his rights. Or Edil Hassan, a devout Muslim born in Somalia, who counts her hours of organizing and picketing among her proudest moments.
As 24 Days in Brooks shows, people from widely different backgrounds can work together for respect, dignity, and change - even though getting there is not easy.

2:00pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Victor Dobchuk (199 - 9:21 min. Canada) English and French
A look at the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, 75 years later.

2:15pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Michael Connolly (2009 - 44 min. Canada) English and French dub.
Covers the recent recession's effect on workers, and auto workers specifically. Also touches on pension and severance issues. Great footage and editing. Narrated by Jian Gomeshi.

3:10pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Maree Delofski (2008 - 75 min. Australia) English
Filmed in Japan, this film follows Tanaka-san who was let go from his job at Oki Electric Manufacturing Company 25 years ago when he refused to conform to militaristic working expectations. Back then workers thought they had jobs for life, so Tanaka-san sings in front of his old office each day and will do so until he receives an apology and re-instatement.

4:35 pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: by Aisha Gazdar (2007 - 28 min. Pakistan) English
There are millions of women workers in Pakistan who remain unaccounted for in official figures. Even those who are in the formal workforce face problems like lower wages for the same work as men and sexual harassment. This film touches on these struggles and more. A real eye-opener.
2:00pm BCGEU Smaller Room
Director: Andrew Munger (2007 - 61 minutes, Canada) English
What do you get when you mix union activists with price conscious shoppers; anarchist protestors with political organizers; Jessica Simpson and Miss America? You have an entertaining and occasionally hilarious documentary about the international anti-Wal-Mart movement.

3:10pm BCGEU Small Room
Director: Brain Davis (2008 - 20 min. U.S.) English
Award winning student filming that takes a quick look at three workers in the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Warning - graphic content and a few graphic scenes

3:35pm BCGEU Small Room
Director: Bradley Cox (2009 - 56 min. U.S.) English
Chea Vichea served as president of Cambodia's garment workers' union until he was gunned down on the street in 2004. Filmed over four years, the movie explores the motives for Vichea's assassination and unravels a police plot that framed two men, who were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

4:40pm BCGEU Small Room
Directors: Robin Hartwig, Zac Minor and Zac Petrillo (2009 - 21:27 min. U.S.) English
Charts the rise of the United Farm Workers movement, the rise to power of Cesar Chavez and its impact on the Salinas Valley during the 60's, 70's and 80's. Looks at the conflict from all sides by interviewing growers, union members and others. A strong student finished production.
3:30pm Small Room
7:00pm BCGEU Main Hall
LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE with the great 25 piece Vancouver Solidarity Labour Notes Choir and local musicians Art Farquharson & Randy Caravaggio

8:10pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Andre Kloer & Maaike Broos (2009 - 50 minutes, Israel) English
Jawdat Talousy worked in a Jewish Settlement located on the West Bank. He was fired because he established a labour committee in order to get equal labour rights as Israeli co-workers. In the settlements labour laws for Palestinians are ambiguous and law enforcement is weak. Follow Jawdat's struggle to fight for his rights as well as learn about how this ambiguity affects other Palestinians in the settlements.

9:10pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Patrick Sheen (2009 - 70 minutes, U.S.) English & Spanish
A great non-fiction tale that is moving and will really make your audience think about the value they place on all workers. The movie goes deep into the most well-respected and prestigious universities to seek wisdom from the people who see it all and have been through it all: the janitors.


2:00pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Min Sook Lee (2009 - 15:47 min. Canada) English
A restrained story-telling of the 2009 CUPE strike in Windsor, ON. Excellent shots of Windsor backed by a moody soundtrack, this film tells the story of a strike from the workers' poin of view. The economy is being used as a tool to claw back workers' rights. When workers go on strike, it becomes clear that it is a sign of the times. The message is "Hold the Line."

2:20pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Bert Deveaux (2009 - 45 minutes, Canada) English
In the present economic crisis with industries collapsing and commodity prices falling many Canadians a destitute and many others are on the brink. Against this climate, a couple of Canadians go on a road trip to Ireland and Sweden, with comedian Mary Walsh as their guide, and get a chance to see how other countries have helped people like themselves. This movie will break your heart, split your side and open your mind to new possibilities. Not the least of which is: If other countries can do it, why can't we?

3:15pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Cecilia Ho Wing Yin (2009 - 74 min. China) English
A story on the Indonesian female migrant workers who left their homes to work as domestic helpers in Macao, China, a community consisting mainly of Chinese as well as a city of casinos and entertainment parlours. This films shows the lives of these migrant workers who find emotional solace in songs and dances they share with their female compatriots on Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (San Ma Lo).

4:40pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Vincenzo Pietropaolo (2009 - 10:30 min. Canada) English
Vincenzo Pietropoalo has documented the story of the Mexican migrant workers over a number of years. This is just a brief look into that story.

4:55pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Max Fraser (2009 - 5 min. Canada) English
7000 kilometres from Moscow, there's another Red Square. Witness the struggle of the labour-left in Whitehorse, Yukon to find a friendly watering hole where they can share a glass with their comrades and debate which shade of red is best. Beer, popcorn and a little paint get spilled along the way.
2:20pm BCGEU Small Room
Director: Dominique Basi (2009 - 11:20 min. Canada) English
Follows Karnel Basi, a public transit bus driver in South Vancouver, along his regular route through the downtown east side to the heart of the city and back again. Along the way he picks up a variety of passengers, struggles to stay on schedule and keep his bus safe. A good student film.

2:35pm BCGEU Small Room
Director: Kelly Candaele (2008 - 55 min. U.S.) English
Follow the lives and work of six ex-gang/prison members who turn their lives around by entering the Pipefitters, Ironworkers and Electric Workers Unions. Inspirational.

3:40pm BCGEU Small Room
Director: Kyle Russell (2009 - 8:49 min. Canada)
Legal Aid failing low-income workers in BC

3:50pm BCGEU Small Room
Director: Edie Steiner (2007 - 16 min. Canada) English
Taking a quick look back at the director's father, Albert Steiner, and his life as a miner. Detailing his death, which was caused by working in the mine, and the reality of getting compensation from mining companies at that time. A touching story.

4:10pm BCGEU Small Room
Director: Jamie Way (2008 - 6:30 min. Canada) English
Humourous video that explores the benefits and protection OSSTF/FEESO has gained for members through advocacy and collective bargaining. Highlights a number of different issues.

7:00pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Charles Latour (2007 - 60 min. Canada) English subtitles, French and Spanish
Every year, some 4000 migrant foreign workers coming mostly from Mexico labour in Quebec farms to plant and pick our vegetables. In the summer of 2006, Patricia Perez, a pro-union militant speaking for the UFCW, launches a major drive to organize the workers in several farms South of Montreal. She struggles to protect them by bringing them under a union that would give them the same rights as Canadian agricultural workers. This film is about the injustices of globalisation not in the Third World, but here at home in Canada.

8:10 pm BCGEU Main Hall
Director: Johan Genberg (2007 - 65 min. U.S.) English
On June 14, 2006, when police forces attacked thousands of teachers in Oaxaca, Mexco, the annual strike turned into a widespread popular rebellion. A broad social movement of teachers, social organisations, unions, students, activists, and indigeneous communities took over the city in an effort to change the devastating conditions imposed on them by international trade agreements and corrupt politicians.

Sponsored by:
Island Solidarity Centre Society, Goods for Cuba Campaign, Victoria Labour Council - CUPE Solidarity Committee, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid - Camas Books, Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group, Central America Support Committee, Farabundo Martí National Liberation (FMLN)

We thank all our volunteers and the BC Government Employees Union for contributing the hall

Support Our Work

Since we would like as many people as possible coming to the festival there is no admission fee. However if there are anyone who can contribute towards the cost of putting the festival on that would be greatly appreciated. If there are any funds leftover after expenses are paid they will go towards establishing the Solidarity Centre that our Island Solidarity Centre Society is working towards. For more info. on the centre please visit our website at:

Cheques can be made out to “Island Solidarity Centre Society” and can be mailed at: 39 - 250 Russell St., Victoria, BC V9A 3X2

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Cultural Writing. Introduced by Timothy Leary, this collection of essays, photographs and research seeks to establish the scientific legitimacy of psychedelic studies. Important, very informative, and an additional valuable contribuition to the psychedelic movement --Dr. Albert Hoffman, inventor of LSD-25. The 'doors of perception' --that's the first step. The second step is opening the doors of perception. Then --going through. Next --learning that there are no doors of perception. Then --going back outside and alerting everyone else to the wonders beyond the doors.
An Australian dude lays out his best Mexican flavored vegan recipes. Not necessarily healthy food—Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce, Country-Fried Tofu, or just the size of the dessert chapter might convince you of that—but a damn fine range of tasty, easy-to-make food with everyday ingredients that taste mighty fine without the use of butter, grease, or meat. With chapters on sauces, breads, side dishes, soups and chilies, main dishes, and desserts, this is 80 pages of solid goodness!
Dozens of beloved basics from the original, one-of-a-kind classic: 1996 KinkyCrafts-- including the Thousand Tailed Flogger, the Bubble Wrap Dildo and many more. These original creative playthings are still in widespread use in toybags all over the world. But as new players and new ideas have flocked into the scene over the last decade, Greenery Press has added even more--and better--ways to turn everyday household materials into bondage equipment, dungeon toys, sex gadgets and even safer sex supplies.
Wobblies and Zapatistas offers the reader an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist from the Balkans. Staughton Lynd is a lifelong pacifist, influenced by Marxism. They meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Marxist traditions, to discuss the writing of history by those who make it, and to remind us of the idea that "my country is the world." Encompassing a Left libertarian perspective and an emphatically activist standpoint, these conversations are meant to be read in the clubs and affinity groups of the new Movement.
By tracing the anarchist movement from the early years of this century, through the Spanish Civil War and World War II, through the dictatorship of Salazer's regime, and the "carnation revolution" in 1974, to contemporary time, this book becomes both a history of anarchism in Portugal, and a sociological analysis of the relationship between this ideology and the structure of craft and industries.
Given the general inadequacy of information available, be it about Portugal or a distant and controlled analysis of anarchism, the reading of "Freedom Fighters" will be a very interesting disclosure for a fairly widespread number of readers in English.
Joo Freire is a professor of Sociology at the University of Lisbon.
In Free Comrades Terence Kissack outlines and details how anarchists at the turn of the century were at the forefront of public discussions on homosexuality. This is not a book about queer anarchists. Instead, Kissack reconstructs the politics and history of the time period to show how and why anarchists were the leading advocates of homosexuality, and more generally, the idea of free love.
In 2006, Oaxaca, Mexico came alive with a broad and diverse movement that captivated the nation and earned the admiration of communities organizing for social justice around the world. The show of international solidarity for the people of Oaxaca was the most extensive since the Zapatista uprising in 1994. Fueled by long ignored social contradictions, what began as a teachers' strike demanding more resources for education quickly turned into a massive movement that demanded direct, participatory democracy.

A collection of writings on anti-fascist theory and practice form a North American perspective. Illustrated with photos and flyers, this book has both a historical overview and reference to current and recent events.

Thursday, January 29, 2009



Returns after a long hiatus and brings you a film by one of the greats of Russian cinema.

Visionary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's first film, is a powerhouse of visual and emotional impact
an intense cinematic poem about war and childhood.





When I discovered the first films of Tarkovsky, it was a miracle. I suddenly found myself before a door to which I had never had the key.a room which I had always wished to penetrate and wherein he felt perfectly at ease. Someone was able to express what I had always wished to say without knowing how. For me Tarkovsky is the greatest filmmaker
- Ingmar Bergman

Friday, October 31, 2008

Greek Robin Hoods Give Food Away

Friday, September 05, 2008

Greek anarchists stormed a supermarket yesterday and handed out food for free in the latest of a wave of raids provoked by soaring consumer prices.

About 20 youths, wearing black hoods and crash helmets, carried out the midday robbery in Thessaloniki. Local media have labelled the raiders "Robin Hoods" after previous raids.

They take only packets of pasta, rice and cartons of milk, which they drop in the middle of the street for people to collect.

"They have never stolen money or hurt anyone. They ask people to remain calm but use ambush tactics, jumping over cash desks," said a police official. "When they attack without hoods, people are surprised to see that they are mostly women."

The rising cost of living has replaced unemployment as Greeks' main concern. Inflation is officially at a 10-year high of 4.9% although many items have risen in price more sharply.