$1,000 donated to charities helping war victims in Palestine

Wavering between three different causes for our next donation (Palestine / Ferguson / IWW), we finally passed the decision to vote (here, here and here). The result is a large majority in favor of support for Palestine due to the recent events.

Deeply in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, No-Gods-No-Masters.com pledged last year to support the organization Anarchists Against The Wall.
Given the urgency of the humanitarian situation in Palestine following the recent Israeli offensive against Gaza, we are now announcing the addition of new donations to the Palestinian cause. During the last month, more than half the territory of Gaza was destroyed by bombs, including schools and hospitals. Add to that the lack of clean water, electricity, and basic humanitarian assistance.

We have donated $1000 in support of the Palestinian cause. The amount is shared between five different organizations:
– Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)
– Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF)
UNICEF – Palestine Section
Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP)
Gaza Legal Defence Fund (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights)

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Donations to the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COBP)

No-Gods-No-Masters.com reiterates its goal to always give back to an organization corresponding to the activist cause expressed on t-shirts that we sell. In this context, we decided to financially support the COBP as long as needed. The amounts given are raised through revenues generated by sales of our t-shirts from the “ACAB” section and will be proportional to the number of sales. A first donation of $150 has been sent and others will follow as soon as possible.

We reiterate our solidarity with all victims of police abuse and would like to encourage all those who are mobilizing to fight against police impunity. In the past, we also made ​​donations to the G20 legal defence fund and we have supported the greek anti-fascists comrades arrested and tortured by the police during a demonstration against the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn.

The Collective Opposed to Police Brutality

The Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COBP) is an autonomous group that is made up of victims, witnesses and/or those concerned by police brutality and all abuse perpetrated by the police. The collective was formed in 1995 from a defense committee for people arrested after a demonstration against Human Life International, a far right group. In light of the increasingly intense repression, social cleansing, and impunity rampant in Montreal, the COBP decided to organize on a permanent basis to continue its battle against police brutality.

The COBP’s goal is to not only denounce the harassment, violence, intimidation, arrests and abuse of power by police, but to inform people of their rights and lend support to victims by, for example, helping them to file a complaint in the police ethics system or deal with wrongful accusations. We denounce abuse by police here in Montreal and around the world in our publication “L’Agent Provocateur”. We have also published several brochures, mostly on neighbourhood policing, secret police and political espionage, as well as on “The Great Canadian Anti-Terrorism Fraud”. Since 1998, we have distributed over 35,000 copies of our booklet “Guess what! We’ve got rights?!” in French, English and Spanish to individuals and at the request of community groups that work with homeless here in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec. We also do research and collect information for databanks and archives.

The COBP does regular workshops and discussions on rights and police abuse which are available upon request. We also do Copwatch, documenting the actions of police in the streets with the help of a video camera, regular cameras and by taking down the names, badge numbers, patrol car license plate numbers, what is said and done etc.

We organize benefit shows and conferences. We sell T-shirts, buttons, patches and “Anti-Cop Mix CD’s” to help finance our work. We have a website on which we publish and archive information on police abuse, know-your-rights and COBP actions.

March 15th, International Day Against Police Brutality

Since March 15th 1997, COBP has organized an annual demonstration in the streets of Montreal to highlight the International Day Against Police Brutality, which has already spread from Canada and Switzerland to Germany, England, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal through Nigeria, the U.S and Mexico.

 

NO TO POLICE IMPUNITY!

Whether in response to police demonstrations in daily contact with marginalized minorities in their interventions with homeless or with “ostie de carrés rouges” we must make clear to police that they can not afford to do anything, if ethics committees and courts are on his side, the street never forgets and never forgives.

Police work is permeated by arbitrary violence, behaviors and aggressive comments, abuse of authority. The press and other mass media are trying to reassure us by reminding us that there are mechanisms to punish “bad apples”, the “smudge”, the “isolated incidents”. But we are not fooled. The spring has highlighted that the majority of cases of police violence will never be punished, the police brotherhood and SPVM always defend their agents until it really becomes too messy for their public image to do so (interventions to believe the officer 728). Examples of this repressive violence are legion. Among the thousands of arrests during the strike days in jail or C.O. between the injured and deaths at the hands of cops, can we really believe in an institution whose primary task is to defend the established order into its most disgusting and most fascist abuses?

For another year we appeal to your feelings of solidarity, determination and anger. Enjoy the street, it belongs to us. We are tired of cops who arrest us, asking us our papers without having the right, invent charges so they can search us, detain us, come in our homes in the morning.

AGAINST THE VIOLENCE OF THE STATE, THE CAPITAL
AND COPS THAT ARE AT THEIR SERVICE!

For more information, go to the march 15 section of the COBP’s website : https://www.cobp.resist.ca/category/dossiers/15-mars-journ-e-internationale-contre-la-brutalit-polici-re

The need for financial support

Every year or so, during the demonstration on March 15, the police make mass arrests of hundreds of people for no reason. These arrests are also criticized by many organizations dedicated to the defense of rights and freedoms. They are also challenged in the courts and it is one of the main reasons why COBP needs financial support.

Donations collected by the COBP also serve several other causes including among others the challenge of P6 regulation which restricts the right to demonstrate in Montreal, as well as several other legal defense fund for activists arrested in different events. Meanwhile, an activist currently pursuing Montreal police in court following a series of police abuse and arbitrary arrests after being targeted by the SPVM as alleged militant close of the COBP.


Do not hesitate to make a donation to COBP:
www.cobp.resist.ca

Donations to zapatista autonomous community attacked by paramilitaries in Chiapas

In a recent blog post, we wrote about our solidarity with the zapatista struggle in Chiapas and our decision to provide financial support for the zapatista’s autonomous communities through the organization Schools For Chiapas“. Things evolved quickly in Chiapas in the last months and we decided to add a donation of $250 for the new solidarity fundraising called The Reality Fund“.

On May 2, 2014, right-wing paramilitaries have laid an ambush against the autonomous municipality of La Realidad in Chiapas. Firstly, the paramilitaries destroyed a school and a health clinic. They then took position in a road near the school, knowing that the community members would flee there. Paramilitaries finally opened fire on unarmed Zapatistas, instantly killing Jose Luis Solís López, professor of the school, and leaving more than 15 innocents seriously injured.

In response to this aggression, Schools For Chiapas organized The Reality Fund“, a fundraising campaign to raise money to rebuild the autonomous Zapatista school and health clinic. No-Gods-No-Masters.com decided to donate at least $250 to the solidarity fund. First donation has been sent at the same time as the publication of this article.

For more information about the events, read Schools For Chiapas’ article:
http://www.schoolsforchiapas.org/2014/05/zapatista-teacher-dead/

Subcomandante Marcos’ article about the recent attack (translated into English):
http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/05/10/pain-and-rage/

To make a donation:
http://www.schoolsforchiapas.org/store/gifts-of-change/reality-fund/

Also read No-Gods-No-Masters.com financially support the Zapatistas and the EZLN:
https://no-gods-no-masters.com/blog/donation-for-ezln-zapatistas/

La Realidad school before it was destroyed
La Realidad school before it was destroyed

 

Donations to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

At No-Gods-No-Masters.com, we do not just fund political causes – we also want to ensure that your purchases will help to fund the cause displayed on the t-shirt. That is why we strive to diversify our donations with the objective to support all the themes in our catalog.

Today we are expanding our themes of financial support by announcing that from now on, the sales of our t-shirts from the category “ANIMAL LIBERATION” will help to raise fund for the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a non-profit organization that fights against animal cruelty and operates shelters as well as adoptions centres. The donations will go directly to the Canadian branch of the SPCA in which our team members are already involved in volunteering.

No-Gods-No-Masters.com already produces many t-shirts with themes related to animal liberation struggles: anti-speciesism, vegetarianism, anti-vivisection, animal testing, adoption, dog fighting, factory farming, etc.. We are pleased that these sales will be used to fund causes that hold us all to heart!

Note: we have no partnership with the SPCA and the donations are made by our sole initiative. The SPCA is not allowed to be involved in political work.

In a few lines, the SPCA is:

 

An organization founded in 1824 and now operates in more than 25 countries
Shelters and adoption centres for lost or stray pet
Fights against animal cruelty and its responsibles ; protection of animals against negligence, abuse and exploitation
Dismantling of puppy mills and seize of animals to make them available for adoption
Inspection of animal farms and seizure of animals in case of abuse
Legal actions against animal cruelty (criminal prosecution for abuse or neglect)
Sterilization services at low prices
Campaigns to promote public awareness against animal abuse
Campaigns against the fur industry
Campaigns against factory farming abuses
Thousands of volunteers who help with the operation of the organization and help to socialize, entertain, maintain and walk pets awaiting adoption
Providing housing to over 14,000 animals only for the city of Montreal, processing of thousands of complaints and inspections
No animal euthanized
Is not funded by the government

Animal cruelty in Canada

Some still believe that the problem of animal abuse is a thing of the past in Quebec and that it is not a particularly important issue. Yet Quebec is one of the worst places in the world regarding the mistreatment of animals. Here’s a translated article from Montreal’s newspaper:

With puppy mills, thousands of abandoned animals on July 1st, and now the veal industry, Quebec has earned a reputation as a heaven of animal abuse that goes around the world.

The French magazine “Pets Happiness” even sent out an SOS to save our animals in its latest issue. While Montreal’s newspaper made public the unbearable images of cruelty in the veal industry, the magazine published a 10 pages investigation about animal cruelty in Quebec

From Huskies operating in the tourism industry to unhealthy stables in Montreal, everything goes. After digesting all that, “people are shocked here”, says the editor of the journal, Orianne Vatin .

“In France , we have an idealized image of Quebec , then this is a big surprise for us to see the treatment that is reserved to animals. This is extremely shocking”, she says.

 

The worst in Canada

And for good reason : ranked last among Canadian provinces in legislation relating to animal welfare, Quebec is “the best province to abuse animals”, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

“It is not for nothing that puppy mills come here. People know they risk nothing with us”, says the president of the Center for animal surgery, Micheline Robitaille. “Our laws are archaic. An animal is no more considered as a table.”

 

Archaic laws

According to the Civil Code of Québec, pets or farm are objects. Injure or abuse towards a cow or a cat is equated with deterioration of property.

In Canada, the Criminal Code does not provide either adequate protection to animals, says Sayara Thurston from the Humane Society International.

Indeed, when an animal is neglected, the criminal investigation must show that the negligence was willful, which is “extremely difficult to do”, Ms. Thurston.

As for codes of practice in the industry, they are not credible because they are primarily promotional tools for producers, deplores the British Veterinary John Webster, professor at the School of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, in Britain.

Support & donation to the 3 anarchists jailed in Mexico

Sunday January 5 at 10 pm, two groups of people dressed in black attacked with stones and Molotov cocktails the building of the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Mexico City and a Nissan car dealership located nearby, causing damage to the building and several cars.

During the attack against the ministry, the federal police who were watching the building repeatedly fired their guns in the air and against the companions, but fortunately without hurting anyone.

In the same night, Carlos Lopez, a fellow Mexican, as well as Amélie Pelletier and Fallon Rouiller-Poisson, two friends from Canada, were arrested in Mexico City with charges in connection with the attacks.

Since january 5th, the three comrades have been held in detention and have limited contact with anyone, including their lawyer, and Amelie and Fallon have also been visited by the Canadian consulate. Though they were initially accused of property destruction, the three may now face additional charges of sabotage, organized crime, and terrorism. If these charges are brought forward, bail will not be possible and deportation for the two from Canada is highly unlikely. All three would then be held until trial without the possibility of release. The Mexican media now reports that our comrades will be held for an additional 40 days while the government continues its investigation.

These charges come at a time of intense crackdown by the Mexican state on anarchists; from attacks on demonstrations to torture of arrested comrades.

At this moment we need to quickly raise funds to support our comrades. Not only for the legal costs and the potentially large bail amounts, but also to help cover their living expenses while in prison. In Mexico, prisoners have to pay for their own room, food, bed and medical expenses while being detained. Go to clac-montreal.net/en/mx to donate via paypal or for information on how to give via cheque or cash.

In comparison, the anarchist Mario Gonzalez was sentenced on January 10th to 5 years and 9 months in prison for the misdemeanor of “disturbing public peace”. In his judgment, the judge said that the acts of the student did not cause any damage to anything or anyone.

At the time of writing this article, the two Canadian are still detained awaiting trial. On 9 January, a federal judge granted the special measure of “arraigo” that allows Mexican authorities to detain the arrested for another 40 days before charges are brought against them. According to the mandate given by the judge, this detention is intended to give time to the authorities to investigate the crimes of sabotage and organized crime in order to formulate the corresponding charges against them.

The “arraigo” (extended custody) was formalized by the reform of the Criminal Justice (2008), it is granted by a federal judge at the request of a prosecutor when federal charges are brought against the suspects. It gives police the power to detain a person without any charges for a period of 40 days that may be extended for another 40 days.

United Nations groups such as the Committee of Human Rights and the Special Reporter on judicial independence, stated that because of the obligations that Mexico is committed, “arraigo” violates “fundamentals principles such as legality, individual freedom and freedom to travel, the presumption of innocence, the right to honor and reputation, access to justice and the physical and mental integrity of persons”. The United Nation’s Committee against torture describes this measure as permitting “arbitrary detention” and promoting torture (2012 report).

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Schools For Chiapas – Donations for EZLN & Zapatistas !

To celebrate EZLN’s 20th birthday, No-Gods-No-Masters.com decided to give all of the profit from the sales of our Zapatista t-shirts to the EZLN through the organisation “Schools For Chiapas that builds autonomous schools in Chiapas’ zapatista communities. The organisation also invest in zapatista health care system as well as organic agriculture in Chiapas, which is threatened by GMO contamination. “Schools For Chiapas” also organises travels to Chiapas to send help to zapatista communities.

According to “Schools For Chiapas” :
– $10 puts a dictionary AND songbook in a classroom.
– $25 grows 10 fruit & rainforest trees in a nursery.
– $35 buys seeds & tools for a school garden.
– $60 test 48 corn plants for GMO contaminations.
– $100 installs one blackboard. $5 more buys chalk.
– $120 ($10/mo) basic supplies in one classroom.
– $360 ($30/mo) trains a women’s health promoter.
– $600 ($50/mo) supports a Mayan teacher.
– $7,500 builds a small school. $750 more buys desks.

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Supporting Sabotage Music – a new independent label

A founding member of No-Gods-No-Masters.com recently joined forces with three other veterans of the scene to launch a new independent label: SABOTAGE MUSIC. The objective is to provide a label worthy of the name that helps bands to produce, promote and distribute their albums.

The first release of Sabotage Music is the posthumous album from “Esclaves Salariés”, an antifascist Oi! band from Montreal. Many other surprises await you in 2014!

In the same spirit as No-Gods-No-Masters.com, this new project puts forward principles of solidarity and mutual aid rather than market philosophy. That is why 100% of the revenue of the sales will be used only to fund the production of other albums. Sabotage is a label for the scene and by the scene.

Therefore, a portion of the sales of No-Gods-No-Masters.com will be used to invest in Sabotage’s releases. In addition, all clothing digitally printed and sold by the label is given by No-Gods-No-Masters.com at the cost of production in order to help finance Sabotage Music productions.

A website was also created and hosted freely for the label where you can find a more detailed presentation of the label as well as an online store where you can also buy Pirate-Punk.net’s compilation

Sabotage Music
Website: http://www.sabotagemusique.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sabotagemusique
Bandcamp: http://sabotagemusique.bandcamp.com/

Update: Sabotage Music ceased its activity during 2016

Launch of a music download server

A new project has recently been launched, designed and funded entirely by No-Gods-No-Masters.com : a dedicated server used exclusively to host thousands of free downloads of political music.
The goal is to provide a free music file sharing platform that helps to provide visibility to anti-capitalist bands from all around the world and encourage the politisation of the counter-cultural scenes (punk, skinheads, hardcore, etc)

The new server launched by No-Gods-No-Masters.com offers a platform for ultra-fast downloads without commercial advertising or paid offers, while ensuring that the hosted files will not be removed without reason. This new project is already providing thousands of free albums downloads, including all albums that were published on Pirate-Punk.net, Anarcho-Punk.net and QuebecUnderground.net

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Donation for an activist stabbed by neo-nazis in Ukraine to cover medical costs

No-Gods-No-Masters is donating $200 to an anti-fascist stabbed and seriously wounded in a neo-nazi attack in Kiev of Ukraine. The money will help to cover medical costs.

In the evening of 14th of April, social activist V.N. was seriously wounded in Kiev. He was assaulted by 5 Nazis in the area of metro station Dorozhichi. Young patriots used knives and cutted three times arteries in the legs of the activist. V.N. also lost teeth and suffered a brain concussion.

If it was not purpose of attackers to murder, at least they attempted to permanently main activist who takes active part to anti-government, anti-capitalist and animal right actions. V-N. lost much blood, but due to an operation made in time, his life is no more in a danger.

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Donation to Freedom Press library following a firebomb attack

No-Gods-No-Masters.com : money donation to Freedom Press library following a firebomb attack
Our solidarity is a weapon that neither fire nor bomb can destroy !

An upsetting event has shaken the anarchist movement two days ago. The famous library ‘Freedom Press’ has been hit by a firebomb attack during the night of february 1st. This attack, suspected of being sponsored by fascists, sadly reminds us of nazis’ book burnings in 1933 that was then targetting to destroy any litterature against their ideas. The neo-nazis from Combat 18 (“Combat Adolph Hitler”, a neo-nazi terrorist organisation affiliated to Blood & Honour) already attacked the same library in 1993 and set it on fire.

Freedom Press, who didn’t have insurances, has launched a solidarity call to raise funds so the library can get back on it’s feet and reopen it’s doors.

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