Friday, April 24, 2009

The case of Roberta Keesick, and her legal trials for asserting her aboriginal rights, has been mentioned before here at Molly's Blog. The Winnipeg Anarchist Black Cross will be holding a fundraising brunch to support her legal defence this coming May 3. Here`s the promo. Just in passing Molly would like to mention that this is the sort of thing that an Anarchist Black Cross should be doing. It makes our ABC more like the European versions of same and less like the American versions. Roberta is a person who is part of a genuine popular struggle, whether she shares the anarchist ideology or not. Furthermore her actions have been such that even people who cannot agree with her claims have to admire her for her courage and peaceful methods. But enough of that. On to the blurb.
Winnipeg Anarchist Black Cross Fundraiser Brunch:
A delicious vegan brunch to raise funds for Roberta Keesick's legal defense
Winnipeg Anarchist Black Cross
Sunday, May 3, 2009
11:00am - 2:00pm
Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse
91 Albert Street
Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg Anarchist Black Cross, the Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse & CKUW 95.9 FM present :

A fundraiser Vegan brunch for Roberta Keesick

on Sunday, May 3rd from 11AM to 2PM

@ the Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

Roberta Keesick, a Grassy Narrows clan mother, trapper, blockader, and grandmother, is facing charges in Red Lake Ontario for building a trappers' cabin on her traditional family lands without a Provincial permit. She has been a tremendous force in the grassroots struggles at Grassy Narrows to reclaim traditional land and assert the right of self determination.

Cost for the brunch is $10

All proceeds from the brunch go to Roberta Keesick's legal defense fund.


Larry Gambone said...

Very positive turn of events that ABC is defending this courageous woman.

mollymew said...

Outside of the anglosphere, and realistically outside of the USA, the question about who and what the Anarchist Black Cross should support has pretty well been settled, even if there are "minor blips" in other countries where some people feel obliged to support those who claim the anarchist name while engaging in terrorist actions.
Basically, however, the support offered is for those who are legitimate "class war prisoners", even if I hate to use such a term. It means that they are people whose goals are libertarian and whose methods are consistant with those goals. The term "libertarian", in my opinion, sghould also include those who do not share the anarchist label but who are enagaged in genuine popular struggles.
Even in the USA, where the cult of Maoist violence conflated with anarchism is the most virulent(outside of Greece) there are dozens upon dozens of such examples, far outnumbering the terrorist primitivists,and the Maoists who sign on to get extra canteen money in the joint who are the focus of the American ABC.
Anarchism has already become popular enough that it doesn't have to live off the illusions of terrorism. It can give support to real people engaged in real struggles such as Roberta Keesick without dirtying its hands with far more questionable cases.