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Power to the people , January 20th, 2023

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Power to the People

Despite overt support for defunding the police since 2020 especially following the murder of George Floyd, funding and importance of law enforcement continues to grow. At the end of 2022, the budget increase for 2023 of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) was set at $68 million, increasing the total to $787 million. The SPVM witnessed the largest increase since 2020 in comparison to other urban police forces across Canada.

The increased allocation of funds to law enforcement is accompanied by their growing presence, evident by the debated and opposed COP15 of which $25 million was alloted to police and provide security for the event. Montreal, like other urban cities is a space for protest and resistance to a variety of social, political and economic causes, of which police presence is viewed as a form of order.

Norman Nowrocki's novel Red Squared Montreal, to be published in March, offers an alternative view about police repression by chronicling the Quebec student strike over tuition price and social unrest in 2012. A fictional account, this novel is a tell-tale of the opportunities that social organization and resistance offer for change.

Read more about the book here.

A Citizen's Guide to City Politics
Eric Shragge, Jason Prince & Mostafa Henaway, eds


<b>Red-Squared Montreal</b><br>Norman Nawrocki

Red Squared Montreal
Norman Nawrocki [Pre-order].


<b>Red-Squared Montreal</b><br>Norman Nawrocki

The Anarchist and The Devil Do Cabaret
Norman Nawrocki


The Fire That Time
Ronald Cummings, Nalini Mohabir, eds.

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Recommended Reading

Read "The Richest 1% took 2/3rds of global wealth since 2020 - twice as much as 99% of population earned" by Ben Norton - Geopolitical Economy Report

Check out "More Austerity Means More Protest in 2023" by Isabel Ortiz and Sarah Burke - Consortium News

Take a look at "Students Need Emotional and Community Support, Not Cops in Schools" by Eleanor J. Bader - Truthout

Read "Democratic socialists gathered to compare notes. Listen in." by Robert Hackett - Canadian Dimension

Check out "Imperial Dominance Disguised as Democratic Deterrence" by William J. Astore - TomDispatch

Take a look at "Recalling CNN's Fraudulent "Interview" With A Seven Year-Old Syrian Girl" by Caitlin Johnstone - The Greanville Post

Insightful Podcasts

Check out "It's about power: Why CEO pay is so out of control" - Rabble Radio

Listen to "Elle Sofe Sara on The Answer is Land and Sámi cultural resistance" - Free City Radio

Check out "The QAnon Era with Julian Feeld" - The Empire Files

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