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Issue 12 - Windsor’s Independent, Student Newspaper Editorial: The Awakening of the People

By Mohamed Almoayad

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been so horribly misrepresented by corporate media outlets that one of the main issues it is now facing is damage control. This is, of course, exactly what would be expected from the corporate media. Starting off with “they don’t know what they want,” and then moving to a variety of demonization, from calling them both big government-loving socialists/Marxists and anarchists at the same time, to calling them anti-Semites, and even throwing out the terrifying idea that “the Muslims” are involved (Fox tries too hard). And then of course there’s Pat Robertson’s simple “well, they’re just a bunch of mad people” reason for Christians to not to get involved. Despite its best efforts, the corporate media failed to stop the majority of the public to approve of the movement in various opinion polls. Anyone who bothered to pay attention to the occupiers themselves instead of looking to the usual propagandists have realized the significance of the true nature of the movement. The movement can be seen as having two main aspects: it is a more effective form of protest against the status quo and a social/cultural shift towards genuine democracy. Continued on page 4.

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Occupy Windsor standing in solidarity with Detroit on Oct. 22nd at the riverfront. Photo by Ian Clough

Economics, Race, and the NBA Lockout

By Dave Zirin

On October 25th, at the end of HBO’s “Real Sports,” Bryant Gumbel referred to David Stern, the commissioner of the N.B.A., as a “plantation overseer.” Coming at a point when the players have been locked out for four months, negotiations are at a standstill, and a substantial part of the season has already been canceled, the remarks added to a simmering debate. How can the horrors of the slave trade possibly be compared to a billion-dollar labour negotiation? It’s a fair question, but the metaphor, and the conflict it evokes, is as old as professional sports itself. In the nineteenth century, a white player named John Montgomery Ward was described as leading a “slave revolt” against Major League Baseball. In 1964, Muhammad Ali said that he would “no longer be a slave.” Five years later, the baseball player Curt Flood called himself “a well paid slave” because of his inability to exercise free agency (for which he went to court, and lost both the case and his career). Contemporary athletes such as Larry Johnson, Anthony Prior, Warren Sapp, and Adrian Peterson have used the formulation. It’s been deployed by players to describe a feeling of being condescended to—of being treated as boys instead of men—and of lacking control of their own livelihoods.

In the N.B.A., where every owner but one (Michael Jordan) is white, and eighty-

six per cent of the players are black, racial tensions have been unspoken but tangible—as illustrated by a scene two weeks ago. David Stern was sitting across the negotiating table from a constellation of the league’s stars. He then became, per his usual style, openly contemptuous of the players “inability to understand” the financial challenges faced by ownership, according to ESPN’s Ric Bucher. He rolled his eyes. He took deep breaths. He then pointed his finger repeatedly toward the face of the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade.

Wade, who is twenty-nine, is one of the most popular faces in the N.B.A. among fans. He interrupted Stern. “You’re not pointing your finger at me,” Wade said, according to Bucher. “I’m not your child.”

Most immediately, Gumbel’s comments looked at David Stern’s management style through a racial lens. That is, in a sense, tragic, since Stern’s résumé has all the trappings of a racial progressive. He’s served on the board of the N.A.A.C.P. He’s led a league that has long had the best record in terms of hiring people of colour as coaches and executives. Even in ownership, the N.B.A. is the only major sport in which a person of African descent sits in the owner’s box. But none of that has protected him from the latest accusations. These dynamics didn’t develop overnight, and for that he bears most of the blame. Continued on page 6.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

By Maaya Hitomi

November 20 , 2011 marks the 14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance: a day for the transgender and gender non-conforming communities to remember those who have died due to prejudice, misunderstanding, fear, and hatred of people like them (known as transphobia). Like every year previous, the goal of the events of this year are to bring mainstream attention to real, and horrible, effects of transphobia. th

This year, more than 150 transgender and gender non-conforming people were killed worldwide, with more than 116 murders being reported since January 1st of this year. Over the last three years, there has been a noticeable increase in the reported number of deaths of transgender people, and particularly feminine presenting transgender people. While part of the reason for this increase has to do with the larger number of jurisdictions with transgender hate crime legislation compared to one year ago, there is no question that transphobic attacks and murders are still on the rise. In 2008, Transgender Europe, a continental transgender organization, has been keeping track of all the reported deaths of transgender people worldwide. This is limited to the jurisdictions that have a duty to report such violence, such as those with hate crime legislation offering justice to the families of transgender

people murdered. However, a number of jurisdictions still do not report these deaths, and thus, are not counted in the quarterly reports of Transgender Europe.

Since the start of the Trans Murder Monitor by Transgender Europe, more than 680 murders have been reported, with the vast majority taking place in South and Central America. However, North America, and even the United States are not exempt from this violence. In 2010, more than 20 transgender and gender non-conforming people were killed in the United Stated alone. Since the beginning of the project, Canada has yet to have to report a murder of a transgender person based on hate. Continued on page 3.

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‘It’s a clear violation of informed consent’ Water fluoridation just doesn’t make sense

By Travis Reitsma

Ayesha Saleem Drouillard, an activist and parent of two daughters, says she got involved in the anti-fluoridation movement when she and her partner noticed something was wrong with their daughters’ teeth. “We noticed bright white blotches on some of their teeth” said Saleem Drouillard, “we mentioned it to our dentist and he recommended rubbing fluoridated toothpaste on their teeth.”

Mission Statement The Student Movement is Windsor’s grassroots, student newspaper. Founded to inform and empower, TSM reports on political issues that affect the youth of Windsor, especially education and campus issues. The newspaper prides itself on Saleem Drouillard later discovered the critical and empowering journalism that encourages political discolouration on her daughters’ teeth was participation and discussion. actually dental fluorosis; a condition caused by too much exposure to fluoride. The condition Contact Our office is in the OPIRG house at 372 California Ave. developed despite the fact that the girls had never (behind the Neal Education Building) and you can email us at received fluoride treatments at a dentist office, nor had they ever used fluoridated toothpaste. movement@tsmwindsor.ca Organizational Structure The Editorial Committee of The Student Movement meets weekly to produce each edition of the newspaper. All decisions are made through consensus and the newspaper is accountable to the general membership at general meetings which are held following the release of each edition. There is no editor-in-chief or leader: we pride ourselves on the democratic structure of the newspaper. For more information, please visit tsmwindsor.ca/info TSM Online Website: tsmwindsor.ca Email: movement@tsmwindsor.ca Youtube channel: youtube.com/tsmwindsor Facebook page: facebook.com/tsmwindsor Twitter feed: twitter.com/tsmwindsor Flickr photostream: flickr.com/tsmwindsor

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“When we looked into it, we found out that fluoridated water was causing the problem,” says Saleem Drouillard. Since then, she has been involved in a movement to remove fluoride products from Windsor’s water supply. She joined a group called Fluoride Free Windsor, which is a member of a world-wide anti-fluoride movement called the Fluoride Action Network.

According to Health Canada, Canada is one of the most fluoridated countries in the world with more than 45% of the population drinking and using affected water, compared to only 5.7% worldwide. Local communities such as Kingsville, Cottam, Essex and Leamington have never had fluoridated water and on October 31st, the community of Lakeshore announced plans to halt the addition of the chemical. According to AM 800’s website, “Lakeshore residents no longer have fluoride in their water...Mayor Tom

Bain says with today’s health programs and the amount of fluoride that’s in toothpaste, it’s not necessary.”

Cracks in the veneer of fluoride’s benefits are starting to show. A recent study suggests that Vancouver, a metropolitan area of roughly 3-million residents, has lower rates of tooth decay than Toronto despite their water never being fluoridated. The chemical has been added to Toronto’s water for more than four decades. The same is true of many European countries such as France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland who have never fluoridated their water supply. While many chemicals are added, most of them, such as Chlorine, are added to kill pathogens and other potentially dangerous organisms; fluoride is added as a medical treatment. “It’s a clear violation of informed consent,” says Saleem Drouillard. “Fluoridation is a medical treatment and no one should have the right to treat you medically without your consent.” Despite having never tested hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFA), the chemical by-product of the fertilizer industry that is most commonly added to water supplies, Health Canada endorses the practice of fluoridation.

As I discussed in the first part of this series found in Issue 11, theories of political economy suggests that those in power will defend the interests of their own class over the public interest. Health Canada’s Chief Dental Officer, Peter Cooney, holds a position with the World Dental Federation (FDI) which is funded directly by giants of the dental hygiene industry. Continued on page 4.

Editorial: Why Fall reading week is necessary for the University of Windsor community.

By Mohammad Akbar

It was interesting to see the reactions of students to the tentative agreement signed by the Bargaining committee of the Windsor University Faculty Association(WUFA) and the University of Windsor administration. Overwhelmingly, students, especially 1st and 2nd year students, supported the idea of a strike, if not for the issues, for the break they would receive while the teachers were on strike.

A reading week in each semester is incredibly important. Students poll with high stress levels, and as many students also work part time a break with which to study for mid-terms is incredibly important. Because many still operate under the model that students have no other responsibilities other than their education, and therefore don’t necessarily need a break from University studies. This ties into one of the reasons both York University and the University of Ottawa cite the importance of a Fall reading week - the benefits to morale that it entails. York University specifically has had high depression rates and, especially after the long faculty strike, the University as a whole was demoralized. The reading weeks were part of the reason York has continued a steady recovery.

Thankfully the strike here at the University of Windsor was averted and the University and Faculty Bargaining Committees came to an agreement, with the University giving in to key demands of the professors—albeit waiting until literally the last few minutes to promote this deal. The UWSA council, which makes lobbying and political decisions on behalf of full-time undergraduate students, and deals with other non-financial issues, is a representative body.

There are only around 30 students on the Council, out of nearly 13,000 students. While all the councilors, including myself, try their best to reach out to students, it is impossible for them to gauge the opinion of the students they represent without constant feedback.

The important issue however, is that of student rights and representation. Why has the UWSA dropped the ball in the last few years on the reading week issue, and why has the UWSA not advocated to bring back fall reading week? The reason is simple, not enough students are involved in the decision making process in the UWSA and in the University itself. Students make up far less than half of the total number of seats in both the Senate and Board of Governors. While I do not believe a decrease in University or Faculty representation is a sound idea, an increase in student representation on both these bodies is necessary for the continued advancement of the University of Windsor. This would be a perfect example of the University “Thinking Forward.” If students do not write the UWSA’s priorities for them, the UWSA writes its own priorities, and therefore sets its own agenda. Therefore, many UWSA councillors have begun working to build a general movement to lobby the University of Windsor Senate to bring back Fall reading week. A petition is being circulated, a Facebook page has been created, and the UWSA has approved a motion to research why Fall reading week was cancelled and how eventually we will be lobbying on your behalf, either as a council, or as individual representatives. While many will work hard on student’s behalf, it is critical that students get involved, and work to build the initiative. There is no representation without the students’ involvement.


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Editorial: We own this school

By Ian Clough

Last April, tuition fees at the University of Windsor rose once again and now account for 50% of the university’s operating budget – more than any other contribution. Students are now the largest financial force on this campus. But students contribute more than just fees. A while back, a friend spoke about the “unpaid labour” that students contribute. At the time, I thought he was referring specifically to graduate students, and even then I didn’t fully comprehend what he meant.

Now, after having thought about it more and more, I’ve realized that all students who excel academically or in extra-

curricular activities on this campus are contributing unpaid labour in the form of free advertising material. For the first time this year, a University of Windsor student achieved the Oxford Rhodes Scholarship. You’ve probably heard about it as the university has been constantly touting his success. That student worked hard to achieve that scholarship; the university didn’t pay him, yet the administration has made it almost a central feature of their promotional material.

There are uncountable other examples of the university capitalizing on student success. When a number of graduate students achieve NSERC or SSHRC grants, those numbers are paraded

Editorial: Activists—lazy, homeless people?

By Tracy Huynh

Due to popular belief, the terms “activist” and “activism” have attracted negative connotations in society over the years. Activism is simply the policy or action of using strenuous campaigning to bring about a political or social change. Many are under the impression that activists are homeless, jobless people who lack education, and therefore go crazy with signs and a megaphone shouting nonsense with no credibility. The image of the “professional activist” is greatly portrayed, and exhausted, as that hippie with big signs, in a crowd of people, shouting and/or chanting, or leading with a megaphone. Activists are those who have all the time in the world to get out on the streets to protest and rally about everything they do not agree with—just for the sake of rallying. Change is the continuous process of adjustment and adaption, and evolvement for (hopefully) something better. Change in society is a positive process and needed for human kind to evolve. Without evolution, there would

Day of Rememberance Continued from page 1.

However, attacks have, and do, happen here and other places in the global North. The United Kingdom has needed to report three murders in as many years. Germany has reported two in the same time period.

A bit closer to home, in Washington DC, more than six transgender people were attacked in less than three months time,

be no development, or desire for greater achievements.

Human kind has adapted to the rapid advancement of technology over the past 100 years, creating fast-paced societies that in turn, create an individualistic mentality. The problem begins when people stop caring for others and start to only care for themselves. With such technological advancements, the crucial interactions between one another becomes ignored or fractured as we focus on production instead of relations. The thought of losing possessions and power strikes fear into people, possibly leading them to unethical acts to secure their ownership.

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to show the department’s success. Students who travel overseas to engage in international development work are often featured on UWindsor’s homepage. Similarly, community projects of all sorts are also held in high regard and utilized by the university’s advertising and promotion machine. Now, I’m not trying to suggest that students should refuse to let the university use their achievements as part of promotional material: far from it. I believe it’s important for students to be involved in their campus, to take pride in their studies, and, above all, to help improve the quality of their education. By participating at the university, students and others can help build a strong community which will benefit not

People who are activists range from high school students, jobless people, and labour workers, to professors, doctors, and lawyers. Activism is a lifestyle in which one chooses not to be blinded by biased facts and sources, and look at the bigger picture. The sense of collectivism as a society that empowers one and everyone to voice their concerns and opinion without the fear of being oppressed by those who hold the precarious power is the result of activism.

Activists strive for change, change that more than one person can benefit from. Activism is an act of solidarity, standing up for what one believes and speaking against the unjust issues in society. It can be interpreted as a passion for human dignity, in the majority of cases, where activists collaborate together to create a movement demanding change for the better good.

Activism is much more than holding up signs and a megaphone or holding up traffic on the streets. It’s copious amounts of research along with time and effort. It involves reaching out to people, writing letters, and articles to raise awareness for those in power who can actually implement a change with a single public statement. Every day activists of various age, ethnicities, and education levels are striving for a change. Whether it is working the inner realm of collecting signatures for a petition, to challenging parliament to motion for new bills to be passed, to occupying the streets to raise awareness, activists work hard to reach a certain goal.

With these gruesome events and statistics in mind, it is important that we, as a society, collectively turn our attention to the people who have committed these violent crimes. All too often these dangerous offenders are not convicted, or even charged. In fact, the

On top of this, transgender people are less likely to reported missing. A large number of transgender people are homeless or involved in the sex trade, they are attacked and beaten by the very people that are tasked with protecting them, and they are unfairly believed to be deceptive, troublesome, or gross by society.

including three in just over a week. This includes one attack by a police officer, who, on learning that the transgender woman wouldn’t have sex with him, decided to beat her to the point of hospitalizing her.

DC police openly admitted that while its murder conviction rate is nearly 90%, its conviction rate for transgender murders is about 20%.

only themselves, current students, and employees, but also future students and workers.

In September, I interviewed CUPE 1393 president Aldo DiCarlo while his union was in negotiations. He said, “The students are arguably the strongest group on campus. I think any message they send to the president’s office is a message he has to take seriously.” I have to agree with him. Students contribute a huge amount financially to the university, both in tuition fees and various forms of unpaid labour. But it’s more than finances: students are at the fundamental core of any school. If they have the will to organize, anything can happen.

Activists like David Suzuki, Akua Benjamin, Malcolm X, Al Gore, Alice Walker, Nelson Mandela, and Rosa Parks, to name a few, dedicate or have dedicated their lives to creating a better world. With constant advocacy and raising awareness, a fight against the social norm to enlighten those who would listen and join the movement that benefited hundreds to thousands of people in the end, the goal for change can be reached. Activists are the ones who drop what they are doing to do what needs to be done. They are the ones brave enough and informed enough to step up and voice a concern or lend a voice to help society step forward. Many different opinions may be voiced, and not every opinion is right, but it’s a start to change. That makes a lot more sense than remaining the same over the years because of the fear of losing power and the fear of punishment by those in power.

On November 21st, there will be an event on campus to show the campus, the community, and the world that it is time for these attacks, and the lack of convictions of these dangerous offenders, to end. This event will be held by Out on Campus, in the CAW Centre. Also, on November 23rd there will be a workshop, hosted by a member of Windsor Pride, to discuss transgender identities and answer questions about their own experiences. Contact Out on Campus for more specific information.


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Occupy

Continued from page 1. The occupations, most broadly, are in regards to perhaps the biggest, most fundamental issue faced by our society, the world, and the future of humanity. This was well-articulated by Thomas Jefferson: “The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history: whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” This explains the variety of issues being expressed by occupiers: obviously the lack of democracy affects all aspects of society, and it is a global problem.

Who are the elites that have robbed our society and the world of any hope for democracy? Well, any conscious person will identify that concentrated economic power is and has been the dominant political force and the basis of the ruling elite. Corporations and private banks, with bigger economies and influence than most countries, can and do attempt to manipulate societies and the world to the best of their ability to maximize their own benefits, i.e. to maximize their own profit, as our chosen economic institutions say they will do. And this has been almost implicitly accepted in the culture for a long time now, with American philosophers like John Dewey plainly pointing out a long time ago that as long as we have industrial feudalism, “politics will be the shadow cast by big business over society.”

The movement is an awakening to the reality of Dewey’s words: the recognition that economic tyranny and political democracy clearly cannot coexist. The movement began on Wall Street because Wall Street demonstrated to us the most blatant display of the kleptocratic rule of the banks and state-corporate complex, and they were initiated by Adbusters, a Canadian activist group. Many people, like Stephen Harper and various political commentators who didn’t bother paying attention to the occupiers, have made the assumption that the movement is specifically upset at the behaviour of the handful of financial institutions on Wall Street and their government bailouts, and that it makes no sense to extend the movement to Canada and the rest of the world.

The other common assumption that follows is that the occupations only make sense when they’re at major financial institutions, so Occupy Windsor

Fluoride Continued from page 2.

Companies such as Colgate, GlaxoSmithKline, Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble have a huge investment in the continued use of fluoridated products and therefore fluoride more generally. Therefore Cooney could be putting his own job in jeopardy if Health Canada came out in opposition to water fluoridation.

Large fertilizer companies that make huge profits from selling HFA to townships and municipalities also stand to lose a lot of money if water ceases to be fluoridated. Many of these companies also have the ear of policy makers and others in the Health Canada ranks. Former American Medical Association President Charles Gordon Heyd is a

is meaningless because it’s in front of city hall—bizarrely using the logic that the only legitimate protests are those directly at the scene of the crime. Again, the only way such misconceptions continue is by not bothering to pay attention to the occupiers, especially when the New York occupiers came out with such a clear declaration: “We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.”

Despite the New York occupiers’ declaration, which very few in the media seem to have read, many still claim it is unclear what the movement is about and continue to misrepresent it, which can now only be reasonably interpreted as wilful ignorance and/or deliberate attempts at misrepresentation.

The movement is confronting the core of our political and economic institutions which allow corporate oligarchy to exist on a global scale, and its main demand is largely actual democracy. The scope of this issue obviously encompasses all of mankind. Corporate oligarchy has lead humanity into disastrous conditions, where a tiny minority lives in outrageous excess while the vast majority lives in unacceptable economic oppression. This is the case internationally and becoming more and more the case domestically in the developed world, especially Canada and the United States. In fact, inequality is growing more rapidly in Canada. As outlined in Jamie Brownlee’s Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion and Canadian Democracy, the corporate elite in Canada have become more and more cohesive in the last few decades, and actively tightening their grip over society. With colossal lobby groups like the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (the CEOs of the largest 150 Canadian corporations) being the top lobbyists in the country and having a direct phone line to the prime minister’s office, there’s very little question over who’s concerns are being mainly addressed. The 150 members of this dominating lobby group (about 0.000004% of the population) collectively administer about 4.5 trillion dollars, more than three times Canada’s GDP, and its president

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Occupy Windsor marches down Ouelette Ave. on Oct. 29th. Photo by Ian Clough. is John Manley: former Liberal cabinet movement is another misconception minister and Member of Parliament that is constantly perpetuated. In for 16 years. When corporate oligarchy Occupy Windsor, for example, there are rules, it’s a common phenomenon for capitalists and libertarians standing the political and economic elite to merge side by side socialists and anarchists. and be more and more indistinguishable. Actual conservatives, capitalists, and libertarians recognize that we do not Apart from the moral indignation, have actual capitalism or free markets, another common sentiment has been and that corporatocracy is not an aspect that the survival of society itself of their ideologies. In fact, those who is now being threatened because believe in individual freedom and the of the catastrophically destructive ending of massive concentrations of economic policies the corporate elite power ought to be at the forefront of insist on following. For those who are fighting the state-corporate complex. still sheltered from the reality of the situation humanity is in, it is estimated It is safe to say that very few people are that if current absurd economic and in favour of corporatocracy, which is why consumption trends continue then we’ll so many of the occupiers are focusing need multiple planets to sustain our on directly informing their communities economic institutions by the 2030s. We on what they are fighting against. As are being driven off a cliff by a small warned by Franklin D. Roosevelt: “The handful of economic dictators, and for liberty of a democracy is not safe if the many involved with this movement, one people tolerated the growth of private of the primary goals is to wake people power to a point where it becomes up before it’s too late. stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership Opposition to tyranny is obviously of government by an individual, by a found on both the left and the right, group, or any controlling private power.” and so the idea that this is a leftist

leading anti-fluoridation voice. “I’m appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs,” says Heyd. “Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious Occupy Windsor protests the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement being negotiated between Canda & the European Union. Photo by Ian Clough effects on a long term basis.” says Saleem Drouillard, “most people aware of the issues and pressure their Proponents of water fluoridation are simply have no choice but to consume local council members to act. She says if becoming increasingly marginalized and fluoridated water.” people “share what they’ve learned with there’s a clear turning of the tide. Saleem Drouillard says the health effects everyone they know, it will change. It’s According to a statement issued by just common sense.” of fluoride are numerous. For one, it is Fluoride Free Windsor, according to the a cumulative neurotoxin that builds up For more information in the movement “current consensus view of the dental in your bones over time and has been to remove fluoride from Windsor’s water research community, fluoride’s only shown in several studies to decrease supply, visit Fluoride Free Windsor’s benefit to teeth comes from topical brain functioning and lower I.Q. “It website at www.fluoridefreewindsor. application to the surface of teeth and also causes Hashimoto disease and com and get involved! Some other not from ingestion.” Yet the choice to hypothyroidism,” says Saleem Drouillard, valuable resources on the subject include fluoridate water does not rest with “and because it makes your bones the Fluoride Action Network found at citizens. harder and less dense, it also causes www.fluoridealert.org and Christopher “You can’t even get rid of it with arthritis.” Bryson’s book The Fluoride Deception. conventional water filtration; the only She says that in order for this movement Part three of this series will appear in way to fully get rid of it is reverse Issue 13. to succeed, more people must become osmosis which is very expensive,”


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Editorial: Occupy Movement Reveals the Cultural Degradation of Democracy

By Mohamed Almoayad

There’s a strange cultural dichotomy which exists where it’s the norm to be cynical about politics and assume money rules everything, and at the same time believe we have a wonderful democracy. It’s as if people have become so numb to the corruption in politics to the point where we don’t see it anymore. How can we believe we have a serious representative democracy while at the same time believing our representatives are incompetent and/or corrupt— serving themselves and their private backers instead of their constituents? Various opinion polls show the majority of Canadians feel this way about their representatives. Many see the government as this separate entity ruling over us that we should dislike and need less of. How can the people be so cynical and disapproving of their government in a democracy (i.e. “rule of the people”)? The government and the people should not be at odds with each other in a serious democracy: the corporate oligarchy, which has corrupted governments all over the world, is the source of this adversarial relationship between people and their supposedly representative governments. Why should this be tolerated?

How has the universal corruption of our political systems been accepted as the norm so easily? The Occupy Movement introduces the idea that there’s no reason to tolerate it, or anything less than genuine democracy. The movement is predicated on the realization that status quo political institutions and government mainly serve the corporate oligarchy, and cannot help effectively overcome it. Therefore, we must assemble and begin

collectively working to create change ourselves, instead of expecting it to come from the top. Simply protesting the system for a brief amount of time and disappearing is what we are used to, but occupying public space and staying there to constantly push for change sets a powerful example.

This is the beginning of a major cultural shift where people no longer wait for their governments to create change, but attempt to take control of their own communities directly and create change themselves. While so many people who are desperately concerned with their society are attempting to participate in direct democracy, others are discussing how they may be violating city bylaws or whether they could become an inconvenience. The concept of democracy has been so strongly disfigured and degraded that it can be hard for many to comprehend—much less recognize it— when it actually appears. The idea of normal people assembling and collectively attempting to create comprehensive social change, seems to be too absurd a concept for some. The familiar way democracy is meant to work is, every four years, a minority of the public gives one or the other scarcely distinguishable groupings of political elites the go ahead to do as they wish after a brief period of infantile marketing. Then of course the public is expected to immediately go back to its passive existence while the tiny group of decision-makers run society. We’re supposed to believe that this is proper, effective democracy that we can be proud of, but when segments of the public pour into the streets and attempt to play a more direct role in their society, then it’s not just perplexing but laughable to some.

Discussion Groups at Occupy Windsor Highlight Societal Issues

By Darryl Gallinger

Several people debate what a new economic system could look like—among other things—while gathered in a large tent in the camp that has appeared in city hall square. For four weeks, Windsorites have been occupying this area and so far about thirty tents have been set up.

“We need to go back to the way things were, when we traded,” Neil, one of the occupiers, suggests at a teach-in that occupation member Paul Chislett is facilitating. “We need to stop relying on money.” The teach-in centers around an editorial in the Toronto Star, titled “Occupiers call for changing the agenda,” written by Rick

Salutin. The editorial argued that the purpose of the occupations occurring world-wide should be to “change the agenda” as a whole, instead of pushing for small changes here and there that will ultimately be reversed because politicians and corporations serve an agenda that places business and the economy before people.

“There is the concept of ‘cooperativism’,” Chislett says. “Autonomous worker coops, with larger networks as we need them.” “The problem is we don’t have a common resource that we base money on. It used to be based on gold,” says Kyle Billing.

“They should keep the current system, but

An occupier facilitates at teach-in at the Occupy Windsor camp. Photo by Darryl Gallinger.

Instead of applauding direct democracy and the high levels of commitment and social concern by normal citizens to exercise their rights and organize to change the status quo, the current condition of the mainstream media is that people exercising their rights and expressing concern for their society are widely mocked, and the status quo can be passionately defended despite it being clearly and massively unjust. Meanwhile, 150 CEOs assembling to develop policy and give orders directly to the Prime Minister don’t seem to raise an eyebrow.

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But while so many are watching it from the outside in bewilderment, the participants are enjoying perhaps the most genuine political experience of Occupy Windsor holds candlelight vigil to remember their lives. It’s a very beautiful victims of police brutality at other occupations. Photo by Ian Clough sight to see people of all different ages and backgrounds those around us. Regardless of the come together out of concern for their outcomes or influence of the movement, world, and passionately express so there’s no doubt many of those involved many political sentiments that have will continue to participate in the been suppressed and restlessly kept in occupation for the sake of continuing to their minds for so long—sentiments experience this rare and beautiful social that have no place in status quo political environment. And considering the same institutions. People are able to express thing is happening in cities all over the themselves politically and socially globe gives one an incredible sense of exactly how they want to, bring up any solidarity with all of humanity that is issues they’d like, and teach-ins on a enough to give hope to the most hardened variety of subjects happen regularly. cynic. What this movement has shown is If you were to go down to Occupy Windsor now, you’d see a commune where everything is shared and done through open consensus and mutual respect. It has torn down all marginalizing economic and social institutions that isolate us from one another and suppress our natural empathy and concern for

revalue it so it is based on time, by which I mean hours worked,” argues Garnet Smuczer over the course of the discussion. During the teach-in one of the members mentions her community garden, and within moments, a few others volunteer to help out with it next spring. This is the kind of community the occupiers are looking to build. Discussion around various issues and the status quo occur naturally among the occupiers, but organized discussion groups which focus on a specific issue are starting to happen more regularly.

Heather Harvie held a teach-in on rape culture on Friday, October 29th, with about seven others in attendance, at the occupation. She organized it to educate more people about rape culture since not many people recognize that it exists. Harvie is a student at the University of Windsor and a member of Occupy Windsor.

“Rape culture is a term which originated in women’s studies and feminist theory describing a culture in which rape and sexual violence against women are common, and in which prevalent norms, attitudes, practices and media condone, tolerate, excuse or normalize sexual violence against women,” Harvie says, citing Wikipedia. “Examples of behaviours commonly associated with rape culture include rape apologies, sexual objectification and victim blaming.” She expands on this definition, explaining about rape apologies and other behaviours in greater detail.

that the barriers built to isolate us from each other are very easily torn down. If we tear down all the barriers that divide humanity like we’ve already done at occupations all over the world, taking back our destiny from the economic elites is not just possible, but now seems inevitable. Harvie also talks about how rape jokes and media portrayals of rape serve to normalize it, and how that turns sexual violence into something common and therefore unavoidable.

“Rape can be from a stranger, rape can be from someone you’re on a date with, but it can also be from someone you’re in a relationship with. Your boyfriend can rape you, or your girlfriend,” Jessie Fuerth points out. “But that’s not rape,” another occupier argues.

“It is rape,” Harvie replies. “If it’s not consensual, it is rape. And pressure does not count as consent.”

“Before each new step [in a sexual relationship], you should ask the person, ‘is this okay’,” Fuerth adds.

Hamid Afra, a student at the University of Windsor who has been camping at the occupation, says the teach-ins are good because they encourage political discussion and people learn new things. They can also teach attendees important skills. Teach-ins have also been held on post-secondary education, economics and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Occupy Windsor members are present at the camp 24/7, and General Assemblies are held at noon and 7 PM to discuss logistics, review past events, plan new ones, and discuss issues. Everyone is welcome. For Occupy Windsor events, visit occupywindsor.com/calendar.php


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Arts

Chameleon’s True Colours Revealed

Professor Pinnell slept through the civil rights movement By Darryl Gallinger

In dramatic plays “blackface”, or minstrelsy – where white actors paint their face black in order to play black characters – was used as a device to perpetuate racial stereotypes from the 1800s to the 1900s. As the civil rights movement began to make progress blackface became recognized as a tool to oppress others and lost popularity. This history comes to mind when one sees Chameleon, a play written, directed, and designed by Professor William Pinnell. Hailed as the first play written by a university professor to be put on by the University Players, it features white actors playing Aboriginal peoples. The actors use artificial tanning to darken their skin, effectively using “redface” to perpetuate racial stereotypes. The story of the play takes place in modern day, but archaic terms with a deep and bitter history, such as “injuns” are used. There are references to this history when one of the characters antagonizes the others using such taunting phrases as “what are you going to do, call on the Apache warrior?”,

“beat the drum however you like” (in reference to a character explaining she is Cherokee rather than Apache), and “are your people rallying around the wagon trail over this”?

The character who says these phrases eventually confesses himself to be of Aboriginal descent, and does what one can only describe as a made-up “hand signal” to show he is ComancheNavajo. The female characters in the play enjoy being objectified, referring to themselves as “animals” and “trophies”, and are all revealed to be either helpless or manipulative by the end. There is no point to this play’s treatment of aboriginal peoples, women or even the disabled. It continues a discourse on these stereotypes for no purpose other than theatrical entertainment.

Artistically, the play meanders about meaninglessly. The antagonist torments the other characters with riddles, halftruths, taunts and evasions for no other reason than to irritate the audience and drag out the play as long as possible. The only significant events occur at the end of the play when the twist is finally revealed, but it is a tired and overused ending that does not justify the extended tension. This serious dramatic mystery quickly becomes a sad comedy with troubling racist and sexist undertones. It is all the more troubling considering it is written, directed and designed by a well-known university professor and put on at the University of Windsor, which has named social justice as one of its pillars.

Face off

Short Fiction by Walter Petrichyn

Two interlocutors are sitting adjacent to each other in a dark room. One is an elder, while the other is a youthful boy. The elder looked very tired and slouched in his chair while his counterpart exuded vitality. The age difference between the two individuals is uncanny but that is irrelevant to their purpose being there. They are both sitting at a wooden table and have a set of items placed on the table. Of course they need light, so they appropriately have a wax candle situated in the middle. They also have a list of questions placed to the left of the elder. The elder insisted that this meeting was not an interrogation, but the atmosphere could be considered as one. He commented rather that this experience will serve as a timely lesson for the young man’s future endeavours. The boy shows no expression of confusion or disapproval, so the elder picked up the list. The elder says to the boy, “Listen, I don’t want to waste my time so let’s proceed.” The elder takes the list and starts asking the boy a series of questions. The questions, in themselves, were odd as they all took place in the following consecutive years. The years were set in decades, and they all focused on rational choices to make. The elder wanted the boy to answer what his choice on the given topic was in the next ten decades. The boy quickly interjected: “Why are you asking me these questions and why do your questions continue to exist when I would die after the seventh or eighth question?” The elder sighed and stated, “Well, as I stated before, these questions will guide

WWE Vengeance main event falls through the ropes

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Sports

By Mohammad Akbar

In a rather cheap attempt to rebuild the pay per view market, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) recreated an iconic moment from its past to highlight the dismal card of the show. As followers of this column will note, WWE had a very successful summer run by giving CM Punk a major push just as he was about to leave the company, propelling Punk to stardom and reinvigorating many wrestling fans’ interest in the product.

Unfortunately, fans have begun to expect a higher quality product from WWE and it is unlikely that they will deliver, for the most part. Vengeance was a great example of this. The undercard was riddled with short, uneventful matches, highlighted by the tag team championship match between

Plantation Politics Continued from page 1. Over the last decade, Stern has built reservoirs of bad will. After an infamous 2004 brawl between members of the Indiana Pacers and fans of the Detroit Pistons, Stern said that he had a responsibility to “the ticket-buying fan” to clean up the league. He instituted a dress code.

He created a list of verboten establishments where players couldn’t your life span and will decide if you live socialize when on the road. He set age for, let’s say, eight questions as opposed limits on when players could enter the to six.” league. He met with the Republican The boy thought about this, then added, strategist Matthew Dowd to discuss how “That’s good, and I would like to control to give the league “red state appeal.” When he had the N.B.A.’s official magazine, at what question I will pass away. “Hoop,” airbrush out Allen Iverson’s However, there are ten questions. No man lives past ten questions, so I ask you tattoos, it was seen as an attack on the again: Why bother asking me how to act “hip-hop generation” of players. Yet Stern did little to reach out or correct the record. rationally at the tenth question when I will no longer be around?” For N.B.A. fans, the most maddening part The elder froze and glared at the boy, and about this should be that the suspicion of Stern means that no one on the then scribbled something on the sheet. players’ side trusts either him or the It appeared to be that he scratched the tenth question off of the sheet. The elder financial figures he has been pointing to in negotiations. The league is coming then asked, “Are you happy with what off of the most profitable season in its you did?” history, but Stern insists that as many The boy felt sick with this response, and as twenty-three of its thirty teams are started to feel a sensation of dampness losing money. Players don’t believe him, overcome him. His arms and legs grew especially as his solution to “the crisis of within the next couple of minutes, and team profitability” is to take back money he was horrified. The elder looked at that is going to them. Stern refuses to him, and slowly told him, “You have to consider a solution that would involve follow the questions. They hold more his owners sharing television revenue, as jurisdiction over you than you think. N.F.L. teams do. Answer all of the questions and if you All this bad feeling also meant outrage refuse to answer another, you will lose when, for example, the sportswriter Bill another decade.” The boy realized how Simmons, writing for Grantland, asked grave the sheet of paper became; the last week: elder wasn’t the director of his life but the questions were. His responses are “Where’s the big-picture leadership critical and the boy answered all of the here? What’s the right number of remaining inquiries. After the procedure, franchises? Where should those the snicker that the elder released was franchises play? What’s worse, something to stain the soul for the losing three franchises or losing an remainder of the boy’s days. The elder entire season of basketball? What’s took the sheet of paper, and blew out really important here? I don’t trust the candle. As he was leaving, he said, the players’ side to make the right “Thank you for the additional ten years. choices, because they are saddled Be careful next time when choosing to with limited intellectual capital. partake in an interrogation. You might (Sorry, it’s true.) The owners’ side lose your life next time.”

Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston, and the Miz and R-Truth. The disastrous Diva’s match lasted well under ten minutes. By far, the worst match on the card was a slow and tedious “slobberknocker” between Mark Henry, “The World’s Strongest Man” and The Big Show, dubbed “The World’s Largest Athlete.” The highlight of this match was Mark Henry suplexing The Big Show off the ring post, causing the ring to collapse.

This is a repeat of the legitimate destruction of the ring when Brock Lesnar, Ultimate Fighting Championship powerhouse, suplexed The Big Show off the ring post in 2003. In and of itself, this would have been a fine ending to the match, making it at least memorable and giving WWE something to play in the highlight reel the following night, however for those who watched the Pay Per View, it was a horrendous end as the match ended in a no contest. Continued on last page.

can’t say the same; they should be ashamed. Same for the agents.”

The phrase “intellectual capital” had uglier echoes than Simmons may have intended. In response to criticism from several corners, Simmons posted a clarification, noting that:, “If we’re relying on someone to create a new economic model to save the league, don’t expect it to be the players; it’s outside their means. That’s what I wrote. I would have written the same thing about NHL players, NFL players or MLB players….” In other words, he was doubting the big-picture savvy and economic acuity of athletes, not simply black athletes. I spoke to several N.B.A. players on the negotiating team who didn’t want to comment but made clear that they weren’t assuaged by the explanation.

We have reached a point where no one would be surprised if more, or all, of the season were lost. Dirk Nowitzki, after throwing out the first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday, talked to reporters about playing in Germany; a number of prominent players, like Deron Williams and Ty Lawson, are already abroad. There was also word that players might form an independent league in which, as SI.com reported, “players would organize unofficial versions of the games that are being lost.” Carmelo Anthony, of the Knicks, said, “It’s possible. It’s very possible, with all the relationships and connections players and agents have…. At the end of the day, with all the guys Nike and the Jordan Brand have, they are very powerful.” Some sportswriters, such as ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, have openly mocked this idea, saying that players have “expenditures and lifestyles … that don’t lend itself to ponying up money to start a league.” But that doesn’t take into account the unhappiness of the players. Are they angry enough now to start their own league—or at least try—and, in effect, occupy the N.B.A.? Dave Zirin is the author of “The John Carlos Story” (Haymarket) and just made the new documentary “Not Just a Game.” Receive his column every week by emailing dave@edgeofsports.com. Contact him at edgeofsports@gmail.com.


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The Occupy Movement was first influenced by Canadian magazine Adbusters. The first occupation began at Wall Street in New York City. Since then, more than 1,000 cities worldwide have joined the movement. The primary reason for this protest relates to economic inequality, such as the following:

Book Review: Murdered by Capitalism John Ross John Ross calls himself “the Willie Loman of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation” as he details his efforts working for American resistance. He is a self-proclaimed West Village red diaper baby, beat poet, Bay Area revolutionary, globe-trotting troublemaker, hobo journalist, jazz loving junkie, and jailbird. His book is a complex tapestry weaving personal accounts of revolution with those told by the brother of Rudolph “Haymarket” Schnaubelt. It is a unique fusion of personal memoir and lively history relating to the struggles of the American Left.

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The Bolshevik Revolution Also known by the name The Great October Socialist Revolution, this event was monumental in many ways. In October 1917, an armed revolution was led by Vladimir Lenin and his Boleshevik brethren who had broken away from the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Party in 1903. The Bolesheviks were primarily workers who believed in a society founded on democratic centralism. They founded the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic which was the head of the Soviet Union once the Russian Civil War finished in 1922. The Bolsheviks made many changes to the Russian economy, including nationalizing banks, land seizures, confiscation of church holdings, and a higher fixed wage. This revolution inspired other countries to attempt a similar enterprise; Germany and Hungary are two notable examples. Politicians and people around the world began to fear the influence of Bolshevism and, more specifically, communism. Worldwide fear of communism was a very real phenomenon. In Canada, soldiers returning from World War I were especially vocal about it. Canadian immigrants from Eastern Europe were often victims of discrimination simply because of their heritage. This paranoia about Bolshevism and communism was one of many factors leading up to the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919.

Famous Anti-War Songs:

Give Peace a Chance (John Lennon) Heal the World (Michael Jackson) Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel) War Pigs (Black Sabbath) One (Metallica) Buffalo Soldier (Bob Marley) Run to the Hills (Iron Maiden) Goodbye Blue Sky (Pink Floyd) Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones) Orange Crush (REM) The Hand That Feeds (Nine Inch Nails)

Ernesto “Che” Guevara Che Guevara was born in Argentina in 1928 to a middle class family. After studying medicine, Che travelled across Latin America taking notes on the squalid conditions of the working poor. These notes later became the basis for his book titled The Motorcycle Diaries. Che met Fidel Castro in Mexico City in 1955 and quickly rose to become second-incommand of Castro’s 26th of July Movement. Together they overthrew the oppressive Batista regime in Cuba in 1959. Among the many reforms in Cuba in the early 1960s, Che Guevara is most connected with agrarian land reform, affirmative action on education, and Marxist socialist ideas. He also acted as an international diplomat denouncing imperialist agendas in countries such as South Africa and Congo. Che was captured and killed in Bolivia in 1967 by the Bolivian militia backed by the CIA. His last words were, “I know you’ve come to kill me. Shoot, coward! You are only going to kill a man.” This was in reference to his death not affecting the vastness of the revolution gripping Latin America at that time. Though his life was cut short, there is no denying that Che Guevara’s hard work and strong spirit remain a legacy around the world. He has one of history’s most recognizable faces, though many no longer know what he did. Che dedicated his life to fighting social inequalities; he deserves to be remembered and revered. His face is used as a symbol of revolution and of working class solidarity.


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WWE

Continued from page 6. Due to the collapsed ring, the main event between John Cena and Alberto Del Rio was altered to a nodisqualification Last Man Standing match. Despite the match itself being dreadful, it was made worse by the lack of pin falls, meaning for a contender to lose they had to be knocked out for 10 seconds. This made the pacing of the match even slower.

Long matches, if not properly executed and performed by lukewarm, mediocre wrestlers, cannot entertain fans. An hour long Iron Man Match between Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Shawn Michaels was a successful main event at Wrestlemania 12 because both Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were excellent performers. While Cena and Del Rio can have great matches against skilled opponents, and are therefore competent, because of the quantity of matches the two have had recently, and since both Cena and Del Rio’s styles are not very unique when paired together, their matches are dull and uninspiring. There’s no innovation. Another problem with the Pay Per

View, however, were the constant run-ins and match interruptions. In the main event, The Miz and R-Truth attacked Cena, aiding Del Rio. In Triple H’s return match where he teamed with CM Punk and took on the Miz and R-Truth, Kevin Nash came through the crowd and attacked Triple H after the match. The run-ins distract heavily from the matches, and if used too often, ruin their effectiveness. This is especially true for Pay Per Views, where its expected to get a proper finish to matches, and for storylines to resolve.

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Take Back the Night, 2011

Photos by Maaya Hitomi

The biggest problem, however, is that when compared with just a few months ago, the wrestling itself is simply atrocious. While the primary storyline is intriguing, the same cannot be said for the matches. John Cena cannot entertain consistently. He needs to be given main event breaks or his style becomes overly repetitive and legitimate “heat,” a term used to describe fan apathy and outright disregard for a character being pushed. If WWE continues on this path, it’s likely we’ll be seeing another ratings crash, which the WWE will once again have to recover from.

Live Music in Windsor - November/December Friday, Nov. 18

Wax Mannequin B.A. Johnston Phog Lounge, 10pm

Crissi Cochrane’s “Pretty Alright” EP RELEASE PARTY w/ Mike Hargreaves & Mary Stewart The FM Lounge, 10pm Devilz By Definition Coach & Horses, 10pm

Saturday, Nov. 19

Frontiers Learning Papermaps Phog Lounge, 10pm

Hip Hop Spotlight Coach & Horses, 10pm Windsor Folk Society Presents: Jon Brooks Mackenzie Hall, 8pm Brighter Brightest The Blind Dog, 6pm

Monday, Nov. 21

Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge, 10pm Open Mic w/ Clinton Hammond Manchester Pub, 10pm

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Jamie Reaume’s Tuesday Night Music Club Manchester Pub, 9pm V.O.M.I.T. Villains Open Mic & Instrumental Talent Villains Beastro

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Shred Kelly The Creekside Strays Phog Lounge, 10pm

Live Music w/ Dusty Manchester Pub, 10pm Chris Barrette The Dugout, 10pm

P.U.K.E. People Using Karaoke Equipment Villains Beastro

Thursday, Nov. 24

Charlotte Cornfield Ben Caplan Kara Kaufmann Phog Lounge, 10pm

Vice Aerial Manchester Pub, 9pm Mellow Shelf The Dugout, 10pm

The Milkmen The FM Lounge, 10pm

Friday, Nov. 25

Schomberg Fair Leighton Bain The Pat Robitaille Band Phog Lounge, 10pm Chasing Amee The Classix The Blind Dog, 6pm

Saturday, Nov. 26

The Trews Pat Robitaille The Blind Dog, 8pm The Heels Phog Lounge, 10pm

Viola Meets Piano Mackenzie Hall, 7pm

Monday, Nov. 28

Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge, 10pm

Open Mic w/ Clinton Hammond Manchester Pub, 10pm

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Jamie Reaume’s Tuesday Night Music Club Manchester Pub, 9pm V.O.M.I.T. Villains Open Mic & Instrumental Talent Villains Beastro, 9pm

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Live Music w/ Dusty Manchester Pub, 10pm Chris Barrette The Dugout, 10pm

P.U.K.E. People Using Karaoke Equipment Villains Beastro, 9pm

Thursday, Dec. 1

Silverstien The Blind Dog, 6pm

EVL Coach & Horses, 10pm

Goliath Coach & Horses, 10pm

Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge, 10pm

Monique Belanger Taloola Café, 9pm

Erik Ingalls Taloola Café, 9pm

Monday, Dec. 5

Open Mic w/ Clinton Hammond Manchester Pub, 10pm

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Jamie Reaume’s Tuesday Night Music Club Manchester Pub, 9pm V.O.M.I.T. Villains Open Mic & Instrumental Talent Villains Beastro, 9pm

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Vice Aerial Manchester Pub, 9pm

Live Music w/ Dusty Manchester Pub, 10pm

The Milkmen The FM Lounge, 10pm

P.U.K.E. People Using Karaoke Equipment Villains Beastro, 9pm

Mellow Shelf The Dugout, 10pm

Friday, Dec. 2

Ron Ouellette Taloola Café, 8pm

Dead Man’s Will Coach & Horses, 10pm Windsor Folk Society Presents: The Coffee House & Acoustic Stage Mackenzie Hall, 8pm

Saturday, Dec. 3

Keith Stiner Taloola Café, 9pm

Omnisyn Aeron’s Wake Red Red Run Coach & Horses, 10pm

Chris Barrette The Dugout, 10pm

Thursday, Dec. 8

The Sadies Sunparlour Players The Locusts Have No King Field Assembly Capitol Theatre, 8pm Vice Aerial Manchester Pub, 9pm Mellow Shelf The Dugout, 10pm

The Milkmen The FM Lounge, 10pm

Friday, Dec. 9

Glen MacNeil Taloola Café, 8pm

Saturday, Dec. 10

Hip Hop Spotlight Coach & Horses, 10pm

Monday, Dec. 12

Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge, 10pm

Open Mic w/ Clinton Hammond Manchester Pub, 10pm

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Jamie Reaume’s Tuesday Night Music Club Manchester Pub, 9pm V.O.M.I.T. Villains Open Mic & Instrumental Talent Villains Beastro, 9pm

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Live Music w/ Dusty Manchester Pub, 10pm Chris Barrette The Dugout, 10pm

P.U.K.E. People Using Karaoke Equipment Villains Beastro, 9pm

Thursday, Dec. 15

Vice Aerial Manchester Pub, 9pm Mellow Shelf The Dugout, 10pm

The Milkmen The FM Lounge, 10pm

Friday, Dec. 16

Tony Coates Taloola Café, 8pm

Saturday, Dec. 17

Battlesoul Perpetuate Aeron’s Wake Coach & Horses, 10pm

Sunday, Dec. 18

Dead Man’s Will Coach & Horses, 10pm

Monday, Dec. 19

Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge, 10pm

Open Mic w/ Clinton Hammond Manchester Pub, 10pm

Friday, Dec. 23

David & Sharon Light Taloola Café, 8pm

NeanderTHRALL Slaughterhouse Repetitions Devilz By Definition Coach & Horses, 10pm

Friday, Dec. 30

The Hoop & Friends ft. Jack Goodall & Derek Harrison Taloola Café, 8pm

The Tyres Coach & Horses, 10pm

Saturday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Event w/ Special Musical Guests Taloola Café, 9pm Slyde All Against I Dreams Destruction Awake to a Dream Coach & Horses, 10pm

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