Welcome!

The QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library is a free library that is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and environmental justice.

Our library carries hundreds of books, magazines, zines and audio-visual items, mostly in English. Our resources specialize in social and environmental justice covering subjects such as anti-racism and colonialism, queer issues, economics and globalization, sexuality and gender, (un)popular history, media, art and culture, prison issues, labour, environmental issues and more. We also stock most films shown in our film series.

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” — Gloria Steinem

“Feminism” doesn’t strictly mean “women” and “women” doesn’t necessarily  mean “feminism” but the two should definitely get along and in the “best world” scenario, we shouldn’t need feminism, right?

The international women’s day is happening sooner than we think but does that mean something to you? There will be a demonstration for the occasion this coming Saturday organized by Women of diverse origins and we hope this will be one opportunity amongst others to express your views to the world about what the concept of woman means to you.

As always,  we have books here that study the questions of equality or  that cover testimonies of women who fought for their rights. I sorted out a little selection for you but there is so much more to it.  Also, if you have suggestions of good books/zines on the topic, my ears are wide open!

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MAKING SPACE FOR INDIGENOUS FEMINISM – by Joyce Green

The majority of scholarly and activist opinion by and about Aboriginal women claims that feminism is irrelevant for them. Yet, there is also an articulate, theoretically informed and activist constituency that identifies as feminist. By and about Aboriginal feminists, this book provides a powerful and original intellectual and political contribution demonstrating that feminism has much to offer Aboriginal women in their struggles against oppression. The contributors are from Canada, the USA, Sami (Samiland) and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The chapters include theoretical contributions, stories of political activism and deeply personal accounts of developing political consciousness.

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AIN’T I A WOMAN: black women an feminism – by Bell Hooks

AIN’T I A WOMAN examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women’s movement, and black women’s involvement with feminism. ”

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NI VUES NI CONNUES? : Femmes, VIH, médias – by Maria Nengeh Mensah (in French)

What space do we allow HIV positive women to occupy? Some of them might be completely  isolated and marginalized because of the stigmatization associated with the disease. How are they represented through lens of the media?  Maria Nengeh Mensah studies how HIV positive women are represented in this book.

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VOICES OF RESISTANCE: Muslim women  on war, faith & sexuality – edited by Sarah Husain

“Voices of Resistance is a diverse collection of personal narratives and prose by Muslim women whose experiences and observations are particularly poignant in today’s politically and religiously charged environment. The contributors in this anthology hail from Yemen, Iran, Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Canada, and the United States. ”

Enjoy your reading!

and stay fierce,

Maria Elena Stoodley
Alternative Library and Poster Archive Coordinator
(514) 848-7585

The QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library is a free
lending library that is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG
Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and
environmental justice on campus and in the community.

We are located at 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, # 204.
We are open Monday to Thursday from noon – 6pm.
Librarian office hours are Tuesday at 3pm to 5pm

To search holdings in our library, as well as the resources
of QPIRG McGill, visit http://alternativelibraries.org.

Do you speak Français and feel like you need a reminder of your rights when it comes to police confrontation?

Hello real justice fighters

This might interest you…

Le collectif  opposé à la brutalité policère (COPB and literally, the Opposed to police brutality collective) created this little zine that is also available for download on there website here. We also have one copy here for you. Fines are pretty expensive and you should not be slowed down if you have a cause to defend. Be prepared.

Want to help make the Alternative libray a better place? Please come by or write to me and tell me all about it. We’re always looking for volunteers to spread the word. Looking forward to meet you.

stay proactive,

Elena

Alternative Library and Poster Archive Coordinator

(514) 848-7585

The QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library is a free
lending library that is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG
Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and
environmental justice on campus and in the community.

We are located at 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, # 204.
We are open Monday to Thursday from noon – 6pm.

Librarian office hours are Tuesday at 3pm to 5pm
To search holdings in our library, as well as the resources
of QPIRG McGill, visit http://alternativelibraries.org.

What the Fuck am I doing here???

So, Saturday February 22nd, this happened.

Did you ever wonder what the fuck you were doing, while being well deep in a situation you thought was worth fighting for? Remember the student strike movement?  You probably do. Well it inspired a whole body of creative work and one of them is an anti-folk opera that was worth attending. This opera also  gave birth to a variety of literature and media that includes lyrics in a zine format and sounds on a CD or even a good old cassette tape. All of this is  available for you here at the QPIRG Alternative Library.

Tempted?

Here is a little snippet of how the author talks about  their own work:

“What the fuck is this?

This is an anti-folk opera. So it’s sort of like a rock opera…except it’s folk music…except it isn’t folk music, it’s anti-folk. Anti-folk is sort of like folk only maybe weirder or doesn’t take itself seriously or kind of makes fun of folk music or at least plays with the genre a little.

This is a work of fiction. I wrote it in the summer and fall of 2012, based on my own experiences with the strike and based on stories I’d heard and things that I’d observed or read. I’m an anglophone, a white middle class post-secondary dropout, a displaced newfie from alberta, and a queer woman, among other things. I am also an anarchist, and I talked to many anarchists while writing this, but I am certainly not attempting to speak for all anarchists. [...] – Caytee Lush”

Awww, art is great! You can find out more about the “oeuvre d’art” here.

stay literate,

Elena

Alternative Library and Poster Archive Coordinator
(514) 848-7585

The QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library is a free
lending library that is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG
Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and
environmental justice on campus and in the community.

We are located at 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, # 204.
We are open Monday to Thursday from noon – 6pm.
Librarian office hours are Tuesday at 3pm to 5pm

To search holdings in our library, as well as the resources
of QPIRG McGill, visit http://alternativelibraries.org.

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