OH WOW!!!! MR. DI GRAPPA LINKED TO THE MARP IN A MRO — DIRECTLY LINKING THE MILTON AVENUE REVOLUTIONARY PRESS TO THE #6PARTY, CKUT, QPIRG.
THANKS FOR THE BUZZWAVE~!!! BUT since we got this mad link, we have decided to adjust the way the liveblog is structured because DI GRAPPA NECESSARILY REQUIRES a DELIBERATE MISREADING of the MARP to even imagine that it is related to the #6party, QPIRG, CKUT in any way.
But, … we’ve heard that the best source for #6party information is 6partylive.tumblr.com.
FOR THE RECORD: WE AT THE MARP HAVE NO AFFILIATIONS EXCEPT TO THE COMMUNIST PARTY AND OUR DEAR GLORIOUS LEADER
- FIRST POSTED BELOW IS THE FIRST COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE PARTYERS:
- SECOND WILL BE THE VIRAL VIDEO OF A STUDENT BEING TOSSED AROUND BY SECURITY
- THIRD WILL COVER THE AWFUL CONDITIONS OF THOSE DOWNSTAIRS IN THE LOBBYCUPATION
- THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED WITH THE REGULAR LIVEBLOG CONTENT
MESSAGE FROM THE SIXTH FLOOR PARTYERS
We write from the office of Morton J. Mendelson — former Deputy Provost, Student Life & Learning at McGill University. We decided to throw a surprise resignation party to wish him the best of luck in all future endeavors.
We stand in solidarity with CKUT & QPIRG. We are a group of Students acting independently to defend these community organizations we love.
In his role as Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning, Mr. Mendelson has failed. Rather than represent Student interests to the Administration, he has served as its mouthpiece, relaying information to Students in a one-sided and authoritarian manner. But this problem extends far further than the actions of the Deputy Provost.
Time and time again, the McGill Administration has attacked Student life, Student space, and Student autonomy. We saw this when the Administration signed an exclusive deal with industrial food supplier Aramark and unilaterally closed the Student-organized and beloved Architecture Café. We saw this attack from Administration in their decision to isolate Student clubs and services — by claiming exclusive ownership of the McGill name. And we see this now with the Administration’s refusal to recognize the results of the QPIRG & CKUT Student referenda — only the latest instance of the Administration’s patronizing attitude toward Students.
But this decision is not just an attack on us, nor is it just an attack on QPIRG & CKUT as institutions. It is an attack on all the people, all the lives, and all the communities that are impacted and supported by these incredible organizations. It is an attack on Barriere Lake Solidarity, a QPIRG working group that supports an Algonquin community struggling to retain land and governance rights in its ancestral territory. It is an attack on Campus Crops, which creates spaces for urban agriculture and sustainable and healthy food production. It is an attack on Under the Olive Tree, a community radio program that links Palestinians living in Montreal and abroad.
We will not leave until:
1) The Administration recognizes the overwhelmingly clear results of the SSMU referenda, giving CKUT & QPIRG control over their own opt-out processes and continued existence.
2) Deputy Provost Mendelson formally resigns.
In response to the McGill Administration’s efforts to control or destroy our spaces and communities, we seize their space – not to destroy or control, but to create, to re-configure, to re-purpose, and to re-make — toward ends defined not by a profit margin but by human feeling and shared need.
We have been insulted and demeaned by the Administration. Our needs and desires have been systematically ignored.
We are here to party, and to stay.
In this video, #6partier is prevented from leaving the stairwell into the lobbycupation, to further exit the building to go home and get his medication. Security had told him that he could go through the lobby, but later reneged and told him that he would have to ascend to the second floor and leave through the back.
Instead of allowing him to stay in the stairwell and cause another sit-in, the security guards decide to grab him like a chunk of steak and haul him away — off camera. Security filmed the entire 25 mins or so of the incident and the footage is in possession of McGill. Doug sweet is a liar, everything he says is a lie; security has and did use violence against this student now and before. And FUCK the BOURGEOIS mainstream bullshit media for posting this; fascists are ALWAYS fucking happy when it comes to someone else being beat up.
RE: THE CONDITIONS OF THOSE LOBBYCUPYING
Professors, students, MUNACA workers, hanger-ons, and party animals all chose to enter the first floor of James in order to hold teach-ins, lectures, and anti-oppression workshops.
Everything was OK until 9:30 pm last night when the Administration decided to get CRAZY.
At that point, no one was allowed to leave, or use the washroom. Food that was prepared and delivered by Midnight Kitchen and Pizza Services Inc was turned away.
With regards to the washroom, the Lobbycupiers were told that “security will not kick them out, but that bodily functions will force them out.”
The Lobbycupiers remained insolent, peeing in buckets, bottles, and on the floor.
Slowly, over the evening the number of security agents in the lobby grew, until it finally outnumbered the Lobbycupiers. Security then moved in to block all available “safe-spaces” — to prevent people from peeing.
At this point (10:30 am 8 Feb 20120) it is unclear whether or not the Lobbycupiers can stay any longer.
THERE IS ALSO A SOLIDARITY TENT CITY BEING BUILT IN COMMUNITY SQUARE / PLACE 10 NOV / JAMES SQUARE / VISITOR’S SQUARE WHICH CONTINUES TO RULE SO MUCH OMG I LOVE U GUYS ESP OCCUPONS MONTREAL WHICH REBLOGGED US FIRST
LIVEBLOG REPRODUCED AS FOLLOWS
zup tinernet comin here 2 u live from the crazyy party happenin rite now in the office of McGILL’S EX-DEPUTY PROVOST STUDENT LIFE & LEARNING MORTON J. MENDELSON PH.D PSYCH!!!!
NOW LIVESTREAMING AT http://www.livestream.com/mendelsonsparty <– FREE BUT HAS MAX USER LIMIT (WHICH WAS MET) ALSO AVAILABLE AT NEW LINK FOR STREAM!!!! WWW.USTREAM.TV/CHANNEL/MENDELSONPARTY6PARTY <– UNLIMITED VIEWERS BUT HAS SHITTY ADS LIVESTREAMS CURRENTLY OFFLINE
u may have gotten an invitation to the party!! it’s TOTALLY SICK and it looks like this:
party invitation <- CLICK LINK, AND THEN GET PDF!!!!
they even offered mendelson cake!!!
LOL McGILL JUST SENT OUT AN EMAIL WHICH ACTUALLY CALLS THE #6PARTY PEACEFUL!!!!!!
Ironically enough, this email comes from the garlic-stained lips of VP Representing-What-We-Hate-Most Michael Di Grappa, Ph.D Thug, who attempted to slam his way through our barricade with his steak and merlot filled body before calming retuning to his computer to output the following message:
From: MRO McGill Staff
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 11:50 AM
To: x-All McGill Staff; x-All Students
Subject: Message to the McGill Community
Message from Michael Di Grappa, Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance)
Please be aware that a group of about 20 students are occupying the office of the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) on the 6th floor of the James Administration Building on the downtown campus. Another group of about 20 students is trying to push their way into the James Building through the front door. The occupation is being staged over the issue of the QPIRG and CKUT referenda.
The occupation on the 6th floor is peaceful and McGill Security personnel are on the scene.
We will keep you updated.
WOW!!!! THE ADMIN ACTUALLY CALLED IT PEACEFUL!!!
OMG UPDATE: MENDELSON AND HIS NUMBER-ONE HANDLER JUST LEFT THE OFFICE!!!! SECURITY GUARD THAT LOOKS LIKE STEVEN HARPER REMAINS!!!
APPARENTLY THE POLICE HAVE ARRIVED!!! ENJOY THIS DESKTOP TO PUT ON YOUR CPU IN SOLIDARITY!!!!
THE PARTIERS HAVE SEEN POLICE IN THE HALLWAY — IN RETALIATION, WE STARTED PLAYING BOBBY #MARLEY’S “I SHOT THE SHERIFF, BRO” — which the livestream thought was too cliché… which i thought was nietzsché.
OH WOW!!! McGILL DAILY PHOTOG TOOK SICK IMAGES OF THE LOWER-GROUND PARTY!!!! #OMG THX
OMG SO GOOD
CHECK THE WHOLE SET OUT HERE ON FACEBOOK!!!
YAY!!!! GLAD TO SEE YOU’RE ALL PARTYING DOWNSTAIRS TOO!!!!
PICS FROM UPSTAIRS COMING SOON!!! THEY’RE BEING PUT ON COMPUTRONS!!!!
OMG OUR PHOTOS ARE AMAzING!!!!! here is the first pic from the PARTY-IN — posted just our photog from Le Delit leaves the building.
OMG MR. MENDELSON IS COOL!!
BREAKING: SECURITY HAS ALLOWED US FULL ACCESS TO THE WASHROOMS!!!! I HEAR THE PARTYERS ARE NOW CONTEMPLATING THE WORLD’S FIRST “POOP-IN”
DOUBLE BREAKING: The Security Guard Who Looks Like Stephen Harper (Peter Barbarie???) just left the room. WHICH IS PRETTY CHILL!!!!! now there are ONLY STUDENTS left inside.
PARTYERS ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BREAK FOR AN INTERNAL MEETING, INTERVIEWS WITH MASS MEDIA, AND COFFEE. WILL BEGIN PHOTOSTREAM BELOW. LIVESTREAM HAS RETURNED, ALSO DANCE-PARTY RESTARTS SOON!!!!!
OH WHAT THE FUCK???
THE CBC JUST INTERVIEWED STUDENT SENATOR MATTHEW CRAWFORD, BUT FOLLOWED IT UP WITH A GODDAMN INTERVIEW WITH PR MEDIA HEAD DOUG SWEET OINK OINK OINK
BOURGEOIS MEDIA ALWAYS GIVES EVIL PEOPLE THE LAST WORD.
HE LIES TO THEM AND SAYS THAT STUDENTS ARE OCCUPYING (WE’RE NOT, IT’S A PARTY) AND SECOND, HE CLAIMS THAT THEY WERE SERVED WITH DOCUMENTS ABOUT EVICTION, BUT IT’S NOT TRUE!!!! THEY HAVEN’T BEEN SERVED ANYTHING YET!!!
CBC = WORSE THAN THE DAILY
FUCK BOURGEOIS MEDIA
OMG THE LISTEN IN ON SWEET’S INTERVIEW WAS INTERRUPTED BY A KNOCK ON THE DOOR!!!
OMG PARTYERS JUST GOT SERVED WITH DOCUMENTS THAT SAY THAT THEY ARE IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE RULES!!!!!
VP MASI TOLD THEM THAT THEY GOTTA GO, BUT THEY APPARENTLY DON’T GIVE A FUCK AND TOLD HIM TO SEND THE HMB.
PICTURES OF THE LETTER PROVIDED TO THE PARTYERS WILL BE UPDATED SOON!!!!!
#OMG APPARENTLY THE OCCUPIERS AND PROFESSORS ON THE FIRST FLOOR ALSO GOT THE SAME LETTER, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ACTUALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF A LECTURE FROM A PROFESSOR… #RUDE
WONDERING IF THE #PROTEST PUPPY DOWNSTAIRS WILL BE FACING THE SAME CHARGES
PARTYERS ARE AGAIN IN THE MIDDLE OF A SECRET MEETING TO DECIDE HOW THEY WILL RESPOND.
ALTHOUGH THEY ARE STILL IN SECRET MEETINGS, BELOW IS AN OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO THE LETTER TO THE SIXTH FLOOR OCCUPIERS FROM MARP REGULAR COLUMNIST, THE COPPER COBRA:
Anti-Democratic Dogs Resort to Propaganda Tactics
In a sign of profound weakness and DISHONOR, the McGill Central Authority has serviced the glorious vanguards in the James Administration building with paper demanding our immediate evacuation. We at the MARP, the masters of propaganda and truthiness, have crafted our own reply to the letter (which was reblogged here moments ago)
To the pigs occupying massively overinflated salaries:
1. This is a written notice that you are occupying the democratic rights of students without permission or authorization, and you are requested to resign now.
2. Your occupation is preventing the normal activities of a healthy and just society of students, as well as those of others, such as exploited workers and conscientious students, who have real work to get done.
3. Complaints against your actions will be addressed in accordance with the principles of consensus democracy and direct action. We invite you to inform yourself about these principles, (insert links karlos)
4. Your occupation may also be a violation of common sense, decency, and productive political dialogue. That’s why we’re partying. Figure it out and stop wasting paper on letters.
Revolutionary, McGill University.
7 February 2012, 15:43
RETURNING TO LIVEBLOG!!!!!
I HEAR EVERYONE DOWNSTAIRS IS STILL ENJOYING FREE LECTURE SERIES FROM RAD PROFESSORS!!!!! ULTIMATE SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE DOWNSTAIRS!!! FUCK YEAHHHHHHH
LOL!!!!! Bourgeois Media Outlet The Gazette decided to cover the party — and somehow PROVE TO OURSELVES THROUGH THEIR OWN WORK they they should be trusted. #META
new: MORE PHOTOS RELEASED BY THE DAILY!!
BREAKING: an interview with the CBC has informed us that the ADMINISTRATION HAS ASKED MEDIA TO NOT COME ON CAMPUS.
The CBC REPORTER basically BEGGED to come do an interview in person, but they just AREN’T ALLOWED TO — WHICH IS BULLSHIT!
UPDATE: IF BOURGEOIS REPORTERS WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO THE PARTYERS, PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS WILL ESCORT YOU AND YOUR CREW FROM THE MILTON GATES UP INTO THE #6PARTY
ANYWAY OUR LIVESTREAMS WILL GO UP SOON TO CONTINUE DANCE PARTY!!!!! x0x0x0x0x0
We are currently on the phone with a comrade who Occupied James in 08. He is sending us a document about students’ rights, which we will publish VERY SOON.
HERE IS THE DOCUMENT WE SPOKE ABOUT EARLIER!!!! THANKS RAD FRIEND FOR SENDING IT! KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – RAD FROSH WORKSHOP NOTES
THE PARTYERS ARE CURRENTLY CHATTING WITH ADMINISTRATORS ON THE PHONE SO THEY SHUT OFF THE MUSIC. APPARENTLY UC DAVIS IS MID OCCUPATION RIGHT NOW! FUCK YEAH SOLIDARITY!!!!
ADMINISTRATOR JIM NICELL SAYS THAT HE CAN’T FIND THE HMB… saying “I [he] doesn’t know where she [The HMB] is” — Nicell asked if he could speak to the occupiers…. they LOL’d and told him “we’ll think about it.”
Nicell said that he wants to find “some way to end this” … has he read the demands?
PARTYERS STILL DEBATING AMONGST EACH OTHER ABOUT WHY/WHERE/HOW TO TALK TO ADMIN.
IT TURNS OUT THAT A STUDENT FROM THE LOBBY WISHES TO COME UPSTAIRS TO HELP NEGOTIATE VS ADMINISTRATOR NICELL.
PARTYERS CURRENTLY GIVING NICELL A CALL BACK INFORMING HIM THAT “HE CAN COME, BUT NO SECURITY GUARDS ARE ALLOWED IN… ALSO, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO AUDIORECORD.”
Apparently, the Securitas guards outside the office are eavesdropping on conversations and sending choice quotes to the Gazette. Pretty glad that they published the shouted catch-phrase: “NO EVICTIONS ON STOLEN NATIVE LAND!!!”
NOW REBLOGGING AN OFFICIAL MOB SQUAD MRO ELECTRONIC MESSAGE. IT WAS SENT OUT TO HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS OF THE MILTON AVENUE REVOLUTIONARY COMMUNITY BY A MEMBER OF THE LOBBY #NONOCCUPATION PARTY
[mobsquad] MRO to Mob Squad! re: PARTY AT JAMES
We figured you guys might like an update about what’s going on at James Admin for Mendelson’s surprise party, because DiGrappa’s email was boring as hell.
First of all – come on by if you can! James Admin has never had so many rad, beautiful people inside and you don’t want to miss out on this. Even better – there are lots of new faces and I am SO excited about that! We are in control of the doors and you can walk right in.
On the first floor, there are about fifty to sixty students, professors, and friends hanging out and playing with balloons. A political philosophy class stopped by, too. Midnight Kitchen is serving dinner right now and there’s plenty of delicious vegan food to go around.
On the sixth floor, the party is still going. I’ll hopefully be heading up to join them in negotiations with Jim Nicell (VP Building Services or something or other) in a bit, but the consensus from folks down here is that I’ll just be representing the solidarity party and be there more as an observer instead of a negotiator – should be interesting and I’ll keep you updated!
We talked about the possibility of disciplinary actions and we are all prepared to stay here for a while; we’ve gone over the Code of Student Conduct (it was thrilling) and we’ve all got each other’s backs. If you stop by, you can be assured that everyone here will stick together and protect each other if anybody faces disciplinary charges.
Also: WE HAVE A PUPPY down here and I SWEAR he is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
Please come show your support! Grab some food! Join the party!
Much love – and see you soon!
PS: this is a rad PARTY to celebrate Mendelson’s resignation and the recognition of the referenda results, and NOT an occupation. xoxo
MUCH LOVE FROM #6PARTY x0x0x0x0x0x0x0
ONE OF OUR MOST RAD CATS IS GIVING AN INTERVIEW WITH TIM McSORLEY OF THE MONTRÉAL MEDIA CO-OP!! THANK MARX FOR NON-BOURGEOIS MEDIA!!!!
OMG!!!! ADMIN #NICELL IS UP AT #6PARTY.
SO, the partiers have decided that they will release a document to the ADMINISTRATORS they speak to, but also publicly on the INTERNETS. (6partylive.tumblr.com)
Our situation remains the same — along with our demands.
We will not leave until the McGill administration fully recognizes the Fall 2011 referenda regarding QPIRG and CKUT. We will not leave until Dr. Mendelson submits a formal letter of resignation.
The administration has not attempted to negotiate, only intimidate.
Throughout these proceedings the administration has neglected to address why we are here. Our party will continue until the administration is ready to negotiate.
BREAKING: Jim Nicell says that he is “ashamed of you [us], as students” as he leaves Mendelson’s Ex-Office / CKUT & QPIRG WELCOME BACK PARTY. RESUMING DANCE PARTY LOL!!!
LOOKS LIKE #6PARTY and LOBBYCUPIERS ARE ARE CHILLIN’ ALL NIGHT BECAUSE THE ADMIN STILL HASN’T EVEN MENTIONED THE ISSUES…
HEAR THERE’S A SECRET MEETING ABOUT OUR NEXT LIVESTREAM!!!! — maybe public internet dance party at 7:15? SEE YOU THEN, PARTIERS!
KEEP IN TOUCH x0x0x0
WILL BE UPDATING SOON. PARTIERS CHILLN’ — STUDY-IN FOR NOW… MOTION FOR NO MORE MEETINGS UNTIL DANCE PARTY PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
I ❤ EVERYONE OUT THERE
OK IT IS NOW 8:17 PM, partiers declared internet dance party a success and decided to go offline for the evening.
“It’s been way chill internet — but we’re going to start getting some serious work done up here :)”
Major updates are as such: Many students are in Mendelson’s office and in the Lobby. They aren’t allowed to contact each other in person — but are in touch via the internet, phones, pigeons, and bike couriers.
MAJOR BREAKING FACT THAT IS FUCKED: While it is TRUE that the partiers prepared to stay for a while (via homework, napsacks, mp3s, bedding, food, etc) the ADMIN IS ACTUALLY NOT ALLOWING FOOD UPSTAIRS !!!!!! WHAT THE FUCK?
We’re going to call the United Nations in the morning. Until then — SOLIDARITY
MAJOR UPDATE: SECURITY HAS LOCKED DOWN THE BUILDING, FOR PEOPLE UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS.
THEY HAVE TOLD PARTIERS THAT “THEY WILL NOT KICK US OUT, BUT THAT BODILY FUNCTIONS WILL FORCE US OUT”
WHAT THE FUCK??????
SOMEONE DIAL THE UN RIGHT THE FUCK AWAY!!!
WHILE PARTIERS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO SHIT AND PISS ON THE CARPET (NO, NOT REALLY), THIS IS STILL FUCKED!!!!!!!!!!
BWAHAHAHA MAJOR UPDATE: THE INTERNET HAS BEEN SHUT OFF IN THE JAMES ADMINISTRATION BUILDING — WHICH WE FIND HILARIOUS. THANKFULLY, PARTIERS ARE EDUCATED ENOUGH TO FIND A WORKAROUND!!
SO YEAH! We’re going to keep providing updates. Also, special thanks to the McGill Administration for giving themselves so much bad press we basically don’t even have to try anymore. Be sure to search #6party on twitter, too!
OH BOY 1036 pm update!!! Apparently, the building is starting to be surrounded outside by campers… which means the powerstructure is as follows:
(arranged by proximity to mr. mendelson’s office)
WE ARE ALSO GLAD TO REPORT THAT CONCORDIA’S RADDEST NEWSPAPER, THE LINK, HAS PUBLISHED THEIR PRELIMINARY REPORT ON #6PARTY
Some PIX from the day are also available on the Link’s photostream here.
URGENT: A Comrade attempted to leave to get his meds — according to a DAILYNEWSTWEET he attempted to leave via the lobby and was DRAGGED BACK UP THE STAIRS BY SECURITY.
Partiers asked the 6th floor security guards if he was OK, because they hadn’t heard from our Comrade in a while.
They were told that “he was already out of the building” — they asked if they were lying and were assured that “no”
WE DON’T TRUST SECURITY. WE ARE SCARED FOR OUR COMRADE….
oh OK, JUST got an update via phone from someone outside — about 5 minutes after the security LIE — saying “COMRADE JUST GOT TOSSED OUT OF BUILDING” ….
We just spoke to him on the phone, apparently he was tossed out of the building “again and again” as he actually continuously attempted to return to the building after his physical tossaround.
We’re on the phone with him right now… apparently they lied to him about his exit plan. He wanted to go out the front lobby, and security agreed. They took him down to the stairs between floor 1&2 and then denied his ability to go out the front — even though the Lobby Occupiers could see him through the stairwell window.
Security told him to go back up to the second floor, walk through the hallway, and exit through the back. Instead of complying, he sat down.
Instead of allowing a new sit-in inside the staircase — the guards started trying to grab him and toss him around. It is unclear what happened next, but we were told that our Comrade was punched in the face and stomach — even though he shouted “don’t hit me in the gut… i have colitis!”
STILL CONFUSED HERE x0x0x0x
AFTER THIS, there were LOTS of reports that the POLICE have arrived, but we have gotten lots of followup reports. Apparently, a bunch of security guards have switched into super-reflective fabulous-neon-yellow blazers in order to really SEX UP the #6PARTY.
Also, apparently Security Head Honcho Kevin Byers tripped out in the James Lobby, using the entrance as a soapbox. Reports state that he ranted about the low quality of his work and the poor prospects for his retaining the job beyond this incident.
ALSO: they asked the security guards (yea the same ones that continually lie to us) what was up with the neon jackets. they said there is no difference between a regular security guard and the jacketed ones — other than the jacket they are wearing. not sure if we should trust them. my inner metaphysician doubts their similarity.
Also, there are reports (now confirmed) that the people outside are setting up tents… FUCK YEAHHHHHHHH SOLIDARITY EVERYWHERE!
Right now, we received word that Mainstream Gossip Blog — the McGill Tribune — has covered the #6party
MARP RELATED METAUPDATE!!! THANKS TO ALL YOU SEXY PEOPLE ONLINE, WE HAD THE BEST DAY IN MARP HISTORY!!! FUCK YEAAAAAAAAA
Please note, we got more hits on 7 Feb than we did in our entire first week of existence.
How long until we get a student fee via referendum / have that fee revoked unilaterally by Administration?
SECURITY LABOUR UPDATE 2:05 AM — While hanging around the door to Mr. Mendelson’s office, the partiers have overheard security guards talking to each other about all sorts of stuff — like how they don’t have a union, can’t afford anything, don’t get paid extra for night shifts and are forced to take them on rotating basis.
The lower down on the Securitas chain a piglet is, the more human they appear to me.
A few “salut”s, “ça va?”s, and “et toi?”s have been passed between McGill and Student Security Teams — they almost seem reasonable. Will update as info rolls in.
TENT CITY UPDATE: we just got the first image from the external tent city. FUCK YEAH!!! SO MUCH LOVE FOR EVERYONE!!! YEAAAAAHHHHH
FRENCH MEDIA UPDATE: Pro-Revolutionary Campus Newspublication, Le Délit Français, has been posting #6party videos and information on their Facebook page all day x0x0x love u 4ever.
we ❤ le Delit!!
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE: Known Bourgeois Anarcho-Capitalist Militant-Libertarian Twitter-Fetishist @jtlevy — also teaches Political Theory — actually doesn’t think this protest is an unreasonable response. Photo attached to the right.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED WORKDAY UPDATE: The MARP received a forwarded message from a comrade who knows a comrade who knows a comrade that works inside James Administration.
Apparently, everyone who normally staffs this hive-of-bullshit is supposed to spend their workday at home on 8 Feb 2012.
——————————— Original Message ———————————
|Date:||Wed, 8 Feb 2012 03:05:15 +0000|
I’m not sure if you’re aware, but James is being occupied by students. I’ve just received a phone call that we should work from home tomorrow.
SECURITY LABOUR UPDATE #2 5:45 am — even though security’s administrative big-shots have shown up for their day’s work, the lower-level employees remain insolent and unfazed to their masters.
One woman boldly walked outside the door of the #6party asking if everyone had remembered to take their break — even though it was in sight of Reactionary Dog Kevin Byers.
Certain levels of solidarity appear to be bubbling to the surface between the members of the #6party and the wage-labouring bodily-control-bodies.
UPDATES WILL CONTINUE TO FLOW IN!!!!
MARP #META UPDATE 10:09 am — VP Union-Buster Di Grappa sent another email out to the McGill community providing SERIOUS BUZZ for the MARP, which has caused us to restructure this blog so as to not truly continue to miscommunicate 😉
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “MRO McGill Staff” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Feb 8, 2012 9:35 AM
Subject: Update on the James Bldg occupation – Mise à jour sur l’occupation du Pavillon James
To: “x-All McGill Staff” <x-AllMcGillStaff@campus.mcgill.ca>, “x-All Students” <x-AllStudents@campus.mcgill.ca>Message to the McGill community
Update on the James Bldg occupation
From Michael Di Grappa, Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance)We would like to bring you up to date on the status of the occupation of the offices of the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) on the 6th floor of the James Administration Building and in the building’s first-floor lobby.The James Building remains closed today, so alternate work arrangements have been made for the people who work there. James Building staff are relocated or working from home, continuing to provide services as best they can under the circumstances. Services normally provided to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the James Building have been relocated to Service Point, on McTavish Street in the ground floor of the McLennan Library Building. Graduate program offices should contact their normal GPS staff contact by email today. Students, faculty and staff who need to access other services can contact people or offices via email. If you cannot reach anyone, please send a note email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, and someone will respond as quickly as possible with the appropriate information. Again, we regret any inconveniences or interruptions in service you may experience as a result of the occupation.As yesterday’s email mentioned, the occupiers were given a notice from Provost Masi (found at http://www.mcgill.ca/channels/announcements/item/?item_id=213952). Yesterday, Professor Jim Nicell talked several times with designated representatives of the occupiers in an attempt to get the protestors to leave the building. The protestors are refusing to leave unless their demands are met, as listed on this blog (please note that the blog does contain profanity): https://miltonrevolutionarypress.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/live-partyblog-from-mendelsons-surprise-resignation-party-welcome-back-ckut-qpirg-party/We will continue to attempt to talk to the occupiers about them leaving the building peacefully. We hope for a rapid, peaceful end to this unacceptable situation.
REMINDER: the MARP does not represent anyone, and is in fact entirely blasphemous!! ARE YOU REALLY TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY?
PROF LECTURE SERIES UPDATE 10:35 am — Professors are bringing their classes to the James Admin Tent City Support Rally for Lobbycupation for Support of #6party. Now hedging bets on whether or not the lectures will be specifically related to direct-action, communist-solidarity, anarcho-syndicalism, and electro-communist-performative-nonviolence-dance-parties — or if they will deal with standard course material.
#SPOILER — Leading Spinozan, Marxist, and Feminist Theory professor Hasana Sharp is teaching 19th Century Political Philosophy (the course on Karl Marx) today at 1 pm — 2:30 pm.
Being that her husband — McGill’s leading Marxist in Political Theory — Lobbycupied yesterday and taught from the first floor… you should probably skip your classes and go to James Admin at 1pm instead.
NON-BOURGEOIS MEDIA UPDATE 11:00 AM — the 24 hr point of the #6party is met with a beautiful article by Tim McSorley with the Montreal Media Co-Op.
ALSO, RIGHT NOW QPIRG IS READING A STATEMENT IN FRONT OF JAMES ADMIN. WILL UPDATE WITH FULL TEXT WHEN THE MARP INVARIABLE RECEIVES IT — BECAUSE WE GET EVERYTHING!
AND HERE YOU GO!!! ENJOY FULL TEXT OF QPIRG SPEECH WHICH IS INCREDIBLE!! #LOVE
There have also been reports that Security agents are using their expensive HD Videocams to film students, but are actually protesting the use of cameras on them.
HA HA “THE LADY DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH” <- SHAKESPEARE BRO
BOURGEOIS NEWS UPDATE — CTV Montreal has covered #6party here.
METABOURGEOISNEWSUPDATE — via twitter, the MARP has gotten metainformation that points towards the concrete conclusion that reporters are filming security filming protesters.
BOURGEOIS PROFESSOR UPDATE — Posh NeoRealist Steven Saideman updated his blog with a total missed-interpretation of #6party and MARP. You can read his blather here, but note that he FINALLY “gets it” in the last update.
SOLIDARITY UPDATE 1120 am — The Lobbycupiers have left the building as their situation was too fucked to continue. x0x0 much love. thanks for the 24 hr of support. x0x0x0x0x0x0x0 you’re the FUCKIN’ BEST!!!!!!
“DISCOURSE” UPDATE 11:36 am — #6party Administrative Liaison is currently on the phone with VP Nicell. He asks if we know our Comrades downstairs have left… “Yes,” #6partiers say. He asks if #6party is planning to join them. “No,” #6partiers say.
“Hey,” #6party asks, “Mr. Mendelson didn’t come in to work today — has he handed in his resignation?” … Nicell doesn’t like this.
SECURITY UPDATE 11:39 am — At this point, there are way more security guards around #6party being that they have no one to oppress downstairs.
CLASSICAL LIBERAL UPDATE 12:47 — Poli Theory Prof JT LEVY has decided that the message from #6party is relevant and important… TOO IMPORTANT FOR MARP
So, JT Levy has decided to reblog Communiques from the #6party as well as publish a link to the letter from QPIRG. Levy’s blog post even includes a previously unreleased communique from the #6party to the Lobbycupation and #TentCity. x0x0x0 lov u Levy, but you should probably just endorse #6party instead of wasting time/space writing disclaimers.
POST-CAPITALISM UPDATE 1:03 pm — at this point, all remaining food that was brought into #6party by the partiers has been collectivelly stored on a table and set to be rationed. Also, private property has been abolished.
MARXISH UPDATE 1:20 pm — Hasana Sharp’s 19th Century Political Philosophy class, which focuses entirely on Karl Marx,
MARP EGO UPFLOAT 1:27 — Earlier in this liveblog we reported on our incredible hit-count, but our buzz today has far surpassed that. As of now, we have 14, 358 hits — 4, 064 of which came in between 10 & 11 pm. This means today is the best day in MARP history.
FOOD / WATER UPDATE 2:03 pm — Partiers are running low on supplies. #6party is about to finish jug from water cooler in Mr. Mendelson’s office. Not sure if it should be pee’d in afterwards.
WOAH!!! OUR INTERNET GOT SUPER FUCKED FOR A WHILE AND WE COULDN’T UPDATE THE MARP!!!
OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG HUGE UPDATE:
RADICAL EXTERNAL EFFORT UPDATE 2:48 — Queer McGill’s Political Action Working Group (WITH WHOM WE STAND IN ABSOLUTE SOLIDARITY, AND VICE VERSA) decided to COVER UP the sign denoting the James Administration Building with a Rainbow Flag — designating the space the JAMES GAY & TRANS PRIDE COMPLEX!!! FUCK YEAAAAHHHHHHHHHH
OMG PIG #LIE UPDATE 3:23 — VP Masi — who squealed at #6party through the door last night, demanding their occupation — has released a lie filled statement about the #6party situation and the CKUT & QPIRG referenda.
The letter is filled with the typical propaganda party line bullshit — expecting it to just flow past our blindered eyes.
Beyond the LIES about the voting process, QPIRG, CKUT and Opt-Outs — Masi goes on to speak on behalf of Former DP SL&L Mendelson and the quality of work he does.
Masi loves Mendelson, but #6party and the MARP disagrees.
A collective response communique from #6party is being composed. Sadly, this shows the problem with the Academia, in general — Rich White Male Pigs say dumb shit from their position of power and privilege and then all the progressives become Reactionary Dogs in the slow bourgeois process of Negative Dialectics.
AND DOES NO ONE NOTICE THE CONTRADICTION THAT ONE REFERENDUM CAN OVERWHELM ANOTHER?? WHY DOES MASI IMPLY THAT STUDENTS CAN’T READ?
MAINSTREAM GOSSIP BLOGGERS SCOOP #6PARTY DAY II 3:42 — Trib is ON IT
BREAKING: THERE IS A BRAND NEW COMMUNIQUE FROM THE #6PARTY
PUBLISHED BELOW IN FULL
#6party Communique Re: Dialogue and Occupation — 4:30 pm on 8 Feb 2012 from the James Administration Building, Rm. 629
The tactic of occupation has been cast in a negative light in multiple fora, including Provost Masi’s notice to the #6party and first floor occupiers last evening. #6party maintains that occupation is a legitimate and valuable form of protest, and that any discussion of the use of occupation at McGill must be informed by an understanding of the distribution of power at McGill.
Let us begin with the basic premise that McGill students are entitled to some form of democratic recourse in the event that the McGill administration disrespects the integrity of our democratic processes. At present, the administration hopes to simply ignore the results of the fall 2011 SSMU Referenda regarding the existence of QPIRG and CKUT. This is not an isolated incident; the administration disregarded referenda (passed in 2006) by unilaterally placing the refund systems of QPIRG and CKUT (as well as other valuable student services) online. SSMU formally opposed this violation of student democracy at a 2007 General Assembly. Further, Dr. Mendelson ordered the popular and student-run Architecture Cafe closed in fall 2010.
The administration alleges that one mode of democratic recourse is available to students: dialogue. The administration has engaged in so-called “dialogue” with students on numerous occasions, including SSMU-organized Consultation Fairs. These occasions in no way constitute actual dialogue, as the administration has no obligation whatsoever to accede to demands (however reasonable) of students. Dialogue is only valuable insofar as there is a relationship of relative power parity between the two parties in dialogue with one another. Otherwise, one party (in this case, the administration) can merely write off the needs of the other party without substantive consequences, as we saw in the cases of the Architecture Cafe and the relocation of QPIRG and CKUT’s refund systems.
The administration, to the detriment of the McGill community, does not grant students any substantive role in university governance. Further, it provides no meaningful and accessible channel through which members of the McGill community may challenge inappropriate decisions made by the administration. Power is exercised by the administration as it sees fit, and the physical occupation of space at McGill must be considered in this context. The administration has the ability to control and manipulate students, and has no need for the tool of physical occupation; students are not so fortunate. The #6partiers have been entirely peaceful: employees were treated respectfully, and were given the choice to stay or leave at their leisure. No democratic channel has been presented to us as an alternative. Furthermore, Dr. Mendelson’s resignation party did not necessitate the evacuation of the whole James building, nor does #6party accept responsibility for this baffling choice on the administration’s behalf.
McGill’s administration makes a great show of lauding its students as future leaders. Why, then, do they exclude us so pervasively from the decision-making process at McGill, and deny us the self-determination which we seek?
NON-BOURGEOIS NEWS UPDATE — this chill article from montreal.openfile.ca takes a stance that is pretty close to accurate for a newsblog. It also notes that Gazette photog got kicked off campus this morning by Security piglets.
MARP META-MEDIA UPDATE 4:41 — MARP is still popular, as the image to the right will attest.
NEGOTIATION UPDATE 5:20 — Three of #6party’s Admin Negotiators are currently meeting with Nicell. It still is not clear why we are meeting with him — he doesn’t have the power necessary to grant us anything.
UPDATE: THE ELECTRICITY SITUATION MEANS THIS LIVEBLOG IS NOW ENDED.
Reported by: The MARP Editorial Board