Advocacy News - W: Ottawa demo for freedom and equality
November 17, 2004 (with updates ongoing until Nov 30)
Ottawa demo for freedom and equality
U.S. President George W. Bush arrives in Ottawa ... should he be welcomed? Or
should he be charged with war crimes? It's an interesting question. On the face
of it, Bush seems a perfect candidate for prosecution under Canada's Crimes against
Humanity and War Crimes Act. This act was passed in 2000 to bring Canada's ineffectual
laws in line with the rules of the new International Criminal Court. While never
tested, it lays out sweeping categories under which a foreign leader like Bush
could face arrest."
The victories we have won on behalf of same-sex marriage in Canada have been achieved, in part, because of a broad base of support from groups outside of the limits of a gay community. Time and again, in city after city, as we have worked to achieve gay marriage, we have been offered support from a diverse group of social activists.
Supporters of marriage equality (in Canada and the United States) have an opportunity to return the support by showing solidarity with groups planning to demonstrate and protest during George W. Bush's visit to Ottawa later this month. We pass on the following invitation from the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War:
Paul Martin announced yesterday that George W. Bush will be in Ottawa for a state visit from November 30 to December 1--just two weeks away! Activists from across the country will be descending on Ottawa to give Bush the welcome he deserves.
The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is organizing buses to send activists from Toronto to Ottawa to participate in the mass actions against the Bush agenda. Details of the demonstrations in Ottawa are listed below.
Because this will be Bush's first trip outside the U.S. since his election, it will be important for us to build the biggest possible mobilisation to show our opposition in Canada.
We want to send a message of support to the people of Iraq and all oppressed people around the world: we stand in solidarity with you. And to our sisters and brothers in the American antiwar movement: the world still says no to the Bush.
Click here for information about return troansport for Toronto-Ottawa. As soon as our bookings are confirmed, all information will be posted on our website: www.nowar.ca.
Mobilization Montreal, an ad hoc organizational group, has already reserved ten buses, and we strongly feel that there will be a demand for more. However, the date limit for making additional reservations is Wednesday, November 24 -- and it requires money. Therefore it is essential that we raise funds as rapidly as possible.
Departure: 9:00 am, November 30 (Tues.) 2004
Points of Departure:
To Make Your Reservation:
We strongly recommend that you make your reservation at the latest by the evening of Tuesday, November 23. After this, you risk not being able to get on a bus because of lack of space. To make your reservation pass by the offices of the Canadian Federation of Students (at the latest by 5PM on November 23):
Coordinates: - 1500 de Maisonneuve W., #405 - Montreal, Quebec H3G-1N1 Tél. 514-931-2377
subscribe to "Mobilization Montreal" email listerve:
The No to Bush Committee is organizing housing, food and legal resources, and a central information and welcome centre. Anyone demonstrating against Bush can make use of these resources.
Can't come to Ottawa?
Those who cannot make the trip are urged to plan actions in their regions. Activities across the country will be listed on the Canadian Peace Alliance website.