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Advocacy News - W: Ottawa demo for freedom and equality

November 17, 2004 (with updates ongoing until Nov 30)

W: Ottawa demo for freedom and equality
A call to action as George W. Bush comes to Canada

"When 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."
"Should Canada indict Bush", The Toronto Star, Nov. 16, 2004


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:

TORONTO

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.

iRaq -  (numbers on poster are out of date - found on  BushWhack Yahoo Group)The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is organizing buses to send activists from Toronto to Ottawa to participate in the mass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.

"People across Canada are coming together to show their opposition to Bush and everything he represents. Bush and the Cheney gang want to pressure Paul Martin and Parliament to sign onto Star Wars, send troops to Iraq and backpedal on equal marriage. Their administration's assault on peace, ecology and human rights is unprecedented and effects us all. And so the Canadian peace movement stands in solidarity with those in the US and around the world who are resisting his policies of endless war on peace, ecology, and human rights.

"At least 100,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq since the "mission" was "accomplished". So we have a duty to expose Bush and company wherever they go, for the war criminals they are. Our message for Paul Martin is: Listen to Canada - not to Bush," said Dylan Penner from the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War and the ACTivist Magazine.

BE AWARE - BE PREPARED

Bring a bike helmet, shatterproof goggles, at least two bottles of water (good for flushing tear gas from the eyes) and a heavy cotton hand towel (The towel soaked in urine makes a pretty fair gas mask).

Or stay at least a 100 yards away from any trouble makers near you. If you can't recognize the trouble makers then just pick out one of the demonstration organizers/marshals and stay around them. Have a credit card hidden on your person just in case you need to make bail.

Legal Services in Ottawa

Demonstrators will have access to legal services in Ottawa. The downtown offices are located at the Ottawa District Labour Council, 280 Metcalfe St. (at Gilmore), 5th floor. Four volunteer lawyers are confirmed (other staff are needed for the office). There are 2 incoming phone lines at: (613) 232-9346.

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.

Click here for detailed info on Bus itinerary, costs, details, etc.

To reserve your place on the Toronto-Ottawa bus, email:
caravan@nowar.ca or stopthewar@sympatico.ca

To subscribe to the general email listserve:
Bushwhack-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

No To Bush

MONTREAL

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.

Buses:

Montreal Departure: 9:00 am, November 30 (Tues.) 2004
Ottawa Departure: 7:30 pm, Novembre 30 (Tues.) 2004
5$ for students with identification (subsidized rate)
10$ for all others (slightly subsidized rate)
You must pay at the time you make your reservation.

Points of Departure:

Arrest Bush ("2 inch sticker - posted on Bushwhack Yahoo Group - Nov 30 protest)There are three points of departure from Montréal: Concordia, McGill, and UQAM. We ask that all persons choose their point of departure at the time they make their reservation.

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

Email: montrealantibush@gmail.com

To subscribe to "Mobilization Montreal" email listerve:
mobmtl-subscribe@lists.riseup.net


Ottawa

No War - Paix

(organized by No to Bush Committee)
SELF-DETERMINATION
FOR PALESTINIANS

Lawn of the Supreme Court
301 Wellington St.
(Kent & Wellington)
2:00 pm
Monday, Nov. 29,
DEMO AGAINST BUSH AND FOR JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND EQUALITY
Rallying point
Confederation Park,
Ottawa
(Corner of Elgin and Laurier) 12:00 pm
Tuesday, November 30
MASS DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR Rallying point
With candles
Parliament Hill
5:00 pm
Tuesday, November 30

BREAKFAST WITH BUSH
Mass Direct Action called by the Peoples Global Action
City Hall / Elgin & Laurier
8:30 am
Wednesday, December 1

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?

"We cannot allow our government to sign o­n to the policies of this US administration." says, Sid Lacombe, coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance. "Bush's policies have brought misery and destruction to millions around the world. His agenda is not welcome here."

The CPA is asking all those who can come to Ottawa for Nov. 30 - Dec 1 to begin organizing immediately.

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.


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