Many people ask what they can do to help prevent Canadians Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey, and Greg Williams (the BC3) from being extradited to the US to face life in prison for activities in Canada. If you follow through on even one of the following five simple acts, you will be making a difference! Please don’t just read this list and then do nothing. This is a very crucial battle about sovereignty, justice, and ending the drug war – a battle we must win.
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Phone (613) 957-4222, the Canadian Justice Minister, to say it would “shock your conscience” if Canadians Marc Emery, Greg Williams and Michelle Rainey were extradited to the United States – a country they never went to – especially when the alleged crimes receive a fine and not jail time in Canada. If they have broken the law in Canada, they should be tried in Canada. Click here to download the new double-sided “No Extradition” handout document, and distribute copies everywhere!
Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey, and Greg Williams (the BC3) are Canadian citizens who were heavily involved in anti-prohibition activism in Canada for more than ten years. The United States is attempting to extradite these Canadian cannabis activists to the a country they’ve never been to and stand trial to face up to life in US federal prison. This is an insult to Canadian sovereignty and citizens’ rights.
Here are five things that anyone can do to help prevent the BC3 from being extradited. Please take action and urge everyone you know to do the same.
1) Contact the Canadian Justice Minister Constantly!
Canada’s Justice Minister is currently Robert Nicholson of the Conservative Party. It is largely his decision whether Canada will extradite the BC3, and that decision could come in the next few months or years. No matter where you are in the world, please contact the Justice Minister every week – we definitely need consistent vocal and written support from Canadians, Americans and the international community. Weekly phone calls, faxes, and handwritten letters that are polite and concise are effective political pressure.
The goal is to keep the Justice Department aware of the BC3 and the opposition to the extradition. Always be very polite, and say it would “shock your conscience” for Canadians to be extradited to the United States, a country they never went to, especially when the alleged crimes would not receive a jail sentence in Canada – and, if they have broken the law in Canada, they should be tried in Canada. When sending a letter, ask for a response from the Justice Minister.
Phone: (613) 957-4222
Fax: (613) 990-7255
The Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
284 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0H8
2) Contact The Media
Please contact the following newspapers with a new letter every week, or every month. Send a short letter under 200 words that offers quick facts about the American efforts to extradite the BC3, why you oppose it, and why others should too. Don’t send mass emails to all of the media, but email each individually. Write different letters about the same topic, or respond to an article that relates to the extradition battle. A number of Canadian newspaper emails are listed here, but a complete list of media outlets is available thanks to the Media Awareness Project at www.mapinc.org/resource/email.html
National Post: email@example.com
Globe & Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver Sun: email@example.com
Vancouver Province: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Times Colonist: email@example.com
Vancouver Courier: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burnaby Now: email@example.com
Calgary Herald: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calgary Sun: email@example.com
Edmonton Journal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmonton Sun: email@example.com
Regina Leader-Post: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton Spectator: email@example.com
Kamloops this week: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kamloops Daily News: email@example.com
Kelowna Capital News: firstname.lastname@example.org
Langley Advance: email@example.com
Langley Times: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lethbridge Herald: email@example.com
London Free Press: firstname.lastname@example.org
Montreal Gazette: email@example.com
Ottawa Citizen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa Sun: email@example.com
Saskatoon Star Phoenix: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Sun: email@example.com
Victoria News: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitehorse Star: email@example.com
Winnipeg Free Press: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winnipeg Sun: email@example.com
Windsor Star: firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Contact your Member of Parliament and Member of Legislative Assembly
If you are in Canada, then contact both your MP and your MLA by phone, mail, and email. Try to make an appointment for a personal visit for even more impact. Ask your representative to voice public opposition to the extradition requests. Tell your MP and MLA that Canada should not be sending Canadian activists to face life imprisonment in foreign countries when the accused persons never went to the requesting country and the accused crimes are not considered to be a jail-worthy offence in Canada. Remind them that the Canadian Government knowingly collected taxes from Marc Emery’s seed sale income for a decade, and that Marc Emery is the leader of a legitimate political party, operated business openly and honestly, dealt only with consenting adults, caused no harm, kept no weapons or drugs, and once received a monetary fine for selling cannabis seeds in Canada – not prison, which the US seeks. Find your MLA at the following websites and your MP at www.parl.gc.ca.
Nova Scotia: www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/members
4) Donate Or Make Purchases
Marc, Michelle and Greg are accumulating expensive legal bills in order to fight the extradition. They are still determined to help the movement by spreading awareness about the drug war through the BC Marijuana Party, Cannabis Culture Magazine, Pot.tv, and the CCHQ store as always, but need legal fee support in this trying time. Please consider donating to or buying from the BC Marijuana Party (www.bcmarijuanaparty.com), Cannabis Culture Magazine (www.cannabisculture.com/newstore), or Marc Emery’s Cannabis Culture Headquarters store (307 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, 604-682-1172).
5) Rally in your community
If you are in Canada, then try to put on a rally in your community to protest this incursion of the US Drug War into Canada. The focus of your rally should be that Canadians within Canada are not subject to US law and should not be extradited. US consulate offices are a good place to rally at, as are Canadian government buildings, and even parks and downtown areas. Please contact us at the BC Marijuana Party and Cannabis Culture Magazine to let us know what you are up to, and we can help promote your event. Use your rally to demonstrate that Canadian courts have decided selling marijuana seeds is a trivial offence that nets a fine, not prison time, and the Canadian government steadily collected sizable taxes from Marc Emery’s seed sales for over 10 years. If Emery has broken the law in Canada then he should be charged and tried in Canada. If he has not broken laws in Canada then he should absolutely not be extradited to the US for a life sentence in US prison.
Send any mail to ?No Extradition? 307 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 1H6, Canada
Download the NEW double-sided “No Extradition” handout (Word Document)
Download the “No Extradition” Petition (Word Document)
Write a letter to the Canadian Justice Minister and call the Justice Department at (613) 957-4222.
Send your filled-out petitions, letters, and donations to “No Extradition” 307 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 1H6. We need evidence for court to prove that there is strong opposition to extradition!
Watch the “DEA Raid Emery Seeds” collection of news and media clips from July 2005 on YouTube.com
DEA Administrator ADMITS that the arrest was POLITICALLY motivated!
Karen Tandy, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, released this statement on her DEA stationery on July 29, the day of Marc Emery’s arrest:
Major North American Marijuana Trafficker and Self-Proclaimed “Prince of Pot” aka Marc Scott Emery Arrested Today.
Today’s DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the US and Canada, but also the marijuana legalization movement.
His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.
Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General’s most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets – one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.
Read and download the official document here!