Marc will likely be extradited next week or soon after, as the Justice Minister will decide to sign the extradition order as early as December 2nd. Please be sure to let your Member of Parliament know about Marc, and also contact the Justice Minister himself (the contact info is at www.NoExtradition.net). We’ve had a number of organized and individually-planned visits and protests at MP offices, and encourage everyone to continue applying pressure and spreading awareness.
First, you need to find out who your Member of Parliament is. Go to http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC — then write down the phone number and address of the constituency office. You should spend 2 hours protesting or standing vigil outside the constituency office holding a sign, or less time if it’s really awful weather outside.
Have at least one friend come along or even more if you want to make it really effective, and easier to do. Bring along some coffee and lunch or snacks, and promise to have a smoke session after you’re done! People need incentives sometimes, and sharing a toke after accomplishing any kind of protest is a way to bond together.
Make some signs that read: “FREE MARC EMERY”, “Google Marc Emery”, “No Extradition for Marc Emery”, “My Canada Includes Marc Emery”, “Keep Marc Emery in Canada”, and whatever else you think would be effective.
Walk back and forth outside the MP’s office, holding the signs and handing out information to people who walk by (get handouts from www.NoExtradition.net). If you’re near a busy road, wave the signs at traffic and try to get drivers to honk — maybe have a “Honk for Marc Emery” or “Honk for Freedom” sign!
The next thing you should do, which is much more effective, is arrange a meeting with your Member of Parliament. Phone the number for the Constituency office for your MP (which can be found here) and ask for a meeting, as a concerned voter. Bring along notes if you want to share facts; download the Marc Emery fact sheet at www.NoExtradition.net
Your meeting will likely be on a Saturday or Sunday, since your MP is in Ottawa during the week. Even if they say you can’t visit until next month or later, schedule the meeting and put it on your calendar so you don’t forget! After all, we’ll need people applying pressure even after Marc is extradited because he’ll be trying to get transferred to Canadian prison once his US sentence starts, and political pressure will help him come home.
Your MP might not agree with you about Marc’s extradition, but you don’t need to argue or get mad. Calmly explain why you and many others feel the way you do, and how that may impact on the next election. Always remind them you vote (and, more importantly, you MUST vote when an election happens, because it’s one of the only ways to save our country from the evil, inhumane Conservative government’s policies).
It’s not hard to demonstrate outside your MP’s office, and you’ll feel really good about taking the time to make an impression. Intensity counts — those who are most hard-core about their cause are the ones who get attention from politicians, and politicians are the people who can make and change laws. Be sure to make your voice heard, because that’s the only way to make a difference.
Free Marc Emery and free all drug war prisoners!