Don’t Mess Up Like Texas: Two-Day Protest of Bill C-10

CANNABIS CULTURE – Activists are planning a two-day protest of Bill C-10, the expensive and dangerous Conservative crime legislation, at MP offices across Canada this THURSDAY and FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 24 and 25).

Leadnow.ca, a progressive activist group working against the proposed omnibus crime bill, is calling for Canadians to bring their cowboy hats and show up to (at least) 179 locations at offices of Canadian Members of Parliament.

From Leadnow.ca:

Canadians are standing together against a fill-the-prisons approach to justice that has failed everywhere it’s been tried.

Join a coalition of groups for two days of action to speak out against the cruel Crime Bill. Time is running out to make Canada safer, not meaner – we need you to help us all make a big impact.

Where: Our MP’s local constituency offices.

When: Focus on Thursday at 1pm, with actions throughout Thursday and Friday.

We’re going to tell our MPs: Don’t mess up like Texas. Stop the cruel Crime Bill.

Bring friends, and bring a cowboy hat if you can. We will deliver tens of thousand of petition signatures and a summary of the Canadian Bar Association’s powerful argument against the bill.

Our goal is to show cross-country solidarity by reaching as many MP’s offices as possible, you and a friend are all we need to send a powerful message.

Why oppose the cruel Crime Bill?

The Omnibus Crime Bill is a massive combination of bills, all of which failed to pass when the Conservatives had a minority of seats in Parliament. When combined, the Crime Bill rejects proven crime prevention and rehabilitation strategies, and instead imposes mandatory sentences that will create hardened criminals, target the most vulnerable in our society, and force prison expansions that will cost our provinces dearly.

Opposition is diverse and growing

Conservative Texans are warning us not to repeat their mistake. Even they say the Crime Bill is too harsh, costly and ineffective. [1]

The Canadian Bar Association, representing 37,000 legal professionals, says that through its “overreach and overreaction to imaginary problems, Bill C-10 could… eventually create the very problems it’s supposed to solve.” [2]

Shawn Atleo, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, is deeply concerned that the Crime Bill will disproportionately impact First Nations people, and calls for a focus on education. [3]

Ontario and Quebec are refusing to pay for a bill whose mandatory sentences would force costly prison expansion on the provinces, taking resources from crime prevent, rehabilitation and vital services like health and education. [4]

Over a hundred thousand Canadians have already signed petitions opposing the bill. [5]

The Crime Bill is wrong on crime, and tough on democracy, taxpayers, and Canada’s most vulnerable people.

We are calling on our government to reject the Crime Bill, and create a Citizen’s Assembly for Canadian Justice that would bring diverse citizens and experts together to create a new plan for Canadian justice.

Coalition organizing partners: Leadnow.ca, Reclaim Our Democratic Canada.

Further reading:

1. 10 reasons to oppose Bill C-10, Trinda L. Ernst, President, Canadian Bar Association:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1086785–10-reasons-to-oppose-bill-c-10

2. Texas conservatives reject Harper’s crime plan – ‘Been there; done that; didn’t work,’ say Texas crime-fighters (CBC):
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/10/17/pol-vp-milewski-texas-crime.html

3. Tough on crime bill will hurt First Nations, Atleo says:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/11/16/north-atleo-crime-bill.html

4. Provinces wont foot bill for crime legislation, McGuinty warns PM:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/provinces-wont-foot-bill-for-crime-legislation-mcguinty-warns-pm/article2222867/

5. Leadnow petition: http://www.leadnow.ca/keep-canada-safe

6. Avaaz petition: http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_harpers_cruel_crime_bill/
Bill C-10 in full: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=5124131&file=4

GO TO LEADNOW.CA for more information and to find an MP office near you.

How else to help: Sign the petitions from Leadnow.ca and others against Bill C-10.

Comments

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    The following interpretation will be tested in time. The egregious crime committed by the chemical barons and those who chose to participate is truly likened to a living holocaust which is the most appropriate description.

    The audience of the communication has at length in time now been exposed to the Lyme plague instrumented by the United States Government and their facilitating agents. The other email sent out on this day by Joseph Mercola clearly demonstrates the aggressive actions by the criminal parties which must be responded to with every action possible.

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/26/obama-war-on-weed.aspx?e_cid=20111126_DNL_art_1

    http://www.thehumansideoflyme.net/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhdBNmCANzk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95eF4Dn3CL0

    http://www.underourskin.com/

    The primary reason for this communication was to create an awareness of the methods of omission used by all parties in this great crime against humanity itself. Now if you look closely you will not find the mentioning of powerful antibiotic actions of marijuana nor will you find the mentioning of the Lyme plague (Lyme disease primarily is treated with powerful antibiotics ) which was so disturbing to myself — you the reader are being directed to these specific omitted facts with all the background provided.

    Thus the difficult yet apparent facts of this bio weapon being empowered by marijuana Prohibition comes to light. This is the 2012 moment and we have to prosecute this crime as a collective tribe.

  2. Bud Grinder on

    Yes, I do need to be such a prick about it. Sure, the Anslinger thug started it all, but Pastor Harper and his deluded gang of ignorant, mercenary raptureist thugs are perpetuating it.

    I thoroughly resent having anyone, not just Pastor Harper, telling me how I have to live my life just because it says here in this good book (thumping Bible) that they’re the ones who have that authority. That they can send anyone away to their prison gulag to be systematically humiliated, abused and degraded by their hired gang of mindless goons for the so-called “crime” of marijuana is unacceptable and I will never accept it.

    I sincerely believe that it is my civic duty to protest, to resist, to defy and to obstruct the excesses of bad government every day and every lawful way that I can. When governance is based on Biblical strictures I have to protest that as loudly as I am able. If your delicate Christian sensibilities are offended by that, with all due respect, tough shit.

  3. Adam h on

    Hey bud, you don’t need to be such a prick about it. Some of us who smoke bud are devout Christians, and scripture is okay with it. The real person you can thank for this is Harry Anslinger.

    Just sayin, bro

  4. Myles O'Howe on

    We need repeal of an unconstitutional law that has filled our prisons with nonviolent pot smokers. The prohibition against marijuana was unconstitutional from? its inception. It took 13 years to end alcohol prohibition, 7 decades later for cannabis prohibition, it is time to turn things around! When alcohol was legalized it was not because Beer Cured Cancer! We don’t want legalization of marijuana which leaves the government to control and regulate it. Control=corpoporations can limit the publics ability to be self sufficient, therefore dependant on the corporations.

    Thomas Jefferson who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was a hemp farmer. There are documents in Library of Congress where George Washington states that he liked sitting on the back porch smoking a pipe of hemp. In early Colonial times people could pay their taxes with hemp! They poisoned George Washington first they drained half his blood and when that didnt do anything good, they finished him off with mercury.

    Even Rudolph Diesel who made the diesel engine to run on hemp fuel he was found swimming with the fishes! screw the mafia cartels. Wide use of Rudolf Diesel’s engine would have made petroleum-based fuel obsolete. The idea was destroyed by marijuana prohibition after Rudolf Diesel’s death.

    The government repeals other laws so lets get rid of the corrupt laws!

    In 2003, Rick Simpson discovered his Cancer Cure High THC Hemp Oil.
    In 2007, the World Health Organization reported worldwide Cancer caused 21,643 deaths per day (7.9 Million Deaths per year)
    and 18,000+ children starve to death every single day because the most nutritional food source on earth is illegal.

    U.S. National Library of Medicine — 812 Worldwide PubMed articles on Cannabinoids including THC curing Cancer
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&cmd=DetailsSearch&term=cancer+cannabinoid

    The U.S. Government owns Patent 6630507 Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants (real cannabis is superior)
    http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507.html

    http://www.cannabisscience.com/research-a-development/anti-aging.html

    http://www.uccs.edu/~rmelamed/Evolutionism/medical_uses_of_cannabinoid_2/aging_2/

    Smoking cannabis is safer than drinking water. Water can kill you, cannabis can’t.
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill

    Dupont – Facing the Corporate Roots of American Fascism – http://coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/53/dupont.html

    Du Pont were the main supplier of gunpowder during many wars, including:

    * War of 1812 (supplying the U.S. against Britain/Canada)
    * South American wars (supplying both Spain and Bolivar’s republics)
    * Mexican-American War, 1846 (supplying the U.S.)
    * Indian Wars, 1827-1896 (supplying Manifest Destiny’s genocidal westward expansion)
    * Crimean War, 1854 (supplying both England and Russia)
    * U.S. Civil war, 1861-1865 (supplying the Northern states)
    * Spanish-American War, 1898 (supplying the U.S.)
    * WWI, 1914-1918 (supplied all U.S. orders; 40% of the Allies’ needs)

    In 1897, when they agreed with European competitors to divide up the world, du Pont got exclusive control of gunpowder sales in the Americas. By 1905, du Pont had assets of 60 million and controlled all U.S. government orders. Du Pont bought out 100 of its American competitors and closed most of them down (1903-1907). In 1907, U.S. anti-Trust laws created two competitors for du Pont and in 1912 the government ordered du Pont to divest from some explosives production. Du Pont then diversified into newspaper publishing, chemicals, paints, varnishes, cellophane and rayon. WWI was particularly profitable.

    The du Pont Co., and particularly GM, was a major contributor to Nazi military efforts to wipe communism off the map of Europe. In 1929, GM bought Adam Opel, Germany’s largest car manufacturer. In 1974, a Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly heard evidence from researcher Bradford Snell proving that that in 1935, GM opened an Opel factory to supply the Nazi’s with “Blitz” military trucks. In appreciation, for this help, Adolf Hitler awarded GM’s chief executive for overseas operations, James Mooney, with the Order of the German Eagle (first class). Besides military trucks, Germany’s GM workers also producing armored cars, tanks and bomber engines.

    Du Pont’s GM and Rockefeller’s Standard Oil of New Jersey collaborated with I.G. Farben, the Nazi chemical cartel, to form Ethyl GmbH. This subsidiary, now called Ethyl Inc., built German factories to give the Nazis leaded gas fuel (synthetic tetraethyl fuel) for their military vehicles (1936-1939).

    Since WWII, du Pont has continued to be an instrument of U.S. government weapons production. Besides supplying plastics, rubber and textiles to military contractors, it invented various new forms of explosives and rocket propellants, manufactured numerous chemical weapons and was instrumental in building the world’s first plutonium production plant for the atomic bomb. It pumped out Agent Orange and Napalm, thus destroying millions of lives, livelihoods and whole ecosystems in Southeast Asia.

    With 2,000 brand names, 100,000 employees and annual sales of $25 billion in 1998, du Pont is one of the world’s biggest corporations. It’s 1939 slogan, “Better Things for Better Living…Through Chemistry,” belies a destructive legacy that will last thousands of generations. One of the globe’s worst polluters, it pioneered the creation, marketing and coverup of almost every dangerous chemical toxin ever known. It now faces countless lawsuits for the adverse health and environmental effects of its products, the unsafe working conditions in its factories and the foolhardy, disposal practices it flaunts as final solutions for its waste products. Here is a small sampling of du Pont’s gifts to the planet:

    * Sulphur dioxide and lead paint
    * CFCs: 25% of the world’s supply and almost 50% of the U.S. market.
    * Herbicides and pesticides: brain damage, hormone system disruption.
    * Formaldehyde: cancer and respiratory illnesses.
    * Dioxins: Leading the way to create these carcinogens, du Pont then suppressed data on their deadly effects.
    * Highly-processed, unnutritious products marketed as healthy food.
    * Genetically modified foods and “Terminator”/“Killer seeds” threaten food security for 1.4 billion people who depend on farm-saved seeds.
    * Patenting plant genes and stealing the Third World’s genetic resources.
    * Using U.S. prison labour and factories in many oppressive regimes.
    * Its oil subsidiary, Conoco, provided petrochemical raw materials and caused environmental devastation.
    * Du Pont is one of the world’s biggest producers of green house gases.
    * Sold for 33 years, the fungicide Benlate destroyed crops, shrimp farms and caused birth defects.
    * Since the 1920s, du Pont produced leaded gas which is responsible for 80-90% of the world’s environmental lead contamination. Besides fueling Nazi war machines that rolled and flew across Europe killing tens of millions, this product’s legacy includes retarding children’s mental health and causing hypertension in adults. Du Pont’s helped stop the U.S. ban until 1996, and then increased its overseas sales.

    Irénée du Pont (1876-1963)
    Irénée, the most imposing and powerful member of the du Pont clan, was obsessed with Hitler’s principles. He keenly followed the future Fuhrer’s career in the 1920s. On Sept. 7, 1926, in a speech to the American Chemical Society, he advocated a race of supermen, to be achieved by injecting special drugs into them in boyhood to make their characters to order. He insisted his men reach physical standards equivalent to that of a Marine and have blood as pure as that in the veins of the Vikings. Despite the fact that he had Jewish blood in his own veins, his anti-Semitism matched that of Hitler.

    In outright defiance of Roosevelt’s desire to improve working conditions for the average man, GM and the Du Ponts instituted the speedup systems. These forced men to work at terrifying speeds on the assembly lines. Many died of the heat and pressure, increased by fear of losing their jobs. Irénée paid almost $1 million from his own pocket for armed and gas-equipped storm troops modeled on the Gestapo to sweep through the plants and beat up anyone who proved rebellious. He hired the Pinkerton Agency to send its swarms of detectives through the whole [du Pont] chemicals, munitions and auto empire to spy on left-wingers or other malcontents.

  5. Bud Grinder on

    Pastor Harper and his deluded gang of ignorant, mercenary ratureista thugs won’t be stopped by petitions and Bar Associations and such.

    They’re on a holy mission for their God, who has told them that He will be pleased for Canadians to have more and better punishments inflicted on them to enhance His and His son’s glory for the rapture to come in 2012.

    Whoever isn’t on-side with that that can burn in Hell for eternity with Satan as they so righteously deserve to.