It’s Day 2 of my indefinite hunger strike to demand the repeal of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at 12:01am on Wednesday, March 14.
I’m doing great. My spirits are high. I’m getting the maximum support I expected from most of my close friends.
- Received positive coverage from Metro Ottawa
- Had three interviews with the local media
- Held conversation with colleagues and friends who are hammering out plans for support including: regular visits, medical attention, etc.
- Attended and spoke at the Ottawa International Day Against Police Violence Vigil
- Met with a colleague from the Occupy Ottawa media team
- Read a chapter 9 of the Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King
- New friendships made
- Music, music, music!
Plans for tomorrow:
- To email all of Canada’s 308 MPs
- To issue a press release
- To start a journal
Other causes I care deeply about and wish I could contribute to right now:
I call on all Canadians who believe in a more democratic, safer and humane Canada to engage in any peaceful act of civil disobedience possible against this draconian Act. It’s time. We’re being called upon to defend Canadian democracy at its greatest hour of need. That’s why I’m fighting Harper’s draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act.
This Act is the lord of the Conservatives’ draconian bills, policies, measures, official rhetoric and attitudes through which Harper seeks to impose an insidious right-wing worldview. It’s a world view that will cannibalize Canada’s future, institutions and values. The Act will expand state power, weaken the judiciary, divide society, take away Canadians’ rights and freedoms, create resentment of the “other”, and punish the weak and marginalized. It will transform Canada into a Zimbabwe in democratic disguise.
I need a lot of support to spread the world and explain to Canadians why I’m undertaking this extreme action, and why they should care. And to build coalitions of support. You can follow my progress via:
- Canadian Progressive World. This is my personal political blog. Please feel free to REPOST any of my postings on your blog or website. (Just scroll down to the end of the article and click the button “Repost This Article” and you’re good to go.) And please do share the links.
- Facebook Profile
I leave you with the words of Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, whose voice, like many others, was ignored during the Bill C-10 hearings in the House of Commons and senate: “Are we going to be a compassionate Canada and look out for one another, or are we going to criminalize one another and send each other to jail? That’s the fundamental question that has to be answered.”