by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, May 21, 2012
Today, May 21st is the day 69 of my indefinite hunger strike protesting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cruel new crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly omnibus crime Bill C10. This potentially-fatal act of peaceful civil disobedience is an informed reaction to Harper’s burgeoning elected dictatorship. It is a natural reaction hewn out of conscience and personal lived experience.
OTTAWA, May 6, 2012 - Today marks the 53rd day of my indefinite hunger strike against Canada’s new draconian crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly omnibus crime Bill C10. My name is Obert Madondo. I’m Ottawa-based activist and progressive political blogger. My two core demands: the Parliament of Canada should immediately repeal the law AND Senator Vernon White must resign.
Although my health has deteriorated significantly since I started the hunger strike on March 14, the silent treatment I’ve received from the Parliament of Canada and the mainstream media so far has left me no choice but to take my peaceful protest to Parliament Hill. Starting Monday, May 7, 2012, I will be protesting from the steps to Parliament Hill every day from 12pm to 5pm.
Below is my appeal to newly-appointed Conservative senator and former Ottawa Police chief, Vernon White, to resign. I mailed the letter to the senator on March 14, 2012. On the same day, I started an indefinite hunger strike against the Conservative government’s cruel new crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (Bill C10).
Why the senator’s resignation is the second most important of my hunger strike demands…