Saturday, August 16, 2014
Power to the People
Caravan to Ottawa picks up steam in Chilliwack
Released by Peoples Social Forum/Voice photos
Local environment advocate
Eddie Gardner holds up a fist in an iconic salute. He's joined by
activists and a member of the Caravan to Ottawa (L) crew. Below Michael Hale
from the anti-pipeline group Pipe Up Network and his wife speak with Richochet magazine editor Derrick O'Keefe.
to Conservative MP Mark Strahl's office Friday at Noon was one of the
first stops on a cross-Canada Caravan to the Peoples Social Forum in
Ottawa later this month.
This event at MP Strahl's office (7388
Vedder Rd #102, Chilliwack) today from Noon to 1pm will feature
members of the Pipe Up Network in the Fraser Valley, who have been
raising awareness about the dangers of the proposed new Kinder
addition to taking people to Ottawa, the Caravan will hear from
people across Canada who are fed up with the Harper government and
want to send a message on to Ottawa,” O’Keefe explained. "All across
BC we're collecting messages from people concerned about the tar
sands pipelines like Kinder Morgan."
A broad range of social activists from British Columbia are
travelling to Ottawa to take place in this unprecedented meeting of
progressives from Quebec, Canada and First Nations communities.
In 1935 the ‘On to Ottawa Trek’ became a political flashpoint in the
midst of the Great Depression, as men from workcamps hopped on
freight cars to head for the nation’s capital to protest. The
trekkers were severely repressed and stopped in Regina, but the Trek
helped lead to the defeat of the Conservative government of the day.
The On to Ottawa Caravan to the Peoples Social Forum will pick up
additional passengers and hold events and art displays across Canada
over the next week, stopping in Langley, Kamloops, Calgary, Moose
Jaw, Regina, Brandon, Winnipeg, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste
Marie, Sudbury and other points in between before reaching Ottawa in
of the Caravan to Ottawa meant just a small contingent met them at
MP Mark Strahls's office on Friday. The group will be stopping at
Conservative offices all along the way. According MP Mark
Strahl's staff, he was not around at the time of the rally
The Peoples Social Forum is endorsed by a broad range of
organizations, including the BC Federation of Labour, and will
include thousands of participants from various social movements,
unions, universities and First Nations from across the country will
debate and explore different avenues in terms of economy, work,
governance, democracy, intergenerational equality and environment.
For more information or to register:
www.peoplessocialforum.org. You can follow the Caravan's
progress on Twitter @SocialForum_BC #oto2014
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