Beyond all of the silliness of the Tent Council, and people who like to dress-up like ninja’s, Occupy Vancouver has real meaning. It is a shame the above mentioned people have to destroy that…
Here’s a Media Release just out from OV, that I stand behind 110%!
For Immediate Release
MEDIA COMMUNICATION — Occupy Vancouver Issues Challenge to Municipal Elections Candidates Re: Campaign Contributions
Occupy Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory, November 14, 2011 –
Occupy Vancouver has send letters to all municipal candidates
challenging them to immediately reveal the sources and amounts of
all campaign donations greater than $100, including any money collected
outside the elections cycle by 11:59pm Thursday, November 17, or
face the music on Election Day.
Occupy Vancouver’s General Assembly condemns the influence of
corporate money on Vancouver’s elections and municipal
decision-making. “Corporations are effectively buying elections,” says
Eric Hamilton-Smith, a protester and organizer at Occupy Vancouver,
“As a result of this influence, elected officials tend to create
policies that benefit their financiers’ interests rather than the
interests of the people who elect them into office. This is
particularly problematic here in Vancouver, where big developers have
contributed to an affordable housing crisis.”
According to Tristan Markle, author for The Mainlander and Occupy
Vancouver organizer, “The big developers need prices to stay high in
order to ensure maximum profits. To protect these donors, the NPA and
Vision will go to great lengths to maintain the unaffordable status
According to data from the Vancouver Sun, the lion’s share of campaign
contributions received by both the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) and
Vision Vancouver come from big developers. In 2008, approximately
two-thirds of campaign money raised by Vision Vancouver was from
corporations, including half a million from developers. The NPA also
raised half a million from developers that same year.
At the November 13th 2011 General Assembly, Occupiers agreed by
consensus to the following two proposals:
1. Removal of the influence of corporate contributions from municipal
elections so that citizens—not corporations—are put at the forefront
in municipal decision-making.
In order to achieve this, Occupiers suggest the following reforms:
• Establish limits on the amount of money candidates can spend while
• Establish limits on the amount of money any one person can donate to
a candidate or political party
• Prohibit corporations and other entities from donating money to
• Prohibit donations from non-BC residents
2. Establishment of real transparency in municipal campaign finance by
requiring candidates and parties to reveal their donors and amounts
before, not long after an election is over as is current practice.
Occupy Vancouver is giving all candidates until 11:59pm Thursday,
November 17th to make their campaign contributions publicly available
online or be held to account by voters on Saturday.
If you would like more information or would like to schedule an
interview, please contact:
Occupy Vancouver Media Committee,
Occupy Vancouver is a non-violent political movement to transform the
unequal, unfair, and growing disparity in the distribution of power
and wealth in Vancouver and around the globe.