Note: I am reposting this story, it was the first one I wrote for the Occupy Movement, and to this day still perfectly echos my sentiments about how our movement can succeed. It is simply really- can your grandmother feel comfortable in it? Then the answer is yes!
Please read and share your feelings in the comments sections- what do we need to do so that we win?
Posted in Anti-Violence, Family, Occupy Movement, Occupy Vancouver, Politics, Positivity
Tagged abbie hoffman, baby killer, Burning Flags, childhood hero, Draft, Grandmothers, New York City, timothy leary, Vietnam War, Yippies
They certainly do in Dave's case...
Last night I went home with tears in my eyes. It must have been looked quite obvious, because a woman who didn’t know me stopped and asked if I was okay. It was after 10pm and we were on the subway, quite an unusual situation.
I got home, cried some more, and started working on a blog posting- detailing your relationship with organisations funded by the George Soros funded TIDES Foundation. Ruckus Society, Indigenous Environmental Network, Rainforest Action Network, etc. But, I stopped working on it half-way through and decided to get some sleep. People who behave like you aren’t worth losing valuable sleep over.
Posted in Anti-Poverty Committee, Anti-Violence, BCCLA, Black Bloc, British Columbia, Canada, Conspiracy, Council of Canadians, CUPE, David Eby, DTES, Everyone Is Illegal, FAIL, Harsha Walia, Kingsway Mafia, Nature, NDP, No One Is Illegal, Occupy Canada, Occupy Movement, Occupy Toronto, Occupy Vancouver, Olympics, Rainforest, Unions, Vancouver, Violence, VPD
Tagged Action Canada, Black Bloc, Dave Vasey, Downtown Eastside, George Soros, Greg Renouf, honest broker, Indigenous Environmental Network, My Hero, Occupy Movement, Occupy Vancouver, Rainforest Action Network, Rob Gordon, Ruckus Society, TIDES Foundation, Toronto, Vancouver
Please check our Facebook pages. I have published a letter there asking Dave Vasey to step-down from his (assumed) role as our leader. Dave’s handling of the allegations against my by Harsha Walia and people at Occupy Vancouver was not acceptable to the ethos of our movement.
I now have disproved the allegations and it is time to move onto the business of changing the world. Thank you for your patience during this trying time in our history. I look forward to doing great things together.
For people in Vancouver, and other occupations, I will update you soon. In the meantime, don’t forget to always ask questions of people who speak badly of others, and never accept ad-hominem attacks for any reason.
If you are worried your occupation is being subverted, it is most likely being done by those who attack others without providing credible evidence.
Together we will prevail, divided we will fall. The concept of banishment must be removed from our thoughts. MLK said we must love the oppressors. Equally, we must love each other- unconditionally.
With Love & Solidarity,
Last night, at just before midnight, vans loaded with police arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London and began the task of clearing out several dozen remaining Occupiers.
Posted in Occupy LSX, Occupy Movement, Occupy Toronto, Violence
Tagged bailiffs, City of London, City of London Corporation, Eviction, garbage trucks, London, Occupier, Occupy London, Occupy Toronto, personal property, Riot control, riot gear, St Paul's Cathedral, Toronto
It was only a few days after I had moved back to Vancouver. We were living in a temporary place in the Electra building– the former headquarters of BC Hydro. The day earlier I read about the ‘secret vault’ that was discovered a month ago after a small fire shook-up the residents. There were rumours that there may be old PCB’s down there, but nobody could confirm. The building was constructed back in 1957, the styling of the architecture reminiscent of Tomorrowland at Disneyworld- was claimed to be the tallest in the Commonwealth. Progress!
Vancouver Fireman Putting on Hazmat gear at the Electra
Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Chernobyl, Direct Actions, Fukushima, Nuclear, Occupy Bellingham, Occupy Canada, Occupy Denver, Occupy Movement, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Ottawa, Occupy Police, Occupy Toronto, Occupy Vancouver, Politics, Why I Occupy
Tagged Al Jazeera, BC Hydro, canada government, Chernobyl, Chernobyl disaster, fukushima, Fukushima Disaster, Fukushima Prefecture, Government of Japan, Japan, japanese government, massive earthquake, Nuclear Power, nuclear power plant, Radiation, Seattle, TEPCO, tomorrowland, us state department, Vancouver