War criminal George Bush is not welcome in Surrey BC – Rally Oct 20/11

Thursday, October 20
11:00 am
Parking lot outside the Bay at Guildford Mall
SW corner of 152 St. & 104 Ave.

Former US presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are invited speakers at the Surrey Regional Economic Development Forum, Oct. 20 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel. In protest, the StopWar Coalition, Fraser Valley Peace Council and other groups have sent this letter to Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts:

‘George W. Bush is a war criminal, guilty of authorizing torture and launching an illegal war on Iraq based on lies. Bush should not be allowed a safe haven in Surrey or anywhere else in Canada. The federal government has shamefully failed in its duty to deny entry or to arrest Bush and other officials of his administration reasonably suspected of war crimes. We ask you to do the right thing and cancel Bush’s appearance.’

Amnesty International is also calling on the federal government to detain and investigate George W. Bush for war crimes. In fact, the organization says the government has ‘an obligation’ to do it.

Thursday, October 20
11:00 am
Parking lot outside the Bay at Guildford Mall
SW corner of 152 St. & 104 Ave.

For more info on this rally:

For background on the legal campaign to prosecute G.W. Bush:
Centre for Constitutional Rights at www.ccrjustice.org

Please be there to give him the welcome he deserves..

Funding Cuts by Harper Government: Election Update

Federal Election Canada 2011

List of Women’s Organizations whose funding has been cut or ended by the Harper Government

1.    Aboriginal Healing Foundation
(cuts affected several healing centres that focused on providing support to abused women, such as the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal)
2.    Action travail des femmes
3.    Alberta Network of Immigrant Women
4.    Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale (AFEAS)
5.    Canadian Child Care Federation
6.    Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
7.    Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine
8.    Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
9.    Child Care Resource and Research Unit, SpeciaLink
10.  Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes au travail (CIAFT)
11.  Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women Toronto
(funding cut by CIC in December 2010)
12.  Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy (FemJEPP) in Nova Scotia
13.  First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
14.  International Planned Parenthood Federation
15.  Marie Stopes International
(a maternal health agency, has received only a promise of “conditional” funding IF it avoids any & all connection with abortion)
16.  MATCH International
17.  National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)
18.  Native Women’s Association of Canada
19.  New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity
20.  Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
21.  Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
22.  Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec
23.  Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre, Toronto
24.  Sisters in Spirit
25.  South Asian Women’s Centre
26.  Status of Women Canada
(mandate also changed to exclude “gender equality and political justice” and to ban all advocacy, policy research and lobbying)
27.  Tri-Country Women’s Centre Society
28.  Womanspace Resource Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
29.  Women for Community Economic Development in Southwest Nova Scotia (WCEDSN)
30.  Women’s Innovative Justice Initiative – Nova Scotia
31.  Workplace Equity/Employment Equity Program
32. Older Women’s Network
33. Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre (KWRC)
34. Réseau action femmes
For a PDF of this list , please click here.

To add another name to this list, please email the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights.

The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights

‘U’re so sexy, u’re so cute, take off your riot suit!’

If only this sound advice given to Toronto police by the G20/G8 protesters was heeded by the Harper government, the Canadian people would have enjoyed our democratic right to register peaceful protest against the differentiating policies of G20 and G8. But now, over 900 people are illegally arrested, assaulted and detained in the City for attempting to voice concerns held by a large section of Canadian population.

‘Over the past two days, police have rounded and arrested up hundreds of people. They have been denied access to lawyers, telephones, food and water, and held in deplorable conditions in makeshift steel cages. Many have been beaten in the streets and in their homes; shot at with rubber bullets and tear gas; some have been sent to hospital with severe injuries. Hundreds are still in custody as of Sunday night.’ This information was posted in a message announcing today’s ‘Jail Solidarity Rally: Toronto condemns police violence‘. And guess what! Thousands of people came out to support Canadian citizens’ right to protest against G20/G8 policies, and to condemn police brutality and discrimination.

The reports point to various violent actions taken by Toronto police against protesters, and the details expose Canadian power holders to be as desperate as the power holders of any country in the second or the third world.
‘Queer rights, migrant rights, women’s rights and “citizen’s” rights were all blatantly violated throughout the course of the protests, and in detainees’ interactions with police, both in and out of the detention centre, much as in countries affected by the G20 policies. In detention, accounts of racist remarks, sexual assault and harassment, solitary confinement for queer people, and denied access to food, water, warmth, phone calls or legal counsel were all reported by detainees.’ Maya Rolbin-Ghanie in Toronto is a microcosm of the G8/G20 Policies

The immediate ‘fall guy’ may be Bill Blair of Toronto Police but it will be interesting to see how Harper government survives this shameful action against Canadian people, and for how long.

Information and photos from Toronto is a microcosm of the G8/G20 Policies

Fauzia Rafique

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