GIVE THE TORIES THE WELCOME THEY DESERVE!

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On June 10th, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will address the Conservative Party of Canada’s (CPC) National Convention in downtown Ottawa. Taking place during the 3 day CPC National Convention at the Ottawa Convention Centre, Harper’s address to the gathered Conservative Party members will be his first major address after winning a majority government in the last election.

We invite all those opposed to the Harper’s right-wing agenda to come together on Friday, June 10th, and make clear to the Conservative Party that we will not sit idly by while they attack our communities.

The Conservative Party has been in power in Canada since 2006, and in those 5 long years we have seen the dismantling, defunding and discrediting of countless progressive organizations and programs. We have seen a continuation of the war in Afghanistan and occupation of Haiti, and ever increasing military spending. We have seen continued attacks on First Nations communities, while hundreds of indigenous women are still missing or presumed dead. The environmentally catastrophic project that is the Tar Sands charges forward at full speed, and real environmental norms are still just a dream. We are seeing an increasingly dangerous and racist
militarization of our borders and an alarming rise in the number of deportations. And Canada’s unwavering support for Israeli apartheid continues, even in the wake of Operation Cast Lead, the flotilla murders and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and despite international calls for solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The situation facing many communities has already been rough, and friends, it’s going to get worse. The CPC has won it’s long sought after majority and is free to move forward with it’s right-wing agenda. Let’s be clear: this will mean an increase in aggressive attacks on safe injection sites,
on women’s organizations, on sex workers, on First Nations people, on im/migrants, on people of colour, queer people and trans people. A CPC majority will mean more severe austerity measures and a new wave of attacks on the poor and on workers.

Though many among us rejoiced at the unprecedented level of support for Canada’s social democratic party, the NDP, let’s not leave the upcoming fightback in the hands of politicians. Our power will be, and has always been, in the streets. This June let’s give the Tories the welcome they deserve. Let’s be clear that we are announcing 4 years of raging opposition to their right wing agendas. We are calling for worker’s unions, student groups, faith groups, anarchists, First Nations people, feminist organizations, anti-capitalist networks, migrant justice groups, anti-poverty organizations, disability rights movements, Palestine solidarity activists, Native warriors and anti-war organizers to come together to defeat this government. Specifically, we are interested in
this resistance being led by those directly affected by the policies of right wing governments around the world.

June 10th will be the first day of action in what we can be sure will be four years spent in the streets. All allies are invited to organize their own contingents, or come join with other individuals who want their opposition noted.

Join us on June 10th, 2011, in Ottawa as we give Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party the welcome they so richly deserve!

Occupation Anywhere, Resistance Everywhere!

Endorsers:

No One Is Illegal (Ottawa)
Common Cause (Ottawa)
Under Pressure (Ottawa)
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement (Ottawa)
Comité Harper Dégage! (Montréal)
Pro-Choice Coalition of Ottawa
FIRST: Feminists Advocating for Rights and Equality for Sex Workers (Vancouver)
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (Vancouver)
Prostitutes of Ottawa: Work, Educate Resist!
NOWAR-PAIX (Ottawa)
Drug Users Advocacy League (Ottawa)
Students Against Israeli Apartheid (Carleton University)
Families of Sisters In Spirit
Tadamon!
Immigrant Workers Centre
People's Commission Network

If your organization would like to endorse this callout, please contact us at takethecaptial@gmail.com

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