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This Canada Day, many of us celebrating by preparing by rolling up our sleeves to ramp up the fight for the Canada we want. Since it gained a majority, the Conservative government has used its majority to undermine the civil liberties of Canadians, undermine environmental protections, and the rights of people who need protection across the country and the world.
Stephen Harper promised "You won't recognize Canada when I'm through with it." The protests and actions of the last many months and the actions coming up show we won't go down without a fight.
In the last many months we fought hard against Harper's anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51. The goal now is to put pressure on all the major political parties to commit to kill Bill C-51, and demand accountability for those who haven’t committed to do so.
We are kicking off July with a call for action on Jobs, Justice and the Climate. There will be actions planned across Canada on July 4, and people will converge in Toronto on July 5 for a mass rally and march at Queen's Park. The week of action is not just about climate, even though climate is an integral issue, it is about the Canada we want. It is about bringing people who have been fighting separately, together, while respecting that it will take many fights, a lot of organizing, and addressing many different issues to build the Canada we want.
Furthermore, right now labour is under attack and has been for a while.The Canadian Labour Congress is gearing up for action.Read about issues and strikes at their site.
Finally, we as progressives have to frame our values in a way that is about what we want, our terms. Some months ago, rabble.ca helped bring George Lakoff to Canada to talk about framing. This month, pick up Jim Stanford's new book along the same lines, which helps us to reclaim the language of economics to create fairness instead of austerity and a race to the bottom.
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