Brent Patterson

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Brent Patterson is the Political Director at the Council of Canadians. He works with the Council's chairperson Maude Barlow, its campaigners, organizers and chapters across the country on trade, energy, water, and health care issues. The Council has political staff in Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, Delhi, Durban and Mexico City.

Common Causes backs Idle No More rallies across the country

| January 28, 2013
Common Causes backs Idle No More rallies across the country

Postmedia News reports, “Idle No More protesters are set to gather in at least 30 Canadian cities and will be joined by solidarity protests around the world as the indigenous grassroots movement marks a global day of action on Monday. The day of action, which comes as Canada’s MPs return to the House of Commons, is to include everything from a rally in Vancouver and a peace march in Calgary, to a gathering of jingle dancers on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and a sunrise ceremony in Montreal, according to regional Idle No More Facebook pages.”

“Last week, a new assembly of social movements called Common Causes -- associated with the Council of Canadians -- announced its support for Idle No More to mark the global day of action. Common Causes has also announced rallies and marches on Monday in cities across the country, most of them in co-ordination with Idle No More events. The largest Idle No More turnout is expected in Ottawa, where jingle dancers from across Canada have been invited by organizers to dance on Parliament Hill following a rally on Victoria Island. Maude Barlow, the national chair of the Council of Canadians, is scheduled to give a speech on behalf of Common Causes on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon (at about 2:15 pm).”

To join a Common Causes action across the country, please see http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/239892866145089/. You can download Common Causes PDFs to take as placards for today’s rallies at http://canadians.org/commoncauses/downloads.html. You are also encouraged to take photos of your presence at these rallies and e-mail them to forcommoncauses@gmail.com.

Read Barlow’s paper ‘Common Causes: Progressive forces actions together to build a better society‘ (en français)

The new Common Causes website is at http://www.commoncauses.ca/, it’s Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/CommonCausesCausesCommunes?fref=ts.

More to come!

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