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We, a broad-based network of Vancouver and BC civil society organizations and individuals, call for the immediate release of all those currently being held as part of the G8/G20 Summit police operations, and for all charges against community organizers to be dropped.
Hi all, Most of the time, "tough on crime" populism is reactionary. However, can there be instances where it is progressive, in that it separates us politically from liberal "restorative" views on crime, and that the nonetheless Utilitarian basis for the separation - the greatest good for the greatest number of working-class folks - is not Hedonistic?
I'm looking at things like outright wage theft, other labour law violations, and the usual canard of corporate crime. Very rarely is wage theft punishable by jail time, let alone longer sentences (as opposed to fines and even class action lawsuits). Ditto with other labour law violations. Meanwhile, not enough corporate crime is met with practically lifelong jail time.
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass, 1857
This page grows out of dialogue with many community members between the Vancouver Olympics in February and the Toronto G8/G20 in June. It needs saying.