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The thin blue line and the criminalization of dissent

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On June 27th 2012, I attended a Casserole demonstration in solidarity with Quebec students at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). So did the Vancouver Police Department's 'Public Safety Unit.'  

As the rally began, there was a 1 to 1 ratio of police to demonstrators. After being approached and informed that if we marched and blocked intersections or oncoming lanes of traffic, we would be arrested, we decided to stay at the VAG and that we would 'casserole' and approach officers present and ask for their names and badge numbers, which they are legally obligated to provide.

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Toronto rallies in support of Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

A rally was held in Toronto Saturday in solidarity with Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
A rally was held in Toronto Saturday in solidarity with Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. (Photo: John Bonnar)

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Mass mobilization and the Maple Spring: What are the lessons for B.C. politics?

As many of you know, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the ex-spokesperson of CLASSE, was recently in town. Some of us had the opportunity of having a much more in depth conversation with him where we discussed, in some detail, the structure and strategy employed by CLASSE. There are some great lessons to be learned.

The greatest thing that we can learn from the Quebec student uprisings is that if we are able to mobilize en masse, if we are able to get thousands and thousands of people to coordinate activity, we can take down the government and bring about the changes that we all envision.

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Sasha Wiley on police repression of Vancouver casseroles protests

Sasha Wiley, a Vancouver teacher, was the first speaker at a press conference held Friday, June 29 outside the courthouse and jail at 222 Main Street. She denounced the arrests by Vancouver police of herself and more than 10 other participants in casseroles protest actions over the past two weeks. In this clip, Wiley explains that at the time of her arrest Wednesday night she was even wearing the relevant section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on her clothing.

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Sasha Wiley-Shaw and Peter Haywood display their charge sheets after their release. Photo by David P. Ball
| June 29, 2012

Arrests at Vancouver casseroles: We need to stand up against criminalization of dissent

Last night in Vancouver seven participants in a casserole solidarity demonstration were detained and/or arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).

They were taken down violently, roughed up, cuffed, searched and detained for hours. They were not informed as to why they were being arrested, or what if any laws they may have broken. They were, in short, denied most of their Charter rights.

Two were taken into custody at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) as the march was about to begin. The other five were detained a few hours later during a jail solidarity vigil outside the police station at 222 Main Street, where the first two were being held.

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| June 23, 2012

Brigette DePape: 'It's time to take the uprising in Quebec from coast to coast to coast'

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On Friday, June 22, join in the largest act of civil disobedience in North American history.

From the Harper government's attacks on workers and our environment, to Charest's attacks on students and Law 78's attack on the public's right to protest, now is the time to unite. 

Tomorrow, June 22, there is a massive mobilization taking place in Quebec. Join with friends and family to take the uprising in Quebec from coast to coast to coast. 

This is about more than tuition; this is about education for all, about ending austerity, and about creating the future we want to build. We refuse to be silenced!

This Friday, wherever you are, join with friends and family to bang on pots and pans in solidarity with the people of Quebec. 

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| June 21, 2012

Casseroles: Vancouver

Inspired by Jeremie Battaglia's gorgeous Montreal film, Vancouver answers the Quebec student movement with a pots and pans revolt of our own on May 30, 2012. There is a beauty that emerges when we learn and inspire each other, just as Quebec has done for the rest of Canada. When we speak to each other instead of through governments or the mainstream media. Here in Vancouver, we discovered what it means to make music together in the streets, in the rain, and you can see it on our faces. It is magic.

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