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G8/G20 Communique: Saturday's Civil Liberties rallies across Canada and other solidarity events

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Salut Rebellions, check out these solidarity events. Let's make the "so-so-solidarité" mean something!

First, though, consider signing this petition calling for the resignation of Toronto Police Chief, Bill Blair, for lying to the public among other dishonourable things.

If you'd like to launch a complaint with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, you have until FRIDAY!

Now on to the Civil Liberties Celebrations across Turtle Island.........

1: Saturday's Rally at Queen's Park

Tell the Government and the Police that they can't push you around; singing: "push back, push back, push back, with every word and every breath".

These are our streets. Hold your ground and stand up for your rights!

Rally at Queen's Park, organized by amazing groups such as Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Toronto Community Mobilization Network.

Here are the deets = bring yourself and your wonderful malcontent friends! There's going to be everything from speakers to drumming to face painting! Remember that people across Turtle Island will be marching with you!

Come celebrate the Carnival of Resistance!

I'll be covering the event for http://www.rabble.ca so please keep in touch over Twitter @rabbleca and @krystalline_k

Queen's Park - South lawn.

College Street and University Avenue

1:30 pm

*If you live outside Toronto - we ARE the centre of the Universe you know! - please contact CAPP to find a CAPP chapter hosting a rally near YOU!

Planned Rallies:

--Bancroft, ON: Starting at Freedom Skate Park ending at MPP Leona Dombrowsky's office.
Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140353712647224

--Barrie, ON: Details pending.

--Calgary, AB: Details pending. Volunteers contact: [email protected]

--Halifax, NS: Details pending. Volunteers contact: [email protected]

--Hamilton, ON: Event page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=144066552273694&v=wall
Volunteers Contact: [email protected]

--London, ON: Details pending. Volunteers contact:

--Montreal, QC: Carré Phillips, Montréal (Coin Sainte-Catherine et Place Phillips)
Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137427269611275
Volunteers Contact: [email protected]

--Nelson, BC: City Hall. Event page:

--Niagara, ON: Montebello Park
Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=142452502432092&ref=ts
Volunteers contact: [email protected]

--Oshawa, ON: Details pending

--Ottawa, ON: Human Rights Monument. Event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136608409701137&ref=mf

--Peterborough, ON: Farmers Market and Trent Radio.
Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132160730151936
Volunteers contact: [email protected]

--Quebec City, QC: Église St-Jean-Baptiste, Québec, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100685483319333

--St John's, NFLD: Details pending. Check out: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135377369814575

--Toronto, ON: 1:30pm @ Queens Park, South Lawn. Volunteers contact: [email protected]
Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133625160002128

--Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Public Library. March to Victory Square.
Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132175446816777&index=1
Volunteers contact: [email protected]

--Winnipeg, MB: Details pending.
Group Page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=134662713223151&v=wall
Volunteers contact: [email protected]


There are also two fundraisers being hosted on Thursday and Friday of this week. See here!

1: "FREE OUR FRIENDS: a G20 legal defence fundraiser {DAY ONE!}" http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131793366859215&ref=ts

2: Free Our Friends! A G20 Legal Defence Fundraiser {Day Two} http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=142090382468679


If you can't make it out to a demonstration, first don't hesitate to do something on your own, but also please consider making a donation to the G20 legal fund.

Support the Toronto Community Mobilization Network's Legal Fund:

Please contribute to the legal defence fund.  Ways to donate:

--Transfer funds to:
transit number 00646
institution number 842
account number 3542240
Use your online bank account or contact your bank directly to transfer funds. Please put "G20 legal defence" in the memo.

--Write a cheque
Cheques (payable to OPIRG York, with 'G20 legal defence' on the subject line) can be mailed to:
OPIRG York / Toronto Community Mobilization Network
360A Bloor Street W
PO Box 68557
Toronto, ON M5S 1X0

--Donate by PayPal
Make sure to put 'G20 legal defence' in the "Add special instructions for the Merchant" section. Donation link is above.


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