OTTAWA ACTION SCHEDULE:
Sunday September 25
Training will run from 1pm to 8pm on Sunday, September 25 at 55 Laurier Ave. E., at The University of Ottawa, Building Desmarais (DMS), 1st floor, Room 1160.
Please plan to arrive in Ottawa by the evening of the 24th or the morning of the 25th for the training. It is mandatory that everyone attend this training. This won’t be like every other rally you’ve attended. Because we are dealing with an arrestable situation it is incredibly important that everyone is on the same page, understands the action, legal consequences and the basics of non-violent direct action. One person action out of line can jeopardize everyone else. In addition to the safety reasons the training will be crucial for building group solidarity and trust for the action. We can look at this as a fantastic opportunity to build community and solidarity for the climate movement 🙂
If, for some reason you absolutely cannot attend the training you must email us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make other arrangements.
Monday September 26
We will be meeting at 10am at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill. Please don’t be late, final instructions for the sit-in will be shared at the solidarity rally.
Solidarity Rally: There will be a solidarity rally at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill at 10:00am. There will be statements from a range of speakers and an opportunity to support sit-in participants. This rally is intended for broader participation and does not involve the risk of arrest.
“There comes a time…”
There comes a time when you need to take a stand. When sending letters and signing petitions isn’t enough. When together we must say, “enough is enough — not on our watch”.
That time is now. We must act together for the health of our planet, our air, our water, our climate, and our children.
On September 26th we need you to come to Ottawa to join a historic action to oppose the tar sands. In a large peaceful protest, many will be risking arrest to tell the Harper governmentthat we don’t support his reckless agenda; that we want to turn away from the toxic tar sands industry; and that we oppose the direction he’s taking this country.
In the U.S., people by the thousands are taking a stand. From Aug 20th to Sept. 3rd, thousands are pledging to risk arrest in daily acts of civil disobedience to convince President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring dirty tar sands oil to the U.S. On September 26th, we will stand up to Prime Minister Harper to pressure him to stem the tar sands industry at its source.
Tar sands mining and other extreme forms of energy extraction like Arctic drilling, shale fracking, and nuclear power generation send us in the exact opposite direction that we, as a civilization, must go to ensure global survival. If we burn the tar sands, we blot our nation’s reputation; if we leave that carbon in the ground, we’ll do the world an enormous favour.
On September 26th we are asking you to come to Ottawa to participate in one of the largest acts of civil disobedience on the climate issue that Canada has ever seen.
Be a part of turning Canada away from the toxic tar sands industry. Help forge the future we all want to live in.
If you are interested and willing to take action email email@example.com or go to www.ottawaaction.ca to sign-up today. It will be a powerful day, and more powerful if you’re a part of it.
The Council of Canadians
Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)