Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sountdtrack for a revolution #5 -- Sultans of Ping FC "Where's me Jumper"

This week's soundtracx presents an oldy but a goodie from this Dublin band's best selling album. Seen most frequently at the Star in Swords or at the Rose and Boot in Malahide, Sultans of Ping lyrics bounce off Dublinism's and ideomatic dialect, but echo true of the Irish scene (of which they are a part/Pogues/AfroCelt/etc.). Where's me poxy jumper!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Casserole Night, Wednesday July 4th


 The group marched up Water Street to show solidarity, first of all, with the student (and now popular) movement in Quebec, and as a way to show popular discontent with a slew of undemocratic laws at the provincial and federal levels: Loi 78 in Quebec makes it illegal for groups of more than 50 to peacefully assemble, Omnibus bill C-38 (recently passed by the Conservatives) represents the most dangerous disregard for people and the environment we've seen in a long time, and Newfoundland access to information Law 29 (read more about it here, here, or here) hinders the public from accessing information.

 There are so many reasons to be angry, and so we invite the public to gather peacefully with us next Wednesday at Harbourside Park at 8 pm for more discussion, marching, and pots and pans clanging!

Monday, June 25, 2012

June 22nd Mega Casseroles Recap

Hello everyone! In case you missed the Mega Casseroles pot bangin' protest on June 22nd, here are a few photos and some video footage of what went down.

To show solidarity with the Quebec student strike and opposition to Quebec's Law 78, as well as to show opposition to the federal government's Bill C-38 and the local Bill 29 (read more about Bill 29 here, here, or here), close to thirty people showed up at Harbourside Park to bang on pots and pans.

We marched down Water Street and made our way to George Street, waving red flags, carrying banners, and respecting most traffic laws and crossing streets safely for the entirety of the march.

We did block George Street, but please don't let that bit of civil disobedience discourage you from coming out and taking part. For some reason, we also found ourselves with a police escort. The police were parked across from Harbourside Park before we started, followed us down Water Street and George Street, and followed us back to Harbourside Park. This means that we were very safe, or perhaps one jay-walk away from being fined. It's hard to say, really.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bill 29 Pamphlet

I've put together a pamphlet explaining Bill 29 (available here).  Nice to have on hand if you are collecting signatures for a petition.  Comments are welcome.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Petition to Repeal Bill 29

The NDP are circulating a petition calling for the repeal of Bill 29.  An electronic version can be downloaded here.  In order for the petition to be accepted, all signatures must be in the original ink and each page submitted must have a minimum of three signatures on it.   Signatures should me mailed to the address at the bottom of the page, or sent to one of the NDP MHAs.

Remember, petitioning gives you the opportunity to engage the members of your community on this important issue.  The more people know about Bill 29, the less likely they will tolerate this attack on our right to know what our government is doing.

Mega Casseroles Night - Friday June 22nd

Video: Highlights from June 22 Casseroles in Montreal (at the end, promising to come back July 22 for an even bigger show of solidarity!)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Protest in Support of Access to Information

Close to a hundred people turned out on a cold and windy June afternoon in Support of Access to Information.  Check out this lead story on CBC (unedited footage here), some videos shot by Jennifer McCreath, and photos taken by participants. News coverage links below.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bill 29 Protest, Saturday June 16th, 1pm at Confederation Bldg

Occupy NL is calling on concerned citizens to protest against the provincial government's Bill 29. This Saturday at 1 pm we will meet up in front of Confederation Building to voice our discontent.  Bring a sign (and maybe even your pots and pans) to show how important government transparency and accountability is to you!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In an effort to be more transparent....introducing bill 29!


Bill 29, a new bill just introduced, will make sweeping changes to Newfoundland and Labrador's access to information laws. News reports have raised concerns that this will put more power into the hands of cabinet ministers to give the public access to information or not.

"Proposed legislative changes will allow the provincial government to keep ministerial briefings secret, ignore requests for information that cabinet ministers deem to be 'frivolous,' and bar the auditor general from a wider array of records," CBC reports.

 Interesting turn of events from a government whose campaign platform assured voters of openness and transparency.

 The CBC article continues: "But since taking office, the Tories have worked to erode the act, filing lawsuits to restrict the powers of the watchdog tasked with investigating citizens’ complaints, and adopting narrow interpretations of the information that can be released to taxpayers."

More resources:

Monday, June 11, 2012

More Casseroles Nights in Canada

Since the epic concert de Casseroles video that went viral on May 24, the rest of Canada has stepped up to show solidarity with the students in Quebec (and a broader popular movement of citizens concerned about the draconian and far-reaching "loi special" Law 78).

View the June 13th Facebook event page here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Casseroles Night in Canada, round 2, June 6th, 8 PM at Harbourside Park



St. John's citizens gather at Harbourside Park before the march.
Casseroles solidarity marching up George Street:

Solidarity march making it's way to the banks...


St. John's citizens made themselves heard on the first Casseroles Night in Canada on May 30, and are invited to meet up at Harbourside Park for round two on Wednesday June 6th around 8 PM.

St. John's Casseroles Facebook event page

National Casseroles Event event page

People of all ages are welcome!

Bring your pots and pans, and something to hit them with! If anyone has any suggestions as to how to make this event bigger and better, please share in comments.

Leave your house at 8pm and clang your way down to Harbourside Park. Hopefully the noise will attract others to join in! When we get to the park, keep making noise and see how big of a crowd we can gather!

The news source has called for weekly Casseroling to continue showing solidarity with the student movement in Quebec and disapproval for Quebec's Law 78, which restricts Canadian's civil liberties, but to also make our discontent over Bill C-38 heard loud and clear. Let those in power know that Canadians are paying attention!

Members of Occupy NL have also created a postcard (front and back downloadable from that link) that you can send to your MP about the ominous, undemocratic Omnibus bill C-38.

See you in the streets!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Black Out Speak Out June 4th Against Bill C-38

 Join local Newfoundland and Labrador environmental community organizations for a press conference to be held on Monday June 4 at Harbourside Park at 10 AM. It is part of the broader Black Out Speak Out campaign being organized across the country in opposition to the omnibus Bill C-38, (a 425-page bill being rushed through Parliament), which would weaken many of the country's most important environmental protection measures. Read more about specific reasons the bill is undemocratic and destructive on many fronts.

Concerned citizens at Harbourside Park June 4 for the press conference
organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network.
 View the Top Five Reasons to Speak Out and download a top ten list (from the Black Out Speak Out website) for more info.