Archive | April, 2015

About James Rees By: Rachelle monette

21 Apr

I helped you because Your happyness About all pushed me to the end result of anything. The truth, The road we took held down only by basic routine to hardwork and responsblitys. We had so many Consversations Broke by Seriousness then to Laugher over mindless matters or if we could make life changes for the future.The one I remember Most was on a parking garage you ran after me up many flights in Market sqaure to the top when i got angery at my own first attempt on my own to get off the streets into my own place. When you sat with me I asked you to leave me alone so I could hide from the world And myself. Instead you seeked to give me advice from his own Experience’s in life. James Read my Actions As I was finally calming down enough to talk and you promised to protect me from hurting myself future and my Vented anger to help me in my struggle to gain a life back for my daughter, Just to get by. When he saw I finally Saw throught his eyes to the Real James he Picked me up and hugged me for long period of time. From that day me and him fought each other Hidden truths in are historys of being on the streets to fears, people, Phobias, Bad drunk moments or weakness for drugs. His fear was a hard thing for me to sometimes hear in his voice when he talked to me about his mental health Struggle And how long he could not
stand injusticfied legal issues on going in the community involving himself and his body, Also in the hospital visits over numorous years. He thought the thoughts he had was enough for me to want to Take off and leave him or get in a fight what him, That all that we tryed to talk about was just flat lining. we met a few times before he passed away and we walked to the back of camera heights to the far side of the field to a quite area we he was drinking. As he told me about what was happening to him I would read his Reactions In his face and it would scare his that I was listening to what he said and not leaving Listening to scaryest moments to the happyiest till he was able to smile.
He gave back trust and seemed Enlightened of his problems in his mind Healing. Me and him were getting a one bedroom apartment then his passing came, he gave me a note when we first met back up when he came back to kitchener that stated words of moving forward and The memorys that you have that are good to always keep them and storys that I told him always he liked to hear because he was reminded of Good points in his life. That importance was what kept him going. He saw in his mind Much Complication and fear But over all He alway prevailed and He loved his son with great Comprehention and understanding he wanted so much more for him he held him closest to his heart and his Family was his greatest love.He wanted to find someone to love, I told him Family and your stability in life will always come first. That you can be yourself as long as you dont alway worry uf theres to much confusion going on. Live, Love and give yourself something to also remember it would be people who changed parts of his life for him that brought change in him. Stuff he forgot sometimes and make a fresh start. He managed to quit for a bit before in order for are accomlishments, are goals to work we exceeded are own thoughts of are ownselves in few weeks. He Changed Whom I believe My past throws at me.Im happy I met him and was apart of his life In a way that We both at apoint saw thru each others eyes.
Rachelle Monette

Speeches from rally against Harpers state terror Legislation

20 Apr

people in Kitchener say no to Harpers state terror law and demand that Bill C 51 not pass

18 Apr

Today a variety of groups including Fair Vote Canada and Members of The NDP and The Green Party joined Anti Colonial Working Group in demanding that the state back down and not ram through the so called anti terror bill being pushed through the house of commons by the conservatives. The event began with speakers that addressed a variety of issues including the impact of the bill on civil liberties, Indigenous Sovereignty, the demonization of Islam and the legitimization and normalization of the criminalization of dissent. The impact of similar legislation in the North of Ireland was discussed with particular attention being payed to the cases of the Craigavon Two, Christine Connor and Marian Price and how legislation similar to this was used and is being used to create miscarriages of justices and criminalize political views.

Attention was also payed to the role of the state in exploiting vulnerable people and entrapping them in terrorist plots created by the state to legitimize the criminalization of dissent, like the recent case in BC with a couple who instead of being given the help and support that they needed were encouraged and entrapped by the state to carry out a so called act of terror. With CSIS being given special powers speakers felt that these sort of dirty operations would be codified and legalized and then become the norm.

After a variety of speakers spoke people started marching and chanting a variety of slogans only to be confronted by police stating that by marching on the street the demonstration was illegal. However people held their ground and marched on. This is quite peculiar since many demonstrations that occur in Kitchener have people marching on the street yet only this one was targeted by the police in this manner. Why is this the case? Is the police being somewhat bias targeting this specific demonstration due to its message? Some feel that this is an example of the political policing that is now becoming the norm and comments were made that even though the bill has not been passed yet police are acting as if it has and instead of doing their job are acting like the private force of the conservative party.

As a result of this people marched to the farmers market and started to leaflet as well as give speeches and despite the fact that this property is owned by the city demonstrators were told to leave. Holding their ground demonstrators pointed out the irony that they are told that marching on the street is illegal then when they go on city property that too is seen as illegal. As well if the distribution of political material is illegal on city property why were the auxiliary of the armed forces allowed to sell poppy’s their in military uniform?

Demonstrators then marched to speakers corner where people discussed Harper’s agenda and a member of the green party spoke. This was followed by discussion on foreign policy particularly around Venezuela, with one speaker pointing out that it is not the Venezuelan military that is gunning down youth in Toronto and Kitchener but rather the Canadian police force. The fact that the IDF is training police and active in Hamilton was also raised and a correlation was drawn between this and the behavior of police.

The demonstration ended at city hall with people vowing that if the state is going to follow a policy of normalizing repression we have an obligation to normalize resistance and intensify our strugglle against the criminalization of our right to be political.

Protest and action to Raise minimum wage

16 Apr

Today a group of people spearheaded by Alliance Against Poverty held a rally at Waterloo Town Square demanding a raise to minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour. Speakers included Richard Walsh Bower, the green party candidate, Mark Xuereb from the labor council, Gary Thompson from Workers Action Center and myself. Speakers focused on the need to have a minimum wage that took workers out of poverty, which the current minimum wage does not do and build unity between all sectors under attack. This was followed by a private action of several people entering Mc Donalds with signs demanding a raise to minimum wage and flyers. Flyers were handed out inside the Mc Donalds and people held their ground until after the police was called. This small action is a taste of things to come.

Info Picket Against Bill C 51 (Harper’s so called anti terror law) April 18th

10 Apr

11:00 am
Kitchener City Hall
April 18th

Despite widespread opposition to Harper’s so called anti terror bill, Harper is pushing forward this peace of legislation which aims at criminalizing dissent and although this legislation will effect all it will specifically be used to target native peoples just struggle for self determination, muslims and immigrants. As such all should take a stand in defense of the rights of all!!!!

Shoot a kid its an accident….pour red goo on a statue THATS A CRIME!!!!!

9 Apr

Yesterday I posted a video that was on facebook and youtube of an individual pouring a red blood like substance on the statue of the Lion and the Lamb outside of the police station. Under the description it states that a copy of the record article on the murder of Beau Baker was placed underneath with the words de-escalation circled. I posted not as an endorsement or condemnation but simply because people have the right to know what is going as well as the recent comments of the Waterloo Regional Police on this political action.

Apparently this ruffled some feathers and certain nefarious forces would like to have a few words with me which is fine if they want to chat they know where to find me but the reality is I have nothing to say.

The comments that I am referring to about this incident is what I would really like to focus on though, which is that the police is having an active investigation to lay charges of mischief on whomever did this act of protest and denouncing this act as violent. A youth was shot several times by police shortly after they arrived to deal with a mental health crisis, this youth is dead and despite the fact that the police used lethal force to deal with a mental health crisis the officer involved in on the street carrying a gun days after the incident. We the public are told to suspend judgment until the end of the SIU investigation and this action that resulted in the loss of a life is presented as a tragedy.

Meanwhile someone pours some sort of red goo, which could probably be washed off like chalk (as it does not look like paint etc.) and the police have already criminalized whomever did this as a vandal, criminal and violent despite the fact that he did not hurt anyone or cause damage to anything and there is an active investigation to find out whom this is. If the police find this individual he will probably be charged with mischief, arrested either given a promise to appear with conditions violating his various rights or will be held in custody until he is either released on his own recognizance or given bail with conditions.

Ironically and as a side note the Chief of Police just tweeted yesterday that their will be no push for arming front line officers with tasers despite the fact that the whole narrative that they are pushing is that this loss of life is a result of police not having non lethal tools as opposed to the reality which is that police used force to deal with a mental health issue with devastating results. This move by the Chief of Police demonstrates that either the narrative put forward is totally wrong or to the police money is worth more than preventing similar tragedy’s, both of wish are really not good.

The moral of the story though is that to police taking a life is an accident or a tragedy or something along those lines where the presumption is that the officer in question who is currently walking the streets with a gun days after taking a life is given every single break where as whomever dumped the fakeblood is a criminal vandal etc. and will be criminalized to the full extent of the law. Regardless of whatever view I have on this action this response from the police truly shows where their priorities lie

The Lion and the Lamb

8 Apr

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#Justice For Beau Baker

7 Apr

Today people joined the family and friends of Baker to express the shock at the loss of life taken by police. Although the media makes it an issue of lack of non lethal tools the sense at the demonstration was that this was not the case but rather it was a case of lack of accountability of police officers who according to some witnesses fired 7 shots thirty seconds after the sirens ended. The fact that the police are now acting as mental health professionals without the training is also a factor as they are not mental health professionals and the use of force to deal with mental health is horrible and no good can come of it.

People gave their personal experiences with Baker and despite the sense of shock that this police officer who took a life is still working their was a sense of love loss and strength from the community with people talking about taking it one day at a time and the event ending with a group hug.

Oration By Gary Donnelly for Easter Commemoration In Derry

7 Apr

Easter 2015

Irish republicanism must abandon its obsession with parochial control and adopt with urgency a national concept of winning this struggle. As it stands, on the precipice of the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, republicans are united in failure.

No matter which monument you stand at in 2016, no matter which banner or flag you gather under, the answer to the sole question emanating from our patriot graves, as to whether the ideals of the Proclamation are yet realised, the collective answer will be a resounding no.

There is no point in seeking refuge for this failure in the failures of others. There is no credibility in criticising the actions of others whilst our own actions remain fragmented. If we choose to stand as Irish republicans then we must address with complete honesty our contributions or not to its advancement.

Parochial obsessions feed into the frenzy of organisational dominance in the contemptible illusion that this in some way progresses our objectives. It does not. That mentality demotes the needs of the objectives below the needs for local dominance. This lies at the heart of our current failures.

Irish republicanism can only advance if it develops a mechanism through which it can communicate both to itself and to our people. At its most fundamental Irish republicanism must have at its core an internal narrative where the better argument always prevails.

As we approach the Centenary of 1916 our first priority must be to re-establish within Irish republicanism a national conversation that allows us to articulate our basic message. The fragmented nature of the republican base at present is testament to the fact that we have lost this ability to communicate.

We cannot advance with a parochial mindset. Irish republicanism is both blessed with a rich copy of political analysis throughout our long struggle but also cursed with our unfailing ability not to pay heed to it. Every generation has yielded such figures who have guided us forward precisely because such guidance was for the benefits of republicanism and not any given organisation.

Writing almost 180 years ago James Fintan Lalor observed that the struggle between tenant and landlord was a microcosm of the struggle between Ireland and the then British Empire. Here we were given, from the point of a quill, a clarity which influenced Pearse and Connolly to put in place an unbreakable foundation for Irish republicanism to reason its way forward no matter which generation it finds itself in.

Writing some 180 years later Ta Power observed that there is no parliamentary road to socialism. What links the two concepts is the inherent need for a national dimension to every local act of struggle we engage in. What is the point in fighting for our right to water but not recognising that partition impinges on our sovereign rights to all our natural resources?

A denial of one right is injurious to all rights. Yet daily, despite the repeated clarity afforded to us, we deny our local struggles the national dimension that republicanism and socialism demands. Republicans fighting for partitionist reforms is the same as socialists fighting for fairer capitalism. They are contradictions in terms.

The Easter Rising was more than an ideal, more than a vision. The violent insurrection, an armed expression of Irish sovereignty, was a definitive political act in pursuit of that vision. Without this combination 1916 would be an obscure event in Irish history. And this is the salient point for republicans today: what is our definitive political act in pursuit of the same goals?

It is redundant to claim loyalty to a political objective without a credible means to pursue that objective. Empathy to historical acts is mere rhetoric in the absence of contemporary acts in support of them.

The Easter Rising was an act of political clarity strategically designed to put clear water between the Home Rule argument and the separatist position. And whilst it was an independent act it was not ignorant of the political environment in which it took place. It wasn’t isolationist. It did not retreat into clichés and slogans.

It established the national objective with a forward moving dynamic which meant that any claims of loyalty to it could only be properly expressed by political actions in its pursuit. The Proclamation does not belong over the mantelpiece.

And this is the template we must build upon today. Republicanism first. Republicanism moving forward. Republicanism with a concept of winning.

The Centenary of 1916 offers all republicans a powerful focal point to rid ourselves of the parochial mindset. It affords us an unprecedented opportunity to forge a political strategy which has the dynamic and insight to once and for all liberate our people.

Let us get to work and make that happen!

Beir Bua.

Report On Yesterdays Commemoration for the 1916 Easter Uprising

6 Apr

Yesterday people from Hugo Chavez Peoples Defense Front, ACWG, and The PRAC participated in a commemoration for the 1916 Easter Uprising. The event started with a opening by a Mohawk woman who did a traditional opening and giving thanks. This was followed by a member ACWG acknowledging the territory’s as well as giving an amazing speech discussing the lead up to 1916 and the creation of the diasphora as well as the impact of partion which are still felt today by the occupation of the six counties and creation of the free state further strengthened by the GFA. A msg from the 32CSM was then read and this was followed by a speech from a member of The PRAC about the necessity of revolutionary politics. A member of the HCPDF then gave an very good speech about what was going on in Venezuela as well as revolutionary greetings to those still resisting in the North. The event ended with a speech about the need for resisting colonialism and imperialism here and abroad and defending all those who are engaging in struggle for self determination with a focus on the impacts of the current institutions of aggression of the anglo imperialist alliance and a strong stance was taken condemning the United Snakes executive order against Venezuela.