Last Wednesday, I started a weekly protest against the planned warships to be built by the Halifax Irving Shipyard. The federal government is spending $25 billion of our precious tax dollars to build combat vessels for navy that we do not need. That money could instead go to fund Aboriginal needs, renewable energy, affordable housing, and early learning and child care in Canada.
I am protesting every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. outside the Irving Shipyard on Barrington St. (3099 Barrington St. at the Niobe Gate Rd. entrance) and I invite you to join me.
This Wednesday, December 26, Boxing Day, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Lucia and I are going to be standing for peace outside the shipyard with a sign in solidarity of IDLE NO MORE and Chief Theresa Spence who is on a hunger strike demanding a meeting to discuss needs of First Nations with the Prime Minister and the Governor General. Afterward, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. We will be writing letters in support of Chief Spence, war resisters, Omar Khadr, the security certificate 3 and the earth (against Bill C-45) in the Hydrostone Café or the Hydrostone Starbuck’s (whichever is open, unfortunately Julien’s isn’t open that day). We will also take a picture of our solidarity action and send it to IDLE NO MORE.
Instead of shopping, stand for peace and write for peace on Boxing Day!
I have a new web site www.demilitarize.ca – please check it out.
I am keeping a blog about my weekly protest and you can read my first entry here: http://demilitarize.ca/wp/
I also have a Twitter account too that you can follow if you like:
To support IDLE NO MORE, please consider doing the following:
SEND LETTERS and PHONE:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
Governor-General David Johnstone: email@example.com
Contact the federal party leaders:
Thomas Mulcair, Bob Rae, and Elizabeth May: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Idle No More Blog
Please make the links as to how the federal government is spending our money – this year the Department of National Defence says it wants money for light armoured vehicles, new fighter jets, armed drones, combat vessels, etc….
This is money that is not going to support to environmental and social programs that will bring true security to people and the planet.
A sustainable future is a peaceful one.
Tamara Lorincz is a peace activist in Nova Scotia.