This came into my Facebook inbox today. I knew about the event as I was at a meeting planning for this earlier this week. I was waiting for the final details. For those who will be in the Montreal area Saturday evening, July 10, here are the details and I hope to see many there. I am also copying and pasting the French details as well.
Vigile pour les détenus du G20
Samedi, le 10 juillet à 20:30
Afin de faire preuve de notre solidarité avec les autres villes canadiennes, nous vous invitons à nous rejoindre, le samedi, 10 juillet 2010, lors d’une vigile silencieuse à la chandelle au nom des manifestants toujours en prison, ainsi qu’au nom des libertés civiles canadiennes. Nous suggérons aux participantes et participants de porter du noir. Des chandelles seront fournies sur place, mais vous pouvez apporter les vôtres si désiré.
Laissez entendre votre appui aux détenus et à nos libertés civiles. L’usage excessif de la force et la violation sans précédent des libertés civiles ne peuvent être tolérés. Demandez une enquête publique indépendante, ainsi que la libération des détenus. Participez à la Journée d’action pour les libertés civiles qui aura lieu le 10 juillet 2010 qui aura partout au Canada.
Vigil for the G20 Detainees
Saturday, July 10 @ 8:30 p.m.
In solidarity with other cities across Canada on July 10, please join us in a silent candlelit vigil for the detainees still in custody, and Canadian civil liberties. Participants are encouraged to wear black. Candles will be provided but feel free to bring some if you have any.
Demonstrate your support for the detainees and Canadian civil liberties. Excessive use of police force and the unprecedented curtailment of civil liberties should not be tolerated. Demand an independent public inquiry, and the release of the remaining detainees. Join the Day of Action for Civil Liberties in towns and cities across Canada on July 10, 2010.
It is also to my understanding that there is probably going to be a demonstration organized mainly by CLAC (Convergences des Luttes Anti-Capitalistes) for Saturday, July 17. I didn’t stay throughout their whole meeting last night. I am sure the details will come up soon. Here is their web site. By the by, they have numbers and email addresses for those Quebecers who were arrested at the G20 or know someone who was arrested there and needs either legal and/or psychological support and/or if you wish to give a testamonial, discussing your experiences at Torontanomo.
Contrary to how corporate media may portray CLAC, they are bright, compassionate people who actually have a soul (I really can’t say that about too many people today). Like many of us progressive bloggers and other groups dealing in either political activism and/or social justice of any stripe, they are concerned about the future. Like us, they find it unfair (an understatement) that after the U.S. financial sectors gets greedy ga ga with their deregulations and banks lending money that didn’t exist, Stevie Spiteful goes in cahoots with world leaders to cut their deficits in half within a few years on the backs of the working class and society’s most vulnerable, while these politicians like Stevie spiteful continue to go to bed with big oil and the banks and other fat cats from Bay Street. These MPs still keep their gold plated pensions while many of us fear never being able to see retirement at all. Here is CLAC’ s web site again.
As for the other cities, I understand marches and other events are planned for this Saturday, July 10 as well as on the 17. Please check around and please partake in your local events. The civil rights of all Canadians depend on it. Apathy is what will have us stripped of these very rights.
Oh and Chris Karagiannis, for the record, since you made a colossal ass of yourself when you stated that the protesters don’t even know what they’re protesting anymore: let me fill you in. The vigil is for the G20 detainees and the victims of police brutality. The demonstration come July 17 (if that is still happening; still looking for confirmation about that) will be about the same thing.
If you’re wondering what they were protesting originally at the G20; see above. There were many other things protested, but frankly I don’t have the time to entertain the likes of you. Go play with your flags now.