Request for Endorsements
As chainsaws roar and bulldozers get set to roll on the controversial $2 billion South Fraser Perimeter Road freeway (SFPR), join local residents and community groups in standing up for climate justice!
Last October, hundreds of people dug up the freeway construction site in Surrey with shovels and wheelbarrows, in December we used sand from the SFPR to build a dike blocking the provincial cabinet offices. Now it's time to step up the campaign of mass direct action against climate crime. We need to “Turn up the heat, in order to turn down the heat.”
Beginning on the 2nd International Mother Earth Day, Friday April 22, 2011 (a statutory holiday), we will take mass direct action for climate justice. It will be at a transit accessible location somewhere on the route of the South Fraser Freeway.
Like the actions in October and December it will be non-disruptive to residents of the community and provide a variety of ways people can demonstrate their support – including roles with little or no legal risk.
At the same time we hope that we can find ways to disrupt the construction of the South Fraser Freeway and focus public attention on the need to “Shut It Down” permanently.
This is an initiative of a Climate Justice Circle of lower mainland Council of Canadians and GatewaySucks activists. But we know it will only be successful if it engages a broad range of organizations and individuals who are committed to stopping Climate Change; and who understand our efforts must begin in our own communities.
This Call-Out launches the next stage of networking and relationship building. We want your organization’s endorsement of this action and we also welcome your input and questions.
Organizing meetings south of the Fraser – Delta and Surrey - and north of the Fraser will provide an opportunity to come together on the details of the action.
• March 19 at Ladner United Church, 4960 48th Avenue, Delta – 1 to 4 pm.
• March 26 at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver – 1 to 4 pm.
• April 9 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey, Room D128 (Fir Bldg.) – 1 to 4 pm.
Will your organization endorse this action, and help us make it a success? Please send endorsements to email@example.com or call Eric at 604-877-1223 or Bob at 604-760-6786 for more information.
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For more information about Climate Justice click here. For Frequently Asked Questions about Mass Direct Action against Climate Crime click here.
BACKGROUND on GATEWAY and the SFPR
The South Fraser Perimeter ‘Road’ freeway is part of the Gateway Program. Currently under legal challenge in federal court, the estimated $2 billion proposed freeway would greatly increase greenhouse gas emissions, pave over some of BC’s best farmland, scar the delicate banks of the Fraser River, pollute elementary school playgrounds, and damage indigenous heritage sites. Other parts of Gateway, including the North Fraser Perimeter Road freeway through New Westminster, and an overpass in Langley, have already been halted by popular action. Many similar projects around the world have been cancelled well after construction has begun, and many global cities are de-paving their waterfront freeways.
The South Fraser Freeway is an outdated and irresponsible waste of public money that will worsen the climate crisis and destroy vital farmland if not stopped. We need to shift resources from climate crimes like Gateway to creating green jobs and climate justice. Every cent is needed for solutions like public transit and electric passenger trains, and to protect communities from flooding and other effects of global warming.
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