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"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found the exact
amount of injustice and wrongdoing which will be imposed on them; and
these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows,
or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of
those whom they oppress."
- Frederick Douglass
"There is no reason to think a small group of thoughtful, committed
citizens cannot change the world; indeed, that's the only thing that
- Margaret Mead
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see
- G. K. Chesterton
Gordon Campbell's Legacy:
For generations into the future, at least one page of every history of British Columbia will be graced with this eye-catching and embarrassing image: Gordon Campbell's mugshot. -
Moe Lyons, 2003
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Sick of the Olympics? You're not alone. On Saturday, February 20, come to the Vallican Whole Community Centre between 1pm and 5pm and let your frustration out while having a great time for a great cause. The People's Winter Games is a creative opportunity to express everything you think and feel about what the Olympics have become. All proceeds from the day's festivities will go to the Slocan Food Bank.
Join the farmers in jumping over hurdles! See Gordon Campbell and Stephen Harper skate around the issues. Build snow caves for the homeless, fight your way through miles of red tape, compete in school closing relays, take part in the hospital bed races. (This is, of course, if any hospital beds are available). Get together on giant snowshoes with your neighbours and friends and see if together we can move forward. Watch the Elvolutionaries, activist aerialists, demonstrate how our whole way of life is Hanging by a Thread.
Gather around the bonfire (maybe we can find a few books to burn) and enjoy a bowl of soup from the soup kitchen.
"The standard forms of expressing dissent have been co-opted," says organizer Moe Lyons. "After awhile it's like making a movie, where Central Casting hires a bunch of extras for the obligatory protest scene. Now they sell you insurance when you organize a demonstration."
"By a perverse sort of alchemy we, the people with the positive outlook, are portrayed as the nay-sayers," Lyons says. "Meanwhile the powers that be are spending 6 billion dollars on a giant corporate circus while BC has the highest rate of child poverty in the country and the lowest minimum wage. Schools are closing, arts and library funding is cut, the Women's Centre has a raffle to stay open, hospitals are dreadfully understaffed, and Baby Boomers are wondering how we will survive our sunset years. If you think it's hard to be homeless when you're 20 or 40, imagine what it will be like when we are 70 and 80!"
Everyone is encouraged to create placards expressing your issues and concerns, and to invent a thematic winter game so everyone can join in. Bring your cross country skis, your musical instruments, some firewood, your energy and your ideas. This unique celebration of hope in the face of adversity relies upon the caring, humour and creativity of our community. If you would like to volunteer to make this event the best it can be, call 250-226-7730 or email email@example.com.
Admission to the Games is $6billion dollars and whatever you can afford. As the publicity says: "This event is sponsored by You and Me." The same thing is true of the Olympics -- at least this time you'll have a choice about it.