Call out to all groups concerned with equality, social justice, and environmental sustainability; join Occupy Vancouver in a 12-hour Shut Down the Ports! action next week!
On December 12th Occupy Vancouver will join in solidarity with Occupy movements up and down the west coast of North America to shut down the ports and send a strong and clear message to the global 1%: this economy belongs to ALL of us—not just those who disproportionately profit from trade.
In the United States, Longshoremen are fighting a long and difficult battle for wages and rights against the global elite. Why should we stand in solidarity with them here in Canada? The answer is simple. The economy is global, and our neighbour’s fate will soon be ours. Studies show that the gap between the richest and poorest families in BC has grown “dramatically” in the past 30 years, while other studies note the relationship between increasingly open and “free” trade and income inequality. This gap is growing faster in BC than anywhere else in Canada, and faster in Canada than in the United States.
The Port of Vancouver trades 75 billion in goods annually, and generates 10.5 billion in GDP. It is the largest port in Canada, and the fifth largest in North America. Who benefits from our port’s traffic? We all do...but not equally.
There are numerous environmental concerns surrounding the port, from it's impact on local ecosystems to its contribution to global climate change. The proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan's Westport facility on Burrard Inlet could see in increase in Tar Sands oil tanker traffic from 22 vessels a year in 2005 to 288 in 2016.
Our ports are where the global economy opens its doors. But not everyone is invited to the party. We want to slam those doors shut for
a day, and send a resounding message. We are calling out to every individual and organization that believes people should come before profits to join us in Occupying the Port of Vancouver. We are seeking endorsements from unions, community organizations, prominent individuals, local businesses, policy institutes and other organizations.
We are also asking all community groups, unions and organizations, anyone with a stake in this action, to attend a spokes council assembly on Thursday Dec. 8th at 6 pm at SFU Harbour Centre room 3000 to bring endorsements, get information, raise questions and concerns.
We need your support; this action won’t be successful without community support
Occupy Vancouver Direct Action Committee