Archive for May, 2013

Twitter Campaign to Oppose Waterloo Air Show

This weekend, June 1-2, is the Fifth Annual Waterloo Air Show.  This Nestle sponsored event is a militaristic propaganda vehicle that specifically targets children for recruitment into the military industrial complex.

Sunday June 2nd is also the First Annual Waterloo Air Show Protest.

We are calling for a huge Twitter campaign to oppose the various powers who promote and profit off of these practices.

Click Here For Info, Articles, Resources And Video That Expose The Air Show’s Agenda.

Take some time on June 1st and 2nd to tweet as much as possible. Use the following messaging to create your own personal tweets or see example’s below:

Stop Recruiting Our Children For War!

Redirect Military Spending for Housing, Healthcare, Education and Childcare!

Here’s some places to Tweet at:

@WaterlooAirShow, @Nestle, @techtriangle

#cdnpoli, #WAS2013, #antiwar, #antiweapons, #peace, #waterloo, #kitchener

Example Tweets:

@WaterlooAirShow Stop Recruiting Our Children For War. Shame on event sponsor @Nestle for participating in militaristic propaganda #cdnpoli
@WaterlooAirShow #kitchener is 4 #peace. Shame on @techtriangle 4 endorsing recruiting children for war. #WAS2013, makes solid #antiwar statements about @WaterlooAirShow. Redirect military spending to housing healthcare! #cdnpoli
PMUS twitter: @kwpmus
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Waterloo Air Show protest, June 2nd 2013

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Stop Recruiting Our Children For War!

Redirect Military Spending For Housing, Healthcare, Education, Childcare

The Non-Violent School of Direct Action and Poverty Makes Us Sick present the First Annual Waterloo Air Show Protest

Sunday June 2nd, 2013, 10am
Waterloo International Airport, Breslau

We’ll hold placards and banners and hand out leaflets that expose the air show’s militarism and targeting of children.

Join the twitter campaign if you can’t be there in person.

Air Show? More like War Show! Air Shows, in general, openly promote and celebrate militarism.  The 2013 Waterloo Air Show boasts a C4-18 fighter jet, a state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin drone pilot simulator –  for youngsters –  and a real life captain who dropped bombs in Afghanistan and Libya to sign kids’ autographs.  The many pro-war displays and themes are geared to appeal to our impressionable children. Please see link below for a bank of resources, articles and information about the Waterloo Air Show’s targeting of children for recruitment into the military industrial complex.

The Harper Regime continues its pro-militarism agenda, with increased military deployments, increased spending on weapons and nationalist propaganda which seeks to highlight Canada’s role in warfare and imperialism.  This, during a time of growing poverty and need. We say redirect military spending to housing, healthcare, education and childcare! See link below for more information.

IMPORTANT: Please click this link to the Non-Violent School of Direct Action‘s website to access a collection of resources, articles, documentary, and information that exposes the Waterloo Air Shows militarism and recruitment of children for war.

Twitter: @kwpmus @waterlooairshow #ANTIWAR #WAS2013 #CDNPOLI

Ontario Budget 2013 Meeting With NDP MPP Catherine Fife: Report Back

Friday May 10th; PMUS joined our friends in the Alliance Against Poverty (AAP) for a meeting with NDP MPP Catherine Fife.  The conversation was both frank and amicable.  Catherine Fife agreed to use her position to highlight the demands of the Raise the Rates campaign.

The Liberals have tabled another austerity budget and require NDP votes to pass the budget and maintain government. If the Liberal budget fails to pass it will trigger an election. The NDP is currently negotiating with the Liberals over the budget and are making demands for new budget items, to gain the NDP vote. The Raise the Rates campaign has committed to putting pressure on the NDP to use their leverage to ensure that the budget includes a full restoration of the CSUMB and the Special Diet Allowance, a raise in minimum wage to $14/hr and a 55% increase in social assistance rates.

Solidarity with the poor and working poor is a claim of the NDP, yet, during these budget negotiations, we have not witnessed any significant attention paid to these vital programs by NDP leader Andrea Horwath.  What we have seen instead are budget demands that pander to the middle class.  Though there are a few “asks” that have a promising long- term effect for all Ontarians, the demands of the poor require immediate response.

Catherine Fife expressed support for our stance, but declined to make moves to have our demands given serious consideration for the budget negotiation process. 

Fife received substantial support from labour to win her riding.  We reminded her that CUPE is a co-founder of the Raise the Rates campaign.  This was a useful reminder and we call on local labour to raise their voices and to stand with the poor during these budget negotiations. 

In the end Fife agreed to speak to our demands during her legislature floor-time on Monday.  We applaud her for this commitment and look forward to her follow-through.

She also committed to posting a video of it on Youtube.  

Catherine Fife then graciously invited us to her luncheon, which was an award ceremony for women in community leadership.  Fife even gave us a shout out from the pulpit saying “the anti-poverty activists just came to keep me accountable.”

We will continue to do so.

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