Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The following is a communique from the Olympic Resistance Network, asking for communication about whether you plan to go to Vancouver to protest during next year's Winter Olympics.
*please forward widely.
* This is for you if you are planning on arriving in Feb 2010! COMMUNIQUE FROM THE LOGISTICS COMMITTEE OF THE OLYMPIC RESISTANCE NETWORK:
Vancouver BC, Coast Salish Territory
The 2010 Winter Olympics are set to take place on unceded Indigenous landfrom February 12-28. In addition to ongoing educational andresistance efforts and building on the call by Native warriors -particularly at the Indigenous Peoples Gathering in Senora, Mexico in October 2007 - the Olympic Resistance Network is organizing toward a convergence called for February 10-15, 2010. We will be working to coordinate the logistics to host all those converging on Vancouver, Whistler, and surrounding unceded Native land during February 2010. We are asking groups and individuals planning to travel to the convergence to contact us now so that we are able to assess potential numbers and the logistical support that will be required in terms of housing, food, and other forms of support.
=> Please email the 2010 Logistics Committee at to let us know if you are planning to come to the convergence and include any information about specific forms of logistical support that you might require, such as housing needs, travel, border crossings and visas, etc. Alternatively, if you are planning to organize events to coincide with the 2010 convergence in your own communities, please inform us of those plans as well.
=> Interested in actively organizing or coordinating anti-2010 Olympic resistance efforts in your own community? Please email us at with your location and affiliation and specify that you would like to be added to the cross-continental network list (anti-Olympics list) to coordinate anti-Olympic efforts and communications.
=> If you are interested in receiving announcements, local events, and news related to anti-Olympic efforts from a low-traffic, moderated list, please email us at and ask to be added to the ORN-announce list.
Over the next ten months, we encourage communities to fund raise, raise awareness, and organize in preparation for the anti-2010 Olympic convergence. We hope to see you all in 2010 to demonstrate our indignation and resistance!
Far from being simply about ‘sport,’ the history of the Olympics is one rooted in displacement, corporate greed, fascism, repression, and violence. Only the political and corporate elite – from real estate developers to security corporations – have anything to gain from the Olympic industry. The effects of the upcoming Winter Games have already manifested themselves: the expansion of sport tourism and resource extraction on Indigenous lands; increasing homelessness and gentrification of poor neighbourhoods; increasing privatization of public services; union busting through imposed contracts and exploitative conditions especially for migrant labour; fortification of the national security apparatus; ballooning public spending and public debt; and unprecedented destruction of the environment.
The Olympic Resistance Network is primarily based in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories and exists as a space to coordinate anti-2010 Olympic efforts. In doing so, we act in solidarity with other communities across 'BC' - particularly Indigenous communities who have been defending their land against the onslaught of the Olympics since the bid itself. Our organizing is largely being done under the banner of "No Olympics on Stolen Native Land," while creating an opportunity for all anti-capitalist, Indigenous, anti-poverty, labour, migrant justice, environmental justice, anti-war, and anti-colonial activists to come together to confront this two-week circus and the oppression it represents.
In solidarity, The 2010 Convergence Logistics committee

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