Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Olympic Resistance Network is coordinating resistance to the upcoming 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympics out there on the 'Sunshine Coast'. They're looking to hear from others, cross country and elsewhere who may also be organizing against the games. Here's their notice.
Callout to Anti Olympics Organizers Across Turtle Island:‏
** Callout to Anti-Olympics organizers across Turtle Island **
Are you involved in Anti-Olympics organizing in your town, your community, your city?
The Olympic Resistance Network is coordinating anti-Olympics efforts in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. In doing so, we are looking to compile contacts for groups, communities and Indigenous defenders already resisting or planning on opposing the Games (whether through educational events, disrupting the Torch Relay, outreach efforts that link local struggles to the 2010 Games etc). We are hoping to build strength and unity in coordinating our efforts by having this information available on our website.
Please email us by August 2nd at with the name of your group/community, where you are located, contact information that can be made publicly available (phone, email, and/or website information).
Thank you and in solidarity,
Olympic Resistance Network
The Olympic Resistance Network is primarily based in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories and exists as a space to coordinate anti-2010 Olympics 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.
Anti Olympics organizing through the Olympic Resistance Network is largely being done under the primary slogan and understanding of “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land”, although this is an opportunity for a large convergence of groups, issues, and sectors - anti capitalist, Indigenous, anti poverty, labour, migrant justice, housing, environmental justice, civil libertarian, anti war, and anti colonial - to come together.
We represent a diverse network of groups and individuals which is continuously growing. We look forward to working together across our experiences and movements, while sharing a common understanding including an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist analysis; respect for diversity of tactics and strategies; an anti-oppression understanding and solidarity with those most directly affected; and organizational philosophy based on decentralization within a coordinated and accountable structure.
The ORN supports the international resolution passed by over 1500 Indigenous delegates at the Intercontinental Indigenous Peoples Gathering in Sonora, Mexico to “boycott the 2010 Olympic Games” based on Resolution #2 of the Gathering which states “We reject the 2010 Winter Olympics on sacred and stolen territory of Turtle Island–Vancouver, Canada”. Based on this, we are working towards a global anti-capitalist and anti-colonial convergence from February 10th-15th 2010.

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