Thursday, February 25, 2010


Well, the end of the snafu plagued 2010 Winter Olympics is drawing nigh, and the opponents of the Games are planning one last gathering to send them off. Here's the notice from the Olympics Resistance Network.
Games Over! Resistance Lives!‏
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Games Over!
Resistance Lives!
Celebrating Unity & Solidarity
Sunday FEB 28th, 2010 1PM
Smythe and Cambie Bring the NOISE! Pots, pans, drums and noisemakers welcome!

Join us in a noisy public festival to celebrate our communities and our resistance. Our struggles for justice as indigenous, migrant, poor, working class and queer communities existed before the games and will exist after. The games have also provided a spark that we hope will inspire all affected communities to bind together in our coming struggles to attain justice.

These were not the greenest games - they were the corporate greenwash games. They were not the socially responsible games - homelessness tripled as billions were spent on highways and convention centers for the rich.

And these games occurred on un-ceded territories where the indigenous communities continue to be on the front lines defending lands from industrial expansion.

In the coming budget BC residents likely see massive cuts to healthcare, education, affordable housing, public transit, sports and recreation, and other priorities. While the IOC, VANOC and the games will be gone, we are still here!

Solidarity & Unity!
The resistance will continue!
Join us and let's make some NOISE!
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By my memory the Olympics Resistance Network has yet to have to say that a given demonstration is sponsored by them. One can only hope that this implies (though given the situation in the anarchist community in Vancouver it could never be said openly) that they have determined to keep a tight rein on their nutters and not allow them to expose others to the consequences of their actions. I certainly hope so. If they do manage to contain the "heroes of the broken window" then they might do something to repair the damage that has been done to what was originally an inspired campaign of alliance building.

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