12 Apr 2012

Campaign launched urging activist
groups to build 'One Big Campaign'

A new campaign urging Canadian social activist groups to work together under one massive umbrella to take on the Harper regime and his right-wing supporters is being born!

The Campaign to build ‘One Big Campaign’ (CBOBC) is being launched on Facebook this week.

The goal of this campaign is to pressure Canada’s more than 15,000 progressive groups, union organizations representing more than 4.5 million members, and grassroots groups such as the Occupy Movement to build a giant, cooperative campaign network.

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, social activist groups are not showing the initiative to come together themselves to form one, big powerful force.

As a first step, individual Canadians are being asked to come forward and provide ideas about how these groups and unions can be encouraged to get together and discuss the idea of forming what we are calling the ‘One Big Campaign’, a non-binding network.

'One Big Campaign' would not be a new organization, but a co-operative venture that would bring together the knowledge and campaigning resources of hundreds of organizations for a small number of huge, vital campaigns each year.

The new co-operative campaign would be far more successful against Harper compared to the current practice of individual groups or small networks struggling to hold back the 'Harper Tide'.

Some of CBOBC’s volunteers were also active with the Catch 22 Harper Conservatives during the 2011 election campaign. While we have a core group of activists, more volunteers are needed to spread the word about the need for 'One Big Campaign'!

Harper is running amok, cutting dozens of vital programs ranging from health programs to First Nations support to poverty-reduction efforts that had been established by Canadians for more than 50 years ago.

As volunteers of the CBOBC, we strongly believe:
  • We need to convince hundreds of public interest groups that they must come together and work together in the lead up to the 2015 election.
  • Organization leaders must look beyond the goals and objectives of their own groups and see the big picture.
  • Progressive groups and labour must acknowledge their common interests, break out of their isolation, and begin working together in a meaningful way for the first time ever.
  • Labour organizations need to leave their old rivalries at the door and come into a new, cooperative movement that would have significant benefits for working people. 
If a majority of the country’s progressive and labour groups came together, the number of people under one big umbrella could total close to 6-million Canadians – more than the number of votes Harper received in the 2011 election.

The creation of ‘One Big Campaign’ would lift the spirits of millions of Canadians who have all but lost hope in the disastrous Harper era. Instead of complaining about what Harper is doing, people and all kinds of organizations would have something positive to work for.

Join the CBOBC Facebook page and give us your thoughts and comments. Tell your friends – ask them to make a contribution. Volunteer to help spread the word.

Our country as we know it is in danger of slipping out from underneath us – let’s organize to take it back.
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Two articles making the case for the creation of 'One Big Campaign' have been updated -

How massive 'One Big Campaign' could defeat Harper Conservatives -  looks at how the activist community could go about developing a co-operative network, discusses some of the weaknesses of the community, and explains that groups taking part in a big campaign should not be afraid of retribution from the Conservatives if they follow the law.

Social activist groups can form powerful 'One Big Campaign' to take on Harper  - describes how a typical campaign – this one concerning income disparity – could be carried out taking advantage of the many strengths of both progressive and labour groups.

32 comments:

  1. United we stand, divided we fall.

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  2. CBOBc is a great idea and desperately needed as everyday brings more destruction from the Harperite regime. IN solidarity, Bob Luker

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  3. Nick, if the unions are involved, it will turn off many Canadians.

    They are now reactionary organizations. And have been for years.

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    1. david tarbuck13 April 2012 09:16

      "They are now reactionary organizations. And have been for years."

      You paint all with the same brush. Yes as a result of lax progressive alternatives from wirhin there are strong reactionary elements in the labour unions; some are even in controlling positions.

      Nevertheless workers organised to speak as one in the face of massive corporate exploitive power have over all made life marginally bearable for many workers. Therefore for any "progessives" to seek to exclude rather than win elements of the labour movement is absolutely counter productive.

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  4. Writing letters hasn't worked. Signing petitions hasn't worked. Protesting hasn't worked. What does Canada have left? Look what the suffragettes had to go through in order to get the vote. You think they got the vote by standing around being polite? No. They protested violently and were beaten and jailed before things changed.

    The 1910 women’s window smashing campaign protest:

    A hundred years ago (on Friday 18th November 1910) a suffragette deputation to the House of Commons met with a six hour onslaught of police brutality resulting in the Suffragettes beginning a huge window smashing campaign in protest.

    http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/75-our-history/7697-the-suffragettes-black-friday-and-the-two-types-of-window-smashing

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    1. david tarbuck14 April 2012 03:38

      Violence is justified ONLY when Absolutely necessary as a response and defence to the oppressors DANGEROUS violent actions. Some of those in agreement are: Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, M.L. King, Martin Luther ..&c..

      I.e. Even when you go lomp as a tactic, morality of non-violence does not require you to lie down while SS types beat the life out of you.

      The suffragettes obviously were morally justified in their resonse.

      Incidently, are you aware that "Votes for Women" was originally inspired by Native American womens' example and as such was eventually exported to Europe?

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  5. david tarbuck14 April 2012 03:43

    Nick,

    As a result of FACEBOOK monitoring what ever computer I use I have DISCONTINUED ANY use of Facebook.

    As LONG AS I GIVE THOSE NOSEY BASTARDS A CORRECT PASSWORD, IT IS ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THEIR DAMN BUSINESS WHAT COMPUTER I USE!!!

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