If you are like me, you are tired of seeing greedy right-wing companies and governments destroy the things we value in Canada and world – our once pristine environment, ‘real’ free trade not corporate-controlled trade, scientific research, and most important, our democracy.
Unfortunately, it is now obvious that the tactics we’ve been using are not strong enough to stop these powerful right-wing forces. We win a battle here and there – say against fracking or in support of LGBTQ rights – but year after year, we keep losing the war.
The right wing has too much money and too much power. And if they are not stopped, who is to say they’re not going to destroy much of the planet? That’s the path they’re on.
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There is a huge open space internationally – and in Canada - waiting for the right project to come along and capture people’s imagination.
Starting in February, groups working in several countries are going to start building something the right wing does not have – a massive, global, loosely-knit network of networks, organizations and people who are determined to engage in large-scale campaigns to take back what the right has “stolen” from the rest of us.
We in the progressive and liberal communities can build a vehicle that will be larger and more powerful than any corporation or government. Imagine the equivalent of an Occupy movement that has staying power!
Local campaigns are still needed that fight for issues such as the protection of environmental resources, a living wage for all, and well-funded health care. Existing groups already working on their own campaigns will continue to do so.
The ‘One Big World Campaign’, the project’s name for now, will focus on huge, usually trans-national issues that nevertheless affect us locally – for instance, perhaps participants will want to build a massive international campaign to stop specific corporations from using non-renewable resources when cheaper, non-polluting renewables are easily available. This is a huge issue in just about every country in the world.
The first task is to develop the giant co-operative network. We will contact the main international groups already involved in campaigning and have them join us. As it takes shape, those taking part will come up with an open and democratic operational structure.
Later, campaign ideas will be discussed. We will need people to contribute in many ways, including from sending protest emails, telephoning corporations and governments, occasionally taking part in protests, boycotting the products of the most destructive corporations, etc.
Yes, this is an ambitious project but, with concerned people working together, we can do it. We must do it.
Imagine the 10-million people campaign!
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