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Four Years in the Struggle for Democratic and Human Rights,
Where We Are, and Where We Need to Go
By Thomas Davies
The Working Group to Stop Bill C-51 completed its fourth year of consecutive actions and moved into the fifth by making time to analyze the ongoing struggle to “Repeal Bill C-51 & Scrap Bill C-59!” with a well-attended seminar at the Vancouver Public Library.
April 10 saw the Working Group set up a picket and petition drive at the Langara-49th Station, where they were able to engage with Langara College students coming and going from school. Everyone then moved to downtown to the Vancouver Public Library for a seminar titled, “Four Years in the Struggle for Democratic and Human Rights. Where We Are, and Where We Need to Go.”
The seminar featured a video presentation outlining the history of the struggle against Bill C-51 and other attacks on human and democratic rights in Canada. Working Group organizer and Fire This Time Editorial Board Member Thomas Davies also spoke [see the full speech on the page 2], as well as another longtime Working Group organizer Brian Sproule and CPC-ML member.
Two weeks later, the campaign moved to the fast-growing suburb of Surrey for it's 212th picket and petition drive. Organizers were incredibly busy from start to finish with non-stop questions and discussions. A news crew from Punjab TV also covered the action, later airing the footage on tv in both Punjabi and English.
As the 2019 Federal Election gets closer, and Prime Minister Trudeau has totally failed in his promise to “fix” Bill C-51, we need to learn the lessons to move forward in the ongoing fight to defend and extend human and democratic rights in Canada. The Working Group to Stop Bill C-51 will continue to do its part to contribute to this vital struggle.
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