In support to South Fraser Protection Camp
By Stop the Pave; April 24, 2011 – Vancouver Media Co-op
A bulletin from http://stopthepave.org
The Wave Against the Pave is rising! The South Fraser Protection Camp has been established. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW.
The longer we stay, the longer the bulldozers can be stopped, and an education campaign about the real impacts of this project can grow in the surrounding neighborhoods. The political climate is more unstable than ever, and THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL, so now is the time to stand together for climate justice and for the health of our community.
On Earth Day Friday, around 200 local residents and concerned citizens from far and wide met in Delta to rally against the proposed South Fraser Perimeter Road. We marched to a site on the Fraser that has recently been deforested to make way for the freeway, and established our camp there. The camp is a truly inspiring place. It is located high on a bluff overlooking a historic fishing port, with a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and river. This is a strategic spot to stop this pave. We have planted a number of trees in the middle of the road. There is a free kitchen, a medic tent, hygiene facilities, art-making, a solar-powered media tent, and a real full-sized teepee for meetings.
The story so far
On April 22nd approximately 200 people marched down River Road and established a camp on a construction site for the South Fraser Perimeter Freeway. Basic defenses have been organized to secure the camp, and since Tuesday morning, when workers were expected to come back for work, the camp has been holding strong. Community members and supporters have been organizing for more than five years to protect homes, ecological and sacred sites from being destroyed by the project. As construction on the road has begun, the resistance to the project has grown, and the South Fraser Protection Camp was established with the understanding that direct action is crucial in the toolkit of successful movements for positive change.
The longer we stay, the longer the bulldozers can be stopped, and an education campaign about the real impacts of this project can grow in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Come for a visit, stay for a short time, or camp for a while. Bring food or supply contributions if you like, but most importantly, just come.
We need your support! Come check out our new digs this Saturday to learn more about the camp, future plans, and the history of this struggle. Give us a hand and help us build a movement that will stop the freeway. Join the Wave Against the Pave!
For more infos: StopThePave.org
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