OPP watch as native occupiers destroy Reconciliation/Apology monument, then burn Canadian flag

March 27/11 - Native occupiers of Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia burn our Truth & Reconciliation/Apology monument and our Canadian flag within minutes of attacking us - all while OPP officers watched

Our recent Truth and Reconciliation rally held on Sunday, March 27/11 proves that the OPP still – after five years – will not protect the rights or property of non-natives in Caledonia.

OPP officers watched as the Douglas Creek Estates occupiers swarmed and assaulted us, destroyed and stole our Truth & Reconciliation/Apology monument, and then burnt it along with our Canadian flag. The clearly visible side, partially obscured by the flag, says ‘ONTARIO APOLOGY.’ The other side, which is barely visible in the flames, says, ‘EQUALITY FOR ALL.’

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‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ presentation notes & videos now available

March 22/11: Free Thinking Film Society & International Free Press Society bring Caledonia to OttawaSpeaker presentation notes and videos shown to the audience during our March 22/11 presentation of ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares‘ in Ottawa are now available at a new feature page at the HelplessByBlatchford project.

Blogger/videographer ‘Vlad Tepes’ videotaped the event and has posted a 15 min video based on my presentation related to the national security aspects of Caledonia.

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Caledonia Players: Anti-Israel Organizations

Niagara Palestine Association  

Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (McMaster University)

  • McMaster University, March 09/08: The Politics of Six Nations-Palestinian Alliances in Caledonia (conference program) [CVP DOWNLOAD – incl transcript of SPHR speaker Jamila Ghaddar: PDF] (Speakers: Mona Hewaydi (Cdn Arab Federation); Jamila Ghaddar (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights); Rick Monture (Six Nations activist) 
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    Excerpts from transcript of Jamila Ghaddar (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights) presentation:

    SPHR [Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights] members, two weeks after the sacred fire was first built [at start of DCE occupation], went as a delegation with other members of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement from Toronto to join that sacred fire, that simple stand.”  […] 
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    “That dual consciousness became one on the night that SPHR [Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights] members listened to Dr. [???] speak, an indigenous fighter and a great, learned man stood on our university campus and he said, I quote: ““A victory for the American Indians of Palestine is a victory for the Palestinians of North America, and a victory for the Palestinians of North America is a victory for the American Indians of Palestine.” End quote. “These words floated in the air, in our minds, in our lives for years. And one day they became a material force in this world when SPHR [Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights] and other solidarity organizations joined the struggle with the Haudenosaunee at the reclamation site.” […]   
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    “On April 20, 2006, without notice, at 4 am, the Canadian state launched a full scale military invasion against 100 or so people. They came w/hundreds of troops and thousands in backup at the Hamilton Airport and here, on campus, at McMaster.They came with helicopters equipped with machine guns and snipers hidden in trees. They flooded the site with tear gas and pepper spray. They beat and tasered unarmed Haudenosaunee. SVHR [Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights] members stood watching the madness of the Canadian state unleashed. And for those of us who had lived under military occupation in our own home countries one simple thought overwhelmed us: this looks like home. That day what illusions we had left about Canada a calm, moderate, reasonable, democratic system based on the rule of a just law, what illusions we had disappeared for us. […]
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    CVP NOTE: The Canadian Forces have never been involved in any aspect of the Caledonia crisis either before or after the April 20/06 raid. In fact, on May 03/06 the Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter sent a letter to the occupation leadership advising that he was NOT asking for assistance from the Canadian Forces. See also – Haldimand Council, May 23/06: Minutes of in-camera meeting re attack on power station, decision not to ask for military protection. [PDF]
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    One of the proudest moments in the lives of McMaster SPHR [Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights] and my life and the Palestinian Solidarity Movement was the day that the Palestinian flag was raised over the reclamation site. That day the Niagara Palestinian Association along with the Haudenosaunee people, hoisted and raised the Palestinian flag alongside the flags of the Haudenosaunee, of various other countries, of unions and many organizations. In the months following, through cold and moments of exhaustion and worry we would raise our eyes to the swaying of the flags and think, we are one, and the winds carry our colours together from Jerusalem to the Grand River.”  
  •  Toronto Observer, Feb 27/08: Protestors take Palestinian ‘spirit of resistance’ to the streets [PDF] (Jamila Ghaddar, McMaster Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, speaks at anti-Israel protest in Toronto organized by ‘Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.’) 
Canadian Arab Federation 
 
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Ann Coulter, Iranium and now…’CALEDONIA: NO MORE NIGHTMARES’

UPDATE: See our presentations & videos on our new feature page at HelplessByBlatchford.ca: No More Nightmares.
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The people who brought Ann Coulter and Iranium to Canada – the Free Thinking Film Society and the International Free Press Society – now bring Caledonia to Ottawa…

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'Caledonia: No More Nightmares,' March 22/11, Ottawa. Click image for ticket information.

Caledonia: No More Nightmares
March 22, 2011
Library & Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0N4

TICKET INFO
Admission: $20 (includes HST), $10.00 for students/ seniors
Compact Music, 785 1/2 Bank Street, Ottawa 
Compact Music, 190 Bank Street, Ottawa 
Ottawa Festivals, 47 William Street, Ottawa 

Tickets will also be available at the door.
Tickets are also available on line.

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Ernie Palmer

Ernie Palmer went through the nightmare of being threatened and coerced into permitting an illegal smokeshack to be placed on his private property by Steve Powless.

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Canadian Civil Liberties Association closes door on Caledonia civil rights abuses

Crying -  ashamed

UPDATES:

In reply to a joint request by CANACE and the Caledonia Victims Project, the Canadian Civil Liberties (CCLA) has, once again, refused to even consider meeting to discuss the civil rights abuses in Caledonia, and has made it clear it has no intention of addressing the issue at all.

Here are our most recent communications with the CCLA, followed by a complete list of references related to our many unsuccessful attempts to persuade the CCLA to assist Caledonia’s victims…

1. CANACE/CVP LETTER TO CCLA, Mar 01/11  (via email & fax) [PDF]

March 01, 2011                                                                   BY FAX & EMAIL

Canadian Civil Liberties Association
506-360 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X1
t: 416.363.0321 f: 416.861.1291
mail@ccla.org 

Dear CCLA: 

Beginning in early 2007 I contacted your office on a number of occasions seeking your assistance with the civil rights abuses in Caledonia associated with racial policing practices of the OPP, but you were, unfortunately, unable to assist us at that time. 

As you undoubtedly know, award-winning author Christie Blatchford’s 2010 book, Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All of Us, has completely vindicated allegations that the Ontario Provincial Police were following orders not to enforce the rule of law in Caledonia and were, indeed, conducting policing by race to the utter detriment of non-native citizens with no lawful authority. 

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Truth & Reconciliation Rally, Caledonia – Feb 27/11

IFPS-Canada VP Mary Lou Amgrogio speaks about free speech, and announces that her organization is co-sponsoring 'Caledonia: No More Nightmares' in Ottawa, March 22/11. Click image to play video (5:13)

IFPS-Canada VP Mary Lou Amgrogio speaks about free speech, and announces that her organization is co-sponsoring 'Caledonia: No More Nightmares' in Ottawa, March 22/11. Click image to play video (5:13)

After returning home yesterday from Sunday’s tumultuous Truth and Reconciliation Rally on Feb 27/11, and our unsuccessful attempt to place a symbolic Healing & Reconciliation Apology monument on the road allowance near the entrance to the occupation site in Caledonia, I forwarded some initial thoughts and references to Natasha at MooseAndSquirrel.ca who has been kind enough to not only cover this story, but also share my speech notes with her readers since I have not had time to do so.

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