2010, 2 mins
ALL OUT AGAINST THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES! The 2010 Winter Olympics will take place in Vancouver & Whistler, on unceded Indigenous land, from February 12-28 2010. We call on all anti-capitalist, Indigenous, housing rights, labour, migrant justice, environmental, anti-war, community-loving, anti-poverty, civil libertarian, and anti colonial activists to come together to confront this two-week circus and the oppression it represents. We are organizing towards a global anti-capitalist and anti-colonial convergence against the 2010 Olympic Games. * BASIC SCHEDULE: The basic plan thus far is: – Conference and People’s Summit on Wed Feb 10- Thurs Feb 11 – Fri Feb 12: Take Back Our City! “Welcomeâ€ the 2010 Olympic Torch with Free Games, Free Speech, and Free Food! Beginning with a festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 3 pm, followed by a parade and protest to BC Place Stadium. Details, including childcare arrangements, at: http://2010welcoming.wordpress.com/
WHY OPPOSE THE GAMES:
The 2010 Winter Olympics will take place on unceded Indigenous land. Far from being simply about sport, the history of the Olympics is one rooted in displacement, corporate greed, and repression. As Olympic promoters and sponsors seek to present their sanitized corporate brand image to the world, the real impacts of the Games are apparent to everyone:
- Expansion of sport tourism on Indigenous lands
- Increasing homelessness across the province and especially in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
- Misdirected public spending and debt totaling $6 billion while funding for the arts, educations, and health care are suffering cutbacks
- Corporate bailouts and corporate profits for companies with some of the worst social and environmental records.
- Threats to basic civil liberties and free speech
- Union-busting and vulnerable working conditions for migrant labour
- Unprecedented destruction of the environment
- Unparalleled $1 billion police and security spending that is turning our city into a militarized zone.