All Canadians can contribute to Calgary's efforts. Got any old footwear?
The Shoe Campaign is Launched
George Bush's first international speech after finishing his presidency will be to the Calgary Rotary Club on March 17th, the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and the Calgary's activist community would like to give him the welcome he deserves.
There will events throughout the week leading to Bush's visit but for those outside Calgary we wanted to give you a chance to give him his due welcome. To that end the local community in Calgary is asking people from around Canada to send us your old shoes so they can be a symbol to boot Bush Out of Canada! We are hoping people will send shoes in from across the country to show solidarity.
Also, people can include notes or letters with their shoes and we will post them with the wall of shame or attach them to the shoes at the rally for people to see. The sent shoes will be displayed around the perimeter of the "George Bush Go Home Rally" and the conclusion of his trial. We are also going to build a shoe-cannon that will fire shoes at a picture of Bush.
The CUPW, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Calgary Local has enthusiastically agreed to have their Calgary office as a location where shoes could be sent and stored:
CUPW - Calgary Local 109
5621 11 Street NE
Calgary AB. T2E 6Z7
After the rally, some shoes will be sent to George Bush's best friends and local MP's, Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney. We will donate the remaining ones to an appropriate clothes bank.
Toronto-area folks can drop off shoes at the Canadian Peace Alliance, 427 Bloor St West. There's a box outside the office. Drop off your shoes by Monday, March 9, and they'll all be sent to Calgary.
For more info on the Calgary organizing, see The People v. Bush.