Between now and when Parliament resumes on March 3, pledge to do something to oppose Stephen Harper's anti-democratic agenda, and to keep the anti-prorogation feeling alive and visible.
This is copied from the Facebook group 31 Days of Action. Choose from this anti-prorogation menu, or create your own recipe for democracy.
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The Anti-Prorogation Rallies were an incredible success. As we draw closer to Parliament's eventual return on March 3rd, it is important that we find new and creative ways to keep the issue alive. Between February 1st and March 3rd, we have 31 days. That's 31 days to get involved, get informed and get out there.
The issue needs to be kept alive at the local level. Here is a list of 31 activities you can do over the next 31 days. Do you have what it takes? Some of them you can do from the comfort of your chair, others require group organization and even some running. Whatever you decide to do, do it with the respect and civility that has defined this movement thus far.
When you've completed any of these 31 goals, share it with us. Post photos to the event wall or mention it on the main CAPP forum. Help build the sense of community that we've developed and give others encouragement.
No one is required to get involved or support these activities, and you are encouraged to put forward ideas that resonate with you and your community.
31 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
(The list is constantly being updated, so be sure to check back often)
1) WRITE YOUR MP
This movement started with the simple act of writing to your member of parliament, and look what we've accomplished. Keep those letters coming: whether your MP is in Ottawa or in the riding, write to them and ask for weekly updates. If they are in your community, try to arrange a meeting time. Forward your emails to CAPPfeedback@gmail.com so we have a record, in case any of them claim "they haven't received any feedback".
2)SEND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Structure your letter so that it ties prorogation with local issues or let people know about your experiences with your MP.
3)CALL TALK RADIO
A lot of people listen to talk radio so it's a perfect opportunity to let your voice be heard. Even if you don't agree with the commentator, it's important to engage them respectfully and avoid name calling or bickering. Just keep focused on the issue.
4)DEMOCRACY TORCH RELAY
Some communities will be hosting a torch relay for democracy during the Olympics. If you're interested, you can find more information here.
Some communities have discussed holding a candlelight vigil to lament our lack of government. This is still in the planning stages, but more information will be available soon.
6)"WHERE'S DEMOCRACY?" PHOTO CHALLENGE
Sam Philips is organizing a cross Canada photo competition. Participants sign up and will receive a handcrafted mace in the mail and will take photos in their community. You can find details here.
7)DISTRIBUTE BATHROOM LITERATURE
What separates public washrooms from private ones is the lack of reading material. Why not leave a couple fliers for people to reflect upon?
8)ORGANIZE FLASH RALLIES
Many ministers are currently blitzing across the country. You can find out where they are on government websites. If they are coming to your community, you will usually have less than 24 hours to organize a quick demonstration. Work with your local Chapter to help get the word out. Whenever possible, try to engage the minister in conversation, but some of them have been sneaky so be sure to watch the back doors.
9)ATTEND TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Local MPs may be holding town hall meetings during the next month. Attend if you can and respectfully engage them in a conversation explaining why you think prorogation is an important matter.
Head down to your local farmer's market or public space and politely hand out informational fliers. Don't be pushy or getting into people's faces. Find someway to identify yourself and people that are interested can engage you if they want. Many local chapters have fliers, but we will have a link to some soon.
11)PUT UP POSTERS
You can make colour photocopies at Staples for 49 cents a page. Throw in a couple staples or some tape, and you can help spread the word by canvasing your neighbourhood in posters.
12)GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL CAPP CHAPTER
The success of the rallies was due to dedicated volunteers operating in their local CAPP organization. These groups are autonomous and set their own goals. Visit NoProrogue.ca to see if there is a chapter in your community and if they are meeting in the near future. Attend and share your ideas.
13)LEAVE COMMENTS ON ONLINE ARTICLES
This is something you can do from the comfort of your desk. All online news sources have some commenting feature. Take a minute and leave a comment, and agree/disagree with the comments of others.
14)"I LOVE DEMOCRACY" VALENTINES GREETING FOR HARPER
This one is still in the planning stages, but some folks in Ottawa are encouraging people to send them Valentines cards for democracy, which will be hand delivered to the Prime Minister's Office. Mailing information will be made available, check back soon.
15)TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT PROROGATION
Going out for drinks with friends? Why not drop the P-Bomb during the conversation? Many Canadians are still unfamiliar with the issue, so talk to them about it and find out what they think.
16)CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAPP FORUMS
If you're here, chances are you're a CAPP Facebook contributor. Post encouragements, relevant news and what you've been up to. Keep it civil and we'll keep on the right track.
17)RALLY IN OTTAWA
Some members in Ottawa have expressed an interest in another rally on Parliament Hill on March 3rd, the day parliament resumes. If you're in the area, be sure to visit the Ottawa chapter's page for more details and if it is going ahead: here
18) CIRCULATE A PETITION
Draft up a petition in your community. Not an online one, but one that you can distribute in your community and get people to physically sign. There are certain criteria to have a petition accepted into the House of Commons, you can find more information here.
19) HOST A CONCERT
Anyone whose heard Trevor Strong's "The Wild Proroguer" knows the power of the creative spirit in this movement. Why not organize a concert? You can have politically minded songs, or simply create a relaxed atmosphere in which CAPP members can relax and chat. It could be a large event or a small gathering at a pub. If you've got a Stephen Harper mask handy, why not bring out the piano and let them man himself entertain the crowd? Work with your community group to get something like this off the ground.
20) VOTE +1
In a democracy, elections are inevitable. When the day comes, be sure to get out and vote, and bring along a friend, colleague or stranger who has never voted before. The 2008 election had the lowest voter turn-out in Canadian history. Let's show them that Canada can be the come-back kid and give the next one the greatest turn-out...EVER.
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