(former) senate page is a hero of the resistance

In case you haven't seen it yet:

Brigette DePape of Manitoba, you are my new hero!


allan said...

Fuckin' A!

Stephanie said...

This action gives me hope for a stellar future in Canada.

Hard to swallow with this lump in my throat.


laura k said...

It is awesome. Fucking awesome. I want to hug her, send her roses.

laura k said...

And if you haven't read it yet, Brigette DePape's press release.

allan said...

Brigitte DePape marched against the G20 in Toronto. She wrote afterwards that her father told her it was unproductive:

"But my question for him and his generation is: what will change things, then? If protesting is meaningless, as he suggests, what can we do to create a more just society? Surely my parents and others are concerned about the same issues we are. But what are they doing about it? Too often they don’t challenge them directly and they don’t encourage their kids to do so either. My dad reminds me that some choose to work quietly at incremental change rather than taking to the streets. But has that worked?"

(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, July 2010)

allan said...

She was interviewed by Evan Solomon on Power & Politics.

Looks like one complaint is that she broke the rules!!!!!! OMG!!LOLZ!!!!!11!!1! ... In other words, there's a proper time and place for protest, when no one is watching, where nothing is at stake.

laura k said...

It's sad that Brigitte's parents feel that way, and their attitude is so widespread. I wonder if her father's main issue is that protest doesn't work, or if underlying that is his fear of social unrest and disorder. It seems that so many people will accept anything in order to "keep the peace" - the peace that is often only repression.

laura k said...

From the Jane Taber story linked in the above post:

From Winnipeg, Ms. DePape travelled to Toronto last summer to take part in anti-G20 protests. She was briefly interviewed by The Globe and Mail during an anti-poverty demonstration on June 25, the day before the primary protests.

After a brief scuffle between police and protesters downtown, Ms. DePape and a dozen fellow demonstrators linked arms and sat in a semi-circle in front of riot police in a bid to ensure police did not move forward and attack the rear of a column of demonstrators who were marching away.

“We’re taking a non-violent form of protest – we’re trying to keep the police from getting to the other protesters,” Ms. DePape told The Globe. In the end, the police held back and Ms. DePape's group eventually got up to join it.

She further described her role in the protests in an article published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

“Using brightly colored rainbow paint, we displayed our concerns with the G20 agenda on the doors and bumpers of our caravan. From “shut down the tar sands” to “sign the UN convention on the right to water”, our messages expressed our beliefs that issues central to our vision of a more just and sustainable world are being ignored by the leaders of the G20,” Ms. DePape wrote.

Why do I think the government may start vetting their pages a bit more?

allan said...

Non-PDF of her G20 essay.

Protesting the G20: A Waste of Time?
by Brigette DePape
July 20, 2010

During the G20 ministerial meetings in Toronto, the sensational images of burning police cruiser cars and broken shop windows dominated the newspaper headlines. This is what the world saw.

What I saw in Toronto was radically different. ...

laura k said...

She is now my Facebook pic.

laura k said...


A few tweets find the protest "profoundly disrespectful" even though they claim to agree with the sentiment. If you are that worried about decorum, you will never change a thing.

Most people are incredibly moved and impressed.

laura k said...

"Like" her protest on FB: here.

allan said...

Her press release:

Harper's agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation. We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases, and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate. Most people in this country know what we need are green jobs, better medicare, and a healthy environment for future generations.

Contrary to Harper's rhetoric, Conservative values are not in fact Canadian values. How could they be when 3 out of 4 eligible voters didn't even give their support to the Conservatives? But we will only be able to stop Harper's agenda if people of all ages and from all walks of life engage in creative actions and civil disobedience.

This country needs a Canadian version of an Arab Spring, a flowering of popular movements that demonstrate that real power to change things lies not with Harper but in the hands of the people, when we act together in our streets, neighbourhoods and workplaces."

caulds said...

I commented on CBC.ca:

I am a man who was raised in a very conservative Bible Belt household in the Deep South of the U.S. I voted for the rightwing party in the United States for 28 years of my life. No questions; no doubts. I was a complete believer in the corporatist agenda: that giving more to the already wealthy is the only way to ensure a general prosperity for society ... trickle down. And I believed that everyone should work only for his or her sole advantage; that individual selfishness will collectively benefit us all. It is your destiny to own more, and to think of yourself first ... not to worry about the plight of others or even the environment you leave your childrens' children. Profit before people.

I heard that lie, and I loved it. I loved it, and I lived it for most of my life.

5 years ago, at the age of 48, I moved my farm and family to Canada. I refused to be part of what Brigette DePape referred to as the "Harper agenda" any longer. And I've watched it happen all over again, right here in this country.

My protest changed nothing? Hardly. For me it changed everything. The biggest change was this: I changed myself.

Brigette DePape didn't wait until she was middle-aged to figure it out.

For herself.