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Advocacy Vancouver Style
After walking throughout Vancouver for a couple of days you will surely come upon some activist for a variety of causes I have a picture here of some people resisting the fur trade and I remember another lady with green peace.
There are a number of web sites on the Internet as well, I included one for your enjoyment.
If you have the time, stop and chat with these people, the causes really are important in most cases and we should be listening more to these different points of view.
This protester I am sure is aware and would love the way they stick rods up these animals behinds on breeding farms. That is pretty sick when you think about it?
The Activist City
Since the 1960's or so, Vancouver has been a city where alternatively-minded individuals conglomerate. Opinions tend to swing to the left as opposed to the right. I suppose it started in the 60's, with the emergence of a hippy culture along West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano. Hundreds of draft dodgers called Vancouver home during the Vietnam War.
Greenpeace was founded in Vancouver in the 1970's. A decade later, Vancouver gave birth to Adbusters. Even famous genetics scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki calls Vancouver home. Political activism and environmentalism are very much a part of the Vancouver psyche.
However, it was at UBC's 1997 APEC meeting where friction got the better half of the activism. The protests against globalism turned into chaos as the police pepper sprayed the protesters. A giant public debate ensued for years. Who was to blame? Were the protesters at fault for using their rights, or were the police to blame by using brute force? Perhaps the Pacific Rim rulers were to blame, feeling uncomfortable around large masses of university students. It was never solved.
Protests still occur, but never to the same fiasco as APEC. When Premier Gordon Campbell came into power in 2001. He changed the contracts of the teachers, making them essential services, throwing away their bargaining tools. The next thing we know, thousands of BC teachers are marching through the downtown streets unhappy with the situation, wanting change.
To this day you'll find a permanent site outseide the Chinese Consulate on Granville Street protesting the Chinese government punishment of Falun Dafa. During the moments before the Iraq war, there were monthly peace marches throughout the city, as seen in the picture attached.
I took that picture during the February 15th Peace March. About 40-50,000 people showed up. All ages, all races. This is Vancouver.
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