Earth's species VS. the corporations, their investors and their bankers
To friends of Women for Water,
and mayor and council of Port Alberni,
from Women for Water, Jen Fisher-Bradley, Pt. Alberni, BC
I am writing to you mayor and council to alert you to the fact that if you think you can solve the water and fire crisis on Vancouver Island with bottled-water, band-aid type solutions you need to think again. If that is your only action plan then you might as well step down and let others try to ameliorate the damage. If you do not begin to educate the people of Port Alberni so they know what they need to know about the global heating crisis then you are failing your commitment to us, which is to lead.
Last fire season? (or is it over yet?) you tell us how much has been spent in BC in '06.
Two 10,000 hectare fires came as close as 30KM to each other in Quesnel, this past summer. If they had joined together we would have had a catastrophic event.
Cancer epidemic, cedar trees dying of thirst, fishing tourists not bothering to come due to lack of fish.
So when you go to the UBCM, Union of British Columbia Municipalities, meeting here is a suggestion.
How about agreeing to stop the banks that finance our demise. Let's hit back hard and make a BC wide decision to ACT in the public interests. Why do we never hold the financial sector accountable?
How about passing a resolution for the municipalities to start non-repayment of their loans en masse. If the banks, and credit unions who are just as guilty, don't agree to reign in the climate heaters and watershed destroyers then the strategy can grow into the general public and we will start not paying our loans based on the life and death issue of global heating and the secretive planning of NAFTA superhighways and the North American Union. In my view this is our most powerful option and will be the peoples' most effective weapon against the corporate enslavement of planet earth by the elite. That is our power to not repay our loans, it will bring them to their knees in a very short time and we don't have much time. The only thing is it will require solidarity, something BC is very short on these days (where was the general strike?).
RADICAL? What is radical is the death of 43 forest workers in 2005, no fall session in the face of this crisis, Fraser River lowest its been in 90 years of record keeping -- that is radical.
When we sign a loan agreement in good faith, we expect the conditions that enable us to work at jobs that do not cost us our lives, we expect some social and infrastructure support, we expect a lot of things that have always gone along with being a working stiff in BC, but the long arm of the corporate reach of the single bottom line has brought us to this place.
Our water is drying up, our fish are gone and our safe, secure jobs have vanished. Our health care is under attack. How many children are apprehended by the Ministry of Children and Familiies every year who would not have been if that family's needs were adequately met?
The M of CF is mopping up the mess the greed is causing and our children, our society and our social credibility are paying for it.
NO I believe based on contract law that we do not have to pay back our loans when we are in a state of treason. This treason is not being addressed by the banks, so they are obviously in on it. Are we so brainwashed that we believe this capitulation is inevitable?
My take on ITLP, Island Timberlands Limited Partnership, is that they are looking at global climate change and the California law suit against automakers and saying hell let's get out of this untenable promise of 12% ROI,and they are thinking to themselves, let's make it the peoples' fault, we can tell our investors that we are not to blame they kicked us out of Port Alberni one of the only places worth raping left. When you hear blasting by a logging transnational you know they are going in after the old growth because there are already roads built to the second growth.
Old growth cedar is going straight to Weyerhaeuser's "Cedar One" product line, earning top dollar, building mansions for Americans who are sucking up our water and have always thought of Canada as their own personal back up plan in terms of resource scarcity.
Earth's species VS. the corporations, their investors and their bankers.
As crazy as this idea sounds please discuss it at the UBCM meeting.The people of BC are counting on their municipal leadership to use their foot on the ground status, being the closest government to the people,to promote this community sovereignty and Canadian sovereignty movement. and for the third time in this message:
Fraser River lowest its been in 90 years of record keeping.
Women for Water, Jen Fisher-Bradley
cc'd to local independent and corporate-owned media
P.S. While at the UBCM gathering, don't forget to promote the GLI, Guaranteed Livable Income a just transition to sustainability, a public health and public safety, grassroots initiative.
www.livableincome.org Look for the posters in town for an upcoming GLI meeting Oct 19, 2006
more about water:
Water drying up in Alberta
BC Water Stewardship Division
Dawson Creek -- The B.C. Agriculture Ministry has promised relief for Peace country farmers hard hit by this year's drought --
Water and Poverty