Kamloops groups unite under Common Causes

Umbrella to be launched Monday night as a first step toward national day of action

Kamloops Daily News
January 26, 2013 01:00 AM

Groups engaged in passive resistance against the federal government are uniting to form a national coalition.

Common Causes, a loosely structured umbrella group, will be launched on Monday night as a first step toward a national day of action.

The Kamloops chapter of the Council of Canadians, a left-wing progressive citizens' organization, is hosting an information session on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 Seventh Ave.

"I think it will show that people are involved in resisting, that we're here and not going away, even though Stephen Harper has his so-called majority," said Anita Strong, a chapter member.

The initiative, which includes the Idle No More movement, grew out of a September summit focused on building "one big campaign."

"It's an alliance. Everything is kind of loose; there's nothing formal."

Monday's launch coincides with the opening of the winter session of Parliament. Organizers feel that co-ordinated action is necessary to counter what they see as sweeping measures that will fundamentally change the character of Canada.

Their list of concerns is lengthy. They say they're reacting to targeted attacks by the Harper government on indigenous communities, environmental protection, public services, workers' rights, womens' right to choose, charitable organizations and civil liberties, as well as migrant, immigrant and refugee rights.

"I think its impacting more and more people who are realizing they're part of the disenfranchised, too," said Strong, who encourages others to rally around Common Causes.

"Come out and see that there is more to democracy than a vote every four years."

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