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(en) Canada, Montreal, Support indigenous struggles - Oppose CN Rail's racism and colonialism

Date Wed, 18 Jul 2007 15:09:09 +0300


Support indigenous struggles for sovereignty, dignity and self-determination on Turtle Island ---- Oppose CN Rail's racism and colonialism ---- Protest Bush, Harper, Calderon and the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" (SPP)---TUESDAY, AUGUST 14th, NOON --- Picket and Demonstration --- Montreal Central Train Station --- metro Bonaventure (enter via the metro, or via the street at 895 de la Gauchetière West, between University and Mansfield) ---- Meet at the large departures/arrivals sign in the main lobby of the train station. Bring your banners, placards, flags and other symbols of dissent. ---- We demand that CN Rail drop their racist lawsuits against Mohawk activists at Tyendinaga; ---- We stand in support and solidarity with indigenous struggles for sovereignty and self-determination all over Turtle Island; ---- We denounce CN Rail's role in the corporate North American Competitiveness Council and the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).

"When justice fails, block the rails!"


CN Rail is a multi-billion dollar company, headquartered in Montreal,
whose tracks and installations occupy native lands from
ocean-to-ocean.

CN Rail is currently pursuing multi-million dollar lawsuits against
Mohawk activists from the community of Tyendinaga who are actively
involved in the defense of their land.

The Mohawks of Tyendinaga are demanding the return of the Culberston
Tract, which was stolen from them in 1832. Recently a portion of the
land was reclaimed, with the Tyendinaga community demanding that the
Ontario government revoke the license legitimizing a private quarry
operation that is literally removing land from the Culberston Tract.
For more info, consult:
http://ocap.ca/firstnations/tyendinaga/culbertson

CN is threatening more lawsuits against other indigenous communities
and activists who block CN rail lines.

CN Rail and their executives are targeting indigenous community
organizers who have effectively brought the issue of native
sovereignty to the forefront. In the context of unsettled land claims,
and the fact that their tracks sit on appropriated native territory,
CN Rail's actions are colonial and racist.

While CN uses the courts to attack native activists, their CEO -- E.
Hunter Harrison ? is a member of the North American Competitiveness
Council, a key promoter of the recently formed "Security and
Prosperity Partership" (SPP) between Canada, the United States and
Mexico. The SPP continues the imposition of the neo-liberal North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), combined with paranoid
"Homeland Security" policies.

The SPP is an attack on all working and oppressed peoples, especially
the indigenous peoples of "North America". The SPP leaders ? George
Bush, Stephen Harper and Felipe Calderon -- will be meeting later this
summer, from August 20-21, in Montebello, Quebec (just 90 minutes from
Montreal).

Join us on August 14 in Montreal, as we build towards the protests
against Bush, Harper and Calderon in Montebello on August 20 (info:
www.psp-spp.com )

Organized and endorsed by: Block the Empire-Montreal (BLEM),
Liberterre, No One Is Illegal-Montreal, La Rue Brique, Solidarity
Across Borders, Tadamon! Montreal, La Pointe Libertaire and others (to
add your group endorsement, please contact noii-montreal@resist.ca)

-> Text of the flyer passed out at the picket against CN on July 1,
2007 in Montreal:
http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2007/07/flyer-text-why-we-are-protesting.html

-> "About the SPP" Background: http://www.psp-spp.com/?q=en/aboutthespp

INFO: 514-848-7583, noii-montreal@resist.ca

[en français: http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2007/07/cn-cessez-vos-poursuites-racistes.html
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