The other day there was a Candian movement to protest a new bill being proposed by Stephen Harper. Bill C-51, a notriously vague and all-encompassing bill meant to protect Canadians from ‘terrorism’.
I hate politics, but constantly find myself entertaining laws, policies, ministers actions and corporate lobbyists and elections in the back of my mind. And I think that it is because no one else gives a shit that I become overwhelmingly dispaired by the sheer volume and extent of corruption and disease in human politics. So, it is my mission to make sure my kids grow up with a sense of civic dutyand awareness, mixed of course with some anarchism and activism.
So, to do our part on National Oppose Bill C-51 Day, we dug out a leftover science project board, some markers and crayons. With the few minutes we had to spare between our planned Saturday activities we stood upon the Alaska Highway and displayed our sign. Normally you want to have some clarification of exactly what it is we are protesting. Like “our voices count too” to show opposition to the inclusion of environmentalists under the definition of ‘terrorist’ in the bill.
But, we live in Northern British Columbia, where Natural Gas, Liquified Natural Gas, HydroElectric Dams, pipes and transport trucks and railcars, are so abundant that most everyone who saw the sign worked in or for the fossil fuel industry. Whether they saw the words or not, they likely dismissed us before giving it a moments thought. People here just do.not.protest.ANYTHING. We only did it to get the kids involved and give them an opportunity to learn what it means to change a bill or oppose legislation. And to share on social media, of course.
I was really suprised at how easily they understood the controversy of the bill and how simplified their proposed amendments were. Instead of protecting innocents from radicals, why not reach out to the people who are at risk of becoming radical and offer to improve their situation? My daughter suggested that when her friends exclude her or make her feel different, it makes her care less about being nice back, and that both she and the others get meaner and thus conflict ensues. The teachers should have a room and councillor where people feeling excluded or mistreated can seek help finding solutions and support. Brilliant <3 My kids are so great.