UPDATED 1126 EST June 23/09: Video footage of marchers put to music courtesy of Jeff Parkinson.
I am very pleased to report that I sent the following letter to the OPP on behalf of CANACE to thank them for their role in yesterday’s ‘Support Randy Fleming‘ rally.
June 21, 2009
Commissioner Fantino, Ontario Provincial Police
Gary McHale and Merlyn Kinrade asked if I would pass on thanks from CANACE to you and your officers for your assistance, your honest communications and your decision to protect and respect the rights of non-natives to walk down Argyle Street with Canadian flags past the DCE. I know this was a big step for the OPP and I know that Sgt. Carter could not have helped make it happen without the support of the OPP leadership. For this we are truly grateful to you all.
Before leaving Lions Park I told the crowd that the officers of the OPP have had a rough three years, too and that no matter what has happened in the past, or will happen in the future, today they made the decision to do the right thing for us. I asked them to thank every OPP officer they met that day in the hopes your officers would go home to their families to tell them that perhaps life will be getting better for them, too.
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Last night OPP Sgt. Phil Carter called Merlyn Kinrade to confirm that the force will be providing an escort for the Support Randy Fleming flag march down Argyle Street tomorrow past the occupied Douglas Creek Estates.
If the OPP keep their word, we will make history together by forcing them and the Province to recognize that the rights of non-natives cannot be unreasonably suspended or denied during a land claim dispute simply because they find it easier than confronting the intimidation and threats of native protesters.
Even if we are betrayed this time, even if native gangsters mobilize to block us, it changes nothing but the date that the Rule of Law returns to our province. History is on our side. Justice is on our side. Racial policing will end, we just don’t know the date.
While the struggle against Race-Based Policing is far from over, tomorrow will be a very, very good day, a notable mile marker in the long journey ahead of us.
Bring your flags tomorrow!
Let’s say ‘thank you’ to the OPP
As we march tomorrow with our flags, can I suggest that you look each OPP officer squarely in the eye when you pass near and say, ‘thank you.’
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Click for hi-res image and info re Barb Patterson-Tuck's award winning painting. Merlyn is at the top of the maple leaf in the middle facing left.
UPDATE 1847 EST June 13/09: Belleville Intelligencer editorial: Six Days too long to end protest no one wanted. REPRINT.
See also, ‘Proof positive native extremists have lost PR battle’
Is the OPP really changing?
After three years the people of Caledonia may find it hard to believe that OPP attitudes towards them are changing. One resident told me not to trust the OPP saying, ‘Once a snake always a snake.’
I understand where such skepticism and cynicism comes from given what the police have done to them – and to us, but here is why I believe that the OPP will not renege on their agreement with us to allow us to march down Argyle Street past DCE on the 20th in support of Randy Fleming.
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United States government sources have informed CANACE that the U.S. considers the Akwasasne/Cornwall border to be ‘undefended’ now that Canada has abandoned the post due to threats by Mohawk Warriors and, under international law, has sent or is sending United States Marines to stand guard against criminal/terrorist activity.
CANACE assists U.S. authorities
When the Canadian government refused to cooperate with U.S. authorities, CANACE founders met with them to provide evidence to aid in the conviction of Trevor Miller for assaulting a U.S. law enforcement agent in Caledonia in 2006.
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Last week Regional News reporter Bill Jackson ran the editorial below in response to the criticism by Haldimand politicians about our May 24/09 flag raising protest in Caledonia.
VoiceofCanada category: Caledonia – May 24/09
REGIONAL NEWS THIS WEEK
by Bill Jackson
Some people see flag raising events in Caledonia as disruptions to a quiet town on a Sunday afternoon. Others see them as driving at the root of two-tier justice that has inhibited economic development and inflicted much bigger wounds than anything occurring last Sunday.
Sure, cars took it slow to make sure that they avoided a few dozen people who were standing on the shoulders of Argyle Street South. But while frustration and hostility were in the air, acts of violence and major confrontations did not occur.
After all, why would they? People only wanted to raise a few Canadian flags in Caledonia. In Canada.
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Merlyn Kinrade and I are very pleased that Caledonia’s Regional News today published the letter below from us regarding comments by Haldimand Councillors Grice and Sloat about Merlyn’s May 24/09 flag raising protest.
Many thanks to a great newspaper which has decided to give a strong voice to those who struggle for justice. Don’t miss today’s Regional News column by Gary McHale: ‘Of Mice and Men.’
REGIONAL NEWS THIS WEEK
Councillor Sloat should apologize
by Merlyn Kinrade & Mark Vandermaas
We would like to thank Mayor Trainer for publicly defending our right to peacefully oppose racial policing by attempting to force the OPP to respect our right to raise a Canadian flag across from DCE. I hope she will take comfort in knowing that she is on the right side of history.
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Don’t miss the photos of Randy Fleming’s May 24/09 arrest while peacefully holding a Canadian flag in this report just issued by CANACE Executive Director Gary McHale:
The sequence of photos in this report were captured from a video of Fleming’s protest, and clearly shows he did nothing more than calmly walk down the road and then a few feet onto DCE.