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Online Petition to Let #OccupyEdmonton Remain

10/25/2011

Like hundreds of other Occupy protests worldwide, #OccupyEdmonton has been grappling with local issues, such as the Alberta government’s cozy relationship with oil companies, and its failure to prudently monitor and regulate the development of the oil sands.

But the location #OccupyEdmonton has set up their tents is a park in the Edmonton’s financial district that’s owned by Melcor Developments, who keeps trying to evict them, despite their nonviolent methods and ample local support.

There’s an online petition objecting to this eviction, which as I write has received 3,167 signature out of its stated goal: 5,000.

Please sign!

Thank you to Sherry at the One Earth to Live blog for posting this.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. John Erickson permalink
    10/25/2011 9:42 PM

    You are now 3,187. Give my wife a chance to sign on (she just got home from work), and we’ll get you up to 3,188.

  2. 10/26/2011 11:04 AM

    I am so impressed by the number of people who have signed, from all over Canada, all over the world! These Occupiers definitely have some unique challenges ahead of them, given the strength and power of the oil industry in Alberta.

    • 10/27/2011 1:08 AM

      That’s for sure. I think it would ultimately be pretty bad PR for Melcor if the company evicted the Occupiers. Do you have any updates on the situation?

      • 10/27/2011 8:14 PM

        They were not evicted. In the end Melcor backed down, they probably did not want the confrontation. They said that they would just “prefer” if they leave.

        Meanwhile, #occupycalgary has been asked to leave by the city, as another fesitval is supposed to be using the park on this weekend. Apparently most of the Occupiers there now are actually homeless, and it has turned into a cause for homeless issues. http://bit.ly/vpsStr

        There is going to come a point where nobody would realistically stay in those tents over the winter (in many cold Canadian cities), unless they literally had no home.

        I was thinking that the Occupiers need to find a warmer place to occupy to keep the momentum going. Indoors somewhere… Not sure how that would happen though.

        • John Erickson permalink
          10/27/2011 8:37 PM

          Actually, Sherry, you’d be amazed how cold it can be and have a tent be livable. Heck, I’ve spent a couple nights well below freezing out in the complete open, and with a sufficient amount of wool clothing, you’re cold but tolerable. And if the good people doing the protest work need info on what to do, I’m more than willing to provide my little bit of knowledge.
          Also, keep a watch on events in the next few days. Our US police forces have pulled two really bone-headed maneuvers – they shot an Iraq vet (2 tours). supposedly by accident. (With a rubber bullet, I’ll give them that much, but it still did a LOT of damage.) And the Washington DC police have been filmed tackling a guy in a powered wheelchair. They’re claiming he was drunk and disorderly, and I haven’t gotten a clear version of events, but it makes for an UGLY video. If the authorities have braincell number one, they’ll go easy for a few days to let the furor die down.

      • 10/28/2011 2:40 PM

        They did indeed do damage. He’s going to need brain surgery: http://boingboing.net/2011/10/27/scott-olsen-iraq-veteran-injured-at-occupy-oakland-to-undergo-brain-surgery.html

        John’s right, winter camping is possible, though often far from pleasant. I’ve done it once, and it’s not a memory I cherish, though I made the mistake of leaving my clothes on in my sleeping bag and woke up damp the next morning.

        Maybe some Occupy groups will be offered an indoor venue. Many communities seem sympathetic, so it’s not improbable. Either way, Occupiers are clearly a very determined group of people, and I believe they’ll find a way to carry on this movement.

        The authorities are certainly helping create some damning footage. I’m not sure how much of it is making it to the mainstream media, but either way, by now a lot of Americans have surely realized how cruelly the police are treating not just their fellow Americans, but American war veterans.

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