Volume 95, Issue 28
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Harris leaving; lefties still pissed
Protesters plan party for Tory-fest 2001
By Erin Conway-Smith
"Social justice," not "infinite justice," say local activists preparing to protest at the provincial Progressive Conservative convention in London this weekend.
Some of the protest activities will reflect the updated anti-war agenda of the anti-globalization movement.
Kendra Coulter, a fourth-year scholar's electives student who has participated in numerous anti-globalization protests, noted the connection between the peace movement and the anti-globalization movement.
"The anti-globalization movement has always been about promoting equality, justice, democracy, diversity and tolerance," she said.
"Now we are seeing the need to attack the roots of anger on a global and systemic level and work towards a world where violence of any sort doesn't need to happen."
Coulter said protests at the convention will focus criticism on the impact of a pro-corporation provincial government, in addition to showing peace and tolerance for the current global situation.
"It is important to recognize the global and systemic links between violence and corporate greed," she said.
Jesse Greener, VP-external for the Society of Graduate Students and an organizer with the London Coalition for Social Justice, said protests at the convention will put a variety of issues out on the table.
"One major aspect of this is the peace movement," he said.
Greener said the LCSJ is trying to put forth a social justice concept, in particular, at the Operation Infinite Social Justice Benefit Concert, to be held Saturday night at the Embassy Hotel.
This event will highlight anti-war and humanitarian issues and is aimed at people who may be inclined towards social justice issues, but may not necessarily have a political involvement, Greener said.
"The peace movement has the same problem as the anti-globalization movement did they aren't defining what they are and what they want," said Fred McMahon, director of a new centre for globalization studies at the Fraser Institute a conservative think-tank.
McMahon said the recent peace movement is problematic because members have not explained how they visualize the world, but added such protests and sentiments should not be restricted.
"The right to protest is fundamental, it should in no way be constrained by the war time situation," he added.
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