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It’s Time for Canada to be Open for Justice!

By Sandy Haksi On May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Join us in a campaign to make Canadian mining companies accountable.

Open for JusticeVancouverites will be able to catch a special fundraiser screening of The Corporation this Monday, May 26 with an info fair, panel guests (including The Corporation author Joel Bakan!) and after-party. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a devil's bargain since the event will be held at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, which we were graciously offered for free, yet comes with some controversy. The mining company got its name on the door with a $10 million donation to SFU which outraged many people, including us, considering their track record of destructive and exploitative behaviour.

75% of the world’s mining companies have their headquarters here in Canada and it's no wonder why: there are virtually no regulations to prevent unscrupulous corporations from committing human rights violations overseas. And our mining companies, like Goldcorp, have been busy - poisoning water, destroying farms, even violent intimidation and murder.

One of the earliest supporters of The Corporation film, Inter Pares also co-founded the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) and they are part of a coalition calling on Canadians to ensure that mining victims can access justice here in Canada. We've now come on board along with groups like Amnesty, Kairos, BC Teachers Federation and Oxfam Canada, to advocate for federal legislation that would establish mandatory standards for Canadian extractive companies operating abroad, especially in developing countries. Over 80,000 people have sent a letter to their Members of Parliament and on May 14, hundreds gathered on Parliament Hill to show their support. 

For our part, we'll be handing out postcards at the May 26 screening to be sent to Goldcorp's Vancouver head office letting them know that we don’t check our conscience at the door just because their name is on it. Join us and get your tickets now!

Support the Open for Justice campaign and help fight mining injustice here and around the world. Check out the video from Inter Pares below, as well as links to action.

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Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.

3.1 Million Citizens Unite Against TPP Secrecy

By Sandy Haksi On May 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

3,146,398. That's the number of people who, at last count, were part of projections lighting up key buildings in Washington, D.C. last night with messages against TPP secrecy. The international Stop The Secrecy campaign registered a huge victory and sent a clear message to negotiators that fast tracking the deal would meet with opposition. A lot of it.

TPP projection in Washington

Now, US Senator Ron Wyden, an important player in the Democratic party, has come out against trade secrecy saying, "Bringing the American people into full and open debates on trade agreements that have the effect of law is not too much to ask.” No kidding.

StopTheSecrecy.net is still collecting signatures or show your support by sharing the good news and help it go viral.

We think this opposition to the TPP is one more reason why The Corporation is still as relevant today as it way 10 years ago. Do you agree? Let us know in our 10 Year Anniversary campaign survey.

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Stop the Secrecy Before It’s Too Late

By Sandy Haksi On April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Add your voice to the almost 3 million people against fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement

From StopTheSecrecy campaign:

StopTheSecrecyRight now, Obama is meeting with leaders in Asia to finalize the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

The TPP threatens to censor your Internet, kill jobs, undermine environmental safeguards, and remove your democratic rights.

We're going to get the attention of decision-makers and the media by projecting a Stop The Secrecy message on key buildings in Washington D.C. - but we need you to add your voice now.

The TPP is huge: It covers 40% of the global economy and will overwrite national laws affecting people around the world.

The worst of the TPP threatens everything we care about: democracy, jobs, health, the environment, and the Internet.  That's why decision-makers are meeting in Asia under extreme secrecy and pushing 'Fast Track' laws to cement the plan into place. 

This is no way to make decisions in the 21st century. We need to raise a loud global call to expose this dangerous secrecy now. 

With every voice that is added to our call, a donor will contribute to make the Stop The Secrecy projection on buidlings in Washington D.C. bigger and brighter. We need to make this as big as possible when Obama returns to Washington on April 30th.

Take action at StopTheSecrecy.net!

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US Voters Overwhelmingly Unite Against Corporate Personhood and Citizens United

By Sandy Haksi On November 08, 2012 | 3 Comments

Romney wasn't the only loser on election night. American voters resoundedly walloped Citizens United and the notion of corporate personhood by easily passing measures around the country to amend the Constitution and overturn the ruling.

At local and state levels, residents across party lines emphatically rejected the ruling that unleashed a tide of corporate spending in elections — and won every time! Even red states like Montana and Colorado that went to Romney saw a landslide of support with majorities of 70% and more.

The drive to get these initiatives on the ballot came from a coalition of groups including Move To Amend, Free Speech Is For People, and Common Cause. Kudos to all the volunteers and grassroots supporters who helped get them passed in their communities! Hopefully, this high level of support will send a strong message to Congress and push them into action.

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Stop The Trap Campaign is Hosting a TPP Discussion on Reddit NOW

By Sandy Haksi On October 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Over 118,000 people have signed the petition to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) does not create an Internet trap!

Now, Open Media is hosting a live online question-and-answer session about the TPP and other Internet issues with leading advocates and experts. Check out their info below...

Do you have a question about the future of the Internet? Want to learn more about secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership's (TPP) Internet trap? Have an idea for how we can reach more people with the StopTheTrap.net campaign?

We are...

  • Grassroots Internet freedom group OpenMedia (Steve Anderson)
  • Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian
  • Ben Huh, CEO of The Cheezburger Network
  • Digital rights advocates and experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Electronic Frontiers Australia, InternetNZ, Public Knowledge, Public Citizen, and Professor Michael Geist
  • Online innovators Mike Masnick from Techdirt, Elliot Noss from TuCows, and Michael Tippett from Ayoudo
  • Civil society leaders from the ACLU and Andrew Rasiej from the Personal Democracy Media

We’re here all day (9 AM – 7 PM Eastern)! Join us here and contribute to what is surely the most exciting movement of our time: Internet freedom.

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