Black Out Speak Out: Stand for democracy

Monday, June 4, 2012 (All day)

Black Out Speak Out: Stand for democracy

On Monday, June 4, Voices-Voix will join to participate in a national campaign, Black Out Speak Out, to stand for democracy and the right of all voices to be heard. A large number of Canadian organizations, charities, non-governmental organizations, unions and social groups have joined forces and will darken their website home page for the day to protest the federal budget act C-38. People will instead find a splash page with suggested actions to speak out for free and open public debate.

Parts of the recently proposed federal budget will suppress public debate by allocating an additional $8 million to the Canada Revenue Agency to bully environmental charities in particular. Your organization might not deal primarily with environmental issues. But there is no telling who may be next; indeed, proposed changes to CRA regulations would require unions to disclose payments above $5,000. All organizations working on social justice issues are concerned by these changes and we must stand to defend our right to advocate.

It is crucial to stand together to protect this essential Canadian right, and oppose the dangerous prevailing attitude in Ottawa of you're with us or you're against us. Silence is not an option. Please join us in speaking out and demonstrating that Canadians from all walks of life will come together to defend core democratic principles.

Participating organizations include CPAWS, CAPE, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club Canada, West Coast Environmental Law, and, WWF Canada.

When: June 4th 2012
Time: All day
Where: On websites of participating organizations
RSVP: To join Black Out Speak or for further information on the event, please email communications@voices-voix.ca. Participating organizations will receive additional logistical information on how to “black out”, as well as messaging and graphics to use in order to communicate a unified and strong message.

Black Out Speak Out website: http://blackoutspeakout.ca

Video

Katie Gibbs speaks out: in Canada, evidence is being disregarded, scientists are losing their ability to speak out and debate, research programs are experiencing dramatic funding cuts, and libraries are being closed.