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Protest 2010 Olympic Torch Relay

December 11, 2009

Confront invasion: No Olympics on stolen land! Send the Olympic torch back to Europe!

by Native Youth Movement

“We have this in common. We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter and a common discriminator. But once we realize that we have a common enemy, then … we can unite – on the basis of what we have in common.” – Malcolm X

The influence of the Native Youth Movement-led protests against the 2010 Winter Olympics was demonstrated Nov. 24, when Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! was stopped at the border for fear she would discuss the issue.
The influence of the Native Youth Movement-led protests against the 2010 Winter Olympics was demonstrated Nov. 24, when Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! was stopped at the border for fear she would discuss the issue.
Indigenous sisters and brothers of the North, what the invaders call KKKanada, for the next 106 days the Olympic torch will run our great lands. The Olympic torch, a flamed staff that represents white supremacy, is running through Indigenous nations and territories, symbolizing their theft and dominance of our lands and ways. For 106 days every Indigenous nation in these lands has the opportunity to talk to the world about your issues and show unity between all nations here who have a common oppressor and common invader, KKKlanada (“Canada”). Let us unite voices and show the world we are a proud and independent people who will never surrender our lands.

Not only is the torch running our lands, they are also going to get Native people to participate in their evil ceremonies. KKKanada wants the world to think Native people are compliant and even eager to be assimilated into the white way of life.

We call on all Native nations of the North to show the world we are strong and dignified people, the survivors of a 500-year-old holocaust that has taken 250 million Indigenous lives, whose lands are illegally occupied and destroyed, who are a people who will never accept defeat.

Ever since their invasion we have resisted. As this is written, Indigenous people are blockading roads to prevent destruction. Original people are still living on the land not dependent on the invading governments for survival, only needing clean land, air and water for sustenance. The goal of the invaders is to make us fully dependent on them to survive, giving us no choice but to live white. When we refuse, we are arrested or murdered.

This is a unification call to the proud and strong nations of the North, the Songhees, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Halkomelem, Cowichen, Tuchone Tlinget, Inuit, Innu, Onondoga, Oneida, Seneca, Mohawk,Cayuga, Tuscarora (Six Nation Conferderacy), Annishinabe, Cree, Algonquin, MikM’aq, Maliseet, Wabanaki, Siskita, Dakota, Nakota, Stoney, Dene, Gwich’in, Tahltan, Gitsan, Wetsuitan, Haisla, Nisga, Sekani, Dakelh, Tsimshian, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk,Tsilcotin, Secwepemc, Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan, Ktnuxa, St’at’imc, Stolo and all unmentioned nations .

When the torch passes through your lands and communities, this is your opportunity to let the world know what is happening in your land, tell them the true story and the real relationship between the invaders known as KKKanada and your Indigenous nation. Let the world know the land and water can never be sold. Natural law is more powerful than man-made law.

They fear our unity. Plan some form of action when the torch passes your area. Stop it or chase them to the edge of your lands and let the next nation pick up where you left off. No evil invader torch on Native land!

Updated call for cross-Canada mobilizing: Extinguish the Olympic torch!

From Oct. 31, 2009, to Feb. 12, 2010, the Olympic Torch Relay, “A Path of Northern Lights,” will be traveling across Canada. The Olympic Resistance Network, based in Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, is calling on and encouraging our allies to coordinate efforts in over 2,000 communities to oppose and resist the Torch Relay.

On Oct. 31, over 400 people gathered to oppose the Torch Relay launch in Victoria. An Anti-Olympics Festival and Zombie March, organized by No 2010 Victoria, succeeded in disrupting the relay. Security personnel were forced to extinguish the torch, load it in a van, and reroute it in order to reach the Legislature. (Visit http://no2010victoria.net or http://olympicresistance.net for videos.)

Why organize against the torch?

The Olympic torch is a propaganda tool that promotes gentrification, repression and environmental destruction. The origins of the Torch Relay lie in the dark history of the 1936 Games in Berlin, where it was devised as a means to spread Nazi fascism and to promote the Third Reich. (See Globe and Mail article: http://no2010. com/node/ 1113.)

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is a $25 million publicity stunt to promote the Olympic Brand, particularly its top sponsors. The Royal Bank of Canada and Coca Cola are the main sponsors of the 2010 Torch relay. RBC is the top financier of the environmentally devastating Alberta Tar Sands, while Coca Cola has been responsible for health degradation as part of the junk food industry and massive depletion of groundwater and toxic waste pollution in India and has been involved in hiring paramilitary groups to violently repress union organizers in Colombia.

It is becoming increasingly evident that, far from being simply about sport, the 2010 Olympics is rooted in displacement, corporate greed, militarization and repression. While Olympic corporate sponsors are getting bailed out, Indigenous lands are being stolen, more people are becoming homeless, thousands are losing their jobs and access to public services, the environment is being destroyed, and civil liberties are being eroded as over a billion dollars are being sunk into security and surveillance measures. While people suffer consequences, the public money invested by the city of Vancouver, the city of Whistler, the B.C. government and the Canadian government is now nearing $7 billion.

What can I do?

This torch relay will be the longest in-country relay in Olympic history, giving us the chance to make some anti-Olympic history! You might be opposing the torch due to the rally call, No Olympics on Stolen Native Land! Remember the torch does not represent a sacred fire; it is a destructive force.

Or you might be protesting the torch because of the impacts of its corporate sponsors on your community, such as the link between the RBC and Alberta Tar Sands. Or you are generally concerned about the overall negative impacts of the games, such as homelessness, misdirected public spending, attacks on civil liberties and the general oppression and repression it represents.

There are many reasons and many ways to oppose the torch, so whatever your reason might be, get out there and be visible! Create a leaflet and make some placards, and you and your group can protest along the torch route and hand out information to those along the sidelines. You can lead a march to disrupt and detour the relay, as Victoria organizers successfully did without arrests. Setup a blockade through your community and stop the torch from going through and spreading its false propaganda. Hold educational events prior to and after the torch going through to spread awareness about the impacts of the Olympics.

You can contact olympicresistance@riseup.net for educational materials to assist in this. Do whatever makes the most sense for your context; most important is that you organize something!

If you are organizing an event or action in your city, town or community, please email us the details at olympicresistance@riseup.net so we can compile the information and build strength and unity in our efforts by having this information available on our website.

Basic torch route

Nov. 29-Dec. 11, 2009: through Quebec: Rimouski, Baie-Comeau, Les Escoumins, Saguenay, Lévis, Saint-Georges, Black Lake, Victoriaville, Sherbrooke, Drummondville, Trois-Rivières, Longueuil, Kahnawá:ke, Beaconsfield, Mont-Tremblant, Montréal, Laval, Gatineau and others

Dec. 12, 2009-Jan. 4, 2010: through Ontario: Ottawa, Pikwàkanagàn, Akwesasne, Kingston, Tyendinaga, Peterborough, Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Six Nations, Brantford, Oneida, Leamington, Windsor, Sarnia, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Barrie, Huntsville, Temiskaming, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Red Rock FN, Kenora and others.

Jan. 5-Jan. 20, 2010: through Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta: Winnipeg, Sioux Valley Dakota, Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moosomin FN, Edmonton, Wetaskiwin, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Calgary, Canada Olympic Park, Stoney Nation and more.

Jan. 21-Feb. 11, 2010: through BC: Golden, Cranbrook, Nelson, Trail, Osoyoos FN, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Prince George, Smithers, Gitanmaax, Fort St. John, Terrace, Bella Bella, Powell River, Sechelt, Squamish, Whistler, Lil’wat, Merritt, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and others.

Native Youth Movement

The Native Youth Movement (NYM) is Native Peoples’ Liberation Movement, fighting for our people, our land and our way of life. The Native Youth Movement is in the midst of becoming a Grand Council of Young and Old (veteran, battle tested) warriorz alike. A Warriorz Society with the Young Warriorz serving as the physical protectors, and the OGs (Original Guerrillas) as the Advisor Warriorz, giving direction through lessons, age old teachings, previous battles, and from the spirits and our ancestors, who have passed on this responsibility of defending our Indian way.

NYM is a unity point for Young Warriorz from many organizations, nations and societies throughout Turtle Island. We receive our direction from our true elders, those who left our instructions in the rocks, the stars, songs, war stories and way of life that we must insure continues forever. NYM is a part of the Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor, when all of our nations will once again unite and take back our land, and the youth will once again be the majority of our populations. That time is now. This unity and true power scares our enemy so much they will not stop until they feel we are no longer a threat to their evil and devilish crackah ways.

For more information, visit http://nativeyouthmovement.org and http://www.no2010.com/ and go to YouTube to watch “Native Youth Movement: No 2010 Winter Olympics on Native Land” and “Olympic Torch History.” Contact the Native Youth Movement at nymcommunications@hotmail.com.

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