Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peaceful Protest Against the Formation of Anti-Native "Militia" in Caledonia

Peaceful Protest Against the Formation of Anti-Native "Militia" in Caledonia

Tjay Henhawk posted an announcement to the cause First Nations & Aboriginal Rights.

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A call for a peaceful protest against the formation of an anti-native
"militia" in Caledonia – Tuesday, June 23rd at 6pm Outside the Lion's
Club in Cayuga, Ontario.


Dear Friends,

As you may have heard in the mainstream media already, things are
escalating again in Caledonia. Doug Fleming (an associate of anti-native
sovereignty activist Gary McHale) who was recently arrested for
attempting to instigate a conflict with people at Six Nations by running
onto the former Douglas Creek Estates waving a Canadian flag, has
announced that he is now forming a "militia" to directly confront
"native lawlessness" in Caledonia. According to Fleming, the militia
would patrol areas in Caledonia by car and by foot wearing uniforms and
communicating with radio equipment. If alerted to an instance of "native
lawlessness" the militia would then use "reasonable force" to effect a
citizen's arrest and would hold the native person until such time as the
OPP arrived to take the "prisoner" to jail.

Needless to say, this represents a major escalation in regard to the
conflict at Six Nations. In addition to the OPP having already laid over
120 charges against Six Nations activists, the formation of this militia
-- with a primary target of removing "illegal" native "smoke shacks"
near Caledonia -- points directly to the increasing of the possibility
of violent conflict between natives and non-natives. Fleming has called
for a public meeting for founding of the militia to happen on June 23,
at 7 p.m., at the Lion's Hall in Cayuga. The announcement of the
formation of the militia has received widespread publicity in the
mainstream media. (Links to the coverage can be found below).

Although Gary McHale and his supporters have avoided making public
racist comments towards natives, there is no doubt that the formation of
the militia will draw explicitly racist individuals who have long wanted
to physically confront native protesters into activity. Neo-Nazi groups
have long participated in McHale's various protests since at least the
fall of 2006, and there is every likelihood that they will be drawn to
this meeting if they are not already involved in organizing it.

Put simply, this meeting cannot be allowed to happen unopposed. As
non-natives who have long supported indigenous struggles in general and
the Six Nations struggle in particular, we are issuing a call for all
who are opposed to escalation and violence inherent in Flemming's call
for a "Caledonia Militia" to peacefully protest the holding of this
meeting.

Transportation to the protest will be organized by activists in Toronto,
Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. Please contact
3903fnswg@gmail.com for more information, to endorse the protest, or to
reserve a space on the buses. Buses will be leaving from Toronto at
4:30pm sharp and should return by 10pm that night at the latest. You
must contact us over email to reserve a space on the bus. Suggested
donation to help cover the cost of transport is $10 although no-one will
be turned away for lack of funds.

In solidarity,


The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group.


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Sources on the formation of the "Caledonia militia"

http://www.marchforfreedom.com/smf/index.php?topic=466.0
This is a discussion board run by Gary McHale where the event was first
announced.

http://www.westernstandard.blogs.com/shotgun/2009/06/caledonia-militia-looking-for-a-few-good-men.html
This right-wing magazine ran a story on the issue. The comments section
is quite informative.

http://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com
This is the website of Mark Vandermas an associate of McHale's.

http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/652121
This is a Toronto Star article on the issue. If you look at the
comments, you'll see that almost 90 of the 100 are strongly in support
of the forming of the militia.

http://caledoniawakeupcall.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/caledonia-militia-draws-criticism-from-cowards/
This is another blog by the McHale supporter in Caledonia.

http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=604501
This is the world's most popular English-language neo-Nazi website. Here
is a discussion thread that is discussing McHale's various activities
and protests in Caledonia and provides some information about neo-Nazi
participation in them.

http://www.caledoniawakeupcall.com/election/ElectionResults.pdf
And in case you thought that McHale was...
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