Caledonia’s Obnoxious Peace
Last night I had a call from a news executive who manages a number of radio stations. We discussed the fact that unionists, anarchists and members of anti-Israel groups who have directly supported the lawlessness here in Caledonia since mid-2006 were being bused in for the specific purpose of disrupting this event, and that the OPP has refused to provide us with protection to guarantee our safety and our right to gather peacefully at the Lions Hall and then walk down the street to place a symbolic monument calling for apologies on the public road allowance near the entrance to DCE.
The fact that native radicals, supporters, the OPP, and the Ontario government are all working together – STILL – 5 months after the release of HELPLESS – to suppress the voices of their victims is despicable. One has to wonder what kind of human beings are these that could be so heartless and so cruel – after everything they have already done – as to work so hard to keep Caledonians from simply asking for an apology?
I told this executive how someone sent a comment to me at VoiceofCanada a few weeks before our Oct 07, 2007 pre-election Remember Us Rally asking why we wanted to ‘stir things up now that things are quiet in Caledonia’ and how, the very next day, Sam Gualtieri was nearly beaten to death by native thugs in his own home.
I also shared Dr. King’s observation about what he called “obnoxious peace” – how the absence of conflict is not the same as the presence of justice, and that before we had even arrived in Caledonia we had already proven that there is no healing and no justice here – only an obnoxious peace cloaked in smug, self-serving lies by those responsible for the injustices.
There are NO shortcuts and NO alternatives to forcing the OPP, the Ontario government and Six Nations to acknowledge their roles in Caledonia’s misery and helping them understand the necessity of sincerely apologizing for them – otherwise how can we ever know if the nightmare truly is over, or if period of relative quiet is just a temporary lull in their attack?
On Sept 29, 2008 Merlyn Kinrade and I presented Brantford Council a vision of our long term plan to bring about healing and reconciliation between Caledonia and Six Nations using a simple diagram called ‘Reconciliation: the CANACE Path.’ Copies of it are available in an envelope on our Apologies monument. If they are gone, you can download one on the ‘Post-Helpless Reading List’ page at our HelplessByBlatchford project website which is: www.HelplessByBlatchford.ca.
In 2008 we were still fighting to achieve the first steps of our plan – Truth and Justice.
Now that we have, thanks to Gary McHale’s amazing efforts inside the courtroom without legal advice or any formal legal training, achieved the impossible – of actually seeing senior OPP officers and native protesters charged under the Criminal Code of Canada – with more likely to come — and now that the irrefutable truth of Caledonia and OPP racial policing has been told by Christie Blatchford, we are here today to begin the next stage: the seeking of an acknowledgement of wrongs from those responsible.
Thank you for being part of history today to help us take this next step to a sincere, meaningful, realistic process of healing and reconciliation.
Our very special guest speaker today is Mary Lou Ambrogio, Vice President of the Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society, an organization that was formed by Danish historian Lars Hedegaard to defend free speech against the draconian hate speech laws there which allow criminal convictions for the thought crime of saying something which insults another race or group and for which truth is NOT a defence!
Mary Lou and IFPS were instrumental in bringing people like Ann Coulter and Philippe Karsenty to Canada. In short, they defend people who governments and enemies of democracy would rather have silenced. Which explains why she is here today.
Mary Lou has invested many, many hours in learning about Caledonia, in understanding our civil rights approach to confronting the appeasement of native extremists, and she has played a vital role in helping us to share Caledonia’s story and lessons at both the national and international levels.
Printed with permission from:
Caledonia Victims Project