TORONTO: CPT Canada joins call for January 30 day of action to support Grassy Narrows First Nation moratorium on logging

CPTnet
18 January 2008
TORONTO: CPT Canada joins call for January 30 day of action to support Grassy Narrows First Nation moratorium on logging

 Christian Peacemaker Teams Canada invites supporters to join, or organize in their locality, a day of action on 30 January 2008 to call for Office Max (in the United States) and Grand and Toy (in Canada) to stop selling paper made from fibre illegally harvested in Grassy Narrows First Nation territory.  Grassy Narrows has called for a moratorium on industrial logging in its territory. Nevertheless, logging continues.  

The Rainforest Action Network initiated the call for the day of action, which has sparked events in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Waterloo, Toronto, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle and several other cities.  Actions can include delivering letters to a store manager, distributing flyers and petitioning, and organizing protests with placards, street theater, and civil disobedience.

Both Office Max and Grand and Toy are demonstrating some sensitivity to consumer concerns about using products from Grassy Narrows territory, so CPT encourages people to visit these stores in their home communities to hold them accountable.

Christian Peacemaker Teams has worked and allied with the people of Grassy Narrows since youth and elders gathered five years ago on a northwestern Ontario logging road to say "NO!" to environmental destruction and cultural genocide.  The Slant Lake blockade (near Kenora) is now the longest-standing obstruction to clear-cut logging in North America.  

You can find a complete list of communities where actions will happen, as well as guidelines for organizing an action, on the RAN web site at http://ran.org/what_we_do/old_growth/campaigns/officemax_grand_toy/.

Contact John Spragge of CPT at john.spragge@gmail.com, or Annie Sartor of RAN at asartor@ran.org for more information and support.  Please inform us at CPT Canada canada@cpt.org if you participate.