You don't often hear of businesses closing up shop to support a protest. But that's what Vancouver's New Society Publishers did today (January 28) for the Idle No More movement's latest day of action.
Marketing coordinator E.J. Hurst explained the move on New Society's blog:
In keeping with our activist roots, our office is closed today in support of the Idle No More and Common Cause Worldwide Day of Action. New Society Publishers stands in solidarity with the movement’s goal to urge the government of Canada to repeal all legislation which violates First Nations treaties and indigenous sovereignty rights, and removes environmental protections, leaving land, water and forests endangered and terribly vulnerable to exploitation.
On Monday, January 28th our federal parliament resumes sitting and outside parliament and in cities across Canada Common Causes , a new national peoples' network uniting communities, labour, environmental, social justice and Idle No More will be standing up for Canadian democracy and for a better future for all. This is just the beginning!
New Society calls itself an "activist, solutions-oriented" book publisher. Upcoming releases include Dmitry Orlov's The Five Stages of Collapse and Sharon Astyk's Green Sex. Since 2008, New Society has been an imprint of D&M Publishers, which filed for creditor protection in October 2012, but it remains a separate legal entity.