Rallies from coast to coast will be held Saturday (March 1) as part of the international campaign March Against Corruption.
In Canada, the mass actions are billed as Harper No More in protest of the policies of the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Tomorrow in Vancouver, protesters will gather outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at 1 p.m. for a march downtown.
“One of the ideas that I like to get across is that people need to understand that the government doesn’t always have their best interest in mind,” UBC student and rally organizer Shannon Hecker told the Straight in a phone interview.
“They should not just blindly follow. People need to start being proactive in taking their future into their own hands and be the future they want to see,” Hecker said.
“Get involved in your community. Do what you can where you are to make the world a better place,” Hecker added.
In B.C., similar rallies are being organized in Courtenay, Sechelt, and Victoria.
The international campaign’s website states: “The March Against Corruption is an international campaign to raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money and special interests in governance and public policy making; to provide a forum for people, to organize and speak out against corruption; and to educate the public about the consequences of corruption.”
The campaign seeks to promote nonviolent resistance: “The March Against Corruption is dedicated toward promoting democracy and human dignity alike. We are a movement that utilizes direct action to raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money and special interests in governance and public policy making. We welcome all individuals to participate with respect to our commitment toward nonviolent action.”