Normally, I would not willingly put my ears in proximity to hip hop resentment. But the fact that Canadian taxpayers are being asked to sponsor - through various tax-supported institutions - this anti-western hatefest, organized by a terrorist-sympathizing group, just frightens me too much. I would like to organize a counter-demonstration. Please contact me @gmail to help organize one.
UPDATE: Here is a sympathetic Vancouver Courier article on MAWO. It appears they use this Hip Hop Festival (this is the second year) to raise money:
Fundraisers such as last summer's anti-war hip-hop festival help MAWO raise the necessary funds to keep the group going and help gain new members.But since all hip hop events are free, at least this year, who's footing the bill? I have yet to find the answer from the web.
UPDATE2: MAWO appears to be front organization for a group called Fire This Time. FTT have been accused of being thugs who intimidate their fellow leftists with violence. In fact, FTT openly advocates violence:
This campaign of intimidation, harassment, and assault against me by Ali Yerevani, Ivan Drury, Shannon Bundock, and anyone else participating in it must be condemned by all leftists, progressives, revolutionaries, and working, poor, and oppressed people as a violation of the basic principles of working class unity. Here I will quote from an editorial from Issue # 20/21 of the Fire This Time Newspaper called 'In Defense of the Principles of Working Class Struggle: Against Violence in the Working Class Movement':So perhaps I was hasty, above, in calling this group "pacifists". They may well be your garden variety fascists/Leninists, or at least punks with delusions of revolutionary grandeur. In 2003, they were kicked out of an "anti-war" organization for being violent revolutionaries with "massive immature egos":"It is not a matter of being against violence in principle; we are not
proposing to take up that discussion here. In fact, we believe that when
oppressed people are attacked with violence, whether by the ruling class
directly or by anyone, it is necessary to defend ourselves by any means
necessary as Malcolm X said."
Festering political differences, hacked e-mail accounts and power struggles in BC's largest peace organisation came to a head Wednesday when violence erupted at a StopWar.ca meeting in Vancouver.One has to seriously wonder how their front organization was able to acquire sponsorship from the District of West Vancouver and the City of Richmond. Are our civic politicians or their bureaucrats delusional leftists/liberals or just out to lunch?
The meeting was immediately adjourned when five members from Fire This Time (FTT)—a member group of StopWar.ca—were expelled from StopWar.ca but refused to leave the meeting. The police were called to remove them.
A scene then developed outside as individuals from both groups startedpushing, shouting and name-calling.
UPDATE3: The Georgia Straight also pegs this group as violent leftists:
Maybe it’s because a radical faction that has been accused of assault, stalking, e-mail hacking, and “thuggish lunacy” has risen to a position of prominence within Vancouver’s post–9/11 antiwar movement. Or maybe its partly because Vancouver’s main antiwar coalition has relied too expediently on “placard language” without first clearly thinking things through.But the Straight also provides a clue as to how these guys may have gotten a foot in the door of civic governmental networks. One of their key patrons is Vancouver's former moonbat councillor Tim Louis.
Whatever the case, Vancouver’s antiwar activism is moving away from the broad base of support for Canada’s refusal to join the Anglo-American enterprise in Iraq, and it has jettisoned any hope of friendship with Vancouver’s 6,000-member Afghan émigré community.