Baby forced into political action by mean policies of PM

I was not able to attend the rally for a national housing plan last Saturday, but by all accounts it was a success. It was well attend and so peaceful and well run that there is not even one media account about it. Here is a report of the rally on theWERAwebsite.

Before the rally there seem to be some anxiety from security types that bands of marauding central Canadian youth, clad in masked faces and black hoodies would infiltrate the rally and subvert that well intention advocacy of the organizers and start to break windows of all the good merchants and burgers of Robston Street. As it turned out this did not happen.

As far as getting the message to Stephen Harper and other MPs about the need for a national housing plan and for building support for Bill C-304 I am not sure about how successful the rally was. It is hard to gauge these things.

But if I were the PM I would start to be worried because of the next comrade that is doing the 2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike. Check this out, I got this media advisory yesterday from Am Johal. When a babies are force to into political action to bring attention to crass and heartless policies of the Conservative Government, this is a public relations nightmare for Mr. Harper. Imagine the headlines: “Mean PM makes 8 month old baby go on liquid diet fast”.

Here is the median Advisory from Am:


For immediate release

February 20th, 2010

8 Week Old Baby To Become Youngest Hunger Striker for Homelessness

Vancouver – Leyf Bonzom, an 8 week old baby, is set to become the youngest participant in Week 61 of the 2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike Relay tomorrow (Sunday, February 21st) at noon at W2 (112 West Hastings).

Performance artist Emilio Rojas and Jamie Griffiths are finishing Week 60 of their hunger strike tomorrow at noon.

“Our oldest participant was Sister Elizabeth Kelliher at the age of 85 last year. We now welcome our youngest participant, Leyf. When we asked for his informed consent regarding his participation, he said ‘goo goo gah gah,’ which we accepted as his expression of support,” said Am Johal, 2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike organizer.

Leyf has committed to staying on a liquid diet for the week in order to pressure the federal government to enact a national housing program.

“Yeah, I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of concerns expressed out there at organizations like the BC Civil Liberties Association, or others accusing us of exploiting children to advance our political causes, but you know, there’s a lot of bleeding hearts out there – let them bleed,” said Johal.

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