Occupy Powell River (facebook) is calling for a unified action against BC Ferries Corporation on Monday, December 12, at all BC Ferries terminals on the BC coast. The action is intended to apply pressure for lower fares and increased government subsidies, as well as for increased local civic involvement and less corporate control in operating the ferry system. This amounts to a move toward restoration of the idea of a marine highway as a public transportation infrastructure, rather than corporate property. People’s Assembly of Victoria participants, and the community at large, are encouraged to demonstrate with signs and hand out pamphlets on Monday, December 12 at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal or, alternatively, at the head offices of BC Ferries Corporation, 800 Yates St., Victoria (at the intersection of Yates and Blanshard). We hope to have an information pamphlet to make available soon. Individuals that are interested in this action should communicate (via the comments section of this post?) about where at Swartz Bay terminal they will meet. In solidarity with Occupy Powell River and other groups along the coast, this is a component of a broader action on December 12 intended to shut down or interfere with all ports on the west coast of North America.
For additional information, please see these links:
- West Coast Port Blockade website - General call to action in North America
- Twitter: #occupytheport
- Dec 12th – Action against BC Ferries (facebook event page). Or PDF doc (for people who don’t use facebook)
- Twitter: #ferryaction