A warm Calgary welcome planned for George W. Bush

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush is coming to Calgary to speak to the Rotary Club on March 17th on sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Peace and human rights activists are preparing to give him a welcome appropriate for a war criminal whose actions led to the deaths of over one million Iraqis, tens of thousands of Afghans and the destruction of two countries.

They are planning five events:

1) displaying banners on Stephen Avenue (which is a pedestrian road in downtown near where Bush is speaking) in the week leading up to him speaking. On one side they will have a wall of shame and on the other a wall of hope.

2) Conducting a mock trial of Bush (People v Bush) on Sat., Mar. 14.

3) Holding a forum on Monday, Mar. 16. to highlight Bush’s war crimes

4) Holding a rally on Tuesday, Mar. 17 at 11:30 a.m. which will coincide with Bush’s speech

5) A cross-Canada shoe campaign: the shoes will be displayed around the perimeter of the “George Bush Go Home Rally” and at the conclusion of his trial. Organizers are also going to build a shoe-cannon that will fire shoes at a picture of Bush.

Winnipeg, Jan. 10, 2009: Demonstrators protesting the Israeli invasion of Gaza. The shoe has become a symbol of resistance. Photo: Paul GrahamPeace Alliance Winnipeg encourages you to donate an old shoe to this campaign. You can include a note which will be posted on the wall of shame. If you bring your shoes to our March 7th human rights forum, Defending Human Rights in a post-9/11 World, we will ship them on your behalf.

Alternatively, you can send your shoes to Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Calgary Local, at:

CUPW – Calgary Local 109
5621 – 11 St. N.E.
Calgary AB.
T2E 6Z7

To find out more about how you can support this action, visit their website.

3 comments for “A warm Calgary welcome planned for George W. Bush

  1. JJ
    March 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Glad to see this. It is crucial that Canadians realize this is war criminal number one. Bush not Bashir should go on trial and it is Canadians that must force an arrest of Bush on March 17. Why is there not a great coalition of international activists already? Why is this being left to Calgary alone. Clearly there is much to be done. Please continue to mobilize local, regional and international support. This should not just become a lame symbolic show but must actually deal with the reality of this monster and the need for him to answer. Here. Now. Spread the word.

  2. Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    March 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Speaking of George W. Bush: Canada is a fundamentally good country, and it would therefore condemn George W. Bush’s hate crimes.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog). George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did. And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world. Bush was absolute evil. Bush is now like a fugitive from justice. Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about. Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

  3. Paul Cassidy
    March 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Q. Why did the Iraqi journalist throw a shoe at Bush
    A. He thought he could use a Sole.

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