QUESTION: from kari da
I would like to hear about what other ‘refuseniks’ in Canada are doing, and get updates on organizing and legal challenges for the 2016 census.
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Don Rogers’ blog, Count Me Out, is strong on ‘refusenik’ strategy; I don’t try to duplicate it. But I will add:
There is a continuum of resistance. All the strategies contribute to the effort. Different people are comfortable with different actions, from:
- Start as many conversations about the Census as you can. Too many citizens still don’t have a clue about the involvement of Lockheed Martin in the Census operations. (Creation of AWARENESS.) Ref: 2016-03-18 Does Lockheed Martin Corp have a role in the 2016 Census?
- If you are contacted directly by a StatsCan worker, try to engage them in conversation. “Lockheed Martin Corporation is involved in the Canadian Census. Do you know who they are and what they do in the world?” (Everything from International Surveillance to Number One Contract Interrogator for the Offshore American prisons (Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, etc.) – – the authors of depravity (torture that is illegal under International Law). Manufacturers of Land Mines and Cluster Munitions that are illegal under Canadian and International Law. Authors of the dropping of bombs from drones (another form of terrorism). Instrumental in the decision by the Americans to start the Iraq War, a decision based on outright lies, the agonies of which spread and live on in the Middle East today. Lobbyists and corrupters of democratic governance. We are complicit if we sit by while our tax dollars enable these monsters. They are dependent upon access to the public purse. They are proficient at over-charging. They have been convicted many times of breach of arms export control laws. They sell weapons and it doesn’t matter to whom.
- I have found letters-to-the-editor that go back to 2006 and 2011 to still be very helpful today. They alert people to aspects of the Census of which they are unaware. But maybe more importantly, they help form a bond of solidarity. You help move thoughts that others have thought into the open. They can say somewhat anonymously to friends and colleagues, “Did you happen to read that letter-to-the-editor about the Census?”
- Moving into the question of how you as an individual handle the Census. There is no limit to the creativity of citizens. Have some fun with it! (Maybe it wasn’t a joke? . . . Thousands of Canadians have identified their religion as “Jedi Warrior”.) Many have apparently been named after cartoon characters. . . . Personally, I think it is important to get the message across that the involvement of Lockheed Martin Corp will not be tolerated. Some people have received an actual paper copy of the Census, which is easiest. A large “No Lockheed Martin” across the first page gets the message across. If you received the code to access the on-line copy, you might request a paper copy (I don’t know if the e-copy allows you to register your feedback to StatsCan).
- If you happen to receive the Long Form Census, you have the opportunity to stand in solidarity with others in defence of our Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information. In a democracy you simply do not allow the Government to build detailed files of personal information on individuals, which is what is happening through the Census Long Form, the National Household Survey and other Surveys that are on-going through StatsCan. Do not answer questions that you judge to be personal in nature.
- I was going to say, “Have no fear”. But somehow Kari, I don’t think you need that piece of advice!
- Resistance – – is a process that happens over a period of time. Do what you have to do. And be patient. In the past the Dept of Justice did not issue summons to court until near the end of the two years after which the Statute of Limitations kicks in. You may never hear from them, only a small number do (65 out of thousands).
RE Legal Challenges: People end up in Court if they are selected for prosecution because of non-compliance with the Census (the 65 / thousands). Citizens have not been the initiators. Our network has helped some people defend themselves. We remain alert to news of refuseniks and contact them if possible, to see if they want or need support. If StatsCan and the Justice Dept don’t change their process, as mentioned, there will be no word of people being prosecuted (summons to court) until at least a year-and-a-half from now.