After visiting Betty at the Alouette Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge yesterday, I can attest to the fact that she is doing just fine, looking as radiant as ever, her "Betty laugh" and twinkling eyes in full form. It's difficult to believe that she will be celebrating her 78th birthday in jail this coming Friday.
She is also undaunted, just as passionate as on the first day of the protest. She is determined to bring justice not only to the hypocrisy surrounding the destruction of Eagleridge Bluffs and the "Green Olympics", but also to the hijacking of the courts by corporations with their system of injuctions.
The use of injunctions, and the court's willingness to grant these injunctions to corporations that are destroying sensitive bio-diverse and ecologically important areas, is stripping us of our democratic right for civil disobedience. Almost all major progress in our political system thus far has occured as a result of civil disobedience, by concerned citizens, that eventually caused the changing of a law or decision by government.
As Betty aptly put it to Justice Madam Brown in the courtroom: Were it not for civil disobedience and protesters like Betty, Madam Justice would be at home darning her husband's socks, because that is the only option that would have been open to her.
Please support Betty in her fight on all of these very important fronts. Below is a release from Betty, dictated over the phone this morning from prison.
Important court date for the defenders of Eagleridge Bluffs !!
What important court date?
This Wednesday and Thursday August. 2nd and 3rd.
What's happening then?
A dozen or more Eagleridge Bluffs defenders will be locked into face to hearings with Kiewitt and Sons.
You remember Kiewitt and Sons?
That monstrous US corporation, with the equally monstrous environmental record, that is currently blasting Eagleridge Bluffs to bits. The very kind of corporation that Gordon Campbell prefers in order to achieve his promise of the greenest Olympic games ever.
And Madam Justice Brown will be presiding in the courtroom, unless the crown, re: Michael Brundett tries to take over the court room once again. But i doubt that. Mr.Brundett seems to have backed off and is pushing Kiewitt and Sons up to the plate_ At least until Madam Justice Brown accepts Kiewit's applicaton to charge and then of course the crown will step in and relieve this plundering corporation of any responsibility in the matter.
How generous is our Premier, who has never meet a rapacious US company he didn't love.
Citizens, we need you. Even if you're not a citizen of Canada or BC, come support us. We are all citizens of the world. We need to stand united before the forces that are killing our life support systems. Come to court.
Cameron Ward will representing me.
Supreme Court Building, 800 Smithe Street. Ask for Courtoom at the desk.
This Wednesday and Thursday August. 2nd and 3rd. 9:30 AM on both days.