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Why Oppose the 2010 Olympic Games (video + 2 events)

[Note: while this isn't explicitly related to Palestine or the BDS Movement, we feel it's important to occasionally share events or news from related movements for indigenous rights and social justice.]

The Olympics will take place on unceded indigenous land from February 12-28, 2010. Far from being simply about sport, the history of the Olympics is one rooted in displacement, corporate greed, and repression. As Olympic promoters and sponsors seek to present their sanitized corporate brand image to the world, the real impacts of the games are apparent:

  • Expansion of sport tourism on indigenous lands
  • Increasing homelessness across the province and especially in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
  • Misdirected public spending and debt totaling $6 billion while public services are suffering cutbacks
  • Threats to basic civil liberties and free speech
  • Union busting and vulnerable working conditions for migrant labor
  • Unprecedented destruction of the environment
  • Unparalleled $1 billion police and security spending

As part of a provincial and west coast speaking tour, join us in a series of events to learn more about the Olympic industry and its impacts, why opposition to the Games is growing, and how you can participate in and support the resistance. We will also hear about plans for a global Feb 10-15 anti-colonial and anti-capitalist convergence against the Games. No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!

Tues Jan 19 at 7 pm
Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd., OAKLAND
Suggested donation: $5-10 sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Co hosted by: Chiapas Support Committee, EastSide Arts Alliance, and others.

Wed Jan 20 at 7 p.m.
Station 40
3030B 16th Street (at Mission Street BART), SAN FRANCISCO
Suggested donation: $5-10 sliding scale, to support tour (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Hosted by the Institute for Anarchist Studies

Watch the documentary Resist2010: Eight Reasons to Oppose the 2010 Winter Olympics:

More information.