June 13, 2009
While I was admittedly unborn at the time of the telecast in which Neil Armstrong proclaimed “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” I am quite capable of grasping the power of the moment and can not help but feel that those words ring quite appropriately for all opposed to race based policing today.
As accounced by CANACE president Gary McHale this morning, during a private meeting between the Ontario Provincial Police and CANACE founders that took place at the request of the OPP yesterday, Staff Sgt. Phil Carter announced that the OPP intend to do something they’ve never done before. When we gather to march down Argyle Street next Saturday in support of Randy Flemming who was violently arrested for walking down the street with a flag in hand recently, the OPP say they’re not going to interfere.
That may not sound like much to some, but for those of us who have been on the front lines of this battle for nearly 3 years; it’s a big step in the right direction. For the OPP to have gone from issuing slanderous press releases about us and refusing to even speak to us to requesting a sit down meeting in which they state they are not going to interfere with our charter right to express ourselves is a substantial change of pace and is certainly a welcome one.
We can only speculate about the reasons for this change of tune, but we’re certainly not complaining, and will be happy to freely march down Argyle Street with our flags free from OPP interference. A press release with the details of this event can be found here, and we look forward to seeing those who choose to join us on June 20, 2009 at 1:30pm at the Caledonia Lions Hall.
No discussion has yet taken place between CANACE and the OPP about the upcoming monthly flag raisings in Caledonia that will take place until they stop interfering with them, but perhaps the time is coming when those in positions of power are going to start to realize that they can not go on indefinitely abusing that power without being held accountable.
In any event it appears the day has come for the OPP and CANACE to take the first step toward equality in Caledonia and that truly is a giant leap for the OPP