CALL TO ACTION: How can I get involved?

Every year, 42 million pre-born children die through abortion. Carleton Lifeline would like to partner with you in trying to make abortion unthinkable. If we are angry at the injustice of the arrests, we should be MORE angry at the thought of abortion.

Consider the following projects as ways in which you can stand in solidarity with Carleton Lifeline in making abortion unthinkable:

PROJECTS SPECIFIC TO THE ARREST:

1) Write to Roseann Runte, President of Carleton University and express your opinion of          the Free Speech issue at hand:

Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor
503 Tory Building
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
Tel: 613 520-3801
Fax: 613 520-4474
Email: presidents_office@carleton.ca

2) Donate to Carleton Lifeline as a way of standing in solidarity with them as they continue to present the pro life message at Carleton and in Ottawa:

#1: Donate specifically to legal fees:

Cheque payable to: Carleton Students Defense Fund

Address:

Vincent Dagenais Gibson LLP/s.r.l.
325 Dalhousie Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 7G2


* Please ensure to C/O Albertos Polizogopolous (Lifeline’s lawyer) on all envelopes and in the MEMO section of all cheques

* Please be aware that charitable tax receipts cannot be issued as Vincent Dagenais Gibson is not a registered charity. If it is necessary for you to receive a  charitable tax receipt or your organization requires it, please email: carletonlifeline@gmail.com

OR – Donate online: Stand With Carleton (http://standwithcarleton.com/StandwithCarleton/Home.html)

#2: Donate to Carleton Lifeline for Future Projects

Nicholas Mcleod, Treasurer for Carleton Lifeline

Mailing Information to come – please email carletonlifeline@gmail.com for immediate information

3) Get educatedhttp://www.unmaskingchoice.ca/strategy.html

4) Consider starting or participating in pro-life projects like these:

Choice Chain
40 Days for Life
Silent No More
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)

9 Responses to CALL TO ACTION: How can I get involved?

  1. susan raponi says:

    well done this morning on cbc. i was very impressed. you are very, very brave – cool headed and factual.

  2. All of you show great courage and strength. The truth will win out in the end. It always does. Good luck and keep up the good work.

  3. J. Gaudreau says:

    I sent this letter out by postal mail to the president of Carleton:

    26 Oct. 2010

    Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte
    Carleton University
    503 Tory Building
    1125 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa, ON
    K1S 5B6

    Subject: Pro-life protest arrests

    Dear Dr. O`Reilly Runte,

    I am writing in regards to a video I recently saw re: pro-life activism and those who were arrested for it, on Carleton campus.

    You should not have shut them down from their small, peaceful protest. Carleton`s campus should promote demonstrations when they are peaceful and truthful.

    I have no ties to the protestors or your university, however, outsiders, like myself, who view the video of the arrests, are no doubt seeing that Carleton is afraid of the truth regarding this subject, because as most thinking people know, the trust is often uncomfortable and inconvenient.

    I think it’s shameful that you arrested those students. Just shameful. I thought universities encouraged their students. I thought universities sought the truth, promoted it, protected it. I thought universities were more open-minded than that.

    Hang your head low, Carleton. This is an absolute shame.

    Jacqueline Gaudreau
    Québec

  4. Kevin McCarthy says:

    1. I will make a donation to the defence fund
    2. My letter to Carleton U:

    Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte
    President, Carleton University
    503 Tory Building, 1125 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6

    27 Oct. 2010

    Dear Dr. O`Reilly Runte,
    The arrest of five peaceful demonstrators on the campus of Carleton University is a totalitarian assault on the Canadian concept of “tolerance”. A university is supposed to be a place where all opinions can be discussed and debated freely, but not at Carleton, it seems, if students attempt to make a case in a peaceful demonstration for the anti-abortion position. This is a curtailment of free speech by the establishment of a Canadian university . . . unthinkable!.
    As president of CU, I would encourage you to ask for a withdrawal of the charges against the demonstrators, apologize to the entire student body, and from this time forward, recognize the right of pro-life students to have equal opportunity at Carleton University to present their views.

    Kevin McCarthy
    Brampton, Ontario

  5. Jessica Mortley says:

    This is a letter I intend to send:
    Dear Carleton University Students’ Association,

    One of the greatest things that ever happened to me was when I was born, as a free girl, into a society called, “Canada.” I’m sure you would agree with me when I say that I am one of the luckiest women in the world to be born into such a society that `encourages and promotes dialogue, of course, without violence, on all of the most challenging issues. It has also been a great privilege for me to attend a fine Canadian university, like Carleton, and be welcomed into an academic community that encourages dissent, fostering tolerance and diversity in opinion.

    Imagine my great surprise then, actually utter shock and horror, when I read that the Students’ Association at Carleton University has single-handedly destroyed the foundational pillar of the university and of Canadian society, free speech.

    It is sickening to imagine, after all that our Canadian fore-bearers strove for, namely tolerance, that, in the year 2010, the peaceful, dissenting and valid opinion of a Pro-Life organization would be silenced. It is not my job, nor the job of Carleton Lifeline, to decide for all Canadians if abortion should be legal. That is what the Supreme Court of Canada is for. However, if the inheritors (Carleton Lifeline) of Canada’s democratic foundation choose to non-violently (graphic images do not count as violence, but perhaps the act which led to the images is) demonstrate against abortion how dare you silence them.

    How dare you decide for an entire student body of thousands what is right and what is wrong. Can you spell censorship? How dare you suggest, by rescinding Lifeline club status, funding and seeking their arrest for peacefully demonstrating, that the students at Carleton university are so incapable of thinking for themselves that you must, arbitrarily, decide for them what clubs will and will not be allowed. Certainly, I’d understand if you wanted to shut down a club encouraging criminal activity. However, correct me if I’m wrong, but the last time I checked the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms it was not a crime to speak out against abortion.
    I find it so utterly contradictory that as you enjoy the freedoms of our tolerant society (it’s a good feeling, isn’t it, to have your own organization of choice supported?) you, in a controlling manner, silence the choice of another. Furthermore, it is outstandingly hypocritical that you should argue that the graphic images, displayed by Lifeline, “offend” you, due to their “violent” nature, but yet you support and condone the very practice which leads to and creates the violent images with real life—not just with poster board.

    The issue here is not whether abortion is right or wrong but whether the debate, on this crucial topic about Canadian human life, should be dictatorially shut down by you. Shame on you for annihilating a group who has a difference of opinion and shame on Canada if no one stands up to you. Today, for one of the first times, I am a little worried about the future of our fine country.

  6. Melissa says:

    This is an email I sent to Carleton’s head office:

    Hello, My name is Melissa and I am writing to you from Mission, British Columbia.

    I want to express my shock and utter outrage at the fact the Carleton Lifeline group will be canceled. The issue over the ethics and facts of abortion isn’t even the issue anymore. The real issue at work is a social justice issue. The fact that you are CENSORING opinions and values is an infringement upon their human rights. Take a look at article 18, 19, and 20 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights:
    Article 18.
    • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

    Article 19.
    • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

    Article 20.
    • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
    • (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

    (from: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ )

    By censoring Carleton’s Lifeline group, you are directly infringing upon these basic human rights. The fact that they have an opinion does not in ANY way infringe upon a woman’s right to choose about abortion. They are stating an opinion, they are not stopping these women from having a choice.

    The law in Canada allows women to choose, and it is by law, their own choice. They also have a RIGHT to make an informed choice. They have a right to know what they are doing with their body, and how it will affect them. Article 26 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights declares that everyone has the right to an education (http:www.un.org/documents/udhr).
    They have the right to an education, just as they have the right to choose, just as Carleton’s Lifeline has the RIGHT to voice their opinions in a public setting, free of wrongful discrimination.
    I strongly suggest that you rethink your decision about getting rid of this group, because by doing this you are treading on dangerous ground. What would we be without freedom of expression, speech, opinion, or THOUGHT? The issue in question is absolutely beside the point. Whats important is that we would be nothing without these fundamental rights and freedoms and by even attempting to do infringe upon these rights not only goes against the UN’s declaration but also against Canadian Law. As stated in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

    FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS.
    2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
    (a) freedom of conscience and religion;
    (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
    (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
    (d) freedom of association.
    (from: http://www.efc.ca/pages/law/charter/charter.text.html )

    We live in a democratic society. I strongly suggest you act as such.

    Melissa.

  7. Frank says:

    Dear Miss Lobo,
    Would like to make a donation. Teller´s check from Spain seems impractical. Would a personal check in Euros be acceptable? Would prefer to donate on line but there is no reaction at your web address: http://standwithcarleton.com/StandwithCarleton/Home.html
    Keep on fighting the good fight for the culture of life & civilization of love.
    Frank
    Madrid, Spain
    frankwalter30@yahoo.es
    13JAN11

  8. David Brock says:

    I read about your battle there-wishing you all the best!I have seen the very ugly face of so-called liberalism-we had rocks thrown at us during some pickets in the past.It is unfortunate that your club has suffered “Soviet-style” supression of its rights,but hopefully one day the university will change and become absolutely un-like one of the old Stalinist regimes!!

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