from today's Uranium news I draw the following info, please feel free to forward:
ROBERT LOVELACE BEGINS HUNGER STRIKE/PAULA SHERMAN MAY GO TO JAIL
On February 15, 2008 Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN) Spokesperson Robert Lovelace was sentenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kingston to 6 months in maximum security, plus crippling fines, for peacefully protesting uranium mining in the Ardoch homeland. Chief Paula Sherman was fined $15,000 and given until today to pay the fine, failing which she will be jailed.
Lovelace, who turned 60 in jail, announced that he will begin a hunger strike tomorrow to press the government to respond to Ardoch’s request for good faith negotiations. “I do not want my children and grandchildren to have to go through what we are going through” he said. “Starting tomorrow I will consume only water in the hopes that our cry for justice will be heard by Mr. McGuinty and Mr. Bryant.”
Chief Paula Sherman said: “I will soon be going to jail because I cannot and will not pay this unjust fine. I am a single mother with three dependents whose only crime is the defense of our land. Like Bob Lovelace and the KI 6, I would rather go to jail than take food out of my children’s mouths or let our land be destroyed.”
GATHERING OF MOTHER EARTH PROTECTORS
Please contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org for busing to this event from Ottawa Valley and Kingston.
May 26th - SOVEREIGNTY RALLY
May 27th - Ongoing events
May 28th - Appeal of the Bob Lovelace/AAFN and KI council sentences (6 months incarceration and in Bob's case, fines)
(editor's comment: unlike the charges against protesting settlers, the appeal is tried in Toronto at the Ontario Court of Appeal: Osgoode Hall, Queen & University Aves, Toronto. Check with ccamu.ca for ride sharing out of Perth and Ottawa)
May 29th - Aboriginal Day of Action