Stand up for freedom of expression and environmental advocacy

Please express your support and the call for nationwide anti-SLAPP legislation by signing onto this statement.

"We believe in the right of organizations and activists to participate publicly and to engage in public advocacy without fear of legal harassment. We believe that corporations and governments should not abuse the courts with the aim of limiting criticism of their operations.

Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are lawsuits, often for defamation, with the main objective of silencing individuals and citizen groups. SLAPPs are generally meritless lawsuits with the aim of burdening citizens and organizations with large litigation costs and stress, while distracting them from their primary work. As a result, these citizens and organizations are often coerced into curtailing their engagement in public advocacy.

These types of lawsuits threaten the public ability to participate in free democratic processes. Activities that attract SLAPPs include citizens reporting of environmental violations, filing complaints with government agencies, contacting the media, speaking at public meetings, participating at hearings before administrative tribunals or engaging in public campaigns. We believe, this legal tactic  is a growing threat to meaningful citizen participation.

Due to the fear of facing a SLAPP, other individuals and organizations are also likely to be deterred from participating on the same or other issues of public interest, resulting in a chilling effect. A majority (28) of U.S. States and the province of Quebec have already acted with legislation to address this threat.

We denounce any attempt by corporations to bring abusive lawsuits with the aim of limiting freedom of expression, as well as environmental and other forms of advocacy.

We urge the Ontario government, and other provincial and federal governments in Canada, to swiftly enact legislation that would prevent SLAPPs from being used to limit freedom of expression and public participation."

Take action: Ask Premier Wynne to keep her promise to protect free speech in Ontario!

Learn what a SLAPP suit is and how it's used to silence enviornmentalists :

 

List of supporting organizations:

  1. Action Boréale
  2. Action RE-buts
  3. Air Pollution Coalition
  4. Alaska Wilderness League
  5. Alliance Sud
  6. Alter Citoyens
  7. Alternatives
  8. Ambioterra
  9. Arbeitsgemeinschaft Regenwald und Artenschutz
  10. Association coopérative d'économie familiale de l'Est de Montréal
  11. Association de protection de l'environnement des Hautes-Laurentides
  12. Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals
  13. Association pour la taxation des transactions financières et pour l'action citoyenne
  14. Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique
  15. BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
  16. Bebop et cie
  17. Berne Declaration
  18. Boréalisation
  19. Boreal Action
  20. Bruno Manser Fonds
  21. California Anti-SLAPP Project
  22. Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
  23. Canadian Association of University Teachers / Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d'université
  24. Canadian Environmental Law Association
  25. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
  26. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  27. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE National)
  28. Car Free Vancouver Society
  29. Centre for Law and Democracy
  30. Central Athabasca Stewardship Society
  31. Centre d'écologie urbaine de Montréal
  32. Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA)
  33. Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement
  34. Chipstop campaign Australia
  35. Citizens for Sanity.Com, Inc.
  36. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
  37. Clova Forêt
  38. Coalition Pour que le Québec ait Meilleure MINE
  39. Collectif en environnement Mercier-Est
  40. Comité de vigilance environnementale de l’Est de Montréal
  41. Comité Logement Rosemont
  42. Conseil régional de l'environnement de Laval
  43. Conseil régional de l'envrironnement de Montréal
  44. Conservation Congress
  45. Conservation Northwest
  46. Council of Canadians
  47. CounterCorp
  48. Craque-Bitume
  49. CSN - Confédération des syndicats nationaux
  50. David Suzuki Foundation
  51. DeSmogBlog
  52. DeSmog Canada
  53. Djurrättsalliansen
  54. Dogwood Alliance
  55. Dogwood Initiative
  56. Durham Animal Rights Alliance
  57. Earthroots
  58. Eau Secours!
  59. Ecodac
  60. Ecology Action Centre
  61. Editions Écosociété
  62. Énergie alternative aux Iles-de-la-Madeleine
  63. Energy Action Coalition
  64. Environment East Gippsland
  65. Environmental Defenders Project
  66. Environmental Paper Network
  67. ENvironnement JEUnesse
  68. Ethical Change
  69. Equiterre
  70. EURÊKO !
  71. Fédération Étudiante Collégiale du Québec (FECQ)
  72. Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec
  73. Fern
  74. Fondation Rivières
  75. ForestEthics Advocacy
  76. ForestEthics Solutions
  77. Forest Watch Indonesia
  78. Forum Ökologie & Papier
  79. Friends of Clayoquot Sound
  80. Georgia Strait Alliance
  81. Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture
  82. Global Exchange
  83. Greater Good Media
  84. Green 13
  85. Greenspiration
  86. Groupe de recherche appliquée en macroécologie (GRAME)
  87. Guilde des Herboristes
  88. Hamilton & Halton Animal Liberation Team
  89. Healthy Building Network
  90. HipHopForChange, Inc
  91. Huon Valley Environment Centre
  92. Indigenous People's Solidarity Movement, Winnipeg
  93. International Rivers
  94. IUCN NL
  95. Jour de la Terre Québec / Projets Saint-Laurent
  96. KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
  97. Keepers of the Athabasca
  98. Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada
  99. Les AmiEs de la Terre de l'Estrie
  100. Les AmiEs de la Terre de Québec
  101. Liberty Over Violence
  102. Ligue des Droits et Libertés
  103. Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests
  104. Luonto-Liitto / the Finnish Nature League
  105. Marineland Animal Defense
  106. McGill Research Group on Canadian Mining in Latin America
  107. Mercy For Animals Canada
  108. MiningWatch Canada
  109. Moratoire d'une génération
  110. Mouvement écologique Mathalois
  111. Mouvement Stop Oléoduc Témiscouata
  112. Mouvement Vert Mauricie
  113. Nativesrule Incorporated
  114. Nature Québec
  115. Netherlands Centre for Indigenous People
  116. No One is Illegal - Toronto
  117. Ontario Civil Liberties Association
  118. Ontario No Kill Advocates for Companion Animals
  119. Organisme de récupération anti pauvreté de l'Érable
  120. Partenariat jeunesse pour le développement durable
  121. PEN Canada
  122. PIPE UP Network
  123. Polaris Institute
  124. Projet ÉCOSPHÈRE
  125. Protec-Terre
  126. Rainforest Action Network
  127. Regenerative Education Action & Leadership Cooperative (REAL)
  128. Regina Public Interest Research Group
  129. Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l'environnement du Québec
  130. Réseaux québécois des groupes écologistes
  131. ROBIN WOOD
  132. Robots Everywhere
  133. Sauvons le Boisé Sabourin
  134. Sierra Club Quebec
  135. Sierra Club of BC Foundation
  136. Social Environmental Alliance
  137. Société de biologie de Montréal
  138. SUMA
  139. Schone Kleren Campagne
  140. Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
  141. Société pour vaincre la pollution
  142. Society for Threatened Peoples
  143. Southern Energy Network
  144. SumOfUs.org
  145. Sustainable Trent
  146. Syndicat de l'enseignement de la région de Laval
  147. Syndicat des professeurs du Cégep du Vieux Montréal
  148. Table ronde des OVEP de l'Estrie
  149. The Boreal Forest Network
  150. The Wilderness Society
  151. The Bow Valley Naturalists
  152. Toronto Climate Campaign
  153. Ulu Foundation
  154. Union des consommateurs
  155. Uniterre Conférences
  156. Univert Laval
  157. Vigilance OGM
  158. Ville en vert
  159. Wahana Bumi Hijau - WBH
  160. West Coast Environmental Law Association
  161. WOLF Forest Protection Movement
  162. Women's Voices for the Earth
  163. Youth and Environment Europe
  164. Zoocheck Inc.

How will this statement be used?

On 18 September 2013, a letter with the list of supporting organizations was submitted to all Ontario government MPPs. We will continue to periodically blog and highlight the number and names of organizations that are supporting Greenpeace’s right to publicly participate and express its opinion on forest issues in Canada without fear of a lawsuit.


 
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