Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Lead Now Campaign

Lead Now has demonstrated to those within the Canadian state just how to do a mainstream, national advocacy project while also including voices with more radical ideas.  And the project seems to be having some success at the government level.

Some Updates;

Senator Percy Downe posted this to his twitter account during the Lead Now senator letter campaign.

 Lead Now goes on to restate what the media have already informed us, that Senate voting on Bill C10 will not take place before February.   A move away from "the first 100 days" initially promised by conservatives.

Then as almost an after thought, Lead Now informs us that they contacted criminologists from around Canada and asked them to sign on to the open letter addressed to Senators.  Here is the list, but I see at least one name missing who should have been invited - perhaps you notice others....  Though I applaud Lead Now in all of their initiatives, a small suggestion might have been to ask members to contribute suggestions around who to contact.  I would have suggested Eugene Oscapella.

"PS - We asked some of the country's leading criminologists to add their names to our open letter asking the Senate to provide the sober second thought we need on the Crime Bill. The response was amazing. Here's the initial list of signatories:"

  • Anthony Doob, Professor of Criminology, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto
  • Frank Cormier, Criminology/Sociology Coordinator, Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba
  • Gordon Darroch, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Senior Scholar, York University
  • Lorna Stefanick, Associate Professor, Governance Law and Management Program, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Athabasca University
  • Penni Stewart, Associate Professor, Sociology, York University
  • Deborah Brock, Department of Sociology, Sociolegal Studies, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
  • John Edward Deukmedjian, Ayssociate Professor, Criminology, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology, University of Windsor
  • Margaret E. Beare, Professor, Law and Sociology, York University
  • Marc Nesca, Forensic Psychologist, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Program, Athabasca University
  • Frederick Desroches, Professor, Sociology, Criminology, and Legal Studies, St. Jerome's University, University of Waterloo
  • Michael Weinrath, Professor & Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg
  • Joanna Pozzulo, Director, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University
  • Russell C. Smandych, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba

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