Art Matters Victoria has launched a BC-wide petition against the cuts, and they could use your help. Please print it out and distribute it! Since the government does not tend to look at online petitions, but is obliged to present to the Legislature all hard-copy petitions that correctly adhere to the Legislature’s strict format, this has to be done the old-fashioned way. If you would like to help, please download this petition, print it out, and work on getting people in your community to sign it. Then collect it and mail it back. Art Matters Victoria also asks that you email them (see below) and let them know where you’re working (riding and city/town/region), so they get a sense of their provincial coverage. Art Matters staged a great really last week on the steps of the Legislature in Victoria (video here) and they’re also on Facebook.
From their blog post about the petition:
Please send this petition notice out as far and wide as possible, through as many mediums as possible. We are aiming for this to go huge, very quickly–we have a short window to let the government know what the people of BC want. The success of this depends on many people sending it out, and many gathering signatures… Post it in your venue, circulate it at events, in classes, and one to one with friends, family and neighbours. Find a tube and put it in your pocket and take it wherever you go. It’s an opportunity to increase understanding of the issues, and what is at stake.
When you send the notice out, it would be helpful if you send a quick note back to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can see what geographical areas and sectors are covered, and where our gaps are. This will help us track our progress so we can insure that all petitions are returned.
Rules and Regs: All petitions must have original signatures in ink. There is no online petition as the House will only accept signed hard copies. Signers do NOT have to be 18 years of age.
Returning petitions: Please return petitions to: Arts Petition BC: 1813 B Crescent Rd. Victoria, BC. V8S 2G7 . You can get 5 pages in a business envelope for the basic rate of 54 cents (57 cents after Jan 11).