December 19, 2011
The undersigned members of Occupy Vancouver would like to condemn and express our
outrage at the actions of an individual who has been representing himself as an
official voice of our movement, all the while committing persistent acts of bullying
and harassment. Bullying and harassment are forms of active violence that should not
be tolerated within our movement. As stated in our basis of unity: “We are also
committed to safeguarding our collective well-being – including safety from
Greg Renouf has repeatedly been asked by a wide range of individuals (including
respected community activists, lawyers, and journalists) to stop his abusive
campaign of harassment against Harsha Walia, a long-time organizer and activist. Yet
Renouf presents his personal attacks and persistent harassment of her as
“questioning”, and our attempts to explain to him that his behaviour is abusive and
bordering on stalking have been ignored. Renouf continues to make unreasonable
public demands of her (and only her), writes dozens of daily slanderous and
inaccurate posts about her, has attempted to “report” her and others to the
Vancouver Police Department and RCMP, viciously attacks anyone who tries to hold him
accountable, and is creating an unnecessary climate of division and fear-mongering.
This is not actually an issue of tactics or strategies, which many of us have
discussed and debated, and it should be noted that many supporters of diversity of
tactics have affirmed and respected tactical non-violence in the Occupy movement.
What concerns us is a one-sided campaign of intimidation, aggression, and obsessive
fixation with one person (who is not even heavily involved in Occupy) by a man that
many other members of Occupy Vancouver also feel threatened by, as his threats
are spreading to other individuals. We feel that this is unacceptable and we are
forced to speak out against Renouf’s actions. This type of behaviour must stop.
Occupy Vancouver should no longer tolerate abusive behaviour from individuals who
are the ones actually committing real harm and violence in our movement.
Until this harassment stops, the undersigned members of Occupy Vancouver will not
participate in any Occupy Vancouver meetings or gatherings where Greg Renouf is
present. Since Renouf characterizes anyone who speaks out about his behaviours as
part of “Harsha’s gang of supporters”, it should be known that most of us are not
formally affiliated with any of the groups that Harsha is part of and many of us are
actually new to activism through Occupy Vancouver.
romham padraig gallacher
Michael H. Hejazi
Sabrina Anne Modder
Isaac K. Oommen
Danielle Lee Williams
Community Solidarity Working Group*
Consensual Housing Working Group*
* CSWG and CHWG are eleven members of Occupy Vancouver who commit to coming to a
General Assembly in person to discuss and consense on a proposal if needed, but do
not feel safe sharing personal information in this atmosphere of harassment.
If you are part of OV and wish to join us please send your name to:
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
December 19, 2011