- Published on Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:45
- Written by editor
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the bad that’s happening in the world. Lately the news has been dominated by Senator Lynn Beyak’s terrible comments about residential schools, reports of violent attacks in Syria, and the latest shocking Trump scandal.
But there’s also a lot of good happening -- we’re winning campaigns -- and it’s because of you that this is all possible.
Here’s a snapshot of some exciting things that we’ve done together in the last few weeks. This is what sets Leadnow apart -- we’re fiercely independent, we can tackle multiple issues at a time, and when we work together, we get results. We spring into action at the flip of the switch - and it’s working.
Blanketing the news with calls for TD to Dump Kinder Morgan
On a chilly morning in downtown Toronto last week, we delivered your 25,000-signature petition calling on TD bank to stop supporting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion directly to the TD CEO at their AGM. As we were delivering the petition inside the meeting, a shareholder actually stood up to ask to sign on.
Thanks to 457 of you who who chipped in, we rented a massive Jumbotron that toured Toronto’s financial district, displaying hard-hitting messages from you telling TD to #DumpKinderMorgan.
As the jumbotron was making its rounds, your creative stunt was in full swing and shareholders were stopping to take pictures before they entered the AGM. I was fielding calls and interviews from the media who were hungry to report on this story.
Our action was the lead story in the Toronto Star -- the most widely read newspaper in Canada. We were also covered by the National Post, The Toronto Metro, the National Observer and featured in the evening news on the CBC’s National! [2 -4]
The media coverage sent a warning shot to investors who read about our action the next morning in the business section of the Toronto Star and National Post, proving that doing business with Kinder Morgan is risky and a serious brand liability.
Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh can stay in Canada!
Roghayeh “Mina” Azizi Mirmahaleh is a 60 year old human rights activist who was denied refugee status in Canada in 2015 and was set to be deported to Iran where she faces imprisonment, torture and execution.
When a Leadnow member launched an urgent petition on our member-led petition platform, over 3,100 people signed on, calling on the federal government to immediately release Mina from detention, reassess her refugee claim, and stop her deportation.
Amir Khadir, a member of the Quebec National Assembly, publicly supported and shared the petition, and a number of other politicians including Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, and Transportation Minister Marc Garneau spoke out against Mina’s deportation. 
Mina's community and supporters continued to build momentum around the campaign by organizing a rally in Montreal, and after being held in detention for two days, Mina was released and granted a special temporary residency permit allowing her to stay in Canada! This is a powerful reminder that people power works. With just a few thousand signatures, a petition can build the momentum necessary to win a campaign, and make a huge difference in people's lives.
Electoral reform is back!
The odds were against us after Prime Minister Trudeau abandoned his promise to make 2015 the last election with a broken electoral system. But rather than give up, the Leadnow community, stepped up - channeling outrage at decision-makers.
Thanks to you, we plastered hard-hitting electoral reform ads all over Ottawa, we published op eds in more than 17 newspapers, and booked over 120 meetings with MPs across the country.
Now we’ve got a hail-mary strategy to bring electoral reform back. We’re working towards a key vote in May where we need to flip 20 Liberal MPs to vote with the opposition in support of electoral reform.  We’re targeting MPs all across the country and it’s working! MPs from the Liberals, NDP and Greens have already pledged to step up. 
These are all examples of people-power at work. The beauty of the Leadnow community is that when all of us chip in a small amount - it adds up fast, which means that together we can stand up to the banks, corporations, and politicians trying to block progress on the issues that matter to us.
We’re in this together,
Logan and Chloe on behalf of the whole Leadnow team
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 Toronto protesters target TD Bank over involvement in Trans Mountain pipeline project:, https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/03/30/toronto-protesters-target-td-bank-over-involvement-in-trans-mountain-pipeline-project.html
 Dump Kinder Morgan or prepare for fight, Toronto protesters tell TD, http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/03/30/news/dump-kinder-morgan-or-prepare-fight-protesters-tell-td
 The National @ 6min 15 sec: http://www.cbc.ca/news/the-national-for-march-30-2017-1.4049052
 Toronto protesters target TD Bank over involvement in Trans Mountain pipeline project: http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2017/03/30/toronto-protesters-target-td-bank-over-pipeline-project.html
 Iranian Montrealer facing deportation can stay in Canada, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/roghayeh-azizi-mirmahaleh-iranian-montreal-deportation-1.3995281
Nathan Cullen Planning Town-Hall Meetings Across Canada To Save Electoral Reform (Huffington Post): http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/23/nathan-cullen-electoral-reform_n_15564872.html
 Meet the Heroes: https://www.votebetter.ca/heroes/