Saturday, 23 February 2013
20,000 Strong For A Better Quebec
We would like to thank everyone who helped us hit the milestone of 20,000 members today. We say members and not “likes” because we believe EVERY one of you have helped make the difference and directly impacted the political dynamics in Quebec for the better.
Since its inception in September 2012, http://www.putbacktheflag.com has fought with help of you all and shared stories and links in the millions, which have forced politicians and public figures to issue statements and backtrack several times.
Putbacktheflag has been instrumental in reshaping the following events
Sep 17th, 2012 : Putbacktheflag was founded and within a week 5000 members joined as a protest against Pauline Marois removing the flag from the national assembly.
Nov 4th, 2012: Flag rally event draws 150 people in Place du Canada and draws big media attention. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/11/04/mtl-language-rights-group-protest-clash.html
December 1st 2012 : We release a video of a flag stomping incident at at a separatist rally in front of Montreal's city hall. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbIrrfS-MFs. Pauline Marois is forced to comment.
Media attention goes coast to coast: http://www.barbarakay.ca/articles/view/702
December 13th, 2012 : We break the story about Ben and Jerry’s being harassed by the OQLF and igniting the flame for media to follow. The OQLF is again forced to comment. Our blog : http://putbacktheflag.blogspot.ca/2013/01/olf-back-on-attack-against-montreal-ben.html
December 18th, 2012 : We force the PQ page in NY on FB to issue a statement after deleting posts detailing their own language laws: http://putbacktheflag.blogspot.ca/2012/12/pq-office-in-new-york-ashamed-of-their.html
Jan 21st. 2013 : A local cupcake shop is harassed by the OLF. We break the story and again media follows up
Our blog: http://putbacktheflag.blogspot.ca/2013/01/olf-targets-cupcake-shop-in-montreal.html
February 17th, 2013: We hold an event from our page to protest Bill14. 400 attend, massive media attention both francophone and anglophone. We bring awareness to this unjust law. Google "bill14 protest" for the media links.
February 19th, 2013 : We break CJAD’s Dan Delmar’s first blog detailing of the “PASTA” OQLF incident on FB and Twitter. For the next 3 days we share over 10 thousand times from our page alone and hashtag #pastagate furiously.
According to Sun Media we are the driving force behind #Pastagate. http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2013/02/20130220-135808.html
“The story has gained traction on social media, with Facebook page, entitled Put Canadian Flag Back In Quebec Assembly, leading the charge.The group has been instrumental in starting protests against Quebec's new Bill 14.”
Original blog by CJAD: http://www.cjad.com/Blog/DelmarAndDwivedi/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10506150
We believe these events have made a huge difference and raised awareness internationally for the first time in years. We encourage you all to share this page and continue to be active. Should you not be able to attend a protest or rally, simply invite 10 people to our FB page or share an article or retweet whenever you can. The above is PROOF that we CAN make a difference.
We also invite the francophone population to join us so we may feature blogs and work with the 70% that DO believe in a better Quebec and Canada. We are always looking for francophone blog contributions and will feature them regularly. We are not an anglophone or francophone rights group, we are a group that value human rights and free choice.
A special thanks to the unity group that has done all the work on the ground for security, logistics and fundraising. We would not have had the success we have had without their help.
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