Overpass protests meant to reach the masses
A banner similar to this one will be hung at Rainbow Circle to show support for Six Nations. (Muskoka Power of Many Facebook page.)
BRACEBRIDGE, ON – The Muskoka Power of Many will be flexing their banner might on Highway 11 for a final time this summer.
As visitors pour into the area on Friday afternoon protestors will be hanging banners off Kilworthy Road overpass, the Rainbow Circle overpass, and the Sedore Road Overpass.
It is a group of like-minded individuals with various connections to the community seeking to challenge decisions being made by the Doug Ford-led Conservative government.
At a recent meetup, the group painted a new sign that reads simply, “Justice”.
Organizer Meghan MacDonald of Advocacy North says the message is simple and seems to be resonating with the public.
“We estimated around 6,000 cars passed us the last time (in August) and we got 77 honks to one middle finger,” she said with a laugh.
Another message is “resist”.
“People are seeing it and talking about it,” MacDonald said. “It does feel like we are making a difference. This has been a group of perfect strangers who don’t have leadership in the group. It’s really about collaborating and sort of solidarity between issues.”
While it is the last action of the summer season they may have one more campaign ahead of the federal election.
“After this drop we will regroup and talk about what our next steps are especially with the federal election coming up. How we can impact there and get people voting and thinking about their needs and wants.”