The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been fighting for the protection of fundamental freedoms since 1964. CCLA is non-partisan, not-for-profit, and does not receive any government funding. Its Board of Directors includes artists like David Cronenberg, Deepa Metha, and Joseph Boyden.The protection of our rights and freedoms, requires an engaged and informed civil society.Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties is an initiative of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and musician Nathan Lawr to help raise public awareness about the philosophy, mandate and goals of CCLA. Many artists have used art as a platform for protesting the infringement of civil rights. With the introduction of this initiative, artists can continually show their support for the protection of rights and freedoms. Musicians, painters, dancers, filmmakers, and other artists are invited to sign on to this project by offering their names to a list supporting CCLA. It is not a petition and requires no further obligation beyond a name. Artists are able to choose their level of commitment, and those on the list may also be invited to take part in or lend their support to specific events or issues.Artists such as Bry Webb of Constantines, Sarah Harmer, Leslie Feist, Dave Bidini, Chris Brown of Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Jim Bryson, Casey Mecija of Ohbijou, Gavin Gardiner of The Wooden Sky, Basia Bulat, Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Feist, Glenn Milchem of Blue Rodeo, and John K. Samson of The Weakerthans have added their names to the list. Check out the full list of artists who have taken the pledge below!
“Fundamental freedoms are the beating heart of our vibrant society. They enable us to express ourselves freely, to contribute to important debates and to make an impact on the world around us.
As a Canadian Artist for Civil Liberties, I am committed to protecting civil liberties and upholding democratic values, and I endorse the philosophy, mandate and goals of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.”