Love Is The Movement Tattoos: The Mark Of The Activistocrat (feat. TIDES Foundation & Hollyhock)

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After almost two years of research it’s become quite clear that a large part of Canada’ environmental protest movement is organized an led by a small, tightly knit, group of people. They have a lot of commonalities between each other- the tactics they use, their connections to unions, the messages they put out, and their connections to TIDES Foundation NGO’s. People at Occupy Toronto outside their circles coined a name for these professional activists: Activistocrats.

Well, it turns out that a number of the activistocrats have one more thing in common, many wear the same tattoo- the mark of the Activistocrat…

Dave Vasey and Taylor Flook sporting their tattoos...

Dave Vasey and Taylor Flook sporting their tattoos…

I first heard of this when someone from Occupy Toronto mentioned that Dave Vasey (OT’s defacto leader) has the tattoo on the left side of his chest. Vasey’s a professional protester who’s done a lot of work against the Oil Sands, he has deep connections with other Acticvistocrats across the country. He’s also worked with several organizations with funding from the TIDES Foundation including the Indigenous Environmental Network, Rainforest Action Network and the Ruckus Society. Vasey is also connected to the Christian Peacemaker Teams, a group of Christian Anarchists with deep ties to violent people.

Standing next to Vasey in the above picture is Taylor Flook, who also took a leadership position at OT. Like Vasey, Flook as the same tattoo, only on the left side of her back. Also like Vasey, Flook has a history of working with TIDES funded organizations including the Ruckus Society and the Sierra Club. Flook is also known for having a very dirty mouth.

Taylor Flook's sister Chelsea Flook...

Taylor Flook’s sister Chelsea Flook…

Taylor Flook’s sister, Chelsea Flook, was (not by coincidence) is one of the people who wrestled control of Occupy Edmonton out of the hands of ordinary occupiers (just like her sister). Chelsea Flook is the Executive Director of the Prairie Chapter of the Sierra Club. In the past, Chelsea was active in the notorious CUPE 3903 at York University- there’s a great picture of her and Taylor wearing anarchist masks at one of their events. (The CUPE 3903 were deeply involved with the native uprising in Caledonia.)

Eriel Deranger sports the same tatt...

Eriel Deranger sports the same tatt…

Next up the Activistocrat food chain is a woman named Eriel Deranger, a tar sands campaigner from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta. Deranger is also one of the main organizers for the Tar Sands Healing Walk that took place on July 5 & 6- people involved with this march include Naomi Klein and Bill McKibbon of In June Deranger was a speaker at the Hollyhock Social Change Institute, an event held at TIDES Canada’s Hollyhock new age resort on Cortes Island, BC. Deranger is deep in TIDES Country.

Clayton Thomas-Muller with David Suzuki...

Clayton Thomas-Muller with David Suzuki…

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a superstar Activistocrat who works with the Indigenous Environmental Network- yet another organization that’s received funding from TIDES. According to an article by writer Ethan Cox, Clayton also has the same tattoo. He’s close with Dave Vasey too, and was a speaker during Occupy Toronto at the Occupy Talks conference. Muller was also a faculty member at the Hollyhock Leadership institute.

Velcrow Ripper...

Velcrow Ripper…

Next there’s a filmmaker who goes by the name of Velcrow Ripper, the man behind the movie called Occupy Love. Ripper got involved with Occupy after meeting Judy Rebick (godmother of Occupy Toronto) at a meeting at Hollyhock. It’s unknown if he has the same tattoo, but “Love is the movement” is the tagline he used for the movie. People who were featured in the movie include Clayton Thomas-Muller, Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein. Is this a coincidence?

Emily Hunter, daughter of Greenpeace founder Robert Hunter...

Emily Hunter, daughter of Greenpeace founder Robert Hunter…

Last, but certainly not least, is a woman named Emily Hunter. If there’s ever been the perfect example of an Activistocrat, Hunter is it. Not only is she a very high profile activist, but she was born into the part- her father, Robert Hunter was one of the founders of Greenpeace (another organization connected with TIDES). Hunter has been working in Southeast Asia and Australasia. An article discussing her work in Indonesia describes her tattoo.

What does this all mean? Well, first, it’s more evidence that the people leading environmental activism are a small and closely knit group. Each of the (known) people with the “love is the movement” tattoo have personal connections to NGO’s like TIDES- most of them have strong relationships with the activists who brought violence to the streets during incidents like the Toronto G20 and the Vancouver Olympics.

There’s another angle to all this that I’ll get to in a future article- the phrase “love is the movement” has ties to the Christian anarchist movement. Stay tuned, this is going to get very interesting…

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  1. Look at all them sheep go BbbHhhAaa!

  2. I prefer the term “Faketavist”

    1. Yeah, I like that one too. :)

    • Lurker on July 9, 2013 at 09:10
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    I wonder if Keith Stewart, the Toronto anti-oil/anti-natuarl gas/anti-nuclear guy from Greenpeace, formerly with the WWF and formerly with the Toronto Environmental Alliance,has one of those tattoos.

    He acts like the professorial types but then tells youths if they don’t stop the oil/gas/nuclear plants that they share part of the guilt in destroying the planet.

    • Miguel on July 9, 2013 at 18:33
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    These people are beyond creepy.

      • Standing Water on July 10, 2013 at 10:59
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      My intuition is that if we had a clear picture of how they recruit, they would appear even creepier and more manipulative. I wonder what the possibility of having one of these tattoo-people turn on their captors is. How did it happen that you came to be part of a messianic obedience cult that believes in violence? I suspect that the story would be fascinating.

        • Miguel on July 11, 2013 at 19:33
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        I suspect that the universities are fertile ground for these types of easily indoctrinated.

        1. Indeed, and the Canadian Federation of Students are leading the radicalization there…

    • A Canadian on July 11, 2013 at 02:44
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    Love is the false front of the movement. Hate is the outcome caused by these eco bullies and the Hollyhock eco frauds. Destruction follows in their wake. Loveless is the Movement hiding behind the Tides Foundation..

    1. I know, I’ve been subjected to all sorts of hate by people connected to TIDES, and many of the people with those tattoos – it’s all an illusion…

        • A Canadian on July 11, 2013 at 19:58
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        Tides Canada is a Hate sponsoring organization for the benefit of Solomon’s “Social Vulture Network.” Nothing social about Hollyhock…..employees have no rights.

        1. I infiltrated Hollyhock and lived there for a month last January. I’ve heard the same thing about how they treat their people. Particularly the volunteers, they work them to death…

            • A Canadian on July 11, 2013 at 22:46
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            Hollyhock treats their employees like toilet paper:(disposable) A friend Shirley worked there 20yrs they eliminated her job to give it to karma yogi volunteers. She was forced to take them to the LRB to get severance pay. Social piranahs…. Rex started “Chop Wood Bring Money”

            1. Not sure if you saw my article- but, Rex lied about being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize too…


                • A Canadian on July 11, 2013 at 23:40

                Yes i saw it nice work …. Thats typical Rex…. and shows the dishonest mindset behind Hollyhock. It kind of ironic Rex built Hollyhock’s septic field through a native buriel midden site… “Blood of the land” ???? I call it something else ***** on the bones of native elders.

              1. Wow, that’s fascinating- something I need to look into. Has anyone written about the septic field?

                • A Canadian on July 12, 2013 at 00:18

                The bones were covered up quickly. Coastal Cortes is layered wiith aboriginal middens and Bones. Hollyhocks septic tank was named ” big bertha” and was constantly overflowing creating a stench. Is Hollyhock’s footprint on the environment sustainable?? They refuse to answer.

              2. I heard a similar story from locals on Cortes when I stayed there – they are far from impressed…

                • A Canadian on July 12, 2013 at 00:34

                Read the last comment here?

              3. I remember Siskin, it’s a bit of a mess. The reality of Cortes is that 95% of the island has already been forested…

  3. Hello Standing Water, your question of how they recruit is a great one and something I will be expanding on in an upcoming article in undecoverkity .

      • Standing Water on July 11, 2013 at 20:57
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      What we need is some dashing young man to seduce one of the female cult victims and get her to turn on her captors. Do we have any volunteers? For King and Country, you know ;)

    • Tom on January 13, 2016 at 08:32
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    The tides foundation is a bunch of fricken communist scumbags who where associated with the idiot commie named van jones.
    Screw these morons

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