A MESSAGE FROM THE ONTARIO COALITION AGAINST POVERTY
Rob Ford and his friends on City Council are out to wipe out public services in this City and to attack the workers who deliver those services. Thousands of members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees face the threat of being locked out by the City. (This means the City would refuse to bargain for a fair contract but would instead lock the workers out from their jobs with no pay).
OCAP is an organization that works among poor communities under attack and we know what side we are on in this fight. Ford wants to sell off many services to private corporations and then cut what is left to an absolute minimum. The workers who deliver those services will not have decent wages or working conditions, if he gets his way. The City will become, instead, a low wage, sweat shop employer. This would be a huge defeat that would drive down wages all across the City and beyond and it must not be allowed to happen.
While our statement of Solidarity still fully applies, it needs to be noted that Occupy Toronto has won a TEMPORARY injunction against the eviction order.
Friday, September 23rd
7:00 - 9:30pm
Cinecycle: in the old coach house down the lane behind 129 Spadina Ave
$5-10, sliding scale, no one turned away
Please join the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty for a screening of OCAP member Brett Story's documentary film, Land of Destiny. Music and social to follow!
About the film:
Land of Destiny
... a documentary film directed by
80 minutes, 2010
(Go here- http://chemicalvalley.wordpress.com/ to visit the Sarnia activist's web site to read about the ongoing fight in Sarnia to save the local environment & economy)
A hard-working petrochemical town is rocked by revelations that its workers suffer an epidemic of cancers. But even more terrifying is the looming spectre of deindustrialization and joblessness.
Retired pipe-fitters serving fries, basement musicians, boilermakers and volunteer firemen, heartbroken widows and an optimistic mayor - the lives of a diverse medley of characters intersect to reveal the dramas and contradictions of an industrial town out of sync with a post-industrial economy.
Joint statement by Disability Action Movement Now, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty, LIFEmovement, No One Is Illegal - Toronto, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, South Asian Women's Rights Organization, Students Against Israeli Apartheid and Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu.
TORONTO, June 24, 2011 – During the G20 meetings in June 2010 the world was shocked by the police brutality, corporate exploitation and state repression witnessed in downtown Toronto. Yet for racialized peoples, indigenous peoples, poor people, migrant workers, and many others who live, work and organize in Toronto, this is an everyday reality. Our communities have been, and continue to be, in a state of emergency because governments insist on securing corporate profits at our expense - public services for people are cut, while corporations and cops get more money. Our streets are bleeding and the government of Canada and its allied institutions are responsible.
We supported the week of protests against the G20 in June 2010 because we refused to be silenced. We refused to be pushed to the margins as the so-called leaders of the world made decisions on our behalf. We insisted that the world would hear our stories through our voices. And just as in the years before the G20 came to Toronto, we remain committed to fight back, to mobilize, and to organize.
Today, we demand freedom for all those still facing charges from June 2010 and we commit to fighting the age of austerity that the G20 leaders have imposed on us. We know that the cuts, and the attacks on our communities will increase over the next few years. We plan to meet these challenges head on because we know that through organized collective resistance the power of the people will prevail.
On June 26 and 27, the political representatives of the world’s greatest thieves and murderers gathered in Toronto. They held their ‘G2o Summit’ in a billion dollar armed camp financed with public money stolen from vital social programs. They threw out some meaningless platitudes and drew up a plan around their real agenda – solving the crisis of their bankrupt system by imposing austerity and poverty on people throughout the world. With the Harper Government hosting the event and standing on the right wing edge of the discussions, plans were drawn up to half public deficits by 2013. They will not, however, take the money back from the banks and corporations they bailed out. Instead they will gut public services, destroy social infrastructure and launch a war on poor and working people.