Talking About Social Justice: OCAP Speaking Series - September 15


NEW SUMMER LOCATION

3rd Thursday of every month
6:00PM
40 Oak St. (East of Parliament, South of Gerrard)



Free Event with: Dinner, Childcare, Wheelchair Access, Tokens




September 15th - Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Speakers: Gaetan Heroux & Bryan Palmer

- How have Toronto's poor fought back?
- What have they historically fought for?
- What did they accomplish?

Join Gaetan Heroux & Bryan Palmer who will be talking about their book coming out this fall which documents more than 180 years of resistance by Toronto's poor and unemployed. Come and hear how Toronto's poor organized and used direct-action tactics such as relief strikes, occupations of relief offices, the taking over of empty buildings, and massive disruptions at city hall - to fight for higher relief rates, better living conditions in hostels, and affordable housing.

Audio from our August Speakers Series on Basic Income is now available, click here to listen!

Facebook Event Page here

Please take 5 Minutes on Monday June 6 to Help a Family Get Beds and Furniture!

Phone/Email/Tweet Action

Laura Bardeau and her two young sons all have disabilities and are living on social assistance. After a long struggle with bed bugs, they had to get rid of all of their furniture

While the City has a Housing Stabilization Fund to help people in this
exact situation buy furniture, they are refusing to help this family. The City says that Laura’s “combined ODSP and Child Tax income is in excess and precludes eligibility for HSF.” The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty can’t understand how a person whose sole sources of income are ODSP and Child Tax Benefit has income “in excess.” In excess of what? People on disability social assistance (ODSP) live well below the poverty line and frequently struggle to meet their basic needs including food and shelter.

Currently Laura is sleeping with one son on a mattress on the floor (where they also eat their meals) and the other son is sleeping on a separate mattress on the floor but the City won’t help.

11th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirits

11th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirits
Sunday, February 14
12:30-1:30
Toronto Police Headquarters (40 College Street)

OCAP Launches Online Community Organizing Course: Community Resistance to the War on the Poor

This year, OCAP hit a rare milestone in anti-capitalist community organizing: we turned 25 years old!

OCAP Launches Online Community Organizing Course: Community Resistance to the War on the Poor

This year, OCAP hit a rare milestone in anti-capitalist community organizing: we turned 25 years old! Over the years we have learned a lot about organizing and some of that has been compiled into an online course so we can share what we know with others.

FAQ:

  • How long is it? 8 weeks
  • When is it? It begins the week of January 1-7. It is self guided so you can do it on your own schedule for each week
  • How much time a week will it take? This will vary depending on the week but each week has about a 10 minute video by John and A.J. about the week. Each week also has course materials. These usually take the form of relatively accessible readings but also may be additional videos, audio recordings and comics. You can also participate in the discussion boards with other students and the instructors if you want. So, it depends on how much discussion you want to participate in and how long it takes you to read the articles. We’d guess that you should plan for 2-3 hours a week. There won’t be assignments beyond going over the materials.
  • How much is it? Sliding scale - $25/50
  • What do I need for it? All of the readings and video connections are online so the only thing you need is access to a computer with an internet connection.
  • How do I sign up? Click here.

Below is the interview Justin Podur did with course instructors John Clarke and A.J. Withers about the course which was published in The Bullet.