June 25, 2010
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June 25 2010
G-20 Events This Weekend
Friday June 25 2010
G20 Feminist Picnic and Politics: Feminists against the G20!
Let’s meet to share our knowledge and passion about resisting the G20 and make connections with others with the same interests. We’ll create banners, signs, theatre and other ways of telling the G20 what women think!
Allan Gardens, corner of Carleton & Sherbourne
Because women, children, and trans people bear the brunt of violence, war, racism, colonialism, ageism, economic inequality, and climate degradation. The G8/G20 as an organization profits from and proliferates all of these problems. Because Indigenous women are disproportionately victimized, incarcerated, and denied basic rights in Canada and across the world. Because women and their families are displaced by war, by privatization and climate disasters caused by government and corporate actions, and are forced to migrate with their families to survive and thrive, only to be faced with criminalization and racism in Canada. Because the Harper government has cut funding the Status of Women in Canada, killed plans for national childcare, and ended the court challenges program that sought to help women and minorities fight for their rights. The Conservative government’s G8/ G20 maternal and child health initiative does not support contraception or abortion, and will result in far more preventable deaths than the overall number of lives saved. Bring yourselves, your ideas, your passion, your rage! Bring some food, bring paper, pens, markers, paints, tape, costumes, bullhorns, boomboxes … whatever you want to use to help make women’s voices heard in the G20! Afterwards we will join with All Out for Gender Justice! to form a Gender Justice contingent as we lead off the Justice for Our Communities! March against the G20.
JUSTICE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES! NO TO G8/G20! YES TO TAKING BACK OUR CITY
Rally. March. Block Party. Tent City.
Allan Gardens (Carleton St. and Sherbourne St)
From June 25th and 27th, 2010, the world’s twenty richest countries (the G8 and G20) will send their ruling elite, along with heads of the IMF and World Bank, to meet in Huntsville and then in Toronto, to talk exploitation, wealth, and greed.
These ‘leaders’ have shredded the public sector and social spending, criminalized the poor, immigrants and racialized communities, continued to plunder Indigenous lands and trash the environment, deported our families and friends, gutted the unions, and closed hospitals and schools while they grant tax cuts to the rich and corporations and boost police and military budgets. These disgusting policies have enacted devastation around the world and are reflected right here in Toronto.
For full callout and details visit http://25june.wordpress.com
All Out for Gender Justice!
Meet at Allan Gardens, corner of Carleton & Sherbourne
Wheelchair access van: SE corner of Dundas & Yonge at
Sign language interpretation available
We are calling on all women and trans people to join the Gender Justice contingent as we lead off the Toronto Community Day of Action March against the G20. We are marching for freedom from all forms of violence and for control over our bodies and our lives, including freedom of sexual and reproductive choice, for women and children, trans and queer people everywhere!
We demand funding for the healthcare we need – including the full range of family planning options, access to medication and safe, legal abortions for women, and full access and reproductive choice for all women everywhere!
Women, children, and trans people bear the brunt of climate degradation, violence, war and racism, colonialism, ageism, and economic inequality. We want peace and an end to male violence –from the violence in our homes, workplaces and in public spaces to the violence caused by war, occupation and exploitation of all kinds!
Indigenous women are disproportionately victimized and incarcerated. We demand action to legally and materially ensure the security and equality of indigenous women and two-spirited people on Turtle Island!
Women and their families are displaced by war, by privatization and climate disasters caused by government and corporate actions, and are forced to migrate with their families to survive and thrive, only to be faced with criminalization and racism in Canada. We demand an end to the harassment and deportations of migrant women who have precarious status!
We demand an end to all laws that threaten the rights of women, trans and queer people around the world, such as those requiring women to take off their niqab to receive public services, and those that criminalize queer sexuality and sex work/workers.
We demand pension protection, pay equity, adequate income supports, workplace protections, affordable housing and funded childcare!
Women’s equality rights must be protected! We demand that the Canadian government reinstate the Court Challenges program and restore funding to Status of Women Canada and other women’s advocacy and research groups!
We must end the influence of religious fundamentalists in Ottawa!
Bring your signs and banners, pots and pans, whistles and chants, and march to reclaim our city. We will end with a block party and tent city.
Shout Out for Global Justice
Join the Council of Canadians to challenge the G20 and demand trade, water and climate justice!
7:00p.m. Doors at 6:00.
Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
Tickets: $14 for Council of Canadians members, $20 for non-members (incl. 1 year membership).
Get your tickets fast!
Buy your tickets at Massey Hall.
Box Office: 416.872.4255 (Roy Thomson Hall box office)
Public transportation to venue: Exit at Queen Street Subway Station, walk North on Yonge Street to Shuter Street. Main entrance to the Hall and box office are on Shuter.
* Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch.
* Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers and Vice-President of the AFL-CIO.
* Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 800 TV and radio stations in North America.
* John Hilary, executive director of War on Want, which campaigns for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.
* Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies.
* Dr. Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya, an environmental justice organization that counts 5,000,000 farmer families in sixteen states of India among its members. Before becoming an activist, Dr. Shiva was one of India’s leading physicists.
* Pablo Solon, Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations and lead negotiator for Bolivia at the December 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen.
* Clayton Thomas-Mueller, aboriginal activist and tar sands campaigner with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
For further information, call (800) 387-7177, ext. 239.
Check out full details at http://www.canadians.org/g20/event.html
Saturday June 26 2010
PUBLIC RALLY and MARCH G8 & G20
Queen*s park -Toronto
PeopleFirst! We Deserve Better!
WOMEN”S RIGHTS! GOOD JOBS! ROBIN HOOD TAX! END POVERTY! STOP GLOBAL WARMING!
The June 26 rally and March will be an opportunity for Canadians to speak out on priorities that industrialized nations should adopt on economic recovery, environment and human rights, decent and green jobs, equality and social protection, as well as universal access for AIDS.
Decisions taken by the G8 and G20 governments have a direct impact on millions of lives in Canada and around the world. The rally will have participation from civil society and labour organizations as well as individuals representing a cross-section of communities. With maternal health being one of the key issues of the G8 G20 discussions the march will be lead by women! It will be important to have as many women as possible join the march!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-441-3710
Organized by, The Council of Canadians, Canadian Federation of Student, Canadian Labour Congress, Greenpeace, The Ontario Federation of Labour and Oxfam
***Join the pro-choice contingent at Saturday’s protest against the G20!
The organizers of this Saturday’s mass protest against the G20 have asked that women lead the march with a message opposing Harper’s attacks on reproductive rights in his ‘maternal health initiative’.
Join the Contingent:
South end of Queen’s Park
Look for the giant coathanger and the OCAC banner – SEE YOU THERE!
Thanks to a number of locals of the Canadian Federation of Students and Ayesha’s design wizardry, we have thousands of beautiful buttons to hand out to people at the march (artwork below). We need volunteers to distribute the buttons as people arrive at the demonstration (starting at 12:30 pm).
GET OFF THE FENCE!
Confrontational Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Convergence in solidarity with the People’s First Demonstration
Queen’s Park- And then onwards to the Fence
Working class people across Canada are under attack. From the foot-dragging at Vale Inco to the recent lock-out of Cadillac-Fairview workers to the looming cut backs on the public sector, it has become obvious that the municipal, provincial and federal governments are neither willing nor able to support people.
Corporations get bailed out, while people and the environment pay for their crisis. Global financial and environmental decisions are made by a few self-selected men and women at the G8 and G20 summits and forced down the throat of unionized and non-unionized workers the world over. Resisting unionists in the Philippines and Colombia are brutally murdered while migrant workers are killed on the job in Canada working in precarious conditions.
When this traveling circus comes to Toronto this June, we who work for change will gather to oppose them. We are workers, activists, students, parents, artists, unionists, anarchists with and without immigration status and more. We are the people — and we will not remain silent and passive as the elites celebrate their attacks on our lives and on the lives of people around the world.
On Saturday, June 26th, the People First March begins at 1pm at Queen’s Park. We are calling upon labour activists, migrants, community groups, poor and working people, women, queer folk, disAbled communities and others to join the Get of the Fence contingent as we creatively and energetically voice our discontent and stand in solidarity with labour struggle.
However, when the People’s First demonstration circles back to a so-called a ‘free-speech zone’ at the park’s north end, we will stay put. We call upon all organizations of people, all those that struggle for justice to stay and participate in a militant, confrontational demonstration where we challenge the global apartheid and injustices the fence represents.
On June 26th, when the march turns towards the protest pen, we invite you to go beyond the tired symbolism of parades and beyond the will of politicians. When the People First march turns back, we invite you all to continue on with us to confront the self-proclaimed G20 leaders and the security apparatus that will have occupied our city. We will take back our city from these exploitative profiteers, and in the streets we will be uncontrollable! This is a militant march where many forms of resistance and tactics are welcomed and respected.
Discuss this in your locals, in your organizations, with your friends and families. In your workplaces, in your meeting rooms, at the dinner table, plan to get off the fence and commit to taking the streets. Together, we will reject the authority of the G20.
For more information, contact email@example.com
Resisting the G-20
An Anti-Capitalist Approach to Understanding and Resisting the G20 Agenda.
From the 2010 People’s Summit
Toronto, June 20, 2010.
Their Crisis, Our Misery: OCAP Versus the G20
By Liisa Schofield and A.J. Withers, Bullet No. 372, June 18 2010
On June 26th, the G20 meetings will bring together the leaders of the world’s richest 20 states in Toronto, following right on meetings of the G8 in Huntsville, in Northern Ontario. The G20 wants to talk about stabilizing the global economy and Harper wants to celebrate Canada as an economic success story. However, poor communities show the reality of what that ‘success’ has meant: during the economic crisis, the government has detained and deported more migrants, and their policies have meant more evictions, more unemployment, and more poverty. While the rich may celebrate their success in managing the crisis, this ‘success’ has been paid for by poor people in Canada.
The G-20, Capitalism and Austerity
By Sean Smith, Bullet No. 373, June 18 2010
The world’s spotlight is about to shine on Canada when it hosts the G8 and G20 summits this June. Our government is working hard to present its best face possible for this event. This three day party is expected to cost over $1-billion dollars making this the most expensive summit in the world’s history. To put this in perspective, last year’s environmental summit in Copenhagen cost $250-million dollars.
Global Bonapartism: The G20 and the Planet
By Vijay Prashad, Bullet No. 375, June 23 2010
When the Finance Ministers of the Advanced States set up the G7 in 1974-75, their tongues quivered with the taste of centuries of power. The Soviet Union had begun its plummet into obsolescence. Its collapse was held off by a decade through the rise of oil prices and the cannibalization of the remarkable achievements of an earlier generation. The Third World had threatened the established order with its demand for a New International Economic Order (1973), but that would quickly be dispatched through financial trickery, one that led directly to the massive debt crisis of the 1980s and the inflation of the power of Wall Street, the City of London and the Frankfurt Finanzplatz. No rivals stood in the way of the G7.
See you out there!