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.