On January 17, Toronto City Hall votes on budget 2012. Though mayor Rob Ford has insisted that Toronto has over a $700 million deficit, we now know that the City actually has a $154 million surplus.
Since December 2010, when we began mobilizing against the Ford agenda, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has insisted that we need to fight against the global austerity agenda by creating more services, particularly for people without immigration status who have historically been shut out of Toronto. Those that work and use the services, we insist, must be the ones that decide what happens to them - not millionaire politicians.
On January 17, at 5:30pm, come to City Hall to demand justice for undocumented people and migrant workers in this city. Come to ensure that the workers in this city keep working and providing services to more people, not less.
10 September 2011
11:45am: Meet at Queen & Dufferin in Parkdale
12noon: Join us at Dufferin Grove Park
Since before Rob Ford lied his way into City Hall, undocumented people and migrant workers have been shut out from basic community services in Toronto. We've had to fight for access to schools and shelter, and still cannot get public housing, decent health care, social services, and often, something as basic as a library card. For years, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has fought to expand services, worked to push immigration enforcement out of our city, and dismantled the borders that shut our communities out of social services so that undocumented people and migrant workers can live with dignity and respect. Now Ford wants to reduce services even further. We cannot allow this to happen.
Colonialism, imperialism and neoliberal economic policies keep pushing us out and displacing us! The Indigenous people of this land have been displaced by centuries of ongoing colonial policies and practices, pushed away from the regions settlers wanted to occupy and pushed away from the areas mining and logging companies wanted to exploit. Migrants from other lands have also been displaced by colonial and capitalist projects of expansion and exploitation; with many of these projects directed from corporate offices right here in Toronto. And today in our city, migrants and Indigenous people are displaced once again. Along with other communities, impoverished year after year so the rich can get richer, we are displaced in our own city. Displaced from the downtown east-side, displaced from Parkdale, displaced by gentrification and pushed out of libraries, shelters, daycare and food banks facing cuts.
Fight Rob Ford – Stop City Cuts!
Contingent for the Community Day of Action in Toronto
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Meeting at: 12:30pm @ the corner of Church and Dundas (going together to join the rally at Dundas Sq.)
**Bring banners, signs and flags!
On Saturday, April 9th – OCAP and allies will be joining the ‘Respect Toronto’ Day of Action as a grassroots community organizations contingent. We are joining under the banner ‘Fight Rob Ford – Stop City Cuts!’
In the few short months since Ford took over at City hall, already we have seen the cutting of services in the 2011 budget like shelter spaces and transit access for poor communities, as well as moves towards privatization of garbage collection and Toronto Community Housing (TCHC).
Under Ford, poor communities will see a deepening of the crisis of poverty in this city;
Saturday May 7th (10am – 1pm)
OISE, Room 2-211
252 Bloor St. West
Organized by Educators for Peace & Justice and No One Is Illegal
Our schools, and especially our students and their parents, are increasingly under attack.
Teachers have a unique and special responsibility to ensure that our schools can be places of sanctuary where we can all create the socially just and equitable communities we expect and deserve.
In order for teachers to be effective agents for social change and justice, we must work in direct coalition with our students, their parents, and all other groups who are working to address the issues which affect the daily lives of our communities.
Often teachers find ourselves working in isolation from our colleagues, from the communities we work in, and from the lives of our students and their families.
Receive greetings and embraces of solidarity from New York.
We are Movement for Justice in El Barrio, an organization of immigrants in El Barrio, NYC that fights for human dignity and against community displacement. We fight for the liberation of every marginalized group, including immigrants, people of color, women, gays, lesbians, transgender communities, and all the poor of the world.
We want to let you know that we are aware of your courageous hunger strike and that we are united in your just struggle, which is also our own.