Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Millionaire Rob Ford, and right wing councilors at Toronto City Hall are meeting on September 19, in an executive committee meeting to recommend cuts to public services and job lay offs [of] upwards of $800 million dollars...Public services for many of us are the difference between abject poverty, and just being able to get by. We do not want cuts, we want more services!...These cuts are about poor bashing. They are about further displacing people of color and indigenous people...It is time to TAKE TORONTO BACK.
September 9, 2011 - Toronto Stop the Cuts Network
In a blatantly anti-democratic move that smacks of Rob Ford’s authoritarianism, Toronto City is attempting to stop the Mass Meeting to Stop Ford’s Cuts from taking place. The city is shutting down programming at Dufferin Grove Park, where the meeting is scheduled from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, September 10. Organizers from the Toronto Stop the Cuts Network say they are expecting thousands of residents to attend, to write a Toronto Declaration, ‘a vision [that] the Toronto people need and deserve’.
By Stop Pantages Condos Coalition - September 7, 2011
Over 40 organizations and 1200 [Downtown Easatside] residents have signed a DTES Community Resolution opposing condos at the old Pantages Theatre site. The resolution calls on the City [of Vancouver] to stop the Sequel 138 development permit application, buy the Pantages parcel at its assessed value, and designate it for 100% resident controlled social housing with low-income community space on the ground floor.
August 24, 2011 - Intercontinental Cry
Another fifty-two environmental activists were arrested on Monday for taking part in the Tar Sands Action, a peaceful two-week protest that's urging President Obama to reject a permit for the risky Keystone XL pipeline.
August 24, 2011 - rabble.ca
In the last days the Gaza Strip has been subjected to numerous air raids from Israel, which have so far killed at least 15 Palestinians and wounded many more. Despite claims by Israel that they were targeting alleged armed groups in Gaza, the reported reality from the ground is that those killed were innocent civilians including children.
August 15, 2011 - The DTES is not for Condo Developers
...[A]s advocates, service providers, and front-line and outreach workers who are committed to serving the Downtown Eastside, we support the DTES Community Resolution opposing condos in the heart of this neighbourhood. We would not want to be complicit in a project that will further displace, impoverish, and police residents of the Downtown Eastside and make people feel more unwelcome in their own neighbourhood.
California Prison Crisis Sparks Statewide Hunger Strike: An Interview with Isaac Ontiveros of Critical Resistance
We discuss the recent statewide hunger strike initiated by prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison. The strike is put in context, alongside a statewide grassroots movement calling for cuts in prison spending to address California's budget crisis, and a recent US Supreme Court ruling that calls for the reduction of California state prisoners by at least 30,000, in response to overcrowding.
"No Photo Ops With Fucking Cops": Ladies Anarchist Solidarity Society Forms Anti-Policing Contingent at Toronto Pride
July 1, 2011 - Toronto Media Co-op
The Ladies Anarchist Solidarity Society (LASS) has called for an anti-policing contingent at this year’s parade “to be vocal for the members in our community who can't because they are continually targeted by police” and to “remember the roots of Pride”. They see it as important to not forget past struggles of the queer and trans community against the police and not condone its continuation today by uncritically accepting or encouraging police participation.
By Megan Kinch - June 25, 2011
...[I]n an atmosphere that approached de-facto martial law, over 1000 people were held in inhumane conditions in the Eastern Avenue detention centre. No one knows how many people were detained, dumped from police vans without money or cell phones in remote parts of [Toronto], searched illegally, kettled by police, sexually assaulted, or beaten.
Just over a week after a report was released...on how the Harper government has been using INAC to “manage potential First Nation unrest” since 2006, a native community named as a “hot spot” for “aboriginal unrest” was raided by no less than 500 members of the “Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. The day before the raid, the Mohawks of Kanehsata:ke sent a warning letter to the municipality of Oka over a mining deal signed earlier in the month...Coincidence? Not in these times.
June 17th, 2011 - No One Is Illegal-Vancouver
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Minister of Censorship and Deportation Jason Kenney have announced that they are re-introducing Human Smuggling Bill C4 (previously Bill C49). This is despite the previous Bill C49 being rejected by all opposition parties and hundreds of community, legal, health, human rights, and migrant justice groups...It is imperative that people are aware of the implications of this bill, and organize to defeat it!
While spotlighting the Solitary Watch website, this new interview also focuses on the upcoming hunger strike at the Pelican Bay supermax prison in California (it begins on July 1), and Hugo Pinell, of the San Quentin Six, who has been in continuous solitary even longer than the Angola 3.
06/14/2011 - Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
The Ford Regime in City Hall is moving to step up its attacks on poor and working people at top speed. One key part of this is the attack on the people who live in Toronto Community Housing (TCH)...This comes at a time when the need for affordable and accessible housing is greater than ever. Over 70 000 households in the City of Toronto are on the waiting list for TCH...
By Kevin Neish - rabble.ca
"For heaven's sake, why are you going back on another flotilla to Gaza!!" I've heard this comment/question repeatedly since I returned from an Israeli prison after the attack on my ship, the Mavi Marmara, in May 2010. In a nutshell, I'm returning because the illegal blockade of Gaza is still in place. The job is not done.
Monday, June 06 2011 - Infoshop News
On July 1, 2011, between 50 and 100 prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in the Security Housing Unit (SHU)...are going on an indefinite hunger strike. The D corridor...has the highest level of restricted incarceration in the state of California and among the most severe conditions in the United States. The rules of their confinement are extremely harsh in order to force them to "debrief" or offer up information about criminal or prison gang activity of other prisoners.