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bloor 14/04/2015 - 12:00PM

Cinema Politica Endorses Unite Against Austerity Toronto Event

Cinema Politica is pleased to endorse Unite Against Austerity! Toronto Panel and Discussion

This Toronto event is the first effort as part of the Unite Against Austerity campaign to bring various groups together to share our struggles and build solidarity, with the long-term goal of developing an anti-austerity movement in the city.  We share UAA's hope that this talk and discussion can lead to joint organizing across communities and sectors.

Unite Against Austerity!  Toronto Panel and Discussion

When: Saturday, April 25, 2:00-4:30pm
Where: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto (College and Spadina)
For more info: Facebook event

All around the world - from Quebec to Greece to Chile to South Africa - tens of thousands of people are rising up against austerity.

It’s time for the rest of us to rise up too!

Speakers:
• Crystal Sinclair, Idle No More Toronto
• John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
• Jennie Miller, Vice Chair, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Greater Toronto Area Council
• Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia for Migrant Workers
• Moderated by Karen Cocq, Workers' Action Centre, Campaign to Raise the Mimimum Wage
 
Governments and corporate media say there is not enough money and belts must be tightened. But we know there is lots of money – it’s just concentrated in a few hands at the top.

Cuts to social spending and wages ensue, while fossil fuel companies and other corporations receive subsidies. Unions are attacked, as corporations make record profits. Indigenous nations are denied inherent land rights and resources from their lands are extracted for corporate profit. Environmental regulations are gutted in favour of Big Oil rights. Migrant workers are forced into even more precarious working conditions. Vital public services including education, childcare, housing, women's centers and healthcare are cut, while prisons and the military expand.

In essence, austerity is sacrificing the common good for corporate profit. To see the many ways we are affected by austerity, check out this website: http://www.uniteagainstausterity.ca/.

Almost everyone is affected by austerity policies, but we are typically isolated in our struggles. By building grassroots power and solidarity, we can develop a united front against austerity. Let's examine the austerity agenda and generate unity across Indigenous, feminist, migrant, environmentalist, student, peace, anti-poverty, labour, and diverse community movements.

Join us for a conversation on connecting across struggles and building an anti-austerity movement in Toronto.

The speaker panel will be followed by a community discussion.

The event is free. Snacks will be served.

The space is accessible: There is a wheelchair lift down each of the two small flights of stairs to the hall and there is an accessible washroom.

Childcare will be available. Please let us know about the little ones you are bringing by emailing: UniteAgainstAusterityToronto [at] gmail [dot] com.

Schedule:
1:30 – Snacks and mingling
2:00 – Intro and speaker presentations
3:30 – Q&A and community discussion
4:30 – Closing

Sponsored by: SmartChange.ca

Endorsed by: OPIRG York, Council of Canadians (Toronto), Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Rising Tide Toronto, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP), Centre for Social Justice, Cinema Politica, Workers United Canada Council

To endorse this talk please email: UniteAgainstAusterityToronto [at] gmail [dot] com

Let’s build our power!

 

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