(2) Eat before you get there: We will have breakfast at the end of the march, so you should probably get some nourishment in you before you arrive.
(3) Bring water.
(4) Lock up your bike before you get to Berczy park. We will be on foot.
(5) Wear comfortable shoes. There may be dancing!
(6) Bring a friend.
and most importantly…
(7) Come prepared to laugh, and sing and have fun. They want to repress and suppress us – our laughter, our survival and our resilience is our sweet revenge.
Note: For those of you transiting, the closest subway stop is King station. Subway starts at 6am.
July, Another exciting month
to be in Toronto!!
As a follow up to the very successful People Social Forum in Ottawa (August 21-24, 2014), a Social Forum in Toronto will be held from July 8 to the 10th, 2015 to counter the Summit to the Pan American Economic Summit that will bring the heads of Shell, Rockefeller Foundation, US, Canadian and European Chambers of Commerce, as well as Canada’s Finance Minister, ex-Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and John Negroponte to Toronto.
The PSF is part of the global movement of social forums that have emerged at different levels since the first World Social Forum (WSF) was held in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in January 2001, which was conceived as a summit to counter the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Objectives of the PSF:
As an inclusive space for activist grassroots debate, the PSF intends to:
Foster constructive and mobilizing societal debate across the country;
Recognize and honour the territories and the rights of the Original Peoples whose territories we reside on and where the PSF takes place.
Act in solidarity with Original Peoples through rejecting the racist Doctrine of Discovery and the Terra Nullius.
Prompt individual and collective grassroots participation;
Share, promote and circulate alternative initiatives and projects;
Stimulate the emergence of concrete actions and the convergence of struggles against neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism;
Promote sustainable development across Canada in a spirit of solidarity, justice, equality and harmony.
Upcoming related Events:
Get to Know Pan Am: the Securitization of the Spectacle
Thursday, July 2 at 7:00 pm, OISE
The Pan Am Games are about to begin, and the $239 million budget that’s been allocated to security for these events (including a massive policing force) shows us that we are about to see an intense expansion of police presence in the city of Toronto.
Join MISN from 7-9pm on Thursday, July 2nd for an interactive world-café style session to learn more about securitization and the Pan Am Games. Representatives from Black Lives Matter – Toronto, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, MISN, and migrant sex workers advocacy group Butterfly will each facilitate rotating discussions and activities about policing and mega-events. The Movement Defense Committee will also share their perspective on legal support for activists in these times. Facebook event
It Starts With Justice! Join No One Is Illegal – Toronto at Jobs, Justice, Climate march
Sunday, July 5 at 1pm, Queen’s Park
As migrants, racialized people and allies, we will march alongside Indigenous people from Turtle Island to insist that the forces that push us out of our homes here and around the globe must be stopped. The climate crisis is a result of capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy and other social, political and economic structures and these are structures that we fight every day. Our communities are the front lines of crisis and the forefront of change.
No One Is Illegal – Toronto invites individuals and organizations with deep roots to march alongside us. Join us as we celebrate our resilience, and our ongoing struggles to build healthy and caring communities. Join us as we assert that we have the freedom to move, the freedom to return and freedom to stay.
Check the official site here
More Info here
#RiseUpTO: Confront the Pan Am Economic and Climate Summits
Wednesday, July 8 at 7am, Meet at Berczy Park
Surround the Royal York. March up Bay Street – Free Breakfast!
On July 8th, the Pan American Economic and Climate Summits will meet at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. That morning, the elites in this city will welcome with open arms some of the people most responsible for destroying our planet, pushing communities out of their homes, and making us poor. We will be there to give them a different sort of ‘welcome.’
On the morning of July 8th, we will come together rise like the swell of the ocean; and surround the Royal York Hotel. Together, we will assert our dreams of better worlds. People are also planning to bring signs to the protest to focus on those villains. Here is the list of speakers at the economic forum.
Toronto People’s Social Forum and PSF General Assembly, 2015
July 10th – 11th at Church St & Gould, Ryerson University, Engineering Building
Starting July 10, the Peoples’ Social Forum will be hosting a counter summit in Toronto, bringing together activists, students, unions, Indigenous peoples, youth, environmentalists, and hundreds of ordinary individuals to oppose the current political and economic direction of this country, and propose a plurality of alternative paths towards a better world.
This gathering will take place on Missassauga Anishinaabe territory. It has been a home and hunting grounds to many peoples, including the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit. It is the territory of the One Dish One Spoon treaty, which was made between the Anishinaabe and Haudenausonee in order to share hunting and fishing territories. What belongs to one belongs to all. In this spirit, we will come together to find ways to work together towards a more just and joyful world.
July 10: 5pm-9pm – The Peoples’ Picnic Block Party: a kick-off for the Toronto Peoples’ Social Forum
July 11: 9am-9pm – Toronto Peoples’ Social Forum (opening, workshops, alt media fair and closing plenary
July 12: PSF General Assembly (only open to people/organizations involved with the PSF organizing)
OCAP: Housing For ALL – Rally & March
Thursday July 16 at 5 PM, St James Park (King St east of Church St)
$2.6 Billion Spent on Pan Am Games During Housing Crisis. The Pan Am Games will disrupt our City, lead to police crackdowns on poor people, people of colour and homeless, and represent a massive squandering of resources that could and should be spent on community needs.
On July 16, as the Games are underway, we will be marching to put forward the demands of communities impacted by poverty and a lack of decent, affordable housing. If there is money to spend on circuses, then the resources can be found to end the need for food banks, tackle the mounting problem of homelessness and ensure that everyone has decent, affordable and accessible housing.