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#DearLaureen Harper,

​Citizens for Social Justice would like to thank you for taking the time to visit the City of Oshawa and recognizing the plight of homeless youth in our community. While you’re in town to attend a fundraiser for The Refuge, a homeless youth drop-in centre, we’d like to offer some practical policy proposals to combat poverty and homelessness.
​We’ve been told you are bringing a couple of neck-ties belonging to your husband and Minister Baird for auction at the fundraiser. With skyrocketing youth unemployment, good jobs leaving our community, and a lack of youth shelters and affordable housing, we think it’s going to take more than a couple of neck-ties to address the problems of youth poverty and homelessness.
​In return for the neck-ties, we’d like to offer you some practical poverty reduction strategies to bring back to Ottawa:
1) Create a comprehensive national housing strategy to bring good, affordable housing to our community;
2) Ensure all homeless youth have access to social services regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender;
3) Increase funding for addiction and mental health services;
4) Implement a job creation strategy to bring back good paying jobs to our community; and
5) Re-open the Youth Employment Centres that were recently cut in the federal budget.
Again, we’d like to thank you for recognizing the need to address youth homelessness in our community. Now, it’s time for this government to make poverty reduction and youth homelessness a priority through social policy at the federal level. We need less neck-ties and more action.

Citizens for Social Justice:

For Labour and community groups:

We want to initiate a twitter/Facebook campaign to coincide with this press release. We would like to use the hashtag #DearLaureen and use it to offer poverty reduction solutions one tweet at a time. Please spread this widely to your network of social justice, labour, and poverty reduction activists and ask them to post a tweet with the hashtag “#DearLaureen”!
Here are some examples:
#DearLaureen, while neck-ties are nice a National Housing Strategy would be better.
#DearLaureen, neck-ties may raise some money but re-opening Youth Employment Centres reduces youth poverty.
#DearLaureen, neck-ties don’t put youth to work or create jobs.
#DearLaureen, tell Steve to keep the neck-tie – our community needs mental health and addiction counselling.
#DearLaureen, please ask your husband to create a REAL job creation strategy!



Confrontational Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Convergence in solidarity with the People’s First Demonstration


Queen’s Park- And then onwards to the Fence

Working class people across Canada are under attack. From the foot-dragging at Vale Inco to the recent lock-out of Cadillac-Fairview workers to the looming cut backs on the public sector, it has become obvious that the municipal, provincial and federal governments are neither willing nor able to support people.

Corporations get bailed out, while people and the environment pay for their crisis. Global financial and environmental decisions are made by a few self-selected men and women at the G8 and G20 summits and forced down the throat of unionized and non-unionized workers the world over. Resisting unionists in the Philippines and Colombia are brutally murdered while migrant workers are killed on the job in Canada working in precarious conditions.
When this traveling circus comes to Toronto this June, we who work for change will gather to oppose them. We are workers, activists, students, parents, artists, unionists, anarchists with and without immigration status and more. We are the people — and we will not remain silent and passive as the elites celebrate their attacks on our lives and on the lives of people around the world.

On Saturday, June 26th, the People First March begins at 1pm at Queen’s Park. We are calling upon labour activists, migrants, community groups, poor and working people, women, queer folk, disAbled communities and others to join the Get of the Fence contingent as we creatively and energetically voice our discontent and stand in solidarity with labour struggle.

However, when the People’s First demonstration circles back to a so-called a ‘free-speech zone’ at the park’s north end, we will stay put. We call upon all organizations of people, all those that struggle for justice to stay and participate in a militant, confrontational demonstration where we challenge the global apartheid and injustices the fence represents.

On June 26th, when the march turns towards the protest pen, we invite you to go beyond the tired symbolism of parades and beyond the will of politicians. When the People First march turns back, we invite you all to continue on with us to confront the self-proclaimed G20 leaders and the security apparatus that will have occupied our city. We will take back our city from these exploitative profiteers, and in the streets we will be uncontrollable! This is a militant march where many forms of resistance and tactics are welcomed and respected.

Discuss this in your locals, in your organizations, with your friends and families. In your workplaces, in your meeting rooms, at the dinner table, plan to get off the fence and commit to taking the streets. Together, we will reject the authority of the G20.

For more information, contact torontospokes@ecologyfund.net

Saturday June 26 2010


1:00 PM
Queen*s park -Toronto

PeopleFirst! We Deserve Better!

The June 26 rally and March will be an opportunity for Canadians to speak out on priorities that industrialized nations should adopt on economic recovery, environment and human rights, decent and green jobs, equality and social protection, as well as universal access for AIDS.

Decisions taken by the G8 and G20 governments have a direct impact on millions of lives in Canada and around the world. The rally will have participation from civil society and labour organizations as well as individuals representing a cross-section of communities. With maternal health being one of the key issues of the G8 G20 discussions the march will be lead by women! It will be important to have as many women as possible join the march!

Contact: ontario@clc-ctc.ca or 416-441-3710

Organized by, The Council of Canadians, Canadian Federation of Student, Canadian Labour Congress, Greenpeace, The Ontario Federation of Labour and Oxfam

***Join the pro-choice contingent at Saturday’s protest against the G20!

The organizers of this Saturday’s mass protest against the G20 have asked that women lead the march with a message opposing Harper’s attacks on reproductive rights in his ‘maternal health initiative’.

Join the Contingent:
1 pm
South end of Queen’s Park

Look for the giant coathanger and the OCAC banner – SEE YOU THERE!

Volunteers Needed!

Thanks to a number of locals of the Canadian Federation of Students and Ayesha’s design wizardry, we have thousands of beautiful buttons to hand out to people at the march (artwork below). We need volunteers to distribute the buttons as people arrive at the demonstration (starting at 12:30 pm).

Shout Out for Global Justice

Join the Council of Canadians to challenge the G20 and demand trade, water and climate justice!

7:00p.m. Doors at 6:00.
Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street

Tickets: $14 for Council of Canadians members, $20 for non-members (incl. 1 year membership).
Get your tickets fast!

Buy your tickets at Massey Hall.
Box Office: 416.872.4255 (Roy Thomson Hall box office)

Public transportation to venue: Exit at Queen Street Subway Station, walk North on Yonge Street to Shuter Street. Main entrance to the Hall and box office are on Shuter.


* Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch.
* Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers and Vice-President of the AFL-CIO.
* Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 800 TV and radio stations in North America.
* John Hilary, executive director of War on Want, which campaigns for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.
* Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies.
* Dr. Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya, an environmental justice organization that counts 5,000,000 farmer families in sixteen states of India among its members. Before becoming an activist, Dr. Shiva was one of India’s leading physicists.
* Pablo Solon, Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations and lead negotiator for Bolivia at the December 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen.
* Clayton Thomas-Mueller, aboriginal activist and tar sands campaigner with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
and more…

For further information, call (800) 387-7177, ext. 239.

Check out full details at http://www.canadians.org/g20/event.html

12:30 PM

Allan Gardens, corner of Carleton & Sherbourne


Because women, children, and trans people bear the brunt of violence, war, racism, colonialism, ageism, economic inequality, and climate degradation. The G8/G20 as an organization profits from and proliferates all of these problems.

Because Indigenous women are disproportionately victimized, incarcerated, and denied basic rights in Canada and across the world.

Because women and their families are displaced by war, by privatization and climate disasters caused by government and corporate actions, and are forced to migrate with their families to survive and thrive, only to be faced with criminalization and racism in Canada.

Because the Harper government has cut funding the Status of Women in Canada, killed plans for national childcare, and ended the court challenges program that sought to help women and minorities fight for their rights.

The Conservative government’s G8/ G20 maternal and child health initiative does not support contraception or abortion, and will result in far more preventable deaths than the overall number of lives saved.

Bring yourselves, your ideas, your passion, your rage!

Bring some food, bring paper, pens, markers, paints, tape, costumes, bullhorns, boomboxes … whatever you want to use to help make women’s voices heard in the G20!

Afterwards we will join with All Out for Gender Justice! to form a Gender Justice contingent as we lead off the Justice for Our Communities! March against the G20.