Toronto Call to Action: Tomorrow, Tuesday October 12th THIS IS WHAT A DEMONSTRATION LOOKS LIKE!
THIS IS WHAT A DEMONSTRATION LOOKS LIKE!
WHEN: Tuesday, October 12 at 5pm
WHERE: Starting at 55 Gould Street (Ryerson Student Centre)
On October 8th, a Justice of the Peace ruled that Alex Hundert, a
community organizer facing politically motivated G20 related "conspiracy"
charges, had violated his "no-public demonstration" bail condition for
participating in panel discussions at two university events. He was
arrested on the evening of September 17th in front of his father's house
after speaking on a panel at Ryerson University and has been in jail ever
since. Based on the ruling on Oct 8, the Crown is now seeking to revoke
Alex's bail entirely and keep him behind bars.
Alex is one of many community organizers and activists facing "conspiracy"
charges for effectively voicing their opposition to the G20 agenda of
exploitation and exclusion. Police have threatened many of these
organizers with arrest for speaking at events or to the media. This
targeting of organizers is intended to weaken our growing and thriving
social and environmental justice movement, to isolate effective and vocal
community activists, and to criminalize dissent against the violent
policies of the G20 that perpetuate environmental degradation,
militarization, labour exploitation, and theft of Indigenous lands that
wreaks misery for the world's majority. While the panic surrounding the
G20 protests has pushed forward the criminalization of resistance, we also
continue to witness the criminalization and intensification of repressive
state practices against immigrants and refugees, Indigenous people, queer
and trans folks, and communities living in poverty.
The ruling that a public panel is somehow a public demonstration sets a
dangerous precedent and is an attack on us all. This is why we must
challenge it and its' potential to silence not only G20 organizers, but
all communities in struggle.
We will not be silenced or intimidated. Show your support and solidarity
with Alex and all those facing G20 related charges on Tuesday at 5pm at 55
Gould Street, as we show the police and the attorney general what a PUBLIC
DEMONSTRATION really looks like!
See you there!