No wonder it was chaos at first. Hundreds flooded the unmiked basement space in Hart House booked for the Friday, January 8, organizing meeting for the January 23 anti-prorogue rally.
The room was so stuffed that fire regs forced staff to shut it down and move it upstairs just as the convenors were trying to get the thing started. As we shuffled through the hallway, Judy Rebick whispered in my ear, "I've been to rallies that were smaller than this."
Given the time crunch, the group in charge figured the crowd would be put to better use if divvied into action groups. Soon enough, much smaller circles were mulling things like how to do publicity, tech support or budgeting.