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G8/G20 Communique: Sunday and Monday events in Toronto

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Sunday August 22, 2010:

1: Overnight for the G20:          

Date: August 22 to August 23
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (est)
Location: Steelworkers Hall (25 Cecil Street, Toronto)

Door: $5 or more (All the money will go to the G20 legal defence fund) -- give time heart listen reflect transform together

--The Anarchist Black Cross will help you write letters to the G20 detainees

--The G8/G20 Toronto Community Mobilization Network will speak

--Andii Bykes will repair your bike

--12h long performances/installation work by Jonathan Adjemian, Yuula Benivolski, Geoffrey Bercarich, Leelee Davis, Colin Fisher, Simon Rabyniuk, Brandon Valdivia and Claudia Wittmann

--If possible, on-line streaming by Steve Ward

--A link to the documentation will be posted by http://torontoabc.wordpress.com/

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Monday August 23, 2010

1: Press Conference:

Friends and family of G20 defendants speak out, demand all charges be dropped

Start: 10:00 a.m.

2201 Finch Avenue (Metro West Etobicoke Courthouse, Ontario Court of Justice)

Supporters and community organizations from Toronto and Montreal are disgusted by the ongoing targeting of innocent people and activists and are demanding that all charges be dropped against the defendants, this expensive security fiasco be finally stopped, and that authorities cease their ongoing criminalization of dissent.

2: Court:

Throughout the day

2201 Finch Avenue (Metro West Etobicoke Courthouse, Ontario Court of Justice)

Almost 300 G20 arrestees will appear in court throughout the day. For details of support needed for court please visit: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/456

3: Support Rally:

NOTE: I'll be covering this event for rabble.ca on Twitter #krystalline_k

Start: 6:00 p.m.

40 College Street at Toronto Police HQ

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151725754840488

Fwd Community Message: Most of our bruises have faded, but we haven't. It was two months ago when many were beaten on the streets of Toronto and in their homes, with rubber bullets and tear gas fired into crowds of people of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Two months ago, the police conducted the largest mass arrest in Canadian history with 1100 people arrested. Two months ago, the police force conducted their vicious snatch squads to kidnap (and sometimes arrest) our community organizers and others simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
 
Two months have passed since these visible assaults on our very basic right to dissent, and they have continued to try to use every tool in their arsenal to discourage people from dissenting. On Monday, August 23rd hundreds of people will be converging in Toronto again, this time to appear to face outstanding charges from the G20 weekend. The crown is pursuing charges for over 300 individuals, causing huge burdens on the individuals and their families. They have given absurd bail conditions generally reserved for charges such as murder. Some remain imprisoned without bail.
 
The police have also intimidated and harassed people to ensure bail compliance, disproportionately targeting their check-ins on "priority neighbourhoods." Over the last 2 months the police have tried to divide, isolate, and dehumanize us, but we must show them their actions only make us stronger, more motivated, and more resilient.
 
On August 23rd, come to Police Headquarters at 6 p.m. to make our messages clear:
 
We are united with the people brutalized at the G20 protests, and demand the Attorney General's Office DROP their charges immediately!
 
We will unite with the communities brutalized by the police every day, and demand the assault on aboriginal and other racialized communities, on queer communities, on street people end immediately.
 
We will continue to dissent and take to the streets against the polices of the G20, including the proposed austerity measures.
 
We will continue to build our movements in the struggle for a better world -- this decade will not be marked by their austerity, but rather by OUR resistance.
 
They Few. We Still Many.

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For more information, please see the Toronto Community Mobilization Network website

For more information on how you can donate to the legal fund:

Ways to donate:

1) Transfer funds to:

OPIRG York
transit number 00646
institution number 842
account number 3542240
Use your online bank account or contact your bank directly to transfer funds. Please put "G20 legal defence" in the memo.

2) Write a cheque:

Cheques (payable to "Toronto Community Mobilization Network" OR OPIRG York, with "G20 legal defence" on the subject line) can be mailed to:
Toronto Community Mobilization Network
360A Bloor Street W
PO Box 68557
Toronto, ON M5S 1X0

3) Donate by PayPal

Make sure to put "G20 legal defence" in the "Add special instructions for the Merchant" section. See link here under Support Us: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/

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