Strengthening Our Resolve after the G20: Movement Building and Ongoing Resistance to the G20 Agenda
Date and time: September 17 from 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: Ryerson, 80 Gould Street (Rogers Communication Centre), RCC 204
(Eaton Lecture Theatre)
Speakers: Alex Hundert, Jen Meunier, Judy Rebick, Herman Rosenfeld, Liisa
Schofield, Ro Velasquez, and Harsha Walia.
This is a Pay What You Can event. All contributions go to the G20 Legal
Defence Fund (http://g20.torontomobilize.org/support)
While 40,000 demonstrated and over 1000 were arrested in the streets of Toronto, so-called leaders met behind a security fence and 10,000 police to further their exploitation of people and the Earth.
Hundreds face G20-related charges stemming from an unprecedented coordinated police operation, and political dissent remains criminalized as arrests of community organizers have occurred as recently as September.
Meanwhile, across the globe we see G20 austerity measures snatching away health, educational and social services, while the governments of G20
countries continue to bail out banks and corporations. Locally, we witness racist criminalization of migrants and refugees becoming more vicious, while colonization and destruction of Indigenous nations and their lands continues. Many of us daily experience the entrenchment of a racist, ableist, patriarchal, queer-phobic, profit-driven culture, while countless bodies bear the violence of an oppressive police state that enforces these norms.
Join us in this event with speakers and discussion about responses the G20 agenda, and making linkages across issues and ongoing struggles. With courage and with care, this event is about building solidarity and understanding, about creating real alternatives to this exploitative and
destructive system, and to strengthen our resolve to continue resisting.
For more information email [email protected] or call 416 922 4595.
Sponsored by: Network247 G20 Defence Committee, CAW Sam Gindin Social Justice and Democracy Chair, CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group, CUPE 3907, OPIRG Toronto, OPIRG York, Toronto Community Solidarity.
– Alex Hundert is a G20 defendant charged with “conspiracy” who was arrested in a violent pre-emptive house raid. He has been targeted as a “ringleader” for his role in Indigenous solidarity and anarchist networks including [email protected], SOAR and the Six Nations Solidarity Network.
– Jen Meunier is an Anishinaabekwe (Algonquin) Indigenous sovereigntist who has been involved in land defence struggles from Site 41 to the No Olympics on Stolen Native Land campaign.
– Judy Rebick is an author, past CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University, past president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, media commentator and founding publisher of rabble.ca.
– Herman Rosenfeld is a representative of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly and is a former educator in the CAW’s Education Department.
– Liisa Schofield is a documentary filmmaker, an anti-poverty activist with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and an activist for Palestinian rights.
– Ro Velasquez is an artist, York University student, and a member of the Queer Resistance Network. She is active in movements rooted in racialized, immigrant, and queer communities of resistance.
– Harsha Walia is an organizer with No One Is Illegal-Vancouver. She is involved in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, anti-imperialist, anti-poverty, feminist organizing. She has been active in the 2010 Olympics and G20 convergences.