On Thursday Nov. 11, internationally acclaimed author Naomi Klein, Juno award winning singer, musician Hawksley Workman, comic Martha Chaves, activist Judy Rebick and electronic group LAL took the stage in Toronto at the Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. to raise funds for the G20 arrestees. rabble live streamed the event making it a virtual telethon. Watch the rebroadcast below.
This is the first major public fundraising effort for the over 300 people charged last June during the G20 summit in Toronto during the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Some face deportation, while others are still in jail, denied bail due to poverty, or mental health barriers. Approximately 100 are still facing charges and lengthy court proceedings.
While criticism of police action during the G20 grows, those still facing charges, some of which are very serious, need financial support for their legal costs. The G20 Legal Fund distributes legal financing on the basis of need, and risk. Trustees for the fund include Ed Broadbent and Winnie Ng.
Note that there is a correction from Naomi Klein’s speech. Message from Naomi:”At one point in the speech I make reference to reports of rape in detention. The reports were of rate threats. I misread my text and apologize.”