Welcome to G20 Reading Week!
What happened in Toronto and why do we need to fundraise?
The Toronto G20 Convergence this past June saw a massive demonstration of resistance to the G20 agenda and its austerity measures, and for gender justice, ecological justice, Indigenous sovereignty, economic justice, and the strength of our communities. This significant challenge to the capitalist, colonial, patriarchal, ecocidal norms of Canada and the other G20 countries was met with the largest security operation in Canadian history. Over the course of the convergence, upwards of 1100 people were arrested. Most were released without charge, having simply been swept off the street to quell the rising tide of dissent. However, dozens of organisers are still facing serious charges from this weekend. Some still remain behind bars, while others face threats of deportation as repressive immigration policies are used to stifle dissent. This legal battle is only just beginning, yet legal costs have already reached the thousands per person. The G20 Legal Defense Fund has been established to assist in paying these funds, for this is a shared struggle.
So in comes G20 Reading Week.
Critical to our struggle now is also education. We need to educate ourselves, our families, colleagues, neighbours, and communities about the issues that brought us into the streets of Toronto and about the ideas that inspire us to create a better world. Thankfully, this task is not so difficult--there is a wealth of literature on all of these subjects readily available to us. And for the week of Nov. 15-20, your purchase of books published by PM Press, Fernwood Publishing, and Microcosm will help support the G20 Legal Defense Fund.
Every day we will be showcasing a different author or book, so check back frequently for updates. Additionally, a number of communities will be hosting G20 Reading Week events, so check the events listing for one near you, or host one yourself!
Stock up on reading material yourself, or pick out some radical holiday gifts. And you can always donate directly to the legal fund if you're feeling particularly in the spirit of solidarity!
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