Thursday, June 03, 2010


Like in many other cities people will be protesting the recent Israeli attack on the 'Gaza Flotilla'. In TO this happens this Saturday, the same day as the 'G20 Teach In'. Here's news about both events from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).

Saturday: Solidarity with Gaza and G20 Teach-in‏
This coming Saturday, June 5th, 2 Important Events:

1) Emergency Demonstration in Solidarity with Gaza: 1pm

2) Toronto vs. G20 Mass Teach-in

*all details below


1) Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Global Day of Action:

Saturday, June 5

On Saturday, June 5, human rights and community organizations will mobilize to join an emergency Global BDS Day of Action called by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC). In Toronto, join us to protest the fatal attacks by apartheid Israel on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip (please see full BNC call-out below).

R A L L Y & M A R C H

Date: Saturday, June 5

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West

June 5 also marks the 43rd anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Our action aims to draw the world’s attention to Israel’s continuing illegal occupation, its refusal to abide by international law, and its massacre of innocent humanitarian workers.

Please join us, and stand with Palestine! Tell your friends and family. Bring Palestinian flags. Organized by:

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

Palestine House Community Centre

Canadian Arab Federation

Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

Canadian Peace Alliance

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2) Toronto vs. the G20

Community action for global justice

Saturday, June 510:30am-6pm

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

252 Bloor Street West

What are we protesting, again? It’s a good impulse to feel contempt for the G20. It’s a better impulse to want to talk about it. Join student and community activists to learn about the G20 and current social and environmental justice campaigns in Toronto, and to get involved. Free citywide teach-in. Lunch included!



11:00 INTRODUCTION: What is the G20 and why should we care about it? OISE Auditorium 11:30 OPENING PLENARY - OISE Auditorium Economic Justice in Ontario: Poverty, Disability, and Workers’ Rights The theme of this G20 summit is “recovery and new beginnings.” But the G20 isn’t pursuing anything new. The G20 has used the economic crisis to reinforce the myth of its own legitimacy, on the backs of poor and working people around the world. In Canada, austerity measures have already provoked outrage and opposition. Why should poor and working people pay for a crisis that capitalism imposed ? Hear from anti-poverty activists,union organizers and workers.

1:00 FREE LUNCH Join the *Free Gaza Flotilla Rally* directly after the opening plenary outside the Israeli consulate (180 Bloor St West, one block from OISE). Lunch will be extended by 30 minutes in solidarity with this action.

2:15 SESSION ONE (choose one)

Migrant Justice, Imperialism and the G20 – Room 5260

Food and Water Security – Room 5180 At Home and Beyond: Gender Justice in a Neoliberal World – Room 5170

G20 and the University – Room 5280

3:45 SESSION TWO (choose one)

Climate and Environmental Justice – Room 5170

Indigenous Sovereignty and the G20 – Room 5280

Apartheid and the G20: Palestine Solidarity in Canada – Room 5260

5:15 CLOSING PLENARY - Room 2214

On the Ground in June: Know your rights! Massive demonstrations, black blocs, human chains and nonviolent resistance, police brutality, tear gas, and mass arrests. Sound dramatic? Romantic imagery of protests and demos can obscure the realities of the work that goes into making them happen and the range of skills and knowledge that make them successful. From Seattle WTO to Quebec FTAA; from Pittsburgh G20 to Vancouver anti-Olympics; and finally in Toronto this June, prepare for what’s coming by learning from the past.

Join us for an historical workshop on demos, a primer to your legal rights on the street,and an overview of possibilities for participation, presented by the Toronto Community Mobilization Network. [[ All events are wheelchair accessible. Regrettably, ASL interpretation is not available. ]]


Sponsored by University of Toronto Students’ Union * Ontario Public Interest Research Group * Toronto Community Mobilization Network * Sierra Youth Coalition * Science for Peace * Canadian Youth Climate Coalition *University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union * Health Studies Students' Union * Diaspora and Transnational Student Union * Native Students' Association * Caribbean Studies Students' Union * Equity Studies Students' Union * Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3902 * No One Is Illegal- Toronto * Ontario Coalition Against Poverty * And others!

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