The Power of People: Community Responses to Capitalism in Crisis Public Meeting and Meal: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead

Sunday March 1st, 2009
Time: 3pm (Meal at 5pm)
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George Subway Station), Main
Auditorium
Free Meal will be served after the event!
By Donation / PWYC

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Featuring:

Max Rameau, Take Back the Land (Miami, Florida)
Richard St. Pierre, Longtime Quebec activist and member of the
Internationalist
Workers Group (Montréal, Quebec)
Cynthia Palmaria, Migrante-Ontario (Toronto, Ontario)
John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (Toronto, Ontario)
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Please join us for an evening of discussion and food. Come hear directly
from a diverse panel of community organizers about their experiences and
strategies, including Max Rameau, an organizer with the Miami-based ‘Take
Back the Land’, a grassroots group that, as a result of the crises of
gentrification, housing and now foreclosures, has been liberating public
and foreclosed land and homes since 2006.

The current crisis of capitalism has long been forming, but it is much
broader than the current credit crunch, plunging stock and housing
markets. This crisis is about our ability to buy food, to afford housing
and transit, find work, and access welfare and disability support money.

And yet, in this country, as in many parts of the world, billions of
dollars are earmarked for corporate bailouts, while people face a crisis
of survival. So-called ‘stimulus packages’ do not address the perpetual
roll-back in our social gains – public education, affordable housing,
health care, collective bargaining, a living wage, safe work conditions, a
non-toxic, sustainable environment. In the City of Toronto, spending on
social housing is dropping annually, subsidized daycare spots are set to
be slashed, basic social services cut, and a majority of us do not and
will not qualify for EI. Women and migrant workers’ needs are not even on
the table.

But we didn’t break the system – one that never worked for us in the first
place. We should not be forced to pay for it.

Only through bitter struggle have we won any measure of justice and
dignity for our communities. The current financial crisis is and will
continue to hit poor, marginalized, working, and racialized communities
first and hardest. Make no mistake – the rich are scrambling to save
themselves.

Please join us to discuss an inspiring history and present examples of
resistance, and ways we can come together to fight for what is ours, for
what our families and neighbourhoods really deserve.
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Max Rameau is an organizer with the Miami-based ‘Take Back the Land’. As
a result of the crises of gentrification, housing and now foreclosures,
Take Back the Land has been liberating public and foreclosed land and
homes since 2006. They believe that every community has the right to
control the land upon which people live, work, play, learn and worship.
Take Back the Land is, therefore, asserting the right of the Black
community to control the land in their community and use it for the
benefit of their community, including, but not limited to, providing
housing for their members in need. They urge every community to exercise
the same right.

Richard St. Pierre is a long-time Quebec activist and member of the
Internationalist
Workers Group.

Cynthia Palmaria is an organizer with Migrante-Ontario, an alliance of
Filipino migrants’ organizations which is part of the Filipino people’s
movement for national liberation and democracy. Migrante’s mission is to
continuously uphold and defend the rights and welfare of Filipino migrants
and their families, both at home and abroad. Police violence,
non-enforcement of employment standards, and restrictive visas are just
some of the many weapons used against Filipino migrants that Migrante
organizes to resist.

John Clarke is an organizer with OCAP, a direct-action anti-poverty
organization that mounts campaigns against regressive government policies
as they affect poor and working people. OCAP provides direct-action
advocacy for individuals against eviction and termination of welfare
benefits, and believes in the power of people to organize themselves.

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Sunday March 1st, 2009
Time: 3pm (Meal at 5pm)
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George Subway Station), Main
Auditorium
Free Meal will be served after the event!
By Donation / PWYC
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Hosted by: OCAP (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty), GGAPSS
(Graduate Geography and Planning Students Society of UofT), and the
Toronto New Socialists

Endorsed by: CAIA (The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid) BASICS
Community Newsletter, and OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group)

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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6
416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca www.ocap.ca
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