Do you have anything to say about the G20? You don’t have to be on the labour-left, you don’t have to be a native Canadian, you just have to be a concerned citizen. StatismWatch has a forum for making contacts and for organizing here, so post your ideas!
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Sarah Boesveld, The Globe and Mail
May 11, 2010
Native group plans to blockade highway, train tracks; labour group to march
As officials are busy mobilizing to protect Toronto’s downtown core during the G20 summit on June 26 and 27, protesters are gearing up for the weekend too.
Red Power United, a native rights movement in Canada, has announced a day of action on June 24, just as world leaders begin to descend on Toronto for the G20 and Huntsville, Ont., for the G8. The group plans to form a blockade across the Trans Canada Highway and the main Canadian Pacific Rail tracks in Ontario.
“This will allow us to show the world the issues that Native People are facing across Canada,” organizers wrote on Red Power’s website. “We’ll also send a message to the Canadian government that we are serious about fighting for our rights.
The Ontario Federation of Labour also plans to march the streets of Toronto, with a base camp at Queen’s Park, deploring the world leaders for allowing the economy to spiral downward during the recession.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Toronto residents to express their sentiments and it is vitally important they do so, given the desperate circumstances that millions of people are facing,” said OFL president Sid Ryan.
The Canadian Labour Congress and others will also participate in the June 26 rally.
The Integrated Security Unit, tasked with maintaining order at the Toronto summit, has already set aside the Toronto Film Studios on Eastern Avenue to be a temporary holding tank for protesters arrested during the summit.
Trinity Bellwoods Park was designated a protest zone until angry residents forced the ISU to move it elsewhere. No firm second location has been decided on.
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