Today we crashed Rob Ford’s party with a balloon banner and on January 17th, we will crash his budget!Balloon Banner- Jan 2nd Rob For’d Levee crashed by Stop the Cuts
TODAY — Toronto — A four feet long banner attached to a string of colourful balloons and released at today’s New Year’s Levee at Toronto City Hall. Members of Toronto Stop the Cuts Network also unfurled a four feet banner in front of Rob Ford, both read, “On January 17, we will stop the cuts.” January 17th is the date City Council begins debating the 2012 Budget. We have called for a rally at 5:30pm at City Hall that day to oppose further cuts to services and layoffs. The vote on the Budget may take place on the 17th, 18th or 19th of January.
One person was detained by City Hall security but was released about 45 minutes later. No charges were laid.
Toronto Stop the Cuts condemns Rob Ford for his aggression against his wife Renata and their children, and the Toronto Police for protecting him
The Toronto Star reports that on Oct 25, 2011 and Dec 25, 2011 police were called to Mayor Rob Ford’s home because of a so-called ‘domestic disturbance’. According to reports, on Dec 25th, Ford’s mother-in-law called police after Ford threatened to take his children to Florida against his wife’s wishes. Ford was not charged by police on either occasion. Ford has previous charges for assaulting Renata and uttering a death threat against her in 2008. The charges were later dropped by authorities. http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1108648–911-calls-to-ford-s-home-a-sensitive-issue?bn=1
As activists opposing violence against women and children, we know that police often look the other way when called to a home where a man has assaulted his partner and/or children. We know that police are far less likely to lay charges when the perpetrator is white, rich, and/or a Canadian citizen. It is no coincidence that police refused to charge Ford – a millionaire who also happens to be their boss’ boss.
Ford, a man with a known history of violence, should never have been elected mayor. He now holds a position that affords him greater protection from prosecution – he sits on the police board and holds the highest office in the city. Ironically, as mayor, he now has the power to slash services that women and children fleeing violence desperately need. In January, through the 2012 budget process, he will try his best to close shelters across the city, including Women’s Residence Bellwoods House, a shelter for women over 50. He also plans to cut funding to social housing, children’s programs, subsidized childcare spaces, grants to programs for survivors of violence and services for immigrants – these cuts disproportionately affect women.
Toronto Stop the Cuts condemns Mayor Ford’s aggression toward his wife Renata and their children. We demand that he immediately resign from office. We call on others to pressure their city councillors to impeach Ford. We condemn the Toronto Police for so often protecting perpetrators of violence against women and children. We condemn the Toronto Police for the violence that the police force itself is responsible for on a daily basis. We demand better services for women and children fleeing violence and pledge to fight cuts to services that make this city less safe for all marginalized people.
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2011Etobicoke Stop the Cuts Poster
Location: Albion library- 1515 Albion Road
We are feeling the weight of these austerity measures being imposed by City Hall on the backs of our community. The cuts will disporporationately affect Etobicoke-North and specifically Rexdale. Our marginalized and racialized youth primarily from the African Diaspora will continue to be criminalized by the police who just received an 11.5% increase over 4 years
(http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/129193–proposed-contract-would-give-toronto-police-officers-significant-pay-boost ), “The federal government of Canada is set to institute the broadest, most regressive, costly, and ineffective criminal justice policies in this country’s history”(http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/johannes-wheeldon-phd/omnibus-crime-bill_b_1112080.html)
All this while the TTC is reducing service to a majority of routes that serve our community. Of course, our recent immigrants without status, un and under employed, single mothers…will also suffer along with us!
Feeling frustrated from a meeting with Councillor Crisanti, a group of youth pulled together a video. They uploaded a youtube clip challenging Councillor Crisanti to ride the TTC with them for a week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXYaNWhFccY&list=FLdiTO8O_mdY6GmW1Lf1lKng&index=5&feature=plpp_video . A couple of them were interviewed by CBC Metro Morning today and they were a front cover story on 24 Hours Toronto http://eedition.toronto.24hrs.ca/epaper/viewer.aspx
Join us on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 Albion Public Library -1515 Albion Road, Toronto, M9V 1B2, ON, 416-394-5170. The gathering is to discuss, plan, strategize and link our struggles with the other places of resistance happening all over the city! (and the world)
Join Davenport-Perth Stop the Cuts for a community read-in to celebrate public space and to protest Ford’s cuts.
Sunday November 27, 2011
Bloor Gladstone Library 1101 Bloor St. W.
Short readings from local authors – Kelley Aitken • Catherine Bush • Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer • Alayna Munce
Local community members speaking about the impact of the cuts on their lives
Activities for kids and hot chocolate
The Department of Public Memory
EXPAND OUR SERVICES! STOP THE CUTS!
Mayor Rob Ford and his supporters at City Hall plan to make serious cuts to all aspects of city services and the workers who provide them. Already every City department (except the Police) has been ordered to cut their 2012 budget by 10%. Community centres are now charging fees for previously free programs like family swim. The TTC has been forced to reduce service frequency on already packed routes. Libraries are planning to reduce hours. Ford is so determined to destroy good, public jobs that as early as January, we could see a lock out of city workers. And that is only a small sample of what’s to come, unless we work together to Stop the Cuts!
Join residents in Davenport-Perth to demand that city programs, services and jobs be saved.
COME TO THE LIBRARY! RAISE YOUR VOICE!
Childcare available • Space accessible
For more information:
Join the Downtown East STOP THE CUTS Committee…
Rally for Housing and Public Services! Stop Ford’s Cuts!
Saturday, November 26th
Moss Park – corner of Sherbourne and Queen
*Food and hot chocolate
Rob Ford and his cronies are set on destroying all of our public services at a time when we need more! On November 28th, Ford and his supporters on council plan to bring forward a budget that will see devastating cuts to services like libraries, childcare, shelters, programs at community centres, and more!
On November 29th, City Council will also be voting on the proposal to SELL OFF over 1000 units of social housing! This comes at a time when there are 79 000 people on social housing waiting list in Toronto (that list is 10 YEARS LONG!) and thousands of people are on the streets and in the overcrowded and often inadequate shelter system. Ford expects poor and working people to take a cut – while he hands out increases to cops and contracts out our services to corporations.
The Downtown East neighborhood is one of the poorest urban communities in all of Canada. We have seen and felt the affects of poverty for far too long and know all too well what cuts to public services will mean. But this is also a community of amazing resilience and we are fighting back! Join us on Saturday, November 26th as we rally for public services and begin to take back our neighborhood and our city!
STOP THE CUTS!
EXPAND SERVICES FOR ALL!
STOP THE HANDOUTS TO COPS and CORPORATIONS!
SERVICES AT RISK & CUTS IN OUR COMMUNITY
Sunday Closure of Parliament Street Library and reduced hours during the week
Sell-off of over 1000 Toronto Community Housing units, including buildings and houses in this neighborhood
Priority Funding Cuts & Users Fees for Adults at 3 local Community Centres: John Innes, Regent Park South and Wellesley Community Centre
Slashing city Childcare and cutting funding for subsidies
Ongoing attacks on Public Sector Workers, part of a broader move to privatize city services
Join the Downtown East Committee!
Title: Parkdale- HANDS OFF our Affordable Housing and City Services!
Location: Masaryk-Cowan (220 Cowan Avenue)
Come to a Free Community Lunch, and an afternoon of fun activities and discussion on:
HOW TO STOP CITY CUTS
to our affordable public housing, libraries, recreations centres and other community sevices.
Date: Saturday, November 26th
Location: Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue)
*This event is accessible, with childcare.
For more information, please email or call the Parkdale Committee of Stop the Cuts:
Learn more about our organization here.