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Etobicoke North Stop the Cuts Committee Meeting

Date: Thursday, December 22, 2011Etobicoke Stop the Cuts Poster
Time: 6-8pm
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)

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Toronto Stop the Cuts condemns Rob Ford for his aggression against his wife Renata and their children, and the Toronto Police for protecting him

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.

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Rob Ford’s party crashed with banners: “On January 17, we will stop the cuts”

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

Pictures: http://goo.gl/FqgM8

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.

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