Stop the Cuts- Training Workshops

Stop the Cuts-  Training Workshops
Date: November 13, 2011
Time:
10am-4pm
Location: 252 Bloor Street West- OISE building (U of T) – rooms 2214 and 2213

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Please register by emailing us at: stopthecuts.workshops@gmail.com (or get in touch if you have any questions/concerns)

Schedule:

10am- 12pm – How to talk about cuts and austerity? (Workshop)
12-1pm- Lunch
1pm-4pm – People’s media (Workshop)

There’s one question on everyone’s minds: What is happening with the City cuts? And how do we stop it? Join us for these interactive workshops where we discuss Rob Ford’s newest timeline to squash public services; how these cuts are connected to an austerity agenda that is provincial, federal and global; and what are some strategies to defend our neighborhoods.

**Coffee and snacks provided!
*Childcare provided- please email us if you have needs for childcare
*Wheelchair accessible
*Please email us if you have any other specific needs (stopthecuts.workshops@gmail.com)

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10am- 12pm – What is the city doing? How do we talk about cuts and austerity? (Workshop)

We will start off by talking about what is going on in city hall, and why there isn’t enough information out there on what they are doing. This will be contextualized in the broader, global context. And then we will discuss what sot talk about this with a convincing argument:
Having trouble convincing your right-wing uncle about cuts to city services? Keep hearing that we have no choice but to tighten our belts, this workshop’s for you. Come learn some simple arguments that you can use on the bus or at the dinner table to counter the austerity propaganda.

12-1pm – Lunch!
Brown-bag lunch-please bring lunch as we can’t at this time provide it (snacks and coffee will be provided)

1pm-4pm – People’s media (Workshop)

Part of a neighborhood committee, or issue organization, and having trouble getting your message out? Come to this workshop. Learn to get great mainstream news coverage and how to create your own media.

-Discussion of good callouts and press releases.
-Discussion of the need to be accessible, concise and on-point when doing this type of work.
- Practice! -Work in groups and write one of their own callouts/press releases, as well as develop some talking points and practice doing interviews
*This session is meant to be very participatory!

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Parkdale Stop the Cuts Meeting

Title: Parkdale Stop the Cuts Meeting
Location: Masaryk Cowan, 220 Cowan Avenue (Activity Room 2)
Description: Parkdale Stop the Cuts Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd
Time: 6pm- 8pm
Location: Masaryk Cowan, 220 Cowan Avenue (Activity Room 2)

Contact: parkdalestc@gmail.com, for more information or to get involved.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2011-11-02
End Time: 20:00

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Next Davenport Perth Stop the Cuts Meeting

Title: Next Davenport Perth Stop the Cuts Meeting
Location: Sistering (962 Bloor St W.)
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Description: Our Next Davenport Perth Meeting will be Tuesday, November 1 6:30-8pm Sistering (962 Bloor St W).

As you may know many of the city budget cuts have been delayed until January. However, as we speak many cuts are being worked into budgets. There have been proposed cuts to library hours and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation has agreed to sell social housing units. Just yesterday, council voted to privatize garbage to the lowest bidder- a company promising to use fewer trucks, pay far lower wages and provide less service. These privatization measures and proposed cuts will be felt in Davenport Perth. As an example, the Bloor Gladstone Library may have its hours reduced by 9.5 hours a week. As well, social housing units in Davenport may be sold.

The Davenport Perth Stop the Cuts group is planning to do outreach and creative actions in November around libraries and to work with other community groups on housing. The more people involved in planning the better as we need to put pressure on to show that Davenport wants to stop the cuts! Please attend the next meeting to help plan and get the word out for our events for November!

If you have a request for childcare please contact us.

Thank you,

Davenport Perth Stop the Cuts Committee
davenport.stopthecuts@gmail.com
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2011-11-01
End Time: 20:00

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St. Clair Bathurst Stop the Cuts Committee- 1st Meeting!

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Location: Wychwood Library, 1431 Bathurst Street (in the Program Room)
Date: Saturday, October 29th
Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm

The people of Toronto do not want to see cuts to public services, layoffs and hikes in user fees. Across the city, people are coming together to stop the cuts.

St. Clair/Bathurst (Ward 21 aka St. Paul) is a vibrant community that relies on services provided by the city. Those of us who live or work here rely on the daycare centres, TCHC housing, recreation & health-care centres, parks, libraries, TTC, and social-services agencies for our everyday survival. And these services are already under strain. Any further cuts will carry serious consequences for us all.

People from various neighbourhoods across Toronto have already come together and declared they are ready to defend the public services. This is our chance. Join the St.Clair/Bathurst (St.Clair West) neighbourhood committee to collectively build our ties, discuss, strategize and organize in our community!

Our strength comes from people uniting to fight back. Together we can win the fight against Ford’s cuts and take back our city.

For more information on how to get involved email:
stclair.stopthecuts@gmail.com

http://www.torontostopthecuts.com/?page_id=682

ALSO- Like our facebook page: 
http://www.facebook.com/stclairstopthecuts

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Downtown East Stop the Cuts Meeting

Location: Parliament St. Library (Gerrard and Parliament)
Description: Downtown East Stop the Cuts Meeting:
Thursday, October 27th
6pm
Location: Parliament St. Library (Gerrard and Parliament)

*TTC Tokens available

On the agenda:
-Downtown East outreach days and events for November
-TCHC sell-off’s!
-Planning for January budget days and city-wide events

Looking forward to seeing many of you all there!

Contact: TorontoDTE@gmail.com
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2011-10-27
End Time: 20:00

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Downtown East Stop the Cuts Meeting

Title: Downtown East Stop the Cuts Meeting
Location: Wellesley Community Centre, Room B
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Description: Downtown East Stop the Cuts Meeting:
Thursday, October 13th
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Wellesley Community Centre,  at the corner of Sherbourne and Wellesley
Room B

*TTC Tokens available

We urge everyone to not only attend this meeting but to bring others
as well…the fight is far from over despite a temporary victory of
sorts in getting the cuts put off for now. The cuts WILL be back on
the table all too soon, and rather than cutting existing services, we
need IMPROVEMENTS to those services!

On Thursday we will talk about the new city time-line for these cuts,
as well as proposed actions and events in the Downtown East between
now & the larger city-wide STOP the CUTS actions.

Looking forward to seeing many of you all there!

Contact: TorontoDTE@gmail.com
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2011-10-13
End Time: 20:30

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Training Day 2: Stop Ford’s Agenda!

Back by popular demand…Training Day 2: Stop Ford’s Agenda!

When:
Sunday October 2
10 am – 5 pm

Where:
Bahen Centre, Rooms 2185 and 2195
40 St. George Street, University of Toronto
Map: http://g.co/maps/6k47f

What:
Organized by Toronto Stop the Cuts, this is a day of skill-building and networking in the lead up to City’s budgeting process, which begins in November. We are building a movement to stop the cuts at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. We demand: Stop the cuts! Expand services! No handouts to cops and corporations!

Agenda:
10 am – 1 pm:
Direct Action
presented by Tools for Change

1 pm – 2 pm:
Lunch (please bring your own)

2 pm – 4 pm:
How to Organize a Neighbourhood Committee
with members of Barrio Nuevo, Ontario Coalition Against
Poverty, and Stop the Cuts

4 pm – 5 pm:
Legal Workshop
with the Movement Defense Committee

Why:

On September 19, Ford and his Executive Committee decided to defer voting on most major cuts recommended by KPMG. The KPMG cuts are still on the table. In addition to those cuts, all city departments and agencies are planning for a massive, 10% cut to their budgets. Ford is moving forward with plans to privatize so he can lay off city workers and eliminate good, public jobs. Instead of passing the cuts all at once on Sep 26-27, Ford will try to sneak them through in the regular budgeting process, which starts in November 2011. He is hoping Torontonians won’t notice and won’t be as organized as we have been all summer.

This summer has been historic for resistance in Toronto. We must continue to build on this momentum so that we are ready for the fight during the budget process in November and beyond.

Stop the Cuts’ Training Day 2 an opportunity to prepare ourselves for the ongoing struggle, specifically by exploring direct action and how to start up neighbourhood anti-cuts committees.

More info:

Wheelchair accessible.
Onsite childcare provided.
There will be light refreshments but unfortunately lunch is not provided.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

PLEASE REGISTER by emailing your full name to
Sept10volunteers@gmail.com by Friday September 30 – please indicate if you would like to attend the entire day, or only one or two of the workshops listed so far (e.g. Direct Action, How to Organize a Neighbourhood Committee, Legal Workshop).

Co-sponsored by OPIRG-Toronto.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- We won’t be fooled or pacified: Deferring cuts is not the same as stopping them. STOP THE CUTS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Monday, September 26, 2011

We won’t be fooled or pacified: Deferring cuts is not the same as stopping them. STOP THE CUTS! 

Monday, September 26th at 7pm: Residents from across Toronto to join Stop the Cuts Network for a ‘GRAVY SOCIAL’ AND MASS STRATEGY SESSION
Press Scrum: At 7pm near the entrance to City Hall. Interviews available.

Toronto, September 26, 2011: Tonight at 7pm, after supporting the ‘Rally for Toronto,’ Toronto Stop the Cuts Network will gather with hundreds of residents from across the city to announce to City Hall that we won’t be pacified or fooled; deferring the cuts is not the same as stopping them.

We will begin with a ‘gravy social’, letting Ford know that we found the gravy at city hall, and we are going to distribute it en-masse. The gravy will be served with mashed potatoes to hundreds of people who will be in attendance. Politically charged musical performances will fill the air as people assemble into their neighbourhood groups to strategize how best to fight against the cuts in the areas where they live, work and play.

“Just because we are not seeing all the proposed cuts being pushed through at this particular moment, does not mean that Mayor Ford’s plans have changed.” said Victoria Barnett, of the Toronto Stop the Cuts Network. “These cuts are still very much on the table. He hopes to sneak them through at a later time in an attempt to salvage his current plummeting approval ratings.”

Added Aman Sium of the Parkdale Committee to Stop the Cuts, “In Parkdale we’ve already seen user-fees implemented in the community centre, art programs defunded and breakfast programs threatened with closure. People in the community see this as an attack on poor people, people of color, migrants and we are coming together en-masse to put a stop to it.”

“Rest assured that we will be here to confront Mayor Ford and the City Council every step of the way, because we know more cuts are coming. What we also know is that we have strong, organized communities throughout the city who will fight for the services they need and deserve!” added Magdalena Diaz, a member of the Davenport-Perth Stop the Cuts committee and Barrio Nuevo.

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Interviews Available. For more information, please contact:
Magdalena Diaz: 416-844-3408
Aman Sium: 647-966-7486
Victoria Barnett: 416-721-3471
tostopthecuts@gmail.com
www.torontostopthecuts.com
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The Toronto Stop the Cuts Network is comprised of neighbourhood committees and long term organizations in Toronto who are fighting to stop cuts to our city services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AIDS ACTION NOW Hosts Massive DIE-IN to Stop Fords Cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AIDS ACTION NOW Hosts Massive DIE-IN to Stop Fords Cuts

 Toronto, ON – 23 September, 2011 – AIDS ACTION NOW is staging a mass
die-in and funeral procession on Friday, September 23, 2011 at City Hall
to protest the proposed cuts to services, the Community Partnership and
Investment Program (CPIP) and Toronto Public Health budgets. The 2012
budget for Toronto Public Health was cut by 10% as a result of Mayor
Ford’s agenda. Cuts to CPIP that fund the AIDS and Drug Prevention grants
have been deferred, and have not been voted down.

The silent protest will culminate in a vigil to symbolize the lives that
will be lost because of cuts to essential programs and services. “These
proposed cuts mean lives will be lost, this is a life and death situation
for people living with HIV and Hepatitis C in Toronto” says Alex
McClelland, who is living with HIV and is a AIDS ACTION NOW Steering
Committee Member. Toronto has been a leader in providing funding to vital
services to help with prevention and support services to address the HIV
and Hepatitis C epidemics. Funding cuts will have negative public health
impacts and the city of Toronto will suffer substantially.

“Loss of services and grants that prevent new infections and support
people living with HIV will have devastating implications” says Zoe Dodd,
a Harm Reduction Activist and member of AIDS ACTION NOW. “If these cuts to
services and community grants are implemented we will see a rise in new
infections of both HIV and Hepatitis C.” says Dodd.

There are currently over 17,000 people living with HIV in Toronto. Many
people who have HIV are co-infected with Hepatitis C. People who are
co-infected have higher mortality rates and often rely heavily on
Toronto’s support services.

The mass die-in is open to all concerned residents of Toronto.
Participants will be wearing black and will walk in funeral procession
followed by a short funeral service and vigil. Mayor Ford and City
Councilors who support his agenda have been invited to join in the funeral
service for the lives that will be lost due to their cuts agenda.

“Mayor Ford says that his Core Service Review recommendations are ‘just
scratching the surface of what is needed’, well, AIDS ACTION NOW says what
is needed is a City Council with strong leadership that ensures the health
of Toronto residents is protected” says McClelland.

For more information, please contact Alex McClelland at (416) 704 8504 or
mcclelland@gmail.com

AIDS ACTION NOW is a member of the Toronto Stop the Cuts Network and has
signed onto the People’s Declaration along with over 3000 residents of
Toronto. More information is here: http://www.torontostopthecuts.com

AIDS ACTION NOW demands respect for communities, public services and the
fight against AIDS!

We are committed to improving access to treatment, care and support for
people living with HIV and AIDS in Canada and around the world; fighting
for effective HIV and AIDS prevention that respects human rights; and
working to improve the social determinants of health for communities
struggling against the AIDS epidemic.

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For more information, please contact Alex McClelland at (416) 704 8504 or
mcclelland@gmail.com, or aidsactionnowtoronto@gmail.com.

AIDS ACTION NOW!
www.aidsactionnow.org

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Plans have changed for September 26th! Ford’s cuts deferred, but not defeated.

September 26thFord’s cuts deferred, but not defeated. Change in their timelines = change in

Location: Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square- 100 Queen Street W
Start Time: 5:30pm
Date: September 26th
End Time: 8:30pm
Link out: 
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=282102051801077

With Ford’s popularity plummeting, it seems that his allies got cold feet about openly plotting to destroy city services. In a surprise move, on Sept 19th, the Executive Committee deferred most of the cuts to be voted on at a later date. Thanks to massive public mobilization, most major cuts will not be voted on at the Sept 26-27 meeting. The important votes now come later this fall, starting in November. This changes our September plans slightly, but does NOT mean the fight is over! More info about what happened at City Hall last week: http://www.torontostopthecuts.com/?p=635

Responding to this new timeline, Toronto Stop the Cuts is preparing for the fight ahead with renewed determination and resolve. We strongly encourage all those who care about the future of this city to come out to the Rally for Toronto on September 26, at 5:30pm at City Hall http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=254048767951463.

After the rally, we are no longer calling for a camp-out in Nathan Phillips Square on the evening of the September 26th or the breakfast/rally and actions on the 27th. Instead Stop the Cuts will host free food, music and important discussions about how we can continue to build momentum in our shared fight against Ford’s agenda. We will connect people with groups working in their communities or help them create their own neighbourhood committees.

This has been a historic summer for resistance in Toronto. We must carry this energy forward to the budget process in November and beyond, to ensure that we stop Ford’s vicious austerity agenda once and for all! Join us!

Monday September 26 ~ Nathan Phillips Square

5:30 pm – Rally for Toronto
7:00 pm – “Gravy social”
7:30 pm – Stop the Cuts Group strategy session

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