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"We Have to Stand Together"

Monday's March Demands Justice for All

by david parker

photo: Oren Ziv
photo: Oren Ziv

To listen to the first podcast, click here. 

Monday, June 21st marked the First day of the week of Resistance to Abolish the G8 and G20 in Toronto. Demonstrators converged downtown in the first of many mobilizations, as G8 and G20 leaders meet in Huntsville and Toronto later this week. Actions have been called by multiple community organizations, ranging from peaceful rallies to confrontational direct action.

Monday’s themed day of resistance focused on migrant justice, an end to war and occupation, income equity and community control over resources. The first street action of the week began at 2pm in Allan Gardens, and marched down Dundas Street and up Yonge street to the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto headquarters. The March, titled ‘All Out in Defense of the Rights of All’, was organized by autonomous ant-poverty groups Kingston Coalition Against Poverty, Sense of Security from Guelph, and Stratford Action for Equality.

The march briefly occupied an ESSO gas station on Dundas avenue. Rushing in to the station, activists prevented business from operating for 10 minutes. Activist Claudia Calabro said, “The ESSO station and shop was occupied for a reason. ESSO is one of the 70 corporations that were bailed out during this crisis that has impoverished communities and ensured the survival of the rich. The G20 has given over a billion dollars in subsidies to oil and gas companies like ESSO just this year – these companies are responsible for massive ecological destruction and must be held accountable.”

This podcast was produced at the Alternative Media Center in Toronto. the AMC is a temporary, autonomous media making space for independent journalists to cover the G8 and G20 summits.

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