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)