Defend Occupy Toronto - A Statement From the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly
Mayor Rob Ford has given the notice of eviction to Occupy Toronto. We, the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly, express both our unequivocal support for Occupy Toronto and our intention to mobilize our members, allies, and resources against any forced eviction and unprovoked arrest.
We are workers, organizers, and activists and we are angry, we are militant, and we are not going away. Occupy Toronto has given voice to workers, unionized and non-unionized, public and private sector, employed and over-worked, underemployed, and unemployed; to women and trans people; to persons of color; to immigrants, status and non-status; to house-workers, paid and unpaid. These are also the faces of the GTWA and our allies. This is a clarion call to our members, our allies, and the citizens of this city: join in the defence of Occupy Toronto.
While our resources are meagre, our conviction is unshakable. There are times when a principle alone has more material force than the crude matter of police batons and jails. We remember G20: we were there and we are here too. Mr. Ford, one day the sun will set on your mayoralty. As you recede into the recesses of history, we who fight for a better Toronto will keep the name ‘Rob Ford’ alive as the penultimate expression of reactionary buffoonery. Occupy St. James Park. Occupy workplaces. Occupy government offices. OCCUPY EVERYTHING.
Please attend the Occupy site as soon as you can. A solidarity demo has been called for 5 pm
tonight. There might also be a rally at City Hall tomorrow 630pm. The scheduled GTWA Solidarity Tuesday meeting is still being held.