Stop the Cuts: Fighting Austerity, from the G20 fence to Ford’s office!
Stop the Cuts was borne out of a coalition not only opposed to Rob Ford’s agenda of city service cuts, but out of opposition to an agenda of austerity in Toronto and throughout Canada- the same agenda that we resisted over a year ago when the G20 Summit invaded our city. The leaders of 20 of the richest and most powerful countries in the world met in Toronto last year, voting in favour of 20 years of global austerity, of ‘belt-tightening’ and brutal cuts that will only continue to benefit the rich and hurt poor and marginalized communities everywhere. The Stop the Cuts Network sees our work as intrinsically tied to the resistance that took place against the G20 in Toronto. We condemn the targeting of organizers in our community who have fought not only against austerity, as we do, but against injustice everywhere. What is happening in Toronto right now- the cuts to city services, the targeting of public sector workers, the bloated police budget- are all part of the global agenda of austerity, one that we will continue to fight. We call for a stop to the cuts and an expansion of city services! We won’t pay for a crisis the rich created, and we won’t allow them to invest more money into police officers who defend their corrupt system when we fight back!
We can only expect more repression as we move ahead and continue to resist, against the broader austerity agenda and against the cuts that threaten our city. We are strongest together, united across our struggles. We have continued to organize and demonstrate through this austerity agenda, and we have educated, supported and cared for each other. The Occupy Movement across the world and here in Toronto has organized against corporate greed and capitalism. Stop the Cuts and Torontonians across the city have spoken out against library closures, the loss of affordable childcare, cuts to accessible transit service and more. This fight against austerity is just beginning, and we will be there every step of the way, from the G20 fence to Ford’s office. Let them fear our resolve, our will, and our fight.- we will continue to fight in Toronto and around the world! Prison walls cannot silence us; they cannot hold back our strength! Stop the Cuts stands in solidarity with the G20 “Conspiracy” defendants, and we continue this, the fight for justice, with them in the streets!