On June 26th, as labour and working class activists and militants, we will be going to the fence when the People’s First demonstration circles back to Queen’s Park.
We will do this to confront and expose the profiteers of the G20 who have been secured behind walls of steel, guns and military force.
We will do this because we remember our history – workers who lost their lives in struggle so we could have the 8 hour day, and homes with families in them burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend.
We will do this because we know our present world is one that workers and trade unionists are being killed as we speak in countries around the globe to continue to ensure that blood for profit is maintained.
We will do this because we know our future will be the strength of all the working class coming together in solidarity to resist and fight back against capitalism.
We will do this because we do not agree with “designated protest zones” that curtail our civil liberties and oppose a “militarized security zone” in the middle of our city which negatively impacts our communities.
This is why we will be going to the fence.
We also respect the choice of our sisters and brothers, allies and comrades who do not to go the fence just as we know they will respect our choice.
We also know that there are many of our sisters and brothers, allies and comrades who do not have the choice and can not join in this collective resistance due to status, fear of threat, or reprisal.
“We’ll live together or we’ll die alone
In our world poisoned by exploitation
Those who have taken, now they must give
And end the vanity of nations
We’ve but one Earth on which to live
And so begins the final drama
In the streets and in the fields
We stand unbowed before their armour
We defy their guns and shields
When we fight, provoked by their aggression
Let us be inspired by like and love
For though they offer us concessions
Change will not come from above”
Lyrics by Bill Bragg from “The Internationale”
Kelly O’Sullivan, CUPE 4308
Wendy Forrest, ONA Local 54 & OCAP
Denise Hammond, CUPE 1281
Farid Charharlangi, CUPE 4772
Fiona Husband, CUPE 4308
Dan Sawyer, CUPE 1281
Federico Carvajal, CUPE 1281
We are asking for individuals, locals, labour organizations and/or unions to endorse this call out. Union and/or organizations are listed for identification purposes only. Contact Kelly O’Sullivan at kellyowarrior [at] hotmail.com