As an organization of migrants, settlers, and allies fighting for migrant justice in Toronto, we recognize that migrants, people of colour and undocumented people are among those facing the worst exploitation in this system created for the 1%. As the Canadian immigration system increasingly functions in service of corporations demanding cheap exploitable labour with little regard for human dignity or community – we recognize the need now more than ever to unite behind a movement like Occupy Toronto – a movement to reclaim public space, to build points of solidarity between diverse communities of indigenous people, people of colour, migrants, workers, queer, trans, disabled, homeless and poor people, and to start building the kind of world we want to see.
This movement is fraught with challenges that we have been facing and overcoming every day for over a month now. Every day we learn to live together. Every day we grow stronger. Every day we prove that we are all we need.
We are starting to scare them.
Today, one day after Bloomberg in New York joined the crackdown on dissent in Oakland, London, Victoria, Halifax, Vancouver and elsewhere, forcibly preventing people from gathering together and creating a future beyond the tyranny of a capitalist colonial empire, Rob Ford is trying to do the same to us here in St. James Park.
We have faced this before. Many of us dealt with police repression during the G20 last year when we brought thousands to the streets to demand a better world. We will face it again.
We are calling on all supporters, allies, and friends to resist the forced eviction of Occupy Toronto. Come to the Occupy site as soon as you’re able. A solidarity demo has been called for 11pm tonight. Join us. We’re not going anywhere.