Occupy Toronto – Activist Training Weekend!

On the weekend of April 20-22nd, we invite you to participate in an Activist Training Weekend.

This is the last chance to attend a group event and participate in some workshops before the major mobilization in May!

The Activist Assembly back in January was (more then anything) a recruitment oriented weekend, bringing in 300ish folks from the periphery, giving them a basic rundown of “occupy issues” and a really basic training, and then encouraging them to get involved in committee work.

THIS weekend is a more serious attempt at training the core people who are actively involved in Occupy Toronto right now. Hopefully, when we have our resurgence in the spring, we will have a group of core people who can then share those skills as far and wide as possible!

Each workshop presented at this conference will be geared towards providing some kind of practical training: Direct Action Training, Media Training, Marshal Training, Medic Training, Anti-Oppression Training, etc…

In other words, each workshop will be about teaching attendees some skills that are important in activist work.

Some workshops will be geared to a small group, while others will be geared towards a larger group. Some workshops will only take a couple of hours, while others will take the entire day. Either way, we hope most people will be able to attend the entire weekend.

We will attempt to have a schedule of all the workshops posted as soon as possible. Further details about the conference will be released then!

Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday as well as lunch on Sunday!

***The event will be free but we will be accepting donations to help cover the cost of the event and to put toward future Occupy TO events!

Tomorrow: Join Occupy MBTA at the Joint Committee on Transportation Hearing

Tomorrow, April 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM in hearing room B1, the Joint Committee on Transportation will meet for the first time since the MassDOT board approved massive fare increases for next year and since Occupy MBTA launched its occupation on the steps of the State House.

Occupy MBTA will be testifying, and we need a big presence at the hearing to ensure our voices are heard. Please join us! We’ll be meeting at Camp Charlie at 9:30 AM (steps in front of State House on Beacon Street) before heading to the hearing.

May 1st Day of Action! Join us!

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*No Work *No School *No Shopping *No Banking *No Housework

The winter slumber is over. Time to take the streets!

First, take the day off work (if you can get away with it), get together with friends and affinity groups, and engage in smaller direct actions and assemblies around the city during the day! (Let us know what you’ve planned at OccupyTorontoAction@gmail.com)

THEN, at *4:00pm* gather at Nathan Phillips Square for a big rally and march!

Documented or undocumented. Paid or unpaid. We are Workers. We are Students. We are Families. We are the 99%.

The 1% carry out war, throw us in prisons, make us poor, destroy public services, attack unions, and poison the environment. They deny us freedom and dignity.

So We Fight and We Resist.

On May 1st, 2012, inspired by 126 years of workers’ struggles, the Arab Spring, the Indignados of Spain, the global fights against austerity, and the Occupy movement, we take to the streets again!

On International Workers Day, join us and our allies No One is Illegal Toronto, the May 1st Movement, and dozens of community groups in the city for a rally and march to respect Indigenous sovereignty, insist that no one is illegal, for international workers solidarity, to defend and expand public services, to stop prison expansion and corporate handouts, to end imperialist wars and aggression, to build peoples’ power, and to move beyond capitalism.

They are few, we are many. Join us.

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Foreclosure Defense Action This Wednesday!!

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