Anti-austerity Casseroles spreading to Toronto neighbourhoods

Michael HollowayOccupy Toronto
15 June 2012
by Michael Holloway

 

Leslieville is an East end Toronto neighbourhood that was formerly a small village on the outskirts of Old Toronto. It is centred by Leslie Grove Park at Jones Avenue and Queen Street East – two blocks West of Leslie Street. Leslie Grove Park is the site of the former tree nurseries of Scottish horticulturalist entrepreneur, and village founder, George Leslie. ”Leslieville Pots and Pans: Solidarity With Quebec“ casseroles, started small on May 30th (30 people) and it has held it own over the weeks. Each week  about 30 people participate (a core of  about 20 plus about 10 ‘random’ (as the kids say) casserolers present each time).

On week II (Wednesday, June 6th) the group ventured away from the Park and onto the neighbourhood streets. Week III (J13) this increasingly united and organized group handed out postcard-sized info fliers and about 100 Red Patches with safety pins to neighbours sitting on their front porches, or to people out for evening strolls.

The casseroles walks have received a very warm response from almost everyone in the neighbourhood – (two people who live adjacent to the park complained about noise this week – and in a meeting afterwards we decided to spend much less time casseroling right on that corner – more walking casseroles – less rallying).

Leslieville Pots and Pans – J13

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As posted earlier here in OccupyToronto (http://occupyto.org/2012/06/casseroles-night-in-toronto/), Casseroles evening walks are taking on the same neighbourhood quality that emerged spontaniously in Montreal’s neighbourhoods after the National Assembly of Quebec passed Bill 78 – the anti-civil-liberties law – on May 18th, 2012.

Other neighbourhoods have started organizing on a hyper-local level.

The Parkdale Feeder march to Dufferin Grove Casseroles – aka: “manif casserole toronto” - was amoungst the innovator events that is helping to spread this anti-repression, anti-austerity, progressive-economic-policy-movement into Toronto’s neighbourhoods — mirroring the Spanish Indignados tactics from spring 2011.

The “manif casserole toronto” itself was an outcome of an OccupyToronto casseroles rally at Dundas Square on Saturday May 27th 2012 (OccupyToronto Market Exchange – posted May 25,2012 – http://www.facebook.com/OccupyToronto/posts/363075573755575?comment_id=3485563&offset=0&total_comments=6) ..after which participants decided to take the protest out of the core and into the neighbourhoods.

Toronto ‘casseroles’ in solidarity with Quebec – Pots & Pans protest (RAW) – May 30, 2012

(via  - who cycles while recording this – sweet.)

Also one of the first neighbourhoods to organize was the “Harbord and Huron Poets“, which the next week became perhaps the best Event title yet, “Annex Casseroles II:  Percussion With Repercussions” – which like Parkdale Feeder was a local neighbourhood gathering that fed into the ”manif casserole toronto“, the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood Casseroles gathering.

Since the first week more neighbourhoods have joined the movement – here’s a list I put together as part of my Map Admin duties at Casseroles Night’s in Canada (#CNIC):

 

Manif Casseroles Toronto – Dufferin Grove Park https://www.facebook.com/events/391104920936260/

Annex Casseroles II: Percussion With Repercussions
http://www.facebook.com/events/246342602138531/

Casserole Night in Christie Pits – for Kids & Adults
http://www.facebook.com/events/361611753892660/

Leslieville Pots and Pans
http://www.facebook.com/events/222955611155104/

Toronto East Downtown
http://www.facebook.com/events/260307904077087/

Seaton Village
http://www.facebook.com/events/425457310820641/

Casseroles Night at Withrow Park
https://www.facebook.com/events/473497809334193/

Toronto Labor Lyceum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbYvJ92f0fE

 

Today I’ve just seen that the Casseroles Movement is continuing to expanding in Europe – this weekend, a call is out: “June 24 : worldwide resistance day in solidarity with the Quebeckers“ - http://www.facebook.com/events/394006377312364/.

The Casseroles tactic marks the first time that the global an anti-austerity movement tactic has traveled back across the Atlantic to Europe after the “Indignados” movement migrated West to North America – known as  #OccupyWallStreet

 

Check out the #CNIC Global Casseroles Map – (Toronto, Ontario, Canada – ALL open) - http://goo.gl/maps/ChU1

 

 

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