Rally for Respect Community Day of Action in Toronto

April 9, 2011

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Rally for Respect, Toronto
Rally for Respect Community Day of Action in Toronto
dated April 9, 2011

Toronto, Ontario
April 9, 2011

Toronto, Ontario
April 9, 2011

Winnie Ng
Gindin Chair of Social Justice & Democracy, Ryerson University

       "We want to send a very strong message to City Hall today to respect our communities, respect public services and respect good jobs for all."

Bob Kinnear
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 President

       "We are all here today in opposition of an agenda, a rightwing agenda, an administration that is determined to dismantle everything that has made our city one of the best places in the entire world to live."

Sid Ryan
Ontario Federation of Labour President

       "Let us put this into perspective and say to Rob Ford that yes, you are going to get some pushback from all the community activists and organizations and indeed the labour movement, because it is so important that we have a livable city, that we have a democratic debate in the council chambers. I am going to say to the councilors for god's sake don't run away from this fight."

Jenny Ahn
CAW Mobilization & Political Action Director

       "We need to have Mayors and City Councilors right across the country listening to the people but particularly in Toronto we need the Mayor, Rob Ford, to listen to the citizens."

Krisna Saravanamuttu
York Federation of Students President

       "I am here today to demand genuine consultation from City Hall, when they are making decisions that deny thousands of students affordable and accessible public transit."

Roland Kiehne
CAW Local 112 President and CAW National Executive Board Member

       "The workers in this city, the community organizations in this city, built this city, and if Rob Ford continues to go down the path of privatization and attacking the labour movement, what you are seeing here today will be repeated over and over again until Rob Ford gets the message and the right wing City Councilors get the message that we are not going to stand by and watch them destroy the City of Toronto and the programs we fought so hard for."

Tim Carrie
CAW Local 27 President and CAW Council President

       "What's happening here in Toronto we believe will happen all over the province of Ontario and all over the country. I think that we have to send a message that if they think they can bring the movement that is in the US here to Canada, there'll be one hell of a fight."

Bishara Mohamed
Toronto Community Housing Corporation tenant

       "We'll fight back against privatization, we'll fight back against the communities being separated, we'll fight back against people making a quick buck off our backs."

John Cartwright
Toronto & York Region Labour Council President

       "This is just the start of the hard work that we have to do in our neighbourhoods, talking to our elected politicians, in our own words, about insuring that they don't support negative policies that would hurt our communities but that they do support good jobs and strong public services for all."

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