Windsor Day Of Action

October 21, 1997


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Windsor Day Of Action
Windsor Day Of Action
dated October 21, 1997

Windsor Day Of Action

The southern Ontario City of Windsor was literally shut down by tens of thousands of people who marched into the heart of the city to demanding justice from the Harris government. The Canadian Auto Workers were in the vanguard.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President



" A lot of people gave up a day's pay. Windsor came through again with an incredible number of people. About 35 thousand CAW members gave up a day's pay, a lot of them were here today."

While the CAW played a key role they were not alone.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"What we see here today, we see flags from so many different parts of our community, from teachers to seniors to workers, to all kinds of different groups that have a concern about social justice, about economic justice, about political justice. People who aren't radical people, but people who understand democracy doesn't just mean that we have a right to wait to vote every four or five years. To Hell with that..."

In the past two years the Harris government's popularity has dropped like a stone, from 60 to less than 30 per cent. Hargrove says this is proof the protest movement is working, and pledged to fight on.






Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"This is a serious commitment. As we stood shoulder to shoulder with CUPE against Bill 136, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with the teachers against Bill 160. We understand clearly, we understand that working class families very clearly that when you cut education, you hurt kids."




Speaking at numerous events during the day, Hargrove stressed that this fight is about democracy, not money.





Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
The issue isn't money brothers and sisters; it's about the kind of society we want for the future. It's about values, it's about our communities, and it's about inclusiveness.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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