Toronto: Solidarity picket w/ Greek Uprising THIS Friday (Jan 9, 2009)

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Toronto: Solidarity picket w/ Greek Uprising THIS Friday (Jan 9, 2009)

Toronto: Solidarity picket w/ Greek Uprising

Start: 01/09/2009 - 12:00

End: 01/09/2009 - 14:00

**~SPARK IN ATHENS, FIRE IN TORONTO~**

Recognize the system as flawed and transform it!

What: Solidarity rally with the Greek uprising
When: THIS Friday Jan 9 at 12 NOON
Where: Outside the Consulate General of Greece at 365 Bloor St. E (at Sherbourne)

Sponsored by: Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students,
Common Cause, CUPE 3903, CUPE 3907, No One Is Illegal Toronto and
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Why: Privatization of education, corporatization of campuses,
barriers to immigration, police repression, poverty and
institutionalized racism all led to the current uprising in Greece. We
are struggling here with the very same issues! This is why we stand
with our brothers and sisters in Greece.

Racist and Classist Police Brutality

Police murdered unarmed 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos on Dec
6 in Athens, the latest outrage in a long string of brutality. His
death sparked an uprising by thousands of Greeks fed up with police
controlling their communities. In Toronto we also see police brutality
and impunity. Racial profiling is common practice and police actions
disproportionately target youth, racialized and poor people. Toronto
police regularly cover up and bury cases of brutality and corruption
while obstructing the complaints process. The police will not yield
their power or behave responsibly unless we fight back.

Unequal Access to Education

For many years in Greece, students have successfully fought off
attempts to end universal access to higher education by organizing
themselves, protesting and occupying their schools. In Canada,
undergrad tuition fees have almost doubled over the last decade. This
makes higher education impossible for many working class people without
taking on crippling debts. Schools like U of T and Queens are moving
towards self-regulation, allowing them to charge whatever they want.

Unemployment

Anger in Greece is fuelled by lay-offs and increasing rates of
unemployment among young graduates accelerated by the global financial
crisis. In Canada, we're feeling these effects as we slide deeper into
recession. The unemployed and those at risk of eviction will find
gutted social assistance programs while banks and corporations, whose
greed caused this crisis, get bailouts. The government, banks and
corporations must be held accountable.

Attacks on Non-Status People and Union Organizers

In Greece, migrants and immigrants experience daily humiliation at
the border and even murder by police and vigilantes. In December they
took to the streets demanding justice and dignity. Organizers of
predominantly immigrant and migrant unions face threats, assaults and
death from company thugs. The rail company office has been occupied in
response to the violent acid attack on Bulgarian union organizer
Konstantina. Non-status people and migrant workers in Canada often face
deportation if they stand up for their rights. Immigrants and migrant
labourers face overwork, substandard accommodations, unsafe conditions,
unliveable pay and overt racism.