Jan 11

Fight Ford’s Cuts

Really happy to be able to make this. Much respect to the stencilist who put this up. I was also experimenting with some animated GIF creators, but maybe I’ll save that for another time.

Jan 11

Daniel Garcia

The new year begins with a hole in the Parkdale community and in our hearts.

“With over 1600 petitions signed, Christmas Day meetings of 50 people, New Year’s Eve rallies of 150 people, some believed that perhaps the Tories would listen to the ‘public’ that they always invoke. With politicians, church groups, teachers unions, the Toronto District School Board, and especially Daniel’s teachers and fellow students all condemning the deportation and calling for his release and with headlines in every newspaper and TV station across the country telling his ‘special’ story, some thought that perhaps Jason Kenney would intervene and grant Daniel Garcia a temporary resident permit. He didn’t.”

“Today, as we look back at what has transpired over this past week with sadness and anger, as we hold together those dear and still with us, we commit again to pushing immigration enforcement out of Toronto, to making our neighborhoods and our communities safe. We will not gain justice only through the courts, politicians, and the mainstream media. Justice will come when enough of us, together, commit to tearing down the ideological walls that separate us into citizens and refugees, to ripping open the immigration jails, and to destroying every force that pushes people out of their homes.”

“We continue. No One Is Illegal.”

Oct 10

This is what a demonstration looks like!

Just finished this video tonight. Hours later we received a disturbing update: Alex has been “released” on bail after being thrown into solitary confinement and coerced into signing outrageous bail conditions.

From the public release:

Thursday October 15, Toronto, Mississauga New Credit – Less than 24 hours after refusing to sign outrageous bail conditions which included not expressing political views in public and non-associations intended to further isolate him, Alex Hundert was forced to consent to his release.

On the night of Wednesday October 14th, Alex was told by the security manager at the Toronto East Detention Centre that he had to sign the bail conditions or face solitary confinement in “the hole”, without access to phone calls or writing paper. He was put in solitary confinement after an initial confrontation with correction staff where he resisted initial attempts to make him sign. He was denied the right to call his lawyer, and told that if he didn’t sign now, they would revoke the bail offer and he would be held in solitary confinement until his eventual release from prison.

Coerced into signing these conditions, Alex was thrown out of Toronto East and left to find his own way home to his sureties’ house. The prison authorities forced him into a position where he could potentially be accused of further breaching his bail.  Alex is now back on house arrest with an enforced curfew, with non-associations with co-accused and members of SOAR, AWOL, NOII and other community organizers. He also has the additionally imposed restrictions of no direct or indirect posting to the internet, no assisting, planning, or attending any public meeting or march, and no expressing of views on a political issue.