People showed up to demonstrate against the closing of the Palisades Media Arts Academy (PMAA) by the San Romanoway Revitalization Association (SRRA).
The highly successful youth orientated media studio has contributed to the arts in a major way in the Jane and Finch area of the city.
The PMAA program was funded by the Trillium Foundation in 2011 to the tune of $344,500 for three years and has one year more on that grant to go.
As bad as the closing was on the youth, the way it was closed was worse. The SRA posted a short notice on the door which youth saw for the first time as workers changed the locks. To date there has been no explanation why the program has closed, what happened to the last year’s money and what will happen to the professional equipment that was to be used by the community.
The youth also called on the Board of the SRA to have a youth representative on it so that this kind of colonial action never happens again.
Honour our Communities: Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) joins our community allies across Toronto to commemorate International Workers’ Day.
On May 1st, International Workers Day, we will march to reclaim May Day for just people’s struggles and to Honour Our Communities and to demand justice, dignity, and status for all!
There is a free school bus leaving from the Jane-Finch community to down town join May Cay of Action. Please contact JFAAP to register for the bus. The bus will leave for down town at 4:30 PM sharp and will be back at 8:00 p.m. Free meal and refreshments will be provided.
May Day Celebration and Panel Discussion
Monday May 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
York Woods Library, 1785 Finch Avenue West
Co-presented by Jane Finch Action Against Poverty, West-Side Arts Hub
Co-sponsored by Workers’ Action Centre, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
A community event in honour of International Workers’ Day
featuring a series of performance by Nomanzland and a photography exhibit by Errol Young.
These performances will be followed by a panel discussion on the campaign for the $14 minimum wage, the campaign to raise Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates, and issues of poverty at large (such as cuts to social programs).
Panelists will speak on how these issues have been affecting communities of racialized immigrants and working people and various ways in which we can work collectively for a just society.
Speakers include residents and activists from the Jane-Finch community (Leticia Ama Boahen and Suzanne Narain) and Lawrence Heights community (Kaydeen Bankasingh) and organizers from Workers’ Action Centre (Sonia Singh and Acsana Fernando).
Food, TTC tokens and childcare will be provided.
Jane Finch Action Against Poverty wishes to submit this report on the substance and process of the city’s action around City of Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020.
The true strategy
It is clear that the city wants to reduce funding to areas that were formally known as “Priority Neighbourhoods.” The community consultations have been frustrating and ineffectual and the Strong Neighbourhood Strategy has deliberately designed consultations that have prevented collaborative community consultations and authentic dialogue
At the November 3013 ‘consultation’, community residents were placed in a difficult position having to select which areas of need were most important to them. Read the rest of this entry »