This was the year of the drum
Dear friends and allies,
JFAAP will be taking to the streets on October 17th during the Raise the Rates Week of Action. We are inviting our allies, community and social justice groups, students and unions across the City to join us on Friday, October 17th, 2014, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, at the corner of Jane and Finch, to celebrate our strength and resilience, to demand justice and show solidarity with our family of residents, workers, activists, and creative minds that won’t rest until poverty is ended.
We expect the minimum wage to be above the poverty line, social assistance rates that promote health and dignity, decent and affordable housing, public transit, childcare, and other important community programs and services for all people regardless of status, neighborhood or skin colour. We expect a quality public education and accessible and affordable post-secondary education for our children. As a community rich in talents, culture and nature, we expect to live without the fear of racial profiling, immigration raids, homelessness and hunger with no line 9 threatening our homes and health.
Please endorse our October 17th rally and come show your support. Please bring your banners, flags, signs, megaphones, drums, whistles and other instruments … to help make a lot of noise.
Friday, October 17, 2014
4 PM – 7 PM
South East Corner of Jane & Finch
Jane Finch Action Against Poverty
Six years ago JFAAP was formed on the corner of Jane and Finch. We have fought back and made many gains, but poverty still prevails and has got worse. Come and join us to celebrate the victories, and to challenge all levels of government to do more to eradicate poverty and stop the systemic oppression of people of color, new immigrants, and low income communities.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Jane and Finch
Toronto, August 14, 2014 — This morning immigration enforcement targeted undocumented day laborers going to work in the Jane and Keele and Jane and Wilson areas, in particular the Weston road off-ramp to 400 / 401. check out toronto.nooneisillegal.org
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.