Over one hundred people protested on the corner of Jane and Finch against all levels of governments’ austerity measures and cuts to social services.
They marched corner to corner chanting, singing and blocking traffic.
Community artists, youth and elders, performed and raised awareness about issues facing Jane Finch and other low income and working class communities.
The protest was called by Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) and its allies as part of a city wide action on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17th ,2012. As well a rally and march was organized by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) in downtown Toronto.
Exactly four years ago JFAAP was formed at the same place during a similar demonstration. Since then, JFAAP has contributed to strengthening a more vibrant and resilient community and resisting cutbacks like stopping the closure of our local school.
But continued government cutbacks has made poverty worse.
Our demands included:
Raise the Ontario Works and ODSP rates; increase minimum wage,
Keep the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefits;
Restore the Special Diet program,
Create real good jobs in our community,
Provide decent affordable housing, healthy food, medication and child care
The end to police targeting our youth,
Status for all.
JFAAP and the Jane-Finch community will continue to resist and fight against anti-poor policies of governments and other institutions and attacks on workers and racism!
JFAAP demands an end to poverty and inequality.