.The Social Justice Cooperative NL stands in solidarity with those affected by funding cuts and tax increases in the City of St. John's 2016 budget. Residents, small business owners, the arts community, and other sectors of society are justifiably angry, and we call on civil society organizations to speak out against this and any other program of austerity.
Many communities throughout the province are likewise experiencing hardship. Communities across the country and around the world are experiencing the pain of austerity where costs are increasing while public services are being cut.
We must remember that austerity budgets are happening at a time when the gap between the rich and poor grows exponentially. For too long the burden of debt is carried on the shoulders of the many. It is time we organized to oppose austerity locally, nationally, and globally. This common project challenges us to recognize the linkages between our own struggles and the struggles of others.
It's time we organized as a broad grassroots coalition capable of expressing common concerns against austerity. It is to the advantage of those who attempt to impose austerity that society remains fragmented, so that each grievance is isolated.
Let's get together to reclaim people power, let's meet and figure out ways to build a movement against austerity now and into the future.
The Social Justice Cooperative is ready to join such a coalition and be with you in the streets and in the meeting halls. Now is the time for the progressive forces in the community to band together and raise our voices in protest -- united we can win!
There will be a demonstration at St. John's City Hall on Monday, Dec. 21st at 4pm, organized and hosted by allies in the arts community. More information on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1227205517294060/
Sunday Dec. 13th, 2pm
Corner of Water and George, downtown St. John's
In the context of the ongoing refugee crisis and the arrivial of Syrian refugees in Canada, the Social Justice Co-op invites you to a demonstration in downtown St. John's. The gathering is also intended to call out bigoted, racist, and Islamophobic sentiment which has been circulating in the public discourse. Such views are not representative of the core values of our community and need to be taken to task. Let's show the kind of caring and welcoming place St. John's really is. Show up to this peaceful assembly with signs, banners, noise-makers, and anything to help get the message across.
Organized and hosted by your friends at Social Justice Cooperative NL:http://sjcnl.ca/
If your group or organization would like to stand in solidarity or collaborate on future events, get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Recap / Overview
SJC has been busy recently with a number of activities and actions, including continuing to focus attention on the Syrian refugee crisis, helping organize and carry out a climate change march in St. John’s as part of the Global Day of Action on Climate Change, as well as running a workshop on contentious politics and radicalism, aptly titled “Radicalism Defined.”
Even as organizing and activities have continued in our communities, the province and the country more generally has been preoccupied with recent elections and new governing parties. In light of this, and also since the winter months are upon us, it is a good time to regroup and make some plans on how to make change from the grassroots – the only way real change ever happens.