.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/