Participate in the Toronto Peoples' Social Forum and PSF General Assembly July 10-12
Registration and information table at Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St, Toronto (FB Event Page) Wheelchair accessible • childcare provided
July 10: 5pm-9pm – The Peoples' Picnic Block Party: a kick-off for the Toronto Peoples' Social Forum (workshops & music) at St. James Park
6pm (concurrent with Peoples Picnic) - Critical Mass Ride for Transport Justice will ride to the Peoples' Picnic
July 11: 9am-6:15pm – Toronto Peoples' Social Forum (opening, workshops, assemblies, and alt media fair)
7:30-9pm – Toronto PSF Keynote Panel with Tantoo Cardinal, Ajamu Nangwaya, Hassan Husseini, Judy Rebick, Linda McQuaig and Syed Hussan (Ryerson University, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, 245 Church Street, ENG 103 Lecture Theater)
As a follow-up to the successful Peoples' Social Forum (PSF) in Ottawa last summer, the PSF is hosting a local Social Forum in Toronto to bring people together again and to counter the Pan American Economic Summit occurring in Toronto from July 8 to the 10th, 2015. This elite summit will bring to Toronto the heads of Shell; Rockefeller Foundation; US, Canadian, and European Chambers of Commerce; as well as Canada's Finance Minister, ex-Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and John Negroponte.
From July 10 to 11th, the Peoples' Social Forum will host a counter-summit in Toronto, bringing together activists, students, unions, Indigenous peoples, youth, environmentalists, and hundreds of ordinary individuals to oppose the current political and economic direction of this country, and propose a plurality of alternative paths towards a better world.
This gathering will take place on Missassauga Anishinaabe territory. It has been a home to many peoples, including the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit. It is the territory of the One Dish One Spoon treaty, which was made between the Anishinaabe and Haudenausonee in order to share hunting and fishing territories. What belongs to one belongs to all. In this spirit, we will come together to find ways to work together towards a more just and joyful world.
REGISTER FOR THE FORUM
We strive to make registration accessible to all participants, so the cost ranges from $5 (low income) - $20 (solidarity registration), with no one turned away for lack of funds. Registration is closed, but you can still register on-site at the forum, in front of the Student Centre!
If you are coming the the Peoples' Social Forum and have special needs, please let us know so that we can accommodate you! Also, if you have a child and want to take advantage of our childcare service, pre-register here.
SCHEDULE FOR JULY 10 "Peoples Picnic Block Party"
5PM: Food Serving
5:30PM - 7PM: Simultaneous Workshops by the Raging Grannies, Toronto Seed Library, Algonquin Elder Jacob Wawatie, Socialist Hiphop, CUPW (on organizing lessons learned from their door-to-door campaign), Latin American and Carribbean Solidarity Network, and Pathways to Education
7PM: Music Performances by Amai Kuda and Y Josephine, Moyo Rainos Mutamba, Lena Recollet, Strategy, and more TBA
Speeches by John Clarke (OCAP), Algonquin Elder Jacob Wawatie, and more TBA
SCHEDULE FOR JULY 11 (full schedule grid, with workshop titles here)
9am- opening ceremony and teaching on the One Dish One Spoon treaty
10:15am-11:30am- workshop slot #1
11:45am-1pm- workshop slot #2
2pm-3:15pm- workshop slot #3
3:30pm-4:45pm- workshop slot #4
5pm-6:15pm- workshop slot #5
7:30pm-9pm- Closing Plenary with Tantoo Cardinal, Mike Palecek, Judy Rebick and more TBA!
GROUPS PRESENTING AT THE TORONTO PSF
Here is a sampling of some the the groups presenting at the Toronto PSF!
Network for Elimination of Police Violence, Health Providers Against Poverty, International Socialists, Workers Action Center, Toronto Coalition to Stop C-51, TTC Riders, Idle No More, Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, PSAC, Rising Tide Toronto, Toronto Forum on Cuba, Kanenhariyo Defence Committee, Black Lives Matter, Environmental Justice @York, Disabled Advocacy Group, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Migrant Sex Workers Project, Toronto Council of Canadians, Chevrons Dirty Hand, No One is Illegal, Canadian Dimension/Centre for Social Justice, Faculty 4 Palestine, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, From the Root Zine, QueerofGender, Toronto Raging Grannies, Maggie Helwig and Andrea Budgey (Anglican priests at the Church of St Stephen-in-the-Fields), Socialist Action, The Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto], CUPW, Coaltion of Black Trade Unionists, Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network, Committee on Monetary Economic Reform (COMER), UNIFOR, Toronto 350, Lynn Gehl, Ontario Common Front, East End Against Line 9, End Immigration Detention Network, The Delta NOW, Latin American and Carribean Solidarity Network (LASCN), Fightback, Riposte, Toronto Seed Library, Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle, Toronto Young Communist League, Campaign Gears, Canadian Pensioners Concerned (CPC), The Peoples' Platform, Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP), and Low Income Families Together (LIFT).
TABLING AT THE FORUM
Take part in the alternative media and vendors space at the PSF Counter Summit. Contact email@example.com for details.
ENDORSE THE FORUM
Add your organization's name to a growing list of PSF endorsers. Support the forum and join this on-going, Canada-wide movement building process. To endorse, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Need a place to stay? Need directions to the forum? Have general questions about the logistics of the forum? Check out our Toronto Logistics page which will be updated regularly.
WHAT IS THE PEOPLES' SOCIAL FORUM?
The Peoples’ Social Forum (PSF) is a critical public space aimed at fostering activist involvement of individuals and civil society organizations that want to transform Canada as it exists today. The first PSF was held in Ottawa on August 21-24, 2014 and attracted over 5000 participants from across Canada.
The PSF is a space for social movements to meet and converge for the free expression of alternative ideas and grassroots exchanges. It seeks to inspire practical involvement in social movements and develop networked action strategies aimed at creating convergence of struggles, toward building a broad strategic alliance against neo-liberal and neo-conservative policies in Canada. Social justice, Original Peoples rights, sustainable development, international solidarity and participatory democracy are at the centre of its concerns.The PSF is an inclusive space that must be occupied by all people and activist organizations convinced that another Canada is not only possible, but above all, necessary.
Objectives of the Peoples’ Social Forum
As an inclusive space for activist grassroots debate, the PSF intends to:
- Foster constructive and mobilizing societal debate across the country;
- Recognize and honour the territories and the rights of the Original Peoples whose territories we reside on and where the PSF takes place.
- Act in solidarity with Original Peoples through rejecting the racist Doctrine of Discovery and the Terra Nullius.
- Prompt individual and collective grassroots participation;
- Share, promote and circulate alternative initiatives and projects;
- Stimulate the emergence of concrete actions and the convergence of struggles against neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism;
- Promote sustainable development across Canada in a spirit of solidarity, justice, equality and harmony.
The PSF is part of the global movement of social forums that have emerged at different levels since the first World Social Forum (WSF) was held in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in January 2001, which was conceived as a summit to counter the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.