Thanks to Tor Sandberg of rabbletv, here is a speech I gave to the anti-proroguing rally in Toronto. There were about 10,000 people there and another 15,000 at least across the country'
By Sam Gindin
Public sector strikes are frustrating to both the public and the strikers. The public is upset with losing daily services they have come to depend on, while the strikers are upset with the apparent lack of respect for the work they do.
Last night I spoke at a fundraising event for the legendary Highlander Center that was part of a three day gathering of labour and community activists organized by the Labour Education Centre. It was an amazing event. Incredible diversity, majority people of colour, lots of poor people, many young people. It was politically diverse from people who have just gotten active to veteran activists, from service workers to anti-capitalist activists, from union, community, and even academia. And on top of that it was a US/Canada collaboration beginning an 8 month project to build connections between labour and community in Toronto.