The second Monday in October is marked as Thanksgiving in Canada, and Columbus Day in many states in the United States of America. In recognition of the brutal, on-going history of colonization across Turtle Island, parishioner Len Desroches offers this poem.
by Len Desroches
Columbus, if only you had not been so afraid of discovery
Christopher, “Christ bearer,” if only you had discovered soul
discovered soul before rushing off
in gunboat for Spanish empire
shedding rivers of blood
to mine shiny bits from Earth’s bleeding bowels
re-writing Gold with a capital “G”
made it easy to also leave out the “l”
Gold became God
Gold becomes God
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On Wednesday, September 12 at 7 pm, Defend Toronto will have its first meeting at Holy Trinity. Organized by former Mayor John Sewell and friends, this citizen movement will counter the attacks on Toronto by Premier Doug Ford. From John Sewell: ” The Premier held a press conference…making some outrageous statements about using the `notwithstanding’ clause under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to get around the judge’s decision to get his way. That clause has never been used in Ontario. He is a frightening man.”
The meeting will begin with a discussion of the provincial plans to restructure Toronto City Council, which a judge has now ruled as unconstitutional, and that the election will proceed with 47 wards on October 22.
Don Eady, lawyer for several of those who took the matter to court, will take us through the judge’s decision and outline what it means for us. A speaker from Progress Toronto will talk about the election and what’s at stake for the city. There will then be a general discussion of what we can do to convince the provincial government not to appeal the decision.
This will be followed by talk about the provincial plan to take over the Toronto subway system. Shelagh Pizey-Allen of TTCriders will talk about what that organization thinks of the provincial plans. And long-time transit advocate Steve Munro will discuss how this will impact the whole transit network. This will be followed by general discussion of what actions we should and could take.
The last part of the meeting will be a general discussion about what kind of an organization Defend Toronto will be; creating a steering committee; how often we should meet; and the issues we should focus on.
Join us in the nave!
Rise up, rise up!
Christian leaders in the United States have launched two parallel campaigns for a moral re-engagement in public policies.
The Poor People’s Campaign is a “National Call for Moral Revival [that is] is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” The campaign is inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and has launched 40 days of action The Poor People’s Campaign.
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From the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Committee:
Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario!
The ISARC Election Kit focuses on Income Security, Housing, and Employment Justice. The Kit contains practical information on how to find the candidates in your riding, how to organize all-candidate meetings, questions for the candidates along with practical user ready form letters plus much more.
“ISARC has prepared a toolkit for faith communities to discuss issues and deliberate on electoral choices. As faith communities we have an obligation to care for those most vulnerable and marginalized in our communities.
Feel free to make as many copies as you want!
Election Day is Thursday, June 7th. The official election campaign starts this Wednesday, May 9th.
There are important issues at stake to the Province as a whole and to the Faith Communities in particular.
Elections are won riding by riding.
Please contact us if you have any questions or need help.
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