Whose Streets?: The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest by Tom MallesonWhose Streets?: The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest by Tom Malleson

Whose Streets?: The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest

EditorTom Malleson, David WachsmuthForeword byNaomi Klein

Paperback | November 11, 2011

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In June 2010 activists opposing the G20 meeting held in Toronto were greeted with arbitrary state violence on a scale never before seen in Canada. Whose Streets? is a combination of testimonials from the front lines and analyses of the broader context, an account that both reflects critically on what occurred in Toronto and looks ahead to further building our capacity for resistance.

Featuring reflections from activists who helped organize the mobilizations, demonstrators and passersby who were arbitrarily arrested and detained, and scholars committed to the theory and practice of confronting neoliberal capitalism, the collection balances critical perspective with on-the-street intensity. It offers vital insight for activists on how local organizing and global activism can come together.

Tom Malleson is Assistant Professor in the Social Justice and Peace Studies program at King?s University College at Western University. He is a long-time anti-authoritarian activist and organizer and has worked with migrant justice, anti-poverty, global justice, anti-war, and solidarity economy groups. He is co-editor of Whose Stre...
Title:Whose Streets?: The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit ProtestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:November 11, 2011Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926662792

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From the Author

More than a year after the Toronto G20 Summit protests, there are still dozens of activists and social justice organizers facing outstanding G20-related legal charges. The legal fees for the defence of these activists are expected to be well over a million dollars. Without help it will fall on the shoulders of already over-burdened activists to engage in fundraising, to the detriment of their ongoing community organizing.As a movement we are poor in dollars but rich in solidarity. Please donate generously to the G20 Legal Defence Fund by sending a cheque to the ?Toronto Community Mobilization Network? (with ?G20 legal defence? on the subject line). Cheques can be mailed to: Toronto Community Mobilization Network360A Bloor Street W, PO Box 68557Toronto, ON, M5S 1X0Alternatively, donations are possible via money transfer or Paypal online.All royalties from sales of Whose Streets? will be donated to the G20 Legal Defence Fund. G20 Resources and Social Justice Organizations in TorontoCoalition Against Israeli Apartheidendapartheid@riseup.netCommunity Solidarity Network (new name of the TCMN)community.mobilize@resist.caCouncil of Canadians ? Torontotorontochapter@gmail.comDamn2025damn2025@gmail.comDefenders of the Landdefendersoftheland@gmail.comEnvironmental Justice Torontoej.action@gmail.comG20 InquiryGreater Toronto Workers? Assemblyworkingclassfightback@gmail.comGreenpeace Canada33 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1N1416-597-8408 OR 1-800-320-7183supporter.ca@greenpeace.orgJane Finch Action Against Poverty416-760-2677janefinchactionagainstpoverty@gmail.comMovement Defence Committee416-833-6137No One Is Illegal ? Toronto nooneisillegal@riseup.netOntario Coalition Against Poverty10 Britain Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 1R6416-925-6939ocap@tao.caOntario Public Interest Research Group ? Toronto563 Spadina Ave, Room 101North Borden Building, Toronto, ON, M5S 2J7416-978-7770opirg.toronto@utoronto.carabble.ca/G8 G20South Asian Women?s Rights Organization108 ? 10 Teesdale Place, Scarborough, ON, M1L 1K9416-686-0701Toronto Media Co-op

Table of Contents

  • Foreword: G20 Trials and the War on Activism - Naomi Klein
  • Preface - Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth
  • Introduction: From the Great Recession to the Streets of Toronto - Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth
  • Part I: Before the G20: Organizing a Protest Convergence
  • Chapter 1: Building a Protest Convergence: The Toronto Community Mobilization Network - Tom Malleson
  • Chapter 2: Community Organizing for a Global Protest - Mac Scott
  • Chapter 3: Collective Movement, Collective Power: People of Colour, Migrant Justice, and the G20 - Syed Hussan
  • Chapter 4: "Canada Can't Hide Genocide": Marching for Indigenous Rights - Lisa Currier
  • Chapter 5: Labour'?s Role in Opposing the G20: Building Resistance to Austerity - Archana Rampure
  • Chapter 6: Unions, Direct Action and the G20 Protests: Obstacles and Opportunities - Unions, Direct Action and the G20 Protests: Obstacles and Opportunities
  • Chapter 7: Presenting the Movement's Narratives: Organizing Alternative Media - Dan Kellar
  • Chapter 8: Got Your Back! Building Radical Crisis Support into the G20 Convergence - Monique Woolnough
  • Part II: During the G20: Documenting Resistance and Repression
  • Chapter 9: Police Violence and State Repression at the Toronto G20: The Facts - Movement Defence Committee
  • Chapter 10: They Sought to Terrify Us out of the Streets - Nat Gray
  • Chapter 11: One Day in a Cage: Notes on the Temporary Detention Centre - David Wachsmuth
  • Chapter 12: "Hop!" A First Hand Account of Police Abuse at the G20 - Sarah Pruyn
  • Chapter 13: Women Resist, Police Repress: Stories of Gendered Police Violence at the Toronto G20 - Shailagh Keaney
  • Chapter 14: A Wall of Brick and Rage - Nicole Tanguay
  • Chapter 15: Connecting Carceral Spaces: Reflecting on Summit Detention - Swathi Sekhar
  • Chapter 16: Caught in the Crossfire - Elroy Yau
  • Part III: After the G20: Critical Reflections, Moving Forward
  • Chapter 17: Martial Law in the Streets of Toronto: G20 Security and State Violence - Neil Smith and Deborah Cowen
  • Chapter 18: Marching with the Black Bloc: "Violence" and Movement Building - Tammy Kovich
  • Chapter 19: Forms of Protest Reflect Our Power: Radical Strategy and Mass Mobilizations - Clarice Kuhling
  • Chapter 20: Surveying the Landscape: Local Protesters and Global Summits - Lesley J. Wood and Glenn J. Stalker
  • Chapter 21: What Moves Us Now? The Contradictions of "Community" - Clare O?'Connor
  • Chapter 22: Social Protest in the Age of Austerity: Prospects for Mass Resistance After the G20 - David McNally
  • Notes and List of Contributors

Editorial Reviews

“By telling the stories of the dedicated activists who took our demands for local and global justice and democracy to the streets of Toronto, Whose Streets? offers proof that, in the face of state repression and police violence, our collective resistance to neo-liberal capitalism only grows stronger.”