Day 72 – linking what the world needs now by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
July 2, 2010

“…The questions I keep coming back to are these: in this time, as countless multitudes of humans & nonhumans suffer 4 the profits & luxuries of a few, & as species go extinct at rates greater than any in the last scores of millions of years—as large-vertebrate evolution itself is being halted—what does the world need? What does the world need from me?…” —  Derrick Jensen


This isn’t the post I was going to write. I’m actually working on three others at one time, but this one came to me in a conversation I had yesterday… This is a very short post, anchored on an inspiring essay from Orion, including a few creative ideas about what others do to stop the systemic destruction of the only home we have. First a short commentary from me, and then that essay, and then excerpts and links linking what the world needs now….

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Torontonians gather at police HQ to condemn abuses + Police State Canada Testimonies

Torontonians gather at police HQ to condemn abuses

TheRealNews | July 01, 2010

Unmarked vans snatching journalists and organizers denounced as one example of the real G20 violence

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the Stimulator: The Revolution is NOW! + We started the riot

subMedia.TV’s final report from the G20 rebellions in three parts:

Who are we? – Report 5 of the weeklong resistance coverage of the G20 rebellions

stimulator | July 01, 2010

http://subMedia.TV ‘s the stimulator reports from the “Justice for our communities” action on June 25th.

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Naomi Klein to police: Don’t play public relations, do your goddamned job! + Judy Rebick: We won’t shut the F*ck up!

rabbletv | June 28, 2010

After the widely condemned police brutality during the G20 Summit in Toronto, crowds gathered for a protest in front of Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, June 28, 2010. There, Naomi Klein tore into the Toronto Police for choosing to “play public relations” instead of doing their job.

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Black Block get green light to rampage? + Jesse Freeston on Canadian national TV

G20 Toronto Black Block get green light to rampage?

CanadiansNanaimo | June 28, 2010 | 4:17

A photo Journalist describes his experience following the black block as they rampage through the streets of Toronto during the G20 Summit.

20,000 police and security officials and a $1 billion security budget were not enough to stop 75-100 black block anarchists from smashing windows and torching police cars during a 1.5 hour rampage. The Black Block were able to rampage through the street for 24 blocks until they reached the ‘official protest zone’ where they quickly changed clothes dispersed through the crowd of peaceful protesters and then left the site.

The police were fully aware of the rampage and watched the black block from a distance at a number of locations. It wasn’t until they had dispersed into a crowd of peaceful protesters who thought that they were in a sanctioned area that the police took action beating innocent people with batons and spraying them with pepper spray.

Why was this allowed to happen? Police abandoned police cars at Bay and King when they didn’t need to, why? Was this allowed to happen so the Harper government could justify an outrageous security bill when there was no credible terrorist threat (according to CSIS)? Who led this group of vandals? Were they infiltrated by government paid provocateurs as was the case in Montebello where police with masks and rocks attacked their own riot squad?

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Paul Jay: Toronto G20 – The Shape Of Things To Come


Paul Jay: Are extraordinary police powers and cuts to people’s safety net the G-20 plan for the future?

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Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit + Jesse Rosenfeld Describes Being Beaten, Arrested

Democracy Now!
June 28, 2010

Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit

As thousands protested in the streets of Toronto, inside the G20 summit world leaders agreed to a controversial goal of cutting government deficits in half by 2013. We speak with journalist Naomi Klein. “What actually happened at the summit is that the global elites just stuck the bill for their drunken binge with the world’s poor, with the people that are most vulnerable,” Klein says.

via Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit

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Howard Morton: There is evidence the police infiltrated “Black Bloc” + Steve Paikin on police attack against peaceful protest

Howard Morton is a criminal lawyer and a member of the Law Union of Ontario

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The Mass Arrests, the Security State and the Toronto G20 Summit

Crossposted with permission from

Socialist Project
The Bullet
28 June, 2010

The massive police presence in Toronto over this week has been officially justified on the basis of protecting the leaders of the G8 and G20 countries meeting in Huntsville and Toronto. We were told that the creation of the fenced-in fortress, the massive mobilization of police (estimates ranging from 10-20,000) from across Canada, and even the passing of a secret law on policing (by the executive of the Ontario government without reference to the Legislative Assembly and the opposition parties) that made it a crime to appear within five metres of the security fence would protect our right to protest as well.

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Police State Canada + Real News journalist attacked at G20 + Interview with Toronto Mayor

Who do the police work for? ~ DS

Real News journalist attacked at G20


TRNN’s Jesse Freeston, one of the members of media attacked or arrested at G20

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Fortress Toronto: Massive Security Clampdown for G8/G20 Meetings + Welcome to KKKanada

Democracy Now!
June 25, 2010

Fortress Toronto: Massive Security Clampdown for G8/G20 Meetings Most Expensive in Canadian History

World leaders have started arriving for the G8 and G20 meetings amidst a massive security crackdown that will mark the most expensive three days in Canadian history. Large swaths of Toronto’s downtown core have the appearance of a police state, with an estimated deployment of over 19,000 security personnel—nearly five times the number at the G20 in Pittsburgh last year. The security price tag is around $1 billion, and some predict the total summit cost will surpass $2 billion. [includes rush transcript]

John Clarke, founder of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Sharmeen Khan, spokesperson with the Toronto Community Mobilization Network

via Fortress Toronto: Massive Security Clampdown for G8/G20 Meetings Most Expensive in Canadian History


CODEPINK Activist Detained for Over 48 Hours at Canadian Border After Being Denied Entry to Canada

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the Stimulator: Escape the Freedom Fence + G20 Queeruption + Bacon Bitz


Escape the Freedom Fence


Our first day in T-Dot and already shit’s hectic. If you plan on being here and have a bike, make sure it’s equipped with front and rear lights and a bell. Helmets are not mandatory in Toronto. For info on the days of actions visit the Toronto Community Mobilization Network. Stay tuned tomorrow seems for more updates from the streets of resistance.

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