U of T General Assembly Teach-in #1

Organizing under Austerity:

Lessons Learned from the Harris Days of Action

Thursday, September 29, 6-8:30pm

@ Bancroft Building, room 323, 4 Bancroft Avenue

 In the summer of 1995, the Conservative Ontario government of Mike Harris launched a vicious attack on poor and working people in Ontario. Citing the need for deficit reduction, Harris slashed welfare rates, cut taxes, closed hospitals, cut education spending, and repealed labour laws.

Sixteen years later, with the looming possibility of a Harper-Ford-Hudak trifecta, we find ourselves in a similar position. Let’s learn from the past.

What were the Harris Days of Action? What worked? What didn’t? How can these lessons help us organize more effectively both on- and off-campus in today’s ‘Age of Austerity’?

Please join us for a teach-in on the Harris Days of Action. The event will include a Q&A with John Clarke (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty), Sam Gindin (Department of Political Science, York University), and Justin Podur (ZNet). The Q&A will be followed by an open discussion.

To submit questions for discussion please email: utgeneralassembly@gmail.com.

Free and delicious refreshments will be served by Hot Yam!

Bancroft Room 323 is an accessible space.

UTGA Teach-ins are a project of the University of Toronto General Assembly.

 UTGA Teach-ins are monthly coffeehouse-style discussions on topics relevant to struggles on and beyond campus, to our political organizing, to skill-sharing, or to anything else we might imagine! The idea is to bring people together in a casual space, to hash out political ideas and strategies, to share stories and dilemmas related to organizing, and to get to know each other.

If you have an idea for a UTGA Teach-in or if you would like to help out with the organizing, please get in touch: utgeneralassembly@gmail.com.


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