We did it again! Last night, in Leslie Grove Park at 8 p.m. (at Queen St. E. and Jones) a group of east enders got together to bang pots and pans in solidarity with Quebec student protesters. And one person brought a sign protesting Bill C-38 for good measure.
Whether it’s the Charest government in Quebec raising tuition, or the Harper government in Ottawa destroying the country with their omnibus bill, it all comes down to the same thing: right-wing austerity programs punishing the workers for the excesses of the 1%.
Three of us got there a bit late due to the thunderstorm, and when we got there, we thought we were the only ones. So we got our pots and pans out and started clanging away anyhow. Then, after about 10 minutes, we heard a clanging from across the park – and it was everyone else!
They had been on a march through the neighbourhood. This was the scene when they got back and we joined them:
Again, a small but mighty crowd – about 20 of us showed up. (That’s still lots of noise, though, when you’re banging on pots and pans!) We heard from the others who were there earlier that around 10 cops showed up to supervise at first, but eventually they left.
The neat thing about having a smaller group of us is that what would have been speeches at any large rally turned into a discussion among all of us about why we were there.
We’re all planning to be there next week, same place, same time. Join us! Leslie Grove Park, Queen St. E. at Jones, Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 8 p.m.