Diverse coalition to march in Toronto for an economy that works for people and planet
Jul 05, 2015, 07:00 ET
March on July 5 comes on eve of the Pan American Climate and Economic Summits
TORONTO, July 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Thousands of people will take to the streets on Sunday in a march through downtown Toronto demanding an economy that prioritizes jobs, justice and climate action.
An unprecedented coalition, including the union representing oil workers, Idle No More, environmentalists and faith-based people, will march in four different contingents, visually depicting what this new economy looks like: "It starts with justice" for Indigenous peoples and those most impacted, creates "good work, clean jobs and healthy communities", recognizes that "we have solutions" and shows "we know who is responsible" for causing the climate crisis.
11:30 am — Press Tent
Description: Credentialed media outlets are invited to interview official spokespeople and high profile guests such as David Suzuki, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, national labour union presidents, and others.
Location: Canopy Next to Northwest Rebellion Monument on the Northeast corner of the park off Grosvener and Queens Park Crescent E.
12:30 pm — Press Conference
Description: Actress and activist Jane Fonda and official spokespeople will deliver short messages. There will be opportunities for photo and video, as well as technical equipment for television and radio journalists.
Location: Podium in Press Tent (see above)
Speakers: Myeengun Henry (Chippewa of the Thames First Nation); Nigel Barriffe (Good Jobs For All Coalition); Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation, Greenpeace Canada); Angel Reyes (Workers Action Centre); Jennifer Henry (KAIROS); John Clarke (OCAP); Anastasia Harripaul (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario)
Jane Fonda will be the final speaker.
For full biographies of spokespeople: www.jobsjusticeclimate.ca/media
1:00 PM — Rally starts
1:45 PM: March starts and will end at approximately 4:00 PM with a community block party, musical guests, and art installations in Allan Gardens.
WHO: A diverse coalition of individuals and groups from across Canada, including labor unions representing Alberta oil workers, First Nations on the frontlines of extraction projects, racialized communities from climate-impacted regions, environmental groups, anti-poverty, worker and faith groups, health workers, scientists, students, migrant justice groups, and others. A full list of participating organizations is available here: jobsjusticeclimate.ca/partners.
Visuals: Large puppets such as a 15 foot brontosaurus, a solar powered alternative Pan Am torch, a 40 foot banner, and more. The end of the march in Allan Gardens will include high-profile musical guests and a photography exhibit.
For more information: http://jobsjusticeclimate.ca/
SOURCE Jobs, Justice and the Climate March
For further information: Graham Reeder, 350.org (http://350.org/) (647) 880-0786
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