The city of Toronto is attacking people living in encampments, and poor folks and their allies are fighting back.
After city councillors voted to end encampments, police got the message, and swept in by the dozens, along with private security and city workers, to violently clear people from encampments at Trinity Bellwods Park, Alexandra Park, Lamport Stadium, and elsewhere.
In the midst of the pandemic, these were places where people found refuge, safety, and community. These encampments are peoples' homes.
This disregard for poor folks continues a long history in Toronto. But there is also a history of inspiring resistance.
This week we're putting one of the best books detailing that history on sale to get it in the hands of more readers.
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History by historian Bryan D. Palmer and anti-poverty activist Gaétan Héroux, as street nurse Cathy Crow puts it, tells "the mostly untold story of poor people’s resistance, activism, and fight-back struggles that have and will continue to win huge victories alleviating poverty.”
Palmer and Héroux explore the long history of how the homeless and the unemployed in the urban core and in the suburbs have been socially constructed and characterized, and how they have fought back.
The paperback is 35% off until the end of July 2021. And get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss discounted bulk sales.