Uprisings Global and Local

Submitted by John on Mon, 11/04/2019 - 13:11

Chile Rises Up

   Millions of people have taken to the streets in the recent period in what must be described as a global uprising against the neoliberal order. Contrary to Margaret Thatcher’s infamous proposition that ‘there is no alternative,’ they are making it abundantly clear that they will no longer tolerate the conditions of exploitation and misery imposed on their lives.

Hating the Homeless

Submitted by John on Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:21

  Toronto’s Downtown East is a neighbourhood that experiences very high levels of poverty and homelessness. It has long been contested territory, with the accelerating process of gentrification pitting upscale residents and businesses against the poor. This redevelopment has involved organized efforts to exclude and drive out services for homeless people.

Welcome to John Clarke’s blog

Submitted by John on Wed, 10/02/2019 - 17:28

   People have been telling me for a long time that I should start blogging and, now that I have stepped down as an OCAP organizer, I think it’s time to actually get to it.  I intend to write on a fairly wide range of subjects. Some of it will still be related to anti-poverty struggles, including those of OCAP, but I also want to pay more attention to movement building and political initiatives at this vital time. The years since the Great Recession have seen a remarkable period of sluggish recovery, kept alive with zero interest rates and other such initiatives.