Whose Streets? The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest
Institute for Public Knowledge (20 Cooper Square, 5th Fl., Manhattan)
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Join contributor Neil Smith and editor David Wachsmuth to discuss their new book, Whose Streets? The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest, in the context of the global Occupy movement.
In June 2010, in the midst of the ongoing global economic crisis, thousands of activists gathered in Toronto to oppose the latest round of bank bailouts, austerity measures and anti-democratic economic policies being coordinated by the G20. They were greeted with arbitrary state violence on a scale never before seen in Canada.
What prompted the Canadian state to spend a billion dollars on security, and why did the police suspend civil liberties, militarize downtown Toronto, and carry out the largest mass arrest in Canadian history? How was the resistance to the G20 in Toronto organized? Most importantly, what lessons can activists learn from the events of June 2010 for future struggles? The contributors to Whose Streets? The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest attempt to answer these questions.
Contributors to the book are activists who helped organize the mobilizations; demonstrators and passersby who were arbitrarily arrested and detained; and scholars committed to the theory and practice of confronting neoliberal capitalism. Through a combination of testimonials from the front lines and analyses of the broader context, they collectively offer an account that both reflects critically on what occurred in Toronto and looks ahead to more democratic resistance.