Monday, May 10, 2010

The 2010 People’s Summit

The 2010 People’s Summit launches its program with a fun-filled fundraising evening!

As the G8 and G20 Summits approach, the People are preparing exciting, diverse, and democratic responses to the unjust system of the status quo. The 2010 People’s Summit, happening June 18th to 20th at Ryerson University and locations throughout the city, will kick off a week and a half of alternatives and resistance, with three days of workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, interactive arts events, film screenings and community spaces.

From 6-9:30PM on Monday May 10th, the People’s Summit will launch the Summit program with a fundraising dinner. Speeches from Sid Ryan of the Ontario Federation of Labour and Peggy Nash of the Canadian Autoworkers will engage the crowd with ideas on moving toward a more just and equitable world. Local musicians Traditional Native Flute Player Danny Beaton (Turtle Clan Mohawk), classical guitarist Maneli Jamal and folk singer Sara Marlowe will inspire and entertain. A seasonal, organic buffet dinner by acclaimed cook Sam Robertson will be enjoyed by all. Tickets are $25/person, available at the door, with all proceeds going to support the People’s Summit.

The 2010 People’s Summit will educate, empower and inspire positive change, bringing together people from all walks of life working for solidarity, self-determination, human rights, a people’s economy, justice, peace, a healthy planet, and transformative social change. It is the public and democratic alternative to the G20 Summit happening in Toronto on June 26th and 27th.

Highlights from the People’s Summit program include a Friday evening celebration at the Carlu, hosted by Mary Walsh, featuring inspiring speakers and great entertainment. Saturday and Sunday will offer a vast array of interactive and engaging sessions on issues such as climate change and the environment, human rights, gender justice, migrant justice, democracy, economic justice, and People’s alternatives to the current system. Summit organizers will share full details of the program on Monday evening, and registration begins later this week. The weekend of events is open to all.

The website of the People’s Summit is

After the People's Summit, The Toronto Community Mobilization Network is providing infrastructure and logistical support to events, protests and actions taking place between June 21 and 27, 2010 within a framework of respect and solidarity. Details of activities, outreach material and other information can be found at

For more information:
In Toronto: Marya Folinsbee, 647.702.7914,
In Ottawa: Dylan Penner, Council of Canadians, 613.795.8685.

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