Hamilton Activists Urge Holding ‘Day of Action’ Protests

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By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Labour members, poverty activists, and environmentalists are looking to the past to revive an attitude of protest to get politicians and business leaders to listen to their pleas of help seriously. Over 16 years ago, about 120,000 people jammed the downtown streets of Hamilton to protest the Mike Harris-led Tory provincial government for waging a war against society’s most vulnerable.

“The situation is not getting better,” said Ursula Samuels, a Hamilton activist who has lived on social assistance, during The People’s Forum: Hamiltonians Helping Hamilton, a two-and-a-half hour session organized by the Hamilton and District Labour Council and Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.

“Enough is enough,” she yelled to about 60 people who sat in a field of chairs enough for about 300. “We are not going to take it any more.”

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