Why I participated in todays Disruption in Waterloo

15 Oct

instead of writing what happened today thought id write a response to those bougies etc. who were so inconvenienced by seeing poor people take over their streets

Today there was a demonstration against the cuts imposed on OW and ODSP by the Liberal government. Part of this march included blocking the main intersection in Uptown Waterloo, disrupting business as usual for the yuppies that inhabit and shop in that area.
Some of these people were pissed off at this, and the banner drop, and its interference with there everyday lives. Below I plan to write why I participated in this action, and why I think actions like this are needed.

We all know that the gap between the rich and poor is growing and we all know that we are living in an age of austerity, but for those who benefit from the tax cuts at the expense of the poor (a redistribution of the wealth for the rich), this is just empty phrases and rhetoric which can easily be dismissed or ignored, as can the impact is has on the affected communities.
We all know that the schienders plant is closing and thousands are being laid off, but to those who benefit from deindustrialization, this also is a statistic and figure. We are all aware that the death rate and OD’s from Fentanoly laced Heroine is so huge in Kitchener that the health department has labeled it an epidemic, but like everything else, it’s another statistic. The list of how we suffer and are screwed over goes on and on, and to those who dont find out that there friends are dead from suicide etc. via facebook this means nothing to you. As long as we suffer in silence in the east end, or Downtown, you can go on with your lives and pretend all is good.

These recent cuts and proposed merger between OW and ODSP will have devastating impacts on our community, yet as long as we stay hidden it means nothing.

I joined people today in uptown Waterloo, block your economic core, because as long as we stay away from your areas it is not your problem. Therefor the only logical solution is to make it your problem by refusing to suffer in silence and take the fight to your door. When banks and the institutions of capitalism get targeted, it is no longer a statistic but a tragedy, when you are not able to buy your gucci shoes cause poor people are taking your streets, then it becomes your issue, when the institutions and capitalist structure that you hold dear are disrupted, these issues cant be ignored. I participated today because it was right and as long as these attacks on workers and poor people continue, expect our resistance to intensify.


3 Responses to “Why I participated in todays Disruption in Waterloo”

  1. Mike October 16, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Hi. Thanks for your efforts to spread awareness. It’s important.

    Please be careful with the classicism rhetoric. The families who live and work in Uptown are exactly the people who are being hurt. The people who shop in Uptown are not mindless consumerist “yuppies” deserving of your derision. How can you educate someone you have contempt for?

  2. doug October 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    So a bunch of “poor” people disrupting the lives of hard working people is some how supposed to bring sympathy to your plight?Hey how about this novel idea….get yourselves jobs and you won’t be poor anymore.Don’t blame the working man for your failings.

  3. Mike October 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Looks like you’re getting it from all sides! You must be doing it right.

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