Part of co-ordinated day of action ‘Solidarity/SOILidarity City’ for International Workers Day
By Katie Berger –
Occupy Gardens to plant free food garden in front of Legislative Assembly as part of coordinated day of action ‘Solidarity/SOILidarity City’ for International Workers Day May 1st 1-4pm at Queen’s Park South Lawn in front of the Legislative Assembly.
FOOD IS LIFE; NOT A COMMODITY – May 1, 2013 marks the 1 year anniversary of the planting of the People’s Peas Garden. The People’s Peas Garden was planted as part of the 2012 May Day festivities in SOILidarity with food workers and eaters around the world and was destroyed by the City of Toronto 5 months later on the eve of harvest. We will mark this occasion by planting a new community garden to call attention to the continued hypocrisy of the Canadian government on every level as they promise to eradicate hunger while actively perpetuating a food system based on the comodification of life and maximum profits for agro-business. This is part of a world-wide movement against a globalized colonial capitalist state-corporate food regime that encourages the destruction of livelihoods, displacement of peoples and the devastation of the natural environment.
Hundreds (400 confirmed attending) gathered for free food serving with large colourful banners and signs, opening ceremony from Representatives from Six Nations, live original musical theatre with colourful animal, fruit and vegetable costumes, hundreds in the crowd wearing Anonymous Squirrel masks, garden planting in high profile public space.