Thursday, December 28, 2006

Toronto: Just Say No to War: Moss Park Vigil, Tuesday, January 2, 12 noon

Just Say No to War!
For Peace With Justice in 2007
Homes not Bombs monthly vigil
Turn Moss Park Armoury into Non-Profit, Affordable Housing
Tuesday, January 2, 12 noon
Corner of Jarvis and Queen Street East, Toronto

As a symbol of Canada's military, Moss Park Armoury represents a theft from the poor to pay for Canada's bloated war budget (upwards of $20 billion annually) while people die on the streets of this neighbourhood for lack of decent housing.

As a war training camp, Moss Park Armoury represents a failure of imagination. By arming young people and training them to kill, we send a clear message: the only way to win is to be the one with the most violence, the biggest gun. We teach our children that this is the wrong kind of behaviour in our school yards, yet we turn around and show ourselves to be hypocrites on the world stage.

We are calling on the government of Canada to use the billions currently spent on blowing up people and homes halfway around the globe for affordable housing units, civilian jobs, and programs to meet the many social needs of people here in Canada and abroad.

Those currently employed as soldiers should not be placed in the impossible position of kill or be killed. Those who have, through no fault of their own, fallen to the bottom of this country's cruel economy, should not have to beg for food or shelter: these things are guaranteed rights that the government of Canada has chosen to deny to them.

Enough is enough. Canada should build homes, not blow them up. Join us the first Tuesday of every month at 12 noon in front of the armoury.

Homes not Bombs,

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