Monthly Toronto Pickets Say No! to NATO
Next Monthly Picket
Tuessday, September 17 — 12:00-1:00 pm
NATO Association of Canada, 48 Yonge St.
Organized by: Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Activists from the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada and others participated in a lively noon-hour picket outside the NATO Association of Canada office on August 29. The monthly pickets to oppose NATO are an initiative of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and have been taking place on the last Thursday of every month since the beginning of 2019. The activists denounce NATO as an aggressive alliance of 29 nations, including Canada, which threatens the security and well-being of the entire world.
Tamara Lorincz, the main organizer of the picket, states that the monthly actions are important to show that Canadians do not want their country to be a force for war and aggression; they want Canada out of NATO and NORAD. She points out that the pickets serve to inform Canadians about the role the Trudeau Liberals have played and continue to play in increasing funding for war and aggression, diverting public funds and attention away from threats to the environment and other social issues such as housing that require immediate attention. The pickets also expose Canada’s increasing militarism, and enable people to receive more information and take a stand for peace, she notes.
Toronto pedestrians gave the August picket a warm reception with many expressing support for the anti-war initiative. People stopped and engaged the picketers in discussion with some reflecting on the Canadian people’s historic striving for peace and against war.
The monthly pickets opposing NATO are an important step forward in building public opinion for an anti-war government in Canada and to make Canada a Zone for Peace. Join in!