(Kingston) - At a press conference on the steps of Kingston's City Hall today Co-Chairs of the upcomming Kingston Day of Action announced June 8, 1998 as the date for community-wide action by social and labour activists.
Charlie Stock is president of the Kingston & District Labour Council and Natalie Mehra represents the Kingston Action Network. The announcement today proclaims the second "Day of Action" in 1998 against the Harris government. Kingston is the 11th city to take part in protests against the government since its election exactly therr years ago on June 8, 1995.
Also present for the announcement was Wayne Samuelson, president of the Ontario Federaton of Labour. "For the past three years we have heard from the cities and towns across Ontario and what people have told us is that they completely disagree with the Harris government - it's aims and it's methods."
"But the Harris day's of destruction are numbered," said Stock. "We're now counting the days until the next election... then the Harris government will be forced to listen to communities like Kingston - we'll have our say on election day!"
Joining Mehra, Samuelson and Stock was Helene Hannah of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent De Paul, who have been holding a noon hour vigil at City Hall every Friday since the Harris government was elected. On each anniversary of the vigil, hundreds of community members have encircled City Hall in a silent show of rememberance for those who have been hurt by the Harris government cuts. Today, the vigil was held as part of the Day of Action announcement.
"Work for the Kingston Day of Action has already begun with a Steering Committee in place and scores of community activists already hard at work," Community Co-Chair Natalie Mehra said at today's press conference. "The Kingston Day of Action will give the Harris government a preview of what to expect when the people of this area go to the polls!"