Whose Streets?

The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest

Table of contents

Foreword: G20 Trials and the War on Activism Naomi Klein

Preface Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth

Introduction: From the Great Recession to the Streets of Toronto Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth

Part 1: Before the G20: Organizing a Protest Convergence

1: Building a Protest Convergence: The Toronto Community Mobilization Network Tom Malleson 2: Community Organizing for a Global Protest Mac Scott 3: Collective Movement, Collective Power: People of Colour, Migrant Justice, and the G20 Syed Hussan 4: “Canada Can’t Hide Genocide”: Marching for Indigenous Rights Lisa Currier 5: Labour’s Role in Opposing the G20: Building Resistance to Austerity Archana Rampure 6: Unions, Direct Action and the G20 Protests: Obstacles and Opportunities Jeff Shantz 7: Presenting the Movement’s Narratives: Organizing Alternative Media Dan Kellar 8: Got Your Back! Building Radical Crisis Support into the G20 Convergence Monique Woolnough

Part 2: During the G20: Documenting Resistance and Repression

9: Police Violence and State Repression at the Toronto G20: The Facts Movement Defence Committee 10: They Sought to Terrify Us out of the Streets Nat Gray 11: One Day in a Cage: Notes on the Temporary Detention Centre David Wachsmuth 12: “Hop!” A First Hand Account of Police Abuse at the G20 Sarah Pruyn 13: Women Resist, Police Repress: Stories of Gendered Police Violence at the Toronto G20 Shailagh Keaney 14: A Wall of Brick and Rage Nicole Tanguay 15: Connecting Carceral Spaces: Reflecting on Summit Detention Swathi Sekhar 16: Caught in the Crossfire Elroy Yau

Part 3: After the G20: Critical Reflections, Moving Forward

17: Martial Law in the Streets of Toronto: G20 Security and State Violence Neil Smith and Deborah Cowen 18: Marching with the Black Bloc: “Violence” and Movement Building Tammy Kovich 19: Forms of Protest Reflect Our Power: Radical Strategy and Mass Mobilizations Clarice Kuhling 20: Surveying the Landscape: Local Protesters and Global Summits *Lesley J. Wood and Glenn J. Stalker * 21: What Moves Us Now? The Contradictions of “Community” *Clare O’Connor * 22: Social Protest in the Age of Austerity: Prospects for Mass Resistance After the G20 *David McNally *

Notes and List of Contributors


In June 2010 activists opposing the G20 meeting held in Toronto were greeted with arbitrary state violence on a scale never before seen in Canada. Whose Streets? is a combination of testimonials from the front lines and analyses of the broader context, an account that both reflects critically on what occurred in Toronto and looks ahead to further building our capacityfor resistance.

Featuring reflections from activists who helped organize the mobilizations, demonstrators andpassersby who were arbitrarily arrested and detained, and scholars committed to the theory and practice of confronting neoliberal capitalism, the collection balances critical perspective with on-the-street intensity. It offers vital insight for activists on how local organizing and global activism can come together.


Focusing on eyewitness accounts and reportage,… [the book’s second and third parts] provide powerful illustrations of the clashes between security forces and protestors.

- Quill & Quire

Whose Streets? warrants a broad and diverse readership, within and beyond the academy.

- Labour / Le Travail

I love that editors Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth made the democratic and risky decision to include a broad spectrum of opinions in their book…This sober retelling of events replaces knee-jerk emotions with necessary facts for anyone still trying to figure out what the hell happened…The spark lies in the storytelling.

- rabble.ca