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An interview with John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) in Toronto, commenting on the recent global economic crisis, it's impacts on poor people, and recent elections.
In mid-September, the worst ever global economic crisis hit, right in the middle of federal election campaigns in the USA and Canada. Saving our broken economies immediately became the main focus of the election campaigns in both countries. While the media has payed much attention to the unprecendented $700 billion bailout to Wall Street and other large corporations in the whole, little attention has been paid to how this economic crisis is impacting those who are always at the loosing end of the economic system - working class and poor people.
Recently, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) put out a statement on the economic crisis, highlighting courses of action that communities living in poverty can take to fight what might now be an imminent string of deeper privatizations and cuts to the social safety net (The full statement is linked below).
Now, with provincial elections approaching in Quebec, political parties are again campaigning heavily around people's fears of the economic crisis in order to buy votes. John Clarke, a long-time community organizer with OCAP, analyzes the impacts of the economic crisis, and highlights solutions beyond the ballot boxes.
-->OCAP: The Economy Goes Into Crisis
Music courtesy of Chumbawumba and One Hundred Dollars.