WHO WE ARE
Climate Justice Toronto is a grassroots group of young people across the Greater Toronto Area who seek to build an irresistible* and powerful movement to stop the climate crisis by confronting its root causes: capitalism, colonialism and white supremacy.
Founded in March 2019, CJTO was formed by youth who attended the Powershift: Young and Rising summit held in Ottawa, as well as members of the Fight for $15 and Fairness. We are a radical, evolving and introspective group with the aim of building an army of young organizers who want to build a collectively oriented, just society through a diverse set of tactics.
* “The role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible.” by Toni Cade Bambara
Toronto is a democratic and organized city. Our communities create hope and joy by caring for each other. We are fighting for Indigenous sovereignty, climate justice, and a socialist future. Our North Star Demands are:
DEFUNDING THE POLICE
Vision Statement: Communities that care for each other in well organised neighbourhoods where everyone’s needs are met and state policing is rendered obsolete
- No cops by default
- Transformative justice
- Decriminalize resistance
- Funding and supporting our needs
- Care over carceration
HOUSING FOR ALL
Vision Statement: Everyone is housed in beautiful, sustainable, accessible, decommodified and public housing
- Decriminalize Homelessness
- Expand Tenants Rights
- Build and Fund Sustainable Housing
- Challenging Neoliberal Housing
- Racial Justice in Housing
Vision Statement: Indigenous nations and communities are thriving and stewarding their lands free from coercive settler institutions.
- Disrupting colonial and extractive power
- Wealth and land back
- Showing up
- Anti-Colonial Education
FREE AND RELIABLE TRANSIT
Vision Statement: An expansive zero emissions network of free and frequent transit that is accessible and non-carceral.
- Expansive, Free, and Frequent Transit
- Zero emissions transit
- Accessible and Non-Carceral Transit
- Good Transit Jobs
- Mixed Development Near New Transit
BUILDING LOCAL POWER + COMMUNITY SOLIDARITY + MUTUAL AID
Vision Statement: Local communities are connected and well organized to care for eachother.
- People having time and resources to engage and organize
- Community power and engagement (local political literacy)
- Removing community barriers
CJTO is grouped into four central Branches: Campaigns & Mass Mobilization; Public Education & Storytelling; Community Care, Mutual Aid, & Access; Systems & Admin.
Each of these branches are decentralized and their own centres of power and decision-making. Branches carry the work of CJTO and are accountable to our political principles.