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After a long summer break, the PFS organizing team is happy to announce three new classes!

Getting to Know Your Government

Thursday, August 29th, 6-8pm
May Robinson Main Floor – Community Hall
20 West Lodge Avenue (north of Queen St W)

Concerned about issues affecting you and your community? Want the government to pay attention? Join us for 'Getting to Know Your Government,' an introductory workshop to learn about the roles of government in Canada; how we elect representatives; and how we can impact policies. We’ll share stories of the many ways Parkdale residents participate in our local democracy, from voting to direct action. You’ll leave with your own plan to start engaging with the government about an issue you care about.

Exploring Neighbourhood Change: From Gentrification to Community Control

Thursday, September 5th, 5:30-7pm
May Robinson Main Floor – Community Hall
20 West Lodge Avenue (north of Queen St W)
RSVP Here 

“Gentrification” has become an all-too-familiar buzzword when trying to describe processes of urban change that result in displacement. But what do we really mean by “gentrification”? What is being gentrified? Who is a gentrifier? If we are gentrifiers, what should we be doing to counteract the exclusionary pressure of our presence in a neighbourhood?

This workshop will explore our own role in processes of urban change, and some strategies (including Community Land Trusts!) that are being used to address displacement. We’ll start with a presentation to introduce key concepts and ideas and will then break out into groups to discuss how we can foster neighbourhood stability and counteract the forces of displacement.

The Radical History of the Catholic Worker Community In Parkdale

Thursday, September 19th, 6:30-8:30
5 Close Avenue  
RSVP Here  - Space is very limited. 

Join us for a peoples history event recounting the radical story of Parkdale’s Catholic Worker Community.

Founded in 1990, the former Toronto Catholic Worker community moved into Parkdale in 1993 where it remained until its dissolution in 2010. At its height, the community included about thirty people living in six households located at the bottom of Close Avenue.

The Catholic Worker is an anarchist pacifist movement inspired by Catholic social teaching that envisions a grass-roots social revolution proceeding from individual and collective action for the common good; a new society built on the shell of the old where it is easier to be good. It began in New York in 1933 and now encompasses some 200 communities, most of them in the United States.

The Toronto Catholic Worker was anchored by the Zacchaeus House, a house of hospitalist that welcomed people in need of housing. Over the course of its 20 year history, Zacchaeus House welcomed and supported several hundred people offering both long and short-term family-style community housing. In addition to this the work of hospitalist, the community also ran a bakery, a cooperative sawmill and attempted to establish a land trust.

Join us to learn more about this inspiring community.

Soup will be served.

Speakers - Jim Loney, Richard Marshal and more.

Introducing... the Parkdale Free School Listserve!

As we celebrate a year of PFS programming,  we want to keep finding new ways to connect with you — our valued community members!  

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