The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War (TCSW) is the largest peace organization
in the Greater Toronto Area, representing over 60 labour, student, faith
and community groups. As a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance, we
work with other peace organizations across the country to build a strong,
coordinated voice for peace and justice.
Our mandate is simple. We oppose war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We oppose Islamophobia, anti-Arab bigotry and all forms of racism. And
we support civil liberties and defend freedom of expression and assembly.
Since 2002, TCSW has organized mass demonstrations against the wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan, mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people.
On February 15, 2003, we organized a rally and march of over 80,000
people. The coordination of anti-war events like these forced the Canadian
government to stay out of the war in Iraq.
Since then, TCSW has continued to organize opposition to the occupations
in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to support the campaign for US war resisters
seeking refuge in Canada. TCSW has also organized large-scale educational
events, including teach-ins and conferences, public forums and debates,
and speaking tours featuring British MP George Galloway and US peace
activist Cindy Sheehan.
In addition, we have organized city-wide marches involving tens of thousands
of people, and emergency rallies and pickets in response to events such
as the siege of Fallujah, the Abu Ghraib scandal, and the disappearance
of Afghan detainees.
A clear majority of Canadians want the troops to come home from Afghanistan
now, and oppose any extension of the mission. Yet Prime Minister Stephen
Harper wants to extend it beyond 2011. As of the beginning of 2011, 154 Canadians
have been killed in Afghanistan, along with thousands of Afghan civilians.
We want a world based on peace and justice, not war and occupation.