Toronto Harm Reduction Workers

$4,066 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 26 months
Harm reduction saves lives.

Harm reduction workers make harm reduction work. 

Over the last year, harm reduction workers across the city of Toronto have been organizing the world’s first harm reduction workers’ union. We are the kit makers, outreach workers, community workers, and coordinators that reduce the harms associated with bad drug laws, poverty and capitalism.

As working class people, our communities have been hard hit by the War on Drugs, the epidemics of HIV, Hepatitis C and overdose deaths. We are organizing to better our working conditions and improve the services we provide. And we are organizing to fight for a society free of oppression and injustice- but we need your support. 

We are affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World - a fighting union for all workers. As such, we're a DIY union without paid staff or big organizing budgets. Any contribution to our campaign goes directly to the workers involved.  Here are a few examples of what your contributions will do:

-A $5 donation will pay one month's dues of an extremely low wage worker, allowing them to take part in direct union democracy and organizing within their industry. 

-$9 buys us 3 transit tokens, enough to support three workers in attending a meeting or event.

-$25 pays our phone bill for one month, allowing for a more interconnected and accessible union. 

-$50-100 helps us pay for a run of buttons and t-shirts, so that workers and allies can visibly show their support and solidarity, in their workplaces and beyond. 

-$200 helps fund an Organizer Training 101, a 2-day workshop which arms workers with the knowledge and skills they need to build power in their workplaces from the bottom up.

For more information about who we are and what we're doing, or to get in touch, please visit our website, or send us an email.

Solidarity forever!

-Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union
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Update 2
Posted by Toronto Harm Reduction Workers
25 months ago
It's been a busy and exciting month since we launched this campaign. THRWU has been growing, building, organizing, and winning improvements in conditions for workers already. Make sure to follow all our updates and news on our facebook page and website.
We're 57% of the way to our goal of $4000. This means that if 70 more people donate only $25, we'll get there- and we're putting on another push to get us there over the next month. If everyone chips in where they can, or shares our gofundme and facebook page within their networks, we're confident we can reach our goal and roll into 2015 full steam ahead.
Thanks to everyone who has already donated, shared,or helped us along, and SOLIDARITY FOREVER!
-THRWU
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Update 1
Posted by Toronto Harm Reduction Workers
26 months ago
Hi all,
1 day into our campaign, all we can think to say is- THANK YOU so much!
As workers who often live and organize on the margins, we are totally overwhelmed with how much support and solidarity we have received in only our first day as a public union. To know that there are so many people out there who value what we do in our jobs, and what we're doing as organizers, and want to support us- it's an incredible feeling.
24 hours into our campaign, we're almost 25% of the way towards meeting our goal. Thank you to all who have contributed, shared the page, and reached out to us via email or facebook- and please keep doing all those things! We can't wait to see where we'll be in another day or two. Thank you, and SOLIDARITY FOREVER!
-THRWU
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Joel Whiting
23 months ago

FULL SUPPORT thank you so much for your serves take good care

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Pierrette Desormeaux
26 months ago

If you have money to donate this 'GoFundMe?' is a worth while cause to believe it..... :)

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$4,066 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 26 months
Created November 9, 2014
$5
Andrea Heatherington
1 month ago

I'm a aerospace worker at a company who refuses to allow a union. I'm proud to be working class because I know it doesn't mean "uneducated" "low skilled" "college drop out" and all the other labels the 1% and beyond prefer to bestow upon us. I'm raising my fist in solidarity to your cause because laws and regulations that unfairly jail and keep people people in financial servitude due to outrageous "fines" given for nonviolent convictions. Driving without a license, possession of marijuana in small amounts, jailing people for failure to pay fines and fees. Our world is so hungry for more we've been forgotten and undervalued, we workers and blue collar people. Thank you, thank thank you.

IM
$60
Iain McBride
13 months ago

A Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Harm Reduced New Year to all!

RB
$100
Rebyc Bow
14 months ago
IM
$20
Iain McBride
21 months ago
DI
$50
Detroit IWW
22 months ago

The Detroit IWW is pleased to support the Toronto Harm Reduction Workers' campaign.

IG
$250
Indiana GMB
22 months ago
HB
$10
Hans Buelke
22 months ago
OG
$25
Ohio Valley GMB
22 months ago (Offline Donation)
$20
Anonymous
23 months ago
SO
$25
Steve Ongerth
23 months ago
Joel Whiting
23 months ago

FULL SUPPORT thank you so much for your serves take good care

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Pierrette Desormeaux
26 months ago

If you have money to donate this 'GoFundMe?' is a worth while cause to believe it..... :)

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