An eight week course that will present an overview of a decades long history of organizing resistance in poor communities in Ontario to the mounting agenda of austerity.  It will deal with the history of the organization and look at some of its key struggles and campaigns but it will seek to do so in way the examines the factors driving the mounting attack on the poor in society. It will also explore, based on concrete examples, how poor people can organize to develop and assert political power in the difficult context of social abandonment.

Finally, the war on the poor and resistance in the face of it will be linked to the development of the intensifying, post-2008 agenda of hyper austerity and prospects for developing and expanding resistance in poor communities will be considered from the standpoint of how they can merge with and strengthen a broader movement of social resistance incorporating wider sections of the working class population.