Author: A.J. Withers

A.J. Withers is a longtime community organizer, artist and scholar, and an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. A.J. maintains a blog at

  • Intentional Neglect or Callous Oversight?

    How ‘Progressive’ Basic Income Proposals Fail Migrants In the debate around the pros and cons of basic income, the implications for immigrants are seldom discussed. This omission, whether intentional or a product of indifference, is particularly glaring in progressive pro-Basic Income (BI) literature where the term “citizen’s income” is often used synonymously. Taken together, a … Keep reading »

  • What Basic Income Means for Disabled People

    Disabled people in Ontario are much more likely to experience poverty than non-disabled people. Many have to live on sub-poverty payments under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or the even more wretched income provided by Ontario Works (OW). Those that are in this situation are confronted by an ongoing process of surveillance, invasion of … Keep reading »

  • Boycotting Apartheid

    Ontario’s 50 Year Long Attack on the Campaign for Palestinian Rights On December 1st, 2016, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario officially condemned the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid. Ontario Conservative MPP Gila Martow, who introduced the motion, likened the BDS campaign to the Ku Klux Klan. Both the Liberal and Conservative … Keep reading »

  • Implementing Austerity By Downloading Responsibility

    Ontario’s Attack On Social Assistance Laura Bardeau had bedbugs and lost all of her furniture. A single mother with two children, trying to survive on social assistance, she applied for emergency housing support from the City of Toronto’s Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF). In doing so Laura was one of over 30,000 people annually who try to … Keep reading »

  • Community Resistance to the War on the Poor: The Online Course

    Justin Podur interviews John Clarke and A.J. Withers In January 2016, John Clarke and A.J. Withers will be teaching the online course, “Community Resistance to the War on the Poor,” at the World Institute for Social Change, an experiment in online courses for the left sponsored by Znet. The course will present an overview of a … Keep reading »

  • Their Crisis, Our Misery: OCAP Versus the G20

    On June 26th, the G20 meetings will bring together the leaders of the world’s richest 20 states in Toronto, following right on meetings of the G8 in Huntsville, in Northern Ontario. The G20 wants to talk about stabilizing the global economy and Harper wants to celebrate Canada as an economic success story. However, poor communities … Keep reading »