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  • Keywords
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    • Urban development,
    • Racialized community,
    • Urban community problems,
    • Rebranding a neighbourhood,
    • Community engagement,
    • Year of the gun

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By Us! For Us!
Activism in Jane-Finch A Working Class Community
by Wanda MacNevin

By Us! For Us! counters the mainstream narrative about the community of Jane-Finch in Toronto. It is a story of courage, advocacy, belonging, and grassroots activism confronting neglect and unacceptable political and bureaucratic decisions that resulted in a lack of social infrastructure, racism, and marginalization.

"The history of many immigrants starts with Jane and Finch. Wanda MacNevin depicts such a clear picture of the struggles this community faced, their determination to bring about changes when barriers created in the education and political system were tough to break. This book is a “must read” for all immigrants, politicians, and the schools. History of Jane and Finch finally documented!" —Sunder Singh, Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women "Ms. MacNevin describes the historical memory of Jane and Finch in Toronto, with passion and intimacy. She writes about how the dynamic style of life of an impoverished community became a light of hope, solidarity and love in a new ‘Ubuntu’, built by immigrants from around the world. Her book is a spark of hope from the voiceless people in one of the most diverse areas in the city." —Fr. Hernan Astudillo, San Lorenzo Church "Wanda MacNevin's work should be required material for city planners to consider on the generational effects of concentrated poverty. Despite the challenges she presents, her story is one of hope and a testament to the power of community advocacy in charting an equitable path for a neighbourhood's future." —Tom Rakocevic, Lifelong Resident, MPP Humber River - Black Creek “The book by Wanda MacNevin [For Us! By Us!] is a strongly written social history of the development and growth of the Jane-Finch community. In essence, she has a profound understanding of the impact of social development. The story needs to be told.” —Ato Seitu, Professional Artist

Wanda MacNevin grew up in Downsview, a suburban area in Toronto that includes the Jane-Finch community. While working in the Jane-Finch community, she gained a great deal of experience along with a wealth of information. In 2017, York University awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree for her lifework. MacNevin has published two other books: From the Edge: A Woman’s Evolution from Abuse to Activism (1999) and If I Only Knew… Stories of Teen Mothers (2008).


Wanda MacNevin
Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine
Contribution by
Sam Tecle

What People are Saying

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