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(en) Canada, Vancover, EMERGENCY: ATTACKS ON WOODWARDS SQUAT

From "Cockroach Prophet" <streetpoet77@hotmail.com>
Date Tue, 29 Oct 2002 09:45:47 -0500 (EST)


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CALL FOR EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION AND ACTION
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Woodwards Building, East Vancouver

  Early this afternoon Vancouver East police and a city official visited 
the Woodwards Squat to end rumours the media had circulated this 
morning.  The sidewalk occupants reluctantly were handed copies of 
these letters:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
  You are using or occupying tents, structures and objects on City 
sidewalks in the 100 block West Hastings Street, the 300th block Abbott 
street, and the 100 block Cordova Street.  These tents, structures, and 
objects the free use of the sidewalks and violate the City's Streets 
and Traffic by-law.
  I demand that you remove these tents, structures, and objects from 
city streets, including city sidewalks, ON OR BEFORE NOON ON WEDNESDAY, 
OCTOBER 30th, 2002.
  If you need help finding a place to stay, you may contact the City's 
Tenants' Assistance Program (604 873-7488) who will help find housing 
for you.
  If you need help with the removal of tents, structures, or other 
objects from City streets or sidewalks, you can contact the City's 
Engineering Services (604 323-7650) to arrange for the removal and 
disposal of those items.
D.H Rudberg, P.Eng., General Manager


A CALL TO ACTION
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  When will these people be pushed around for the last time?  Many are 
asking this today.

  The eviction notice handed to individual squatters is only a request 
from the state.  There is no legal course for the state to follow 
through with eviction until there is a court injuction.  However we at 
Woodwards realize that there will be a time when those threats are not 
empty and idle.  This notice we've received is representative of what 
is to come as the city works its sneaky tricks under the scenes for 
legal loopholes to end this squat.  People can not sit around and 
afford to wait for the squats demise to be slowly planned with all the 
resources of the state to back it up.  That is why we should always be 
a step ahead.

  The author of the City's letter, D.H. Rudberg is the individual 
responsible for applying and following through with the court injuction 
proceedures.  Rudberg has told the Anti-Poverty Committee the court 
injuction process will begin at noon Wednesday should the sqauttors not 
have left.

  Let it be said however that the homeless crisis faces the gales of 
winter, and we can not expect poor people to wait for any more empty 
promises to be made and broken.  The City will not be able to house the 
number of people camping at Woodwards in time for dark, Wednesday 
night.  With the winter weather ready to begin raining on Vancouver, 
the Woodwards squatters must be sheltered immediately for their health 
and safety.

This is a call to all people (labour, homeless, social groups and 
concerned) available to escalate the conflict when there is so little 
time for debate.  The defeat of Gordon Campbell will be a snowball 
effect.  For every attack on the people of British Columbia by the 
Liberals, the more bridges his hateful regime will burn.  We will do 
what it takes in order to achieve the only significant outcome in our 
eyes; victory, and shelter.

  Take solidarity with these people about to be evicted from 
nothingness.  At deadline, 12:00 p.m. Wednesday October 30th, we call 
all able bodied supporters of the squat to join us at 101 Hastings and 
Abbott to oppose the injuction and gentrification process.  A plan is 
being developed by a newly formed affinity group to insure that all 
squatters who need shelter on Wednesday night will have that 
opportunity given to them.  We are feeling confident that we will be 
more able to house the homeless than the City Tenants' Assistance 
Program of Vancouver, however nessecary.
  On Wednesday, at noon; we will be able to respond to these attacks 
publicly with our words and action.  We will be needing help to move 
some people.  We need trucks, vehicles, coffee, multitudes of 
supporters, and a hint of a new spirit in British Columbia.  It's time 
that B.C. FIGHTS TO WIN.

  Bring everyone, spread the word, this is a desperate hour.  The mood 
at the squat today is not of joy, but not of defeat.
  Soldarity,
  Joey
    from a Determined Housing Affinity Group.


--
Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number -
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.

 - Percy Shelley


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