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(en) Canada, Peterborough, Ontario, Support The PCAP new Squat!

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 16 Jun 2003 14:10:34 +0200 (CEST)

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> by Peterborough Coalition Against Poverty*
PCAP has taken over a City-owned abandoned House at 1130 Water St.
(Peterborough) - On Sunday June 15, 2003 community members took over
an empty building as part of the Peterborough Coalition Against
Poverty’s second action in its "Give it or Guard it" Housing
Campaign and Squatting tour. The summer-long campaign tours unused
buildings in the city that could be used for affordable housing. The squat
is located at 1130 Water St. and is officially owned by the City of
Peterborough. As far as PCAP knows, the house has been sitting empty
and unused for approximately a year. One city worker told a PCAP
member that the City is attempting to buy up all the houses along the river
with the intent relocating or demolishing the buildings in an effort to
create a green space. However, the same city worker told PCAP that this
could take "forever." PCAP strongly opposes the possibility that in a dire
time of underhousing, the City would allow potential homes to go to

Support the Squat!!! Join us at City Hall at 7:00 pm Monday June 16th to
demand that the city adress the housing crisis in this city. We will rally
outside, and then pack the house to support our squatt delegation as they
make a deputation to city council with the following demands:

1) turn over the house at 1130 Water St. to the squatters to be
self-managed as cooperative housing;

2) pay for all renovation and repair to the house;

3) grant legal amnesty to all squatters at 1130 Water St.;

4) create a City-financed support fund to assist residents of Peterborough
whose hydro has been or will be cut off because they can not afford to
pay the bill;

5) undertake a city-wide inspection and repair blitz: Inspect and order
repairs on all unsafe and substandard housing in the City.

Potluck meal prior to city hall meeting: 5pm at 1130 Water Street

We will be heading as a big group from the Squat to the city council
meeting after sharing a potluck meal together. come and eat at 5:00 pm.

Other Ways to Support The SQUAT...

We need:

Ø Letters to the city supporting our demands

Ø Letters to the paper supporting the squat

Ø Food and Water

Ø Building supplies

Ø Cleaning supplies

Ø Financial donations

Ø Anything else it takes to make a home

Ø Friendly faces and visits to the squat to show support

PLEASE feel free to bring any of this stuff by the Squat at 1130 Water St.
there are people there all the time!

The Peterborough Coalition Against Poverty (PCAP) is a group dedicated
to political struggle against an economic system that maintains and
profits from the inequality, indignity and needless suffering of poverty.
PCAP organizes actions to support and protect low income persons or
groups who are being oppressed.

Office Location: #17-393 Water St. at Hunter St., Peterborough, Ontario,
K9H 3L7

Phone Number: 705-749-9694
See also:

* [Ed. Note: Peterborough Coalition Against Poverty PCAP
is an anti authoritarian initiative for social direct action
in network with the older OCAP - Ontario Coalition Against Poverty]

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