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(en) Canada, Montreal, Call to Open a Tent City: Decent Housing for All!

From CLAC logement <claclogement@yahoo.ca>
Date Tue, 27 May 2003 10:35:25 +0200 (CEST)


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The Comité des sans-emploi, CLAC Logement and the Comité logement
Ahuntsic-Cartierville* call for the opening of a…
-=- TENT CITY -=-
In the face of a housing crisis & against the logic of
capitalism, we demand:
> DECENT HOUSING FOR ALL!
End the criminalization of poverty and homelessness!
The right to squat empty buildings!
Join us for a DEMONSTRATION that will head to the site
where we'll erect our Tent City.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Saturday, July 5th
Noon
Corner of Parc Lafontaine and Cherrier
(South-West corner of Parc Lafontaine)
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Free community meal! Bring your drums, banners and a
good pair of walking shoes. And don't forget your tent
and sleeping bag!


This first of July, more women, men and children will
find themselves without a roof over their heads as the
vacancy rate drops, rents rise and the gap between
rich and poor grows. With nowhere to live and an
inadequate shelter system, many folks will be sleeping
in Montreal's parks, vacant lots and abandoned
buildings. There they will face abuse and brutality
at the hands of the police and private security
companies as the city tries to hide the "ugly" face of
the housing crisis from summer tourists. No more! This
summer, we'll put up our tents in solidarity with
other poor and homeless people. We'll create a zone of
organized resistance where people can live, enjoy
themselves, share skills and ideas, organize, defend
themselves and plan for the future. While we fight for
the housing we need, we will defend those who have no
choice but the streets. Join us for a demonstration
that will head to the site where we'll erect our Tent
City.

This action is being organized by the Comité des
sans-emploi, CLAC Logement and the Comité logement
Ahuntsic-Cartierville, but in order for it to be a
success, we will need the help and participation of
individuals, unions, social justice groups and other
organisations committed to fighting poverty and the
housing crisis in Montreal.

==>ENDORSEMENTS: If you or your organization can help
out with this important action, or would like to
endorse this action, please get in touch with us.

==> $$ and MATERIAL SUPPORT: We also need money and
resources for this action: food, tents, tarps, old
blankets and sleeping bags.

==> MOBILISATION: At the demonstration and march, and
during the tent city, it is very important than there
be a strong show of support from members of the
community, to ensure our safety as well as to make the
action a success, so spread the word and encourage
members of your organization to come out.

==> SKILLS & CREATIVITY: Are you an artist, musician
or some kind of performer interested in performing
during the tent city? Are you interested in sharing a
skill or giving a workshop? Get in touch! We’ll be
having an ongoing people’s festival during Tent City.

To find out more about this action, come to our public
assembly, 7:00pm on Friday June 6th at 1710 Beaudry,
Metro Beaudry. (Spaghetti dinner and a movie at
5:30pm.) If your organisation would like a speaker to
talk about this action at one of your meetings, please
get in touch.

Comité des sans-emploi : 596-7094
CLAC Logement: 409-2049, claclogement@yahoo.ca
Comité logement Ahuntsic-Cartierville: 331-1773

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[Ed. Note: From the anti authoritarian social
class struggle movement of Quebec]


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