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(en) Canada, Never Mind The By-laws, Here's The Squeegee* Council by Squeegee Council of Vancouver

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Date Mon, 13 Oct 2003 10:04:23 +0200 (CEST)

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The creation of a squeegee council in Vancouver seemed
to make a bit of noise, if we consider the number of
journalists asking us for interviews...It seemed like nobody
ever saw street people organizing. We decided to organize
to fight the collection of tickets and court dates, and to
create a power that will free us from police beatings and
jailing. We unite as squeegee workers, but fight as a class,
because we know they want us all, one by one. We know
that washing windows has nothing to do with our repression, that the
real reason is because we show the capitalist failure: poverty.

We are not yet well known by the public because we
refuse to speak with corporate media. We plan to pass our
message through the independent media, and directly, so
the message is the least deformed as possible.

The squeegee council is run democratically and the
members are squeegee workers or those who have stopped
squeegeeing because of the repression. People can join the
council without joining the I.W.W., but everybody freely
decided to join the union too, so we empowered ourselves.

Our group is open to every squeegee worker, and
everybody is welcome to support us whatever their gender,
age, race, nationality, (sub)culture , sexual orientation,
beliefs, mental or physical handicaps.

Our way of acting is very open and respectful of
everybody's choice of tactics. We want our actions to be
creative because we are tired of protest as usual and we
want to inspire other oppressed people so they will create
their own union and action. After us, a buskers' union
started and they played at our mass squeegee protest.

We, the squeegee council / I.W.W., intend to fight the
battle on two fronts: legal and social. In the month and half,
since our creation, we merely did nothing on the legal front
because the social one took most of our resources .The big
point of the legal struggle is to prove the cops are illegal
when they steal our working tools, when they terrorize us
with their 'pennywagon' ride, when they run after us on the
side walk with their motorcycles. To prove that they are
unfair when they ticket only us for stuff that everybody
does, like J-Walking. Well, we wanna prove they are more
criminal than us. We start this legal fight by asking
everybody who wanna fight their tickets and charges to
contact us.

On the social front, we're trying to pass our message
directly whenever possible. We were there at the Carnegie
center to welcome the police chief with a lot of legal
questions he did not answer, we organized flyering and
complaints to a liquor store that then stopped the unfair
conditions on two members that were not able to buy
alcohol because "squeegee people stink and are filthy"

On Oct 10, we organized a mass squeegee action. We tried
to make it a fundraising and disruptive action. The action
was not that much disruptive and only brought 25$ to the
council, 'cause too many people were keeping the action's
money for themselves. The better point of this protest was
that it brought a lot of kids that we never see on the other
protests. If we can show those kids that they do have a
voice, that they're affected and concerned, concretely and
directly, by capitalism , if we show there's hope to those
who already know that, the movement can only win. Of
course, it will not be done right now, by our little group
only, because we don't have this little red book and the 'fire
this time' magazine to lead the movement, (1) but we can
and we are a part of the resistance.

We hope that the act of unionizing squeegees will inspire
other squeegee workers everywhere, as there's a lot of
reasons to do so. The support we got from the union was
almost necessary for a group starting with nothing but a
bunch of squeegees who didn't know yet what organizing
means, and also for the status of unionized workers. That
completely pisses off the pigs, 'cause they know we'll win,
that's what we are for.

1:People from fire this time was at the protest to give out
their newspaper but did not participate in the protest. Well,
we don't need no elite to say how people should act, may it
be communist , fascist or liberal. We need the people to
organize themselves, without the help of any parasite.

Squeegee_council (at) ziplip.com

Voice mail: 604 682 3269 ext: 7401

Address: Squeegee council
C/o spartacus book
311 w. hasting
Vancouver, Canada
V6B 1H6

Email: Squeegee_council (at) ziplip.com (unverified!)
Phone: Voice mail: 604 682 3269 ext: 7
Address: Squeegee council, C/o spartacus books, 311 w.
hastings, Vancouver, Canada, V6B 1H6 Current rating: 2
12 Oct 2003

* Squeegee workers = car windows washers at intersections

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