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(en) Canada, Toronto, OCAP* Housing Takeover- November 13

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Date Wed, 20 Oct 2004 13:02:30 +0200 (CEST)

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Housing Takeover! Public Meeting Wednesday November 3, 2004
7:00pm All Saints Church (corner of Dundas and Sherbourne)
March, Meal and Squat Saturday November 13, 2004 2:00pm
All Saints Church (corner of Dundas and Sherbourne)
The time for waiting on governments to take action on ending
poverty in Ontario has long been over. We must begin to meet the
needs of poor people and communities ourselves. Last month, OCAP
began to answer to the crisis of hunger in this city by taking
and redistributing $3500 worth of food. On November 13, we will
begin to deal with the province-wide housing crisis by opening
new housing, putting into use a building that sits empty and
idle because of government and private developer greed.

Both the City and the Province own dozens of properties in
Toronto and can purchase buildings which could house people
immediately if there was the political will to do it. We are not
going to wait for those with power and wealth to develop that
will. We see the need for housing in our communities grow daily
and we will continue to take action to satisfy that need directly
- through squatting those buildings which sit empty while people
prepare for another harsh winter on the streets or in run-down

Just as there are people in Toronto who feast while others
starve, people who are buried in material goods while others go
without, there are those who horde empty buildings while people
sleep on their doorsteps. Many of these buildings are in livable
condition - we know because we have opened them before and
taking the lead from those who squat to survive, we can and have
turned this shameful waste into real housing.

We are calling on everyone fed up with waiting for lying
governments to come up with concrete change to come out and take
action for housing, for dignity, and for justice. Throughout the
coming months we will continue to take back what is owed to the
many people in this city and province: those hungry will be fed,
those who are cold will be clothed, and on November 13th, those
without shelter will be housed.

Join us.

On November 13th please bring:
- Tools
- Warm Clothes
- Couches
- Snacks and Coffee
- Pots, Pans, Drums, Music, Noisemakers
- Shopping Carts

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6
416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca www.ocap.ca
* [Ed. Note: OCAP is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative.]

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