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(en) Canada, Ontario, OCAP* Actions and Updates

From OCAP <ocap@tao.ca>
Date Fri, 29 Oct 2004 09:50:40 +0200 (CEST)


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1. Public Meeting next Wednesday, November 3
2. Mohamed Cherfi Update and Toronto Action
3. Police Brutality in Alexandra Park- Help Needed
4. Call for Submissions- OCAP 2005 Calendar
TAKING WHATíS OURS
an OCAP Public Meeting Wednesday November 3 7:00pm All Saints Church
at the corner of Dundas and Sherbourne
Speakers:
Dennis Black - 220 Oak St Tenants Association
Joe Dale - Former Resident of the Spadina Bridge Encampment
Belleville Tenant Action Group
Rachel Huot, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
and a screening of ĎA Call to Actioní

In preparation for an upcoming Housing Takeover on November 13, OCAP is
hosting a Public Meeting to begin discussions about taking what poor
communities need in the face of Government inaction. At this meeting we
will hear about recent food actions which took place in Belleville and
Toronto, organizing tenants in public housing and defending territory from
City intrusion. We will also be discussing the upcoming squat action and
laying plans to make sure people get fed, clothed and housed this winter.

For more information about the November 13th Housing Takeover call us at
416-925-6939 or visit www.ocap.ca

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Toronto Support Vigil for Mohamed Cherfi
After 8 months in Detention- BRING HIM HOME

Friday November 5th
5:00pm
at the Immigration and Refugee Board
74 Victoria Street
(between Richmond and Adelaide)

TIMEíS RUNNING OUT FOR MOHAMED!
On October 22, U.S. Immigration refused Mohamed Cherfiís refugee claim,
which happens in 95% of cases there. The solution for averting Mohamedís
deportation to Algeria is now in the hands of the Canadian authorities.
His situation of distress, accentuated by 8 months in prison, has lasted
long enough! The United Statesí refusal has increased the pressure on
Mohamed; timeís running out and the threat of deportation looms larger! It
would be unacceptable for a country that claims to respect human rights to
inflict more suffering on him.

THEREíS A SOLUTION FOR MOHAMED!
Under a humanitarian immigration program for people outside Canada, five
Quebec City residents filed an application for group sponsorship of
Mohamed to enable him to obtain a right of residence in Canada. However,
this solution means that the file must be processed rapidly, before the
United States deports him.

THREE SIMPLE THINGS TO DO IN THE NEXT THREE DAYS TO GET OTTAWA TO TAKE
ACTION! 1- Call Minister of Immigration Judy Sgro. The message is simple:
Timeís running out! The Canadian government must fast-track the processing
of Mohamedís file. We know they have the power. Judy Sgro
Fax: (613) 957-2688
Tel.: (613) 992-7774
E-mail: minister@cic.gc.ca et Sgro.J@parl.gc.ca

2- Call your federal M.P. and tell him/her you are concerned about the
Cherfi case. Ask your M.P. to contact Judy Sgro to inform her that his/her
voters: -have reacted strongly to the United Statesís refusal to accept
Mohamed Cherfi as a refugee; and that they -demand that Mohamedís file be
handled without delay.

3- Send a new postcard to the Canadian Immigration Minister to show her
you support Mohamed Cherfiís application. Youíll find it at the following
address: http://mohamedcherfi.org/IMG/pdf/Deuxieme_carte_-_anglo.pdf Over
250 organizations and public figures, as well as thousands of other
people, have already shown their support in one way or another.


ITíS NOT OVER, MOHAMEDíS LIFE IS AT STAKE!

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POLICE IN ALEXANDRA PARK BEAT, PEPPER SPRAY, AND ARREST YOUTH
J Michael Rosales' Charges Must be Dropped!

Last February 14 Division police officers began a campaign of brutality
against youth of colour in the Alexandra Park Co-Op. A number of youth
were beaten, illegally detained, intimidated and charged. This began after
a plainclothes police officer was allegedly assaulted in the area after
making racist remarks. In the days and weeks following, the cops kidnapped
and beat one youth who the police deny ever having in custody. Another
youth was arrested at a Community Press Conference speaking-out against
the police violence. J Michael Rosales and his family had their home
invaded, windows smashed-in, and door broken down by officers of 14
division.

Rosales, seventeen-years-old at the time, was beaten badly and pepper
sprayed. The police have failed to offer any explanation for this home
invasion. It was only when Rosales went to file a complaint about the
brutality that he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a
police officer and belonging to a gang. The police allege that he was seen
on video, involved in the earlier supposed assault on the plainclothes
officer. The police have never provided this video as disclosure.

Rosales was released on bail under house arrest, then curfew and bail
conditions that give police the power of arrest if he associates with
other youth. The family has now installed metal bars on the windows of
their home to protect them from the police. J Michael Rosales is still
facing charges.
These charges are unfounded and are clearly another racist police attack.
Please call the Crown Attorney before J Michael Rosales' pre-trial on
November 5, 2004 and urge that the charges immediately be dropped.

Paul Culver, Senior Crown
Crown Attorney's Office
361 University Avenue
TORONTO, Ontario
M5G 1T1
Fax - (416) 327-6056
or fax copies to OCAP at (416) 925-9681
For more information or to help support J Michael Rosales call OCAP at 416-
925-6939 or email us at ocap@tao.ca

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OCAP 2005 Calendar
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Photography! Stories! Art!)

On the eve of OCAP's 15th year of organized resistance, we are issuing a
general call-out for submissions of OCAP related photography, art, stories
and other ephemera for this year's Fundraising Calendar. Every year since
2000 we have issued a professionally designed and printed wall calendar
featuring stunning black & white photography documenting the struggle for
housing and economic justice in Ontario. Please contribute to resistance
culture and submit your favourite OCAP photos, anecdotes, drawings or
content ideas from the last 15 years. Do it NOW!

Send material electronically to: ocap@tao.ca

Send materials physically to:

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Calendar Material
10 Britain St.
Toronto, ON
M5A 1R6


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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6
416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca www.ocap.ca
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