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(en) Canada, Ontario, Solidarity needed for TAG members

Date Wed, 29 Mar 2006 07:43:36 +0200

After five years of organizing poor people in Belleville various TAG
members are being rounded up by the police for their alleged participation
in the recent trashing of Ernie Parsons office. This act was carried out
only after attempting to talk to Parsons regarding the desperate plight of
single moms and people with disability in our community who have been
condemned to a life of discarded foodbank items and contempt by local
politicians, the CAS, police and welfare workers.
When the special diet cuts start on April 1st families will be torn apart.
TAG signed up over 900 people onto the "special diet" benefit -
effectively winning over 2.7 million dollars locally - putting this money
right into the pockets of poor people. The McGuinty government has
increased welfare and disability rates an insulting 2%! Just to get us
back to pre-Harris cuts we were demanding 40%!

TAG members can be proud that we took the initiative and didn't wait for
more broken promises from Ernie and his Liberal hacks; we organized eight
"Hunger Clinics" - these "Hunger Clinics" were organized by poor people
themselves in housing projects across the city and the only way that money
got into people's pockets was because of our militant stance and tenacity.

Our message is loud and clear - if governments will not listen to the
plight of the most vulnerable, then we as a people must rise up...but only
after attempting to reason and talk...when reasoning and talk fails then
we must stand together with dignity.

No one in TAG is saying that you have to throw rocks and engage in
violence to get our message across. No one in TAG wants to go to jail -
the people who participated in the attack were frustrated and enraged at
the contempt shown to us by Parsons and his staff.

This is a time for solidarity. We have recieved countless e-mails of
support from comrades across the province and the country. The single moms
in our group have been offered money and childcare to tide them over.

If you don't like what we did then tell us what else to do? Our children
are hungry. We've done petitions, peaceful delegations, street
kitchens...participated in "studies" and still countless action plans
gather dust. TAG has always been upfront about our militancy and this
isn't the first time we have faced and endured jail time.

You can rest assured that other Ontario Common Front allies will not
abandon you and that we will continue to disrupt Ontario Rental Housing
Tribunal, take our fight into the streets of Rosedale and engage in
tactics of direct action unless the McGuinty government provides help to
those starving.

Don't let them divide us with their slanted media. Don't let them force
you to go cap in hand for crumbs to feed your kids. Stand together and...

Fight to win!

TAG Collective


There are warrants and regular broadcasts on public and private corporate
radio for their arrest, searches have spread to multiple places.

support can be directed to:



Peace, Love..... and Anarchy

"To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be
credible. To be credible, we must be truthful."

"Optimism is an alienated form of faith, and pessimism an alientated form
of despair."
* Ed. Note: TAG "Tenant Action Group" is is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative.
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