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(en) Canada, Montreal, CKUT Radio Montreal: The Fight for Housing

From Stefan Christoff <christoff@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Sat, 7 Dec 2002 07:05:21 -0500 (EST)

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The Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) has been battling the
gentrification of Montrealıs St. Henri neighborhood in conjunction with a
coalition of neighborhood organizations, groups & residents. The campaign
has involved direct action, popular education and public pressure. The
main target of CLACıs anti-poverty & anti-gentrification campaign is the
Quai des Eclusiers, a massive construction project that is in the process
of turning an abandoned St. Henri factory into 450 luxury condos.
Historically, St. Henri is a low-income neighborhood with 75% of residents
who are renters, and an average family income of $19,000. Meanwhile condos
at the Quai des Eclusiers sell for up to half-a-million dollars.

The Quai des Eclusiers is a gentrification project sanctioned by
Montrealıs city councillors who are doing the bidding of wealthy
developers. Clearly the Quai des Eclusiers and other so-called
³development² projects will change the face of St. Henri, attempting to
create a playground for the rich.

The Quai des Eclusiers will cause the rents in St. Henri rise, worsening
to Montrealıs housing crisis, that saw hundreds of Montreal families on
the streets this year.

Over the coming weeks CLAC is planning a series of actions outside the
offices of the Quai des Eclusiers, which will involve a coalition of St.
Henri activists, artists and community members who will mount a constant
presence outside the condo sales offices. CLAC will build a presence
outside of the Quai des Eclusiers, intending to disrupt business as usual
and to send the clear message that the residents of St-Henri don't want
luxury lofts and private marina and gentrifying their neighborhood. The
weekend will culminate in an action to confront the developers on Monday,
December 16th.

-> To listen to a report about CLACıs fight for housing in St. Henri
visit: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=5953

-> To get more information on CLAC visit: http://www.tao.ca/~clac


>>>>>> QUAI DES ECLUSIERS <<<<<<
            GO AWAY!
>>>>>>> December 13 - 16 <<<<<<<

When developers start building expensive condos in our
neighborhoods, our rents go up, and poor and working
people are pushed out of our homes in the middle of a
housing crisis. It's time to stop building condos. The
Quai des Eclusiers condo development project in
St-Henri must be stopped.

CLAC Logement is organizing to maintain a constant
presence outside the Quai des Eclusiers real estate
offices during their selling hours. We intend to
disrupt business as usual and send the message that
the residents of St-Henri don't want Quai des
Eclusiers building their luxury lofts and private
marina and gentrifying our neighborhood. The weekend
will culminate in an action to confront the developers
on Monday, December 16th.

We are inviting residents of the South-West and
everyone resisting gentrification across the island of
Montreal to join us from December 13 - 16 for
community meals, rallies, hot chocolate, music, movies
and more.

Quai des Eclusiers Real Estate Office
259 Greene Street * Across from the Atwater Market
Metro Lionel-Groulx

==> Friday December 13; 11AM - 7 PM
==> Saturday  December 14;  10 AM - 5 PM
==> Sunday December 15;  10 AM - 5 PM
==> Monday December 16;  10 AM - ? (Meet for the
action at 12:30 PM)

*** Community meals everyday at 12 PM (FREE) ***

If you are a performer or a musician and would like to
perform during the weekend, please get in touch!

To get involved, or for more information call
(514) 409-2049 or claclogement@yahoo.ca

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