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(en) Canada, Vancouver: Mass Squeegee Picket Squeegee Council Set To Fight Back police

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Date Tue, 30 Sep 2003 10:10:41 +0200 (CEST)

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Vancouver, BC - Wednesday September 24th, 2003 -
dinner). While the BC Liberals cut people off of welfare left, right
and centre, they have done nothing to repair the 8%+
unemployment rate. Some people are forced to panhandle, beg or
busk to make a living while other homeless people work with a
squeegee as a legitimate way to survive. But the Vancouver
Police Department has a policy of ticketing, jailing, and stealing
people's squeegee's. The City of Vancouver is already working on
passing a bylaw to prevent people from panning, busking or
squeegeeing. Squeegee kids are given numerous $86 tickets for
'jaywalking' at intersections, then jailed when unable to pay the
excessive fines. The squeegee youth can stomach no more and
have unionized with the Vancouver Industrial Workers of the
World branch. As unionized workers we will struggle to have our
rights respected. We demand an end to the petty police
harrasment of the poor.

We demand that the poor be given the right to make money on the
street through panning, busking, squeegeeing and flea marketing.

Join us for a mass squeegee & feast starting at an intersection
the police chased squeegee workers away from. Commercial and
Broadway, Friday October 10th, 4PM. Bring a squeegee if you
can, some will be provided.

Email: squeegee_council@ziplip.com Voicemail: 604-682-3269 ext. 8493

IWW Vancouver PO Box 4755 STN Terminal Vancouver, BC V6B 4A4

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