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(en) Canada, Toronto, [ocap* release] Fighting Back Against City Hall

From OCAP <ocap@tao.ca>
Date Tue, 17 Aug 2004 07:35:49 +0200 (CEST)

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1) Fighting Back Against City Hall
2) Support for Metropolitan Hotel Workers
3) Funding Appeal and Solidarity Sale
Fighting Back Against City Hall
David Miller’s first summer as Mayor started with a brutal police
crackdown on squeegee youth, the targeting of Chinatown street vendors and
the eviction of residents from the Bathurst Street Bridge. Since then
things have only continued to escalate.

Unlike his predecessor, Miller doesn’t spout off about the squeegee
criminals taking over the downtown; Miller cries crocodile tears and
speaks of the need for affordable housing. Both mayors order their cops to
move in and their bulldozers to advance on those sleeping and surviving on
the streets, in the parks and under bridges in this city.

City Hall Sweep?

Several weeks ago Councillor Doug Holliday shot his mouth off to the media
declaring that Nathan Phillips Square was nothing but a “campground” after
dark. Years into a crisis where so many have no choice but to sleep
outside the square at city hall has become a safe place for homeless
people. In the last week City Hall security began telling the 100 plus
people who sleep there every night that they better get ready to move by
September 1st. Outreach services that serve food and provide medical care
daily were denied access. Last week over two hundred people, mostly
residents of Nathan Phillips Square came together to eat and speak against
the City’s threats of eliminating this safe space. It was made clear to
the city that any attempts to move people out of the square would not be
met with silence. Homeless people, OCAP, TDRC and other supporters would
come together and stop anyone from losing their place to sleep. As of now
the City has backed off the September 1st deadline but our promise
remains: If Miller and Council try to remove people from City Hall we will
be in their face twice as strong and determined to keep city hall a safe
place to sleep.

Spadina Bridge Showdown?

This summer has been one of eviction notices and intensified police
harassment of youth in Toronto’s downtown. The community living under the
Spadina Bridge approached OCAP to stand with them in defending their right
to sleep where they need to, and demand housing they can afford. When the
Parks Ambassador and Bylaw officers visited the bridge two days in a row
people did not back down, but went on the offensive: delivering their
bagged garbage to Miller to win garbage pick-up, a portable toilet and
other basic services needed. At the request of residents of the Spadina
Bridge the Mayors’ office has agreed to meet later this week. If all the
city has to offer is sweet talk it will not suffice, the community under
the Spadina Bridge is demanding that subsidized housing be provided for
them, and assurances made that while people cannot afford housing they be
allowed to sleep without harassment under bridges and in parks. Should
the city choose to evict this community their bulldozers and police will
be met with a fight. We will be helping residents prepare for a stand-off
and calling for everyone to come out in support of this community.

For more information or to get involved call OCAP at 416 925 6939


Hotel workers and their supporters will begin weekly pickets of the
Metropolitan Hotel this Friday. They will take place every Friday between
4.00 and 6.00 PM (with a few unannounced surprises thrown in). Let us know
if your organization would like to take on the job of organizing one of
these actions. These pickets will be an important and regular part of
winning basic workplace justice for Metropolitan Hotel workers.

Come out THIS Friday- August 20th
4:00-6:00pm and every Friday following
at the Metropolitan Hotel
108 Chestnut St. (south of Dundas, west of Bay)

e-mail the committee at:


Funding Appeal and Upcoming Solidarity Sale

OCAP continues to face a pressing financial crunch. We are days away
from the next Raise the Rates action at a Liberal Party Fundraising BBQ,
the fight goes on against City Hall, yet we are still unable to pay our
organizers or cover everyday organizing costs. If you can send a donation
please do as soon as possible. If not perhaps you could contribute books,
CD’s, videos or other small items to sale taking place next weekend. If
you have nothing to donate come and pick-up some items at the…

OCAP Solidarity Sale
Sunday August 22
12 Noon onwards
at Uprising Books-
6A Kensington Ave. (just north of Dundas)
all books, CD’s, Videos, DVD’s and other small items welcome and available

To drop off donations in advance please contact Marque at the OCAP office-
416 925 6939 or leave small items only at Uprising.

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

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* [Ed. Note: OCAP is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative.]

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