Drop the Charges! Restore the Special Diet, Raise the Rates NOW!
What: COURT APPEARANCE FOR OCAP MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS ACCUSED
OF ‘FORCIBLE ENTRY’ OF LIBERAL PARTY HQ
When: Monday, August 30, 9:00 AM
Where: Outside College Park Court (College and Yonge)
Nine of the eleven people arrested and charged last
month over a brief occupation of the Liberal Party
headquarters are set to appear in court on Monday.
They are accused of mischief and forcible entry.
OCAP and allies will gather in front of the
courthouse to condemn these charges and demand
they be dropped, along with trespass summonses
that were issued to two
others at the Liberal offices.
This is a ‘set date’ appearance when it is normal
to provide another court date and (sometimes)
provide the accused with ‘disclosure’, i.e. the
evidence the Crown intends to introduce at trial.
We are demanding of the Liberal Attorney General
(Chris Bentley), however, that this date be used
to drop these inflated and politically motivated
charges, just as we
demand he drop all remaining G20 charges.
On July 21st, eleven people went into an office,
delivered an ‘invoice of money owing to poor people
in Ontario’ to the Liberal Party, opened a
window, hung a banner and made a speech to the
crowd outside. In the wake of the G20, cops and
prosecutors are continuing to try and silence anyone
who speaks out against government cutbacks and social
injustice, and instead are working to criminalize
resistance to government austerity. It has become
clear that this era of austerity will be enforced
and backed with lines of cops.
If we are going to talk about crimes, let us
instead look at the reason OCAP went to the Liberal offices.
The McGuinty Government is eliminating the Special Diet that
hundreds of thousands of poor people have used for food
and to preserve their health when forced to live on
despicably inadequate OW and ODSP rates. We disrupted
the office of the Liberal Party that took this
measure for a brief period. The Liberal Government,
however, has outright robbed poor people of the ability
to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.
We may have somewhat inconvenienced a few Liberal
functionaries while McGuinty’s Government took a measure
that will wreck peoples’ health and shorten their lives.
It will inevitably increase poverty, hunger, and homelessness.
We demand decent income for people on social assistance and the right to a
life with dignity. We challenge those who seek to criminalize our social
movements. More than anything, we want to make clear that we are not
intimidated and that the struggle against poverty and those to blame for it
will not be prevented. It will continue and it will grow.
JOIN the Raise the Rates Campaign
Contact: Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
http://www.ocap.ca / 416-925-6939
DONATE to the Raise the Rates Legal Fund:
Cheques can be made out to the ‘Ontario Coalition Against Poverty’ (with
‘legal fund’ in the memo) and mailed to:
10 Britain St.