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OCAP Rally – Raise the Rates

Today there was a rally.  It was like most of the rallies.  We had food, banners and a drummer, high spirits and unknown destinations, as usual. lol  There were a lot of the usual faces, but some new – seemed to me that there were more elderly folks there this time.  There was a lot of press and police, horses included.  It wasn’t the biggest rally I’ve been to, but it had something the other rallies didn’t have.

It had children!  City View Alternative school brought students.  They are doing research and a project on where the money goes.  The rich versus the poor.  They made a banner that read Hey McGuinty, we get it, why can’t you?  From the mouths of babes. 🙂  They did a small skit using chairs.  Each chair represented 10% of the money, and they had one child in each.  They made one fellow a king and through cuts and such – they slowly moved the rest of the children all down to one end chair, sitting one on top of the other.  This was to show that all those children represented all the people who have 10% of the money in society, and the King had the remaining parts.   I think that’s what they did.  It was hard to tell with streetcars passing us and being on the opposite side of the road.  Each time a streetcar passed and blocked our view, the crowd got upset.  We were all watching the children.  How can they, the government, ignore that?

The real difference was the children in this rally.  People were watching them, cheering them.  Moods were lifted to see them.  It sent a strong message.  These are your future voters, they are the ones learning about what you are doing.  They will run this country.  They were there to be heard.  They understand that the math does not add up, why can’t the government?  It’s common sense – and the kids, they get it.

We started at Nathan Phillip’s Square and crossed the street to chant and protest as we were told Dwight Duncan was in that building.   We then marched up University and over to Wellesley and Bay.  For the most part, it didn’t feel as though we made any progress or changed the world, and my feet hurt.   It felt like we did the same thing we always do… with the same results – and we all know what Einstein said about that.  Definition of insanity.  I think there needs to be some creativity.

Drop the Charges! Restore the Special Diet, Raise the Rates NOW!

Drop the Charges!  Restore the Special Diet, Raise the Rates NOW!

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 / 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.
Toronto, ON
M5A 1R6

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