Archive | June, 2015

Tent City Says RAISE THE RATES

30 Jun

In response to a workshop done by a comrade in Toronto on the cuts to welfare and disability as well as the war on the poor carried out by the Liberals, two groups of individuals from tent city decided to put theory into action and do something about it. The first group dressed conservatively infiltrated the Liberal office to keep the door open in case they locked it and the second group joined them thirty seconds later. A banner was unfurled and key areas of the office were occupied. Liberal puppet lackeys stopped what they were doing and attempted to tell us we couldn’t sit behind the desk even though it was quite clear that we were doing just that , as well they were telling us we couldn’t occupy the office despite the fact that that was what was going on.

The issue of the cuts was raised and police were called, and the Liberal puppets were trying to tell us that the constituency office was non partisan. When it was pointed out that the MPP was a Liberal party member, who had to follow liberal party discipline and vote the way in which they were told, they felt that if they repeated the same sentence over and over again somehow it would become magically true.

They kept on stating that we should make an appointment but it was pointed out that this was futile as all that would happened would be the MPP would sit listen (or not) and then vote the way they were told to vote which would legitimize the war on the poor that they were carrying out as they could say we listened or some shit like that ignoring the fact that it would be a waste of everyones time.

A person then started to state that what the liberals were doing with the cuts to ow and disability was basically killing them and spoke about the impact these cuts had on them.

Finally an appointment was agreed on and people left.

As people left it became clear that this was just the start and intensification would continue as the escalation on the war on the poor would create an escalation of resistance.

Police harassment at tent city

27 Jun

Message of Solidarity with Tent City from Derry City Councillor and Irish Republican Gary Donnelly

23 Jun

Friends and comrades, I would like to send solidarity greetings from Ireland in support of this very important initiative undertaken by yourselves.Gentrification represents all that is bad for society. Greed, survival of the fittest, bullying and the marginalisation of the weak and most vulnerable.
Wealthy individuals and organisations displace low income families and small business’s. Forced out, changing the social character of the district with absolutely no thought for the long term residents. This usually follows a campaign of neglect and intimidation by those in power. Sound familiar? Just ask the indigenous people, treated with contempt and under protected. Slowly being eradicated by the Harper Government. So too are the minorities, elderly and transient groups who are victims of gentrification. Inner Cities are allowed to decay with neglect. Coupled with police brutality and murders, a spiralling drug problem allowed to get out of control, overdoses and no attempt to deal with the social issues make it easier to sell gentrification as dealing with undesirables and safety. The reality is more to do with greed and the powerful displacing the powerless who are easily exploited by landlords and developers.
I would like to commend the organisers of this event for taking this courageous stand in defence of your community. We have a duty to resist and highlight injustices where ever they occur and hopefully your lead will be the spark which lights the fire against this injustice. Beir bua.

Tent City and Anti-Gentrification March a Success

23 Jun

On June 22 victims of gentrification and the capitalist system met at City Hall to take a stand against the destruction of our communities. After several speeches, including a message from Derry city councillor and Irish Republican Gary Donnelly, people took to the streets. Intersections were blocked and traffic was stopped as economic disruption was the order of the day. The march ended in Victoria Park where food was served, discussions were held and tents were set up. Despite police and tornado warnings we intend to keep this community going for the next 9 days.

Report on yesterdays march against Harpers state terror laws

21 Jun

Yesterday people gathered at City Hall to take a stand against the criminal aspects of the so called anti terror law passed by Harper. Known as Bill C 51 this law creates the conditions to intensify the police state by codifying in the law the dirty tricks that the state is currently carrying out against native people, Muslims and activists.

Due to legal reasons i could not attend the start of the demo at city hall, but was told that there were no speeches just a revolutionary spirit of need for action as people took to the streets. When the march got to speakers corner I joined as people were giving speeches and the spirit of the speeches made it quite clear that we could not rely on the state or politicians to do anything to change this but rather we must rely on ourselves, our organizations and our community’s to resist this and fight back. It was clear from the tone of the demonstration and speeches that demonstrators realised that politicians have done away with any pretense of democracy as both the house of commons and the senate have ignored millions of people protesting writing letters emails etc. and that the state no longer cares about pretending that the people have any say and as such the people themselves must organize and reject this failed colonialist state that will rule by decree.

After the speeches at speakers corner the march marched to the farmers market where more speeches were given and crowds of shoppers have gathered to hear the speeches and cheer people on. The march continued for several more blocks and then turned around and marched back to farmers market and speakers corner and then back to city hall. I left the march at speakers corner.

During the march people in the streets where cheering and clapping and supporting. The level of support for resistance to this new law in the community was quite clear during the march. Despite the fact that this law is now passed it is quite clear that people will continue to resist and this demonstration is just the start. Solidarity was given to those who are currently being detained in The North of Ireland under the UK 2000 anti terror act which was the law which this law in harpers klanada is based on. Cases brought up included the Craigavon Two , Dee Fennel, Colin Duffy and others.

Message from Anti Colonialist Working Group Read at Belfast 32CSM function last night

20 Jun

Revolutionary greeting to our comrades in the 32CSM it’s leadership and supporters. We of anti colonialist working group applaud the work of the Belfast chapter and wish you success for your fundraiser that you are holding as well as applaud all the work that you do to oppose the british occupation of your country as well as defense of your community. From the cleanup of new lodge to opposing sectarian parades to combating the drug problem the Belfast 32s have always been in the for front of the struggle fighting for an end to the
Occupation of you country and community control.

Here in kkkanada we stand with you in solidarity and struggle and despite the great distance between us our friendship and support is strong as ever. Over the next few months we aim to intensify our support for you and your organization and through raising the issues in rally speeches occupations of the british consulate and economic disruption stand with you in your struggle and oppose those that attack you wherever they may be. We hope your event is a success and once again we wish you success in your endeavour. Anti colonialist working group

Fighting Gentrification, Disruption of Pan Am Torch Event In Kitchener

19 Jun