Archive | December, 2016

Meeting with Regions representatives on housing a good starting point

29 Dec

Today local activists met with representatives from the Region with regards to their scandalous behavior whereby it gave directives to shelters to send people to the police station to sleep in lock-up for the night like criminals. Besides being locked up for the night people who use this service are searched, have their name run through CPIC for warrants, are under 24 hour video surveillance, and have safety checks run every half an hour. This directive was so shameful that it was explicitly written in the directive that this was to be secret and not appear in any policy papers etc., This explains why the Police are not tooting their own horn about a new program to help homeless people or some other shit.

After a prolonged period of political pressure inflicted by our team, the Region agreed to a meeting to hear our demands and discuss resolutions. We put forward two demands. The first demand was that jail cells no longer be offered as an alternative to shelter or housing, and that motel accommodations be provided when shelter were full, not cells! The resolution was designed to seek information from those currently being pushed into jails. The numbers of people accessing the police shelter accommodations would be assessed, as would their experiences. If the program was found to be failing in meeting the needs of service users, it would be scrapped. Our second demand was that a shelter be built that provided the same number of beds that were lost when Out of the Cold was lost and was staffed with social workers to get people into affordable housing. No agreement was reached, yet we are confident that through continued political pressure and dialogue we can achieve this second point.

Discussions will continue mid January to see what will happened to the lock up program and to continue discussing long term solutions to the housing crisis.

Our alternative to housing poor people in jail cells that we will present to the Region’s Chair on Housing on Dec.28th

27 Dec

On Dec. 28th we will be meeting with the Region’s Chair of housing to discuss alternatives to housing homeless people in the police jail cells, locking them up for the night with safety checks, which pretty much is how criminals are treated.

At this meeting we will be putting forward two demands that will solve this issue.

1. Build a shelter that has an equal or higher amount of beds then the amount of beds that have been lost with the closing of the Out of the Cold program. This shelter will be temporary in the sense that it will take the place of Out of the Cold and once people are in this shelter they will be given emergency assistance from social workers to get into affordable housing

2. That if their are no beds available at the shelter they be directed to the emergency motel program, which according to the Region’s Chair on Housing is what shelter workers are suppose to do. Further according to the Chair on housing this program has enough beds to house everyone so their is no need for anyone to be sent to jail to spend the night.

This meeting will take place at 10 am in the Regional Building and observers etc are welcome.

Alan Ryan Peoples Community Organization and 32CSM Int. Dept. host Christmas Eve dinner and direct action casework event.

27 Dec

Taking social responsibility and feeding the community on Christmas eve.

Taking social responsibility and feeding the community on Christmas eve.

On Christmas Eve a People’s Community Christmas Dinner and Direct Action was held in downtown Kitchener. This event was put on by the Alan Ryan People’s Community Organization and the 32CSM.

The purpose of this event was to give back to the community that has given so much to us and to take social responsibility for the dire poverty and violence in the downtown core. By doing this we demonstrate that its not good enough to sit on the sidelines and complain about the problems that we are facing but rather we as a community must identify the problems that we are facing through social investigation and implement solutions that benefit the class.

We served about 70 servings and were out of food in 20 minutes. We will in the new years start servings every Sunday at 4 at city hall as there are no soup Kitchens or meals in Kitchener on Sunday. We ask that people join us as we find solutions to the problems that face our community.

Region’s Chair office occupied demanding housing fit for human beings be provided to the poor as opposed to jail cells a success as we will meet with regions chair on housing on 28th to create alternatives.

23 Dec

Occupation inside Region of Waterloo Chair Ken Seiling's office

Occupation inside Region of Waterloo Chair Ken Seiling’s office

15590829_10154796347419795_6538589095234741141_oOn Wednesday the office of the region’s chair, Ken Seiling was occupied to demand an end to criminalization of poor people by forcing them to have to choose between freezing to death on the streets or spend the night in police cells as well as in solidarity with our comrades in Dublin whom are currently taking a stand at the Apollo in defense of their right to housing.

Once the occupation got under way we presented our demand to talk to someone whom has the power to create alternatives to jail cells as housing to the poor, We were then met by the region’s housing chair to discuss the humiliation poor people must face to be locked up in police cells with criminals and to be treated like a criminal simply for not wanting to freeze to death in the streets.

To our surprise the Region’s Chair on housing was unaware of the directives that social agencies have been giving to poor people, mainly to go to the police station and sleep in jail cells. She said that this goes against the mission statement of the region in terms of housing and as such shelters in the area could not being doing this. When we showed her the evidence it was quite clear that their is a huge gap between what the region says they stand for and what those in leadership believe is policy and what actually really happens on the ground.

After more discussion we made it clear that housing poor people in jail cells is unacceptable and solutions to this must be found.On Dec. 28th at 10 pm at the Regional Building we will be meeting with the regions chair on housing as well as city staff to create alternatives that deal with the actual housing crisis.

Downtown Business Association Occupied and Shut Down In Opposition of Jail Cells for the Homeless and in Solidarity with our Comrades in Dublin!!!

20 Dec
Some members of the Occupation with their placards and slogans

Some members of the Occupation with their placards and slogans

Today the Downtown Business Association in Kitchener was shut down and occupied to protest the fact that homeless people are forced to either freeze to death on the streets or sleep in jail cells, as well as standing in solidarity with our comrades in Dublin engaged in the Apollo housing occupation.

The reason why the DBA was chosen as a target is because their gentrification is one of the causes of the housing crisis in Kitchener at the moment. This action will be the first of a string of actions targeting those whom are responsible for the dire situation where homeless people are either forced sleep in jail or freeze to death on the streets. We will continue our struggle until habitation fit for human being is available for all,

32CSM Unbroken Resistance Vancouver Simon Fraser University Conference on Genocide,

18 Dec

Myself and our Filipino comrade presenting to the conference on Genocide at Simon Fraser University. Below is the speech I read on behalf of the 32CSM

Myself and our Filipino comrade presenting to the conference on Genocide at Simon Fraser University. Below is the speech I read on behalf of the 32CSM

Comrades and friends I thank you for inviting me to come and present to you on this conference on genocide. Before i really get into things I would like to say that the sentiments of the moderator of this panel, that the term genocide is a term used by the imperialists
to create a false dichotomy between deserving dead and undeserving dead and that if you fall under the category of the latter not only is the violence of the imperialists justified
but to oppose it makes one a monster
So for example when the imperialists mass murder people with carpet bombs in Yugoslavia to stop the so called genocide of the Kosovarians this use of violence is acceptable but when the Irish people use force to stop the colonialist violence of the state that has been murdering torturing and occupying them for the last 800 years they are blood thirsty,psychopaths etc. In other words like so many other words in the imperialist arsenal
like for example the word terrorist the word genocide is currently used as a form of psychological warfare to shut down discussion and rationalize state violence while at the same time condemn those who legitimately are resisting occupation
In terms of the Irish Struggle which is what I am hear to talk to you about today these false dichotomies are the bread and butter of the british occupiers
for example the media will tell us that the Good Friday Agreement has brought peace to Ireland and everyone is now happy and everything is great yet if you mention the fact that there are well over 100 Irish Republicans in jail today for political crimes
one is told that these people are not political prisoners
but rather are dissidents who are the enemies of peace and as such any use of state force against them is rationalized and justified
if one asks why the police patrol the streets in armored cars harassing youth stopping and searching them beating them and doing all sorts of atrocities if their is peace
one is told that this is necessary to stop these so called dissidents from dragging us into the past.
When one points out that Conal Corbet an ex Irish POW who ended up in Maghaberry, one of the worst prisons in Ireland at the tender age of 18 cant leave his house without being stopped and searched in public, or that the Craigavon Two are doing life sentences for a crime they did not commit sentenced by a diplock court on secret evidence
despite the fact that all the evidence points to the fact that they are framed
one is again told that they are dissidents and that this is the price of peace.
so like the word genocide, peace is now a word that the imperialists use to impose their will
because the peace that they are talking about is not a just peace but rather the peace of the grave
because without sovereignty without the right to determine your own destiny words like peace and genocide are meaningless
so let us talk about Ireland not in terms of the imperialists but rather in our own terms so as we can have an understanding of what the real issues are rather then fall into the trap of having to rationalize and explain ourselves to those who for the sake of peace have no problem dropping two nuclear bombs on hiroshima and nagasaki
The history of Ireland since 1916 to present is a history of resistance, struggle, betrayal resistance.
and the spirit that gave birth to the provisional movement after the betrayal of the Originals has come full circle with the creation of the 32CSM after the leadership of the provisional movement not only left the people of Ireland open to attacks from loyalists but themselves have become
the repressive force that they once resisted
The Good Friday Agreement, a framework that the imperialists are promoting everywhere now, ignores the key fundamental issue about the conflict in Ireland which is the fundamental right of the Irish people as a nation to determine their own destiny
article 2 of the GFA is quite clear, the price of peace in the North of Ireland is that the Irish people must give up any territorial claims to the North, accept British rule and in return the British people would not unleash a horrible war and escalation
in other words the Brits would allow the Irish people to speak their language, have their culture and any other crumbs off the table as long as the key issue of the conflict, Irish Sovereignty is sacrificed
and if this is not acceptable to the Irish people then they are the problem and they are the enemies of peace
Partition, Loyalist racist intimidation marches through Irish neighborhoods, Loyalist veto on all decisions in regards to the politics of Ireland and a British Police force are all entrenched in the GFA
and when the provisional movement signed this so called peace agreement they not only turned their back on the struggle but to agreed to be the enforcers of this agreement and as was the case with the freestaters that turned their guns on their former comrades to prove their loyalty to their British masters, the provisional movement was asked to do the same and did so willingly.
Through a campaign of collusion with loyalist forces documented in boston college tapes the leadership of the provisional movement gave names of their comrades who would disagree with these treasonous terms to the British Death Squads for the purpose of execution
places like south armagh were especially targeted in what the UVF called bombing for peace
not only did they participate in this but in many cases they themselves used force violence and intimidation, including murder in the case Jo Jo O Connor
to push this forward.
doing the dirty work of the british
This did not stop their though after joining the police board they turned on their former comrades using the tools and apparatus of the British state to imprison and torture their former comrades
Marian Price, Martin Corey, Christine Conner, The Craigavon Two and Tony Taylor is just a few names of Irish Republicans interned in many cases without trial by their former comrades and in the few cases like the Craigavon two where there was a trail these cases were tried in diplock courts, with secret evidence, most of which was fabricated and easily refuted,with predetermined verdicts
in this political framework those members of SF who wanted to address the issue of sovereignty created a committee within SF to study the issue of sovereignty only to be expelled. This committee, the 32 County Sovereignty Committee, later turned into the 32 County Sovereignty Movement
unified by one issue and one issue only, that of Irish Sovereignty, the 32CSM picked up where the provisionals left off before the betrayal of the GFA
and launched an alternative to the GFA, their submission to the UN which clearly highlighted how the GFA was in violation of International Law
The imperialist forces responded to this by declaring the 32CSM a terrorist organization in the US
criminalizing their attempt to get justice in the international area by criminalizing even their attempts to address the UN
Almost two decades after this agreement was signed interment is alive and well, loyalists in the name of culture march through ardoyne and other irish communities chanting racist slurs and a british police force still interns and intimidates any who will speak out
despite this the 32CSM remains strong and defiant refusing to accept British Rule and occupation and still carries on the 800 year tradition of resistance.
I would like to close by asking people to investigate these issues for themselves, to read about craigavon two and other Irish Prisoners, examine the GFA for yourself, seek truth from facts and once you see what is going on speak out let people know what is going on and not be silent in the face these injustices that result from the occupation
read the 32CSM submission to the UN and support a true peace based on justice and self determination
thank you for your time.

The Real Enemies of Peace is the Anglo American Alliance. Report on World Action for Peace.

18 Dec
From Venezuela To Columbia FREE TONY TAYLOR

From Venezuela To Columbia FREE TONY TAYLOR

Myself presenting roses to Venezuelan Consulate on Behalf of the 32CSM

Myself presenting roses to Venezuelan Consulate on Behalf of the 32CSM

On October 24th an event was hosted at Beit Zetun by the Venezuelan Consulate, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, Poets For Peace as well as Vote Yes Columbia a Colombian group in support of the peace process and against the US sabotage of the peace process.

The purpose of this event was to discuss the obstacles for peace facing the world today. Speakers from Columbia, Venezuela and other Latin American countries discussed the right wing assault on the Bolivarian project which ranges from out and out coups like in Brazil, to economic sabotage and terrorism in Venezuela, to disrupting the peace process in Colombia, as well as terrorist attacks on Cuba.

This was followed by an intervention from the 32CSM which put forward the thesis that the biggest obstacle to world peace is the Anglo Imperialist Alliance through there violation of national sovereignty around the world. From the Monroe Doctrine to the Platt Amendment one can see that the aggressor, occupier and instigator of violence is not the peoples of Latin America but rather the Anglo Imperialist Alliance that divided the world into spheres of influence through theft murder and brute force and through the use of the gun have colonized Latin America.

This analysis was also used to explain the conflict in the North of Ireland where the british still rule through the use of state violence such as collusion, shoot to kill and internment which is still alive and well today. The cases of Tony Taylor and the Craigavon Two were used as examples of british injustice.

This was followed by the act of thanking the Venezuelan consulate for all the political support that they have given to the 32CSM from denouncing the illegal arrests and deportation of 2 32CSM members and one IRPWA in 2013, Francis Makey, Peter Fitzsimons and Martin Rafferty, to standing with us in denouncing internment and the occupation. A bouquet of roses was given to the Consulate on behalf of the 32CSM.

The event ended with participants joining together behind a banner denouncing the internment of Tony Taylor. In this picture representatives of ALBA Nations, ALBA Movements as well as representatives of many political movements are seen unified behind the demand that Tony be freed at once and that Internment must end.