Archive | August, 2018

Tent City Activists condemn physical assaults on woman of tent city.

15 Aug

KW Tent City Condemns the recent string of assaults that members of tent city have had to endure at the hands of pro poverty bigots encouraged by the rhetoric of Cambridge City Council and groups like A Clean Cambridge whom openly advocate violence against homeless people particularly those who sleep in tents. As a result of this rhetoric members of Tent city have been jumped, beaten and stabbed in several incidents walking to and from Tent City.

This violence is particularly disgusting as many of the victims of this violence are woman, some of whom have had to be hospitalised as a result of this violence. Most of these attacks have taken place at night on the Iron Horse trail as well as behind the thrift shop on Kent. Some of those involved have been identified to us as Ulster Scots whom are loyal to the crown and further investigation will be carried out to identify these individuals for the purpose of knowing whom we are up against.

The manner of these attacks at night in deserted areas demonstrates the cowardly nature of these individuals, as well demonstrates the need for housing for poor people whom are open to these attacks because they have no safe space to go. It also demonstrates the need for tent city so that poor people at least have some sort of protection from right-wing elements anti social elements and state violence.

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Phone Jam in Support of Tent City

14 Aug

Friday Aug. 17th 9 am- 5pm
Phone Berry Vrbanovic Mayor and Regional Council (Regional Office) 519-575-4400 ext. 3403
Community Services Phone: 519-575-4400
By Law (519) 741-2330

For about a month people in Kitchener have set up a tent city to demand affordable housing as well as a solution to the opiate epidemic that has engulfed Kitchener in death, violence, and criminalization of poor people. Since we have set up we have been forced to move more than 5 times due to the fact that there are bylaws that criminalize people from sleeping on city property while at the same time it’s quite illegal to sleep on private property. This catch 22 forces homeless people to be criminalized simply by virtue of being homeless.

At this point in time we are asking the city to stop the criminalization of Tent City and poor people forced to sleep on the streets, house the people of tent city and implement our solution to the opiate epidemic. https://julianichim.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/our-proposal-to-solve-the-drugs-crisis/

This Friday join us to make these demands by calling the above numbers.

Media Coverage of stabbing at Tent City ignores everyday violence poor people face.

1 Aug

Last night someone at tent city got stabbed after an altercation around noise. Police were on the seen shortly as was media and other people. The media published several articles on this unfortunate event and in their coverage the headline made it sound like protestors were asked to leave the park due to this event.

The truth of the matter is that after protestors were asked to leave the Regional building were tent city was located people moved to SandHills Park were as soon as they were done unpacking were asked to leave the site due to bylaws that state that people can’t sleep on private property. This happenned before any altracation broke out. The person who was stabbed was a member of Tent City and if he was in a home this would not happenned.

Violence against poor people is very common especially to people who are forced to sleep on the streets many times by themselves. Groups like A Safer Cambridge egg on this violence with their marches to get rid of poor people sleeping outside. A facebook video from supporters of this group shows a person burning down a homeless persons tent.

People who are homeless deserve safe places to sleep where they are safe from violence including the violence of the state that on one hand cuts social programs making it harder and harder for people to keep a place as every month they have to make the desision to feed themselves and their kids or pay the rent and on the other hand pass bylaws stating people cant sleep on city property making it a crime to be poor and homeless.

The stabbing last night demonstrates the need for housing and until this is solved a need for Tent City where people are in a group making them safer.