[Hpn] (fwd) OCAP'S JUNE 15 MARCH ON QUEEN'S PARK - FIGHT TO WIN!

Graeme Bacque gbacque@idirect.com
Thu, 08 Jun 2000 11:59:08 -0400


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OCAP'S JUNE 15 MARCH ON QUEEN'S PARK - FIGHT TO WIN!
Meet in Allan Gardens (Carlton St. & Sherbourne St., Toronto) Thursday, 
June 15, 12 noon

When we began building for June 15, we said we intended to seriously 
challenge the Harris War on the poor AND convince  wide sections of the 
broader Movement that the time has come to move from 'protest' to real 
resistance. There is every indication that the Day will achieve these goals.

There is no doubt that, among the poor and homeless people who make up 
OCAP's base, the June 15 March has sparked huge support and enthusiasm. As 
well as this, dozens of trade unions and community organizations have 
contacted us with pledges to mobilize their members to join us.

As we've stated all along, June 15 will not be about making some futile 
moral case to the Tories about the poverty and misery they have 
created.  Instead, the March will be about building a Movement that is 
ready to defeat the Harris Regime and its agenda through mass mobilization 
around a serious plan of political and economic disruption. Accordingly, 
our March on the Legislature will not culminate in a series of speeches on 
the lawn but, rather, we will be demanding the right to address the 
assembled MPPs in session. The victims of such brutal measures as the 
'Tenant Protection' and 'Safe Streets' Acts will claim the right to be 
heard in the Chambers where these attacks were passed into law.

The Sergeant At Arms, the Minister of Community and Social Services, the 
Premier's office, and an assistant to the Speaker of the Legislature of 
Ontario have all been in touch with us. The latter figure informs us that 
receiving a delegation such as we are demanding would be 'outside the 
established traditions of the Westminster Parliamentary Model.' Under a 
government that operates under these same 'established traditions', 
twenty-two homeless people have been allowed to die on the streets of 
Toronto in the last five months.On June 15, the parliamentary rule book 
goes out the window and a serious struggle gets underway.. Be there and 
march with us!

THE ONTARIO COALITION AGAINST POVERTY
(416) 925-6939 OR (416) 530-1550
<ocap@tao.ca>
<www.tao.ca/~ocap>