[Hpn] Fwd: June 16: OCAP Assembly Report

Graeme Bacque graeme.bacque@3web.net
Sat, 16 Jun 2001 22:30:36 -0400

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Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2001 21:28:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ontario Coalition Against Poverty <ocap@tao.ca>
To: <announce@ocap.ca>
Subject: June 16: OCAP Assembly Report


Delegates from community organizations, first nations, students, and
labour unions gathered in Toronto this June 15-16 to discuss tactics and
concrete strategies for province-wide economic disruption commencing this
fall. The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), in the face of
increasing police repression, presented a platform to step up and take
down the Harris government.

The theme "The Long Retreat Is Over" pervaded the meetings. After five
years of fighting for services and spaces destroyed by Harris' policies,
the people of conscience in this province have decided to go on the
offensive and strike this government where they can't ignore it: the
economic infrastructure and activities of the interests served by Harris'

Toronto has committed itself to kicking off the actions with a disruption
of the city's financial district, the heart of Canadian capitalism.

The attempts to repress a strengthening resistance to the crimes being
committed by the Harris regime will not stop what has already begun. As
Sue Collis stated before her arrest last night, "The only thing we regret
after June 15th 2000 ... is that Harris is still in power. Take note that
this anniversary marks a beginning. The long retreat is over." This
sentiment will carry OCAP and its supporters through the current
crackdown, and onward to province-wide economic disruption this fall.

OCAP members John Clarke and Gian Mura, along with Ewin Gibb of the CAW,
will appear in court in Oshawa this Monday morning.

Sean-Lee Popham appears in Oshawa on Thursday morning, June 21st.

Sue Collis' bail hearing has been put over until Monday morning, when she
will appear at College Park at 10 am, Courtroom 501.

The arrests of this week, along with the costs of organizing province-wide
action, have renewed OCAP's need for funds. If you can support the
Coalition please contact us or send cheques made out to OCAP to the
address below.

                 Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
         249 Sherbourne Street   Toronto, Ontario   M5A 2R9
              416-925-6939   ocap@tao.ca   www.ocap.ca