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>From Brother Steve Watson, Canadian Autoworkers.


Greetings,

Just to let you all know that the union flying squad march starting at 7 =
pm, Friday, August 2 at Masaryk Cowan Park (Cowan and Queen St. West) =
and going to the occupation at 1510 King Street West (organized by OCAP =
to demand the squat be converted into a social housing entity along with =
other urgent demands to end homelessness) will be joined by flying squad =
members from Mine Mill 598 CAW coming all the way from Sudbury.

Thanks to Mine Mill for this inspirational news!

Of course, many of you also know by now of a dramatic new development =
yesterday that gives the OCAP organized occupation at 1510 King Street =
West a real prospect of winning social housing for the homeless.  CAW =
President Buzz Hargrove committed $50,000 from the CAW to the conversion =
of the squat into a social housing entity for the squatters living =
there. This commitment is contingent, of course, on the city releasing =
the property which it effectively holds on account of the unpaid =
property taxes, and the federal and provincial governments playing their =
necessary parts and other union and private donors coming on board.

Make no mistake. This is a real commitment. It is no different than how =
the CAW got Eva's Phoenix at 11 Ordance Street up and off the ground. =
With the CAW's commitment, it will only take the city, the province and =
the feds to summon up the political will to get the job done.  The CAW's =
initiative is also a boost to the the work of all the coalitions and =
networks across Canada working for a political solution to the crisis of =
homelessness.

Here is more news:

ACTION TO SUPPORT OCAP's POPE SQUAT:=20
TUESDAY AUGUST 6TH 2002
Meet at 11AM at 1510 King Street OR=20
NOON outside City Hall (Queen and Bay)=20
(Tokens will be provided)
On Thursday July 25, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and allies=20
occupied one of the many buildings that sit empty and abandoned in this=20
city while people sleep and die on the streets. While clean up and =
repairs=20
are in full swing, the building needs more work done to it. We are going =

to city hall to insist that 1510 King Street belongs to the squatters, =
and=20
demand that it be turned over to the them so that neccessary renovations =

can begin.
** JOIN OCAP AND THE SQUATTERS IN THE FIGHT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING! **=20
Force the city to make a serious and prompt commitment to allow the=20
conversion of the squatted building into social housing.
The Pope Squat is located at 1510 King Street West, just east of King =
and=20
Roncesvalles. If you would like more information about the Pope Squat or =

can donate food, supplies or funds to the squatters please call=20
416-925-6939.

Here is even more news from Mike Ma of the MNSJ inone of his many great =
reports on the action at 1510 King Street West

---------- Forwarded message ----------=20
Subject: Fw: Pope Squat Report, Wednesday July 31, 2002

Pope Squat Report, Wednesday July 31, 2002
Today's 11:00am press conference was well attended by the press and was =
an=20
overall success. Seated at the conference table was Sue Collis, OCAP=20
representative; Buzz Hargrove, President of CAW; Martin Long, Elementary =

Teachers of Toronto; and Sam, a homeless man from Seaton House.
Some highlights of the presentations:
Sue Collis made impassioned introductory remarks that contextualized the =

squat around the issue of the rights and obligations of the =
city/province.=20
Although she stated that the legal status of the building may be =
technically=20
unclear, she explained that it was both incumbent upon the city and the=20
right of the city to take possession of the property, which has been =
left=20
derelict, and hand it over to the squatters and volunteers to be =
converted=20
into social housing. She made it clear that both the city and province =
must=20
get on board to build social housing once more. She also announced that =
the=20
building received their first piece of mail, addressed to Pope Squat, =
1510=20
King street!
Sam gave a humourous but serious account of the difficulty of getting a =
good=20
sleep at shelters because of the cramped quarters and people's sleep =
habits.=20
He said that for the past year he was not able to get a good nights =
sleep,=20
but since arriving at the squat, he is no longer cramped and has been =
able=20
to get the deep sleep he has craved. Everyone enjoyed his insightful=20
comments on the poor conditions of shelter living.
Martin Long described the absolute need for the city and province to be=20
involved in building social housing. And he explained how important the=20
stability and security of a home is integral to the proper development =
and=20
learning of young children.
Buzz Hargrove made an impassioned speech that demanded the need for =
social=20
housing in the city of Toronto. He applauded Sue Collis for her courage =
and=20
showered accolades on all the volunteers. And then, to the shock of many =
in=20
attendance, Buzz presented to Sam and the other OCAP squatter/volunteers =
a=20
cheque for $50,000. He presented it as a kind of seed-money that was=20
conditional on the city and the province matching the CAW donation with =
a=20
commitment to turning 1510 King Street into social housing. But even if =
the=20
cheque was never presented, it was just really great to see and hear =
such an=20
important labour leader lend his support to the squat; considering =
recent=20
past history it was really uplifting.

(Again the CAW commitment is real. It is contingent on other players =
doing their part but=20
that is the only way the conversion can happen -- Steve Watrson)

Once the press conference was concluded, the media was provided with=20
dust-masks and given tours of the building. As Chris lead the press =
through=20
the 3 floors of the building he carefully explained the structured =
nature=20
and process of cleaning and renovating the building. It was explained =
that=20
the next step is to clear away the debris from the bottom-ground floor =
that=20
has been left to the last. It seems that this floor is the worst and =
with=20
the most debris and contamination, and it must be done early in the =
morning=20
so that the dust and organic matter can have some time to settle and not =

contaminate the other areas. Although trades people and contractors have =

gone through the place to access the necessary repair work, the=20
infrastructure of water, electricity, and plumbing must be more =
specifically=20
worked out once the whole building is fully cleaned up. And although =
there=20
have been many people volunteering their dry-walling, tiling, plumbing =
and=20
carpentry experience, these tradespeople cannot really start their work=20
until the cleaning, demolition, and structural repair is first finished. =

Chris also explained the co- operation of the adjacent neighbours in=20
providing access to water and the donation of clothes and materials.
After about an hour, the media went home, and the squat went back to a=20
rather uneventful normalacy and people went about their jobs. Later that =

evening, music was played, politics debated, and even some gardening =
went on=20
as a volunteer made a late night drop off of some beautiful perennial =
plants=20
and triple-mix top soil. When I left at 11:30 pm, the night had cooled =
off=20
some of the day's stifling heat and about 20 people remained at the =
front of=20
the building as many others were asleep in the back.
All in all, it was a wonderful day that began with CAW pledging both =
moral=20
and financial support, and that ended with the quiet night-time =
conversation=20
of a group of volunteers with a common commitment and vision of building =

social housing.
Reporting from Parkdale,=20
squat out,=20
mike
Addendum: The previous night, Tuesday July 30, 2002, there was a hugely=20
successful night of entertainment and socializing. Ron Hawkins, of =
Lowest of=20
the Low fame, performed a solo set, and then Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein=20
introduced their documentary in progress about the accelerated and =
adverse=20
effects of neo-liberalization in Argentina. There were approximately =
250-300=20
people in attendance that included much of the local neighbourhood.=20
Approximately $1000 was fundraised at this event by passing a hat =
around.







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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>From Brother Steve Watson, Canadian=20
Autoworkers.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><BR>&nbsp;</DIV><FONT face=3D"Comic Sans MS">Greetings,<BR><BR>Just =
to let=20
you all know that the union flying squad march starting at 7 pm, Friday, =
August=20
2 at Masaryk Cowan Park (Cowan and Queen St. West) and going to the =
occupation=20
at 1510 King Street West (organized by OCAP to demand the squat be =
converted=20
into a social housing entity along with other urgent demands to end=20
homelessness) will be joined by flying squad members from Mine Mill 598 =
CAW=20
coming all the way from Sudbury.<BR><BR>Thanks to Mine Mill for this=20
inspirational news!<BR><BR>Of course, many of you also know by now of a =
dramatic=20
new development yesterday that gives the OCAP organized occupation at =
1510 King=20
Street West a real prospect of winning social housing for the =
homeless.&nbsp;=20
CAW President Buzz Hargrove committed $50,000 from the CAW to the =
conversion of=20
the squat into a social housing entity for the squatters living there. =
This=20
commitment is contingent, of course, on the city releasing the property =
which it=20
effectively holds on account of the unpaid property taxes, and the =
federal and=20
provincial governments playing their necessary parts and other union and =
private=20
donors coming on board.<BR><BR>Make no mistake. This is a real =
commitment. It is=20
no different than how the CAW got Eva's Phoenix at 11 Ordance Street up =
and off=20
the ground. With the CAW's commitment, it will only take the city, the =
province=20
and the feds to summon up the political will to get the job done.&nbsp; =
The=20
CAW's initiative is also a boost to the the work of all the coalitions =
and=20
networks across Canada working for a political solution to the crisis of =

homelessness.<BR><BR>Here is more news:<BR><BR></FONT>ACTION TO SUPPORT =
OCAP's=20
POPE SQUAT: <BR>TUESDAY AUGUST 6TH 2002<BR>Meet at 11AM at 1510 King =
Street OR=20
<BR>NOON outside City Hall (Queen and Bay) <BR>(Tokens will be =
provided)<BR>On=20
Thursday July 25, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and allies =
<BR>occupied=20
one of the many buildings that sit empty and abandoned in this <BR>city =
while=20
people sleep and die on the streets. While clean up and repairs <BR>are =
in full=20
swing, the building needs more work done to it. We are going <BR>to city =
hall to=20
insist that 1510 King Street belongs to the squatters, and <BR>demand =
that it be=20
turned over to the them so that neccessary renovations <BR>can =
begin.<BR>** JOIN=20
OCAP AND THE SQUATTERS IN THE FIGHT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING! ** <BR>Force =
the=20
city to make a serious and prompt commitment to allow the <BR>conversion =
of the=20
squatted building into social housing.<BR>The Pope Squat is located at =
1510 King=20
Street West, just east of King and <BR>Roncesvalles. If you would like =
more=20
information about the Pope Squat or <BR>can donate food, supplies or =
funds to=20
the squatters please call <BR>416-925-6939.<BR><BR>Here is even more =
news from=20
Mike Ma of the MNSJ inone of his many great reports on the action at =
1510 King=20
Street West<BR><BR>---------- Forwarded message ---------- <BR>Subject: =
Fw: Pope=20
Squat Report, Wednesday July 31, 2002<BR><BR>Pope Squat Report, =
Wednesday July=20
31, 2002<BR>Today's 11:00am press conference was well attended by the =
press and=20
was an <BR>overall success. Seated at the conference table was Sue =
Collis, OCAP=20
<BR>representative; Buzz Hargrove, President of CAW; Martin Long, =
Elementary=20
<BR>Teachers of Toronto; and Sam, a homeless man from Seaton =
House.<BR>Some=20
highlights of the presentations:<BR>Sue Collis made impassioned =
introductory=20
remarks that contextualized the <BR>squat around the issue of the rights =
and=20
obligations of the city/province. <BR>Although she stated that the legal =
status=20
of the building may be technically <BR>unclear, she explained that it =
was both=20
incumbent upon the city and the <BR>right of the city to take possession =
of the=20
property, which has been left <BR>derelict, and hand it over to the =
squatters=20
and volunteers to be converted <BR>into social housing. She made it =
clear that=20
both the city and province must <BR>get on board to build social housing =
once=20
more. She also announced that the <BR>building received their first =
piece of=20
mail, addressed to Pope Squat, 1510 <BR>King street!<BR>Sam gave a =
humourous but=20
serious account of the difficulty of getting a good <BR>sleep at =
shelters=20
because of the cramped quarters and people's sleep habits. <BR>He said =
that for=20
the past year he was not able to get a good nights sleep, <BR>but since =
arriving=20
at the squat, he is no longer cramped and has been able <BR>to get the =
deep=20
sleep he has craved. Everyone enjoyed his insightful <BR>comments on the =
poor=20
conditions of shelter living.<BR>Martin Long described the absolute need =
for the=20
city and province to be <BR>involved in building social housing. And he=20
explained how important the <BR>stability and security of a home is =
integral to=20
the proper development and <BR>learning of young children.<BR>Buzz =
Hargrove made=20
an impassioned speech that demanded the need for social <BR>housing in =
the city=20
of Toronto. He applauded Sue Collis for her courage and <BR>showered =
accolades=20
on all the volunteers. And then, to the shock of many in <BR>attendance, =
Buzz=20
presented to Sam and the other OCAP squatter/volunteers a <BR>cheque for =

$50,000. He presented it as a kind of seed-money that was =
<BR>conditional on the=20
city and the province matching the CAW donation with a <BR>commitment to =
turning=20
1510 King Street into social housing. But even if the <BR>cheque was =
never=20
presented, it was just really great to see and hear such an =
<BR>important labour=20
leader lend his support to the squat; considering recent <BR>past =
history it was=20
really uplifting.<BR><BR>(Again the CAW commitment is real. It is =
contingent on=20
other players doing their part but <BR>that is the only way the =
conversion can=20
happen -- Steve Watrson)<BR><BR>Once the press conference was concluded, =
the=20
media was provided with <BR>dust-masks and given tours of the building. =
As Chris=20
lead the press through <BR>the 3 floors of the building he carefully =
explained=20
the structured nature <BR>and process of cleaning and renovating the =
building.=20
It was explained that <BR>the next step is to clear away the debris from =
the=20
bottom-ground floor that <BR>has been left to the last. It seems that =
this floor=20
is the worst and with <BR>the most debris and contamination, and it must =
be done=20
early in the morning <BR>so that the dust and organic matter can have =
some time=20
to settle and not <BR>contaminate the other areas. Although trades =
people and=20
contractors have <BR>gone through the place to access the necessary =
repair work,=20
the <BR>infrastructure of water, electricity, and plumbing must be more=20
specifically <BR>worked out once the whole building is fully cleaned up. =
And=20
although there <BR>have been many people volunteering their dry-walling, =
tiling,=20
plumbing and <BR>carpentry experience, these tradespeople cannot really =
start=20
their work <BR>until the cleaning, demolition, and structural repair is =
first=20
finished. <BR>Chris also explained the co- operation of the adjacent =
neighbours=20
in <BR>providing access to water and the donation of clothes and=20
materials.<BR>After about an hour, the media went home, and the squat =
went back=20
to a <BR>rather uneventful normalacy and people went about their jobs. =
Later=20
that <BR>evening, music was played, politics debated, and even some =
gardening=20
went on <BR>as a volunteer made a late night drop off of some beautiful=20
perennial plants <BR>and triple-mix top soil. When I left at 11:30 pm, =
the night=20
had cooled off <BR>some of the day's stifling heat and about 20 people =
remained=20
at the front of <BR>the building as many others were asleep in the =
back.<BR>All=20
in all, it was a wonderful day that began with CAW pledging both moral =
<BR>and=20
financial support, and that ended with the quiet night-time conversation =
<BR>of=20
a group of volunteers with a common commitment and vision of building =
<BR>social=20
housing.<BR>Reporting from Parkdale, <BR>squat out, =
<BR>mike<BR>Addendum: The=20
previous night, Tuesday July 30, 2002, there was a hugely <BR>successful =
night=20
of entertainment and socializing. Ron Hawkins, of Lowest of <BR>the Low =
fame,=20
performed a solo set, and then Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein <BR>introduced =
their=20
documentary in progress about the accelerated and adverse <BR>effects of =

neo-liberalization in Argentina. There were approximately 250-300 =
<BR>people in=20
attendance that included much of the local neighbourhood. =
<BR>Approximately=20
$1000 was fundraised at this event by passing a hat=20
around.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR></BODY></HTML>

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