[Hpn] TORONTO: Pope Squat Radical Street Festival!

Graeme Bacque gbacque@colosseum.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2002 21:36:50 -0400

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Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 16:45:02 -0400
From: john <john@tao.ca>
To: san@tao.ca
Subject: san: Pope Squat Radical Street Festival!

Come celebrate the opening of the Pope Squat!
Join OCAP and the Squatters for a...
S U M M E R   S T R E E T   F E S T I V A L
Saturday, July 27, 2002
At NOON --  'til the Music Runs Out
In front of the Pope Squat
Somewhere in a Downtown Toronto Neighborhood

CALLING musicians, DJs, street-theatre troupes, fire-spinners,
fire-breathers, puppeteers, tightrope-walkers, and otherwise
artistically inclined folks...If you'd like to support the Pope Squat by
performing during the Summer Street Festival, please GET IN TOUCH as
soon as possible! Email john@tao.ca or phone 416-925-6939 and leave a
message for John.

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty will open the Pope Squat, on
Thursday, July 25. The City of Toronto is spending millions of dollars
funding the Pope's visit for World Youth Day while neglecting the basic
needs of the thousands of people deprived of shelter as a result of
skyrocketing rents and evictions. Squatters will occupy an abandoned
building in a Toronto neighborhood during the Pope's visit; their
demands of all levels of government include the creation of 2000 units
of social housing a year. The Pope Squat will ultimately be transformed
into self-managed social housing and a community center for neighborhood

In order to celebrate the opening of the Pope Squat, OCAP is inviting
neighborhood residents, social activists and squat supporters to a
Summer Street Festival on Saturday, July 27, featuring:

* performances by bands and DJs
* circus stunts and face-painting
* speeches by your favourite Toronto politicos
* a community barbecue
* an atmosphere of festive resistance & reappropriation.

The Festival will start at Noon and continue on well into the evening.
It will take place outside the Pope Squat; the exact location will be
announced at the opening of the Squat on July 25th. Check your email or
the OCAP website (www.ocap.ca) for updates.

There are many ways you can contribute to this celebration of resistance
and reappropriation:

==> You can participate just by showing up, getting to know the
squatters and the neighbors, sharing good food and celebrating the
capacity of people to take and create the shelter they need in order to
survive and flourish in this city.

==> If you are an artist or performer, and would like to support the
Pope Squat by performing at the Summer Street Festival, please get in
touch with John at john@tao.ca or at 416.925.6939.

==> If you would like to speak in support of the Pope Squat during the
festival, or know of good speakers who might, please let us know! Again,
you can get in touch with John at john@tao.ca or at 416.925.6939.

See you at the party!

When the government refuses to build housing, people have no choice but
to take it themselves!
Fight to Win!