Re: Who's pushing the broom in the homeless sweeps?

Bonnie Briggs (
Thu, 18 Jun 1998 12:09:19 PDT

>Graeme forwarded us a news article about "TORONTO: Initial debate on
>anti-begging bylaw (1)". It read, in part:
>>Housing and welfare policies of senior levels of governments have 
>>Toronto into an emergency situation, said Aprille Rhomer of the 
>>Coalition Against Poverty.
>>If council passes a bylaw that bans begging near bus stops, liquor 
>>subway and bank entrances, at traffic lights, after sunset or while 
>>or lying on a sidewalk or in a park, poverty activists will retaliate.
>>``We'll follow tourists everywhere. We'll block sidewalks. We will be
>>aggressive about our demands and keep it up till you lose every 
>>dollar. We'll shut down every tourist attraction in this area.''
>OCAP is on to something here, Graeme.  Hit the poor-bashers in the
>pocketbook (where their conscience lies)!
>Thanks for keeping us updated - and for taking action to stop such
>incursions on our civil liberties.
>Philadelphia City Council decides today about it's proposed "sidewalk
>behavior" ordinance.  Sadly, it will probably pass by an overwhelming
>majority of its 17 Council members.  If so, this will further embolden 
>business associations who are pushing such laws
>Who's pushing the broom in the homeless sweeps?
>We need to research, name and _protest_ those associations and the 
>tanks that advance their "ban the bums" agenda.  Where shall we start?  
>shall we proceed?
>For Making Change magazine, I plan to write a well researched article 
>who is pushing these assaults on homeless people's rights.  Please help 
>posting to HPN (or sending me) any information you discover about the
>groups behind the tide of anti-homeless laws.
>Seeking peaceful means to homeless people's aims.--Tom Boland
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Bonnie Briggs
Hi Tom,
  Toronto's anti-panhandling by-law was pushed by merchants and City 
Council who were worried about tourist dollars. Toronto is planning to 
put in a major redevelopment at the corner of Yonge and Dundas, so they 
want to gentrify the area which means "getting rid" of the homeless and 
poor people. As well, there are two residents' associations, (TEDRA and 
SOBRA) in the east end of the city who are trying to get all the social 
agencies and drop-ins closed so that the homeless people will leave. 
Just recently, a Salvation Army hostel was closed because of pressure 
from the merchants. As a result, OCAP is putting pressure on the 
merchants to reopen the hostel. I hope this answers your questions, Tom. 

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