Uof T Student Sleep Outs Against Homelessness enter week 11

Grassroots Media Network (gnn@grassrootsnews.org)
Fri, 22 Oct 1999 09:20:58 -0500

Student Sleep-OUT Enters Week 11! More young people are speaking out about
the homelessness crisis!! When will the government act?

For immediate release:
October 22, 1999

University of Toronto students will be spending their 11th night in Allan
Gardens this Friday October 22nd, 1999.  Students continue to protest the
lack of effective government action on the current homelessness crisis.

Young NDP activists from across the province will be joining U of T students
for the 11th consecutive Friday night sleep out.  ”It is exciting how much
support we are getting,” said Bonte Minnema of the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth
Line. “Ontario New Democratic Youth have been sleeping out at Queens Park,
and the New Democratic Youth of Canada will be sleeping out at Parliament
Hill in Ottawa at the end of the month.”

Audience members of the LGBTOUT Cabaret, a night of Queer Youth Performances
at the UofT HangaR, will be joining the demonstrators at Allan Gardens after
the show.

“We need all three levels of government to commit to the 1% solution,” said
Chris Ramsaroop, former president of the U of T Students Administrative
Council.  The 1% solution is a plan whereby all governments would spend an
additional 1% of their budgets on housing and the social services needed to
help people transition back into housing, education, and the work force.
This would be enough to solve the problem of homelessness.”

“The Ontario government gave us no good news in the latest throne speech.
How many people will have to die before they act?” asked Oriel Varga, UofT
student demonstrator.

The New Democratic Youth Of Canada will be encouraging those attending the
NDP federal council in Ottawa to sleep out on Parliament hill on October

"These students are heroes to me. Their efforts have been tremendous,” said
Marilyn Churley MPP Broadview-Greenwood & NDP community services critic,
“They're putting their money where their mouth is."

For info or to support this action contact spokes person Bonte Minnema at
935-0272  bonte@clo.com

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