OCAP Occupies Sheraton Hotel to Protest Closure of Shelter Spaces and Gentrification! #HomelessSheraton
Image description: Two OCAP members hold a banner saying "FIGHT TO WIN" in the middle of a hotel lobby. Next to them, another OCAP member is holding an orange sign reading "REPLACE THE HOPE SHELTER". In the background, a security officer looks on nervously
Today, members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty occupied the lobby of the posh Sheraton Centre Hotel (123 Queen Street West, just west of Queen and York, across from City Hall)! We held the lobby for nearly an hour before being pushed out under threat of arrest.
Raise the Rates Week of Action: Rally at Glen Murray's Office! Thursday, May 21, 12:30PM, 120 Carlton St.
Image description: OCAP members gather outside Glen Murray's former office in November 2013. In the window are pink "Raise the Rates" signs
Stop Liberal Austerity and the War on the Poor!
Rally at office of Glenn Murray, MPP
120 Carlton (at Jarvis)
Thursday, May 21
Free meal served!
Image description: a man with a small child on his back holding a sign reading "Hands off my Special Diet!" with a red hand print in the middle
In 2005, OCAP took up the fight to access the Special Diet for People on Ontario Works and ODSP. Our hunger clinics and actions to demand access to the benefit spread and huge numbers of people in poverty won additional income to protect their health and feed themselves and their families.
Despite all the efforts to limit the Special Diet, which have caused a great deal of hardship to many in Ontario, we suspected that access to the benefit had not been driven back to the point it was at in 2004. Now, figures we have obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, more than confirm this.
Join us at the Italian Consulate in Toronto on April 29th, at 1:15pm, at 136 Beverly Street (Dundas & Beverly) to insist no more migrant deaths!
More than 1,750 migrants have died since January 2015 trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to find dignity and safety in Europe. European Union border policies shut out poor and racialized migrants, particularly Eritreans, Somalis, and Libyans, forcing them to get on dangerous boats to cross the water. At the same time, funding for search and rescue operations has been cut, imposing a death sentence on many that are making their way to Europe. EU countries (former and current colonial powers) occupy much of North and Central Africa, either through military presence or with EU Border Agency Frontex’s land operations. Their actions are murdering thousands well before they can get on ships to cross in to Europe.
Image description: Two shopping carts against a red background. Both contain yellow arrows pointing upward, saying "Fight poverty now" and "Raise Welfare and Disability Rates 55%". Between them, text reads "Raise the Rates! People deserve a basic income"
Raise the Rates Week of Action Against the Liberal Government’s ‘Invisible Austerity’ War on the Poor
The Raise the Rates Campaign is calling on local communities to challenge MPPs during the week of May 18. During that week, they will be in their constituency offices and this is an ideal time to challenge the austerity and growing poverty that is being imposed in this Province.
The Pan American Economic Summit will bring the heads of Shell, Rockefeller Foundation, US, Canadian and European Chambers of Commerce, as well as Canada's Finance Minister and ex Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Perez to Toronto from July 8 to the 10th, 2015.
These unsavoury characters joined by many other heads of state are meeting in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York to coordinate the further impoverishment of people around the globe, a project they like to refer to as austerity. This meeting is happening alongside the 2015 Climate Summit of the Americas so as to ensure that the super-rich can continue to profit from the destruction of the planet, and the displacement of people. It is taking place in tandem with the 2015 Pan-Am Games, which is a massive transfer of public money in to private hands, while hoisting up the ugliest face of Canadian nationalism.
Friday, May 1 | 5:00 pm | Starting at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall) | Post-march performances & show at St. James Park
maydaytoronto.org | Join & Share the Facebook Event | #May1TO
Every year on May 1st grassroots organizations in Toronto rally and march to mark International Worker’s Day, for migrant and worker’s rights and in support of Indigenous people’s struggles. Themed around the most pressing issues of the day and committed to people’s struggles against oppression and exploitation, May Day unites people’s struggles for self-determination and liberation. We continue this tradition in 2015, rallying and marching against colonial and capitalist attacks on our communities here and Canadian imperialism’s plunder and attacks on peoples across the world.
Specifically, this year, our May Day organizing seeks to highlight struggles around the following eight themes:
- Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination;
- Migrant workers' resistance to border imperialism;
- Solidarity with working class struggle globally;
- Anti-poverty and anti-austerity organizing;
- Student strikes and academic labour battles against neoliberalization;
- Environmental Justice;
- Militant rank and file labour movements;
- Gender Justice
Image description: A black and white stencil of three shopping carts
No Social Cleansing in Toronto! Save Downtown Homeless Shelters and Services!
Meal and Community Meeting
Wednesday, April 15
St Luke’s Church (353 Sherbourne, at Carlton)
This comic explains the invisible austerity program that the Liberals have implemented, attacking poor people in this province. It goes through social assistance rules cut by cut and shows how things have gotten worse under the Liberals. It shows how poor people have lost important benefits and how Kathleen Wynne has no right to call herself "The Social Justice Pemier"
Click here to read the comic
Image description: Photo taken from inside Metro Hall. Two Toronto police officers in yellow jackets stand near the front entrance, barring entry to OCAP members assembled outside
OCAP took a strong delegation to Metro Hall today (March 30) to demand that the City open space immediately to replace the 124 beds for the homeless that will be lost because of the closing of the Hope Shelter. The last person will have to move out of there tomorrow.
Image description: OCAP members march behind a white banner saying RAISE WELFARE AND DISABILITY RATES 55% NOW!
OFFICIAL RAISE THE RATES CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ODSP MEDICAL REVIEWS
The Medical Reviews for those on ODSP must be suspended!
The Raise the Rates campaign of community groups and unions calls on the Wynne Government to immediately suspend the implementation of medical reviews for people on ODSP. The accelerated review process is occurring at the worst possible time for people living in poverty and under conditions that have not been properly prepared.
Delegation to City Shelter Administration! Defend the 124 Beds Lost by Closing the Hope Shelter! Mon, March 30, 1PM, Metro Hall
TORONTO CAN'T LOSE 124 SHELTER BEDS! DEFEND OUR EMERGENCY SHELTER BEDS!
DELEGATION TO CITY SHELTER ADMINISTRATION OFFICES
MONDAY, MARCH 30
METRO HALL (KING & JOHN)
UPDATE: OCAP Wins Fight for 24 Hour Women and Trans* Drop-In Spaces! All Charges Against November 25 Arrestees Withdrawn!
Dear friends and allies,
Today we are happy to announce two important updates on the fight for 24 hour women and trans* drop-ins in Toronto:
with security certificate detainees, indigenous blockaders, and others currently targeted by the national-security regime.
March 30th, 6pm - 8:30pm
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street.
As we resist the passing of Bill C-51, join us to hear from some of those most impacted by anti-‘terror’ laws, surveillance, and state violence. Discussions at this event may violate multiple Bill C-51 provisions – join us to insist that we will continue to act irrespective of laws that target dissent.
- Anishinaabe Woman Activist (Blockader) and mother who has been at the front-lines of land defense for decades.
- Mohammad Mahjoub is an Egyptian refugee in Canada who has been detained in Canada without charges or trial on a security certificate by CSIS and CBSA for nearly 13 years.
No One Is Illegal Toronto affirms our solidarity with members of CUPE 3903 at York University and members of CUPE 3902 at the University of Toronto in their fight for a non-concessionary and just collective agreement.
News that the Salvation Army Hope Shelter, at McCaul and College, is set to close on April 15 constitutes a devastating blow. The shelter system is horribly overcrowded and all assurances that the City’s policy of keeping occupancy levels at no more than 90% will finally be adhered to have proven to be false. This particular shelter, located in the underserviced west end, is consistently operating at maximum capacity. Four homeless men died in January and the removal of 124 beds from the system simply can’t be allowed to happen.
EMERGENCY ACTION TOMORROW (MARCH 4, 12PM, 900 BAY ST): DEMAND HOUSING FOR ANDREW MCLEAN AND AN END TO THE S.A.M.S. FIASCO!
TOMORROW! JOIN OCAP'S DELEGATION TO THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES! DEMAND HOUSING FOR ANDREW AND AN END TO THE ONGOING SAMS FIASCO!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4