Jan 082015

This is a message of support and solidarity to 5 protesters who were violently arrested in Toronto during a peaceful occupation of city administration offices in Toronto, Canada on 25th November, as they appear in court to face charges today. You can read more about it below – and to see more visit the OCAP Website

As regular readers of this blog will know, we have close links with Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and we applaud the work they do in standing up for the rights of disadvantaged people against a Toronto government that is as brutal and uncaring as our own.

We invite you to send your own messages of support to OCAP and the 5 protestors in court today via twitter @OCAPtoronto or facebook OCAP Toronto

On November 25, 2014, the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against
Women, five women were violently arrested after they peacefully refused to
leave the City of Toronto’s Shelter Administration offices at 21 Park Rd.
The sit-in was part of a protest to demand that the City of Toronto open
up more shelter beds and a 24-hour drop in for women and trans people –
commitments that were approved by City Council in 2014 but have not yet
been acted upon. Daily shelter stats show chronic overcrowding in the
system, many people are left with nowhere to go and the City of Toronto
has no 24 hour services for women and trans folks. The lack of immediate
action by the City is putting lives at risk. For more info on the crisis
in the shelter system, visit http://www.ocap.ca/node/1202

The women arrested on November 25th sustained bruises and back injuries,
were called misogynistic names, and are now charged with multiple
offences. Other women present in the crowd that day were pushed violently
to the ground by police. Ironically, the women will be in court at the
same time as Jian Ghomeshi. That case brought the issue of violence
against women into the media, but the conversations have mostly left out
poor and homeless women. It was important to see all the articles, posts
and tweets about violence against women in response to Ghomeshi, but when
activists dared to take action to secure services that actually protect
women, they faced violence at the hands of the city and the police. As
Ghomeshi returns to the spotlight, we are holding a rally to support
feminist activists who were violently arrested and to draw attention to
the city’s failure to provide safe spaces and adequate shelter to women
and trans people in Toronto.


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  2 Responses to “A message of support for 5 peaceful protesters arrested in Toronto”

  1. whilst the world remains so UNCIVILIZED we are on the very cusp of ANARCHY and CHAOS…. spruned on by the unrughteously wealthy and ignorant. Honi soit qui aml y pense mes pauvres amis !! I think of you all andlove you all kevin

  2. My full support to the five women in Canada.

    We all need such inspirational direct and peaceful actions. This is particularly true when, as individuals, we are unable to take such direct actions ourselves but we must support in other ways.

    The direct action of these women will also inspire many to take the direct action, when they are able to do so, because the disgusting and aggressive climate, against disabled people in the UK, created by the Coalition Government gives reason to seriously challenge the current practice of government and their agencies.

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