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Anarchist call for O16 & the fall campaign
07 Sep 2001
Modified: 08 Sep 2001
Shut down, disrupt and damage Toronto's financial district on October 16th and Ontario's economy throughout the fall!

A call for an united anarchist contingent on Oct. 16th
ATTACK AT THEIR HEART!

Shut down, disrupt and damage Toronto's financial district on October 16th and Ontario's economy throughout the fall!

On October 16th, the economy of the bosses will no longer be permitted to do business as usual. Strike at their cold, callous, empty hearts as they sleep, when they eat, when they rob us, when they jail us -- make them aware by any means that the good days have ended. From this moment on their every waking thought will be on when, where, what, and whom we strike next.

On Oct. 16th, thousands will converge in Toronto's financial district to paralyze the center of capital in Canada. Thousands have had enough of token protest and registering dissent, thousands will fight together
and win if only for the reasons of necessity and survival, if only for the simple fact that now many upon many thousands can no longer bear to do nothing.

The battle lines have been drawn. "Enough is enough!" is our declaration. We call on all anarchists, anti-athoritarians, anti-capitalists and other allies to form an united anarchist contingent on Oct. 16th and to participate in economic disruption throughout the fall. We call on all so-called "hooligans", "thugs", and "brutes" -- everyone pregnant with capitalism's ruin-- to converge and destroy the bosses' privilege.

You! We call to you and those with whom you work, run, live, and were imprisoned with. Everyone tired of existing on too little to live and on too much to die. All struck sick with a new contempt, a new dawn to stand firm and be ungovernable.

For six years we have suffered vicious state attacks on social welfare, heathcare, housing, and work standards. Even basic water treatment has not escaped the neo-liberal / neo-conservative agenda that the Ontario Tories so arrogantly lead, blazing a path that other provinces and the federal government follow regardless of what parties are in power.

The state alone is not to blame. It is not some abstract
bogeyman residing in the dark, it is concrete --as solid as the bricks we hurl-- protecting the beast known as capitalism. The policies brought forth by the Progressive Conservatives are the local examples of globalization and the restructuring of international capital. While other countries have been forced to cut social programs because of IMF loan conditions the Progressive Conservative government has energetically and voluntarily done the same in order to make Ontario "open for business". Premier Mike Harris makes it very clear that he sees the real priority in society lying not with the millions of people who need housing, a living wage and clean water but with the largest companies and their profit margins.

In response to all of the above, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has fought back. Most dramatically with last year's march on the legislature that turned into a pitched battle with riot police. Since then they have organized hundreds of community groups, labour councils, unions, and others into an Ontario Common Front to participate in a fall campaign of economic disruption, starting with the shut down of Toronto's financial district on Oct. 16th. We will go directly to the companies making huge profits off the backs of Ontario's poor and working people and shut them down by any means necessary.

We, anarchist and anti-authoritarian revolutionaries, must stand by and fight as the poor and working people of Ontario on Oct. 16th and throughout the fall as we wage a long, hard, uncompromising fight against our class enemies. This is the anti-capitalist movement becoming pro-active instead of merely reacting to summits, meetings and the bosses schedules. On Oct. 16th and the months to follow Mike Harris and the bosses will lose millions of dollars and a lot of sleep.

The Anarchist contingent is open to all anarchists and
anti-authoritarians. A black bloc is but one tactic and we are in favour of a diversity of tactics. We do, however, strongly recommend people come prepared to protect themselves from police violence (gas masks, helmets, shields, padding, water, and above all else self-organization. Do not bring ID, phone books, or anything that will make the police's job easier. )

The demonstration will mass at Nathan Philips Square, in front of city hall, at the intersection of Queen and Bay St. There will be a free pancake breakfast at 5:00am before stepping off towards the financial district at 6:00am. The goal is to shut down the streets, underground walkways, subway and train stations, and key corporate targets until 6pm. Be creative, use tactics that the police are not accustomed, use surprise.

To march with the anarchist contingent assemble at the banner reading: "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!"

To wait is defeat,
Issued by the Freyheyt collective (NEFAC-Toronto)

Endorsed by: Trouble-dot news bulletin

To contact Freyheyt email: freyheyt (at) tao.ca
or mail Box 116, 339a College St., Toronto ON, M5T 1S2

To endorse the anarchist call to action email troubledot (at) tao.ca

To sign on to the Ontario Common Front's campaign of economic disruption contact OCAP at: 249 Sherbourne St., Toronto ON, M5A 2R9 Phone: 416-925-6939 email: ocap (at) tao.ca Website: http://www.ocap.ca

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o16 propaganda
08 Sep 2001
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The Common Front is an alliance of people from across Ontario committed to a campaign of economic disruption to challenge the Tory government. We are anti-poverty activists, rank & file trade union activists, students, single mothers, senior citizens, health-care and education workers, anti-racism activists, the unemployed & homeless, people of colour, immigrants & refugees, and First Nations people. The Common Front was formed in response to the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty's [OCAP] call for a serious campaign against the Premier Mike Harris government after last year's 'Queen's Park Riot', and in response to the failure of most opposition organizations to stop the increasing attacks on workers and social services. The Common Front was formed to build a strong, broad-based, militant resistance movement.

Block highways. Shut down factories. Stop the flow of goods and services. Like the strike, 'economic disruption' is an old idea. We propose that we stop marching and chanting, and start getting in the way of business as usual. Harris answers to Bay St., not to the people of Ontario. If we want to stop Harris, we must take the fight to the rich and wealthy who've benefited most by this government's policies.

Starting this fall people from every corner of Ontario have committed to join together and mount a campaign of economic disruption. We will organize student walk-outs, block border crossings, shut down Toronto's financial district, and take hundreds of other actions in towns and cities big and small. Our goal is to create a situation where Harris's wealthy backers will be forced to see Harris as a liability rather than an asset.

Whether it be longer hours at work, lower wages, more poverty and homelessness, changes to the Employment Standards Act, attacks on health and education, the murder of Dudley George, or the preventable Walkerton disaster, this government has shown nothing but contempt for the people of Ontario. Some think we should cross our fingers and wait for the next election- WE THINK THATS A BAD IDEA! Harris must be stopped NOW, not later, because people are suffering now.

What can you do?
1. Join the campaign, get active, start organizing.
2. Get your union local/organization/ group to sign on to the campaign.
3. Organize a public meeting in your town and have Common Front activists speak to the community.
4. Get your union local/organization/ group to start thinking about what kind of economic disruption it may be able to take in your area.
5. Call OCAP and get hooked up with other Common Front activists in your area.

The campaign begins on Tuesday, October 16th, in downtown Toronto. Toronto is the capital of Ontario, and the centre for capital in Canada. The business district, centred along Bay St., sees millions of dollars in profit for banks and big business every day. At 5am, we meet at Nathan Phillips Square [in front of City Hall] for breakfast. At 6am, we will shut down the financial district, sending a message to the corporate powers that direct government policy in Ontario: your lackey has gone too far. Pull his strings, meet us on our ground, on our terms, or pull him out of office and put someone who can talk to us in it. We will cost you millions of dollars if you do not.

We are meeting on a regular basis to plan and organize the shutdown, and subsequent actions across Ontario. For more information please contact the Ontario Common Front via OCAP at 416.925.6939, ocap (at) tao.ca or www.ocap.ca.

Defeat Harris! Fight to win!
See also:
http://www.ocap.ca