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O16 Update - Major Action in Toronto
06 Oct 2001
Economic Disruption across Ontario! Join us on O16! Fight to Win!
O16 - Major Actions in Toronto! Join us!
Fight to Win!
The Ontario Common Front (OCF) is a newly formed coalition that responded to a call put out by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty to revive the struggle against the Provincial Tory goverment. The Common Front recognizes that the Tories are front men, akin to hired thugs, implementing an agenda for the rich which benefits their interests over the interests of the majority of those in Ontario. It is due to this recognition that the OCF aims to take the fight against the Tory government to the rich themselves. To this end the OCF will kick off a Fall Campaign of Economic Disruption beginning in the heart of the financial district of Toronto on October 16. This action will not only shut down and disrupt the financial centre of Canada but it will also be the first in a series of actions that are designed to create a political crisis for the ruling Tories.
This e-mail will give you a sense of some of the things that are happening and how you can plug in. For more information check out: http://www.ocap.ca or http://ontario.indymedia.org
CONTENTS OF EMAIL
2. FUNDRAISER PARTY - REBEL GIRL 2
3. WELCOMING ASSEMBLY
4. OCTOBER 16 SHUT DOWN BAY STREET
5. POST O16
6. SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Common Front Assembly
Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West (St.George Subway Station)
3 pm Assembly
Information sharing re: the Ontario Common Front and the October 16 action.
1. The Guerilla Rhythm Squad will provide funky beats as people take to their
2. Local theatre activists will perform a series of short plays
3. There will be a speaker on the Fall Campaign
4. October 16 representatives from different working groups (logistics, legal,
research, outreach, highschool, welcoming) will provide an overview of the day.
5. Open discussion, Q&A, affinity group networking.
6. We will close with the super star stylings of the Radical Cheerleaders.
Please note that there will be workshops in the morning covering legal,
medical, and direct action. They start at 10am.
2. REBEL GIRL 2
(Fundraiser for the legal committee)
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3. WELCOMING ASSEMBLY
October 14th Welcoming Assembly
Location: CLUB 360 (326 Queen Street West, east of Spadina)
Time: From 1pm well into the night
Workshops, Billeting Information, Entertainment, Socializing, Information
4. SHUT DOWN BAY STREET
SHUT DOWN BAY STREET!!!!
Meet at Nathan Philips Square (Queen and Bay)
Nothing like a good pancake breakfast to start off a day of class struggle.
(The Common Front makes no guarantee that the breakfast will be pancakes as was
previously stated) We ask as many people as possible attend as to increase the
safety of us all. A little bird told me that there will be surprise musical
guests who are very cool indeed.
6 ish in the morning.
Rally to march on the financial district.
It is the Ontario Common Front's plan that this will be a disciplined and
effective action. We are well aware of the political context we are now
operating in. The goal is to shut down business as usual in the financial
district through the use of snake marches. The goal is not to force a
confrontation with the police.
9am - 5pm
Outdoor music and activism chill out space.
Gould and Victoria
(a few blocks north east of the financial district. Near Young and Dundas)
Ryerson students are having an activist fair and CKLN 88.1 fm is doing an
outdoor broadcast. Listen to music and a live broadcast of the action in the
financial district courtesy of our friends at CKLN 88.1 fm and Ryerson student
activists. We ask that all people taking part in the action be sensitive to the
surroundings and community on and around the Ryerson Campus.
Meet at Simcoe Park at noon (near the CBC building on Front Street) for a rally
Meet at the Ministry of Labour (Dundas and University)
5. POST 016
Common Front Activities Do Not End On The 16TH!
Actions will continue throughout the province.
Here are just a few:
The Ontario Common Front-Sudbury kicks off its activities in Sudbury with an
event to remember Dudley George and Kimberly Rogers. There will be a rally at
the Provincial Court House on Elm Street at 12 noon with a number of speakers
including Sam George, and a member of the Committee to Remember Kimberly
Rogers. This will be followed by a march downtown.
A series of events including high school walkouts will focus on Stopping the
War on the Poor and the War on Young People. A rally will start at 10am at
Memorial Park in downtown Sudbury and will include mass panhandling and a
squeegee-in in the bank district to challenge the "Safe Streets Act." It is
hoped that a Carnival Against the Tories can be held. Other actions are also
planned. For more information or to arrange billeting in Sudbury contact Gary
Kinsman at 705-670-1420 or GKinsman (at) Nickel.laurentian.ca
Demo Against the Tories Meet at 11:00am at Gore Park (King and James) For more
info: 905-522-7353 Ext. 412 HamiltonFBC (at) hotmail.com
Shut Down The Tory Convention. Activities planned all weekend. Friday, October
26th will start with a Native Sunrise Ceremony at the crack of dawn in Victoria
Park. Contact: at jmcnaught (at) tao.ca
Check out http:www.members.home.net/struggle-starts
Q -What about the events of September 11th?
A- Please visit the following site:
Q- Where can I find a place to stay?
A - http://www.ocap.ca/dispatch.cgi/ocf/October_16th_-
Q- 6am is pretty damn early, why not start it later?
A. Yes getting up early is a drag. Get used to it. The Tories have introduced
the 60 hour work week through changes to the Employment Standards Act. This
being said the decision to start the rally at this early hour was due to the
fact that we wanted to shut the financial district down, not merely engage in a
symbolic action, but to stop it from actually starting up for the day. We realize that this poses some logistical problems but it is nothing that a little bit of planning can't fix. Here are some problems that have been brought
up and some possible solutions.
Q- How do I get there when transit is not even running at that hour?
A - You use the overnight bus service. You can find a route at the following site:
Q - I am afraid that the cops will pick me off in the dark in the early morning.
A- This is quite a valid concern. The answer is solidarity, solidarity, solidarity. We are trying to get as many people as possible to show up as early as they can in order to increase the safety of everyone. Try to arrive in groups and if you have to arrive alone immediately go to where the crowd is.
Q- I was forwarded an e-mail/spoke to someone/ have a feeling that 016 will be
an unorganized bloodbath.
A - There have been countless organizing meetings for the last several months. We have taken precautions for a whole series of contingencies. We have medics, legal teams, video recorders, communication teams and event marshals. The OCF is not looking for a confrontation with the police and those participating through the OCF have committed themselves to act in a disciplined yet effective way. We cannot guarantee that the police won't over react however we must not let the threat of police aggression stop us from the important task of collective action aimed at creating a better society.