Join OCAP on Friday, August 10th at Prisoners Justice Day 2012


On August 9th, one day before the annual Prisoners Justice Day, the first parts of the Harper Government’s Omnibus Crime Bill C-10, ironically named ‘Safe Streets and Communities Act’, will come in to effect. This bill increases mandatory minimum sentences, removes alternative sentencing options and makes it harder to get a pardon. This bill targets youth by making harsh changes to the Young Offenders Act. Harper is increasing funding for the war on drugs while directly cutting drug treatment programs inside and outside of prison. This bill targets migrants and will lead to more detention and deportation. C-10 will put more people behind bars, making crowded conditions in institutions far worse. At a time that they tell us there is no money for social programs, the government is ready to spend an estimated $1billion dollars in Ontario to build new prison infrastructure.

This bill will bring criminalization of poor people , Indigenous communities and communities of colour. More prisons, more prisoners and more repression.

OCAP has endorsed and will be joining with community groups on Friday August 10th for the annual event outside of the Don Jail at 6pm.

Join OCAP on Friday, August 10th at Prisoners Justice Day 2012


On August 9th, one day before the annual Prisoners Justice Day, the first parts of the Harper Government’s Omnibus Crime Bill C-10, ironically named ‘Safe Streets and Communities Act’, will come in to effect. This bill increases mandatory minimum sentences, removes alternative sentencing options and makes it harder to get a pardon. This bill targets youth by making harsh changes to the Young Offenders Act. Harper is increasing funding for the war on drugs while directly cutting drug treatment programs inside and outside of prison. This bill targets migrants and will lead to more detention and deportation. C-10 will put more people behind bars, making crowded conditions in institutions far worse. At a time that they tell us there is no money for social programs, the government is ready to spend an estimated $1billion dollars in Ontario to build new prison infrastructure.

This bill will bring criminalization of poor people , Indigenous communities and communities of colour. More prisons, more prisoners and more repression.

OCAP has endorsed and will be joining with community groups on Friday August 10th for the annual event outside of the Don Jail at 6pm.

Support Jaggi Singh and Resistance to Capitalist Austerity

April 28, 2011

Today, Jaggi Singh of No One is Illegal Montreal is in a Toronto Courtroom over charges related to last year’s mobilization against the gathering of the G20. He is pleading guilty to a charge of ‘counseling to commit mischief over $5,000’. This is how his support for resistance to an international gathering of thieves and murderers has been characterized by the State’s prosecutors.

Jaggi’s decision to plead guilty in this matter is a tactical one that we understand and respect. He offers no cringing apologies and implicates no one. He takes what he considers to be the best course to dispose of the charges he has been facing, including three counts of criminal conspiracy, and resume, unimpeded, his vital role in the struggle against everything that was on the agenda at last year’s G20 gathering.

Press conference in front of old ciy hall (courtesy- rabble.ca)


Rally Against Police Brutality

Tuesday March 15th — 5PM
51 Division (Front and Parliament St.)

One week last summer the police turned the whole City into a prison. But in poor neighbourhoods, it’s the G20 everyday. Communities are under attack by the Police because they are poor, homeless, racialized, First Nations and immigrants. We are further abused when we fight back. Our communities are under attack because the police exist to maintain a social order in this country that protects the government, the banks, and the rich while criminalizing the rest.

Despite the trillions of dollars stolen, embezzled and extorted by banks and finance companies that led to this recession, the police are not in the habit of kicking down doors on Bay St. But they are kicking down doors, ticketing, arresting, beating and killing people in poor communities.

March 15th is the International Day Against Police Brutality. A day to bring awareness to the violence, torture, intimidation and harassment by our governments' Police Forces. We, the people, the victims and the survivors will come together to raise our voices to show that we will not stay silent!

Brief Audio of Gaetan Heroux Speaking at Rally:

Criminal Charges Against OCAP and Allies at Liberal Party HQ go Out The Window

On November 4, the Crown Attorney's Office finally faced reality and dropped charges of mischief and forcible entry against nine members & supporters of OCAP

These preposterous charges were laid by the cops on July 21, after an OCAP delegation went into the Liberal offices, hung a banner out of the window and addressed a crowd that had gathered outside to resist the cut to the Special Diet and demand the raising of welfare and disability rates. There are now no ongoing conditions or criminal records for the nine to deal with, although the Crown sought to save face by insisting on each person making a small charitable donation under their system of 'diversion'.

All nine people were first told they would be facing trespass charges but this was changed to mischief (a criminal charge) and, later that evening, forcible entry charges were added. Each of those accused had to line up a surety to put up money and vouch for them, were subjected to strip searches and were locked up over a period spanning two days before a judge ordered their release. Bail conditions placed limits on the activity of those charged and their right to associate with each other was limited.