UPDATE: OCAP Wins Fight for 24 Hour Women and Trans* Drop-In Spaces! All Charges Against November 25 Arrestees Withdrawn!Submitted by ocap on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 20:28.
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:
1) Most importantly, we have WON 24 hour drop-ins in Toronto! Funds for the women & trans* drop-ins were passed during this year’s budget process. The 2015 Operating Budget for shelter, housing and support, as approved by City Council last week, includes new funding of $2,250,000 in 2015 for new 24 hour drop-in services for women and trans* people, increasing to $3,000,000 in 2016 and beyond. Spaces are confirmed and it is only a matter of weeks before we will see the drop-ins opened (more info on specific opening dates and locations to be sent out soon). We are proud of the work we have done and what we accomplished together with our allies during this collective struggle. We have drawn attention to the violence that street involved women face and the need for increased services for people who are homeless in Toronto. This is an important victory - services like these save lives.
2) This morning all charges were withdrawn against all 5 OCAP women who took part in the action on November 25th. In return the women agreed to provide 30 hours of community service.
Impending Police Sweep of Downtown East an Attack on a Poor Community
-Statement from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty-
Between June 16 and September 8, the area between Wellesley and Queen, Church and Parliament will be the focus of an ongoing police sweep, involving dozens of officers and organized under the auspices of the Toronto Anti Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS). They are bringing in an additional 24 constables and 12 staff sergeants on both foot and bike.
Community Responds to TAVIS in Toronto's DTE
Yesterday, Monday June 16th, residents and community organizations held a press conference to demand an end to police sweeps in the Downtown East, to stop police harassment of those who live here and to let the police know that they are not going to let them roam the streets with impunity. Their patrols will be monitored and their abuses challenged.
Monday, June 16th, 11.00 AM, NE Corner of Dundas and Sherbourne
June 16 will be the first day of a summer long sweep through the Downtown East by the infamous Toronto Anti Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) of the Toronto Police.
This community has learned the hard way that the Police do not come into
it to solve problems of violence but to harass and harm poor and homeless people. The 'war on drugs' is a code name for the war on the poor and, this summer, they are going to take it to a new level. The homeless, sex trade workers, drug users, immigrants and people of colour, especially youth, know only to well what to expect.
People in the community are challenging the shadow that TAVIS is casting
over it. Increased police activity will be watched closely and abuses
exposed and resisted. A press conference and speak out will take place at Dundas and Sherbourne on Monday 16th.
Come out and show your support!