An out of towner shot this during the occupation; just found this yesterday…
Nonviolent Action Guideline from Occupy Regina:
For the purposes of building trust, a common foundation for safety, setting the tone for our action, participants of “Occupy Regina,” agree to the following:
1. All activities will be strictly nonviolent in action and tone. Our attitude will be one of openness and respect toward all people we encounter.
2. All participants of “Occupy Regina,” acknowledge and respect the participation of children and will work to provide a safe space for all participants.
3. At “Occupy Regina,” we ask that participants act according to the love and caring that we are building with each other. Individual or group actions that endanger the physical well-being of other demonstrators will not be tolerated. Generally, actions that might endanger the safety of others at the demonstration include:
a) physical violence directed against others, including the police, spectators and other “Occupy Regina” members
b) actions that cause panic such as running and throwing rocks
c) bringing weapons or anything that can be construed as a weapon to the demonstration site; weapons include but are not limited to: guns, knives, nail files, mace, letter openers, scissors, etc.
4. Participants should watch out for each others health and safety within reason. It is asked that people with first aid training identify themselves to organizers prior to or early on in the event, and that they bring their own supplies if possible.
5. Participants will not bring or use any alcohol or controlled substances. Any legal drugs brought or used will be for specific medicinal purposes only.
6. All participants freely accept the legal consequences of their actions. Understanding by participating at “Occupy Regina,” that there is a risk of arrest.
7. “Occupy Regina” acknowledges that while property destruction may be a useful tactic as practiced by other movements, it is not our intent to damage or make changes to the space.
The deck is stacked!
* hold up a card *
The deck is stacked!
The financial system,
is fundamentally flawed,
Where’s money REALLY come from?
Come to the park,
if you wanna find out,
We, the merry outlaws of Occupy Regina are pleased to announce the successful completion of Phase I of our project. The growing rift between civil rights and so-called “public safety” in Canada has been exposed. Special thanks to Regina’s own “Sheriff of Naughtiness,” City Manager Glen Davies, for making our job so easy.
The City’s health-and-safety rhetoric is as transparent a pretence as the Emperor’s New Clothes. If safety was their concern, why cut off the power to our electric heaters? Why remove our bathroom facilities? Why throw a homeless woman out in the middle of a cold night, with no available shelters to take her in? And why were nearly half the tickets issued to people who weren’t even camping, the last two for being on the sidewalk around the park?
The Parks and Open Spaces Bylaw sections 5(1) and 8(1)(c), and its omnibus definition of Open Spaces, tells us why. Citizens require permission to “conduct a procession, parade, ceremony, public meeting, assembly, worship service, demonstration, festival, concert, or other public gathering” in any “open space area” at any time, and they are forbidden to remain in public parks between 11 pm and 6 am. It is hard to square this with the City Corporation’s constant claim to support our right to protest.
We do protest! We are also demonstrating. We are demonstrating what democracy really looks like: a culture of sharing and liberty. Occupy Regina would like to reaffirm our commitment that this movement is not a camp – it is a global community. We would also like to thank the citizens of Regina, and the Regina Police Service, whose support made the camp possible. Also we appreciate the reluctance many officers felt towards enforcement. The tickets and the clearing of the tent city were expected, and necessary to illustrate the “nanny state” that City actions seem to support.
Finally, we’d like to say: expect us. We support a new ideology, challenging the problems traditionally viewed as “too big.” You cannot evict an idea. We have some very exciting things planned in the near future. There is a rally Saturday Nov 19th at noon at the site of the camp, and the following Saturday, November 26th at noon, with details to be released Friday the 25th on our website, http://99percent.ca
On November 7th, City of Regina bylaw enforcement officers stopped by the Occupy Regina camp to informally ask the protesters to pack up and go home on the grounds that they were concerned with the health and safety of the protesters. They also threatened Loraas Disposal with bylaw enforcement if they didn’t remove the clean outdoor toilet provided by a national humanitarian agency, thereby denying the campers access to basic sanitation. In a Council of Canadians press release, activist Jim Elliot said, “The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to affirm ‘the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.’”
From the beginning, participants in Occupy Regina have gone to exceptional lengths to comply with all relevant laws and safety codes. In previous meetings with City officials, Occupiers were explicitly informed that the City would *not* enforce the Parks and Open Spaces Bylaw in this case and they were asked not to submit a permit for their camp.
Several components of the bylaw appear to violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly in respect to public assembly and freedom of expression rights as outlined in Section 2 of the Charter. Furthermore, by denying access to sanitation and by threatening several homeless campers
with eviction, the City may be in violation of Charter guarantees to life, liberty, and security of person, as was recently found by the BC Court of Appeal with respect to a similar case.
At 12 noon this Wednesday, November 9, representatives of Occupy Regina will host a rally at City Hall to demand an apology for the City’s recent removal of their toilet facilities their claims of concern for their health and safety. Furthermore, they will formally request the city manager to waive the parks bylaw for the duration of the protest, as the bylaw stipulates is his right, and ask for the public power outlets in Victoria Park to be turned back on. The Occupiers are also concerned with health and safety for the camp, and are more than willing to work with the Fire Department and the Qu’Appelle Health Region to work towards compliance.
The Occupy Regina movement also points to the principles of the recent Design Regina campaign, which called for City initiatives on such things as affordable housing for all, environmental sustainability, transparency, and active engagement in direct democracy. The protest itself is such an engagement which is concerned with these principles. As such, they request self-proclaimed Occupy supporter, Pat Fiacco, to engage with them as a valuable, yet untapped resource.
General Assembly Notes
We had representation present from the Regina Anti Poverty ministry
In case of emergency occupiers are encouraged to contact
Bonny or Peter @ (306) 352-6386
Another great service to make note of is the Regina Mobile Crisis Services that can be available to support people
Mobile Crisis Services can be accessed seven days a week, 24 hours a day by telephone:
Mobile Crisis Services:
There will be a Visual Artist performance installation by Jaime Williams @ 3pm Saturday November 5th.
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