Is it really too much to ask?
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.
We will be starting to do our own interviews for upload, so please speak up if you would like to have your say, email email@example.com subject: INTERVIEW please.
We hope that most people are starting to come to understand and realize that the #Occupy movement is a worldwide movement. It is a movement is still in its infancy but it is growing in numbers and in power around the world at a rate never seen before in history.
You have to realize that we are not alone. Occupiers are traveling across the country connecting the camps and we are building the largest organization of new age activists around the globe. We are standing up together against great odds and in the face of opposition from many sides.
We need to anticipate a steep learning curve as this movement begins the to move into new phases as the interconnection of the occupys around the world begins.
Just to let everyone know, we are in constant contact with occupys around the world and news is constantly flowing in. There are many great conversation flowing throughout the movement and we ask everyone to join in and add a few words.
We are not alone.
Peace and Love