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“Picketing Pidgin” special issue of the Downtown East, March 2013

March 12, 2013

“Picketing Pidgin” special issue of the Downtown East, March 2013.

Mapping Gentrification in Ottawa

March 12, 2013
A teaser photo of Under Pressure’s first crack at mapping how Ottawa’s increasing gentrification is intensifying the war on poor and working poor people across the city. Check out a much lovelier version in the latest issue of The Leveller, out today! And much love to all the folks involved at The Leveller for their amazing layout and design skills. UP! could never have turned this idea into a reality without their help.

A teaser photo of Under Pressure’s first crack at mapping how Ottawa’s increasing gentrification is intensifying the war on poor and working poor people across the city. Check out a much lovelier version in the latest issue of The Leveller, out today! And much love to all the folks involved at The Leveller for their amazing layout and design skills. UP! could never have turned this idea into a reality without their help.

Statement from the Under Pressure Collective for the International Day Against Police Brutality

March 15, 2012

DEAR COPS! DO YOU EVER WONDER WHY PEOPLE HATE YOU SO MUCH?

There are so many reasons! But to get you started, here’s a short list:

THREATS AND INTIMIDATION: Three officers in Kanata threatened to take away a women’s one-year old son to coerce her into an illegal search of her home.

ABUSES OF POWER: A number of high profile cases over the last year have illustrated the systemic problem of illegal arrests, improper searches and physical assaults by Ottawa police.

CRIMINALIZATION OF POVERTY: The ongoing practice of harassing people living and working on the streets through street sweeps in areas around Bell St., Cambridge St., in the Market and in Vanier.

SEXISM: Sexual assault, harassment, denial of experiences of violence, and revictimization by the Ottawa Police is pervasive and points to the systemic culture of misogyny within the police force.

RACISM: As a public institution, your systemic racism has disproportionally targeted Indigenous people, who make up 18.5% of the prison population but only 2.7% of the Canadian population.

ZERO ACCOUNTIBILITY: In the last 8 months alone, four civilians have been fatally shot by Montreal police and yet, it is the police who continue to investigate the police without civilian oversight or due process.

EXCESSIVE FORCE: You and other ignorant, armed, uniformed gangsters callously killed Robert Dziekanski with tazers in the Vancouver airport demonstrating once again your ability not ‘to serve and protect’, but to murder and get away with it.

ILLEGAL ARRESTS: In June of 2010, you and your cronies perpetuated the largest mass arrest in Canadian history, violently attacking and arbitrarily detaining demonstrators gathered in Toronto during the G20 meetings.

WE ARE STUDENTS, POOR PEOPLE, AND WORKERS. NONE OF US LIKE YOU. AND THERE’S A LOT MORE WHERE WE CAME FROM. GET READY FOR THE FIGHTBACK.

STOP THE CRIMINALIZATION OF SEX WORKERS!

STOP THE SYSTEMIC RACISM AGAINST INDIGENOUS PEOPLE!

STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!

Dear Rich People … We’re Coming For You: Under Pressure’s Statement On Today’s Disruption of McGuinty’s Speech

February 9, 2012

On Thursday, February 09, 2012, in the fancy Ballroom of Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty addressed members of the Canadian Club, a social club for Ottawa’s wealthy elite. Disgustingly, the Premier was there to promise the gathered rich people a ‘relentless’ attack on Ontario’s deficit, which we all know means a ‘relentless’ attack on workers and poor people.

Rather than letting McGuinty get a free pass to spew more nonsense, Under Pressure, an Ottawa-based anti-poverty group, joined with community allies to disrupt his speech. The group of 10 activists attempted to storm the Chateau Laurier Ballroom while McGuinty was speaking. Four members were able to enter the Ballroom and loudly express their anger before being removed by security and the RCMP. The rest of us raised hell just outside the room. Much banging on doors, chanting, throwing of confetti, and unfurling of banners ensued. Several liberal hacks got pretty aggressive but, despite repeated attempts to remove us, we refused to leave until we were good and ready.

The message we delivered to the gathered rich people was clear: workers, students and poor people in Ontario are under increasing attack by the provincial government of Dalton McGuinty. Cutting the Special Diet Allowance, deplorable social assistance rates ($599/month), a tuition grant that is unavailable  to 2/3 of university students and comes at the expense of funding for graduate student research, and the province’s absolute failure to support workers at the Electro-Motive plant in London, Ontario, are only a few of the signs that rich people and their government don’t give a rat’s ass about us.

Under Pressure and its community allies promise that this is only one of many confrontations to come. We will not sit by, silently waiting for the next election or for this government to do the right thing. We will work with allies across the province to disrupt business as usual and to take the fight directly to the homes and boardrooms of the rich.

They say ‘Cutback’, we say ‘Fightback’! 

Come to Toronto, March 16th, for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty Pre-Budget FIGHT POVERTY March! 
Contact Under Pressure at rasietherates@gmail.com
Full text of the flyer distributed during the action: http://on.fb.me/Ams4vF
Ottawa Citizen article on the action: http://bit.ly/zMEr2P

CRASH THE PARTY!

November 4, 2010

No One Is Illegal, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and Under Pressure invite you to

CRASH THE PARTY!

When: wednesday November 10th 6:00pm SHARP
Where: Ottawa Crowne Plaza – 101 Lyon Street North

On Wedneseday November 10th the Ontario Liberal Party will be hosting a fundraiser dinner for themselves in downtown Ottawa, with Premier Dalton McGuinty as their special guest. Tickets to this event are 500$ and a table costs 5000$.
Read more…

LIBERALS ON LOCK DOWN

June 1, 2010

On May 20, in six Toronto locations and a range of other Ontario centres,
communities facing the loss of the Special Diet rallied at MPPs offices to
win it back and raise the rates.

See pictures from May 20th actions here:
http://update.ocap.ca/image/tid/43

Read more…

May 20th report back

May 25, 2010

On May 20th 2010 approximately sixty people came out to the Office of Social Services MPP Madeleine Meilleur in protest against the Ontario Liberal government’s decision to cut the Special Diet Allowance. People from grassroots organizations such as Under Pressure, IPSMO, the Special Diet Defense League, the Socialist Project and Acorn, as well as as many community members came out to let the Liberals know that we will not be quiet while they attack some of the most vulnerable people in Ontario.

the day of action was called by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, based in Toronto.

the cutting of the Special Diet will affect up to 1 in 5 welfare or ODSP recipient in Ontario, and some will see as much as 30% taken off their cheques.

Join Under Pressure if you would like to be involved in future actions raisetherates@gmail.com

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