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[OPIRG-EVENTS] JOIN THE PEOPLES TOUR
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Peoples Tour 2003
Friday, March 14, 7-9pm
Routhier Community Centre
172 Guiges Street, Ottawa
The SPOT is coming to your city.
In March of 2003, the Spot youth drop-in centre in Kitchener has
‘people’s tour’. Up to 10 people from the Spot will visit cities in
Ontario and also Montreal. We would like to tell you about the Spot and
are mobilizing street youth against the system that keeps them on the
The Peoples Tour will bring youth, directly from the streets of
your city. We will tell you how we are fighting police misconduct,
and jail support, building a movement against Kitchener City Hall,
links with the Latin American community, fighting racism, sexism and
homophobia, and providing food, shelter and class conscious
politics to a struggling street community. We would also like to here
people in your city are doing to fight for social justice.
The Struggle in Downtown Kitchener
Downtown Kitchener has long been a gathering point for youth, especially
homeless youth, in the Waterloo Region. The proliferation of youth in
downtown has been a source of tension for some business owners and for
and security guards, particularly at the bus terminal and in the large
spaces such as Kitchener City Hall.
Urban Revolution is our response to Kitchener City Halls downtown
revitalization plan ‘Urban Evolution’. The City has bought up many of
properties in the downtown and has evicted the tenants including small
businesses and low-income tenants. They plan to turn many of these
into housing for middle and upper class residents.
Policing in the downtown has intensified as the City tries to create a
shopping mall atmosphere. Youth and other ‘undesirables’ are regularly
questioned and harassed by police for no reason, and ticketed or busted
minor offenses such as j-walking, probation and bail breaches, or simple
The downtown is so over-policed that it is impossible to avoid seeing
police for more than a few minutes. The City has also removed benches
there are few places to sit in the downtown, and they use bumpy steel
stop people from sitting in other places.
What is the Spot?
In June 1998, youth united themselves as the K-W Youth Collective to
for the creation of a youth run, youth drop in centre. For more than 4
this group created youth-centred events and continued to plan and fund
for a youth space. On May 1st, 2001, we opened The Spot, a 1,500 square
space in the downtown core. The Spot is a safe space for youth, a place
youth can get away from the harassment they face in the downtown.
Join us in the struggle!
For more information contact email@example.com or call The Spot
after 3:30pm at (519) 578-1425.
Windsor - March 10
London - March 11
Guelph - March 12
Toronto - March 13
Ottawa - March 14
Montreal - March 15
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