RAISE THE RATES CAMPAIGN: PROVINCE-WIDE WEEK OF ACTION Take the Power Back! Demand Justice! Disrupt Business as Usual! October 14th-20th, 2013

9 Oct

Take the Power Back! Demand Justice! Disrupt Business as Usual!
October 14th-20th, 2013

Last year our mobilization and province-wide week of action (launched with a bang in Kitchener on December 7th) succeeded in restoring $42 million for homelessness prevention benefits! This year we take it all!

Provincial Convergence:
October 19th – Get on the Bus! Convergence in Sudbury.
Free bus from downtown Kitchener and back. Sign up for your seat today! Join allies from across the province in Sudbury for a major rally to win the demands of the Raise the Rates Campaign. Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (S-CAP) has been fighting successfully in their Region and it is fitting that we should culminate the week of action with them. The ride itself won’t be without highlights either! See details below.

Actions in Kitchener:
October 14th – Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage
As some celebrate ‘Thanksgiving’ we ask: Where is our food coming from? We demand justice and dignity for agricultural migrant workers, shipper/receivers/transporters, restaurant/fast-food workers and grocery store workers! Part of a province wide day of action. Fair Wages Now!
Action: Community Meal, Rally and Outreach
Location: Kitchener City Hall Courtyard
Time: 5:30pm
Endorsed by the Waterloo Region Labour Council
See: raisetheminimumwage.ca

October 15th – All Out! Kitchener-Waterloo’s Main Event!
Calling All Poor People, Allies and Anti-Capitalists! Mobilization to Win the Demands of the Raise the Rates Campaign! No OW/ODSP Merger! Fully Restore the CSUMB and Special Diet Allowance! 55% Increase Now!
Action: Community Meal, Rally, March, Disruption
Location: OW Office and Regional Health Building; 99 Regina, Uptown Waterloo
Time: 3:30-5:30pm

October 19th: Kitchener joins major action in Sudbury! Get on the Bus!
S-CAP has been fighting successfully in their Region and it is fitting that we should all culminate our week of action there. Restore CSUMB! No OW/ODSP merger!
Action: Provincial Convergence in Sudbury
Location: Buses leaving from Downtown Kitchener – Duke St, behind City Hall; 9am.
Time: Event in Sudbury at 2pm. Returning to Kitchener in late evening.
Reserve your seat today. Space is limited!
Contact: forspecialdiet@gmail.com
Accessibility: There will be free boxed lunches on the way there and back (including vegan option). There will be a washroom stop half way. There will be a free pizza lunch and refreshments in Sudbury. Kids welcome.

October 20th: We Remember Ashley Smith Campaign hosts vigil
As a community we will come together to mark the 6th anniversary of Ashley Smith’s death inside Kitchener’s Grand Valley Institution for Women. Learn more about the campaign, here.
Action: Candlelight Vigil and Speakers
Location: Speakers Corner (corner of King and Benton), Kitchener
Time: 8pm

Plans are being made in communities across the province to hold local actions during the week of October 14th to challenge plans to merge Ontario Works and ODSP and to demand real action on poverty from the Wynne Government. We will be demanding the full restoration of the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB), supporting the right of First Nations communities to control the delivery of social assistance programs and calling for a raise of the minimum wage in Ontario to $14 an hour and of social assistance rates by at least 55%. In place of the endless talk of this government about ‘poverty reduction,’ we will be taking action.

More Background: povertymakesussick.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/coming-in-october-crash-the-consultations-event-and-provincial-raise-the-rates-week-of-action/

Endorse the Week of Action!
For information contact: forspecialdiet@gmail.com

More Details to Come!
facebook: Poverty Makes Us Sick!
ocap.ca, (416) 925-6939 


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